Saturday, 14 February 2009

Valentine's Day 2009

On Friday evening, J and I had one of our usual arguments which went something like the following:

[Couple sitting in sofa in front of laptop between two episodes of The Wire]

J: Should we go to the cinema tomorrow maybe?
J'S GIRLFRIEND: That's a good idea. What do you want to see?
J: Hm... Dunno. Let's see what's on.
JGF [ opens relevant page on Firefox]: Foreign language... no... Desperaux... no... Angelina Jolie... Definitely no... Hm.. Brad Pitt... Hey, how about The Wrestler?
J: How about Frost Nixon?
JGF: Oh no... It's just gonna be men intellectually masturbating in front of each other in between backslapping and walking and talking. In other words, The West Wing on film*. And you know how I feel about the West Wing. And it'll be totally unromantic!
J [raises eyebrow a fraction]: What, like The Wrestler is anything like romantic! It has Mickey Rourke in it for fuck's sake. I don't think I can cope.
JGF: Yeah well.. At least he falls in love with a stripper, or something. That's romantic! Or would you rather go to see the Duchess?
J [raises voice a fraction]: You know I hated Diana. I don't think I could cope. Plus that Knightley girl, she pouts constantly and it's really annoying.
JGF: OK... how about this zombie film?
J: ...
JGF: Right, that's right, you don't like horror films. So I guess that rules out Friday 13th as well. Which I would really like to see.
J: Well, you do get to pick our films at least 60 per cent of the time, and that's me being generous.
JGF: But that's because you're so fucking picky! You don't like horror. Or animations. We can't watch any foreign films cause they're not dubbed. You don't like action unless it's James Bond. You don't like anything with music (though in all fairness you did come to see Mama Mia, which may I point out that you ended up quite liking). The only things you like are political thrillers and love stories!! And Woody Allen. You made me pay to see Match Point. Oh the shame.
J: OK, we'll go to see the Wrestler.
JGF: No, it's fine, let's go and see Frost Nixon. That's like the only film in the whole list you actually want to see!
J [pouts]: Yeah, actually it is. But you get to decide, and you want to see the Wrestler. But next time it's my turn and we will see what I want to see.
JGF [crosses arms and leans towards other end of sofa]: It's really just such a shame that our tastes in film completely don't overlap, since we don't have that many interests in common and at least we both like going to the cinema.
J [sulky voice]: I agree. It's a shame.

[Cue icy atmosphere lasting till bedtime]


But here comes the good thing about being with a man who has had seven years of therapy and has had guilt breastfed to him by his mentalist mother: In the morning, J wakes, gives me a cuddle and says, of course we'll go to see The Wrestler. Kerr-ching! I win.

He also brought me Harrods hot chocolate powder and two mini charms for my mobile phone as a present. I have to admit I didn't give him anything but made up for it by giving him head... which I would have done anyway but at least I am justifying it to myself that way. And maybe I'll get him an anniversary present. No, you're right, I'm a crap girlfriend, a bit.

But the film. I have to say, that my desire to see Micky Rourke do his thang was greater than my sense of shame in having more or less manipulated my loved one into doing what I wanted to do for Valentine's.

So we started the romantic day with an art exhibition, then had lunch with my only married friend couple for inspiration, then two viewings, one of which I'll be bidding on, yay!!!, though I doubt I will get it, it would just be too good to be true.

After the viewings it was pretty much dinner time, but instead we dropped into one of my friends' house. It turned out he was having major relationship drama and J decided to treat all three of us to a Chinese takeout in order to prevent him from slashing his wrists all on his own on this worst day of the year for the ones who have to live without their loved ones for one reason or another.

Hence our romantic dinner was spent mostly listening to our friend pour his heart out about this girl he is "meant to be with" etc. etc. I also fixed the sound card on his laptop and J read half of his foreign-language newspaper he had carried around all day, so it was not all in vain.

Then we went to see the Wrestler. Which is, I must warn you, a very depressing experience, like anything Arnovsky tends to produce. But it was beautiful, and I clung to J for the whole hour and a half. He didn't fall asleep either (which to my annoyance he often does if it's not a political thriller), and agreed after that the film had been "OK".

When we got home, we kicked off Season 2 of The Wire, and then went to bed where we both went into a heavy coma due to all the walking and fresh air we got during the day. Very wholesome. But it was a nice Valentine's.


* My friend the Lit Anal PhD has since told me this was a spookily accurate ad-hoc assessment of this particular film

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