I am two-and-a-half weeks in to what promises to be a fascinating exercise in writing and popular culture: I have signed up to be a movie reviewer for at least the next three months.
I acquired this position because I was one of the first to answer a posting on Craigslist. Lesson: Clicking “refresh” over and over can pay off.
I am paid for my efforts, which enables me to say that this is truly the coolest job I have ever had. So far, I have watched sixteen movies in as many days.
While this is only a drop in the bucket of what I will ultimately watch and review, I have already come up with a few observations:
- I see a movie every day. If I miss a day, I see two the next.
- To watch these movies, I must choose between a theater that is infested with bedbugs and one that is a fire trap.
- Walking to and from the movies forces me to leave my home and is often the best part of my day.
- I have never been paid to write whatever I want ever before. This is amazing and a potentially life-changing opportunity.
- If a movie has a cast of mostly white men, it is a comedy or drama or thriller. If a movie has even fifty percent women, it is a chick flick, a costume drama or possibly a family film. A movie with mostly black people is either overlooked or something sexist by Tyler Perry. A movie with people of other races or ethnicities must surely be classified as foreign or independent.
- Trailers have taken on a whole new meaning. Instead of thinking “that movie looks so terrible,” I think “NO EFF-ING WAY. I’m going to have to sit through [eg Jackass 3-D]?!”
- I am sometimes the only person in the movie theater.
- When a couple other people are also watching a movie at 2 p.m. on a Wednesday, I wonder about them.
- There are many more bad movies than good ones. Like, a lot.
- So far, the best movies I have seen are Let Me In, The Social Network and Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole. The Social Network is the only one of these that I would have seen under normal circumstances, so there are definitely nice surprises.
- So far, I am the only person reviewing movies for this nascent site. Having my voice and opinions carry so much weight in a commercial enterprise is stressful.
- The biggest downside has been my neglect of saucysalad.com, which is super important to me.
The site is not entirely live yet, but when it is, I will be sure to promote it ad nauseum.