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:
- 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.
- 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.?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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…