Sunday, December 28, 2008

I like to watch

It's becoming increasingly evident that 2008 is going to be remembered as The Christmas of The Sloth, as I have been doing pretty much nothing but sit on my ever-expanding arse, shovelling subversive shortbread into my mouth, and watching dvds. For breaks, I sit on my ever-expanding arse in movie theatres and shovel popcorn into my mouth.

It's sort of like a repeat of last Christmas in terms of activity level, only without the excuse of a back injury.

But I have to admit that it's been fun. We finished watching season three of Slings and Arrows, and while I howled with laughter throughout all the episodes, I will admit I got a little teary at the end of the final one. Very satisfying ending it was though, and if you ever get a catch to watch Slings and Arrows, DO!


The Resident Offspring and I each got the other the Twitch City box set for Christmas (it was a bit of a Don McKellar Christmas around the Zombie house), which is a little bit scary. A television series about an agoraphobe who watches television can strike a little close to home when you have been nurturing your inner agoraphobe for the past week.

So out we went, first to the cheap seats for some escapism with Mamma Mia. It is cheesy and ludicrous and Pierce Brosnan cannot and should not sing. But by god, Queen Meryl actually can! And the scenery of the Greek islands is spectacular and just what you need to forget that you have at least another five months of winter to get through.

Yesterday, we girded our loins (and do you know how hard it is to find a loin-girder these days?) and headed to the most insane mall in the city (on the Saturday after Christmas, yet) to watch Milk. We actually timed everything exquisitely, as not only was it the first day that the temperature had climbed above freezing, thus allowing me to put the urban assault vehicle into two-wheel drive for the first time in two weeks, we also hit the early matinée so were able to score one of the last parking spots in existence.

Milk was really good, very well done, and Sean Penn really does disappear inside the character. It was not a perfect film, and the Resident Auteur Offspring has some very valid suggestions for Mr Van Sant on how he could improve the ending, but it was very powerful and well worth the Oscar buzz that it is generating.

I always love seeing places that I know in film, and during the scenes that depicted the Castro, I kept looking for the restaurant where we met Will and Hillary for supper.

But today it's snowing like a sonofabitch yet again, so I am very glad that Ruh will be coming over this afternoon during her visit home, to do a little tea partying with us. She's offered to regale us with some Weakerthans' songs on guitar and I may just hold her to that. Mamma needs to be entertained!

How have you been entertaining yourself this festive season?

21 comments:

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Videodrome rocks.

Dale said...

It all sounds so poifect. I've been watching the magic talking box and learning to read again (things other than blogs that is). I'm finally formally watching "Extras" rather than the bits I've caught here and there and have been consuming graphic novels I got for Christmas (Black Hole, Maus 1 & 2) and a Paul Auster novella Travels in the Scriptatorium. All magically delicious, like the shortbread I've also been shovelling in.

Milk interests me, the film, not the product.

There, I'm there, in spirit.

Wandering Coyote said...

I thought Milk looked really good, too, but I doubt it's going to show up anywhere here in the boonies. I have never heard of Slings and Arrows. I got myself a copy of Slumdog Millionaire that I plan on watching today.

Wifey said...

We're re-watching the Firefly series. Always a winner.

Thanks for the Christmas card. I seem to have lost the envelope. I was going to put your address in my address book so I can send you one next year. Would you mind e-mailing it to me? the.amazing.lucy@gmail.com

Thanks!

Ruh said...

I look forward to tea partying! I have been doing a whole lot of nothing as well, so we might as well combine our forces.

URBAN BLONDE said...

Wow! it's like you have magic glasses that can see into my house!

We're currently working through Mad Men and trying not to eat anymore goodies. Damn this relentless snow {{{shakes fist}}} !

Bubs said...

Our snowing was replaced by freakish warm weather and 24 hours of rain, and flooding, and has now been replaced by freezing and wind.

Replace "shortbread" with "homemade chocolate toffee" and your DVD choices with the first two seasons of "Metalocalypse" and we appear to be living the same life at the moment.

John Mutford said...

We've been pigging out. Watching Corner Gas reruns. Playing Settlers of Catan. Quiet, lazy stuff mostly.

Dale said...

Okay, I just watched Mamma Mia and if I could say a word about Pierce Brosnan's singing, it would be ohmyfuckingodkillmeifIeverhavetohearitagain. Just fucking wow.

kelly said...

more snow?....bummer

We are now waiting on slush and flooding as the snow melts...it gets so gross

Barbara Bruederlin said...

It does, Dr M, and it ties in with the theme of weird Canadian stuff we've been watching at home.

Extras is the perfect foil to all the Christmas sweetness, Dale. It is so utterly cringe-inducing. I have yet to settle into a Christmas reading routine, and frankly can barely keep up with the newspaper, but someone got you some great books for Christmas!

Slumdog Millionaire is certainly on my list, Wandering Coyote. I'd like to hear what you thought of it. Slings and Arrows was a far too shortlived series that I didn't discover until after it was cancelled.

I don't know Firefly, Wifey, but Christmas is the best time for catching up on old series and discovering new ones.
Email coming right up!

It was fun, Ruh, so glad you could come over, it was wonderful to see you! And your coconut cookies were great.

You obviously didn't see me skulking around your house, peering into your windows, Urban.
I've not watched Mad Men. I'm getting all these great suggestions for sloth series.

Homemade chocolate toffee? That in itself is good reason to stay home, Bubs, and when you add your horrid weather into the mix and some great series to catch up on, why ever leave the house?

Corner Gas reruns are perfect for a winter night, John. And board games are an absolute must. Crokinole is next on the agenda for us.

Exactly, Dale! If I were ever to watch Mamma Mia again, I would either have to mute or ffw the Pierce Brosnan singing part, or perhaps stab myself in both ears with chopsticks.

That's gonna get nasty, Kelly. Good thing you got those big firefighter boots.

justrun said...

I have watched 6 movies in the last 3 days, and only one of those in the theatre. Long live slothdom! :)

Allison said...

I cringed at the thought of having to watch Mama Mia. There is just something about musicals that does not sit with me. I am glad they bring joy to others though. ;)

I am looking forward to see Milk next week. I just returned from watching The Reader and is was quite good, very sad (less so than The Hours thankfully).

I got My So Called Life on dvd for xmas and I plan on reliving my youth when I return home. ;p

Danny Tagalog said...

Well, I've been working. No Christmas in Japan my dear! But we're off skiing and I'm gonna write much more next year.

Out of hibernation DT.

dguzman said...

Wow, it's like the Canadian version of what I did. Especially the dvds, cancelled tv shows, and expanding arse parts.

justacoolcat said...

Sounds ambitious to me. I couldn't even gather up the effort to blog.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I think you win some kind of sloth award for that, Justrun. That takes dedication, well done!

I used to watch My So Called Life all the time, Al! Of course now that Jared Leto has turned into an asshole, that may have ruined it for me somewhat.
I saw the trailer for The Reader at Milk, and it looked intriguing.
The singing in Mamma Mia was uber-cheesy, but the scenery was amazing.

So glad to see you back in the blogosphere, Danny! I'm looking forward to catching up with you. Enjoy your ski trip, my friend!

We are all united in our expanded arse parts, it seems, Dguzman, made nice and squishy from hours on the chesterfield.

I hope you'll be blogging some baby justacoolkitten pix soon, though, JustA.

Beth said...

The cool chicks ditto'ed each other. Saw Mamma Mia Christmas afternoon; got a great kick out of Mr. Brosnan's singing. Saw Milk and loved it; I've seen The Life and Times of Harvey Milk maybe ten times, and the movie met my standards — especially Sean Penn.

Hope you're having a lovely holiday.

Gifted Typist said...

Dale, was pierce B as bad as We Will Rock You? The queen musical?

Zombie, loin girder! Please. I'm dying over here. Snort snort. Gasp! Ark!!! Stop it now!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I knew you would love Mamma Mia, Beth! Were you sorely tempted to break into song as well?

Remind me not to watch We Will Rock You, Gifted. I've enough horrible singing for one year.

Dale said...

GT - Pierce would have fit in nicely. In other news, Christine Baranski, Stellan Sarsgard and Julie Walters cannot sing either.