On Second ThoughtJuly 22, 2006
You know, I've rethought that last post. I mentioned that I was intellectually above those two TV shows. I think perhaps I was wrong. I just realized that the two things I've most enjoyed on real (not at work) TV lately were:
My Date With Drew: One of the sweetest little documentaries I've seen in a long time. It purports to chronicle a guy's obsession with getting a date, just one, with Drew Barrymore. But really, even though that part is cool (I won't tell you whether or not he gets the date) it's really a movie about friendship. Dude's friends follow him EVERYWHERE, for a long time, and never, ever stop encouraging him in his quest. It was so great I got a little verklempt.
Long Way Round: Ewan McGregor and his best pal Charley go from London to New York, via mostly land, on motorbikes. I watched the first episode of seven and thought it would be rather a waste of time, but okay to spin to. Instead, it also turned into a male-friendship movie, the likes of which I haven't seen since, well, My Date With Drew. I only realize now the similarity, and I wonder why I'm drawn to male-bonding right now. Ewan and Charley come across as nice, really nice. I like nice boys. I wondered if it was all editing, but there are several shots in the film where something horrible happens, some bike/car/flood/river catastrophe, and the camera goes right to their faces, and they're cool. They react with compassion and concern to things, the way I want people to react to things. Satisfying to watch.
Also (knitting content!), Long Way Round has a scene in the sewers of Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia, and it shows the kids that Ryan's Dulaan Brigade helps out. I felt connected to that scene in a very intense, very moving way.
So. That to say: I am not sophisticated, after all. I am a pop-culture junkie. Not quite in the eat-only-Twinkies kind of way, but still in an eat ice-cream-every-day and pickles-count-as-vegetables kind of way.Ya dig?
Just thought you should know.