I'd like to identify a category of movies: Movies-I-Feel-Like-I-Ought-To-Watch-But-In-Reality-Somehow-Can't-Quite-Be-Bothered (MIFLIOTWBIRSCQBB).
It used to be, MIFLIOTWBIRSCQBBs were relatively harmless. You passed one on the shelf of the video store, felt vaguely shallow for not renting it, then grabbed the latest Rush Hour sequel.* (Jackie: so nimble! Chris: so wacky!)
But in this era of Netflix, they come to us, invited by us, tacked to the end of our queue in a long forgotten idealistic yesteryear: "Of course—at some indeterminate date in the future—I'll want to watch an incisive and savagely honest documentary about the ravages of the Vietnam war!"
So they arrive like red-enveloped stepchildren, silently beseeching us, "Watch me now," and we go on ignoring them, "I'm just not in the mood." Another month passes. Another twenty dollars is sacrificed to the Netflix gods.
"Rashomon" has been sitting by our DVD player for over a month. I'm sure it's excellent. I like Kurosawa a bunch—"Seven Samurai", "Ran", even the one about the old man dying of cancer. (And until I watch it, I can't, with full conviction, use the term "Rashomon-esque".) But somehow, there hasn't been a single night in the past few weeks when I've been in the mood to watch a feudal Japanese court procedural. (Though I'm completely current on "The Office" and "30 Rock". Hmm.)
What are your MIFLIOTWBIRSCQBBs?
* Insert your low-brow movie preference here.