I watch a lot of movies, and I don't apologize for it. I won't qualify my movie watching with a sentence like "I watch a lot of movies but I try to exercise to balance out all the sitting with my feet up." That would certainly not be true. I also won't say something like "I watch a lot of movies but I try to choose things that are intellectually stimulating or morally sound." That's not really true either. I did walk out after the first fifteen minutes of Tropic Thunder but not because it was offensive. I have as much tolerance for Ben Stiller as I have for Will Farrell and the Three Stooges. Very little. And I also won't say "I watch a lot of movies but I read a lot to counteract the slow-down my brain experiences when I sit motionless in front of a flashing screen." I'm ashamed to say I don't read nearly as much as I should. I won't apologize for it, though.
I used to do movie reviews here to keep some of my favorites alive amidst the hoopla of newer films, but I haven't written one in a long time. Here, I think I'll just list some of the movies I have watched lately with a one-sentence review, purely subjective.
Smart People, from the producer of Sideways starring Dennis Quaid, Sarah Jessica Parker, Ellen Page, and Thomas Haden Church. My opinion—a clever and attention-holding comedy despite Dennis Quaid in the lead (not a fan).
The Passion of Ayn Rand starring Helen Mirren and Eric Stotz. My opinion—whether this is truth or fiction, the film spent way too much time on the sexual relationship between the odd pairing of Ayn Rand and her protege Nathaniel Branden and not nearly enough time with the philosophy they argued and taught, by far the more interesting aspect.
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day. My opinion—a refreshingly smart comedy starring Frances McDormand who is always masterful, so masterful I'll watch anything she's in regardless of the plot or genre.
King of California with Michael Douglas. My opinion—a quirky little film that made me want to throw my arms up at conventional society and go hunting for buried treasure.
So, put your feet up and watch all the movies you want. You won't owe anyone an apology for it afterwards, and you really won't rot your brain, unless you stick with Ben Stiller. Just my opinion.