A comment in the "Rise of the Apes" a financial success???" thread inspired this question:
Why do you go to the movies...mindless escape or intellectual stimulation?
My working days are chock full of problem solving, data analysis and communicating/interacting with Senior Management & Department Directors (approximately 60 departments). I spend about 10-12 hours per week of my personal time keeping up with and seeking out the truth in current events by reading various news sources & watching a variety of opinion shows (this makes for great conversation and debates with my family & friends). I have the responsibilities that come with relating to a significant other, caring for four pets, and maintaining a home. Somehow, in all of this, I'm also able to enjoy my toy collecting hobby, and attend about 2-3 movies a month (comedy, drama, action, sci-fi, horror, chick-flicks...you name it, I'm there).
My favorite movies are usually the ones that take me out of reality and allow me to experience situations that would never occur in real life (think LOTR).
My least favorite movies are films that feel the need to preach to me about how I should, or should not think, feel, react or behave (I'm pretty good at figuring that out for myself).
So...color me (mostly) mindless entertainment.
What say you?