Seeing as I’ve been complaining about it for the past six months or so, many of you are probably aware that I made a pledge earlier this year to see every nationwide release of 2013 in theaters. The reasons for that pledge included a desire to expose myself to new films I wouldn’t have otherwise seen as well as a general desire to prove that I could. It’s been a very long and somewhat expensive six months for Rorschach at the movies since then, and it hasn’t been without its benefits. I wound up liking a lot of movies this year that I would never have ended up seeing if it weren’t for that pledge (Snitch, The Last Stand, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters). For that reason I retain at least a small amount of what I’m about to say. As of today, I am officially calling off my pledge to see every nationwide release in 2013 and returning to a case-by-case basis of new release reviewing.
There are a variety of reasons for this decision, and I’d be lying if I said that starting a full-time job wasn’t a major factor. Less free time means more valuable free time, and over the past month it’s been hard to maintain ordinary life activities let alone blogging-related ones. That being said, there is another reason why I’m making this choice now and not a month ago when I started at Amazon.com.
I always thought that it would be the worst movies of the year that would finally make me break my promise, but in the end it wound up being a great one that finally pushed me over the edge. That movie is The Way, Way Back, an absolutely fantastic limited release that I would have never had time to see if I had instead had to subject myself to R.I.P.D. or Grown Ups 2 this weekend. I’ll be posting a review soon, but the main point I want to make is that as I walked out of that movie, I thought to myself “Movies like that are what makes me interested in movies in the first place”. Having already missed films this year that are widely considered to be the best (Mud, Before Midnight, Sound City), I realized last night just how much I missed movies that actually left an impact on me after leaving the theater. Not just movies that entertained me or movies that I got to have fun bashing on in the review afterwards, but movies that make you unflappably happy or unquestionably moved.
If this decision upsets you, I apologize, but I’m fully aware that the only thing I’ll be depriving most readers of is the occasional entertaining beat down of the unintentionally laughable sh*t that 2013 has excreted to nationwide audiences. Then again, as I’ll still be watching the movies I miss when they come out on DVD, those beat downs will always be three or four months down the road if you’re still interested. For now, thank you all again for staying with me so far and I hope to keep mildly interesting you all with a better selection of movies from here on out.