Thursday, March 12, 2009

25 Things about Jane: Movies and Television

Dear Internets,

Is "what type of movies do you like?" the fourthquestion you ask when you're getting to know someone, or is it the fifth? Do you ask about television, or are you afraid that will make you seem shallow?

Personally, I have no problems expressing my opinions about movies and television, particularly when I'm on a "25 Things about me" roll. So let's get started.

14. I am willing to give most movies a shot, as long as they're not too violent and/or vapid, and at least sort of have a plot. Exceptions to the movies-I-like-can't-be-too-violent rule include Fargo, American History X, Pulp Fiction, Fight Club, and Se7en. (Se7en is also an exception to the "I don't watch movies that spell their names in stupid ways" rule.) Exceptions to the can't-be-vapid rule include Dirty Dancing and most romantic comedies starring John Cusack.

I prefer that movies have happy endings, because deep down I'm a twelve-year-old. (When I was in 8th grade, my English teacher told me that sophisticated stories don't have happy endings. I remember thinking "screw that; I guess I'll be unsophisticated.") Over time, my favorite movies have included Herself, the Elf, The Land Before Time, Sixteen Candles, Spaceballs, The Shawshank Redemption, The Wedding Singer, Life is Beautiful, High Fidelity, About a Boy, Monsters, Inc., and WALL-E.

I'm sure there are others that I am forgetting, but it really doesn't matter. You get the gist.

15. I am much less discerning about what I will watch on television. I can be sucked into just about anything. Ideally, I wouldn't have a TV at all (and would, therefore, potentially have a life), but Achilles won't let me get away with that. Instead I try to limit myself to shows I intentionally record on the DVR. Currently, I like The Office, Ugly Betty, Important Things with Dmitri Martin, and The Biggest Loser. OH! And that show about the cheerleaders that plays on Lifetime. (Yes, I'm a little ashamed of the last two, but what can you do?)

Favorite television shows over time have included Quantum Leap (don't ask), Party of Five, The X-Files, the first season of Felicity, Freaks and Geeks, and Veronica Mars. I was mesmerized by the first episode of Pushing Daisies.

Monday: music! We may just see the end of this yet!



Megkathleen said...

I just want to say that your 8th grade teacher is stupid.

Anonymous said...

QUANTUM LEAP AND X-FILES? You and I are even closer than I thought we were! Those are two of my all-time favorite shows, too.

Questions about movies, music, television and books are always number 2 or 3 I ask people. So important yet people neglect it.