A hundred years ago (it’s a night for exaggeration), I said I’d talk movies seen and wanting to be seen. So let’s get on with that.
In the past two months, I’ve seen the following films for the first time:
- Tropic Thunder, which made me laugh until I cried at least three times.
- Hamlet 2, which… I just can’t… I don’t… hey, the music number “Rock Me Sexy Jesus” was funny.
- Vicky Cristina Barcelona, which was more than the average Scarlett/Woody affair and oddly charming.
- Friends With Money, which I don’t have and, if they’re like this, I don’t want.
- Burn After Reading, which wasn’t quite as good as my admittedly high expectations but still quirky enough to be worth the price.
- Eagle Eye, which was highly improbable but has convinced me to wear more hats.
- Raising Helen, which I can neither explain nor defend.
- Saved!, which I should have seen a million years ago and, you betcha, loved.
- Body of Lies, which almost convinced me that Leonardo DiCaprio is old enough to play an adult.
I want to see:
- Rachel Getting Married, if someone will volunteer to bring along Kleenex and Valium.
- The Secret Life of Bees. I loved the book, fine, you wanna fight about it? Queen Latifah’s on my side.
- What Just Happened. Again, I loved the book.
- Zack and Miri Make a Porno, because Kevin Smith owes me.
- Quantum of Solace, and it’s sort of a miracle I haven’t already bought the tickets.
- The Soloist, because Iron Man’s got range.
- Australia, because it will probably be tastier than turkey.
- Milk, because I get a free toaster?
- Frost/Nixon. Hi, my name is Jenn, and I’m a political dork. Have we met?
- Nobel Son, because Alan Rickman, Alan Rickman, Alan Rickman. Mad chemist Alan Rickman? Sure.
- The Reader, except I’ll need to up the Kleenex and Valium to something with whiskey in it.
- Defiance. Ditto.
- The Brothers Bloom, because clearly I’ll need cheering up.
- The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. We could start buying the whiskey in cases.
- Revolutionary Road. I just don’t know whether this DiCaprio guy and this Winslet ladyhave any chemistry, though.
I could be convinced to see:
- The Duchess, but only by one person and you know who you are. It’s here.
- Appaloosa, but only in Kansas.
- Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, because of George Michael Bluth.
- W., but please see conditions set for Rachel Getting Married.
- Changeling, which I so far can’t get excited about but realize will be All The Rage At The Oscars.
- The Road, see above, and remember I didn’t see No Country until August of this year.
- Madagascar 2, because the penguins want to take over the world!!!!!
- Crossing Over, which I just heard of for the first time though it’s “been buzzing since 2007.” Which was like yesterday. I live on the international date line now, didn’t you know?
- Doubt, which has a great cast but somehow gives me this feeling like I’ll need a spotter to keep me awake.
- The Tale of Despereaux. C’mon, animated Dustin Hoffman.
- The Spirit, because everyone I know will be there?
- Shaghai, huh, John Cusack period China piece shot in Thailand? Huh.
- Valkyrie, for which the trailer looks kind of horrible, but… I dunno.
I would rather eat my cell phone wrapped in bacon than see:
- Nights in Rodanthe
- Four Christmases. Is someone blackmailing Reese Witherspoon? Is it Billy Bob Thornton? I hope so.
So, there it is. I skipped some that I know nothing about, and others that I’ve merely forgotten. I won’t see everything I want and I’ll doubtlessly see some I don’t want to see at all, but at least I have goals. Yes?