Monday, July 9, 2012

Christmas in July

"What are you in the mood for?", he asked.

"Hmmmm... something... a little wild maybe", I responded.

"Wild?  Okaaaaayyy....", he pondered.

"Can we incorporate something cold too?  It's been so hot lately, I'd like something cold", I afterthought.

"Okay, how 'bout this?  You like this?", he offered.

"Oooh, interesting.  Pretty outside the box, doncha think?", I noted, "I think I might like more of this".

Magnum and I were settling down to watch a movie and didn't have any particular titles in mind.  All we had at our disposal was Netflix, and Magnum found this "Christmas story", unlike any Christmas story we'd ever seen.

 It was certainly creepy, with moments of comic relief. I think I liked it, but it's hard for me to say. I mainly wanted something cold to help escape from the oppressive heat, and this does have some nice Finland-in-winter scenery.

 It was so hot in the house, though, that the laptop we were streaming through kept overheating and shutting off. Really, we must have had about 10 "intermissions"! But I think I enjoyed it well enough, as far as escape movies go.

 Curiously, there are no women in this movie.  Usually that's a red flag for me as I suspect it to make things too much from a man's point of view (think Tom Clancy), but that wasn't necessarily the case here. I think there may be a reason there were no women, but I don't know what it is.

Anyway, if you want something different.  Something cold.  Something outside the box.  I suggest you watch "Rare Exports".  If you want a nice Christmas story... Forget it!


  1. A while back you mentioned not having A/C. I kinda glanced over it and didn't give it much thought. But you've mentioned it now a few more times... and I have to ask... you really don't have A/C? Do you have that moderate of temperatures usually that you don't need it?
    I can't imagine not having A/C here. We've actually been keeping it at 80 during the day though, because there have been so many power outages due to the heat and everyone's A/C is maxed out. So our house is warm too, but not as bad as yours it seems.
    Hope the Finland winter scenes helped cool you off! I just choose to eat more ice cream. :)

    1. We have no A/C. For reals. Thanks for asking :)

      It's not usually as much of a necessity here as in more humid climates. It cools down nicely at night, and if we manage our windows (open everything at night, cover everything during the day), we don't suffer too much. We also have a small evaporative cooler that we run at night, and we typically get clouds and cooling and, hopefully, rain in the afternoons.

      The laptop quits at 90 degrees, it's how we know how hot it is inside the house.

  2. No women in the movie--forget it!

    Seriously, I can deal with that, if the movie's enjoyable enough.
    The only film I've ever seen with no women is John Carpenter's "The Thing". But I consider it one of the best films ever made. (If I'm not mistaken, there are no women in "Predator" either--but though enjoyable, it's not nearly as good.)

    I may take a look at the film you present.

    Merry Christmas!

    1. After looking at the trailer, I definitely want to see that film!

  3. Looks like "must see" viewing to me! I must get this movie!

  4. I am always looking for offbeat movies on Netflix. I will watch this one.

    No a/c would be difficult for me I think. I have become used to being comfortable in my old age!

  5. Ypu've always come up with the most interesting movie recommendations. I really liked Fam Boys. Will definitely add it to my Netflix queue.