Tuesday, February 24, 2004

Despite the hype

I haven't even seen "The Passion of the Christ," and I'm already sick of it. Alabama's major newspapers have been writing about it all month, leading me to create a special page featuring all the coverage.

It's on nearly all the TV news programs, and it's all over the blogosphere. And despite having not seen the movie yet themselves, several people have felt compelled to tell me that I should see it.

Their reasons:

It's really good!

Well, I've heard that "Mystic River" is really good, too, and I'd rather see that.

It's got a great message!

Believe it or not, I already know the message. 2000 years of Christian faith have given me ample opportunity to have heard it.

But you're al.com's entertainment producer!

Unfortunately, my position does not equate to free movie tickets. In fact, in the past year, I can only think of twice when I've received free perks as such (The Birmingham Museum of Art's Old Masters & Impressionists exhibit and The Haunted spook house). Like most people, I operate on a limited budget, and I can't afford to see every movie that comes out — even if I wanted to. Not only that, but I'm the entertainment producer. That's more than just movies. I have to worry about music, theatre, books, art, and travel too. That doesn't leave me with much time to watch movies and write reviews, so I pick the few that I actually want to see.

Honestly, I'm just not interested in seeing this movie. Controversy and hype aren't factors that draw me in. If they were, I'd have seen "Kill Bill."

I'm not going to see "The Passion of the Christ" because, simply put, I don't want to. It doesn't look like a movie that I'd enjoy. Arguments that I should want to aren't going to work. I know my tastes better than you do.

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