Sunday, December 28, 2008

Holiday Movies

Most of the year there are not a lot of movies that I "need" to see. I do go to see some cause my kids want to. Usually they're pretty cute. We are past the stage of the really lame ones. The ones that I used to bring my IPod to, is that wrong?

It's usually during the holiday season ( I am so far past the point of saying the Christmas season, I can't even tell you) anyway, that I want to see ALL the movies out. Well, lots of them. I will say, contrary to popular opinion one movie that I don't want to see. And I've heard it's great. Marley and Me. My friend Suzy told me her eyes were puffy from crying for hours after that movie was over. This is what I surmise from that...(only three Mark ;) ), okay, it's a dog movie, it was sad. I'm thinkin' the dog dies at some point. Sorry, I don't want to see that. If pressed to tell the story I would start crying about my dog Buddy who died 5 years ago. I hate sad animal things! I can't stand it. My kids want to see this movie though and honestly, Saige would be fine, Chase is like me, if he goes, I better be with him. You know, so he can comfort me. Like he did the day he made me show him Buddy's ashes and his leash was inside the box. Sorry, train of thought is wandering. I'm going to tell you why.

I can't even think straight. Marc and I went to see 7 Pounds. Not a knee slapper. There were no funny one liners by Vince Vaughn, at no point did Will Ferrell have a funny accent and made me laugh. Not at all. I was confused for the first little bit. Once we figured out what was going on my eyes were at the very least filled with tears, if not running down my cheeks for rest of the movie. This might not be everyone's reaction, I've heard it got bad reviews. It was mine though. It was about love and giving and guilt and resolution. It was about people, they weren't all happy and perfect, they were flawed and heart broken for all different reasons. If you took the time to really think about it, it said a lot. That's why I can't think straight. Now I am going to watch Edtv, cause it's funny and stupid and doesn't require a lot of thought.

Merry Christmas is over for the year. Yay.

10 comments:

Lula! said...

I don't do animal movies. Of any kind. Old Yeller...The Fox and the Hound...Homeward Bound...

NO NO NO!

I can't deal with sad animal stories. I don't care if they have happy endings. I refuse to see Marley & Me.

And I don't even like dogs.
Sigh...

Mark said...

The saddest animal movie I ever saw was Gorillas in the Mist. I cried like a baby afterward and didn't care that everyone walking past me seemed not to understand how this movie could touch me so deeply. That was just about twenty years ago, and I wonder if I'd have a similar reaction today or a "so what" feeling about it. Doesn't really make much sense to wonder because, like Amy, I am not likely to torture myself with a sad animal movie if I can help it. Now, sad people movies, that's a different issue. I LOVE emotional, reflective, introspective people movies, so I guess I will be seeing 7 Pounds this week, probably before New Year's Eve comes because I want the New Year to start light, but no harm in getting a little reflection and deep thought in just under the wire. It would fit the mood of the past 12 months and put a period on the bizarre year that was 2008. It may be an artificial resetting of life's clock, but I am so looking forward to January 1. I'm determined get on with living a saner, lighter, more fun life in 2009.

Amy said...

Me too Mark! Totally. Completely. I wish more than anything you and I could spend New Years together, so we could start it out sane. :) I know you've got your people in NY and have been traveling down here a lot, so I understand. But I want to to talk to you at 12.01.
LYTB

Meredith said...

It's got to be a gene thing. Dad has it too. We won't see the Marley movie either. I have to stop people when they start telling a sad animal story. I will leave the room if they keep talking. I read Gorillas in the Mist, and that was more than I could handle. Chris told me about the Wolves movie and I watched it for him and that was hard. That was one reason I couldn't tolerate even looking at Sarah Palin. How can anyone want to intentionally take the life of an animal, any animal? I just don't for the life of me get that. Poor Chase, he's got the gene. I hope a lot of people have it.
Love, Mom

Anonymous said...

We went to see Marley and Me yesterday. It was so sad/funny I can't even tell you. Loved it. Cried like crazy, sobbing noisy crying. But it was all good. Cathartic, even. Wordica.
Jen

Christy said...

I want to see 7 Pounds. I never listen to reviews (hello? I'm a person who likes stupid Will Ferrel movies) and I love Will Smith. I love movies that make you think and reflect...I like those kids of books too. But, light is good too. I guess everything has it's time and place. :)

Here's to 2009 being "saner, lighter, and more fun" like Mark said.

Sarah said...

We saw Valkerie on Christmas Day.. how is that for Christmas cheer. It was WAY to heavy and deep for me. Especially on Christmas. I wanted to see Marley & Me, but I don't want to cry so I think that is a skipper.
7 Pounds? What were you thinking?.. again WAY to invloved. I want to be entertained by movies. No thinking! My thinking days are over!
How about 4 Christmas' that is a Vince Vaughn movie..a laugher ..not a thinker

Kathy S. said...

Last night was Cast Away on tv (again) - when he returns and Kelly is married, I become a blubbering mess. She has never gotten over him, but now has a child and a very understanding husband. Gets me everytime. That and eating "sushi" on the island without any green tea. Talk about suffering.

Sue Jacquette said...

Jason and I saw Benjamin Button.... also sad. So sad....

Sue Jacquette said...

Isn't winter camp for parents that work? Just curious!