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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Must Love . . . John

Cusack. Of course! Three-ish weeks ago, as I scrolled the Directv guide one evening, I noticed Must Love Dogs would be on later that night. One of his most charming movies. TLC and I had gone to the theater (in 2005—I actually didn’t remember the year—had to research!) to see it. We—DUH—ADORED it.  Hit RECORD on the remote and I had that puppy DVRed—STAT. A few nights later, as I was having trouble going to sleep, I remembered it. Headed directly to the couch.  Although I had to fast forward through commercials (exhausting work—particularly in the wee hours of the morning), I smiled, giggled, laughed out loud and cried for approximately two hours. If I hadn’t finally fallen asleep, I might have watched it again.

TLC and I talk every morning as she heads to work. Sometimes I have notes for myself. Seriously. Seriously sad. But my (and her) reality. Notes about things I want to tell and/or ask her. If I have no notes or profound observations or revelations to share (and, Lord knows, she ain’t gonna talk much—somehow I had a child that is NOT an a.m. peepster like her Mama), I catch her up on the local (Dallas/Ft. Worth) or national news. I can never, ever, EVER scoop TLC on celebrity minutiae. She apparently has a direct phone line to TMZ and People.  Only hours after I'd watched MLD, I reminded her of some of the cute/sweet moments in it. She’d say “awww” at all of the appropriate paw-ses. Tee Hee Hee. I can't be sure she was listening. I can never be quite sure of that. She did bring up another John Cusack movie we treasure: Serendipity. Everyone SIGH. One of our all-time favourite-est movies. Yours, too, I'd bet.

Three other fantastic Cusack movies (two are pretty violent--sometimes I simply have to be tough for the greater good) we've enjoyed immensely with Our Fellas are Con Air, The Thin Red Line and Eight Men Out. Escaped convicts on a crashing airplane (I shudder as I type). War. Baseball. All what I’d call “guy” kind o’ movies. All amazing.

Caveat (isn’t this the fancy way to say BTW?): I probably haven’t seen half of the movies he’s made. There are oodles. Upon poodles. I recommend taking a few minutes to Google, at this point, to be reminded of John Cusack's "works of art." These are six that stand out to me as extraordinarily and fabulously entertaining.

What TLC and I both agree we truly admire about him? He seems to have successfully avoided the trap too many actors/celebrities fall into—the one where they believe they're exempt from being responsible, accountable, grateful human beings. In other words, he seems like he's a truly nice man. Someone you'd have a blast playing Apples to Apples with on a cold, winter’s Saturday night with your family and friends.

TLC and I talked about our precious/silly/cRaZy dogs until she arrived at her job’s parking garage. I'm always sad when it’s time to hang up.

COMING SOON to a LOL website nearest you: The Royal Luncheon. Starring Princess Kate and Duchess Clooney!  

(Puppy) Chow for Now, Y’all . . .

p.s.--Want to visit an INCREDIBLE Classic Movies website? Click on Patti's


Patti said...

Since I watch so few current movies, I have absolutely no idea who John Cusack is. I do, however, know my 30's, 40's, and 50's actors!!

I LOVE Apples to Apples. We love to have people to dinner and then play that game afterwards. It really makes for some great laughs.

How fun that you put a link to my blog. I love sharing all those great classic films with others.

Wishing you a wonderful day.


The Leightons said...

Wow, Ms. Patti--you don't know John? I really think you'd like him. He actually reminds me of the leading men from the 50s and 60s. Something about him is completely charming! Serendipity and Must Love Dogs might make you think of the Doris and Rock movies. Wish you'd watch one or both and let me know if I'm right. Maybe I'm just longing for them to be like our classics? I was discussing Please Don't Eat the Daisies just the other day with TLC. I'm needing to watch it now--SOON. Timeless and precious.

For really such a simple game, Apples to Apples can be hysterical! What we like is that most of our grandchildren can play with us adults. That we can do teams or individuals--it's flexible and funny and for all ages. Wouldn't you love to meet the people that made it up? What creativity and humor!

I hope everyone clicks immediately on your awesome website. Especially the Younguns. I'm positively loving it!

Hope you have a WONDERFUL weekend, Patti . . .