Sorry to get all depressing there. It just struck me as weird. And sad.
OK, on to happier things. How about films? I was raised Seventh-Day Adventist until about the age of 12, and that means, among other things, NO MOVIES IN THE THEATRE! Although we did all sneak to Star Wars when I was 10 - first ever theatre movie, and let me tell you, it made quite an impression (well, duh.) After we left the church, my dad became a total movie-junkie and I think I've inherited some of that. To steal and warp something Trundling Grunt said, I tend to like films rather than Films. In fact, if "the guys shaped like the number 10" (thank you David Letterman) liked a film, it was a pretty sure thing that I wouldn't.
Here are some of my favourite films, none of which are highbrow in the slightest way:
This one never fails to make me laugh. Broken Lizard is brilliant (well, if you don't count that whole Club Dead thing. Bleh. Oh and Puddlecruisers. Ah, OK, this is the only one of theirs that I love, but it's brilliant!) The syrup chugging contest, the steel cup test on the firing range, "Will you move that gigantic cotton candy?!?!" Oh - too many quotable lines. . .
Ah, Kurt Russell. :-) Just a fun all around movie. "Gue, Go - HUGE difference!" "Angeline's no cretin, Boss, she's a Puerto Rican." "A shark ate your EYE?!?!? COOL!!" "Ahhhhh! The Pirates of the Carribean!!" "Would you please back off!I lost my eye, man!"
A friend told me that Kurt Russell was embarrassed by this film. I hope that's not true. I think it's my favourite film of his.
The Thomas Crown Affair
Dh knows he's gettin' some every time I put this one in. TMI? Love his character, love her character, love the twists, cringe every time he "folds" the Monet up in his briefcase, LOL!
The Boondock Saints
Yummy twins, comedy, action - but not so gory as a lot of shoot-em-up-bang-bangs these days - no slo-mo flying blood and all that. Never heard of it til SIL introduced us. Thank you SIL!
Bridget Jones's Diary
OMG - British boys fighting in such a namby-pamby way!!! (don't worry, British boys, I know you fight much better than that, but OMG, LOL!) Oh no. Please don't let me have offended the greater part of my male readership. Please. *crosses self* I will do penance if required.
I love Bridget's insecurities, failures, foot-in-mouths and triumphs. :-) Possibly even more than that, I love the whole P&P parody thing right down to Darcy and "Pemberley Publishing." I love "congealed green gunge" and the Tarts and Vicars party. I love the emailing with the short skirt and sheer blouse bit. I will admit that I love a lot of Hugh Grant films. (Notting Hill, 4 Weddings and a Funeral, Two Weeks Notice, etc.) Have you lost all respect for me now? A lot of people seem not to like him. Mostly men though. . . Are they threatened by his sheer manliness? OK, I thought not, LOL! I'll take a funny man over a stud-muffin any day of the week. Anyway this film brings me to. . .
Pride and Prejudice
"Vapours Man" BBC version, of course, because only the Brits can do something like this up right. You would be surprised how many homeschooling moms are in love with Colin Firth/Mr. Darcy. (why do I always want to write D'Arcy??) Unless you are a homeschooling mom yourself, LOL!
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
Ha HA! How's THAT for a change of gears? (Oooh I can hear them grinding. Yes, Toby, grinding, LOL!) Um, I've gotten distracted now. . . Oh yes - "And why's the carpet all wet, Todd?" "I don't KNOW Margot!" "SQUIRREL!!!!" "Gone!" "If I had a rubber hose I would BEAT you right now." "I couldn't be more surprised if I woke up with my head sewn to the carpet." "Not that I have a log. At least, not in the sense that you think I said I did."
The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
Well, duh. It's me here after all. IMO there's something to love about each incarnation of this story. Gotta love the little lightsaber that toasts bread as you slice it. The flyswatter scene - "What do you think, Arthur." "I think. . . wait - what do you think, Zaphod?" WHAP! "Oh freddled gruntlebuggy thy micturations are to me as plurdled gabbleblotchits on a lurgid bee. . ." (close? too lazy to Google it) The POV gun cracked me up, too. :-) This is already an "old classic" in my book. I should add here that I'm not going to include super obvious films such as SWars, Monty P, etc. because they are just painfuly obvious choices BUT. . .
A Fish Called Wanda
has to make the list because, believe it or not, there are people out there who have yet to see it and I will pimp it any way I can! Otto - the man you love to hate or hate to love - ahhhhh. :-) "Speak it, speak it!!!" "Linguini, con spinache, le due cupele grande" (however it's spelled) "Well, Mr. Manfredjensenjen. . ." "Don't touch him! He's MINE! All mine!" "Oh look, it's K-k-k-ken, c-c-c-come to k-k-k-kill me!" "Canis mortus est. . ." "Ken! Someone just called!" "What was that middle part again?"
OK how about one more for a nice round ten? Oh dear. That's always hard to choose, isn't it?
I only want to sing, sing, SI - 'ere we'll have none o'that. But I can't watch this without singing it for DAYS and WEEKS afterward. And just YUM! Hotness, singgyness, actionness, romanticness, ok and a side of tragic ending, LOL!
Ha! not done yet cuz the Dune Minis - both Dune and Children of Dune have to squeeze in. I don't like the way Newman does Paul all petulant in Dune, but for the most part I really like the rest. For me they bear up to repeated viewings. :-) NOT to be confused with 1984 Dune. *shudder* In spite of yummy Sting being in there.
Oh no! I forgot Rat Race. For some reason John Cleese tends to appear in films with weak endings (like Holy Grail), but I still love this one. :-) The Barbie Museuem, "Are you CRAZY?!?! This is Hitler's car!" Oh, too many quotables to even get started on. "We came in the rocket car!" "Shoulda bought a squirrel!"
Got some favourite titles to share? Oh crap - have I done this before? Oh well, better pull the trigger. . .