Three Weeks in a Comfy Chair

Having recently spent 3 weeks off work after surgery, I have a new respect for the Christchurch City Libraries DVD collection.

Knowing before I left work that I would be unable to do much except sit in my chair, boosted by cushions to enable me to get up gingerly, making me feel several decades older than I am, I had maxed out my card with DVDs from the collection.

I’d stagger around to get my bowl of cereal in the morning, get phones, drinks, remotes all in easy reach and settle in for the day’s viewing. My daily exertion was to get up and change the dvds every couple of hours – yes, sad I know. From the complete first seasons of  classic TV series’ Upstairs Downstairs and I Claudius, I moved to dramas including Love and Other Impossible Pursuits, and Rom Coms such as Then She Found Me and Under the Tuscan Sun. Onwards I went to Grand Designs to remind me why I never want to build my own house, and stopped to dip into some classics, such as  The Good the Bad and the Ugly and The Long Hot Summer. This last one has sizzling performances from Paul Newman, Joanna Woodward and Orson Wells, and was one of the highlights of my enforced downtime viewing.

Many have their roots in books, which depending on your preference could be read before or after the movie is viewed.

I also revisited others I’d seen in the theatre and enjoyed, such as Appaloosa and Across the Universe.  The stars of the big and small screen certainly kept me from going completely mad from boredom, and the broad array of DVDs available in the library collection is certainly worth dipping into.

What are some of your favourite movies you’ve got from our collection?

7 thoughts on “Three Weeks in a Comfy Chair

  1. Vanessaccl 28 February 2012 / 10:14 am

    Hi purplerulz, hope you are fully recovered now.
    As for movies that I have borrowed from the library’s collection, Osama, the story of the young girl in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan who disguised herself as a boy to suvive, was definitely a favourite.

  2. Robyn 28 February 2012 / 10:21 am

    Funny Face – Audrey Hepburn at her most divine.
    Not sure if T. V. series count but re-watching Mad Men in one big gulp made me appreciate it even more and feel tragically sad when it was finished. Also filled me with a fierce desire to drink at lunchtime and smoke cigarettes that I kept in a cunning little case. Unfulfilled fierce desires I hasten to add.
    The original Brideshead Revisited with Jeremy Irons and Anthony Andrews – it seemed every word of the book was in this adaptation. A good antidote to Mad Men as Sebastian Flyte’s fate showed just where wine and strawberries in the afternoon could land you.
    I had forgotten about I, Claudius – next on the Place Hold list.

  3. Donna 28 February 2012 / 12:01 pm

    Well you have covered most of my faves between you: I Claudius, Funny Face, Mad Men, Brideshead.

    But guess what – go really lowbrow with The Hills, Kardashians, and even Jersey Shore! And lovely Gossip Girl.

    On Quality Street, though you can’t go past the husky delights of Tony Soprano.

    I quite like this search – go the mini-series http://christchurch.bibliocommons.com/search?q=Television+Mini-series&t=subject

    Edge of Darkness is there http://christchurch.bibliocommons.com/item/show/700762037_edge_of_darkness some of the best tv ever made.

    I’d happily dip into Fortunes of War, The Onedin Line, Poldark, or The Hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy, and have just discovered we have the series of Clarissa with Sean Bean as the badly be-wigged bad boy Lovelace. Yay!
    And a new series called Marchlands which I’ve heard is v good.

  4. bj 29 February 2012 / 4:22 pm

    Hi there purpleiter brings back memories especially I Claudius. Speaking of old movies watched a couple In karoa when the weather was lousy I confess with Montgomery clff a thriller (title escapes but starring Lana Turner it was really good for the time and didnt appear too outdated and another tear jerker with Gary Grant .Akaroa library has a wonderful supply of old movies and ah yes Poldark who could ever forget the series. House of Elliott I am sure I lived in those times from guess who!

  5. Valerie 1 March 2012 / 9:07 am

    ‘To Kill a mockingbird’ and ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ are my best picks. Great acting and enjoyed to books too.

  6. Marion 1 March 2012 / 3:45 pm

    The Long Hot Summer has been played a number of times in our house – Paul Newman in his full babe gloriousness – phew plus Joanne Woodward and Orson Welles make it a great movies.

  7. barbara.murray@ccc.govt.nz 2 March 2012 / 11:36 am

    On the subject of Parker and Hulme couldnt put the book down and read it in about 4 days. I was fasinated by their obsession of old movies star and the
    life style they led. I remember going to Victoria Park in primary school and we were all wondering where it had happened. Murder of our mothers wouldnt be a thought.!

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