“I watched the best movie this past weekend with my husband,
and there was no oiled-up cleavage in the movie, no simulated sex,
no profanity, no nudity, no copious amounts of violence or gore;
and it was an AWESOME movie; like amazing.
It moved me.
And after the movie my husband and I… felt even more in love.
My husband said he can’t wait til our next date!”
When was the last time you said something like that?
Sometimes it feels like you see a movie and afterwards feel more scared, alone, or nervous than when you started.
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Or instead of leaving a movie feeling happily entertained, you feel slightly grimy from all the violence, gore, or just plain crassness.
And it’s not that elegant, family-friendly, thought-provoking movies aren’t being made….here are a few that immediately come to mind:
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And there are more. It’s just that…sometimes feel like I have to swim through a lot of muck in order to find the gems that match my family’s tastes, know what I mean?
I seriously LOVE movies and I grew up watching a lot of movies: indie movies, popular movies, foreign films, animation. Remember when Bravo showed independent films and not trashy television? Remember “Inside the Actor’s Studio” when it was all hipstery and cool? Remember the Independent Film Channel, IFC? I used to love those channels in high school.
What I’m trying to say is: I love movies. And I love being able to enjoy a good one with my husband, especially since we don’t watch TV during the week.
“Excuse me…what did you say? Did you say that you don’t watch TV during the week?” You ask.
“What do you do with your time?” You ask, incredulously incredulous.
Well, a quick aside: I read, I write, I play with my Girls, I clean, I converse with my husband about the world, life, God, dinner, I do origami with the girls, we play, I watch Youtube (tutorials, un-boxings, reviews, updates from my favorite vloggers, how-to vids, recipe vids), I work on my and my husband’s business, I blog. I call my grandma. I’m a mom, you know how it is: I’m busy and TV isn’t one of my hobbies. We used to watch a show during dinner, but my Wonderful Husband vetoed that because he wanted to talk with us after a long day and not stare at a screen (Bye bye American Pickers). So we watch a movie or a tv show in the evenings, on the weekends, but they are off limits during the week.
Back to movies: since we don’t watch TV during the week, a good movie makes our romantic date nights all the more special. Because of (*archaic slang alert*) how we roll, we both abstain from watching movies, shows, youtube vids, that depict things that would eventually poison our relationship by normalizing us to things like adultery, lying, bickering, gossiping. We want to be entertained by our movie time and feel relaxed and united, inspired even.
And (*oh la la alert*) we also both stay away from pornography/ erotic romance novels so that instead of watching or reading about men and women who are unrealistic; one is free to do awesomely realistic things with one’s spouse…I don’t know how to say “bow chicka wow wow” elegantly, so I’ll just imply it with a very small, ladylike wink.
Why give you a free pass into our personal lives and tell you how we live?
Why tell you that we don’t engage in a lot of things that people find totally ok?
I dunno….maybe you’re tired of basically-naked girls and women gyrating in front of your husband (Sorry Beyonce, Rhianna, Brittnay Spears, Nikki Minaj, Miley Cyrus…list continues into infinity…). Maybe your husband wants you out of the romance novels/ reality TV and into his arms (sniff! Goodbye Christina Dodd and RHONJ; my previous faves); I used to love those books and that show, but my relationship/communication with my husband improved with those gone; and they can be easily replaced with things that nourish my relationships.
Maybe by telling you how we do it, you’ll just know that there’s another way out there, not saying it’s better, but it’s nice for us. If you want to know when, how, and why we did cut out tv or how/why we limit seeing scantily-clad men and women, let me know in the comments.
A wise man once said “I thought about it; I wouldn’t let the people I was watching on TV into my home and let them act that way in front of my kids; but I’m inviting them into my home everyday by way of the TV, teaching my kids that bad behavior is
good and funny and fine with me. So I stopped watching that sort of thing.”
**I was planning on this post focusing on last week’s movie night; but it’s already kind of long, so I’ll just tell you a little bit about it.
I really love Black and White movies. My husband wasn’t really into B&W movies but he likes them now, after finding a few movies that really got him laughing and rooting for the good guy/gal in the film. The movie we watched this past weekend was SO CUTE and funny. It was called….
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*Warning: The trailers for old movies usually have lots of spoilers, so it might be best just to watch this one, without seeing the trailer*
I hope you enjoyed this peek into our everyday; hopefully it wasn’t too weird!
**If you are interested in any of the above movies, check out your local library where movies are usually free to rent. Our library has a digital collection where we can watch movies in the comfort of our home, so that’s cool and free. Free is awesome.
If not, Amazon is great and we seriously use it all the time (I’m a
Amazon Prime Member).
Youtube is also a great resource for finding public domain, old movies.**
I’ll do a post on HOW we find movies that we like, soon.
If you have any family friendly movies that you love, let me know in the comments below. Thanks!
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