House of Leaves recent posts about the movies he’s going to see on his birthday (I’ve counted three so far—which sounds like a great birthday to me. Happy B-Day, HoL!) bot me thinking about this thread. Basically, let’s hear some of your best birthdays that involved movies in some way. For example, I remember one birthday I saw L’Avventura and Persona. The former was so good, I watched it again right after I saw it (This was pretty late at night, too.) So any great birthday experiences involving movies? (I think we should all choose a winner, with the mubi administrators giving some sort of prize. Don’t you guys agree?)
This year, my 18th birthday I decided to go to the movies for the first time in years. I had agreed to see Hunger Games with a friend, yes – Hunger Games. I have never been the same since.
You could make much worse decisions. I liked The Hunger Games. Have a good b-day!
To be tranformed on your birthday (in a good way, I hope), now that’s something memorable. Pretty cool
Unfortunately for me, the day I was born (my birth day) coincided with the release of Edward Dmytryk’s Hitler’s Children.
My birthday movie celebrations are always amazing because I’m out celebrating my favorite holiday and I get all the snacks I want, plus the movie, for free. It doesn’t really matter what I see.
But I really did have a lot of fun going to the movies with all my friends every year for my birthday in high school. Those were some really fun times, even if we did see Bounce. But the best was when we saw Sleepy Hollow. I lived in the country, and my friends and I were returning to my home in the dark. One car load was a few minutes ahead of the other and in the dark passed my house and ended up next to where my neighbor’s horse was grazing. The car startled the horse and my friends apparently screamed because they thought it was the headless horseman.
Cool story, Bijoux. (Beats mine. And hey, how about this for a non-serious-thinking thread? ;) Fun is my middle name, you just didn’t know that did ya? :)
I did enjoy reminiscing :)
I think you need to change your username to Jazzfunaloha, Jazz!
I saw Fulci’s House by the Cemetery at the theater for my birthday this year. But the stupid movie theater didn’t even give me anything for free. The burger place I ate at before the movie gave me a free beer though.
I’m afraid I can’t remember ever seeing a movie on my birthday. When I think back it seems I was often at work. However I was once working on a movie on my birthday and some co-workers took me out for a late lunch at a joint—Chez Jay’s in Ocean Park. One of my gregarious friends mentioned my birthday to the guy at the door, so the guy at the door asked two porn actresses at the bar (with a coke spoon wearing swell) to give me a present . . . which they did. Not exactly a movie birthday, but memorable.
Brotherdeacon said, I’m afraid I can’t remember ever seeing a movie on my birthday.
Someone take away Brotherdeacon’s official cinephile card! ;)
DFFOO said, I think you need to change your username to Jazzfunaloha, Jazz!
See, Bijoux, DFFOO doesn’t think I “think too much.” :)
But the stupid movie theater didn’t even give me anything for free.
Did you actually try to use that line? (I had never thought of that. Someone take away my card.)
I go every year on my birthday, never anything good playing (its in Feb.).
who me, nah I can rent any time
I always look for any excuse to go to the movies
If I didn’t have to work, I would go 3 or 4 times a week
But even if nothing good is playing? I guess, I’m happy to watch a film anywhere, although I prefer watching a good movie at the theater.
Coming This Friday, fiancee wants to see:
Hope Springs: The director made Devil Wears Prada. I did not care for that but at least it was consistent in tone and expectation. He followed that up with Big Year which was poorly paced and often too dramatic for comedy and not sad enough for drama, I wonder if Hope, which trailers suggest is a comedy, will be uneven or poor in tone and will this affect pacing? Steve Carrel does quality dramedys from time to time, he often plays a bumbler. Here he is playing a therapist; he will likely be professional since for him to be a bumbler is a distraction, maybe they will make him physically clumsy or have a messy homelife that catches up with him in some scenes.
Every film has similar questions or interest and if it confirms to yr bad expectations that is interesting and if it doesn’t that is interesting too.
For the past four years I’ve done this, mostly by myself, sometimes a buddy will drop by for one of them. By far the best one yet was today! Best way to spend your birthday!
THE COVE 5/5
THE HURT LOCKER 4/5
THE FATHER OF MY CHILDREN 3.5/5
WINTER’S BONE 4/5
WILD GRASS 4/5
GENERAL ORDERS NO. 9 5/5
TREE OF LIFE 5/5
BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD 5/5
MOONRISE KINGDOM 5/5
AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY 5/5
Also, it wasn’t my birthday, but seeing THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK on opening day at my friend’s b-day party was pretty great.
Raiders of the Lost Ark is playing Saturday at my local theater, jealous?
Not me. I just took my kids to see it at the Texas Theater last month!
We are getting Night of the Hunter next month
“Also, it wasn’t my birthday, but seeing THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK on opening day at my friend’s b-day party was pretty great.”
If I could go back in time for the sole purpose of seeing a movie on opening day, it would be Empire Strikes Back.
@Jazz — Someone take away Brotherdeacon’s official cinephile card! ;)
I knew this day would come, but now I must admit . . . I was never issued a cinephile card. There, I’ve said it. Sad to say, but I sneaked in the back door when the trailer was playing and just sat down. How was I to know it would be a Bo Widerberg film? Or that I’d really like it?
When I was in my early 20s, and for some reason which has escaped me, I watched The Big Chill on my birthday for a string of a few years. I may have to revive that old tradition, as it’s a good movie and it was always fun to watch it.
A friend of mine would watch 1980’s A Change of Seasons on his birthday because he still wanted the thrill he got at 17 by watching Bo Derek hop around naked in her hot tub. As I feel his pain, even though it’s a lousy movie, I must admit that scene is riveting! haha