Friday, August 12, 2011

Nothing To Watch

The day that I usually chillax to watch a flick has finally arrived.

Cedar Rapids, Exporting Raymond and Ping Pong Playa are a couple of goofy movies that have made me laugh of late.

One of my favorite scenes in Ping Pong Playa:

Bowling Kid (Shalin Patel): I read my book about the top spin you have to put on the ball in order for it have a higher probability...

Christopher 'C-Dub' Wang: Stop. Before you start talking about top spin, you have to actually hit the ball. (48:00)
That's so me. I have to read "the book" at some point in the program.

Favorite line from Exporting Raymond:

He needs to relax more. (30:30)
Someone in the documentary said that about Philip Rosenthal, the creator of Everybody Loves Raymond while Everybody Loves Kostya was being developed. You might have to see the unrelaxed look on Rosenthal's face to appreciate that one...

Seen any good movies lately? I'm sometimes stumped when I realize that my disc will arrive at the Netflix warehouse and number one will be bumped up and what's next in my queue is not necessarily the movie that I really want to watch. How is it possible to have over 100 items in one's queue and still have nothing to watch?


  1. Never heard of Ping Pong Playa before, but since I'm already laughing based on your scene description and the trailer, I've put in an inter-library loan request for it.

    I tend to like old movies, action movies with exploding things and, occasionally, a gritty drama or a foreign film. The strongest film I've seen recently was The Assassin Next Door. (It's intense and violent, in Hebrew, Russian and English, with English subtitles.)

  2. I'm putting Playa on my queue too.

    I haven't seen anything really notable for a while - a number of movies that I liked, but nothing that really caught my attention. Big Man Japan was pretty good, very odd and rather sweet. City Island was not bad. I tried to watch the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, and stopped about two-thirds through it - I just couldn't take the extremely graphic rape and torture scenes.

  3. @Mich,

    I think you belong to my Aunt Al's tribe. She loves a good action flick. I like them too but not with too much violence...


    I'll have to check out the odd movie and the not bad one too.

    I just finished reading The Girl... and I kind of want to see the movie but I probably won't last for long either.

    @Mich & gingersnapper,

    Hope that Ping Pong Playa makes you laugh. :)

  4. it's VERY rare that i ever see a trailer for a movie and think "WOW! i HAVE TO SEE THAT!" most movies advertised are so predictable and just a different setup to the same story. Therefore my fave movies are bio-pics, documentaries, or "based-on" real life stories.
    But, there have been a few to surprise me.
    I just rented Big Fish, which i haven't seen in a long time.
    Also, I haven't seen Soul Surfer yet, but have been wanting to since it came out. I read the book a couple years ago. Cool story.

  5. Heather,

    I'm with you because I rarely see a movie when it's new. In fact,I prefer to watch movies on DVD.

    I also like documentaries. I've been intending (or maybe avoiding) to watch Food Inc. which I saw a bit of on PBS before I turned the channel because it was hard to watch...

  6. yes, it is VERY hard to watch Food Inc. :( It's sad on so many levels and you feel so obligated and responsible to change things now that you KNOW about them.

  7. Heather,

    I will finish watching it. It's just so sad what people will do for a buck.

    The Omnivore's Dilemma already hit me, appropriately, in the gut.

    And, like you said, the responsibility of knowing -- yowza...