Sunday, February 22, 2015


I think that Skippy aka Asta should have won an Oscar. Now there's a real star. 

Are you planning on watching the Oscars tonight?

I'm not.

I have to confess that I haven't seen any of the movies nominated for Best Picture; and to be honest I don't plan to see them. This year's list just doesn't interest me. I'm not familiar with this year's host, Neil Patrick Harris either. Besides, who needs to willingly put themselves in a situation to endure an excruciating four hours of film stars' self-aggrandizement when you can read these articles (found here and here) that tell us beforehand just exactly what is to transpire?

Which is not to say that I don't love movies - I do. A good film completely engages me. It takes me to places that I've never been and encourages me to consider new ideas and concepts. A really good movie provides a welcome escape from my everyday problems; and occasionally puts my concerns into perspective when other larger, more encompassing world issues are portrayed. But most importantly - I love the popcorn. What IS it about movie theater popcorn? I find it completely irresistible even though it's insanely expensive:
.....concessions also carry a high mark up. For example, he said, the amount of popcorn it takes to fill a large bag can cost 8 cents to make. Bags by themselves can cost theaters 22 cents to 35 cents per bag, and a tub can range in cost from 85 cents to $1.
A theater may sell a large tub of popcorn for $8, Bucksbaum said. So if a tub-size container cost the theater, say, 92 cents, combined with the 8 cents for the kernels, that tub of popcorn could carry a 700 percent mark-up. Continue reading here
If I'm going to fork out big bucks for a movie and popcorn (because if I'm at a movie there is without question popcorn involved) the flick better be exceptional.

I think I'll pop in a DVD of one of The Thin Man mysteries instead. Go get 'em Nick, Nora, and Asta.  Gee. They just don't make 'em like they used to..

1 comment:

Kelly said...

Neil Patrick Harris will always be Doogie Howser to me. I think I will watch. Thanks for reminding me. It has always been a family tradition to watch since my childhood when my grandfather was a member of the Academy and used to vote every year...even when he hadn't seen the movies and had no idea what they were about...which might explain some of the results.