Not really. I found this gem in the Goodwill Store a few weeks ago. I paid $100 for it and couldn’t believe my good fortune. It is an actual oil painting on board. The frame alone is worth more than that. It looks very old masters, but it is a new painting. I don’t think it is a ‘copy’ of a painting though because of things like the small skull–perhaps a ‘new’ toy. Back in the 1500’s these were called “vanitas” paintings. They were about the passage of time. I love being transported in time backward or forward by looking at a painting. Same holds true about films.
In fact, I have a confession to make. I prefer to go to movies alone. There are many reasons why. For starters, I like to sit in the back row so no one can sit behind me and annoy me. I don’t want to have to be polite and pretend like a moviemates opinion matters in seat selection. I am very stealth about exactly which seat position I take in the back depending on who and where the people immediately in front of me are. I hate to profile, but I can spot a talker in one glance and I start sizing them up in the ticket line. The very best possible seat is one seat in, and then distribute coat, extra shirt, purse, popcorn and drink as far as you can down the aisle telling people they are saved. Then, if someone sits in front of you you can adjust. Sometimes you have to pretend like you are getting disgusted that your friends aren’t showing up. It also works to tell people the seats in front of you are wet. In fact take a bottle of water if you need to. Isolate, isolate, isolate. Very key to excellent movie going.
I get so excited when the movie comes up. Just me and my popcorn. If I go with someone, I hear every kernel they crunch, every time they reach into the bag for more. It is louder to my ears than the movie itself and I want to snatch the bag out of their hands. Which brings me to another point. If you go alone, your moviemate will not be embarrassed when you get up and complain to the management about the sound, and how the theater is contributing to hearing loss. Alone, you will not be interrupted by your annoying moviemate making frivolous comments like “If Tom Cruise is such a good actor, how come he can’t do a German accent?”, even if you are thinking the same thing.
Let’s say you go to a movie with someone. The movie really sucks, and you get up and leave. This can really annoy and worry your moviemate and will require some backpedaling and groveling on your part, and I assure you regret sets in that you were not alone on that one.
All you single people out there who feel sorry for yourselves, take advantage and go to the movies. Try all my tips. You never know, you might meet someone else doing the same thing. Just make sure it’s on the way OUT.