Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Top 5 most recent dvd/book disagreements Merrin and I have had

List by Tosca

"Friendship is like peeing on yourself: everyone can see it, but only you get the warm feeling that it brings."
- Anonymous

Friendships are wonderfully funny things, aren't they? They challenge you to be better, yank you up by your bootstraps when your get up and go has got up and gone, tell you when you've done well and give you a short, sharp reality check when your head gets too big. I consider myself extremely lucky to know such people...even when we don't always agree on the big things - like Vampire Eric vs. Vampire Bill - or the little things - like National vs. Labour ;)

My idea of fun and excitement on a Wednesday night is to have dinner with friends (who are also colleagues) and then reign supreme at quiz night at a local bar. Well, I'm only half telling the truth - I go for the fun of it and the rest go because they are fiercely competitive. It's a win-win situation :) One of the things I most look forward to on those nights is a weekly agreement/disagreement with Merrin. We get along about most things but oohh it's an awesome moment when we don't: arms are waving; fingers are being wagged in someone's face; words are spitting out; there's lots of yelling involved. These 'discussions' usually end with Merrin saying, 'You're wrong! You don't know anything!' before we both spoil it all and burst out laughing. Yeah, we laugh, but we're also quite firm on whatever stand we've taken, and we discuss everything from politics to movies to tv series to music and back again. Nothing is safe, and it is always debated with much laughter :0)

This list is nothing more than a quick rundown of the most recent disagreements we've had (either in person, by email, by text) that link to items in our collections. I've briefly toyed with the idea of a post of things we have actually agreed on but those discussions are never as intense as the life-changing issues like, you know, whether or not Jonathan Rhys Meyers is too good looking/not good looking enough to play King Henry VIII. Isn't that always the way?

'The kite runner' / Khaled Hosseini
The kite runner: Winter, 1975: Afghanistan, a country on the verge of an internal coup. Twelve year old Amir is desperate to win the approval of his father, one of the richest merchants in Kabul. He's failed to do so through academia or brawn but the one area they connect is the annual kite fighting tournament.

Tosca's note: A quiz question where this featured elicited the fact that Merrin & Renee both thought very highly of the book. Me? Not so much. My reasoning? While I could appreciate that it's an exceptionally well-written book, I felt no passion or even liking for the characters or their situations. Hundreds, thousands even, would disagree with me. Obviously.

The white tiger / Aravind Adiga
Balram Halwai is the White Tiger - the smartest boy in his village. His family is too poor for him to afford for him to finish school and he has to work in a teashop, breaking coals and wiping tables. But Balram gets his break when a rich man hires him as a chauffeur, and takes him to live in Delhi.

Tosca's note: An award winning book that Merrin rated highly and I didn't. Another case of my being able to appreciate the craft and talent that goes into writing the novel but feeling no empathy, no nothing for Balram as a character. I think I am fated to dislike books that Merrin (and our book club) loved. Eek.

Mel Gibson's 'Passion of the Christ'/'Apocalypto' vs. Mel Gibson's 'Lethals weapons'/'Braveheart'/'Mad Max'
Passion of the Christ: The story of the final twelve hours in the life of Jesus Christ.
Apocalypto: As the Mayan kingdom faces its decline, the rulers insist the key to prosperity is to build more temples and offer human sacrifices. Jaguar Paw is a young man who is captured for sacrifice, but flees to avoid his fate. He is taken on a perilous journey to a world that is ruled by fear and oppression, where a harrowing end awaits him. Through a twist of fate and spurred by the power of his love for his woman and his family he will make a desperate break to return home and to ultimately save his way of life.

Tosca's note: For some reason we do not (or no longer) hold any of the 'Lethal weapons' or 'Braveheart' or any of the 'Mad Max' series *sigh* Merrin's more into the deep & meaningful movies whereas I'm more like 'Shoot him! Kick him! Run him over!' kinda films. She's more subtle than I am :) Talk of Mel Gibson, of course, led off into a discussion about his more recent bad publicity. Eep.

Vampire Eric vs. Vampire Bill of True Blood / starring Alexander SkarsgÄrd & Stephen Moyer
The small town of Bon Temps, Louisiana boasts a wide array of colorful locals. Sookie Stackhouse is a sweet and innocent waitress who hides her powerful ability to read minds. Bill Compton is a 173 year-old vampire who's just moved back to town. Sookie's brother Jason is a ladies' man who can't seem to stay out of trouble. Tough-as-nails Tara is Sookie's loyal best friend and Sam is the owner of Merlotte's who tries to keep his feelings for Sookie to himself. Lafayette is a man about town who's always cooking up something illicit. Please note: R18 - Restricetd to persons 18 years and over. NOTE: Horror, violence, sex scenes and offensive language.

Tosca's note: I'm all about Vampire Eric and Merrin is all about Vampire Bill (whose whinging, by the way, gets right up my nose and that guy needs a serious suntan. Or a staking. Just a teeny tiny one. I'm just saying!).

Dr. McDreamy vs. Dr. McSteamy from Grey's anatomy: starring Patrick Dempsey & Eric Dane
Volume 2 soundtrack featuring: How to save a life / The Frays -- War on sound / Moonbabies -- I me you / Jim Noir -- Kaboom! / Ursula 1000 -- Miss halfway / Anya Marina -- Multiply / Jamie Lidell -- Universe & U / KT Tunstall -- Monster hospital / Metric -- How we operate / Gomez -- Grace / Kate Havnevik -- Sexy mistake / The Chalets -- Bound by love / Gran Bel Fisher -- I hate everyone / Get Set Go -- Homebird / Foy Vance -- Chasing cars / (Snow Patrol).

Tosca's note: This was probably our most vocal disagreement yet and somehow poor Renee (another quiz team member/colleague) got yanked in to referee but ended up taking sides. My side, I might add. Go Team McSteamy! I was absolutely flabbergasted that Merrin thought Dr. McDreamy was better than Dr. McSteamy. What the...! How DOES our friendship last so long? We don't have the series, sorry, only a soundtrack cd :(


Anonymous said...

I've always been a Vampire Eric fan, but wait till you see the final episode of season 3 (if you haven't already)! As usual, he just gets better. Basically all I'm gonna say is: hahahahaaa ;D
I will miss the weekly Eric eye candy now this season is over :(

catatonia said...

Hi de hi - thanks for dropping by :) It is just me or does Vampire Eric seem to have more substance in the series than he ever did in the book? Admittedly, my memory of the books are awfully rusty and in need of a refresher. Oohh no! You can't leave it at 'hahahahaaa' LOL That's just cruel and unusual punishment heh