Wednesday, December 26, 2007

a year in movies

I am up at 2 am on Christmas day (actually I guess it's the day after Christmas) watching the series finale of Gilmore Girls. To keep from crying my eyes out at the thought of the end of another great show, I was browsing my favorite website, and found that they listed the movies in 2007 by their release date. So I went back to January of 2007 and wrote down the movies I've seen in the theaters this year. And what a year it's been, movie speaking of course, not counting the marriage and stuff.

Freedom Writers
Pan's Labryinth
Stomp the Yard
Catch and Release
Because I Said So
Ghost Rider
Music and Lyrics
The Astronaut Farmer
The Host
The Namesake
Reign Over Me
The Lookout
Blades of Glory
Hot Fuzz
Spider Man 3
Lucky You
28 Weeks Later
Shrek the 3rd
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
Knocked Up
Ocean's 13
Fantastic Four: The Rise of the Silver Surfer
A Mighty Heart
Live Free or Die Hard
License to Wed
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Talk to Me
The Simpson's Movie
No Reservations
Bourne Ultimatum
Becoming Jane
Death at a Funeral
The Nanny Diaries
3:10 to Yuma
Across the Universe
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
The Kingdom
The Darjeeling Limited
King of California
We Own The Night
Michael Clayton
Lars and the Real Girl
Gone Baby Gone
Dan in Real Life
American Gangster
Martian Child
No Country for Old Men
August Rush
I Am Legend
National Treasure
Charlie Wilson's War

A grand total of SIXTY-TWO MOVIES. I'm not sure how good your math is, but that comes out to more than one movie in the theaters a week. Let me tell you our secret. Nick and I are big fans of the "double feature". We see two for the price of one. On our honeymoon we were feeling ambitious and we saw 6 movies in 2 days. We pulled off 2 triple features in 2 days because we are amazing and ridiculous.

Let's recap the movies:

Way Exceeded Expectations:
Juno - best movie of the year. Of my life.
3:10 to Yuma - Russell Crowe is back baby.
The Darjeeling Limited - my new favorite Wes Anderson film. I never get tired of the slow-motion endings.
Stardust - very imaginative and cute.
Pan's Labryinth - again, imaginative and also captivating.
No Country for Old Men - didn't want to see it, but it was uh-mazing. Just read any critic in the country to hear how good it is.
Gone Baby Gone - I love any movie that leads you to talk about it all the way home.
The Namesake - Endearing, powerful. I read the book and it is excellent.
The Host - Korean movie. So scary and funny. Love it.

Of course there are many more but let's move onto the bad movies because they are more fun to discuss.

Thought It Would Be Good But Sucked It Up Bigtime:
August Rush - I thought since I bawled through the preview everytime I saw it I would enjoy the movie. No go.
Martian Child - I wanted to slap that weird kid.
Dan in Real Life - Ugh! I hate movies where the kids act like little shits and totally get away with it and the parents end up apologizing to the kids.
Catch and Release - Just plain stupid.
Because I Said So - Because I said it was annoying as hell. Diane Keaton is only good in small doses.

Movies I Knew Would Suck and Did Indeed Suck but Had To See Because It Was Nick's Turn:
Ghost Rider - Comes to mind anytime anyone says the words "bad movie". So bad. Just bad.
Transformers - Too much metal clashing, hurt my ears, couldn't care less about anything in the movie.
The Astronaut Farmer - I don't even know what to say.

Special Mention:
Charlie Wilson's War
A Mighty Heart
Stomp the Yard
Reign Over Me
Harry Potter (my true love)

On Thursday I am planning for the ultimate: 4 movies in one day. On deck are Juno (again), The Great Debators, 27 Dresses and P.S. I Love You. I know that 27 dresses and P.S. may be silly, but I think it's a great way to end the year of movies.

What are your favorite and most hated movies of the year?

Monday, December 10, 2007

weekend recap

How bout this weather eh? Is this enough to negate the global warming nonsense? The ice is so early this year, I'm just hoping the weather won't be this sucky until spring.

Friday morning, I turned 26 years old. I'm sure everyone feels this way, but birthdays are becoming less special. I'm not to the point where I dread the day, although it's strange to know I am looking down the barrel of thirty in the near future. Yikes. So I decided this year to take a little trip for my birthday and leave the husband at home. I drove to Lawrence, Kansas to see Soni and James. The drive wasn't bad, considering I was watching Season 1 of Brothers and Sisters, a birthday gift from Nick. Don't worry everyone, I drove safely and remained very alert on the trip.

When I got there, Soni had compiled a "Benay Box" (aren't best friends amazing?) She included a bottle of wine, a KU mug, a Yiddish magnet poetry set, candy, all kids of fun stuff. It was so cute. Friday night we had dinner at an Italian restaurant on an adorable street in Lawrence, which is such a cool town. After dinner we saw Lars and the Real Girl which was very sweet and funny and sad and weird. Everything I love in a movie. Saturday we went to the KU basketball game which was very fun. Basketball is one of the most boring events to watch on television, but in real life it's pretty fun. The rest of the day and night was spent trying to stay warm. It got freaking cold outside and the roads froze. So our big plans to go out and party were thwarted. Soni and I watched several movies and several Martha Stewart Wedding segments from the DVD set I gave her as an early Christmas gift.

Sunday we slept late and I started panicking about the weather (actually Nick started panicking and it transferred over to me). After some very frustrating events with my debit card NOT WORKING AND NOT HAVING ANY CASH FOR THE TRIP HOME WHILE DRIVING IN ICE AND SNOW, it wasn't a bad drive home. I managed to pay the 8 dollar toll in nickels and drove 20 miles an hour the last 30 miles of the trip. It is good to be home.

Last night was the longest night ever. We woke up every 30 minutes to thunder, trees cracking, a transformer blowing up. Finally I gave up at 5 am and just got up and watched the news. OKC schools are closed today so luckily I won't have to make the trip to the south side.

Stay warm and cozy today!