It’s been just a few months short of fifty years since my wise old grandmother adopted me.
With great hindsight after those fifty years, I think I was adopted into a lower middle class family.
Granddad was a Road Foreman for Missouri Pacific Railroad and my wise old grandmother was a housewife.
We didn’t have a lot of money so my wise old grandmother taught me to conserve water and electricity, to eat all the food on my plate, to repurpose things, to never throw something away (“There is no away!”) until she had inspected and approved of disposing of that something.
When it came to doing the things that my friends were doing, things like buying music and going to the movies, well, that didn’t happen. My allowance was a dime a week, and with movies costing a quarter and 45 singles costing 69¢, I did not have the willpower to do without M&M’s and save my money for music and movies.
Once I was financially stable enough to buy music, I bought a lot. I was never a movie collector, though. Instead, I have always created lists of movies I wanted to see. When they came on TV as the “Movie of the Week,” I watched them. When Blockbuster and Hollywood Video came along, I rented movies. Now movies are available online so I don’t have to spend money renting movies or going to a theater where the floors are sticky. I just Google the movie I want to watch and add online streaming free behind the title. Then I watch!
I’m currently watching 2014 movies (Google “2014 movies” for a complete list). The three most recent movies I watched were “Need For Speed,” “Enemy,” and “U Want Me 2 Kill Him?”.
I watched “Need for Speed” because I like fast cars. I thought it was a great movie, especially since a Mustang was one of the cars featured prominently.
I watched “Enemy” because Jake Gyllenhall starred, and I’m a fan of his work. The movie was a little difficult to follow, especially since I multitask while watching movies, so after watching it I read the Wikipedia entry. I liked the movie after watching it, but I liked it more after reading the Wikipedia entry. Does that make sense?
I watched “U Want Me 2 Kill Him” simply because it sounded interesting. It’s about the Internet and is loosely based on a real event about online chatting and how you don’t always know who you’re chatting with, even when pictures are available. Reminded me of this meme:
Although my favorite movies are action movies, science fiction, and horror movies, I also enjoy movies that end unexpectedly, that ending plot twist. The first movie I remember ending like that was Edward Norton’s first movie, “Primal Fear” from 1996. Richard Gere also starred but it was Edward Norton’s character that I remember.
“U Want Me 2 Kill Him?” has a similar plot twist. I totally understand how two teenagers can get wrapped up in online chatrooms and the Internet, how what you see might not be what you get. I also think it’s going to get worse before it gets better.
There was a lot of foul language in the movie, something I rarely like. However, the context of the language was appropriate for what the two teenagers were going through.
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