Bob Sirott and Marianne Murciano
Updated: January 30, 2013 3:08PM
One of the great things about our marriage is that we at least try to compromise when it comes to picking movies. Having a 12-year-old means we’re usually up on all the G and PG films, and time to see the adult ones becomes more fleeting, so we usually put a lot of thought into this. We both love movies, but that’s where the similarity ends.
Marianne: I’m the James Bond, Mission Impossible, “action adventure” type, but that makes Bob dizzy and carsick. He’s more a Woody Allen type and a softie who watched the ultimate chick-flick, “How to Make an American Quilt,” three times!
Bob: My wife is into fun more that I am. Documentaries are my first choice but not hers.
Marianne: Don’t you get enough serious news every night at work?
Bob: “Argo” was newsy. But we both liked it.
Marianne: It was a completely edge-of-your-seat, educational experience since I had no idea this happened. I knew I’d love it, but I still like to be taken away and entertained by fiction. A big thumbs up for dragging me to see it, Bob!
Bob: Wish I could thank you for convincing me to see “Django Unchained.” I liked “Inglorious Basterds” but otherwise I’m not a fan of Tarantino’s comic book violence.
Marianne: Yes, they’re violent, weird, and unrealistic, but I love the escape factor. The “Kill Bill” series is at the top of my list.
Bob: Even though Marianne read the book and I didn’t, we both wanted to see “Life of Pi.” As I say about most movies and all plays — it was about a half-hour too long.
Marianne: There’s nothing not too love about this dream-like fantasy adventure. I had to nudge Bob three times during the movie to wake him up. What’s wrong with him?
Bob: I think some of the directors who have earned approval over the final cut of their films would be better served listening to a good editor. (We all need one.) Judd Apatow’s “This is 40” had a few too many vignettes. I felt like I saw a series of sketches instead of one cohesive story. Same with “Silver Linings Playbook.” Although that’s a movie that stayed with me days later — the ultimate sign of a great movie.
Marianne: I laughed all the way through “This is 40.” As for “Silver Linings Playbook,” I loved the cast and the story more than Bob did, but I can’t remember it. Bob had to remind me of the plot. Did I have a glass of wine or two before seeing it?
Bob: It would take more than a couple of glasses of wine to get me to see “Les Miserables.” I’ve heard people say there are two kinds of people when it comes to this movie. Those who love it, and those who hate it. I disagree. There’s a third category —people who refuse to go see it. That’s me.
Marianne: “Les Miz” gets my vote for best picture. It’s amazing in so many ways. But it’s also the cause of much marital stress. Bob vowed never to see it so I had to go without him. If you know Bob, you know how he feels about musicals. But this is not just any musical. Just for pop culture reporting purposes alone he should see it. Everyone is talking about it. I think he’s afraid he might end up liking it!
Bob Sirott and Marianne Murciano donated their fee for writing this column to the 100 Club of Chicago. Watch Bob on WFLD-Channel 32’s 9 p.m. news, and hear them both on the Sunday Night Radio Special at 9 p.m. on WGN-AM (720).