Every student enjoys summer vacation for different reasons. For some, it is the freedom of having no classes, exams, or papers. For others, the chance to be at home with family is the highlight of the brief reprieve. For me, however, I enjoy the summer movies. Some highlights of this summer were Transformers 2, Harry Potter VI, and The Ugly Truth, to name just a few. One movie that, while not the most anticipated premiere, definitely took some people by surprise, was (500) Days of Summer.
We were lucky at Grafton this month to have (500) Days of Summer as our matinee showing on November 8th. As many JMU students know, money doesn’t grow on trees and prices certainly are not conducive to a college budget. One of the money-saving facets I have found while being more conscientious of my budget is the wonderful world of matinee movies. Cheaper than the night-time flicks, matinees provide a truly unique atmosphere of movie-watching. Even though while you are in the theater nothing seems different, walking outside into daylight or into the view of a large and beautiful sunset gives a different feeling than walking out into the night.
As part of the Film Committee of UPB, I had the pleasure of working the matinee movie this past weekend. Grafton was decked out in a “Summer in November” theme with beach balls and shells adorning the tables. True to the genre of the film, there was an awesome “Romantic Film Trivia” sheet passed out to the movie-goers. A great crowd showed up, the popcorn sold quickly (only 50 cents… how can you beat that?) and the tickets were an amazing $1.50. Where else can you see a movie and have popcorn for $2? I’ll give you a minute to think about it…
With great performances by Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who I fondly remember from 10 Things I Hate About You, this film was definitely one of my favorites from last summer. I wait with anticipation for the summer 2010 releases. 🙂