My husband and I don’t get out as much as we’d like due to his busy work schedule and my endless ‘to do’ list. It’s not that we don’t like spending gobs of time together, because we certainly do, but the life we lead doesn’t always allow for trips to the movies, or out for dinner, on a regular basis. So, we’ve both come to appreciate the creature comforts afforded us by simply staying at home, snuggled up on the sofa, watching whatever DVD catches our fancy.
Our tastes are different; he tends to enjoy action/comedy more than romance, but we have been lucky to strike gold on a few of our joint choices—the list is a mix of both recent and older films, but all are available on DVD right now.
1. “No Strings Attached”: I was skeptical about seeing this movie for one reason—Ashton Kutcher. It’s not that I don’t like him, but he doesn’t always give you that leading man vibe, ya know? That said, he did a fine job playing this role. The chemistry was great, the story was funny, and the hubby and I both enjoyed it! However, I must admit, “Friends With Benefits” does a much better job of covering the topic of friends who do more than be, ahem, friendly.
2. “Serendipity”: John Cusack has truly done it all at this point, hasn’t he? In this movie, he and Kate Beckinsale do the forbidden dance of time and, in the process, make you rethink the definition of “soul mates”. This movie always makes me giddy on the inside because I’m a sucker for couples who are “made for each other”.
3. “Talladega Nights“: Come on, who doesn’t like a good comedy every now and then? Will Ferrell is hilarious as ‘Ricky Bobby’ and it’s impossible for me to watch this movie from start to finish without busting a gut!
4. “The Lincoln Lawyer”: I don’t like movies that are violent for the sake of being violent, but I do enjoy a good thriller every now and then, and this movie starring Ryan Phillipe and Matthew McConaughey was a brilliant surprise from start to finish.
5. “The Town”: Ben Affleck did a terrific job in this one—a movie he both co-wrote and directed—as a bank robber who suddenly discovers that his love for another has made his way of life seem more like a prison than a payoff. It’s not action-packed, but it is well directed and excellently written, in my opinion.
6. “Inception”: This definitely qualifies as a head-scratcher, but I think Christopher Nolan is an absolutely brilliant storyteller/director and this flick does not disappoint—even if it does leave you wondering what the heck is going on?
7. “Taken”: Who can’t get behind a guy who’s willing to tear the world apart just to get to his baby girl. Don’t mess with Liam Neeson’s character in this one, he’s definitely not the kind of guy you wish to see upset.
8. “The Holiday”: Okay, I’ll admit, this one was much more enjoyed by me than the hubby, but I love stories about love—particularly when it shows up in the most unlikely of places. And even better, it’s got Kate Winslet who, in my opinion, is one of the best actresses of this generation.
9. “Just Wright”: Queen Latifah always comes across as this bigger than life figure on screen, but her characters are always guaranteed to make you laugh. In this one, she plays the role of a physical therapist who is looking for love, but never seems lucky to get more than friendship. Finally, just when it seems she might win the heart of her prince charming, her beautiful little sister cuts in and steals away his heart—or does she?
10. “True Grit”: A surprisingly good movie, at least to me. I don’t tend to like westerns, but the performances in this one—particularly that of Hailee Steinfeld—make this one a must-see. I enjoyed the story, while the hubby felt Jeff Bridges was one very cool character.
Well, those are some of our faves, what are some of yours?