The strangest documentaries come on TV at 2:00am.
The other night I watched a special on those little girl beauty pageants—Little Total International Fresh Face Miss or something like that. I gleaned the most marvelous piece of insight from Michael Booth. Mr. Booth is a Pageant Guru (yes, capitalized.) He was trying to explain to us from behind his frosted bangs and perfect tan that Little Total International Fresh Face Miss Honey Blossom is NOT just about external beauty. And I quote:
It’s about an inner beauty that you’re showing through your face that’s coming out
I’m sorry, that was so profound I’m a little choked up. Keep reading I’ll catch up with you in a minute.
Ok, I’m back.
Other Half took Proximo and me to see Hot Fuzz. We give it three enthusiastic thumbs up (although I have to say that Proximo hasn’t seen very many movies [two] and he nursed through some really crucial scenes, so he doesn’t have a great baseline for recommendations.)
If you saw Shaun of The Dead (if you haven’t, maybe you should) and you liked it, you’ll also like Hot Fuzz. If you watch a lot of Brit murder mysteries set in the charming countryside, but can also appreciate a bit of gore, you’ll like Hot Fuzz. If you’re a fan of Keanu Reeves-Will Smith action-type movies, Hot Fuzz is a guaranteed three-hanky flick.
I can also say that no matter how hungry you are when you get to the theater DO NOT order the nachos that come in the pre-packaged box because they are vile. Next time I’ll know that starving is a better option.
We have a small baby window on movies and some self-imposed policies that bear repeating. This newborn stage is funny because they can sleep through a lot of noise. As soon as they exit this stage, somewhere between two and four months, you can't bring the baby along anymore. Sorry, nope, find a sitter.
If your baby is young enough and still sleeps through everything, you should attend the correct screening time. Try to attend screenings during the week and during the day or early evening. DO NOT attend a Friday-Saturday seven, nine, or eleven pm show. Those are crowded, premium ticket price times, and it's not fair to the other patrons. If your baby begins to make ANY NOISE at all, either plug up the gaping maw or exit the theater. Any crying means you just forfeited your cash and must leave the theater. You absolutely cannot ruin the movie going experience for other people, they paid their money and there are more of them than there are of you.
It's my opinion that babies over six months through pre-schoolers shouldn't EVER attend adult movies. Don't, under any circumstances, take your four-year-old to see Alien: Resurrection or any other 'R' rated movie. You will confuse and upset them. Your two-year-old might like a kids movie but won't sit through it. It's best to either find a sitter or just wait until you can rent the movie at home during that age. Other Half and I attend plenty of movies separately with friends so that we don't have to pay a sitter. If we really want to see something together, we ditch El Guille for Couple Time. We have only a month or so with Proximo before he will stop attending movies for a few years.
In any case, go see Hot Fuzz and save us a seat on the very back, side row. Did you bring the frozen Junior Mints?