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movie marathon

The past few days have been filled with movie watching as I’m frantically trying to catch up on work; sickness and out-of-town trips and just plain havin’ fun have got me a bit off track. But since I haven’t fully given up on the idea of being a Responsible Adult, the salt mines are a-callin’. And so I’ve had a chance to watch a mix of old and new-to-me movies:

  1. Clerks (1994). Yes, until Thursday night I hadn’t ever seen this movie. I know this is hard to believe, since I’m generally a rather cool and culturally aware individual, but I’ve just never had the chance. I can’t say I thought it was hilarious, but I think I would’ve thought it was so if I’d seen it 13 years ago. So I’m retroactively amused.
  2. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005). Critics didn’t much like this flick, but I enjoyed it the first time I saw it and even more when I saw it this morning. The dialogue and pacing are just my speed, and where else can you get Val Kilmer giving grammar lessons to a fingerless Robert Downey Jr.?
  3. Striptease (1996). This is a movie that never should have been made. I didn’t see it until today, but I couldn’t get past the hokeyness of it all.
  4. Forces of Nature (1999). This remains one of my favorite Sandra Bullock movies, if only because her character in it – Sarah Lewis – is about 85% me. The best line: “The things you find so interesting and exotic about me now are the things you’ll hate me for in the end.” I never did like the ending, since I thought Ben Affleck should’ve run off with Sandra Bullock instead of returning to Maura Tierney. But I can understand that “deep and true connection” trumps “excitement in the moment” for most people, even though I tend to completely disagree.
  5. Just Friends (2005). Bleh. It is what it is: a passable specimen of the genre. Glad I didn’t pay money to see this one.
  6. I Heart Huckabees (2004). What can I say? As an existentialist, this is my Ben Hur, my Ten Commandments, my Jesus of Nazareth. It is always a wonderful experience to watch this film, to see the interplay of philosophy and dialogue presented in such an entertaining manner.
  7. Wedding Crashers (2005). Until this evening, the one and only time I’d seen this movie was about five hours after I first learned I had a brain tumor. I’d been walking around Lincoln Square – A. set me loose, sensing that I needed time to process the information – and I happened upon the Davis Theatre. This was the only comedy, and it was a little awkward for me; on a Friday night, everyone else in the theatre was part of a couple, and under normal circumstances I would have felt pretty weird. But that evening was anything but normal, and the movie did what it was supposed to do: make me laugh and take my mind off reality for a couple of hours.

Tomorrow will surely bring more movies…