SGX C3W1D3: Kongfession

My friend and former co-worker Adam once accused me of not liking movies very much.

After the initial moment of indignation I felt, I realized that he was probably right.

“What?!” you exclaim. “Everyone likes movies! Not liking movies is like not liking music!”

Well, yes and no.

I do like some movies, but we are talking about a very narrow selection that almost exclusively falls into the following genres: animated, fantasy, sci-fi (as long as it isn’t Star Wars Episodes 1-3), Shakespearean comedies, musicals, and Jane Austen-era historical flicks. I like my cinematic experiences to be pure escapist experiences with happy endings. If I wanted bad news and a depressing denouement, I could just turn on the national news for free, which is why I won’t pay to see big budget dramas, disaster movies, horror movies, pure action flicks, artsy small-budget films, B-movie cult classics, biographies, war movies, dysfunctional family dramas, and Tarantino movies. I don’t care much for moronic comedies like the Naked Gun/Airplane/Hotshot movies either and cringe through what I call humiliation-based comedies that ride on the repeated embarrassment or debasement of one character to bring on the laughs.

When it comes to emotional upheavals, I prefer mine to come in print form.

Anyway, this whole train of thought was brought on by today’s company-subsidized movie outing to see King Kong at Disney-MGM. I went in with no expectations because I have no particular love for the KK story or genre and came out just thinking the movie was OK. The special effects were well-done, but really, there were moments where I felt like I was trapped in Matrix 2 during the endless fight scene on top of the semi-truck. Yes, yes, King Kong can kick ass, but could we puh-leeeeaaase get on with the plot now? If you are an animal lover, you might want to bring a Kleenex or two because there are a few tear-jerking moments (Hey, I always cry when a fuzzy-face dies; the Lion King always gets me). If you are prone to noise-induced headaches like me, you might also want to bring a pair of earplugs because there is a LOT of roaring, crashing, crunching, and more roaring (simian, reptilian, human, you name it) at top volume in this movie. It is Jurassic Park loud, and I did indeed have a raging migraine by the time I left after over three hours of giant monkeyshines.

Oh yeah–that’s the other thing. The movie is just a bit over three hours long. If you or your kiddies can’t make it through 187 minutes without hitting the restroom, I suggest that you go during the first hour when the movie is mostly (slooooowly) introducing you to the characters and nothing of import happens. Once hour number two begins, it is pretty much nonstop action until the end, and there isn’t much point to seeing this one if you miss out on the good bits.

Nutrition: Training Day Menu
(SGX nutrition details omitted by request of trainer)

1: PWO Dextrose/whey shake
2: SGX PWO Meal
3: SGX Meal
4: 1 slice banana protein bread
5: SGX Meal
6: SGX Meal

Daily Supplements: multivitamin with iron, calcium 500 + D, 1 T. flaxseed oil or natural peanut butter

Water: 16 cups minimum

8:00 AM Back/Biceps/Abs
12:00 PM LISS Run/Walk (4.0 mph/10% incline and 6.0 mph/0% incline; 45 minutes total)

The Awful Truth:
1. Ugh…Too much dessert at the holiday party last night.

Brownie Points:
1. Went grocery shopping.
2. Started to teach myself how to knit using Stitch ‘n’ Bitch: The Knitter’s Handbook by Debbie Stoller
3. Cleared scary leftovers from the fridge.
4. Did the dishes.

Short-term Goals:
1. Update HandBase workout module.
2. Work on paper doll book.
3. Work on holiday cards.
4. Get gym ID card.
5. Work through pile of mending and alterations in my sewing box.
6. Plan spring veggie garden.
7. Finish moving out of apartment.
8. Clean apartment.

7 thoughts on “SGX C3W1D3: Kongfession

  1. Thanks for the King Kong review. I seem to like most of the genres you don’t like, but to each his or her own. I really like your blog.

  2. I’m not much of a movie person these days, either, not because of the genres, but by the time we usually get in to see a movie I am so tired that I would just rather sleep! LOL! Besides, I’m the one who gets squirmy if the movie is too long… :wig:

  3. Lovey75 – I know I’m in the minority when it comes to movies. 🙂 Glad you like the blog!

    Irene – With as much water as I drink during the day (~ 1 gallon), I am lucky to get through a short 70 minute Disney flick without getting up! 😳

  4. I’m with you – I want my movies to have a happy ending and be.. well, FUN!

    And the humiliation-based comedies (Meet the Parents for insance) leave me feeling flat. I’ve been debating on seeing King Kong – I was leaning toward no anyway but your reviews and others like it have pretty much sealed the deal.

    Now go see Narnia and tell me if you like it! *grin*

  5. I’m with you on this one. I saw the 1933 original when I was a kid, and loved the movie. This one kept with the time period very well, but it’s just WAY too long a marathon. So many scenes could have been short. “Okay, they’re looking into each others eyes. I get the friggin idea!” When you roll your eyes because the action scene is just too long, somethings wrong. And then there’s the whole temperature part. I don’t care what kind of shape your in; when lakes are frozen, ice on the streets, snow on the ground, I’m thinking the top of Empire State building is going to be WAY cold. To cold for a thin sleeveless dress. I can buy a big ape tearing up New York, and even climbing the building, but I just can’t buy that she wasn’t bitterly cold.
    Even still, I liked the movie. It was good, but just too long.

  6. Went to see Kong yesterday. You pretty much summed up my experience as well… Way too long and the endless fights in Skull Island just made me wish I could fast forward the film. I liked the New York parts though…

    And, great blog btw…

  7. Shawn, I loved Narnia. 🙂 Edmund needed to be smacked around a bit more by the White Witch for betraying his family and Aslan, but overall, I had no complaints. 😉

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