Truth from Dare: Trading movies for the mall

Nov. 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

BY DERIN DEREGO / Special to the Star-Advertiser

People might think I’m crazy, but I’m not a fan of the weather we’ve had lately. I miss being in the continental United States and having seasons. Call me dramatic, but Thanksgiving is supposed to be a little frigid. It’s hard to get excited about spending time with family indoors when the beach beckons.

And while I’m thankful I’m not caught in the havoc Mother Nature has bestowed upon the east coast this week, I do wish I could throw on a nice sweater for Thanksgiving dinner without looking like an outcast.

Liesel (Sophie Nélisse) and her foster father Hans (Geoffrey Rush) share a quiet moment in "The Book Thief." (Courtesy Twentieth Century Fox)

Liesel (Sophie Nélisse) and her foster father Hans (Geoffrey Rush) share a quiet moment in “The Book Thief.” (Courtesy Twentieth Century Fox)

There are a lot of things I do look forward to about this festive day. I’m not a big foodie, but there’s something to be said about the variety of courses always prevalent on Thanksgiving. I’m pretty sure it’s the only time of year I see cranberry sauce on our family table.

Another thing I look forward to on this day of thanks is my tradition of taking in a movie on Black Friday. I don’t get why anyone would put up with the crowds and traffic at a shopping mall on this somewhat arbitrary day. True, there are some incredible deals for those willing to camp out, but with a little research and adding yourself to the right email lists, you can find awesome deals online. This year, I’ll avoid the mall like the plague once again and take in “The Book Thief” instead.

Speaking of movies, if you haven’t seen “Dallas Buyers’ Club” yet, please do. In its most basic form, the film is about a carefree cowboy named Ron (played brilliantly by Matthew McConaughey) who contracts HIV in the early 1980’s and goes to another country to obtain treatment not yet available in the U.S. Realizing he’s stumbled upon a gold mine, he sets up an underground marketplace to get other patients the drugs.

Matthew McConaughey as Ron Woodroof in a scene from the film, "Dallas Buyers Club." (Associated Press)

Matthew McConaughey as Ron Woodroof in a scene from the film, “Dallas Buyers Club.” (Associated Press)

On a larger scale, the movie is a much needed commentary on the control big pharmaceutical companies hold over our country. It gets a little intense, but humor is sprinkled throughout courtesy of an amazing performance by Jared Leto, who plays Rayon, Ron’s transsexual sidekick. Trust me, watching this movie definitely beats fighting off crazed shoppers at the mall for a gift your coworker doesn’t even want.

After a couple days of gorging on leftovers and spending time locked in with family, I’ll definitely be looking to get out. On Saturday, Nov. 30, Asylum Afterhours celebrates its five-year anniversary with a party headlined by DJ Jesse Ross. While I have no business being out to the wee-hours, an occasion like this definitely warrants it. (Note: Asylum is a members-only club, so make arrangements ahead of time if you plan to attend.)

On Sunday, Dec. 1, Hula’s Bar & Lei Stand hosts its annual “DJ’s Against AIDS” party in commemoration of World Aids Day. The DJ line up is sick, with more than 20 of Hawaii’s finest participating throughout the evening. All proceeds from the party will go to the Life Foundation, so if you’re feeling restless by the time Sunday comes around, this is the party to be at.
When he’s not out and about at the hottest parties and other events in Honolulu, Derin “Dare” Derego works as an account executive at a local radio station group. Reach him via email at or follow him on Twitter.

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