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What I Watched the Last Quarter

This is all I have written down. I may have missed some, and I intentionally didn’t try to list all the Hallmark movies. I also watched a lot of Youtube, especially in the November and December, mostly goofy stuff like KnJ and their group of friends videos. I just needed that level of absolute nonsense and fun.

October

Country at Heart. Hallmark, can’t remember at the moment

When Harry Met Sally. I actually think this one was kinda fun. But oh my stars the sexism/misogyny! I don’t identify as feminist for a variety of reasons because it’s a mess, and I don’t use those terms lightly. I think men and women are of equal worth not exactly the same (why would you want to be?!), but I also don’t think they fall into stupid, unscientific personality and taste categories/stereotypes. Any sentence that starts with or implies “all such and such are such and such” is usually an “if some then all” fallacy, and also just infuriating. And again, why does it feel like there is more accuracy/nuance/equality in the 30’s and 40’s movies and more sexism in the 50’s, 60’s, (and now in my experience), the 80’s movies and tv (I’ve not seen enough 70’s to get a feel)?!

“Why are you getting so upset, this is not about you,”

“Yes, it is; you are a human affront to all women and I am a woman.”

Amen.

Mystic Pizza. This caused me to think, yeah, most 80s movies are misses.
St. Elmo’s Fire. I take it back, this is so much better/accurate than now. Actually this was pretty silly and shallow, it was just fun, also I loved Kevin, so.

Alec, “Leslie has to marry me soon.”

Kevin, “Why, you pregnant?”

Started rewatching Friends. Initial gut reaction I love Chandler and I really, really hate Ross (not always, but man, he is such a pig sometimes; I mean not comedically). Example Ross being “generous and a nice guy” (sick face),

“You know what, you know what, if things were the other way around there is nothing you could put on a list that could ever make me not what to be with you.”

“Well, then I guess that’s the “differences between us. See, I’d never make a list.”

Dude pines after and then does nothing, then gets into a relationship, then can’t decide. Can’t decide buddy boy?!!! That’s your decision right there, it ain’t me. Also while it was Chandler’s idea, he only came up with it because Ross couldn’t decide (again, ugh). Rachel is super annoying and an airhead the first season or two. But bimbo and jack*** are not in the same category, they don’t equal each other out. Anyhoo, for some funny quotes.

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“I don’t know what I know what I’m gonna do. What am I gonna do? I mean this this is like a complete nightmare!”

“Oh, I know this must be so hard. ‘Oh, no! Two women love me! They’re both gorgeous and sexy, my wallet’s too small for my 50’s and my diamond shoes are too tight!'”

His cadence and build up though, I’m crying.

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“Ding dong the pyscho’s gone.”

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Monica, “We’re not having birthday cake, we’re having birthday flan.”

Chandler “Excuse me?”

Monica, “It’s a traditional Mexican custard dessert.”

Joey, “Oh, that’s nice. ‘Happy birthday, Rachel, here’s some GOO.'”

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Rachel’s extravagant barbie bridesmaid dress.

“I think you should seriously consider the marriage thing, give Rachel another chance to dress up like princess bubble yum.”

Later, Ross and Rachel come in,

“I’m sorry, we don’t have your sheep.”

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“Hey guys does this look like something the girlfriend of a paleontologist would wear?”

“I don’t know, you might be the first one.”

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“I knew it, I knew it, I always knew she liked him. You know. She’d say no, but here we are, right, we just broke up, first thing she does.”

“You didn’t just break up.”

“Hey it’s been like three weeks.”

“You slept with someone three hours after you thought you broke up, I mean bullets have left guns slower.”

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Monica, “Man, I would be great in a war, I really, I think I would make a fantastic military leader. I mean I know would make general before any of you guys.”

Chandler, “Before or after you were shot by your own troops?”

Ross, “I know where Joey would be, he would be down in the foxhole protecting all of us.”

Chandler, “Yes, if the foxhole was lined with sandwiches.”

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November

See How They Run. Cute, but a bit blah. Except when she thinks it’s him and knocks him out with a shovel. That was great.

December

Hallmark aplenty, standouts were: Three Wisemen and a Baby (I’ve been a Tyler Hynes girl since It’s, Christmas Eve, before he was cool y’all, lol), Time for Him to Come Home for Christmas (Tyler Hynes again!), A Holiday Spectacular (which starred Derek Klena), and A Fabled Holiday (which briefly featured Lindsey Sterling and her gorgeous Celtic influenced rendition of Joy to the World).

American Underdog. Interesting, a bit cheesy. And less dramatic than I thought since they aged the characters 20-10 years (events took place over a bit under 10). It is way more dramatic (impossible?) for a guy in his 30’s to get into the NFL for the first time than for a guy in his twenties which was the real case.

Remember the Titans. My experience was a bit hampered by 1) (especially by) The fact that I mashed what I knew of this movie with what I knew of We Are Marshall. When they don’t all die at the end as expected, that does ruin the pathos one expected. 2) I think it’s overhyped. 3) It’s Disney and it shows, very much glossed over stuff and changed things for dramatic effect. 4) Which leads to being me, I had to look up the actual facts . . . many of the points of major significance were mostly false or changed enough to increase the impact.

I watched two football movies yet, I’m remarkably ignorant of the rules, player positions, etc. of American football. Quite a feat for a big sports family and for someone who has actually played backyard football. I really feel like I should remedy that.

7 Comments

  • Elizabeth Egely

    Oh I hated when Harry Met Sally. Glad you still had fun with it though. To be fair I was also wrapping gifts for somebody at the time that I watched it so I was really only half watching it so I missed quite a bit.

    I’ve heard the title for Mystic Pizza I totally forgot about that one being one I was curious about at one point in time. I don’t remember why or how I knew about it but I need to look it up to remember what it is exactly.

    Have you watched a movie called Fried Green Tomatoes? It’s a personal favourite of mine. You might like that one? It’s a slower southern movie but it’s got a lot of heart. The soundtrack is amazing. It’s kind of a happy sad movie though, I’m not quite sure if that’s your thing.

    Love the quotes.

    Anyways glad your posting again! Even though I’ve fallen off the planet (again) and haven’t been keeping up with anybody it’s nice that you’re back.

    • Rachel Olivia

      I love the quotes!

      I thought Mystic Pizza is boring, I did a lot of skimming.

      I’ve heard of that movie, didn’t seem my thing.

      I’m hoping to be a little more regular in my posting.

  • Elizabeth Egely

    I tried to comment earlier and I’m not sure that I submitted it properly or maybe this is how it always processed the comments and it’s just been awhile since I’ve done it so this is me testing the comment to check later to see if I did it properly. Hope that’s alright. If it doesn’t show up eventually I’ll redo it.

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