By Kathy Sweeney f/k/a Rebecca the Bookseller
Today, we're going to perform a collective mitzvah. A mitzvah is when you help someone for no specific reason, other than niceness. Yes, I know - we're not all nice all the time, but we can fake it for one damn blog, okay?
For many of us, summer time is movie time. The kids can stay up late, and there are lots of new movies to choose from. In the last month or so we've seen: Wall-E (fantastic and worth seeing on the big screen); Indiana Jones (it was good - just don't expect the magic of Raiders); Iron Man (I loved it, and I'm not a comic book fan) Sex and the City (the shower scene had my entire row arching their necks to the side for a better view, and that's all I'm saying about that); and Get Smart (the rest of the fam saw that one while I had eye trouble and they liked it). Next up are Hancock and The Hulk.
What have you seen? What can you recommend - or not?
If your allergies, or the price of gas, or the price of a night out at the movies keeps you close to home, we've got the answer for you too.
Movie Rentals. You don't even have to leave the house. Whether you use Netflix, or the new Apple rental service, or even your cable's On Demand feature, great movies are only a few clicks away.
So let's help each other out and suggest some good movies that many people may have missed in the theaters. My favorites are comedies, so I'll start with those, and we can add to the list as we go.
Anything from the Christopher Guest collection: Spinal Tap is the first and a classic. The more recent ones: Best in Show; For Your Consideration; Waiting for Guffman, are all good. Best in Show is my favorite, and I don't even have a dog.
Classic Michael Keaton: if you haven't seen Multiplicity, now is the time. Michael Keaton clones himself. Although #4 has the best lines, it's #3 who steals the show. Best exchange: #2: "Who ate all the baloney?" #4: "Burglars?"
Murder by Death - is a spoof on Hitchcock films and the classic detectives. The cast includes Peter Sellers, Maggie Smith and Peter Falk. Best line: "He's blind all right. Those were my funniest faces."
Dodgeball. This is goofball antics at its best. Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller lead their teams to the Dodgeball Finals, broadcast on ESPN 8 (the "Ocho"). Jason Bateman as the stoner sportscaster should have gotten at least an Oscar nomination. hah. Best line: "If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball."
Overboard - I'm going out on a limb with this one, because I'm not sure why I like it. Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell, probably. You don't even need to rent this one - it's on all the time.
And, of course, the greatest comedic cast ever assembled: Caddyshack.
Now for some more serious fare - we saw Glory the other night, and it's worth seeing again. If you missed The Departed, it's dark but magnificent. And a MUST SEE for all families (excuse the youngest kids) is The Great Debaters.
For big effects and some great unexpected dialog - Independence Day or the original Die Hard.Yippee-ky-yay!
For children of all ages: Enchanted. Loved it! Or Happy Feet. Great soundtracks on both films.
If you like musicals and you haven't seen Dreamgirls or Chicago, you should.
Now - if you know me in real life, you know that there are many types of movies I don't watch, so I'm counting on the rest of you to fill in the gaps - prison movies, war movies, horror movies, suspense movies that make me too nervous to sit still (I have to know what happens!). Let's all give each other some suggestions for the summer.
1. Happy Birthday to our wonderful friend and bookseller extraordinaire - Mary Alice!
2. Congratulations to our own Sarah Strohmeyer, who got a nice mention in the NEW YORK TIMES! Check it out: Sweet Love in the New York Times