We’ve talked about good TV a few weeks ago (and you guys more than doubled my TV on DVD list, but I ain’t mad ‘atcha), so how about those movies that you can watch over and over (and over) again? Sometimes once just isn’t enough and I find myself popping these movies in when I want to relax.
I’m not proud of some of these, but I like what I like. What are some of your most irresistible movies (and/or guilty pleasures)?
I’m not one to sit down and flip through the channels looking for something to watch on television when I’m bored — I’d much rather pick up a book — but I do obsessively set calendar reminders for when my favorite shows premier and air.
My current favorites are…
Mad Men. The season premier reminded me how much I’ve missed my weekly date with Roger. Breaking Bad. Dreading this season because it’s the last. Call the Midwife. One of my absolute favorite shows. I don’t know why more people aren’t talking about it. Sons of Anarchy. I’m two seasons behind, but I have them all downloaded and ready for a rainy day marathon! Downton Abby Is it okay to admit that this one is falling out of favor? Seasons 1 and 2 were perfection, but I didn’t enjoy season 3.
(Not pictured) Girls! How could I have forgotten about Girls?! Hannah has reached a stage of embarrassing gross that I just can’t handle, but Adam keeps me coming back for more.
Some of my all time favorites…
Weeds. I like to randomly hum little boxes on the hillside, little boxes made of ticky tacky… Gilmore Girls. I could watch every episode repeatedly and still not catch all the genius pop culture references. The Golden Girls. Is there anyone who doesn’t love the The Golden Girls? If there is, they’re no friend of mine. Big Love. Makes me want to be a sister wife. The Cosby Show. Always funny. One of those shows that I must own on DVD in case reruns ever fail me.
(Not pictured) Bewitched. Original Darrin. For sure.
Do you watch a lot or a little bit of television? What are your favorite shows?
Some Easter traditions are near and dear to my heart. No, I’m not talking about moving Easter Sunday services, hot cross buns, or egg hunts.
I’m talking about The Wizard of Oz.
For years, WGN played The Wizard of Oz every Easter weekend (usually on Good Friday), so I grew up thinking it was an Easter movie. Weird, I know. Not until recently, when CBS Sunday Morning News featured The Wizard of Oz during it’s Almanac segment, did I realize that it was a regional tradition. Pretty much everyone in this part of the country has looked at me like I’m not right when I’ve mentioned it. I checked the TV listings and it doesn’t look like WGN plays it anymore, but does anyone else from the Chicago-area remember this slightly odd Easter tradition?
Oh, And I’m pretty sure Jesus doesn’t rise from the dead until everyone eats at least one bag of Cadbury mini-eggs, so you must have some while watching.
Take six short minutes out of your day to watch the Disney animated short, Paperman. It’s a sweet romantic comedy set in 1940′s New York about a love connection made during a morning commute. It’s also been nominated for Best Animated Short at this month’s Oscars.
What does a Christmas orphan with a head-cold do over a four-day holiday? Watch every available episode of Freaks & Geeks on Netflix, of course.
I had no idea this show existed when it first aired–but much like My So Called Life– I just can’t get enough of Freaks and Geeks now. I know teenage struggles are supposed to be timeless but my high school years were kind of a snooze–I managed to fly under the radar in so many ways–so I really didn’t relate to the show. Maybe that’s why I loved every second of it–the opportunity to relive those four years as Kim Kelly (who I can’t understand why didn’t make the opening credits).
The show actually revolves around Lindsay Weir and–how do I say this nicely–I can’t stand her. It’s no wonder she’s a floater–she’s a whiny whiner that does nothing but whine. But the awesomeness of Nick (freak) and Bill (geek) make up for every frustrated sigh and half sentence that comes out of Lindsay’s mouth. I mean, Nick’s drum solo? Awesome and crushing. Bill as The Bionic Woman? Inspired.
Oh, and if you make it through the series in one weekend, like I did, check out The Oral History of Freaks and Geeks in the January Vanity Fair. It’s amazing how many careers were launched from one season of a failed television (you seriously can’t watch a single episode without spotting someone that didn’t go on to big things).
Are you a Freaks and Geeks fan? Are there any other television shows/movies in the same vein that I’m missing out on?