Summer Movies

Hi, all. Sorry about not posting yesterday. Tired and hot will be my official excuse. It will be hot around here for the next several days, so I think we will be huddling as much as possible around the air conditioner.

And with all this hot, muggy weather (the mugginess will pass soon, according to the weather reports), we have a couple of summer movie marathons going.

One of them is a Star Trek movie marathon with our good friends A. and C. Apparently, A. wanted to take C. to see the new Star Trek movie (blasphemy! ptui!) but the only original movie she’d seen was Star Trek II. So, we started over, and made sure she saw Space Seed before continuing on. After a couple of weekends off, we finally watched Star Trek II last Saturday evening with A. and C. Ane, who had seen it before, took in a lot more of it this time and was able to state with a degree of equanimity at the end, “In the next movie, Spock comes back as a little boy.”

She’s a spoiler, this one.

The other movie marathon is a Disney one for the kids. Right before we went to Disneyland last year, I tried to cram in just a few more movies before we left, because I realized that Ane and Tad were woefully ignorant of several classic Disney animated features that had rides at Disneyland. (However, they had all the Pixar movies down cold.) So we watched Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland in a big hurry, but still missed out on Mr. Toad and Pinocchio (which wasn’t available on DVD at the time).

So, we started with Snow White and have been working our way gradually forward, using this list as a reference guide. The shocking part is just how many of these movies we own. And what we don’t own, we are borrowing from the library. I’m so glad that most, if not all of these movies, are on DVD now, since our VCR is long since busted and we haven’t bothered to replace it with anything yet.

We watched Dumbo last night (which is all of 64 minutes long!), and whenever we have an evening where it’s just too hot to go outside, we’re checking our list and pulling out the next movie. It sure cuts down on the arguing that the kids were doing about which movie to watch, let me tell you.

So, anyone else watching anything interesting out there?

5 Responses to “Summer Movies”

  1. Aunt Lynda
    July 28th, 2009 06:57

    I took a foreign film class in college and fell in love with Cinema Paradiso. Italian. I am pushing it to everyone and have seen it 3 or 4 times myself.
    The last movie we bought was Gran Torino. Loved it, love Eastwood.
    Other than that, we watched The Shaggy Dog in desperation on TV last weekend.

  2. Cousin Shelley
    July 28th, 2009 07:55

    I loved Gran Torino!!

    You should read Twilight, then watch the movie!

    I’ve been watching HBO’s series True Blood on dvd..more vamps…spooky!

    I’d like to take D to the theatre to escape some of this heat, but there’s nothing playing that interests us.

    Lori & I are Facebook friends now! 🙂

  3. Grandma
    July 28th, 2009 09:09

    Gichan and I have almost all of the old Disney movies on VHS from years past, and our VCR still works! If your inventory is missing something, we can probably accommadate.

  4. Ressis
    July 28th, 2009 09:52

    Little Cousin is LOVING Snoopy lately. She’ll ask to watch Snoopy a lot, I pop in “Snoopy Come Home,” and she cracks up to Snoopy and Woodstock’s antics. This will come in handy when we get to Knott’s Berry Farm someday.

    Baby Cousin (who is almost two and needs a new blog name) loves Mickey/Minnie Mouse (she doesn’t know the difference) so we really need to get some Mickey Mouse Clubhouse DVD’s or some old Mickey shorts.

    We watched Kung Fu Panda last week (we have free HBO right now) and we all loved it. It was on again the other day, so we watched it again. Still funny.

    Oddball and I saw the “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” last weekend. It was alright, but the books are always better.

  5. Aunt Mary
    July 28th, 2009 21:30

    We watched The African Queen last week at Westport. Lynda keeps it at the beach, and the VCR works just fine. 🙂 It’s one of our all-time favorites. Can’t tell you how many times we’ve watched it! (A lot in 39 years – we were celebrating our anniversary.)