Sunday, July 06, 2008
 
THE SHOCKER
One of my favorite pastimes is going to the movies but in recent months there hasn't been anything that I wanted to see until yesterday.



"Kit Kittredge - An American Girl" is rated as a movie for kids 6 and older. Don't pay attention to that! It's a movie that boys and girls of any age can enjoy. The script deals with the time of the great depression when people were losing their homes and their jobs. Nothing much has changed.

The story is told through the eyes of a 10 year old, played by Abigail Breslin. What a charmer she is! I especially enjoyed Jane Cusack as an awkward librarian, Stanley Tucci as a magician and Wallace Shawn as the newspaper editor. Those were my favorites but every cast member did a fine job.

While we were waiting for the movie to start we saw parents coming with their children and grandparents coming with their grandchildren. I thought, "oh boy, what have I got myself into, it's going to be noisy."

Surprisingly, the childred were quiet, not a peep out of them. What I did hear was laughter from the adults. I was one of them.

One more thing about the audience - when the movie was over - They applauded!! How often does that happen?

Now for the shocker: As I mentioned earlier I haven't been to the movies in a while. The price of admission for a SENIOR is now $9:00!! If you are not a senior it's $10.00!!

I realize everything is going up but still I was wondering why it went up so much. Well, in today's Boston Globe, Parade Magazine there was the following article, Why Movie Prices Are Popping:
In the last year, the average ticket price has jumped from $6.88 to $7.08, and movie attendance was down more than 4% by mid-June, according to media analyst Paul Dergarabedian. In tough economic times, Americans traditionally have looked to the movies for an inexpensive escape. As prices rise, we may be forced to look elsewhere.
Guess I won't be going to the movies to often - there's nothing much worth seeing anyway. Netflix here I come!!


Comments:
Thanks for the review. I hadn't thought of seeing this film, but now I want to!
 
My granddaughter was here last night and today, and I wanted to take her to see that, but she had to leave before we could go to the movie. Maybe I'll go by myself!
 
Thank you for the review.
That sounds like the kind of movie I am interested in spending the money for a movie ticket.
To me there is nothing worse than paying that inflated price and being disappointed with the movie.
 
We have a scheme at out local cinema where you pay £12 ish a month and you can go to the cinema as many times as you like in that month (works out you go twice and you've got your moneys worth) I know my poor little card might be worn out by the end of the summer! There are quite a few films I want to see starting with Wanted this week and Mamma Mia next!
Kit does look good so might add that to the list!
 
Putting this movie on my list!
Prices here have rocketed too and every time I go to the movies in the afternoon, I find I am with very few elders. Once, they've even shown the movie for me alone!
It seems that your cataract surgery went fine, didn't it?
 
Merle Streep in Mama Mia is gonna be a gas!
 
rhea and kenju
Hope you einjoy the movie as much as I did!

bear naked
If you get to see "The American Girl hope you enjoy it and don't have to pay a million bucks.

god's rock angel
Thanks for the recommendations - I haven't heard about "Wanted" but will check it out.

I didn't see the hit play "Mamma Mia" so I'll be on the look-out for the movie.

todd's hellskitchen
If there's a movie with Merle Streep in it, I have to go see it. I'll even pay $9.00 if I have to!

Claude
From what I have heard about cataract surgery, the patient usually sees an immediate improvement. In my case it took a week for me to see a change.

It's like a veil has been lifted! With time it should get even better. Still putting in drops, seeing the doctor in a month for a final check-up.

What a wonderful age we live in!
 
My 7 year old granddaughter has a Kit doll and she and her mommy are looking forward to this movie. Thanks for the review. It is good to know there is something out there at the movies that is not the same old action, cartoon, animated stuff.
 
Thanks for the review Millie. It is good to know that there is something of substance to see out there in movie land . Some of the cable stations show some good movies depending on what package you have. Lifetime and TCM are two good ones.
 
chancy
Your granddaughter should love this movie especially since she has a kit doll.

Inwood
I do watch Lifetime and see a good movie once in a while. When there is nothing special on TV ( and that's often) I watch Larry King on CNN.

When I check the TV guide I see some good movies listed on TCM but I do not have that package.
 
I had seen this advertised on TV and I knew I wanted to see it. I bought 3 of those American Girl dolls for Kaela, my granddaughter. It's so refreshing to hear about a good movie out there right now. BUT those prices! Whew! I'm really glad we have Netflix and when this goes on DVD, I'll order it.
Terri
http://www.islandwriter.net
 
I saw this film. This is very amazing. Thanks for the review
 
Don't know when I've been to the movies - for all the reasons you mentioned. I'm almost giddy with the thought there is a movie I might like in the movie houses this day and time...
Thanks for the great review.
jan crenshaw
Palatka, FL
jbcrenshaw@bellsouth.net
 
Millie-
I discovered your blog through your son’s podcast and think what you’re doing is fantastic. Congratulations on the ABC interview! I agree with you on the ever-rising cost of going to the movies. Widely accessible on-demand video will likely put another dent into theaters’ revenues before too long, along with consumer migration to Netflix, AppleTV, devices like Popcorn Hour, and more.

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