Movies are a great escape from everyday life. It is easier for me to get lost in a good movie vs a good TV series because I don’t have the patience to wait every week for each cliff hanger. I like reading books, but it takes me awhile to feel engaged in a good book. Movies are convenient little vacations for my imagination. I only have to invest a couple of hours into a good movie story vs days or weeks with a good television show or book. I’m a slow reader because I like to absorb every detail in every word/sentence a writer creates. I really started watching movies with my brother over the summer breaks on VHS. Before we really got involved with sports, we used to watch a lot of movies… The Rocky movies, the original Star Wars Trilogy, Top Gun, the original Karate Kid, and corny comedies like Top Secret were played everyday. Movies tend to hold my attention because the good ones always have awesome soundtracks that enhance the story. That lead to the creation of the Reversal Blook Soundtrack and the Awakening Blook Soundtrack. I’ve found that early on movies were a great means of entertainment! Luckily, I currently live really close to three movie theaters! This week I went to the Ultra Star theaters twice on work nights to see The LEGO movie and a Kung-Fu movie through the Pacific Arts Movement, Journey to the West.
The LEGO movie appears on the surface to be a kid movie, but there were plenty of witty jokes and references that adults would actually appreciate. There were many references to common everyday items given diabolical names with the emphasis on the wrong syllable to make them sound like elaborate evil villain weapons. Pretty creative. I met up with a San Diego movie club for the first time. They go pretty much every week to catch the latest shows at “cheap movie night”. Luckily it is only 2 trolley stations away, so I think I will be going there more frequently.
2 days later, I went back to Ultra Star Theater and saw Journey to The West, which was a featured movie of the Pacific Arts Movement. The theater was packed! There is definitely a community of Asian Film fans in San Diego. I’m definitely going to be exploring the San Diego movie scene more frequently! I’ll admit that I’ve always been a big fan of animation, science fiction, and fantasy. If I wasn’t into sports growing up, I probably would have been considered a nerd. As a kid, my family really encouraged me to like science so I never really got to explore my creative side. Sports was a huge part of my adolescence. Naturally, physical therapy, a profession that combined “the science of healing and the art of caring”, was the perfect profession for me. I always liked creating stuff, so when my career was impeded by my physical disabilities, my creative side came to the forefront. In hindsight, I was drawn to the profession of physical therapy because I could be creative in how we addressed the impairments in patients. After assessing each patient’s impairments the physical therapists help patients create plans of care/goals to address those impairments. That was always the fun part of physical therapy for me… co-creating the plan of care with patients and working together to meet those goals!
Anyways, I watched the Academy Awards tonight so I’ll def have to catch 12 Years A Slave and Dallas Buyer’s Club. Movies are becoming a new hobby. I wonder how you get involved in the production of them…