See that? I meant to just type “hello” but “helloo” came out and it just looked right to me. So I left it, against all my copyeditor’s instincts. And this is a perfect representation of my current mood: mellow. Relaxed. Rediscovering my capacity to laugh and be silly.
Not a whole heckuva lot has been going on ’round these parts, and that in itself is the cause of my improved mood. Joe is on his one-week break from classes after having totally aced his summer courses. Accomplishment feels so good. This whole month we decided our weekends would look something like this: 1) complete a task that’s been put-off around the house for far too long and 2) do one social thing with people we’ve been meaning to see. And it’s been working swimmingly. But NOW! With this week sans classes for Joe? Every weeknight is free. We’ve been eating dinner at a leisurely pace. Playing outside with the kids (did I mention the weather also turned glorious? It did!) Watching movies left and right. It feels so good. Extra good. I was just saying to Joe the other night that this new phase of our lives has given me a new appreciation for our “down” time. I value it so much more now because of its scarcity, which is just the story of our human lives, isn’t it?
Speaking of movies! Joe and I are going to do a special joint post on I Am Legend, but let me tell you about a couple others we’ve watched recently. First, Joe watched Mark of Cain, which is a documentary about the tattoos in Russian prisons. Yeah, really. He can’t remember the date he watched it even, but he did and told me it was interesting. So there you go. Next on our list is Annie. Yes, the movie musical Annie. My parents are probably asking themselves why I’ve included on the project list a movie I watched no fewer than 100 times growing up. The answer? It was Maxwell’s first time seeing it. Awww! It was a big moment for me as I shared this childhood favorite with my firstborn favorite. I am pleased to announce that he loved it. I am also pleased to announce that it was even better to me as a grown-up, if that’s possible. Because the brilliance of casting Carol Burnett? And Tim Curry and Bernadette Peters? Unparalleled.
Then I watched Harold and Maude when Joe was off taking his algebra final. Where has this movie been all my life? Oh yeah, out there in distribution because it was made before I was born. I’m not sure why I’d never seen it but it might have something to do with its exceeding weirdness. But wow…it knocked my weird socks right off. If you’ve never seen it, the brief rundown is this: Harold is a 19-year-old socialite’s son. He has a bizarre fixation on death and regularly fakes his own suicides to get a rise out of his mother. He drives a hearse and attends random funerals for kicks. At one of these services he meets Maude, a 79-year-old whose preoccupation with funerals lies in her fascination of the life cycle rather than a death wish. Maude loves life: she drives fast, makes art and inventions, drinks, and basically lives the life of an eccentric student of the world. Harold becomes fascinated with her, and she with him. The resulting relationship is a thing to behold. I really recommend this weird old film.
Next we had a marathon movie night wherein THREE films where clocked: The Land Before Time, Helvetica, and The Dead Zone. The boys enjoyed watching The Land Before Time. Joe and I both think that’s a movie ripe for a restoration, because it looked horrible. Sure, it has to compete with today’s slick-looking animation…but it was really rough-looking. And I couldn’t help but think of how the adult Triceratops were depicted incorrectly according to recent paleontological discoveries. I mean, who ever heard of a Torosaurus?
Sorry for the digression.
After the kids were in bed, Joe and I settled in for Helvetica, which is a documentary about the font of the same name. Yes, really, we watched a documentary about fonts. Because I am a huge giant dork. But it was pretty darn interesting to hear about the origins, proliferation, and perhaps overuse of this ubiquitous typeface. I can’t say I’d recommend it unless you, too, are a huge giant dork for fonts.
Then I wandered off to dreamland and Joe watched The Dead Zone alone, which is how it should be when it comes to horror/thriller movies. The reasons for this will become obvious when we do our joint post here shortly. Anyway, the movie has Christopher Walken in it, and is based on a Steven King story, and Joe said the story was really great. He even described scenes to a friend and I using his stellar Christopher Walken voice impersonation and it sounded interesting. So if you like thrillers and/or Christopher Walken (I’m looking right at you, SARAH) then maybe you want to check it out.
Finally, I just have to say a few words about last night’s movie pick: This Is It. You know, the Michael Jackson concert documentary?
It was…amazing. So incredible. Joe and I were both blown away that depicted here was a man who would shortly be dead of a heart attack. He may have been a tiny bit…um, looser?…with his dancing than in days of yore, but the man was 50. And basically a skeleton. The fact that he could still dance like that, while singing very well indeed, was remarkable. It had the makings of a fantastic show, and I for one was glad they had film footage to piece together what it might have been like had he lived to do the concert series. I personally love all his hit songs, and he even had a little Jackson 5 medley bit in there that made me squee like a schoolgirl. I’m ridiculous for Jackson 5 music. It takes me right back to parties in the Wilmar House during college. In any case, even if you don’t have memories of an old college friend dancing like Rick Astley to “(Baby) I Want You Back” in an abysmally dirty living room, I recommend this film. Especially if you’ve enjoyed the music of MJ over the years.
Okay! That’s it for now, but look out for the special dual-author post shortly. And Joe and I will be seeing a movie…together…in the THEATER this week, when we go ON A DATE. So you have that report to look forward to as well. Try not to faint!