While at a conference last year, someone asked me over lunch, “So what do you do to relax?” I quickly answered, “I watch movies.”
I’ve never been much of a television fan. I’ve never seen even a single episode of most of the popular shows that are on television. The only television programs I’ve watched faithfully (in my adult years) have been 24, Seinfeld, The Jamie Kennedy Experiment, and Nightline (with Ted Koppel – the greatest interviewer in history, bar none).
Other than that, the only time I watch television is if the Yankees or Mets are in the World Series (I was euphoric in 2000 when they played against each other in the Series – ‘twas a dream come true). I also watch news programs on a fairly regular basis.
Unlike most humans with a Y chromosome, I don’t watch Football, Basketball, Soccer, Golf, Volleyball, ESPN, Boxing, Tennis, Badmiton, or Baseball (unless the World Series is featuring the Yanks or the Mets).
Other than that, I watch movies pretty regularly. I typically watch them on DVD so that I can fast-forward through anything I don’t like or rewind to anything I do like. (I find myself hitting FF on many movies.)
What follows are some of my favorite films:
Romance – my favorite type.
- Message in a Bottle (though I hated the end)
- The Cutting Edge (the original 1992 film, not the cheesy remakes.)
- Bed of Roses
- Don’t Tell Her It’s Me
- A Walk in the Clouds
- Meet the Parents
- Just Friends
- Shallow Hal
- Never Been Kissed
- Anger Management
- Ground Hog Day
- Mr. Deeds
- 50 First Dates
- The Bourne Identity trilogy
- The Matrix (the first one)
- The Dirty Harry films (Clint Eastwood)
- Die Hard (only because I am Bruce’s stunt-double)
Drama/Suspense – too many to list. This is my favorite type of film after Romance. I enjoy most films with Denzel Washington. Déjà vu was among his best, I think. A brilliant movie. And I really like The Zero Effect.
Horror – don’t watch it.
I also don’t care for films in the spirit of Fried Green Tomatoes, Little Women, Terms of Endearment, and Steel Magnolias – what many call “chick-flicks.” (Umm . . . romance does not fit into this category, Sir.)
Disclaimer: For those of you who may be troubled by this blog post, just because I may like a movie doesn’t mean that I endorse everything in it. I rarely do.
Incidentally, I’m not sure if anyone else is like me in this particular regard. So far, I’ve only met one person who was. Most people I know are the opposite. But when it comes to books, I have the hardest time reading fiction. I mean a really, really, really hard time.
I much prefer non-fiction books.
However, when it comes to movies, I much prefer to watch fiction films over against documentaries and “based on a true story” movies.
It’s just the way my brain is hard-wired I guess. Your mileage may vary.