Saturday, June 21, 2008

In-flight Entertainment

I discovered on our nine-hour flights between Denver and London that there are only certain movies that are suitable for viewing on the tiny, 5"x5" screen in the seat in front of you. They should be entertaining but not great, because you want to be entertained, but you don't want to watch anything that might become a classic on a tiny screen a foot from your face with mediocre headphones for the sound. Also, nothing with sweeping scenery or detailed costumes. In fact, maybe something you wouldn't go out of your way to watch otherwise. Here's what I watched:

Mad Money (2008): fit the in-flight entertainment requirements perfectly. I like Queen Latifah. I think I'd like to be called Queen something.

I Could Never Be Your Woman (2007): In spite of having one of the worst movie titles ever invented, this movie wasn't bad. I kind of enjoyed it. I had never heard of it before, and nobody else has ever heard of it either.

Later: I'm remembering more good stuff about this movie: good music, including "I Wish I Looked a Little Better" by Sparks; plentiful mockery of Hollywood; several hilarious moments; Jon Lovitz as the amusing ex-husband.

The Bucket List (2007): This was much better than I thought it would be.

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