I could blog about movies every night -- replying to two e-mails in this post. I just don't think people would be that interested.
My whole family loves movies. Must be in the blood. Even Marcia's parents and Marcia. And I say "even" because Marcia's my cousin but we didn't even know each other until a family reunion. (Supposedly, we last saw each other when I was six or seven -- that's according to a great aunt. We don't remember.) We met at a family reunion as adults. Marcia's funny as hell. You go to any function and see her, you cozy up to her and stick with her because you will have the time of your life. So we're family but we're also friends. And despite not growing up together, she's got the same love of movies, so it must be in the family.
(Supposedly our great-great-grandmother was an extra in some race films back in the day. Supposedly? No one remembers which ones they were. We have a great-uncle who can tell you the director of the film she is supposed to have a speaking part in. If that's all true, then it goes way, way back in the family.)
I have favorites and I have people I watch.
I've seen everything, for example, Denzel's done and am really tired of Denzel movies. About ten years ago, he stopped taking chances. That's fine, he's a movie star and carefully guarding that. I don't blame him for that. Our race is allowed very few movie stars. So far we've had: Sidney Poitier, Richard Pryor, Diana Ross, Eddie Murphy, Whoopi Goldberg and Denzel. If there's someone else, I'm forgetting them and not to be rude to them, I'm just forgetting.
Chris Rock never made it as a movie star. Chris Tucker never made it. Halle Berry is beautiful and talented and, maybe if she'd done more films like "Swordfish," she could have been a movie star but the reality is that she never became one.
So if I were Denzel, I'd be guarding the formula too.
But it just doesn't excite me. That film he did with Clive Owen and Jodie Foster, Confidence Man? I can't remember right now. But that was a great film and, when the sequel comes out, I'll see it. "Inside Man." The only film Spike's directed that actually works.
I like Jodie Foster. I find her choices interesting. "Anna & the King," for example, was one I avoided. I was thinking, "Why did Jodie do the King & I?" I was picturing singing and all this other stuff. It was actually a taunt drama and it really held my attention when I finally saw it last night. So she's one I like.
Some people are just magical to me and I can watch them in anything. I would put Barbara Hershey, Diana Sands (The Landlord just got added as streaming on Netflix, FYI), Debra Winger and Anne Hathaway are among them.
In terms of men?
I like Russell Crowe. I find it interesting the films he does. I enjoy Gerard Butler. And for years and years, I've considered Laurence Fishburne the most underrated and talented actor working today.
Comedies are my favorites. Favorite comedic performer?
I'll say Goldie Hawn followed by Jim Carrey.
I'm immune to the Wayans in all forms with one exception. I thought White Chicks was hilarious.
I like Marilyn Monroe and Robert Mitchum.
I have other favorites.
How many movies have I seen in my life?
I have no idea. Growing up, I used to fall asleep (before I started school) during the afternoon movie my mom would have on. Sometimes I'd stay up and watch them. I wouldn't know how to guess. I rent DVDs at my local indepedent rental store and via Redbox and Netflix. I stream via Netflix. I easily see seven films a week.
I could see many, many more.
In fact, my dream is to call off from work for a whole week and due nothing but lay on the couch and watch movies. Put some blackout curtains over the windows. Get it nice and cool -- movie theater temp -- in the living room. Make some cokes and popcorn snacks and just watch movies over and over non-stop.
All time favorite movie?
I don't know. It's a toss up. It could be "Some Like It Hot," "Private Benjamin" or "9 to 5." I love Lily Tomlin in "9 to 5." Especially all the scenes after she thinks she's killed Mr. Hart.
What's that line? 'I'm no idiot, I've killed the boss. You think they aren't going to fire me for a thing like that.'? And I like Jane Fonda and Natalie Wood. And Sean Connery and Angelina Jolie. And Thandie Newton.
I love Thandie. She should be a movie star. She's go the quality that you either have or you don't.
Going out with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"