June 28th, 2009 by theAddison
One by one our old TVs are dying. We have lost two in the last two months. It creates the opportunity, through neccessity, to replace the old TVs and VHS tape players with new HD LCD TVs with DVD players. It also gave the motivation to rummage through our VHS collection and re-assess what we are offering our guests for movies.
The VHS collection was left to us by the previous owners and, because the tapes are rarely used, we never put much thought into the contents of the collection. Yesterday I pulled out over half of the movies and replaced them with DVDs out of our own collection. The only hard part was selecting which movies to put out for guest viewing.
This is a romantic little spot and most of our guests come for a little romance so that drove the movie selection. Although The Great Escape is a great movie it didn’t make the cut. I focused more on the classic romance plot: Boy meets Girl, Boy loses Girl, Boy gets Girl back. There are some great movies that follow that plot line with subtle variations. King Kong, for example, is more of an Ape meets Girl, Ape loses Girl and gets shot down off of a tall building. Casablanca is a movie we never tire of that, although it doesn’t have any big apes in it, follows a similar plot line.
Then there are all of the wedding movies. The Wedding Planner, What Happens in Vegas, Four Weddings and a Funeral and my personal favorite Very Bad Things starring Cameron Diaz as the Bride.
Of course we had to throw in a few flicks from other genres too. Brad Pit’s only really good movie Snatch is in there. A much younger Jack Nicholson in One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest and Billy Bob Thorton in a film Noire The Man Who Wasn’t There both made the bin.
Some of the movies out of our personal collection didn’t make the cut. Shannon refused to let me put Samuel L Jackson’s cinematic masterpiece Snakes On A Plane out for public viewing. This movie is so bad that it is good. Then there are all the movies that fall into the “What were we thinking when we bought this?” category like that old B/W classic Freaks. Which really is a wedding movie of sorts.
The movie bins don’t just have movies. One of the funniest TV series I have ever seen on BBC TV is in the bin. John Cleese stars as Basil Fawlty and runs a small hotel in the series Fawlty Towers.
So, after being out in the sun all day, getting toasted at the beach or maybe kayaking through the marsh, and all you want to do all evening is sit in the AC comfort of your room and watch a little TV we can fix you up with some great entertainment. And, if you really want to watch it and Shannon isn’t around to stop me, I’ll even loan you Snakes On A Plane.