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Pay the man, see the show.

Pay the man, see the show.

Was it worth it? Yes, yes it was.

When I found myself with an unexpected chunk of loose change in early Jan., there were 27 “better, smarter, more grown-up” things I could have done with the money.

Like save it. And … once my sister gets done rolling in the aisles, laughing, we can continue.

Instead, after several years of debating whether I could pull it off, whether I could justify the expense at the start, I marched into the Oak Harbor Cinemas, my home away from home since 1989, and plunked down $325 for a piece of plastic.

Then I went in and watched Mark Wahlberg get shot to Heck in “Lone Survivor” and started to have second thoughts.

The card — the 2014 Annual Pass — gave me unlimited movies for a year, good at both Oak Harbor and its sister theater in Anacortes. It was the “golden ticket” I had always wanted through countless movie summers.

But there’s a huge difference between being 18 and living off the goodwill of others and being 43 and having every single damn person in the world expect you to pay your own bills (ehh … overrated).

But, it was my 25th anniversary. The money had fallen into my lap, and I’ve never not squandered fallen money (probably a bad trait…) and if I didn’t face down the challenge now, when?

Spoiler alert: I won.

Eleven months later (even brought low for the last seven days by illness, preventing me from seeing the four current films in the theater), I have accumulated 90 ticket stubs, which would have cost me $755.25.

That’s right. I more than doubled my output, having so far made a “profit” of $430.25.

During that time, I saw 75 new films (the other 15 were repeat viewings). Some were great, others sucked the air out of my very soul.

So, no different than any other of the past 24 years.

My year (so far):

Lone Survivor
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
Philomena
The Nut Job
The Lego Movie
The Monuments Men
August: Osage County
Ride Along
RoboCop
A Winter’s Tale
3 Days to Kill
Son of God
Nebraska
American Hustle
300: Rise of an Empire
Mr. Peabody and Sherman
Need for Speed
Mr. Peabody and Sherman (#2)
Divergent
Non-Stop
Muppets Most Wanted
Divergent (#2)
Noah
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Rio 2
Transcendence
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Heaven is for Real
The Other Woman
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Godzilla
God’s Not Dead
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Blended
Godzilla (#2)
Maleficent
Maleficent (#2)
Edge of Tomorrow
Neighbors
Edge of Tomorrow (#2)
The Fault in Our Stars
How To Train Your Dragon 2
Jersey Boys
A Million Ways to Die in the West
Maleficent (#3)
Transformers: Age of Extinction
22 Jump Street
Tammy
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (#2)
Planes: Fire and Rescue
The Adventures of Hercules
Lucy
Guardians of the Galaxy
G of G (#2)
G of G (#3)
G of G (#4)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Into the Storm
G of G (#5)
G of G (#6)
When the Game Stood Tall
The Expendables 3
G of G (#7)
The 100 Foot Journey
Let’s Be Cops
The November Man
A Dolphin Tale 2
The Maze Runner
Chef
The Equalizer
The Boxtrolls
As Above, So Below
Fury
The Judge
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Day
Gone Girl
Alexander … (#2)
Nightcrawler
The Book of Life
Interstellar
Interstellar (#2)
Nightcrawler (#2)
Big Hero 6
Mockingjay
Horrible Bosses 2
The Penguins of Madagascar
Birdman
Exodus: Gods and Kings
Dumb and Dumber To

I detested every fake, insulting moment of “God’s Not Dead” and wanted to punch the dying lead character in “The Fault in Our Stars” (repeatedly).

Ride Along” and “Horrible Bosses 2” were laugh-free bombs, maybe, but nobody came close to getting punched.

Overall, though, it was a pretty good year.

My Top 10:

10) Three Days to Kill
9) Interstellar
8) The Penguins of Madagascar
7) Nebraska
6) American Hustle
5) Edge of Tomorrow
4) Maleficent
3) The Grand Budapest Hotel
2) Guardians of the Galaxy
1) Nightcrawler

BUT, BUT … you saw “Guardians” seven times. How can it not be #1?

The same way I have seen “Raiders of the Lost Ark” a katrillion times. It is my FAVORITE film of all time, while I would pick “Chinatown” as the BEST film of all time.

Guardians” will never, ever get old, the same as “Raiders.” It is “Raiders” for this generation.

But, just because you won’t want to crawl into the muck with Jake Gyllenhaal quite as often as you blast off with Rocket and Groot doesn’t diminish “Nightcrawler” in the least. It is the BEST film of the year.

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