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Popcorn at the Movies

Saturday, September 07, 2013

Went to see The Butler tonight -- and it's a pretty interesting movie! (And: I won't comment on the politics of it. Because: as a Canajun I should probably just stay out of it, since it's not about my own political history. I cannot possibly understand it. Even though I lived through almost all of it.)

So, excellent acting and production aside . . . and given how long it's been since I went to the movies . . . what really struck me? How incredibly rancid and unappealing the popcorn smelled.

Hurray!! No desire whatsoever to have any. Yuck. Greasy and salty and yuck. Didn't want it then and don't want to wake up tomorrow feeling all greasy and stuffed and dehydrated and yuck.

I was actually repelled by the bucket size containers all around me and the rhythmic chomping noises and did I mention the smell? (Sorry, I know it's even more attractive to be so judgmental . . . sorry sorry sorry. I did not broadcast my reaction by even the flicker of an eyelid. I did not).

But bottom line (if you'll pardon the expression): what a huge relief it is not to want popcorn at the movies!

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SUSANNAH31 9/11/2013 7:44PM

    I enjoyed The Butler - and thought the acting was good also.
It presented a timeline on the racial issues in this country --from President Eisenhower to Obama. I, too, lived through it all - and remembered just about everything they portrayed in the movie.

I am sure that the plot was manipulated, though, to create that timeline. From what I understand, the real-life butler was not born on a cotton farm, and did not have a son who was involved in protests. He also did not have a wife who drank too much and who fooled around.

In my opinion, the movie could also have been very interesting if we had gotten more of a look at 'behind the scenes' life at the White House - through all those presidents. In fact, that's what I expected when I went to see the movie.

Instead, they took a different approach, and gave us a look at the American civil rights movement through all those presidents -- all the while that a black butler was working in the White House. While that approach was not what I expected, it was certainly entertaining and engaging for me.

And for all those younger folks who didn't know the whole story of that timeline -- it really did show the great struggles that went into the progress of civil rights in this country. The film showed just how far this country has come from the days of slavery-like conditions on those cotton farms in the 1950s when Eisenhower was in office, to 2008, when Obama - a black man -- was elected to be the president in that White House.

PS I don't like movie popcorn either -- only popcorn I make at home.

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DDOORN 9/9/2013 12:16AM

    Hooray for no popcorn!

Great movie...I think it helped me to have a little more than a flicker of understanding, empathy not withstanding, as to all that African-Americans have been through and what must seem beyond belief, re: Obama's presidency. Makes me twinge more than a bit in discomfort when find myself so disappointed and tapping my foot for all that promised "hope & change."


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CARRAND 9/8/2013 5:37PM

    I still like pop corn, but only the corn I pop myself. I don't use butter on it at all. My movie theatre has coffee!

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DESERTJULZ 9/8/2013 11:49AM

    That's truly wonderful, that you found the popcorn appalling! I have hated movie popcorn for a long time. Still love popcorn, though I buy only organic and doctor it up with nutritional yeast. :D

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VALERIEMAHA 9/8/2013 9:41AM

    WHEW! Ellen I'm SO glad you have no taste for the popcorn at movies:


It's NOT a pretty picture!!!

S. DANGED SPARKPEOPLE.COM!!! I tried a couple times to add this postscript and wondered why it didn't post...they think I'm adding "profanity or HTML" argh! --

I am attempting to tell you that SP is messing up (again) -- you must remove the BR plus the symbols on each side of it between links two and three
be sure to remove any spaces that might appear if you copy-and-paste any of the three links.

P.P.S. And BTW, the "P." and "S." do NOT appear on separate lines in my edit!!!

Comment edited on: 9/8/2013 2:07:18 PM

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KANOE10 9/8/2013 9:21AM

    I want to see that movie, When I was younger I used to eat junk during the movies. I agree with you..those huge buckets of popcorn loaded with that artificial butter are unappealing.

I am happy that you can enjoy the movies without popcorn. That is a great step in your journey of health.

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NANCY- 9/8/2013 8:16AM

    I get the same reaction from passing by a fast food establishment. Just smelling the cooking oil for the fries makes me ill. It is nice to be able to avoid the temptation, but aversion therapy.. LOL Well it sure does dampen desire. Glad you were still able to enjoy the movie.


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NUOVAELLE 9/8/2013 3:38AM

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Yes, it must be a great feeling and a huge relief!!
I'm sure many of us wish to be able to write such a blog one day. I know I do!

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_LINDA 9/8/2013 1:53AM

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What a difference a lifestyle change makes! Good on you!

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SEAJESS 9/8/2013 12:46AM

    Wonderful that you have gone through the popcorn obsession and come out on the other side! emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/8/2013 12:33AM

    emoticon Now THAT is a great observation and celebration of a true change internally. Now, as I keep telling myself when I have one of those blessed days when it doesn't appeal: "don't get cocky"! emoticon May the attraction remain in abeyance!

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MEADSBAY 9/8/2013 12:10AM

    I think I'd like to see that movie.
We rarely go, either, and I love real popcorn but have always though theater popcorn was disgusting.
And why do people feel compelled to sit there for TWO HOURS shoving food into their mouths mindlessly, anyway? Why can't they just watch the movie?
When I used to take my kids to the movies we would bring one Tootsie Pop per kid and that was it.

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COCK-ROBIN 9/7/2013 11:03PM

    I'm proud of you!

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PHEBESS 9/7/2013 10:51PM

    Yup - I can't stand the smell of popcorn, especially in movie theatres! Gag!

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USMAWIFE 9/7/2013 10:08PM

    I think some thing has changed in the last few years of the oil and other ingredients used for the popping and also the butter. articifial cheap stuff

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