"I’ve always wanted to stand up in the middle of a bad movie in the theatre and say ‘Aren’t your lives worth more for 2 hours than, even say $7 in New York City, $3.50 an hour, that’s below the minimum wage, the new minimum wage. Get out and live it up.’" -Gene Siskel
Ridiculous as it seems, watching this Siskel & Ebert review from 1989 back in February has completely changed my moviegoing habits. Previous to that, I’d be at the theatre every Sunday night to plunk my money and time down on a film, even the ones I knew were going to suck hard. And I’d walk out annoyed at it and myself and movies in general. Why are movies so bad now? I would lament to myself.
Gene Siskel talking about this crappy movie finally opened my eyes to this one aspect I’d somehow overlooked. That I’d like to think 2 hours of my life is worth more than the price of a ticket to movie that I’m pretty sure is gonna be hot garbage. Thanks to him, I don’t do that anymore.