This is the next entry in a Theatre… a Movie… and a Time, a series that was begun here. Since I am continuing my Versus AFI: 10 Top 10 arc, this is the second of two posts on the Courtroom Dramas for February (and the only two I saw on the big screen from my top 10 list). Coincidentally, they occurred in the same month of December, 10 years apart.
“Get me the President on the phone. We’re surrendering our position in Cuba!”
December, 1992: what a difference ten years makes. Going from the midst of dating someone else to marrying my best friend in that span was a puzzling polar shift. I mean, at once it represents a big chunk of time in anyone’s life, especially mine, but it all seemed to occur in the wink of an eye. I can say it all happened quickly, though I know otherwise. I probably covered this better in last year’s Valentine’s Day post, but it still applies. Perhaps, the 80s had something to do with it. Or just maybe it relates back to the turbulent times from the preceding decade. The moniker of the ‘Sexy Seventies’ remains apt, and yet a misnomer in a myriad of ways.
Though she’s more likely to watch DVDs and Blu-rays nowadays at home with the kids and her grumpy husband of almost 23 years, my spouse semi-regularly went to the movies with moi in the early 90s. I’ve come to believe the film A Few Good Men was where her long-time appreciation of Aaron Sorkin’s writing had its beachhead. In fact, I think she returned to a certain movie by the same director three years later inasmuch the same guy wrote that, too. It’s also the reason Sports Night and The West Wing (heck, even Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip for that matter) became TV addictions years later.
I now know she’s nothing if not devoted to those who can produce great dialogue or courtroom drama in books, TV, or film. She doesn’t miss an episode of Justified or The Good Wife, and I can testify to that. A big fan of either Tom Cruise or Jack Nicholson she is not, however. Even so, she remains fond of this Reiner/Sorkin military courtroom piece. Heading back to the Century City 14 to see the film was a no-brainer back then. That multiplex turned into a regular movie spot for us recently hitched folk — I even took my mother-in-law there, and that’s saying something. It was all worth it though, because the experience was shared with the wife I love. And with this, I send a belated Happy Valentine’s Day to my bride.