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A Life Less Ordinary: Day #4

I like movies. In fact, I’m not sure I’ve ever met someone who claimed he did not like to watch movies, since it seems to be a form of entertainment that appeals to everyone. I have met people who don’t listen to popular music, who don’t listen to music at all, who choose not to have a TV in their home, or who have TV but rarely watch anything that’s not “intellectual” or “educational”….and while that type of lifestyle would never work for me, and my immense interest in all things media-related, I kind of understand it. While I love watching TV shows and listening to albums, they’re largely solitary pursuits—The Guy I Am Currently Dating is largely disinterested in most popular music, doesn’t go to concerts, and likes different shows than I enjoy watching, with the exception of a few reality shows— and ones that I typically enjoy indoors. In some ways, choosing to just say no to media, or to limit exposure to the media, is a healthier and more social attitude to take towards life.

However, movies are something virtually everyone likes, and whether you rent a DVD or go to the cinema, it can be either a shared social experience, or a way to get quality “me” time. The problem is, it can occasionally be difficult to find something worth seeing.

Day #4:

Watch An Indie, Foreign, Or Art Flick

I personally have different taste in movies than a lot of people. It’s not that I’m a movie snob, it’s just that I can have an impressively short attention span when it comes to things that don’t interest me. I fell asleep during Star Wars multiple times, and I’m apathetic at best towards James Bond, Indiana Jones, Rocky Balboa, anything starring Sylvester Stallone or the former governor of California, and to this day, I swear that “Braveheart” and “The Patriot” are the exact same movie. I’ve never laughed at a movie starring David Spade or Ashton Kutcher, I don’t think jokes about farting, penises, or having sex with pie are funny, and I thought “Sleepless In Seattle” was more terribly overrated than romantic.

In short, I like thought behind movies, and to know that some work and creativity was put into the creation. Too often, a movie is successful because it’s full of lowbrow humour, things that blow up, aliens, a boy and a girl living happily ever after, or 3D special effects. None of those things impress me much. I enjoy smart, witty comedies, well-written dramas, character-driven stories, period/historical films, and romantic comedies with an edge that more closely resembles real life.

Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
That’s why so many of the films I’m impressed with are slightly out of the mainstream, and often things that nobody else has seen, or even heard of, which limits my ability to make small talk at dinner parties and social events. Last night, The Guy I Am Currently Dating and I got home at 10:30 PM, rather early for a Saturday, so decided to watch a movie. We chose one called 500 Days Of Summer, which I’d never heard of before, but found delightfully real, charming, and thought-provoking. It was a romantic comedy that, within the first few minutes, informs you it’s not a love story, and features characters that are anything but stereotypical.

Kirsten Dunst, Marie Antoinette

Other indie/art films that I’ve enjoyed over the years and made it on to my list of favourites? Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind tops the list, along with Amelie, Sylvia, Henry And June, Match Point, Closer, Never Let Me Go, and Revolutionary Road. Nick And Nora’s Infinite Playlist, Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, and Whip It are must-see hipster flicks, while Becoming Jane, The Duchess, The Young Victoria, and Sofia Coppola’s interpretation of Marie Antoinette are beautiful period films.

What films have you seen that are out of the mainstream, or off the beaten path, yet deserve a little more widespread recognition for being awesome?

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