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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

My Couch Cinema: A Simple Curve

One on my favorite things to do is rent movies. I actually prefer to rent them and watch them on my little 17 inch screen than actually go to the movies. I am addicted to “replaying” a scene and The Bonus Features. Love them! There are movies where I like listening to the director talk through the film as much as the movie itself (such as Bridget Jones Diary… I laughed more during this adventure than the actual movie).

Well, with budget cut backs in the business arena it has lead to budget cut backs in my own home, I’m betting your home as well. Renting movies had made it on the list of things that are unnecessary and can be enjoyed in more lucrative times. Recently I found a loophole to this decision…the library. I loved the library as a kid and could not wait to go and check out new books. If you saw how many books I have in my home now (I quickly took this very un-glamourous shot of ONE of my bookshelves) you would realize that I replaced that childhood habit of borrowing books with purchasing books. Alas, that pleasure has also been curtailed in the last year or so. But again, the library is my loop hole to that decision too.

Since I moved into my home, I admit several years ago, I have been meaning to get my library card. I am only 4 or 5 blocks from the library but I kept putting it off. Well, last week I got on my bike and zoom – a-zoomed over to the library and got my long awaited library card. Let me tell you, my 9 year old self reemerged and I walked up and down the isles with resurrected glee. Something new, that was not there as a 9 year old, were DVD’s. Who knew? Well, okay, perhaps I’m the last to know.

I picked up A Simple Curve which is a Toronto Film Festival winner. While I’m not person that longs to watch the latest blockbuster I’m also not the standard film festival follower either. When I rent these I know there is a good chance I will try reading a magazine (also something I’ve cut from the budget by the way) or doing a project while watching the flick. Let’s just say I know the highly acclaimed movie may not hold my attention. This movie was a pleasant surprise. It’s about almost 30 year old Caleb, raised by draft dodging hippies in rural Canada. It’s a sweet film that still makes me laugh out loud thinking about it. One of my favorite scenes is when he talks with his father about wishing he could just be one of those guys that has no idea how to make yogurt from scratch. I won’t tell you what else he wishes he didn’t know…I have to leave something for you!

Oh, and PS…the library is also a loophole to my magazine budget cut backs. I’m telling you, you have to go to your local library. Now if they just supplied me with a good bottle of wine and chocolate…I’d never leave.

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