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It is amazing to me the different things that one gets to experience in a small town. And not just any small town, but a small town that is MANY miles (like 90) from the nearest city that has more than 5,000 people. I find myself discovering and experiencing new things almost daily now that we live in Quincy, CA.
One of the things that has really struck me recently about living here was in regards to going to the movies. It really got me thinking about the way in which a lot of people in America approach going to the movies in the 21st Century. And rather than trying to be general and off-base (because this is NOT a scientific study of any sort), I will focus more on the way in which I, personally, had approaching going to the movies, and how that has changed since moving to Quincy.
I remember, even when I lived in Boerne, Texas, there was a theater named "The Palladium" that was only about 10 miles away from where we lived. Boerne, itself, didn't have a movie theater - which made me think at that time that Boerne was a TINY city (boy, have I discovered how wrong I was about that). Anyway, the Palladium had 20-some screens, was gigantic, and even had two VIP movie screens that were for adults 21 and over, had full-sized leather seats, and full arm rests. It was a huge and incredible theater. When Christi and I would talk about going to see a movie, we had a few decisions to make: 1) Should we go to the Palladium, or one of the other multi-screen theaters within another 5-8 miles? 2) What movie of the 20+ choices should we go see? and 3) What time should we go see the movie we wanted to see (of the 5+ times available each day)? It was quite the smorgasbord of options to choose from.
I admit that I used to think that made life "simpler" - to have all those choices and times - so you could go see what movie you wanted and when you wanted. However, that might be more "convenient", but I have come to discover it is not "simpler." I have discovered movie-going simplicity since moving to Quincy, CA.
At first when we moved to Quincy, I was thinking, "Hey... this can't be much different than Boerne, even if Quincy is less than 1/2 the size. Quincy has a movie theater! Woohoo!" But boy is it different... and that difference has come in the experience of Movie-Going Simplicity!!!
Quincy has a movie theater... yes... but it is only a ONE-Screen Movie theater. In addition to that, it only has one showtime per day (7 pm) except for Sundays (it has two 4 pm and 7 pm) and Wednesdays (when it is closed completely). If you want to see a movie there, you have approximately 3 days to see it. The movies show from Sunday through Tuesday or from Thursday through Saturday. And then, when you get inside, you will find a quaint little snack-bar. There are very few options, but at least the prices are not as steep as the mega-plexes. The theater itself isn't too large, and is clearly available for both movie showings as well as live theater, as there is quite a large stage stretching out in front of the screen.
So, in short... what is Movie-Going Simplicity? It is: 1) Do you want to go to THE movie? And that's it. If you want to go to the movie, there is only one show time to go to. And if you don't go to the movie that is showing now, in 3 days max, it will be gone. Different - yes. Bad - not at all.
And, just to add to this post of simplicity, I had to take pictures of this single-plex to show what I am talking about. Enjoy.
Having lived in a couple of the places I have lived (including Colorado and California), it is not all that uncommon for events to have to be cancelled due to the weather. And in recent years, this has become a much more common occurrence, not only all throughout the United States, but throughout the world - as there have been a lot of natural disasters and inclement weather that has brought many things to a halt.
However, I am not even referring to your extreme situations (hurricanes, tornadoes, etc.) It is not too uncommon in the U.S. to have events cancelled due to the snow, the rain, the ice, and even extreme heat.
But yesterday when I was reading the local paper, I came upon a first for me..... an event that was cancelled for a reason I have never seen formally given....
Here is the clip from the paper:
Yes... that is right. The film series was cancelled due to GORGEOUS WEATHER!!! :-)
I will admit, it is true that we are having BEAUTIFUL weather here in Quincy, CA right now. But I just had to take a picture of that and post it for the official record of something being cancelled, formally, in the local newspaper, due to gorgeous weather! I love it.
Stay tuned for other news from "Life in a Small Town"
The American Film Institute's 2007 list of the top-100 American movies: (in Bold are the ones I have seen already - I would love to complete this list personally)
1. Citizen Kane, 1941 2. The Godfather, 1972 3. Casablanca, 1942 4. Raging Bull, 1980 5. Singin' in the Rain, 1952 6. Gone With the Wind, 1939 7. Lawrence of Arabia, 1962 8. Schindler's List, 1993 9. Vertigo, 1958 10. The Wizard of Oz, 1939 11. City Lights, 1931 12. The Searchers, 1956 13. Star Wars, 1977 14. Psycho, 1960 15. 2001: A Space Odyssey, 1968 16. Sunset Blvd., 1950 17. The Graduate, 1967 18. The General, 1927 19. On the Waterfront, 1954 20. It's a Wonderful Life, 1946 21. Chinatown, 1974 22. Some Like It Hot, 1959 23. The Grapes of Wrath, 1940 24. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, 1982 25. To Kill a Mockingbird, 1962 26. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, 1939 27. High Noon, 1952 28. All About Eve, 1950 29. Double Indemnity, 1944 30. Apocalypse Now, 1979 31. The Maltese Falcon, 1941 32. The Godfather Part II, 1974 33. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, 1975 34. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937 35. Annie Hall, 1977 36. The Bridge on the River Kwai, 1957 37. The Best Years of Our Lives, 1946 38. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, 1948 39. Dr. Strangelove, 1964 40. The Sound of Music, 1965 41. King Kong, 1933 42. Bonnie and Clyde, 1967 43. Midnight Cowboy, 1969 44. The Philadelphia Story, 1940 45. Shane, 1953 46. It Happened One Night, 1934 47. A Streetcar Named Desire, 1951 48. Rear Window, 1954 49. Intolerance, 1916 50. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, 2001 51. West Side Story, 1961 52. Taxi Driver, 1976 53. The Deer Hunter, 1978 54. M-A-S-H, 1970 55. North by Northwest, 1959 56. Jaws, 1975 57. Rocky, 1976 58. The Gold Rush, 1925' 59. Nashville, 1975 60. Duck Soup, 1933 61. Sullivan's Travels, 1941 62. American Graffiti, 1973 63. Cabaret, 1972 64. Network, 1976 65. The African Queen, 1951 66. Raiders of the Lost Ark, 1981 67. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, 1966 68. Unforgiven, 1992 69. Tootsie, 1982 70. A Clockwork Orange, 1971 71. Saving Private Ryan, 1998 72. The Shawshank Redemption, 1994 73. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, 1969 74. The Silence of the Lambs, 1991 75. In the Heat of the Night, 1967 76. Forrest Gump, 1994 77. All the President's Men, 1976 78. Modern Times, 1936 79. The Wild Bunch, 1969 80. The Apartment, 1960 81. Spartacus, 1960 82. Sunrise, 1927 83. Titanic, 1997 84. Easy Rider, 1969 85. A Night at the Opera, 1935 86. Platoon, 1986 87. 12 Angry Men, 1957 88. Bringing Up Baby, 1938 89. The Sixth Sense, 1999 90. Swing Time, 1936 91. Sophie's Choice, 1982 92. Goodfellas, 1990 93. The French Connection, 1971 94. Pulp Fiction, 1994 95. The Last Picture Show, 1971 96. Do the Right Thing, 1989 97. Blade Runner, 1982 98. Yankee Doodle Dandy, 1942 99. Toy Story, 1995 100. Ben-Hur, 1959
I had the opportunity yesterday to go to a special advanced screening of "The Nativity Story". I, personally, thought it was INCREDIBLE!!!!!
I plan to take my Jr. Highers to see it as a group when it is released, and I would highly recommend everyone to see it. It is not a low-budget, B-made, Christian movie. It had a 37.5 million dollar budget for the making of the movie, and the producer, writer and director are all strong Christians.
I really admired how they handled some of the "creative license" on scenes that we do not know about - such as how did Mary's parents respond when they found out she was pregnant; and how did she respond back to them. I felt it was well done.
It was biblically accurate and scripturally correct. Historically it was also very accurate other than one major area - the wise men coming to see Jesus in manger right after he was born. We had a chance to ask the producer about why he chose to err in that way and he said the because most people (especially non-believer) don't know that the wise men were not at the manger - because that is how all of our nativity scenes show it is with them there - he felt too many people would walk out of the move feeling confused and focusing on the question of "why weren't the wise men there" rather than focusing on the power of the story and the birth of Christ. So he decided that was a historical stretch that he felt was worth making for this movie because it does not communicate an theological or biblical errancy, but rather just a shifting of the historical timeline for these few individuals. I can see his point, and I didn't have a problem with it given the power and clearness of the rest of the movie.
The actress who played Mary is the girl who was in the movie "Whale Rider" and she did an amazing job. The actor who played Joseph is basically an "unknown" and was also incredible.
This movie will move you, bring you to tears, cause you to re-think some things, and definitely impact you. It is a GREAT movie to share with others who do not believe. I still feel moved 1 day later just thinking about the movie. I can't wait to see it again on Opening Weekend (Dec. 1-3).
Christi and I went to see the movie “Eight Below” today. I was wanting to see this movie, but didn’t really know if it was going to be any good. I knew it was based on a true story as well, which often makes these movies more powerful and sometimes makes them seem unrealistic. But I have to say this movie exceeded my expectations. It was a very powerful and moving movie. It was entertaining the entire time and definitely captured my attention. It was also very emotionally moving. Good times – Good movie!!!
Christi and I went to see the movie “Failure to Launch” tonight. It was a very funny movie and we really enjoyed it. The ending was slightly slow and they could have wrapped it up a little quicker, but overall the movie was wonderful and funny and a great way to relax this evening.
Today has been a day filled with all kinds of emotions. It is hard at times to know what to do with all of them. I am also struggling today with being angry at God. I am thankful we have the Psalms to show us that it is OK to be angry with God and to express that anger to him. My prayer is that God will help me to rest in him and trust in him and not be so angry. I know the way I am feeling is not good – but it’s honest, and even if I were to pretend otherwise, God knows my heart.