Sunday, January 13, 2013

Stuff I watched in 2012

Don't be alarmed: this is not an exhaustive list. It's for my own reflection and why not have you read it, too?

Movies I saw in the theater in 2012:

The Hunger Games. Once in Dubai and once at the Bagdad Theater in Portland which was really more about the theater than the movie.

The Avengers. I went to see this by myself when Jeremy and the girls were in the US. The movie had been out for a while and it was like a midnight showing at The Dubai Mall but it was packed. And the audience LOVED The Hulk. Every time he came on screen there was an audible excited reaction. It was bizarre. Is that a Middle East thing?

The Bourne Legacy. Portland.

Skyfall. Dubai. This is the second time we've gone to see a Bond movie on/around our anniversary (Casino Royale was the first). I loved the Jane Eyre-ness of Skyfall, didn't you?

As for stuff I watched on YouTube or iTunes rentals, I didn't keep track but mostly I watched Downton Abbey  (season 2) and The Amazing Race. Also Sherlock. On Friday nights in December, Jeremy and I started watching (via YouTube) survival/wilderness shows featuring Ray Mears for some reason.

That's it. Four movies in the theater is about average for us. It's trickier here in the UAE because movie crowds are horribly misbehaved and Jeremy is hardly ever willing to go. Plus, the theaters are often freezing cold (I assume to accommodate those who are wearing abayas/veils) and the sound is always so loud. Pro tip: bring a hoodie and earplugs. Really.


Liz Johnson said...

I saw the first two in the theater... those might've been the only ones I saw all year. We have the benefit of Redbox, so I see lots of movies, just way after they're released.

Jen said...

Truthfully, I'm not a huge fan of going to the movies, so your list seems LONG to me!! Since we moved here 6 years ago, we have seen exactly three (3) movies in the theater (Juno, Oceans (by Disney), and Lincoln).

Thank goodness for Redbox and Netflix!!!

(Also, I'd like to hear more about this Middle Eastern fascination with the Hulk. Sounds like a blog post unto itself!)

Suzanne Bubnash said...

We don't make it to the theatre hardly ever. But we did troop out for Skyfall, and plan to see Lincoln. Sometime.

Bridget said...

I miss Redbox/Netflix. :(

Bridget said...

I'm curious why you're not a fan of movie theaters, since Jeremy is also such a hater (love you, Jeremy). I find that there are some movies (about four each year, I guess?) that I want to see on the big screen. Otherwise, I don't see them or we rent them on iTunes.

Jen said...

With few exceptions, I really don't like participating in public, communal entertainment. I prefer to consume my media privately, I guess. Concerts and theatre productions also fall under this category (though admittedly with more exceptions....I'll go see the Boston Pops anywhere at any time).

There's also an element (when speaking of going to the movies) where I feel compelled not to support the entertainment industry with my money....I've never understood why our society valued (read: paid) acting so highly. The neurosurgeon who cut a tumor out of Joe's head--yeah, he should be making lots of money. But acting? I guess I don't appreciate the art.


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