If only you knew what is in store for you! I know I’ve been quiet on my end for a while, but rest assured, big things are heading your way soon! We have been busy busy around the house and hopefully this weekend will see our major project finished up and ready to be shown off. In the meantime, I’ll tell you about a new goal Ryan and I dreamed up.
It is a blessing in our marriage, when all children are over the age of 6 months, that we get a few hours to spend together in the evening. It is a cruel reality, however, that these hours come at the end of long days which have taken our energy and mental capacities away from us, leaving us tired empty shells waiting for sleep.
This is when we watch tv.
We have a few tv shows that we have discovered and watch together such as The West Wing, Gilmore Girls, Firefly and Avatar: The Last Airbender. These are great shows and we enjoy re-watching them through the magic of Netflix and DVD’s. However, recently, during our second viewing of The West Wing, Ryan thought it would be nice to shake things up and find a movie to watch.
He found an old book I have from Blockbuster of all places. It is a summery of Oscar winning movies (Best Movie, Lead Actor\Actress, Screenplay) from the years 1927-1989. It also has some unused coupons in the back for free rentals which expired in 1990. This inspired Ryan to find movies and fill in the gaps of our classic movie knowledge. After some discussion, this inspiration turned into a goal of watching all of The American Film Institute’s 100 Greatest American Films of All Time (minus The Silence of the Lambs, because, hell no). We’ve seen a number of them and we haven’t discussed if we are planning on re-watching one’s we’ve already seen. I was upfront in saying my soul cannot bear to watch Sophie’s Choice again.
We’ll see how long it lasts, but so far it’s been fun. We’ve watched The Jazz Singer and Duck Soup for the first time. Both were fairly new experiences for us. We’ve both watched silent films before, but The Jazz Singer was very unique. Apart from the story, it was fascinating to see this gem from movie history — a little bit of talking, a lot of singing and mostly silent dialogue. We both agreed the silent film aspect, writing dialogue in separately, was refreshing. You watch the scene, the action and body language tell you most of the story. The written dialogue doesn’t tell you every word the characters said, but rather, just what you need to know. It was refreshing.
We watched Duck Soup last night. This was the first time either of us watched a Marx brothers movie. To be honest, I’m still absorbing it. It was certainly an experience. I felt as though it exemplifies the transition entertainment made from stage to screen very well. So many early comedy movies were film versions of popular Vaudville acts. A quick internet search tells me that the Marx brothers indeed started on Vaudville. That feel was certainly transferred to the movie.
I’m not sure what’s next on the list for us, but Ryan’s already put a few on hold at the library. I’ll keep you updated as our movie knowledge grows and just for kicks, I’ll leave you with the hilarious Lucille Ball \ Harpo Marx clip