Dinner and a movie.
Yes, I realize it represents a profound failure of imagination, but this was the date I had proposed to my wife for Valentine's Day next week. But sometimes life's obligations (not to mention two kids) limit your options for an evening out, so you flail around, punt and resort to an old standby. It still beats takeout and loading the dishwasher, right?
Maybe not. A cursory glance at the theater listings reveals a slate of movies not exactly geared toward anyone whose age or IQ exceeds 30. "That Awkward Moment"? The one about the infantile guys chanting "bros before hos"? Didn't that phrase go out with low-rise jeans? Pass. "The
And we've already seen
My point is: Somewhere, somebody is at this very moment asking: Where have you gone, Garry Marshall? Our nation turns its lonely eyes to you, woo, woo, woo. (Or, eew, eew, eew, depending on how you feel about
Typically this time of year, there's still some awards-season leftovers hanging around in theaters, movies aimed at grown-ups and among the biopics and historical epics and serious-minded whatnot, you might occasionally get a whiff of love in the air. Last year we watched those two kooky head cases in
This year there's another movie from Russell,
Among the other best picture nominees,
Jonze was jokingly asked at the Toronto Film Festival whether "Her" was his way of getting rid of all the real women in the world and replacing them.
"The movie, to me, is about our desire to connect or the need to connect," Jonze answered, "and how quickly technology has changed our lives in this newest incarnation — the Internet and digital technology. But I was also always trying to make a relationship movie and a love story and examine relationships."
It's arguably the most interesting look at love attempted on film in ages. And as such, my wife and I have already watched "Her." Twice.
In the end, we decided we'll return on Valentine's night to a movie possessing all the elements of a great romance — friendship, fun, a little sex and Nina Simone singing
That's right. I'll be watching