Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Love/Hate Relationship Edition


The best part of having cable movie channels for me is the ability to just “bump into” movies that you didn’t know you want to watch, which often leads to me remembering how good those stories were the first time around.  A recent rewatch of 1999’s ‘American Beauty’ threw me for a loop, though, as the movie feels very different fifteen years after the fact.  Sure, there’s still great power in the performances, even Mena Suvari’s jiggly nose-talking, and it still holds up as a viewing experience, but I had forgotten how literally EVERYONE in the film (save maybe for the Jims next door) is non-functional as a human being and kind of awful.  Even Kevin Spacey, who holds the whole thing together, has moments of bastardry that are hard to overcome, leading me to cycle back and forth between loving the movie and hating every one of its characters every ten minutes or so, which leads us to today’s bilateral query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) is also very conflicted on the merits of ‘Walker: Texas Ranger’ as well, mostly because of that theme song, asking: What pop culture do you find yourself loving and hating all at the same time?