Wednesday, August 17, 2022

I don't really miss going to the movies.

Does anyone else feel like television is now where it's at? That it's just not worth it to go to the movies anymore? The last movie I saw in the theater was Thor: Love and Thunder. But just being honest, getting the tickets, scheduling, and then coordinating with others to go and see it as well as spending the gas and the time and the money on concessions has lost a certain luster. Just five years ago, I spent hundreds of dollars a year on going out to the movies. I loved them. I don't know what's changed. But now...all the things I look forward to are on television. Here are things that I haven't watched yet that are on the list:

She-Hulk: Attorney at Law.

The last half of the final season of Better Call Saul

House of the Dragon (it starts really soon).

The Rings of Power (Amazon's Lord of the Rings fantasy that they spent $400 million on).

Season 3 of Locke and Key that's on Netflix

The Terminal List on Amazon

The Bear

Love, Death, and Robots

Guillermo del Toro's Cabinet of Curiosities that comes out just before Halloween

Uncoupled on Netflix. This one has Neil Patrick Harris in it, and it looks like it is worth a watch.

Inventing Anna

Prey (this one is on Hulu). It's apparently a movie with the predator monster in it fighting some Native Americans. It honestly looks interesting and has quite a bit of buzz built up around it.

Wednesday (a new Addams family show that's going to be on Netflix)

Interview with the Vampire, which is on AMC and will be in October (of course)

Arcane season 2 on Netflix. It started production in November 2021, so it should be appearing sometime in the winter or spring.

Red which is a Pixar movie that I just haven't gotten around to watching yet. It came out probably six months ago. That's how far behind I am.

Season 3 of The Mandalorian, which will come out in February I think.

Season 2 of The Bad Batch, which drops sometime in September. 

And that's just the things I can recall off the top of my head. My point in making this list is that I'm literally not looking forward to any movies in the movie theater. I actually could care less about the movie theater. This, honestly, kinda makes me sad. I spent so much time in the movie theater growing up, and I feel like the format may be reaching obsolescence. It will definitely be obsolete, if everyone feels the same way that I do.

Movies need to become exciting again. Otherwise they are going to go the way of the dodo. Any thoughts on this you'd like to share? 


  1. We still see movies in the theater, although we never get popcorn or anything. (And we'll be in a theater Thursday for RiffTrax: Live.) But there is a lot on television that is just as enticing.
    And you really need to watch Prey. Excellent film. Should've been a theater release.

  2. You finally reached where I was three years ago when I blogged about the death of small movies in theaters was largely in part because going to the movies is a chore.

    Covid has really only accelerated the decline because of the danger and also a lack of really good content. Most of the stuff I would have gone to see like Marvel movies I can just wait a couple months for it to be on Disney+. It's no biggie.

    I saw an article yesterday about how Top Gun 2 is back at #2 at the box office and I think that is largely because there isn't a lot of strong competition this summer, just a meh Jurassic sequel and meh Thor sequel.

    1. I forgot to say earlier that I agree with Alex about Prey. You should definitely watch that. And they should definitely have put it in theaters for at least a few weeks. As someone said on Twitter or Facebook, Sony put Morbius in theaters twice and it was a dumpster fire.

  3. Once I got to the point where I needed the physical white noise (knitting) while watching things, movies really became a thing of "will I be drawn in enough by this to not missing the knitting?" If not, then it was better for me to wait until I could watch it from home so I could knit to it. There are some shows and movies that I'm so sucked in that knitting is a distraction. But for most things, I will fidget without a project in my lap.