Friday, September 2, 2016

Strong Opinions or Wishy Washy? How do you Rate?

My son was raving about a movie a few years back, telling me “Mom, you have to watch it, you would really like it!” So one day I had the opportunity to watch it on NetFlix, perhaps you have heard of this movie? It’s Slum Dog Millionaire. 

I couldn’t watch it. In the very beginning of the movie there is a torture scene and it was just too real, too painful. To this day I have refused to watch that movie.

Torture Scene from Slum Dog Millionaire 
I’ve watched many movies with torture scenes, not that I make a habit of it, they just take place in certain movies…but I just could not make myself watch this one, for some reason it just touched my very soul and I felt every pain myself.  I’ve never had such a strong reaction to a movie.

A few other movies that I can’t bring myself to watch are certain movies with Jim Carey in them. Movies like Dumb and Dumber, Ace Ventura and Mask. Just to see Jim Carey, whom I like as an actor being such a buffoon is mind numbing! He’s another actor that my son just can’t understand my not loving, but like I said, I do like him, just not when he portrays certain types of characters.

I don’t often have such strong opinions of movies, but I guess when I don’t like one I just don’t like it!

Books on the other hand I have a harder time with. There have been times that I start a book and I know right away I’m not going to like it, but I feel bad stopping and not finishing it because I feel like the writer went to a lot of trouble to write it and it would be disrespectful to not finish it. Crazy I know, but that’s just me.

There have been times that I refused to give up on a book and maybe three quarters of the way it finally comes to life for me and I end up thoroughly enjoying it…maybe that’s why I don’t give up on them?

Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan was one of those books that I did just not enjoy. I enjoy Gaffigan as a comedian on stage, but somehow could not buy into his book. I have to admit I didn’t read more than a few pages, sorry Jim.

I try to not be too judgmental or opinionated, although people that know me probably wouldn't agree with that statement. But I do like to give things the benefit of the doubt, like music and even people. Even now, knowing that I have been very opinionated about the movies and books above I would never discourage YOU from watching or reading them. 

That’s why it would be difficult for me to be a book editor or movie reviewer…I know that people have different likes and interests so live and let live right?


  1. Interesting read! I hope you are having a great day ♥

  2. Thanks Summer! I appreciate you stopping by :)

  3. I so agree with you! There are several movies that I won't waste my time watching because of torture or horror and it really touches me and makes very sad/unhappy. One movie I have never been ablt to watch is The Passion of the Christ. I JUST CAN'T!!!

    One book I just couldn't get into was The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. I did not give up on it though. half way down the story, it finally came to life for me.

  4. Oliva - Another thing that I can't bear now is watching Rodeo's or Boxing Matches, or skateboarding videos, anywhere where people fall and hurt themselves, my heart just can't take it.

    I did watch the Passion of the Christ, but get this...a guy took me to see it as a first date. Needless to say, there was no second date!

  5. I like a good drama ( both in movies and books) that ends well and doesn't include horror scenes of any kind. I read a book or watch a movie to escape for a while from the horrors of life, not to get a review of them.

  6. DUTA - I agree with you there. I love a good drama or a comedy that is in good taste.

    I too read books for escape and that's why sometimes I just read books that others would call "fluff" they're just for enjoyment and not to learn a lesson.


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