Sunday, September 28, 2008

Things Other People Like But I Don't

There are a bunch of things that a lot of people I know are really into that I really can't force myself to love.  I want to, simply because I feel like I'm somehow missing out on something that tons of other people really love, but no matter how much I try, I can't bring myself to love them.  

1. The Office
This is one of those things that I should really love. I love Steve Carrell, I think Raine Wilson is hilarious and yet....I can't get into this show. I've watched it a few times and every single time I'm sitting there wondering when it's supposed to get funny. Unfortunately, it just never gets funny for me. I want to like it, but no matter how many times I sit down and try to convince myself that this is going to be the time that it clicks, it never does.

2.  Burt's Bees Products.
This is one that I really want to love, because the company stands for all kinds of things that I can totally get behind.  I love their eco-friendly practices and I love that they make their products with all natural ingredients, but I don't love their products in general.  The problem is that I've used a few Burt's Bees products, particularly their facial care ones, and I haven't loved them more than the planet destroying synthetic ones that I already purchase.  Their Orange Facial Cleanser left my skin feeling sticky and uncomfortable.  Their Citrus Face Scrub made my acne problems worse because the crushed nut shells they use in the scrub were making microscopic tears in my skin and actually causing acne.  Suuuucks.  I haven't used many other products because I was left disillusioned with those two, and with the price you have to pay for them, it's not worth it to drop $9 on something I may hate.  But, I do love their chapstick like mad!

3.  Christopher Guest Movies
Much like The Office, I really don't understand these movies.  I want to, because so many people are constantly telling me about how they laughed until they cried while watching A Mighty Wind or Best in Show, and again I feel like I'm missing out on something.  I've watched these movies several times, each time waiting to laugh and waiting for the joke to click in my head, but it never has.  Again, this is something I should really like because I really like Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara.  I like Jennifer Coolidge and a lot of the other actors who make up the ensemble casts in these films, but as a whole I feel like I'm missing out on the joke and I'm pretty sure I'll never get it.

4. Lost in Translation
People keep telling me what an amazing movie this is. It's won awards and has been lauded as this amazingly beautiful and poignant film that was a triumph for director Sophia Coppola and actor Bill Murray.  I found it horribly boring.  I'm not kidding.  I tried to watch it twice, the first time I fell asleep and the second time I was so bored that I opted to go do my laundry instead, and I HATE doing laundry.  I'm just saying, it was excruciating.  I love films, I love all different kinds of film and I have a pretty high tolerance for movies that are dull or slow moving, but this one was above my tolerance for dull.  I wanted to like it, I tried to like it, but it put me to sleep.

So those are a few things that other people really really love, but I sort of can't get behind.  It's not for lack of trying, I just think I'm not equipped to get it.  I dunno.


Amy W. said...

THANK YOU. I thought I was the only person out there who thinks that Lost in Translation is the most over-rated movie, like, ever.

Bobby G said...

I agree w/ you on Lost In Translation but everything else you got on there makes me wonder about you as a part of our species!

Heather Hermann said...

I really thought that I was the only person that didn't think that The Office was hysterical.

Something makes me think that you and I would get along fabulously in real life...