Posted in Just Funny

It’s got character

In my younger years I was a television junkie. I turned the TV on during the Today Show and turned it off during Letterman.  I didn’t sit and watch it all day, mind you, but it was ON. Omnipresent in the background, you might say.

TrivialAnd I paid attention. I could rock the pink category in Trivial Pursuit like nobody’s business. (For you children, Trivial Pursuit is the “hard copy” forerunner of last year’s wildly inferior Trivia Crack. You had to actually use your arms to roll dice and move game pieces. It was a gruelling process.)  

Television is not high on my priority list these days.  I mean, I don’t have a clue why The Walking Dead killed off Glenn or why Kurt Weller’s name is tattooed on Jane Doe’s back.  

Often I go days without ever flipping on the 42” screen that dominates my cozy little den. When I do, it’s to catch two-thirds of a day-old Jimmy Fallon on Hulu, or fawn over a composite of Jeremy Renner clips on YouTube.  That, however, is a confessional blog for another day.

Three or four times a year I binge-watch shows that comes highly recommended, like two of my favorites, House of Cards or Newsroom.  

So I know I’m five years behind the curve, but lately I’ve been on a Downton Abbey spree. Fabulous wardrobes; historical references; wonderfully, Britishly understated melodrama.

My husband, however, refuses to watch along, mentally placing Downton Abbey in the same category as monogrammed handbags, ostentatious gift-wrapping, and herbal tea lattes.

Yes, the show’s language, clothing, and notions of class-distinction are antiquated. Okay, so Lady Mary isn’t a cowgirl.  And Lord Grantham doesn’t grunt, but rather makes eye contact and speaks in grammatically proper sentences.  And Carson, the butler, wouldn’t be caught dead discussing a fart. Ever. 

Compared to Django or The Hangover, Downton could almost appear, well, educational.

Still, I contend that Downton’s cast mimics the characters of every other tv show, albeit better dressed.  Like Mad Men or Grey’s Anatomy or whatever drama you prefer, ee45b75b6013715ce76b729e8c2e86144f4e2e992fd6d7139932ce1b2927ec41there’s the schemer, the snob, the liar, the gossip, the rebel, the clueless, the pot-stirrer, the goody-two-shoes, the scandalous, and the pitiful, all interacting for the purpose of amusement.

Come to think of it, Downton mimics the characters I know in real life as well, all of whom interact for the purpose of amusement, they just don’t realize it. Without them, my life would far less interesting. Also without them, I would have no reason to don my tiara and feel superior.  (I do hope you detect the tongue in my cheek.)

So here’s to the characters, fictional and real, who make the plot lines of my own little drama infinitely more entertaining. 

Posted in Movie Mondays

“Run home, Jack!”

Because I love movies, because this is MY blog, and because I think this will be fun, I’ve decided to do “Movie Mondays”.

And because this is July 13th (the anniversary of Babe Ruth’s 700th Home Run), and because we’re in the midst of baseball season, and because my dad and my offspring LOVE baseball even though it is the MOST boring sport in the world, and because I like making lists because it gives me a false sense of organization, I present to you the first installment of MOVIE MONDAYS.

My Top 10 Baseball Movie List for People (Like Me) Who Don’t Like Baseball

NUMBER 10 – The Rookie
Sure, it’s formulaic on multiple levels, but because Dennis Quaid is nice, and because the movie is nice, and because I like a “nice guys win” true story movie, this makes the list.

NUMBER 9 – Rookie of the Year
Because it’s sooooo fun to watch with your kids… especially if your kids are always stuck in right field.

NUMBER 8 – Fever Pitch
Because it’s Jimmy Fallon.  Not at all “ew”.

NUMBER 7 – Field of Dreams
This film makes the list for two reasons.  One, because Kevin Costner made 37 sports movies, and I don’t want to snub him entirely because, after all, he was Robin Hood; and two, because it has the feel of something Jimmy Stewart would star in had it been made in 1945.  Sort of a “Mr. Smith Goes to Iowa” thing.

NUMBER 6 – Hook
“Run home, Jack!”
Shut up.  It can SO count as a baseball movie if I want it to.

NUMBER 5 – Trouble with the Curve
Because I like to imagine Dirty Harry recruiting baseball players.  “Do ya feel lucky?”

NUMBER 4 – A League of Their Own
Because “There’s no crying in baseball!!!”
just a lot of sexism, ugly uniforms, and Tom Hanks peeing for 49 seconds.

NUMBER 3 – Moneyball  
Because any movie about both sports AND numbers, that still manages to be fascinating deserves to be #3 on the list.

NUMBER 2 – 42
42. 42. 42.  If you haven’t seen this, you are missing out.  GREAT film.

AND

NUMBER 1 – The Sandlot
Because this is a completely watchable, wonderful movie.  Darth Vader vs. The Boys of Summer.  If you haven’t seen it… “You’re killin’ me, Smalls!”

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