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NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS ’88

  

For Hicksflicks.com, Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015

EDITOR’S NOTE: Here’s a New Year’s Deseret News ‘Hicks on Flicks’ column that was published Jan. 3, 1988, with the headline: ’88 resolutions I may or may not keep.”

Being no different than you, I continue to make New Year’s resolutions annually. Then I watch them fall apart long before year’s end.

But we’ll try harder this year. Right?

With that in mind, I hereby resolve:

            To find something nice to say about Sylvester Stallone (including “Rambo III”).

            To read more and watch less.

            To see more movies during the ’88 United States Film Festival in Park City (even if it means not meeting with a star).

            To just say no to fattening butter (or slime, in those other theaters) when purchasing popcorn.

            To not settle for comedy that is only moderately funny just because so little of today’s comedy is funny at all.

            To try in a nicer manner to remind people sitting behind me that their chatter is annoying. (Dumping Diet Coke on them is perhaps going a bit too far.)

            To find something nice to say about Burt Reynolds.

            To write more and watch less.

            To not watch Colorized shows, even if the program is unavailable any other way.

            To not let a film’s inflated budget influence my opinion of that film (including “Rambo III”).

            To find something nice to say about Eric Roberts.

            To not let rave reviews in advance of a film’s local release influence my opinion of that film.

            To not let the fact that Madonna stars in a film influence my opinion of said film.

            To find something nice to say about Whoopi Goldberg.

            To not have preconceived notions about any movies featuring Jim and Tammy, Jessica Hahn, Donna Rice or Cher.

            To wear shoes that won’t be hurt by sticking to theater floors.

            To find something nice to say about Mickey Rourke.

            To sleep more and watch less.

            To let my kids see more movies (even if it means covering their eyes and ears a lot).

            To be less cynical and more optimistic and hopeful about each new film, keeping an open mind as to its potential quality (including “Rambo III”).