Happy Wednesday! I spent half the day yesterday sure that it was Thursday and today was Friday. I am still adjusting to the reality that today is Wednesday and I still have to work two more days.
Reading: Still reading light weight mysteries, but just to shake things up a bit, after talking about it with Courtney and Niki last night I went back and read my Humpty Sharma posts again. They really are good! You should read them! Even if you don’t much like either Humpty Sharma or DDLJ, there’s interesting stuff on the craftsmanship of a young romance.
Thinking: I’m going on an adventure! This weekend I am making my first stop on my DCIB World Tour. The folks of the DC area get to hang out with me and play fun games and win fablous prizes. And then in a month the folks of the NJ/NY area get to meet me too. And a month after that, I visit my friend in the Bay Area and could theoretically also meet up with people there. It’s a whirlwind!
Watching: Have we talked about Schitt’s Creek? It’s one of those shows cursed by a terrible name, and a terrible station (Pop TV, who here has even heard of it?), and cursed again by jokes that sometimes swing way too raunchy. But if you get passed that, it is secretly the sweetest kindest most life-affirming show on air today. So, I am spreading the word! Oh, and also Pop TV picked up the “One Day at a Time” remake after Netflix canceled it, so that is another reason to figure out what the heck it is and where you can find it. And in less exciting news, I showed Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi to my co-worker that I am slowly seducing to the SRK side, and I finally watched Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai and it is INSANE and you should all watch it.
Listening: Wonderful news, the Shirtless Dance of Torment video is now on youtube! Not in its entirety, but it’s still pretty good. Must Watch.
Now, question for you all! First, I need your votes for the Valentine’s week movies on this post. Now, beyond the DCIB world, what are your favorite Non-Indian romances?
Ready for me to hit it old school?
April in Paris. Ray Bolger is a shy diplomat, Doris Day is a peppy chorus girl who through a series of misunderstandings gets an invitation to join him on a diplomatic trip to Paris, and then love blooms.
Walk Don’t Run. Cary Grant rents a room from a young Samantha Eggers during the Tokyo Olympics, and then rents half his room to Timothy Hutton and tries to throw the young people together.
The Major and the Minor. Ginger Rogers dresses like a child in order to get a discount on her train ticket, and ends up meeting Ray Milland who thinks she is a helpless little girl. When she is left stranded with no money to go home, she accepts his invitation to stay at his fiancee’s house for the weekend. The fiancee’s little sister immediately sees through her ruse and encourages her to try and break up the engagement because she thinks her older sister doesn’t deserve Ray Milland (no one does, he’s the best).
Easy Living. Speaking of Ray Milland, he is just dreamy in this. Millionaire Edward Arnold gets in a fight with his wife and throws her new coat out the window to make a point. It lands on office girl Jean Arthur and Edward Arnold gives it to her. Which causes gossip and misunderstandings, a luxury hotel owner gives her a free room, designers give her free clothes, all thinking she is the new mistress of millionaire Edward Arnold. Meanwhile, Ray Milland is Edward Arnold’s spoiled son who stormed out of the house that morning (setting off the fight between his parents) determined to earn his own living. He bumps into Jean Arthur and falls in love with her at first sight. She takes pity on him and lets him stay in her free hotel room, misunderstandings, love scenes, cute moments, all good things ensue.
Needing You. Did you know Hong Kong not only has awesome action movies, it also has awesome rom-coms? Truth! Really, seek this one out. A neurotic office worker is also the hardest working most reliable employee of attractive rising star new manager. Over the course of challenging sales meetings, stressful hunts for files, and on and on, they eventually realize that against all odds, they are in love.
Love on a Diet. Same couple from the last one, reunited! Super cute idea, they are two Hong Kong nationals in Japan, she attempted suicide and failed (don’t worry, it’s funny not tragic) and the landlady brought him in to help because they are from the same country. He talks her down by swearing he can help her lose weight. They try all kinds of wacky things to get her skinny again so she can be with her ex-boyfriend, but of course he falls hopelessly in love with her along the way.
I could go on and on, but I will stop here! Okay, two more, Last of the Mohicans and Rocky I. Now I’m done.
What’s your list of non-Indian favorites?