Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Shh, The Show Is About To Start...

In my best Paul Revere shout,
"The Academy Awards are coming! The Academy Awards are coming!"
This Sunday as a matter of fact.
We watch every year.
I love the actors, the clothes, the suspense of who's going to take home an Oscar.
And eating popcorn in my comfy clothes while being transported to the land of Hollywood.

We love movies at our house.
Before Chad had me,
before Chad had his girls,
Chad had the movies.
He would spend all day in the theater being absorbed and transfixed by what he saw on the screen.
He ran a video store, in the days of VHS mind you, so he really did live and breathe film.
He used to write screenplays.
He took a film/screenwriting class at Northwestern.
When we moved into our apartment on Morse Ave after we were married, we had a bedroom with 500 movies in it. Then Zoe came along and he had a movie giveaway party.

His movie going days are over now. We are lucky to get to the theater once every few months to catch a new flick. The girls are getting older and that has helped us get there more often.
Zoe saw the last three Harry Potter films on the big screen.
Recently we saw the new Muppet Movie as a family.
Along with Puss in Boots and Kung Fu Panda 2.

We think Netflix is awesome and try to get caught up by watching things we missed at the theater at home and then declare, "Wow, that was great! We should have seen that months ago!"

So, this Sunday is the Academy Awards hosted by Billy Crystal (yes!) and while, once again, we have missed some of the big ones nominated...
The Artist, The Descendants, and The Help, we have actually seen quite a few nominated films.

The list of films that we have seen which are nominated or who have actors/writers/whatever nominated include...
The Tree of Life (ugh)
Midnight in Paris
Kung Fu Panda 2
Puss in Boots
Harry potter and the Deathly Hallows, part 2
The Muppets

What a short and sad list.
I'll be loading up my Netflix queue with:
The Descendants
War Horse
The Artist
Albert Nobbs (very intrigued by this!)
The Iron Lady
My Week with Marilyn

We love the movies.
The drama, mystique, action.
We love being transported to a different era, to another life.
Our love of movies has been instilled in our kids already.
They are big Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings fans.
Movies are magic and we all need to drift into another world every now and then.
I think it helps bolster their imagination. Let's them think on a different level.
I don't get people who don't let their kids watch movies, even ones deemed too scary.
Now don't get me wrong, I don't put on Saw for my kids or even Scream.
I mean fantasy and adventure that's a bit dark.
Some folks idea of scary.
What's scary to me is not letting kids see what's possible.
My girls see things that are other- worldly and exciting and different.
It's amazing to see their wide eyed expressions.
Glued to the screen as the visuals and story move around them.
The movies are a great distraction to the real-life scary stuff Zoe has already seen and dealt with.
Still dealing with.
And remember, in the movies, anything is possible.
I can't wait for Sunday night.
All hail the movies!!

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