What Happens When You Go to the Movies Alone

So there I was at the movie theater on a Saturday night…alone. (Yes, I’m one of those people.)

Since the theater was lightly occupied, I’d selected a seat smack-dab in the middle of the row. A smattering of couples sat here and there, the nearest being down the row on my right and one three rows down.

The movie was more than half over when I noticed the guy a few rows down get up, leaving his date. (A strange fact about me: I always notice when someone is missing out on the movie. I wonder what on earth could be so important to forego the foundational pursuit of answering “What’s going to happen?” I make up scenarios in my head…and end up missing that much of the movie myself.)

In my official deduction, Mr. Truant had consumed too much Coke, because when he returned, he did not have any additional concessions in his possession. (Go ahead; say that three times fast. It’s fun.)

As much as I thought I was tuned in to the movie, my brain was busy tracking Mr. Truant’s movements. Not because he was attractive or noticeable, but because even I knew he’d missed his turn. His girlfriend was three rows down, but he just kept coming up the stairs. Continue reading “What Happens When You Go to the Movies Alone”

Divergent the Movie: Better Than the Book

If I had a list of movies that I thought were better than the books they were based on, it would say, “Lord of the Rings” and not much else.

Until now.

This weekend, a group of friends and I saw Divergent, which is based on Veronica Roth’s dystopian, YA novel by the same name. The story, set in a futuristic Chicago, where society is divided into five factions, is a New York Times bestseller–why, I haven’t yet figured out.

But artistically speaking, with all critiquing aside, while the book never gripped me (getting under my skin doesn’t count), it did serve to help the viewing of the movie, oddly enough. Unlike some films based on books, where knowledge of the plot ruins the tension the screenwriters try so hard to keep (especially by throwing in extra elements and thereby Continue reading “Divergent the Movie: Better Than the Book”