I don't know what goes on at your house but where I live there is a cosmic struggle in progress. It's not quite Sunni-Shiite but it's close. I'm talking about the fight for that first position in the Netflix queue.
If you are still living in 2004 and don't know what Netflix is, here you go: You select the DVDs you wish to rent on the Netflix website and put them in your (checkout) queue. As you return a title, you get sent the next title on your list. So that movie in the top slot it the one you'll be watching this weekend.
We had the time to really work our Netflix account over the holidays. Donna loves the classics: she got both An American In Paris and Singin' In The Rain (I think she's fallen for Gene Kelly all over again).
I get a lot of the foreign films and documentaries and my favorite in the latter category this vacation was Helvetica, all about the evolution of the world's most popular font. "Why can't a graphic designer enjoy a historical movie? All of the fonts are wrong!" That's how typographers roll and you meet a lot of them in this movie.*
The one movie that we watched together that we gave four thumbs up was Once, just out on DVD this month. I saw it in theater over the summer but enjoyed it even more this time and Donna thought it was "charming," "different," and "really good for a Bean pick."
The film is light on plot and dialog - a full 60% of the movie is people singing - but it's ideal for those who like chaste romantic comedies, as well as fans of artists like Damien Rice, David Gray, or Coldplay.
*Think I'm joking about typographers discussing a font for 80 minutes? Here's an audio clip of Helvetica. This will give you some idea of the blistering pace of the film too,