MONDO EXTRAS

Staff Flick Picks

by The Editors August 16, 2007
The Movies On Cable We Can't Resist

Quiz Show is another long one that I can never tear myself away from once I've started watching it, despite Rob Morrow's problematic interpretation of "a Boston accent." It isn't like most of the movies I get quicksanded by, in that it's actually good -- Ralph Fiennes is fantastic -- but I really watch for John Turturro and Johann Carlo as Herbie and Toby Stempel. Their constant bickering is hilarious.

I ordinarily avoid romantic comedies like the plague, so God knows why I watched While You Were Sleeping initially, but I love it -- the big family with all their rough teasing, Bill Pullman looking his very cutest with floppy '90s hair, Monica "The Late Abby Morgan" Keena before she over-dieted, and of course Joe Junior, whose dreamy line about seeing your first Trans-Am is an all-time classic.

It's implausible from soup to nuts, of course -- no way does Lucy save Peter, no way does she not just admit that she's not his fiancée, no way does she not get busted until she busts herself, no way does Peter go through with the impromptu hospital wedding, no way does Jack not think she's a freak and no way does he ask her to marry him like two days after that. The whole thing's absurd, but the movie's charm lies in the fact that it seems to know that, and because it gets the little things right -- high-strung Ashley and her long-haired cat and foobs, the way families talk to each other -- it can get away with turning the big things into a fairy tale.

I still don't have to watch it every time, though. It's not like I don't remember what crazy high-waisted jeans we all wore back then.

--Sars

Say you're lollygagging around on a Sunday afternoon thinking how sweet it would be if you could spend your day at the ballpark. And then say it's November. Is there anything sadder than the unbalanced ratio of free time in the off season? "Why can't there be baseball year-round?" you ask yourself. "What the hell is wrong with this country? I don't care if there are ice crystals forming on the top, I am having a BEER right now." Inconsolable, you flip on the tube, mentally steeling yourself to sit through another round of circular Baltimore Ravens analysis or, heaven forbid, a fight-free hockey game. "My GOD, what has happened to sports?" you cry, shaking your fist at the screen. "Where is the blood? The sweat? The TEARS?" Abandoning all hope, you flip around the channels, cursing Lee Corso and all he stands for, when...there it is! The sound of cracking wood; the roar of a tiny, faithful crowd; Kevin Costner saying something awesome for once...

Previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13Next

Comments

Staff Flick Picks

by The Editors August 16, 2007
The Movies On Cable We Can’t Resist Quiz Show is another long one that I can never tear myself away from once I've started watching it, despite Rob Morrow's problematic interpretation of "a Boston accent." It isn't like most of the movies I get quicksanded by, in that it's actually good -- Ralph Fiennes is fantastic -- but I really watch for John Turturro and Johann Carlo as Herbie and Toby Stempel. Their constant bickering is hilarious. I ordinarily avoid romantic comedies like the plague, so God knows why I watched While You Were Sleeping initially, but I love it -- the big family with all their rough teasing, Bill Pullman looking his very cutest with floppy '90s hair, Monica "The Late Abby Morgan" Keena before she over-dieted, and of course Joe Junior, whose dreamy line about seeing your first Trans-Am is an all-time classic. It's implausible from soup to nuts, of course -- no way does Lucy save Peter, no way does she not just admit that she's not his fiancée, no way does she not get busted until she busts herself, no way does Peter go through with the impromptu hospital wedding, no way does Jack not think she's a freak and no way does he ask her to marry him like two days after that. The whole thing's absurd, but the movie's charm lies in the fact that it seems to know that, and because it gets the little things right -- high-strung Ashley and her long-haired cat and foobs, the way families talk to each other -- it can get away with turning the big things into a fairy tale. I still don't have to watch it every time, though. It's not like I don't remember what crazy high-waisted jeans we all wore back then. --Sars Say you're lollygagging around on a Sunday afternoon thinking how sweet it would be if you could spend your day at the ballpark. And then say it's November. Is there anything sadder than the unbalanced ratio of free time in the off season? "Why can't there be baseball year-round?" you ask yourself. "What the hell is wrong with this country? I don't care if there are ice crystals forming on the top, I am having a BEER right now." Inconsolable, you flip on the tube, mentally steeling yourself to sit through another round of circular Baltimore Ravens analysis or, heaven forbid, a fight-free hockey game. "My GOD, what has happened to sports?" you cry, shaking your fist at the screen. "Where is the blood? The sweat? The TEARS?" Abandoning all hope, you flip around the channels, cursing Lee Corso and all he stands for, when...there it is! The sound of cracking wood; the roar of a tiny, faithful crowd; Kevin Costner saying something awesome for once...

Previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13Next

Comments

SHARE THE SNARK

X

Get the most of your experience.
Share the Snark!

See content relevant to you based on what your friends are reading and watching.

Share your activity with your friends to Facebook's News Feed, Timeline and Ticker.

Stay in Control: Delete any item from your activity that you choose not to share.

The Latest Activity On TwOP

SHARE THE SNARK

X

Get the most of your experience.
Share the Snark!

See content relevant to you based on what your friends are reading and watching.

Share your activity with your friends to Facebook's News Feed, Timeline and Ticker.

Stay in Control: Delete any item from your activity that you choose not to share.

The Latest Activity On TwOP