As I read my Facebook timeline, I see many friends posting about the shows they are binge watching such as Schitt’s Creek and Grace and Frankie. Then there are the friends looking for suggestion for shows or series they can binge watch. The recommendations come quickly. This is television for the quarantined. I actually haven’t been binge watching any shows accept maybe Law & Order SVU, but I always do that. I’m currently watching Hunters with Al Pacino, but I watch that with my husband who is never home because he’s a manager in Stop & Shop.
I’ve been watching movies on AMC that I have on my DVR. I’m newly retired and I thought I would spend time watching movies in the afternoon, but that never really materialized until the quarantine. I’ve watched some classics like Linda Blair in The Exorcist and Faye Dunaway as Joan Crawford in Mommy Dearest. Terms of Endearment was a real tear jerker with Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger, and Jack Nicholson.
Yes, I have seen all of these movies before, but they are classics. It is also very different watching these movies as a mature woman with adult children than when you are in your teen years. When Regan’s mother is desperate to help her possessed child any way she can, you get that. At the same time all the devil and vomit spewing antics are pretty entertaining. Joan Crawford makes you realize that maybe you were a pretty damn good mother after all. Any drama you may have caused or created was nothing compared to the wire hanger scene, the bathroom cleaning scene, or the rose garden calamity.
Terms of Endearment was hard on me though. Those early glances and smiles between mother and daughter. Then the moving away and only having the phone calls to keep in touch. Nothing could top my emotions during the scene when Shirley MacLaine is screaming at the nurses, “GIVE MY DAUGHTER THE SHOT!” The scene when Debra Winger spoke to her sons for the last time, and when mom and daughter engage in one last glance and smile, put me over the edge. My dogs were very concerned about mommy crying and showed genuine concern.
So as this quarantine continues, I have Rosemary’s Baby, Network, and Saving Isaiah on tap. I’m sure I’ll watch a few Law & Order SVU and maybe if my husband gets a break at Stop & Shop we’ll squeeze in another Hunters. One thing for sure is that I’m done watching Cable News!