Wednesday, September 12, 2007

It's a litte pathetic

In all seriousness - the older I get, the dumber I get. A while back my sister and my mom and I were talking about books. My sister said, "I love listening to books on cd. It's just something about being in the car, alone, driving and listening to someone tell me this fabulous story." My mom said, "Oh, I wouldn't like that. I love having the book in my hands, anxiously turning the pages, having the novel just unfold before me." Stupid me says, "Yeah, I like to see it acted out on the big screen in two hours or less."

Seriously, as I've looked around friend's blogs lately and seen their lists of "What I'm Reading" and "Favorite Books," I'm like wow - what happened to me? I haven't read anything but parenting books since college. I actually blame it on college. There was so much assigned reading that I grew to hate reading. I used to love it growing up, but after so many years of college, reading to me = time to sleep. My roommates can attest to this. They would always laugh when they went to the library with me. It was like 20 minutes of reading, 20 minutes of sleeping, 20 minutes of reading.... and on and on. (Oh yeah, pause in there somewhere to flirt with any cute passersby).

Anyway, as my version of "What's on my shelf," I've added a list of movies we've seen recently. Recently as in the last month. Since we got our Blockbuster membership. With a couple exceptions of movies seen in the theater. (I told you we have lots of spare time, and I'm not even adding Ryan's 12-year-old movies that he gets like "Bridge to Terabithia.") And let me make the disclaimer that we're no movie critics- they're definitely not all masterpieces. Sometimes we just like to be mindlessly entertained. (Like Vin Diesel movies - come on, it's not like you're expecting good acting, but I still love them.)

There are a few I could comment on, though. Like "Wild Hogs." From the moment we saw previews we thought it looked so stupid and we NEVER wanted to see it. Then recently I've had like three people tell me how funny it is. WRONG. Very wrong. It was actually worse than we thought it would be. Just our opinion. And "Happy Feet." What happened to the feel-good animated movies? Not only was it terrible, what was with the politically charged jabs they were throwing out? Anyway, there really aren't any good movies out lately. So please, if you've seen anything (good, or even sort of good) give us some suggestions!!

9 comments:

Susie said...

Hi Jennie - it's delightful to read what you write. Steve and I love old black and white movies. Some classics are "Judgement at Nuremberg" a soul searching post WWII movie about bringing some of the Germans to justice; Mrs. Miniver, also WWII happening in England; "Friendly Persuasion" U.S. Civil War period (in color!(; "Shenandoah (Color, U.S. civil war)Bridge over the River Kwai (color. . . I think WWII). Anyway, these are old classics. If you find you like any I can recommend some more.

Corinne said...

You're so funny! I am totally out of the movie loop. If I ever see something good, I'll pass it on :)

chyayn said...

When you are ready to read...some quick easy good reads are "sisterhood of the traveling pants" and have you heard all the rage about "Twilight"?? I just finished it and cant wait to get my hands on "New Moon"...so when Ryan goes back to work and Cash is napping or playing good alone-pick up one of these books!:)

Rochelle said...

We saw Ratatouille .. a good kid movie without the political undertones. Cash is probably too little still for the theater...but you can dream right? We can finally make it happen as long as I have a big box of skittles and a huge tub o' popcorn. And, who cares if you like movies more than books!? I think blaming BYU is a good idea :-)

Shannon said...

Sorry Jenn I am the bookie type. You'll have to suggest the movies to me. I loved your comment about a movie over a book.

Jen I said...

Thanks for the suggestions Chy Ayn - I actually was going to ask for some easy reads that wouldn't scare me away if I attempted it. And actually Rochelle, I'm afraid Cash WOULD sit through a movie - I guess I haven't been sure I wanted to go there yet! Good suggestion though - it's a long winter here!

Anonymous said...

my favorite from your list would have to be Catch and Release and Elisabethtown .

Susie said...

I had to add that I just finished reading "Little Britches" by Ralph Moody for the second time. I wish I'd known about it when my sons were young and we could have read it together, maybe for ages 7-11. It is full of great life's lessons well taught by a wise father!

Adrienne said...

Our latest favroite movie is Stranger Than FIction. And I just read The Importance of Being Earnest (by Wilde). It's a classic and only roughly 100 pages, and hilariuos! I think you'd like it...love the blog!