Of Pop-corn and Iced lemon teas

A few years back, little did I know that I’d look forward to Thursdays and Fridays, waiting in anticipation, to see what was new at the Box Office. If you had then told me that I’d someday get hooked to the big screen, I’d have laughed at you so wildly and rolled on the floor laughing and guffawing at you so weirdly that I’d have scared you off. I viewed movies as enemies of books. I disliked theatres. I liked the few movies I watched on our TV at home. I felt that nothing and absolutely nothing could move me like books, paintings and music. I felt that spending time in front of the TV at home with family, ma-made hot pakoras and a piping hot coffee was the way it should be. My idea of a movie was like that. Or watching Pardes the night before my ENT exam, spreading all my notes on the living room sofa, for example.

And then I met my better half – K.

For the past one year, I have watched so many movies, eaten so many tubs of pop-corn and gaffed down a great number of ice lemon teas and most importanty, learnt a big lesson. Movies can move you, inspire you and touch you in the most beautiful of ways. While books let you imagine and create and delve into a world of your own, movies create the world and take you on a jaunty ride all around it. They make you scream in glee when a book turns out just the way you expected, when a protagonist grimaces just the way you do and inspires you through his life and actions. A great movie on a weekend makes you wait for a Monday just so that you can walk to your workplace or start a new week with gusto. It happens to us always. We catch an awesome movie over the weend, sometimes even midnight shows on Sunday nights (No, we don’t prefer to sleep early and rest before Monday) and it has amazing effects on us. It is so majorly therapeutic that we long for a Monday to act like the protagonist. Like, the last time, when we saw this movie North Country, I can’t tell you how inspired I was. Or even Morning Glory made me long for a Monday coz’ the leading lady juggles so much at work and manages to come out successful. I like such movies. Cheesy, mushy, inspiring, happy endings, inspiring thought provoking journeys, effective body language, war movies, movies relating to disability, movies where someone makes an unconventional choice and fights for it, movies involving courtrooms and justice – give them all to me for they excite me equally and I have grown to love them abundantly in the past one year!

Since my better half and I are so into movies, we both are saving all our movie tickets in a small albumn as well. Ah, to cut a long movie short, I will use this space to save the movies I have watched and some snap-shots of our ticket albumn. What I will NOT do is to rate them. I think that’s an experience that my better half and I will live with and will not destroy the experience for you by rating it. Some movies are really very superficial, some are a must-watch, some are so inspiring that you are just so thankful to be alive, some are so romantic that you will want to cuddle up with a special someone (even yourself) and some depict amazing travels that you will long for one to a distant land. But what movie falls under what category is for you to opine, right?

 Whom am I kidding? I am bad at rating. That’s all.

I have a page up here on my blog where I will save some movies we have watched and constantly update them whenever I can. Would love to know your recommendations and experiences! 🙂

You can find this at my Cinema Corner page on top: https://kismitoffeebar.wordpress.com/cinema-corner/


  1. Jas · June 26, 2012

    I love ice teas and with movies, they form the perfect combination. I am a movie buff all the way so I am glad the bug has bitten you and you are creating a memorabilia as well 🙂 cool

    • kismitoffeebar · June 26, 2012

      oh yay! yes yes the yare an awesome combo 🙂 and whee, you are a movie buff and so I can now bug you with what I watched and all 😛 Now you’ll block me from email list 😦

      • Jas · June 26, 2012

        No way! I keep looking for new movies to watch so please go ahead and bother me 🙂

  2. greenboochi · June 26, 2012

    I could easily relate to you in this post, Kismi.. I mean, we are so similar in many many ways.. this is one of the things I guess… Your first para – oh, that was me in my childhood too 🙂 Until I met S, I had only watched TWO movies on the big screen (that is in the first 21 years of my life) and was not very fond of it. Things changed drastically after our wedding and we have been watching every movie on the big screen only for the past 16 months.. I love it absolutely now 😀

    Such a cute thing to save all the movie tickets as an album… *going to copy this idea from you* 😛

    • kismitoffeebar · June 26, 2012

      Gb gb ! 🙂

      Go ahead and save your memorabilia 🙂

      Phew! another commonality. I think I will just look out for the differences between us now 😛
      I know how you must be feeling about wacthing it on the big screen – it does feel so joyous, no? and the anticipation of having to walk into the cinema hall – the little pleasures of life 🙂

  3. Visha · June 26, 2012

    When we were growing up…going to watch a cinema in a movie hall was a rarity. And that stayed until college too. Once a year..I would catch 2 movies max.

    That changed from the day I started working 😛 A movie every weekend 😀

    Nowadays we are unable to catch movies very frequently, but I do not miss the best ones. The best part? Different languages – we watch English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu – so its a mish-mash of cinema in our case!

    Movie likings – to each his own. Sometimes I find a poorly rated movie quite good 😛

    • kismitoffeebar · June 26, 2012

      🙂 Visha! I understand the mish-mash 🙂 It must be such a wonderful feeling to be able to wacth movies of different languages with family 🙂 I love movie watching as a family ritual re. somehow, it has its own charm 🙂
      Ya, I find poorly rated movies to be fabulous too sometimes! That’s why I find it hard to assign a number to it. I can tell what I enjoyed the most but to give a number to it is hard 😦
      Hope you get to watch more and more movies 🙂

  4. Destination Infinity · June 26, 2012

    I see certain selected English movies these days. I have come to hate the regional language movies, I think they are pure crap. Just don’t watch any Telugu movie – The sentiment, drama, violence and vulgarity are so much in them! It doesn’t mean that other regional language movies are any better.

    I expect class in movies. And very few movies are classy. Books were better as most of them were good (earlier, when I was reading fiction).

    Destination Infinity

    • kismitoffeebar · June 26, 2012

      I understand what you mean by “selected” and looking for “class”. Sometimes, I feel that after watching a really no-story-no-anything-and-why-did-I-come-here type of a movie.
      But sometimes, I do enjoy and crave for some slapstick humour 😛
      Please recommend some whenever you get the time 🙂

  5. Sugar · June 26, 2012

    That is a drastic change from no movie at all to a movie freak. 😀
    n I really like the idea of collecting those movie tickets like stamp collecting hobby.:P
    may b i’ll do the same once i start earning to afford tht extravagance twice a week atleast 😉 😉
    looking forward to the new column cinema corner:)

    • kismitoffeebar · June 26, 2012

      Hey Sugar!

      Welcome here 🙂 Ya, such a change, no?

      Ya, go ahead and splurge 🙂

      Oh, the cinema corner is up already – on the top left hand side as a separat page itself. -https://kismitoffeebar.wordpress.com/cinema-corner/

  6. techie2mom · June 26, 2012

    Wow, Toffee!!!! Nice idea of ticket album….I would so love if you could rate the movies, please think about it. Or at least categorise them in the the categories mentioned by you (Cheesy, mushy, inspiring, happy endings, inspiring thought provoking journeys, effective body language, war movies, movies relating to disability, movies where someone makes an unconventional choice and fights for it, movies involving courtrooms and justice)
    For me it happened other way round, i used to catch almost all latest movies. But after Zini it has become a little difficult to go out and watch movies, so whenever we have our parents around we leave Zini with them and go out and watch movies…
    Last movie we watched was Avengers…..
    Based on your choice, i would want to suggest you some movies: “The Diary of a young girl” (It’s a black and white movie but worth watching, though not a happy ending story), Bridget Jone’s diary, Iron man series and if you like Harry potter books then, Harry potter movies (Though the last one was a bit disappointing with some changes in the climax)…
    BTW don’t you watch Hindi movies?!?!? If you do, then do catch Vicky Donor 🙂

    • kismitoffeebar · June 26, 2012

      Thankeeeeeeeee bigtime for the recos dearie 🙂 I do watch Hindi movies and will soon add them onto the page as well 🙂

      Okay, I will categorize them. It is a very good idea, actually 🙂 Let me do that !

      I understand about Zini. a few more years and then you can take her along as well 🙂 Oh, that cutie ! 🙂 I have watched Harry Potter series. I will definitely catch all the others 🙂

  7. lifesong · June 26, 2012

    Hubby and me used to be like you watching so many movies before Cheebu came into our lives. After that, for a couple of years we didn’t see any movie in theatre 😦 and then we started looking for movies that we could watch with her… Ice Age, Stanley ka dabba, Madagascar 3 …. see how kids dictate our choices 🙂
    Recently after more than 4 and half years, both hubby and me took a day off from work and watched a movie together (We saw Shanghai) … just the two of us… So you can imagine how great it felt 🙂
    I do watch few movies on TV sometimes… I love watching dubbed movies with english subtitles on World Movies too. Some of them are really good. Had watched a persian movie “The white balloon” (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0112445/) recently and loved it 🙂

    • kismitoffeebar · June 26, 2012

      I am sure how it must have felt for you to catch shanghai 🙂 all the 3 you mentioned, hubby and I watched even though we don’t have a kid yet hehe and loved them all 🙂

      The white balloon is something I will watch out for 🙂

      • lifesong · June 26, 2012

        Oh we loved these movies too 🙂 We had watched Ice Age 2 before Cheebu was born and had loved it too 🙂 and are looking forward to Ice Age 4 as much as Cheebu is 🙂
        But now the movies that we watch are limited to these type only…

  8. My Era · June 26, 2012

    Brilliant idea and mind you, you and your blog is now being followed stalked with triple enthusiasm for food, books and now movies too 😛

    • kismitoffeebar · June 27, 2012

      You just know how to make me so happy, don’t you? Thankeeeee ME 🙂 really look forward to seeing you everytime! 🙂
      That reminds me of my impending food post. Will put it up 😛

  9. Privy Trifles · June 27, 2012

    Wow….will look forward to your movie reviews now. I have always enjoyed your book reviews so I am sure I can blindly rely on your rating of a movie and decide whether to watch it or not!!


  10. kismitoffeebar · June 27, 2012

    Hey privy 🙂

    Thanks so much 🙂 that just means so much to me. I will definitely share like a small description of each movie. The challenge is that there are just so many things that go into movie making and so many emotions that I find it very hard to rate or describe briefly. But I will definitely try doing it 🙂 it is a good idea ! Someday when i get really old and wrinkly, I will laugh at my reviews with K, by God’s Grace!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Sumitra · June 29, 2012

    Ooh, toffee, you always come up with the best ideas. Love your page! I can’t help but think of the similarities between us sometimes. I too did not find movies that exciting before M came into my life. But then now it’s unimaginable to spend a single weekend without at least 2 movies. Of course, we watch all ours at home on the internet 😀

    Like the idea of not rating the movies. Every movie is an experience in itself, unless it was truly pathetic.

    I see that some of my all time favourites and some movies that I really enjoyed are on your list. Remember the Titans, You’ve Got Mail, When Harry Met Sally, The Help, Midnight in Paris, Shawshank – I’ve loved these movies! I will try out the others on your list too. Thanks for this, I’m always looking out for movie recommendations.

    • kismitoffeebar · June 29, 2012

      Obj huh 🙂 coming from you, it is an amazingly happiness inducing compliment 🙂
      We do have similarities no ? So happy to know you and M share such a ditto story 🙂 oh we used to watch a lot on Internet too but we love the big screen and have also subscribed to hbo on demand on which we can catch some amazing movies whenever we want 🙂
      Also, buying CDs at lower prices in some places we travel to helps 🙂
      Go ahead and watch them all and pls share your reco as well 🙂

      Always a pleasure to read you Sumitra 🙂

  12. The Girl Next Door · July 2, 2012

    LOVE this post. Love the way you picked up your hubby’s passion for movies and developed on it and made it part of your life too. 🙂

    The hubby is a big time movie buff, and I love them too, though I wouldn’t call myself a cinema freak. We haven’t been watching movies (or TV, for that matter) at all these days. This post inspires me to change all of that. 🙂

    The idea of collecting movie tickets in a scrapbook is lovely. May I steal it pleaseeeeeeeee? 🙂

    Thank you so much for the movie recos. You know, I need them. 🙂

    Now, after the Kashmir trip, we are yearning to see some Kashmir-based movies. Any recos?

    • kismitoffeebar · July 2, 2012


      Thanks 🙂 Please go on and create your movie scrapbook 🙂 I’d love to see it someday!

      Kashmir – hmmmm, can’t bring out more than a couple from the top of my head but wait let me send you some after asking K as well!
      So cool that your OH is also a fan of movies! You’ll never know when you will be swept off and become a freak as well 😛

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