Sunday, September 11, 2005

Hand Me the Remote

I did not wake up feeling better. If anything I woke up feeling worse. I sound like Kathleen Turner. Hearing my voice makes me want to watch Romancing the Stone and Jewel of the Nile back to back. But I don't like Michael Douglas. So I won't.

Of course, I am sick and the weather is perfect. Blue skies, puffy clouds, a light breeze. The kind of day to pack a picnic, drive up the coast and sprawl yourself out on a big blanket at the oceanside. The kind of day where you and your love have no plan but to enjoy each other's company, the scenery, a bottle of wine and napping while the waves crash.

I realize this is only a temporary situation. I won't be sick forever. I won't be single forever. It's good to dream and rest and not be doing something every single second of every single day. I have never been good at relaxing. I hope whomever I end up with, he excels at bringing that out in me. It's been dormant for years. I have never been good at being sick either. I don't like it when my mind is fuzzy and I feel lethargic. Then I feel sick AND guilty for shirking my duties.

I absolutely can't be sick this week. I have the biggest event of my entire year next Sunday and I need every ounce of energy and focus to be on it. 800 cyclists, 3 routes, safety vans, rest stops, catered meal, massage, etc. The details are overwhelming. This is probably why I got sick- the stress of the event and of work-related lameness.

I'm going to drink some more tea and watch movies. So much for not turning on the tv. While I am laying on the couch coughing, how about you tell me the one movie you can watch over and over without tiring of?


erin said...

When Harry Met Sally.

I don't know what it is about this movie, but I just watch it whenever I'm in the mood to watch something and I'm not sure what I want to watch. It's my default.

And I can't get sick of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. It's embarassing how many times I've seen it (50+).

Mr_Rodacre said...

I have lots:

When Harry Met Sally
Starship Troopers
Star Wars
Empire Strikes Back
The Matrix
Rebel Without a Cause
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Citizen Kane

kim e said...

Sounds like we have the same cold, Sizzle. It's all I can do to get up off the couch for more tea...and I sound like I've been smoking for 50 years.

We just watched Million Dollar Baby last night and O.M.G. it was great. A couple of my other personal favourites:

Shawshank Redemption
American Beauty
The Princess Bride
Resevoir Dogs
Forrest Gump
Almost Famous

Some of the SNL compilation dvds are great too, especially the Will Ferrell 'best of'.

I may have to send my husband to the video store...

gorillabuns said...

so sorry to hear you aren't feeling well... but sounding like kathleen turner is a good side effect from the cold.

here are just a few movies i love to watch:

raising arizona
sixteen candles
princess bride
donny darko
valley girl
to kill a mockingbird
the wedding singer
silence of the lambs

too many to list.....

Jenny said...

i might have to bring you some movies...

movies to watch over & over:
empire records
hope floats
almost famous
the anniversary party

feel better lady!

Lushy said...

Hope you feel better soon!

Paul said...

Here are some of my favs:

The Natural
Shawshank Redemption
Galaxy Quest
Citizen Kane
Hero At Large
Red (Of the Three Colors Trilogy)

As for Michael Douglas -- c'mon now. He's great in Romancing the Stone!

Kris said...

I could watch Mr. Mom 80 times in a row and never grow tired of it. That and 9 to 5. Oh, and Airplane.

Feel better!!!

Bex said...

donnie darko
usual suspects
citizen kane
princess bride

just a few, sorry for the repeats.
hope you get well, i've been a little sick too, which has been fabulous during the time when i need to get up at 5am every day!

Sizzle said...

Y'all are naming some of my all time favorite films!

Shawshank Redemption
Almost Famous
When Harry Met Sally
Princess Bride

Some of my others are: The Goonies, Groundhog Day, Pretty In Pink and Casablanca.

It saddens me to admit this but: I have never seen Citizen Kane. (Hanging my head in shame.)

I did just watch The Magdelene Sisters and highly recommend it. But do yourself a favor and never ever rent The Wedding Date. Not even out of desperation. You'd be better off watching Lifetime Television.

Bill said...

Movies to be sick with:

My Man Godfrey (my favorite movie)
Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
The Awful Truth
Cinema Paradiso
The Truman Show

There are many others (like the mentioned Shawshank and Almost Famous). Generally, when ill, I prefer something relatively light. I feel bad enough as it is. Great though some movies are, they just don't go well with feeling like crap.

Anyway ... be well, don't stress and relax. (Yes, much easier to write than to do.)

Mr_Rodacre said...

I need to add some that y'all have reminded me of (I swear I am not a copy-cat!):

Shawshank Redemption
American Beauty
Forrest Gump
The Truman Show
The Natural
Galaxy Quest
Back to the Future Trilogy

em said...

Ah, Michael Douglas. Everytime I think of him, I think of why in the hell is Catherine Zeta Jones married to him?

Amelie (I think it's just hearing french that I like, in all honesty.)
The Fifth Element
French Kiss
Empire Records (I'm glad I'm not the only one who loves this movie)
Meet Joe Black
Tommy Boy
Addicted to Love
Reality Bites

Mo-Pie said...

I love Tom Hanks movies...

I can watch ‘You've Got Mail’ over and over again and never get sick of watching it.

A few others are...

Swingers (Mikey’s the winner)
Rounders (I love Poker)
Tin Cup (I love Golf)
About a Boy (Hugh is great)
Ghostbusters (The first one)
Home for the Holidays (Love this)
High Fidelity (A good one)
When Harry Met Sally (Mentioned already)
Sleepless in Seattle (Another Tom and Meg movie)

A few newer ones...

Lost in Translation (Bill is funny)
Life Aquatic (Another Bill Murray)

A few old ones...

The Breakfast Club (Great Cast)
The Color of Money (Tom and Paul)
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (Paul and Rob)

I could go on and on...

Oh, and get better. What movie did you end up watching?

Paul said...

Pretty in Pink versus Some Kind of Wonderful.


(Personally, Some Kind of Wonderful is better in my mind.)

Sizzle said...

some kind of wonderful:
eric stolz (delicious- those eyes!)
watts (fringed gloves, female drummer- need i say more?)

"you look good wearing my future."
"don't go mistaking paradise for a pair of long legs."

pretty in pink:
duckie (everyone wanted one of him)
iona (applause, applause!)

"every time you go to the john you lose IQ points."
"blane?! that's not a name that's an appliance."

i think it is a tie.

AJ Gentile said...

I can watch "You've Got Mail" about ZERO times in a row. Any more than that and I'd take a tetanus-coated rusty screwdriver and see how far I can get it into my ear before it tingles. And not the *good* tingle.


"Rushmore" can be watched repeatedly. "The Big Lebowski", duh.
"The Big Sleep", yes! Bogie!

"Mulholland Drive" because I figure if I watch enough times, I'll eventually figure out what the hell is going on. (If you know... please post.)

kim e said...

Paul, you're right Pretty in Pink is pretty good but Some Kind of Wonderful kicks its ass. Can't Buy Me Love is right up there too, as well as The Breakfast Club if we're talking about 80's genius. I also loved St Elmo's Fire but I think that had a lot to do with the whole teen angst/puberty/ wanting to be older thing.

I forgot to mention Dirty Dancing too, which I have probably seen 40 times.

Sizzle: I LOVED Goonies too!

Mo-Pie said...

Man, thats ruff.

sue said...

Well, Em beat me to my favs,
Meet Joe Black and Sabrina - and others to Shawshank and Casablanca and Fifth Element. Some of my other favs are:

Breakfast at Tiffanys
The Way We Were
Mr. Destiny
Heaven Can Wait

See a trend? Yeah, they're mostly oldies... but then, so am I! ;)
Hope you feel better soon - at least by next weekend!

kathryn said...

French Kiss
To Catch a Thief
As Good As It Gets
So I Married An Axe Murderer
Meet the Parents
Mother is a Freshman
You've Got Mail

Her Daddy's Eyes said...

Ok, LOVE the idea of a picnic! HATE the idea that you're still sick!

Willy Wonka (the original)
Napoleon Dynamite
Stand By Me

Aimee said...

I loved both SKoW and PiP. Watts' and Keith's kissing lesson was hot, and Duncan confirmed my penchant for bald bad boys, but the PiP soundtrack was in heavy rotation at my house.

As for other movies that I can watch again and again:
When Harry Met Sally -- my all-time fav!
White Palace
Kissing Jessica Stein
About Last Night
The Big Easy
Love Jones
Shirley Valentine
plus many, many more that I just can't think of right now

Not on regular repeat, but new favs:

Anonymous said...

Bram Stoker's Dracula
Some Kind of Wonderful
Ghost World
Buffalo 66
Some Like It Hot
Romeo and Juliet (1996)
The Road Warrior (actually Mr. Jules and I fell asleep to The Road Warrior every night for about four months)

- Jules

Bex said...

how did i forget lebowski AND the goonies!?
i'd also throw labyrinth in there for good luck

Helena said...

I need to hit my Netflix RIGHT NOW. I wish I could get these all tonight. Maybe I'll break down and hit Blockbuster!

Hope you're feeling better.

tina said...

Can't lose with Moonstruck. I just say all the dialogue right along with it.

"What is LIFE? They say BREAD is life...and I BAKE bread, bread, BREAD and I SWEAT."

Nicolas Cage while he was still totally an actor. Believe it!

And Rushmore just gets better and better every time.