Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Ah, the compatibility: watching DVDs with those irrepressible spouses.

Revel in the compatibility as these beleaguered spouses attempt to make the most of their precious movie-watching time on those rare occasions when both children went to sleep early enough that both parents are wide awake:

"The Sopranos" (all seasons except the current one) Greatest viewing experience ever. The Sober Husband's complaint, "You always want to watch another one. I need to get some sleep. You can never watch just one, can you?"

"Six Feet Under", all seasons: The Sober Husband: "God, they're talking about relationships again. I just can't stand it. Why do you watch this? (groans) I only like the death at the beginning."

"Forbidden Planet" (rented multiple times, why? why? why?) Plus: can be watched along with children, who love "Robby the Robot", due to lack of adult content. Drunken Housewife: "God, this is so boring. 'Prospero's Books', now THAT was a good adaptation of 'The Tempest.'"

"The Conversation": The Drunken Housewife: "I can't stand to hear them repeat that stupid conversation again. HOW MANY TIMES ARE WE GOING TO HAVE TO HEAR THAT? That is so annoying." Sober Husband (miffed): "You said that already." Drunken Housewife: "I can't stand to look at that guy; he's so ugly." Sober Husband(highly annoyed): "You don't like it; I got it already."

"The Station Agent": Sober Husband: "I didn't expect this to be so good." Drunken Housewife: "They say this is the best part ever written for a dwarf."

"Grizzly Man": Herzog documentary about man living with and obsessed with grizzly bears, who meets a grisly end. Complete and utter fascination exhibited by both spouses, who occasionally pause the film to discuss. A rare success, brought up in conversation for days. Verdict: Werner Herzog is a genius.

"Fitzcarraldo": Sober Husband completely enthralled. Drunken Housewife: "I thought Mick Jagger was in this. Seriously. [pause] You know I went there, right? I went to Iquitos!" Sober Husband makes hushing gestures. Drunken Housewife falls asleep while Sober Husband is riveted by scenes of brutal labor in rainforest.

"28 Days":
Sober Husband: "How can you watch this?" Drunken Housewife: "Zombies are all the rage now. They're cool. These aren't really zombies, though, are they? They're so fast." Sober Husband: "I like it that they're fast." Constant complaining and moaning from Sober Husband ("This is dumb. I can't suspend my disbelief"), hushed by wife ("I'm trying to watch this"). The Sober Husband finally shut up and attempted to fall asleep, until interrupted by the Drunken Housewife: "Look, there's your actor, the one from 'Doctor Who'!" The Sober Husband began watching again: "Christopher Eccleston. [pause] He gives it redeeming value."

5 comments:

2amsomewhere said...

Grizzly Man": Herzog documentary about man living with and obsessed with grizzly bears, who meets a grisly end. Complete and utter fascination exhibited by both spouses, who occasionally pause the film to discuss. A rare success, brought up in conversation for days. Verdict: Werner Herzog is a genius.

I'm sure that Gottman's criteria for successful marriages include something about documentary compatibility.

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2amsomewhere

hughman said...

now the whole lola and IUA thing makes sense.

Carla said...

there was a really good diary and thread of comments at dailykos sometime last week about scary movies and 28 Days was rated high. But someone commented that 28 Days was lame because "zombies don't run". I personally thought that was a cool touch. It made the movie more exciting. But rightfully pointed out (and I had forgotten) they aren't zombies! They're infected with the disease "rage".. hence they can run :)

Sopranos is in my netflix queue. I've only seen the first season and this last season. (I know.. crazy huh?)

Joyce said...

I love Christopher Eccleston and I LOL'd at this entry. Har de har har. I need to rent Grizzly Man.

I thought 28 Days was exceptionally scary. If you like scary zombie movies, you should make a double feature of the original Dawn of the Dead and the remake (2004?). Both excellent.

Morgan said...

Wow... bizarre. I just watched those two Herzog films myself. Definitely see Aguirre, Wrath of God, too. It's so strange what filming such fantastic things in such a naturalistic style can do to you.