The Fine Line Between Determination and Stubbornness

images (4)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 imagesabsolutely 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.

 

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About r361n4

I'm a student at the University of Washington Majoring Business. I've always loved movies and my goal is to work on the financial side of the film industry. Until then though, I figure I'll spare my friends from my opinions and shout them from a digital mountaintop for anyone who's interested. After all, if a tree falls in a forest and nobody blogs about it, does it really happen?
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11 Responses to The Fine Line Between Determination and Stubbornness

  1. Makes sense mate. Jobs have a funny way of eating up your time. Suddenly, having to watch Grown Ups 2 doesn’t really seem worth it (if indeed it ever is). Do what you gotta do my friend, just keep on posting quality stuff.

  2. Nick Powell says:

    I thought you were crazy (and rich) attempting to do what you did but I completely understand. I did 366 movies in 366 last year… Do you think all of them were great? Not at all lol. Watching so many bad movies and missing out on good ones is exhausting.

  3. Gene says:

    You da man Rorschach. Sometimes a good thing is made better at smaller increments 🙂

  4. That endless stream of wide release junk definitely can wear you down, man. Its a tough grind. I can totally understand waving the white flag.

    And oh, yeah, work sucks too. LOL

  5. Full time jobs get bloggers every time haha xD

  6. ruth says:

    Totally understand Andy! It’s impossible for me to see every new releases out there, even w/ my press privileges for advanced screenings. I simply have no time as I have a full time job. So I think your plan is fine, and selective viewings are better anyway 😀

  7. Great call, man! It’d be better for your wallet (and mental health, haha!)

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