Saturday, May 20, 2006

Movies I SHOULD Hate but DON'T


Helen Hunt kind of bugs me. And Bill Paxton will always be the mean, older brother from Weird Science to me. Or that punk guy that gets killed at the beginning of The Terminator. Throughout the movie, TWISTER, I'm sitting there hoping Bill will stay with the sex-therapist. The risk vs. the reward of what they are trying to accomplish with tornados isn't very convincing... and yet, through it all, I have seen the movie several times and I still don't hate it. There must be some subtle underlying aspect I like. C'mon, it's not like I like Congo.


When the movie came out I wrote it off as nonsense. I was right, but after being subjected to reruns on HBO the humor sunk in: The family oblivious that the 60's were over. Jan on the brink of insanity and hearing voices. The part where she growls in a monster voice, "It's me. The NEW Jan Brady." Cracks me up.

Our old neighbor, Jon, from Flaming Gorge used to walk around singing Greg's hokey song, "Clowns never laughed before... ponies never ran..." That may have something to do with it.

Last week, I accompanied Ethan's kindergarten class to the Hogle Zoo. When we were riding the school bus back home all of the windows were down. (I had flashbacks of Ms. Dickerson bundled up in her winter coat on a sub-zero morning riding the bus through those colorful canyons with her window down while everyone behind her froze). Anyway, it was windy and my hair was blowing everywhere. A kindergartener yelled at me, "You're hair is blowing all over."

And I almost yelled back Shelly Long's line from the sequel, "It's a good thing I use Aquanet!" I didn't... because I'm much too cool for that.

In summation: I like the Brady Movies. Can you believe the dad is Lumbergh from Office Space?


The premise: Some dork has to steal a million cars in one night or his brother gets it. It sounds like something I would hate. But I watch it and it doesn't seem to bother me. I might even go so far as to say, "I enjoy it." Must be Nick Cage and Angelina... and all those cool cars.


Watched it with my wife. Reese Witherspoon is just too likable. And she ends up with a guy named Emmett.


A lot of people don't like it. I like it okay. I like Kate Winslet and I used to hate Leo but he won me over by making some decent films. It was the first movie I saw with my wife, before we were dating and stuff (I still sat by her).


Okay. I just put this in here to bother Minnow. I haven't seen the movie. I would expect to hate it but who can say until we all sit down together and watch it.


Gordon said...

I'm a better person for not having seen Titanic or Legally Blonde. Do you have HBO yet? Paxton is awesome in Big Love.

Native Minnow said...

You did almost get me with the 'From Justin to Kelly.' You would have completely lost my respect, and I'd probably never speak to you again.

I agree with Gordon. Big Love is quickly becoming one of my favorites. My favorite part so far was from a few episodes ago and some neighbors (who don't know about the polygamy) took the third wife out to lunch and introduced her to a guy. He showed up at her house the next day, told her she was the one for him because he'd felt a 'burning in his bosom' and said he was going to kiss her. She quickly had to duck and tell him there was someone else she had her eye on, and he said she was making a mistake (or something like that). It wouldn't be as funny if I didn't actually know people like that.

I miss Jon. Have you heard from him lately? I don't however miss Ms. Dickerson doing the bus "freeze out" every morning on the way in to Cow Country High.

PsychoIntern said...

Is Big Love a reality show? or is it actors/actresses?

Native Minnow said...

Big Love is the new HBO series about the polygamist family in Utah. It's definitely not a reality show. I mean c'mon, polygamists??? in Utah ???

PsychoIntern said...

Yeah, someone asked me about it at work today...they told me it is actors/actresses. They love the show though, but wondered if it offended me...I told them no, but that it probably does offend polygamists.