So this may or may not come as a surprised, depending on how well you're aware of my movie snobdom.
But I avoid movies in the movie theater at all cost during the first four months of the year IF their initial release date was in January, February, March, or April.
Granted, there's an occasional gem, but for the most part these movies are horrible, and there's so many quality movies that are crammed into award season that watching those is a higher priority to me than a Valentine's day Drew Barrymore flick.
After the Academy Awards air, and I've caught the films I'm most interested in seeing, their are always films from the previous year that are being spewed out on DVD, faster than I can catch them. My wife and I usually try to catch up on some documentaries in the spring as well (for example this year we've watched No End in Sight and Helvetica).
Usually, there's a group of friends who drag us to a movie the first couple months or we're spending time with family and the streak is ruined and I see a film from the first four months in the theaters. In fact, I think it always happens.
For example last year it was Will Farrell's Blades of Glory that we ended up seeing with my family.
Another year it was Man of The House and the Interpreter.
Or how about Daredevil...that was a true stinker! (It's friends and family that ruin the goal every year.)
Or 2002 it got ruined the first weekend with the horrible adaptation of Philip K. Dick's story Impostor.
I'll catch some of the films (usually not on purpose) that come out in the first four months of the year on DVD, especially if recommended or capture some interest and sometimes I enjoy them. But the first four month release films risk is just way too high.
Today I am proud to announce I haven't seen a 2008 release film yet this whole year, hitting my goal of no movie in the first four months.
Tonight I will be seeing Iron Man...the first summer blockbuster of 2008. Bring it on! Let the 2008 film season begin.