Monday, June 19, 2006

A Quickie with a Confession Tacked on the End

Well peeps, I'm still computerless. The computer I had been borrowing went back to its owner this weekend (hence the postless weekend) and now I'm trying to get in a quick word on one of Trey's many computers (hence the photolessness) that normally he doesn't let me within 5 feet of. Hopefully (keeping fingers crossed) he will have a computer up and running for me in the next day or two. At that point I will be back to regular posting, regular reading, and for those of you participating in the Journal Project (see my other blog--link on sidebar), we'll finally get that up and running.

And my Monday evening confession? Well, I'm not a big fan of romantic comedies. There are so many other excellent movies to watch (dramas, indies, documentaries, foreign flicks--which by the way I saw Central Station tonight and it was so, so good) that I normally won't pay money to see a romantic comedy (unless it stars one of the Wilson brothers, especially Luke, and then I'm there.) And after all, they're usually corny, cheesy, and unrealistic. And the absolute worst are those about ghosts/spirits. I've had a romantic comedy or two in my Netflix queue (at the recommendation of my Oscar buddy) but I kept pushing them to the bottom in favor of more "intellectual" films. Because I didn't have a computer last week I didn't get to update my queue and one of these said romantic comedies showed up in my mailbox. And peeps, this is where I tell you that I LOVED (in all caps) Just Like Heaven, the adorable flick staring the cute-as-a-button Reese Weatherspoon and the to-hot-for-words Mark Ruffalo. I watched it Saturday afternoon while putting together my Father's Day gifts. I started out on the couch and by the end of the movie I was laying on the floor on my belly gazing up at the tv on pins and needles. And yes, Sunday afternoon I watched it again. I couldn't help myself. And the second time, even though I knew what was going to happen, I was still on the edge of my seat. I don't want to give too much away but there is this scene (for those of you who've seen it, it starts in the hospital and ends with him walking through the house alone and is accompanied by an Amos Lee song) that gets me right here everytime (and if you don't know, when I say right here I'm pounding my heart with my fist.) Yes it was all things romantic comedyish--corny, cheesy, and unrealistic--but I don't care! I loved it! I've always had a bit of a crush on Mark Ruffalo anyway and this satisfied all my charming-leading-man cravings. *sigh* And I'd watch it again...I would...I'm not ashamed to admit it.

WORD OF WARNING: If after reading this post you say to yourself, "Ah, Michelle likes Mark Ruffalo. Perhaps this weekend I'll check out one of his films," I just want to warn you that the man likes to get naked and I do mean naked. If you go with something other than Just Like Heaven or 13 Going on 30 I can't be held responsible. And if you take a trip to your local Hastings and notice a copy of In the Cut (staring Mark Ruffalo) and think, "Ah this should be a nice one. It stars the adorable-girl-next-door Megg Ryan," I'm just here to tell you to beware and rent it at your own discretion. I thought the same thing. I thought, "Megg Ryan and Mark Ruffalo! What could be better?!" and boy did I get the surprise of my life. It was porn I tell you. Porn! Or damn close to it anyway (not that I've ever watched porn.) I was a bit self-conscious and embarressed while watching it and I was sitting alone in my livingroon without another soul in sight. I felt a little dirty when it was all over with, like I needed a shower and a quick trip to the nearest catholic church for a confession. However, it didn't change the fact that Mark Ruffalo is hot, hot, hot and if the point of watching the movie is to see him in all his nakedness then this is the flick for you. But don't say I didn't warn you.

PS--I can't get the spell check to work on this computer so I hope there aren't a million and one misspelled words in this post. And if there are then you know one of my deepest, darkest secrets: I can't spell worth a crap.


Blogger deirdre said...

I'm glad you're back. My addiction isn't the same without you. I have to confess too. I loved that movie. Sobbed my eyes out over the same scene. Why is it that the true merit of a movie is based on its ability to make some sappy woman cry? I also have to say that I love romantic comedy chick flicks. It keeps me from getting too cynical. Thank God R watches them with me. LOL

8:28 PM  
Blogger Becca said...

Okay, I'm adding that movie to my Netflix queue for the next time my husband has a weekend full of NASCAR races on TIVO to watch (which is most every weekend in the summer!). Sounds like you had an absolutely great time watching it, and I loved reading the post (spelling be dammed!) Thanks for making me smile.

8:36 PM  
Blogger Deb R said...

I missed your posts this weekend. I'll be glad when you're all 'puterful again.

I do tend to like romantic comedies (well, some of them anyway) and thought JLH looked like it might be good, but I keep forgetting to look for it. Someday.

Never seen In the Cut.

9:18 PM  
Blogger Laini Taylor said...

Thanks for the recommendation! I got preview overkill on that movie, as sometimes happens. I must have gone to see more movies than usual right before it came out, and got kind of sick of it without seeing it -- also not a big fan of romantic comedies. But I really like both the actors (& Napoleon Dynamite, of course), so I'll check it out! And I think I've seen Mark Ruffalo in a lot of things (not In the Cut) and I didn't know he was a naked type. I think of Harvey Keitel. He likes to get naked too.

10:38 PM  
Blogger liz elayne said...

i loved this post my friend. the last line had me laughing out loud.
i am adding this movie to my netflix queue and i can't wait!
(i so hope you get a computer soon!)

11:04 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

I loved that movie! I loved it from the first scene, the first song, where she's sitting in a garden. And I'm totally renting 'In The Cut' because I can't believe that adorable -when she's not injecting those lips- Meg would star in such disgustingly beautiful trash!

11:15 PM  
Blogger snowsparkle said...

michelle, i like you even better knowing you can't spell wortha crap:)! thanks for the movie reviews... it's so extraordinarily eerie that the netflix movie i have sitting by the big screen tv to watch next is....yes, Just Like Heaven!!! can't wait to see it :)

11:37 PM  
Blogger gkgirl said...

similarity #39
between michelle and geekgirl...

i also have a bit of
in mark ruffalo...
i don't even know what it is
about him...

and i ADORED that movie
almost as much as i hate to
admit it...
and the sadder thing,
i also ADORE
reese witherspoon...
i can't explain it...
when sweet home alabama comes
on tv, i have to watch it...
i hate it, but i have to watch it.

i suck.
heh heh.

5:23 AM  
Blogger gkgirl said...

oh...and another secret
i'm soooo not supposed to tell
my husband also
loved that movie...

he would kill me if he knew
i was telling the "internet" that...
it might get out to his

5:24 AM  
Blogger Misty Mawn said...

like Liz, you had me laughing out four year old wants to know what it is I am laughing about...I don't think I will tell her about the megg ryan porn will only bring more question! Seems like I really need to see a Mark Ruffalo movie though!

5:25 AM  
Anonymous samantha said...

You are hilarious, and such a GIRLY GIRL in this post. I love it. I especially love your warning about Mark Ruffalo getting naked. It sounds exactly like a warning my best friend would call me up with - like, "Sam, I was just watching and then they were DOING IT!" I still get squeamish about those hot and heavy scenes, a little embarrassed, unless I'm by myself!

6:03 AM  
Blogger Star said...

Gotta say I'm with Dierdre; I am totally a chick flicker (although I'm with you on the ghosty/spirt thing except for the old Topper movies). My favorite is You've Got Mail--no sex (thanks for the In the Cut warning, because I am a Meg Ryan fan), minimal language, makes me laugh, love the soundtrack.

I have enuough serious stuff to think about all on my own; if I'm investing time in a movie, I want it to be warm and light and fluffy just like a golden toasted marshmallow and hopefully enough comedy to get me to laugh out loud at least once.

I think the only thing I've seen MR in is a holiday TV movie with Mary Stuart Masterson.

Hope you get a computer back in your life soon; I miss touching base with you.

7:35 AM  
Blogger baylor said...

I hope I am getting this title right b/c I am having a total brain fart...but the movie, "We don't live here anymore" feat. Mark Ruffalo is really good. Very indie, but good.


7:46 AM  
Blogger my pink sky said...

o.k...i need to see this movie now! and the spelling thing, my gradeschool principal told my mother that being a poor speller is a sign of real intelect! (how funny is that!) i am infamous for my bad spelling.


8:13 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

WHAT!!! how can you not love romantic comedies!!! THEY ARE MY FAVORITE MOVIES OF ALL TIME, I'm very easy to please though so am a terrible crtic of movies. I did love Just like Heaven too. I was all weepy at the end and everything. Isn't Netflix the best.

8:55 AM  
Blogger acumamakiki said...

I like the nudie cuties and I'm not faint of heart when it comes to nakedness. In fact, my other boyfriend (Ewan Mc) gets naked regularly and like you, I feel a little dirty looking, but look I do!! (=

9:02 AM  
Anonymous fringes said...

I liked JLH, too. You can get your Mark Ruffalo fix in two very good movies: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and You Can Count On Me. Excellent scripts, excellent acting, Mark Ruffalo. Now that's just like heaven. Yum.

1:03 PM  
Blogger Darlin' T said...

my first visit to your blog, via Sprigs. Hello!

I am now inspired, against my better judgement, to put this film in my queue.

Now for a couple recommendations of my own: Promises -- a documentary on some Jewish and Palestinian kids living in and around Jerusalum, and about how they feel about each other and the situation there; Paradise Now -- about two close friends who volunteer to do a suicide mission in Tel Aviv; mission goes wrong and they have to decide whether or not they really want to go through with it.

I know you don't know me from Adam, but I just got the feeling from your post that you'd enjoy these.


1:23 PM  
Blogger Carmen San Diego said...

I'm not big on the romance comedy either. But I loved love loved this movie. Even my husband like it which I was suprised. The guy in the movie is really good looking so it does make it easier, but the movie was really good. I have to agree with you. I think it was a must see.

5:40 PM  
Blogger Carmen San Diego said...

P.S. I'm renting in the cut because I NEED to see him naked. That might make my week. LOL!! Just kidding. Well actually I'mnot, I do want to see it since you mentioned he was naked.

5:44 PM  
Blogger J's Mommy said...

I like that movie. It was really cute. Hubby actually watched it with me and he NEVER watches romantic comedies with me. Good choice!

6:10 PM  
Blogger dani said...

i read the book years and years ago. and saw megg being interviewed on parkinson - he was so aggressive to her and kept asking why she'd done a film like this. so now hearing your review - i went and rented it yesterday. i've got it for a week so will let you know my thoughts once i've watched it.

6:19 PM  
Blogger Kim G. said...

Just saw Mark Ruffalo in "Rumor Has It" with Jennifer Anniston. He keeps his clothes on and is quite adorable in that one. The story wasn't bad either. It passed the husband test - he didn't love it but he didn't hate it either.

7:49 PM  
Blogger Colorsonmymind said...

You are adorable-

7:55 PM  
Anonymous Kate said...

michelle this is the first time i've visited your blog and i think your photographs are amazing. I'm having trouble uploading pic's to my blog - they end up looking very "pixely". Can you tell me how you do it?? (what size, what dpi, quality etc.) Thanks for any information and I enjoyed reading your blog -will be back for more.

11:59 PM  
Anonymous Morgan said...

Sorry just to clarify - it was Mark Ruffalo that I saw at IKEA, just realizing your letter was written to JAKE.. who I have also seen in real life! I saw him in New York City at Dean & Deluca's down in SoHo on Prince Street. This was a few years ago and he was wearing a trucker cap and buying cheese from the cheese counter. He was there with Kristen Dunst and they had pasta in their carrying cart (or whatever you call them). So funny- I haven't seen very many famous peeps in my life but these 2 I have seen! The lady behind the counter was gushing about how much she 'enjoyed his work' and he was very sweet about it. Seemed kinda shy and thanked her...

9:17 PM  
Anonymous Morgan said...

Cripes! What happened to my other comment? I just wrote this big commentary on how I saw Mark Ruffalo at IKEA in Burbank.. did it get lost in outter space or what? Well just in case it did... here is the story again. We had just moved here to LA from Boston last August, we went up to IKEA in Burbank and saw Mark Ruffalo- he was there with his Wife and mother-in-law and kids (I think there were 2)he was buying one of those faux-fur rugs for his kid... a mini-sized one.. you know the ones that look are in the shape of a dead animal..I, of course, had to buy one!! True Story!

9:20 PM  

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