Wednesday, February 13, 2008

For The Love Of Movies

I love movies, I mean I LOVE movies. I watch them quite often, and at this time in my life, with Providence going to bed around 7:30-8, I have the time to do that. I grew up without TV, literally without a television. My mom was/is a terrific reader, and she certainly gave us that gift. She read to us so often it seemed we were always ready to start a new book. She still reads often, just to herself nowadays. We all love reading and usually are working on some book or other. I think I must have been eight or there abouts, before I remember having a telly in the house. And even then it was kept in the closet when not in use...and it was not used regularly. I don't know if it was the lack of movies in my younger years or if it is just in my nature, but I love films. In the past year or so I have been watching old stuff, Cary Grant, Clark Gable, Humphrey Bogart, William Powell, Myrna Loy, Irene Dunne, Alfred Hitchcock, etc. This was when cheesy wasn't cheesy. Who but Humphrey Bogart could say "Here's looking at you kid." and not sound cheesy. He even makes smoking look cool, and I hate cigarettes! Cary Grant just oozes charm, in every role I have seen him in, Clark Gable with his easy grin, and Alfred Hitchcock can make a shot of a hand -just a hand- make your heart pound. Last night for a special treat I let Providence stay up to watch a movie with me. (See she loves the old ones too, and has watched all six of The Thin Man movies with me, calling them the danger movies.) So last nights movie was Love Crazy, actually another William Powell and Myrna Loy pairing, fabulous together, they are. Providence ate her treat of choice, mini peppers, pretty much tasting the same as bell peppers (as for the treat part, yes she called them that...see below post, and trust me she knows what candy is, she's all about the sugar, this is some recent occurrence that I will not complain about).

Unfortunately Providence got too tired around nine and asked if we could finish it in the morning. She, like me, has a hard time falling asleep with movies playing. I am sure that she could, given the right circumstances, but she'd rather them to be turned off instead. I know many people that fall asleep to movies/TV, some even that seem to fall asleep because a movie's on (yes, you Rose), but that's just not in me. I can think of one blemish on my record, it was while watching Pride and Prejudice (the 5 or so hour long A&E version, sorry to all the new version lovers out there but I HATE it) my reasoning was I have seen P&P numerous times, it was the middle of the night, I knew that I could sleep for a bit and wake up to it still being able to follow. Even so it was still hard (and I still think of it, just seems disrespectful) if I wasn't watching it with a group of girls (some their first time) I would have turned it off and finished later, as I almost always do (the one time forcing me to put the almost in there). Which brings us to my next film particularity; I have to finish one's I've started, like have to or my brain will explode. I am slowly learning to overcome this, because lets face it, some movies are full of vomitus things. To be completely honest though I can only stop if someone else turns it off. My sisters usually...always, the only movies that I haven't finished have been with them, because they have enough sense to say "This is horrid and I won't watch another minute!" I remember talking about my disease with my husband shortly after we were married, and he said "What about the movie the other day, it was so dumb we just turned it off, you didn't finish that one." and I had to shamefully admit that after he fell asleep that night I slipped out of bed and finished it, he got a good laugh out of that. So I am getting better, I don't slink out of bed at night to sneakily finish films that have been turned off for my benefit. Right now though I am just enjoying these golden classics, have any to recommend?


Ivanna February 13, 2008 at 8:19 AM  

I love it! You were so good to note that your sisters actually do turn off really bad movies. :) The story of you getting out of bed to finish the bad movie is one of my favorites. You're awesome! Can't wait to see you!!!!

big hair betty February 13, 2008 at 10:17 AM  

I'm not a big movie fan in general, but there was one Hitchcock film that was on a couple of months back that I watched part of that looked pretty good. I don't even know the name, but it was with Cary Grant and there was going to be an assasination at an opera, and his son was kidnapped, or something like that. If anyone knows the name, I think I'll have to find it and watch it!

Lis February 13, 2008 at 11:01 AM  

Sara- Was it "The Man Who Knew Too Much" with Jimmy Stewart?

MomS/Gram February 13, 2008 at 4:38 PM  

Loved reading this! How fun!

alison wonderland February 13, 2008 at 10:18 PM  

i feel like you have fallen asleep during a movie with me...but maybe it was at the P&P thing...i think i was there at least for a little while...but overall, you are really good at staying awake...and yes, the girls are awesome at turning off lame movies!
love you

Deborah February 13, 2008 at 11:04 PM  

I am so glad to hear the stories! I am guilty of being a "sleeper".... it is so rare we have time for sitting still these days then I am out like a light! We are awful Netflix members.. we get 2 per month and many months go by when we don't even get on to the alotted 2!!

Drea February 14, 2008 at 8:46 AM  

I wish I was a better reader. I seem to enjoy writing better than reading... ive told you my reading issues before tho.. i just get so sleepy.. I def. love movies tho but have trouble watching them more than once unlike my kids and husband! they can watch movies over and over and over again.. :-)

Cant believe Providence eats those. wow! :-) shes brave with her food.

big hair betty February 14, 2008 at 9:06 AM  

YES, Jimmy Stewart, you're right! I'm going to see if the library has it!

Jeanne February 14, 2008 at 12:41 PM  

I am a fellow movie hound. I could waste my entire life watching films. So many good ones...Hmm...I like the oddball kind of sick ones, myself. Check out "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane" with Bette Davis & Joan Crawford. It has one of my all time favorite movie lines.

Rosie February 16, 2008 at 7:04 PM  

Yes yes, I do fall asleep to movies quite regularly. It's just such a wonderful opportunity to catch up on sleep. But If I watch the movie on my time I'm actually really good, really I swear I am.

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