Humiliations Galore!

YA and I are working on another puzzle right now; it’s taking longer because I haven’t quite committed yet and now the workweek has come around and we don’t have as much time.

The last time we worked on a puzzle it was a Sunday and neither of us had anything on our schedules.  We settled in and we watched movie after movie as we progressed.  We took turns picking the movie; YA was very understanding of what I would stomach and what I wouldn’t.  In fact, at one point SHE chose Princess Bride – she said she knew I liked it.

I do love Princess Bride; I think I’ve mentioned here before that when it came out in the theatres, I went four nights in a room, dragging a different friend each time.  I couldn’t guess how many times I’ve seen it but suffice it to say we’re talking seriously into double digits at this point.

About halfway through the movie YA said “you know that you’re mouthing all the words?”   There aren’t too many movies for which I know huge tracts of the dialog:  When Harry Met Sally, Romancing the Stone, Blazing Saddles, Death on the Nile.  I also know the first few minutes of Laura by heart:

“I’ll never forget the weekend that Laura died.  The silver sun burned through the sky like a huge magnifying glass.  It was the hottest Sunday in my recollection.  I felt as if I were the only living being left in New York.  For Laura’s horrible death, I was alone.  I, Waldo Lydecker, was the only one who really knew her.”

But I’m pretty sure that I know more Princess Bride than any of the others.  I did attempt to stop narrating along with the movie, although I’m not sure I was 100% successful.

Do you have any irritating movie habits (well, irritating to others…)?

38 thoughts on “Humiliations Galore!”

  1. I guess my referring to Die Hard as a Christmas movie is annoying to some.
    Also I enjoy snarking on Trumpists by saying The Donald should have gotten the Best Actor Oscar for his appearance in Home Alone 2.

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  2. I’ll sing along to songs in a musical I’m watching that I know well. West Side Story recently, for example. I don’t have a great singing voice so I’m sure my wife gets mildly annoyed if I do it out loud. It was also hard not to get up and dance a few times, too. But we were in the theater, so I behaved. 🙂

    If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it. Overall, better than the original.

    Chris in Owatonna

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      1. I was skeptical because WSS is my all-time favorite musical and the performances were iconic. But the singing was across the board superb, unlike the original where many of the gang members weren’t great singers.

        The woman who played Maria has an incredible voice (sorry Marnie Nixon) and is every bit as beautiful as Natalie Wood was. Took me a while to warm up to Tony, but in the end he was more convincing as a “big dumb Polack” than Richard Beymer. The actor who played Riff is worthy of an Academy Award. He stole every scene he was in. Rita Moreno’s new character (Doc’s widow) added a huge amount to the story and she’s a freaking legend. Talk about someone who looks and moves like a 60 yr old, not a 90 yr old! Wow.

        Plus, the story went deeper into the racial divide, which enhanced the emotions between the gangs. If your any sort of fan of WSS or musicals, go see it.

        Chris

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  3. Well, I’m always popping up to get something else – a drink, a different back cushion, another sweater, maybe pause it and make some microwave popcorn.

    In high school, my best friend Jennifer and I would giggle so much we could clear a space around our two seats in the theater.

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  4. Rise and Shine Baboons,

    I am sure that my inability to sit still during the length of a movie is very irritating to others. When I watch at home I can knit through it which relieves the urge to move and twitch, but in a movie theatre it is too dark. I try to sit at the end of an aisle so I can stand up and not bother everyone in the row. In the past I used to whisper comments to Lou, but now that he is pretty deaf, I have had to give that up, because everything must be top volume. (I really want a microphone connected to his hearing aids into which I can whisper my comments. I am willing to bet he does not want this.)

    Speaking of movies, we watched “The Tender Bar” on Netflix. I listened to this memoir years ago and liked it very much. George Clooney produced this movie which is impressive. I also did not need to start fidgeting until almost 1.25 hours into it and I finished it, rather than abandoning the movie—a victory! Usually the fidgeting starts at 20 minutes. Well done George. Ben Affleck is the uncle and he plays it well. I usually do not care for his work.

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  5. I’m the movie patron who is annoyed by all that singing, whispering, fidgeting, checking of phones, loudly munching on popcorn, and even changing a dirty diaper on a crying baby during the show. If you’re one of those who needs to refill your popcorn during the show, please sit at the end of the aisle so you can get in and out without disturbing anyone else. I just want to be able to concentrate on the movie for the duration, and I don’t want to hear a peep from anyone. And please don’t get me started on those who think it’s OK to chat throughout a live concert.

    The Rocky Horror Picture Show is the only movie I can think of where audience participation is fun, so much so, that it’s really no fun watching it at home on your TV.

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        1. I bet that would be fun. I also loved attending the audience sing-along concerts to Handel’s Messiah at Orchestra Hall. I was amazed that it actually sounded good.

          It was fun, too, attending concerts by Bobby McFerrin who is a wizard when it comes to getting the audience to participate. There are other folk singers that are great at getting the audience to sing along, and I love that. Years ago, the New Folk Collective arranged lots of concerts at the St. Paul campus of the U of M. Those concerts drew an audience of people who loved to sing and were always willing participants when the performer would encourage them to do so. How I miss those concerts, they were wonderful.

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    1. I attended a Sing Along Sound of Music some years ago at which our own Beth-Ann was a costume contestant. She went dressed as a cloud. Which song featured a cloud? I can’t recall at the moment. The cloud toggery was quite impressive, though.

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  6. Daughter and her best friend had a Lord of the Rings fest one weekend a few years ago and I forget how many hours it took them to get through the whole series. They just set up the basement area with all the pillows and comforters they could find, ate snacks, and had the best time.

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    1. I thought that series was really well done. I remember when my older niece wanted to see the first movie, when she was around twelve or so, I was conflicted about it. She was never really into fantasy at that age, and if you’re not into the fantasy part of the movies, they’re really just violent war movies. But she’s older now and didn’t seem to be really traumatized by them. She’s still not a fan of fantasy, though.

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  7. Princess Bride is such a good movie. Haven’t seen it in a while, but I’m sure my viewings are in the double digits too.
    I have no irritating habits. (opinions may vary)

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  8. Well, my irritating habit might be that I don’t go to movies. I honestly haven’t gone to a movie for longer than I can remember. Like 30 or 40 years, maybe. I’ve always balked at shelling out money for a 2-hour movie in a theater when I could be at home. Maybe I should try it sometime. I can crochet and watch a movie everyone else already saw years ago, get up when I want to, get cozy with Pippin, enjoy a glass of wine.

    A movie that I really liked, enough to watch it three times, was Whale Rider. Just loved the whole story, the setting, the cast, all of it.

    I will have to watch Princess Bride sometime.

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        1. Haha- oh PJ, I’ve been going to the opera movies for years. There are some good overtures… but by and large, it’s not my type of music. 🙂

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  9. I have not been to a movie theater to ever see the new modern luxury chairs. How many years is that? Two reasons: I avoid being in crowds/audiences, my FM chaos thing. And they do not make my kind of movies that reach here. I have only rarely encountered rude people in a theater. I would go in sit down and stay there until the end.

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  10. Years ago I used to smuggle popcorn into the cheap theater in Roseville. You could only really do that in the winter months, when you had a large winter coat on. It was a sort of cheapskate thing to do, because the admission was only two bucks, or a dollar if it was a Tuesday. They really wanted you to spend a few at the concession stand. But money was tight in those days, so I sometimes brought my own. Now the Roseville is gone. Haven’t been to a theater in some time, because, pandemic, but I hope to go back to the Riverview sooner or later and buy my popcorn at the concession stand there.

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      1. I’m sure I’ve said before, we buy the extra large popcorn and get a refill. Take some gallon ziplock bags along and dump the extra in them before the first refill. As you said, easier in winter.
        At home, put it in quart bags and keep in the freezer for a few months.
        And I still wonder, can’t I just dump the first popcorn in a bag and get a refill while i’m standing there??

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