I love the movies. When you have kids, going to a movie becomes a logistical battle kind of like the invasion on D-Day.
But once the kids are gone, going to the movies becomes a regular feature of social life. Afternoon, evening, it doesn't matter. I love the movies.
I also love some lousy movies. "Sister Act" is an all-time favorite, but it doesn't make any top 500 movie lists.
I always use the Oscars and Golden Globes and SAG awards shows as a guide to movies. Not foolproof, but it's a guide at least.
I cannot, however, bring myself to go see "The Artist."
Everyone I know who is cool loves it. I think I ought to love it. If I want to be part of the in crowd then "The Artist" ought to be high on my list.
But a silent movie with cheesy music and cheesier costumes just isn't luring me to part with the bucks for this movie. I've read a lot about it. I've seen trailers and clips. I've even talked to people who think I'm odd because I'm not enraptured. So far, nothing can convince me to go.
For some reason I think it's about an era of movie making I didn't live through and that I don't have any particular reverence for.
Anybody want to give it a try, feel free.
keek | Feb. 13, 2012 at 12:31 p.m. (report)
I'm so sad for you Dave. There is a whole big world out there which you should explore. I liked The Artist. But then I am also a big fan of the old musicals. The Artist reminded me a lot of Singing in the Rain. Similar story theme but without words. I was more impresses that a silent movie could get this kind of press. I guess the 3D, CG and FX producers are scratching their heads about this movie. I hope you take the time to see this movie. It is a breath of fresh air.
Dogface | Feb. 9, 2012 at 11:04 a.m. (report)
Thanks, Dave, for reminding Milwaukee once again that you are fundamentally lazy, shallow and incurious.
I can't lie. I read every Begel article just to see the comments skewer him. I commented long ago that Tarnoff actually writes these articles, and Begel is actually long dead and frozen in the onmilwaukee.com cellar.
Based on the talkback comments posted and their lack of useful arguements, I'll take Dave's advice, but only because it will make someone angry.
So this is just some cranky old man bitching about something he has no idea about? Great job choosing your "journalists", OnMilwaukee!
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