Mar 21, 2007

Mystify Me

I recently looked at my Netflix queue and saw that Napoleon Dynamite was on its way. I was actually shocked that I hadn't seen it already--the whole world has seen it. Obviously, this must be rectified immediately.

Guy and I sat down to watch it last night, and I must say we were nearly a-quiver with anticipation. So much fun in store for us!

Um, what?

We totally didn't get it. It was just a general sense of meh. It was slow, it was repetitive, I tried really hard to like Napoleon and Pedro and I actually did like Deb (mainly because she had a kind of Willow thing going) but I didn't find anybody funny. We chuckled occasionally. Very occasionally.

Now, I am well aware that we are in the minority here. People LOVE this movie. I understand that it is now among the most widely quoted movies ever, right after The Big Lebowski and Annie Hall (all I can remember from that one is "I forgot my mantra.") I can't tell you a single thing that was said. Well, apart from "Heck, yes." He said that a lot.

It upsets me that I didn't like it! I pride myself on caring about pop culture! Well, not reality shows. I can't help it, I hate them all. But TV shows and movies and music--I'm down with those! How is it that I hate The Arcade Fire? What's so great about Rome?

I plan on making money from liking what a lot of other people will like. So seriously, clue me in. What am I missing?


Boy and Girl's Mom said...

You hate the Arcade Fire? Really?

My fave Annie Hall quotes, for whatever it's worth: "I don't want to move to a city where the only cultural advantage is being able to make a right turn on a red light." (about LA, of course). And then there's "Don't you see the rest of the country looks upon New York like we're left-wing, communist, Jewish, homosexual pornographers? I think of us that way sometimes and I live here."

Great stuff, I think.

Cordelia said...

Oh, I like Annie Hall and The Big Lebowski. I just can't remember anything from Annie Hall--although I did just think of another: "That's okay, we can just walk to the curb from here," or something like that.

I do hate The Arcade Fire though. Twinkle moans.