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It's December so I should be shopping, right?

Wrong. To me, December means head to the nearest multiplex because all the good movies are coming out. May/June/July and December are the best months for movie goers, so I always start scanning the holiday movie releases early to see what looks great. A few years back, the DH and I spent the week after Christmas doing nothing but hitting movies–I think we saw Walk the Line, King Kong and two others that I now can’t remember that week. It isn’t the holiday cookies that give me those extra 5-10 pounds we all gain at the holidays, but the movie popcorn with a box of M&Ms tossed inside it that gives me my winter coat, shall we say.

Now that DH isn’t a huge movie goer, but I’ve trained him up over the years and he’s gotten to be a bit of a cinema fan. Luckily for me, the little hero inherited my cinema genes and he’s always up for an afternoon of movies. So while we were in Seaside for Thanksgiving, we started the holiday season off, not with tax free shopping that Oregon offers, but a trip to the local cinema to see Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium. I was sort of ho-hum about going to it, but it was his turn to pick, so off we went. Wow! Was it delightful. No cursing, no flatulence jokes, no scenes that make me wonder how they got into a “family” movie and that I’ll have to “explain” later. Just a beautiful, heartfelt story about the power of magic and believing. Truly a wonderful movie that shouldn’t be missed if you like just the right touch of innocence and don’t require any explosions in your movies.

With my heart full of warm expectations, and my stomach full of popcorn, I began to get excited about the rest of the holidays. But as I’ve looked over the holiday offerings, I am feeling a little ripped off. Nothing that looks like a heart pounding good time, like King Kong, or anything that offers a wonderful look into someone’s life, like Walk the Line. There is the Bob Dylan biopic that is coming out, but that sounds more gimmicky than good story telling with 6 different actors playing Dylan. There is the Will Smith movie, I am Legend, that opens soon, but I just can’t go see that. Not a fan of “they only come out at night” movies. I mean, how do you get home after the movies, in the dark, after you’ve seen a movie like that?

So next on the must see list is the new installment of National Treasure. Little hero and I loved the first one–him because he loves mysteries and history. Me because I love both those things and two other words: Nicholas Cage. Go sit and watch Nicholas Cage for two hours? I’m there. The other films on my list include, August Rush, Walk Hard (which looks totally hilarious), Atonement, Youth without Youth and my final must see: Enchanted.

The clips for Enchanted look hilarious and the reviews look decent, and I’ve always been a Patrick Dempsey fan, so this is one we’ll all go see. Besides, it looks like it will end “happily ever after.” And as a romance writer, I can’t argue with that–it happens to be my favorite kind of ending. Like when you find one more M&M at the bottom of the popcorn bag when you were convinced they were all gone.

So tell me, what movies are you looking forward to? What are your favorites? What actor won’t you miss, no matter what sort of turkey of a movie he’s starring in (think Nicholas Cage in Ghost Rider)? Favorite movie food?

14 comments to “It's December so I should be shopping, right?”

  1. Christina Arbini
    December 3rd, 2007 at 8:57 am · Link

    I can’t wait for National Treasure! I’ve been counting the days! ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. Janelle
    December 3rd, 2007 at 10:49 am · Link

    You MUST see Enchanted! It really is wonderful… Probably even better than the reviews make it out to be.

  3. Elizabeth
    December 3rd, 2007 at 12:34 pm · Link

    I am with both of you! Can’t wait to see Enchanted and NT2

  4. Keira Soleore
    December 3rd, 2007 at 3:13 pm · Link

    Enchanted and Atonement for me.

    What kind of popcorn do you order that ends up with M&Ms in the middle and bottom of the tub/bag? I have NEVER had that kind. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Elizabeth
    December 3rd, 2007 at 3:57 pm · Link

    Keira, it is my own concoction. Buy a bag of movie popcorn and a box of M&Ms. Dump the M&Ms into the popcorn and enjoy!

  6. Kelli Estes
    December 3rd, 2007 at 4:59 pm · Link

    I’m with you on the popcorn and M&Ms. But, to avoid losing all the candy at the bottom, I usually grab two M&Ms, a handful of popcorn and stuff it all in my mouth at once. No, it’s not pretty, but it’s so delicious! Red Vines are also a must at the movies.

    I’m wondering about the Golden Compass since it’s getting such a heated reaction from religious groups. I think I’ll go see it just to see if there’s anything to be “concerned” about.

  7. Ciara
    December 3rd, 2007 at 7:11 pm · Link

    Enchanted was sooo good! I saw it twice! My husband liked it too.
    I’m really looking forward to the Golden Compass because I’ve read the complete “His Dark Materials” Trilogy by Phil Pullman. They were a lot darker than Harry Potter, with definite religious overtones. The first book in the series is The Golden Compass (called Northern Lights in the UK), followed by The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass. The special effects are sure to be amazing.

    • Marylada
      June 2nd, 2014 at 11:13 am · Link

      I’m imsdpseer. You’ve really raised the bar with that.

  8. Haven Rich
    December 4th, 2007 at 5:25 am · Link

    I need to train my husband, he is so not the movie goer. Matter fact, I bribed him into seeing Enchanted and the last movie before that was The Princess Dairies(the first one).

    So the other movies I want to go see are: National Treasure! The Golden Compass looks good. Sweeney Todd!!!! Need I say more? Ok, I will. Johnny Depp is totally drool-worthy and I really enjoy this play.

    Actors who’s movies I will beg to go see: Johnny Depp and Brandon Frazer.

    I think I’ll wait for the DVD on The Orphanage though.

  9. Gillian
    December 4th, 2007 at 10:38 am · Link

    There’s a good movie out each week this month, and although I am a notorious cheapskate concerning movies, we’re (all five of us) going each week this month.

    This Friday, the Golden Compass. Next Friday, Alvin and the chipmunks. Then National Treasure II on the 21st, and on Christmas Day, The Water Horse.

    Enchanted: Saw it, Loved it, Will buy it on DVD.

    And I want to see that movie where the girl’s husband dies and he leaves her a trail of letters giving her tasks in order to get over him. By myself or with a girlfriend, for a good laugh or cry.

  10. Haven Rich
    December 4th, 2007 at 1:33 pm · Link

    Alvin and the chipmunks! That’s the other movie I couldn’t think of that I want to see. We saw the ad for it when we saw Enchanted. I so want to see it!!

  11. Susanna Carr
    December 4th, 2007 at 3:20 pm · Link

    I want to see Enchanted and National Treasure II. I haven’t decided if I want to see Atonement. It’s sounds kind of good, but in a tear-me-up-and-leave-me-depressed kind of way.

  12. Eva S
    December 5th, 2007 at 2:12 am · Link

    We are all fantasy fans in our family so today it will be “The Golden Compass” and next week “Beowulf”.
    I wonder when NT II will come to us in Finland? Nicholas Cage is one of my favorites (and Vin Diesel but I never get my DH to the movies for one of his films!)

  13. Elizabeth
    December 5th, 2007 at 8:35 am · Link

    I’m getting barraged by my very Catholic MIL NOT to see The Golden Compass because of the religious aspects, and I doubt we will go. Not that I oppose different viewpoints, how could I? I was raised in a very agnostic/atheistic household and now am a practicing Catholic–so I have no problems with varying faiths/beliefs–I just don’t like them cloaked like candy to be dangled before kids. Reminds me of those cigarettes that were chewing gum when I was growing up.

    Susanna, if you can’t have a good cry in the movie theater, where can you? I love a good weeper!

    But I am totally stoked about Nicholas Cage’s new movie and I hope it comes to a multiplex near you in Finland, Eva!

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