The inspiration for this entry was a result of talking to Wordschat (another movie blogger you can check out, if you’re not already familiar with him) on my review of the movie Side Effects (2013), starring Channing Tatum, Rooney Mara, Jude Law, and Catherine Zeta-Jones. In our little exchange in the comments section of that entry, he mentioned that there were fake pharmaceutical websites created specifically for the movie and that he had read they were “. . . created by a real multinational advertising agency for authentic look.” I checked out the website and for some reason it’s not working for me—either because my computer is not powerful enough or it could be that it’s gone offline since the movie is now in theaters. (To be honest though, my computer not having enough power seems more likely, as I seem to run into this problem often with it.) I did a Google search and was able to find one of the websites he was talking about for one of the fictional drugs in the movie called Ablixa. I agree with him that the website was very well done, but I also couldn’t really explore too much of the website because my computer unfortunately just doesn’t have the horsepower to run that much data smoothly, haha.
It got me to thinking though, about the question I’ve posed in the title of this entry. For all the movie lovers out there, what makes you want to go watch a movie? And, if you’re willing to share a bit more, what is your movie-going process?
For myself personally, I hardly ever check the official websites to movies. TV shows on the other hand, are a different story—I’ll visit those every-so-often. As for why that is, I don’t really have much of an explanation for, it’s just always been that way. Although, when I think about it, I think it has a lot to do with the fact that TV shows are not one and done like movies are; there’s episodes to catch up on, schedules to look up, articles to read, etc. I suppose the other reason why I don’t really check movie websites is because of the problem I ran into with the one for Side Effects; just too much power for my computer. (Yes, I realize I need an upgrade but that probably isn’t going to happen soon, since I’d need to come up with the funds for it. However, I also don’t know what the best computer is to get, so if anyone out there has any suggestions on a brand of laptop, please feel free to sound off in the comments below, I’d appreciate the input.) Anyway, for the most part, I base my movie decisions based on trailers I see in theaters, additional trailers on YouTube, and information on websites like Fandango and IMDB.
As for my process, I like to go the opening weekend; usually Saturday mornings, when not a lot of people are out and about unless it’s a really popular movie like The Dark Knight Rises (2012) or something along those lines. I’m one of those people that really enjoys going to the movies solo, mostly because when I go in a group people always seem obligated to talk for some reason, and that just drives me crazy. I like to be able to get absorbed in the story and visuals without any distractions. Also, by going alone I don’t have to try and convince friends to go see a movie they might not be all that interested in seeing. I don’t really buy concessions when I go to movies mostly because the prices are ridiculous, but I will every once in a while if I’m super hungry and don’t have time to grab a bite to eat beforehand.
So there you have it, my thoughts on the subject. Hopefully readers out there will be up for the discussion. Looking forward to reading all the thoughts/comments!