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weekend movies

We've been doing pretty well about seeing a movie a week. Most of this is Kate just being bolder, I guess, about just getting one or two, despite my usual lukewarmness about it. I'm not a real movie freak, and don't usually really look forward to them, although I often get into them once they're on.

I also completely despise the decision process of picking a movie to watch, so I'm avoidant of it. So it seems to be working to just let other people decide what they're going to rent and if it sounds interesting, I'll watch it.

So last night it was Frida, an incredibly sad portrayal of Frida Kahlo's life and times. It's hard to imagine a life full of that much pain, physical and emotional. It was also an incredibly sexy film, with a lot of explicit and suggested things.

But once again we were up too late, and slept until after 11 this morning.

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zarfmouse
Oct. 6th, 2003 02:23 am (UTC)
My solution to the agony of the movie selection process when I'm with one other person is to use Zen Movie Selection. We each choose a movie with an imposed 60 second time limit, scan the shelves and just grab something that catches your eye, no questions, no worries, and see how it turns out.

Another method is to cary a piece of scrap paper around and just every time it comes up in conversation that "oh we/you/I should/want to see X", write it down. Pull the paper out when you get to the movie store.

Of course I also am a total movie freak willing to give any film a try once.

A great method for movie selection in a large group of people is the infamous movie race. This is what I do at my annual 24 hour movie fest. First the host rents a ton of movies, more than can be watched and in a variety of genres. Then the movies are lined up along the floor and several feet from the line an arbitrary finish line is established (if using a table then the end of the table is the finish line). We go around the room one person at a time and each person votes to move a movie forward. The movies race, a case length at a time, until one movie crosses the finish line. You end up with all kinds of politicing and coalition building and backstabbing intrigue. Everyone has fun with this overly complex and silly selection mechanism, you end up with a movie that a bunch of people have some interest in seeing, and everyone is left with the illusion that the process was vaguely democratic so they don't complain that they lost. I don't recomend this method for just you and Kate. :)

This reminds me that I really need to throw some mini-moviefests before my big 24 hour one in late December.
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