Today’s List: Movies I Always Watch When They’re On TV (That Are Kind of Embarrassing)
Note: This is not a list of movies I love. It’s a list of movies I’m embarrassed to admit I love. Please don’t make too much fun of me….
Up Close and Personal
Maybe it’s because I’m a writer and by extension, sometimes feel like a journalist. Or maybe it’s because when I saw it in the theater with my mom, she turned to me at the end and said, that will be you! Or maybe it’s just because Robert Redford is extremely confident and sexy in this role. The reason doesn’t matter: I ALWAYS watch this movie when it’s on. I’ve seen it no less than 25 times. I’ve memorized Michelle Pfeiffer’s every mannerism. I know Robert Redford’s every move. I still cry at the end.
A Knight’s Tale
For some reason, this movie makes me feel like I’m in on a private joke with the filmmakers. Every character makes me laugh. Plus, I fell in love with Paul Bettany in this movie.
I’m not AS embarrassed by this one–it’s written by Aaron Sorkin after all. But Michael Douglas is so likable in this role. And you can almost see Sorkin casting Douglas’ chief of staff, Martin Sheen, as the President in his next big project, The West Wing.
Tennis, funny one-liners and Paul Bettany. Done.
How mortifying is this? For some indescribable reason, I love this movie. I love every one-liner uttered by Bruce Willis, every ridiculous ‘we-need-to-save-the-world’ cliche and every scene with Billy Bob Thorton. Yes, you read that correctly: I LOVE BILLY BOB THORNTON IN THIS MOVIE. I know. I’m shocked too.
Independence Day/Transformers/Star Trek
Who am I? (I told you this list would be embarrassing.)
I have no defense.
To Buy or Not to Buy: Up in the Air
Up in the Air is available on DVD as of today. The question is, will I buy it?
I saw the movie in theaters about a month ago–and liked it. I didn’t love it but in recent years, it’s really rare that I LOVE a movie. I liked it a lot, but it wasn’t the best movie of the year (Inglorious Basterds was in my opinion.) In fact, I loved the characters in the movie: Anna Kendrick and Vera Farmiga both played compelling and interesting women that I enjoyed watching and getting to know. I’m excited to watch Kendrick in more (non-Twilight) movies and I REALLY want to see more of Vera. Loved her.
George Clooney was good too. But he was George Clooney playing a guy that fires people. So nothing new there. Storyline was good. Interesting. Surprising.
Okay, so I’ve decided: I’m not going to buy it, but instead will rent it to watch again.