by Patrick Bromley
Today is my beautiful wife's birthday, and because movies have played such a huge role in our relationship -- from friendship to falling in love to even now after 12 years of marriage -- I thought it would be fun to program a marathon for her. Full of stuff she likes. Full of stuff that makes her happy.
Obviously this is just hypothetical, as Erika would never actually sit through 24 hours of movies. Twelve? Sure. Sixteen, maybe. It's not that she doesn't love movies as much as I do -- she does -- but she also values her health and well-being. This is where we differ.
10 a.m. - Grease (1978, dir. Randal Kleiser)
Noon - Cocktail (1988, dir. Roger Donaldson)
2 p.m. - Wuthering Heights (1939, dir. William Wyler)
4 p.m. - Hairspray (1988, dir. John Waters)
5:45 p.m. - Super 8 (2011, dir. J.J. Abrams)
7:45 p.m. - Hoop Dreams (1994, dir. Steve James)
10:45 p.m. - Drive (2011, dir. Nicolas Winding Refn)
12:45 a.m. - Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984, dir. Charles E. Sellier Jr.)
wrote a piece about Silent Night, Deadly Night that made me love her more than I already did. Her affection for this movie helps explain why she yells "PUNISH" every time I do something wrong. Just kidding! I don't do anything wrong. Just kidding! She doesn't yell at me.
2:15 Sleepaway Camp (1983, dir. Robert Hiltzik)
4 a.m. - House of 1000 Corpses (2003, dir. Rob Zombie)
31, but I can't blame her for that one). This is a consistent source of amusement to me, because his movies are nastier and more horrific than a lot of what's out there. I can remember us being among the few to actually see this film when it played in theaters in 2003 and loving the fact that Erika loved it. She likes The Devil's Rejects way more, but this one will play better at 4 a.m. Plus I think The Devil's Rejects will be too genuinely upsetting to her, because it speaks right to a lot of things she is legitimately afraid of. House of 1000 Corpses is more fun.
6 a.m. - Can't Buy Me Love (1987, dir. Steve Rash)
8 a.m. - Shakespeare in Love (1998, dir. John Madden)
Happy birthday, Bue. I love you.