Nearly every Tuesday night I throw myself a little pity party, as I mourn the loss of Lost. Fiddledaddy tried to cheer me up by telling me that he had all of this last seasons episodes taped.
That sent me spiraling further into my depressed state. I do not think I can go through that again. Especially knowing that my questions will forever go unanswered. Boo-hoo.
Since the beginning of summer, considering all of my favorite television shows have ended their respective seasons, I’ve not been drawn to the television. Which, in retrospect, is a good thing. And I think it highly unlikely that I will return to my highly refined television viewing habits this fall.
Of course, a lot can happen between now and September.
I haven’t been completely television celibate, however. I’ve been catching up on some movie viewing. I’m behind a good 10 years on all the good movies. So, there are a lot to choose from. Christianity Today online has a “Best-Of” Movies archives list which I used as a jumping off point. They list the “best-of” Most Redeeming Films, Critics Choice, and Readers’ Choice films dating back to 2004. I’ve found some terrific movies this way, and I’ve found most at my local library. A few of the more popular ones I’ve put a hold on, which is great, because I can only watch so many movies on a Saturday night.
Last weekend, I watched a movie that I heard absolutely zero about when it was first released. It made the list of Most Inspirational movies for 2007 on the Christianity Today website. “Lars and the Real Girl” is now perhaps one of my favorite movies of all time. The subject matter might have thrown me: “a lonely delusional young man buys a life-size sex doll on the Internet and falls in love with her, telling people it’s his girlfriend.”
But, this movie demonstrates the unconditional love of the people surrounding Lars. I was deeply moved. It was incredibly cast and well acted. If you haven’t seen it, please do. It’s not a movie for children, as it deals with some adult themes. But rest assured that Lars relationship with his new girlfriend is chaste.
I also saw “Juno” last weekend because it was also on the 2007 list of most inspirational. Very enjoyable and sweet.
Now, y’all know that I’m a disaster movie fanatic. I loved Titanic, Earthquake, Towering Inferno, and Twister. This should give you an idea that I’m easy to please. In the last few weeks I saw “The Road” and “War of the World” the remake. Both frightened the tar out of me. “The Road” was listed on the CT website as a top film for 2009. It was a deeply disturbing post-apocalyptic movie that follows the lives of a man and his young son, trying to survive in a very dark world. It was beautifully shot, and very moving. But the ending just wanted me to start hoarding canned peaches. I like a movie which ties everything up in a nice neat bow, and leaves me with at least some semblance of the warm fuzzies. Because I’m just deep like that.
“War of the World” was good. I think. It was hard to tell, though, because I spent a good deal of the movie hiding under a blanket.
I will now shock you by telling you that I have “Paranormal Activity” on hold at the library. I know. I may as well bid all of my cuticles goodbye now. I have some time to reconsider, since I’m #73 on the hold cue at the library. Not even kidding.
I also have “Crazy Heart” and “District 9” on hold. Oh, and yes, I’ve seen “The Blind Side”. Dearly dearly loved that movie. Especially since the guy that directed it, John Lee Hancock, also directed me in a play that he wrote, not long after I moved to Los Angeles. I could totally envision him directing that movie.
And lastly, over the Independence Day weekend, I not only re-watched “Independence Day” but also the 1972 movie, “1776”, based on the play of the same name. It was a musical starring William Daniels, Ken Howard, and Howard Da Silva, that depicts the days leading up to the signing of the Declaration of Independence. I will make it a habit to watch that movie every single July 4th from now on. The language is a little salty, so it’s not suitable for the very young. And if you’ve ever seen it, try and tell me that DAVID FORD WHO PLAYED JOHN HANCOCK DOES NOT COMPLETELY REMIND YOU OF GENE SIMMONS FROM KISS. I’m not crazy. Really, I’m not.
Now, what am I missing? What are some of your favorite movies over the last few years?