Summer movie madness
by Elizabette Guecamburu | For the Patterson Irrigator
Jun 27, 2013 | 1496 views | 0 0 comments | 437 437 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The invention of the DVR, or “digital video recorder” to the tech-layman, has changed my world. For someone that loves TV and movies as much as I do, the advent of this device has opened up an entire wealth of TV viewing opportunities. I've begun to horde episodes of TV shows on my DVR like a squirrel preparing for the winter.

But, unfortunately, with the arrival of summer, that means that all my favorite shows are going on hiatus until the fall. So, the stockpile of shows on my DVR is dwindling at an alarming rate. Add in the inevitable summer heat and scorching sun, and you can understand why this season of the year has never been my favorite.

In the summer, I often turn to movies to fill my entertainment void. The other day, I checked out the movie listings at the local theatre. Of the seven films (and I use that term loosely), four of the movies listed were sequels— The Hangover Part III, Iron Man 3, Star Trek Into Darkness, and Fast & Furious 6. Not surprisingly, I decided not to head to the theatre. It's quite evident that I don't have the required testosterone levels.

As a society, have we really lost all originality? When the only movies produced seem to be regurgitations of previous hit flicks, I can’t help but think this is the case. For example, is there really a need for six Fast & Furious movies? It seems to me that the first five installments of the street racing franchise were more than enough. Besides, if a person wants to see a bunch of lunatics risking their lives racing, they can just watch NASCAR.

Anyway, it's clear that this summer I'm going to have to move on to my other favorite hobby— reading. Lucky for me, novelists are more creative than moviemakers.

Elizabette Guecamburu, volunteer columnist for the Irrigator, is a writer and a native Patterson resident. She can be reached at

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