Friday, March 23, 2012

The time I pretended to be a movie critic

Last night was the night I'd been waiting many long months for. The Hunger Games premier. At midnight.

Yesterday, it was even harder to get through work than normal, even though fellow Hunger Games fanatics were there.

So professional
When I was finally done with work, I still had a whole 8 hours to fill before the movie. I'd like to think I used them productively. 

We'd invited a bunch of friends who were also crazy enough to stay up until midnight to watch the movie over for coffee and hair braiding.


Upon arrival, everyone was informed that they'd have to shoot some game in hopes of trading it at The Hob for coffee.

Tributes also challenged each other in the arena.

We arrived at the theater a little before ten, and completed the final preparations in order to stay awake until midnight.

 Movie theater photos suck - the preparation was 5 hour energies. Then, it was a lot of hurry up and wait. Eric worked on words with friends, Lily frantically tried to finish the book, and my friend Mary took a little nap break.


Turns out, Taco Bell was onto something with their whole "Fourth Meal" idea. I had eaten a normal dinner around 6:30, and I was starving by 11pm. Naturally I had a ton of chocolate in my purse, but I felt I needed some real food. The new Dorito Taco that I have been dying to try would have been perfect for this moment (like Kari I never claimed this was a healthy living blog), but of course I couldn't leave the theater. Lindsay and I shared some pretzel bites after spending about 20 minutes preparing mustard for dipping. 

Of course, I was still hungry after that (totally, because I ran six miles that morning, not just that I love to eat so much), so I cozied up to Eric, who'd gotten pretzels with nacho cheese and mozzarella sticks. I'm a huge cheese snob. I refuse to buy any cheese that's low fat, sliced, or shredded, because they all taste inferior. However, apparently my tastes change after my usual bedtime because the neon orange "nacho cheese" that the movie theater sells tasted like heaven. So did the mozzarella sticks. I kind of wish we'd brought the rest home for breakfast now.

The movie was phenomenal. My hopes had been so high for months, to the point where I was worried nothing could live up to them, but it really did. The acting, the sets, everything, was just amazing. My heart was pounding the entire time (and I was bawling approximately 4 minutes in). Unlike a midnight show of a Twilight movie (my only other experience) there was no screaming from teenagers, in fact, the theater was almost eerily silent, I think because it was such an incredible story, and so much tension watching it. Other than wishing it was twice as long so they wouldn't have had to speed so much of the plot up, it was perfect. Also, I mainly wrote that paragraph to brag because most people haven't seen it yet.

Today is my rest day, and not only did I take off from work, but Eric and I are going to finally watch The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (another trilogy I loved, and saw all the Swedish movies). Then we're going to see The Hunger Games again. Seriously. Eric got invited by his coworkers, and I wasn't about to just sit home like a chump and be jealous. I already can't wait to see it again though, it was that good.

If you haven't read the books and don't know what I'm talking about, first of all, it's hard to imagine you would have made it to this point in the post. Second of all, I'm sorry. For so many reasons.

When are you going to see The Hunger Games?


  1. That's it, I need to move to Baltimore. Your night (food included) sounds AMAZING. I'm so jealous.

    Also, I really hope you love the new GWDTT. I liked it more than the Swedish version of the movie because they managed to fit more of the book into it. Also, Daniel Craig is hotter than the other guy.

  2. I really wish I had gone to see the midnight showing now. Although I'm surprised you're awake already AND have written a post. If I was up until after 3 in the morning I would probably be in bed until noon.
    6 hours until showtime. It feels so long.

  3. sadly, i'm probably the only person not seeing the movie. i need to read the books first!

    hysterical that you had a 5-hour energy before a movie...and not before, say, a 55-mile race! totally normal ;)

  4. It's amazing you stayed up that late and those pretzel bites look amazing. I won't be able to handle the crowds this weekend, so I am going to have to wait a few weeks I think. I am glad to hear you loved it though!

  5. I am so freaking excited to see this movie!! I have big plans to eat an early dinner so I have room for popcorn and Twizzlers. Priorities!

  6. Wait. Is this about one of those apps that people play on their phones? Some ppl here talk about playing 'words with friends' a lot, but I don't hear them talk about playing 'hunger games'.

  7. Wow, you really did go all out! I love your shirt and Noodle Hugger, BTW :)

  8. Agh, dying to see this! I'm waiting till next weekend because I cannot handle a theater full of teenagers screaming over Peeta. Cannot. Do. It.

    Glad you had such an awesome night!!!

  9. I haven't seen the movie yet, but my wife and I just finished reading it. (We were reading it out loud to each other and the new baby.)

    We'll start on the 2nd book soon.

    Also - did you make that shirt, or buy it? I haven't decided which is nerdier.

  10. I'm thinking of listening to the book while I do daylight miles in my 100. So I doubt I'll see the movie in theathers. It will be a long wait. If I had insane friends like you do, I will have been there at midnight. You made it look like a blast.

  11. I am so jealous! I was awake at 3 AM that night, but not because I was doing anything cool. I bet you see the Hunger Games 5 times before I make it to the theater.

  12. Saw it on Sunday and it was amazing! I already have plans to see it again on Thursday :)

    LOVE your party!! Great job!

  13. I purposely avoided your blog until I could say that I saw the movie too...which I did, on Sunday. I know, lame.

  14. Don't hate me, but I haven't read the books yet, and probably wouldn't want to see the movie until I had read the books. I DID see the Swedish version of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo though.

    1. PS, I love that you made your friends shoot game for coffee.


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