I consider myself an intellectual person, the type that rarely sees a "typical" American movie at the theatre. Then why, oh why have I had CLEO FROM 5 TO 7 sitting in my living room for the past three weeks? And why did I move THE HOLIDAY up in my queue, and only wait two days before popping it into the DVD player? Granted, it had been in my queue for over a year, but still...
I'll need to do this to get me in the mood for some Godard...
Why do some movies get priority over others? Why do some keep getting pushed further and further down the queue? I find it's the same for my Tivo!
It's not that I don't want to watch these movies--they're in my queue for a reason. I guess it's just that I'm not "in the mood" to watch them.
Foreign flicks are the hardest for me to dedicate time to. I love them, but I have to set aside a good 2-3 hours (or 6, if it's THE BEST OF YOUTH!) to just watch a movie. As I'm a multi-tasker, this is hard for me to do. I have to
focus entirely on the movie--not catch up with my magazines, read a bit from my current books, check and answer email, feed/water/play with the dog or cats...nothing. If I look away at an inopportune moment, I could miss something that's detrimental to the plot. I realize I could rewind or pause the movie...but that just adds more time, and I've got things to do, man!!! (Yes, I am that lazy.)
Wouldn't you rather watch Gil's cheeky looks?
I TiVo'd Ken Burns's latest installment "The War" a few months ago. I'm fascinated by history, and I love Burns's documentaries. But somehow there's always something else that's just a little more intriguing. So I have several hours worth of WWII to watch, yet I find myself vegging out to shows on TLC or HGTV. I'm not buying a home anytime soon, so why am I so engrossed in watching someone else search for one?!
I don't watch things to shut off my brain...it's always going, even while watching HGTV. But sometimes
I guess it's nice to just focus on happy-happy-joy-joys. Right? It's like chicken soup and your blankie...it just feels good! I suppose it doesn't have to be a happy movie, just one you love completely and can watch over and over again.
"Movin' on uuu-uuup!"
For me, that means movies like ANNE OF GREEN GABLES, SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE, or a good Disney animated feature. Something I don't have to question or try to figure out...something I can laugh and giggle and sigh about...
As much as I force everyone to watch movies that make you think, I guess your brain needs that time-out that only a movie like THE GOONIES, BETTER OFF DEAD, or THE WEDDING SINGER can give you. Or anything where people burst into spontaneous song and dance. Because...c'mon, don't we all love a good musical?!
*sigh* I guess I should move ENCHANTED up the queue. I'll keep all the depressing ones where they are.
Until then , it's time for some Godard.
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