Thanks to Gymnastics Play Night, which happens once per month on a Saturday evening from 6:30pm to 10:30pm, Hubby and I have a guaranteed date night at least that often. While the kids have supervised free reign with 98 other little revelers in the gymnastics gym, climbing the equipment, diving into the Styrofoam-cube filled pit, jumping on the enormous trampoline, and generally burning off energy, Mommy and Daddy have a lovely evening to ourselves. I don’t know who looks forward to Gymnastics Play Night more… us or them. LOL
While occasionally we might go out to dinner to a nice restaurant, or do something more cerebral, such as host a family viewing of The Crucible Onscreen, by far the most common date night simply involves a trip to the movies at the Moore Warren Theatre. Let me just say, I love that theatre. 17 screens, so always plenty of options and showtimes. An incredible IMAX. Really comfortable seating with plenty of leg room in all the theatres, the latest sound systems, always clean, always a comfortable temperature, and best of all, they have a diner that serves very tasty food (at a reasonable premium) that you can take into any movie. They also have an “Upstairs” area, for 21 yrs and older, that serves alcoholic beverages, so you can have a drink before or after the movie, or even during the movie if you attend the movie in the “balcony” seating.
Aside from occasional no-brainers, such LOTR or Hobbit films, we have a system for deciding which movie we’ll see. We simply alternate who picks the movie. If there’s something I really want to see but know he’ll sleep through, I try to see it on my own time. And if there’s something he really wants to see but knows I’d strongly dislike, he simply waits until it comes out on HBO or DVD. That still leaves a lot of movies that are in between- movies each of us might not choose to see on our own, but are willing to try for the sake of the other. *Coughs* Which brings me to the title of this post.
Confessions of an Ogling Cinema-Goer. Yes, well… while Hubby is no doubt virtuously attending my choices to please me, I, on the other hand, usually have my own agenda when I don’t shoot down one of his choices by intimating that I’d strongly dislike seeing it. Here are a few of Hubby’s choices that I have “suffered through” with tongue in cheek:
1. 300 (2006)
Violence… practically nonstop battle… stylized gore. That pretty much describes 300.
But, well… Gerard Butler as Leonidas.
Need I say more?
One other happy outcome of this movie was that after several subtle hints and compliments on Leonidas’ jawline-accentuating beard, Hubby agreed to try a similar beard on himself, and I’ve been enjoying that ever since 2006.
self-indulgence sacrifice watching 300 had unforeseen and long-lasting benefits. LOL
2. 300: Rise of An Empire (2014)
In fact, as much as I “suffered” while watching the first 300, I must admit that I agreed to
indulge in subject myself to a second round of over-the-top, extravagant bloodshed when Hubby suggested we see the sequel, 300: Rise of An Empire.
Why would I, you ask? Well, let me think… Oh! I have it! Sullivan Stapleton as Themistocles may have had something to do with it. What an
abominable accomodating wife!
3. Conan the Barbarian (2011)
Yes, ladies, I have had to
enjoy endure some severe hardships in my cinema-going career with Hubby. Take Conan the Barbarian, for example. Undoubtedly one of the silliest movies I’ve been to.
But Jason Momoa as Conan… well, I just had to grin and
bask in bear it. Really. Grinning, that is.
You see, that one came out just after Season 1 of Game of Thrones aired, when I’d first stumbled across the lovely Jason Momoa in his role as the uber-sexy savage Dothraki warrior Khal Drogo. I fear it went from “Conan the Barbarian? Not a chance” to “Oh, ok, if you insist” when Hubby mentioned who’d be starring as Conan.
Yes, you see how it is.
4. The Avengers (2012)
I don’t generally care at all for superhero movies. I mean, I did sit through a certain Captain America: The Winter Soldier once, for Richard’s sake, but I regretted that after Heinz Krueger bit the cyanide capsule and felt the rest of my time was sadly wasted. However, before RA had even entered the picture for me, I did find myself at the The Avengers movie on one of Hubby’s turns to pick.
Normally, that would have been an automatic “Nope!” for me, but… Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye. Something about that guy. I can’t even put my finger on why, but Renner’s just one of those males that makes my normal movie-going sensibilities just… fade away. And yes, Hubby has mentioned he’d like to see the next one, so I suppose I’ll have to
yield to somehow withstand Hawkeye’s charms once again.
5. Expendables 2 (2012)
oglings ordeals with Hubby don’t always pan out just the way I’d like. How was I to know that Liam Hemsworth’s Billy The Kid character in Expendables 2 was destined to die so early on?
Yes, I found myself at Expendables 2 ready to
revel in tolerate a torturous couple of hours watching the younger and IMO hotter Hemsworth brother, when the young sniper expired after a very few minutes of screen time! It was a disaster, I tell you.
6. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
The last movie we saw together was my pick, Child 44 (2015), starring the very compelling Tom Hardy. That movie was terrifying and compelling, and not because of the child murders. But I only mention it because it seems likely we’ll have back-to-back Tom Hardy movies, with the next pick being Hubby’s with Mad Max: Fury Road.
Sigh. No, I’m not all that excited about the concept of another Mad Max movie. But, well… Tom Hardy will be Mad Max. LOL
And now, after making all these very cathartic confessions about the nature of my sufferings and theatre-going
amusements hardships, I thought I’d end on a more wholesome note. Above, I had mentioned that the Leonidas-style beard was inspirational to me, and how much I prefer Hubby’s beard now that it accentuates his jawline like a Spartan Sex God so nicely. So I’ve included 2 pretty cute photos that not only demonstrate the difference in the beard, but also just bring… well… warm fuzzies of a different variety. You’ll see what I mean. =)
Have a great weekend, everyone…