With each passing year, the things I am certain of grow a little bit more:
• The best grilled cheese sandwiches are made with white bread, but the best peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are made with wheat bread.
• Butter is more expensive than margarine because it’s worth it.
• The political party/sports team you follow will do the exact same thing as the party/sports team you hate, and you’ll find a way to justify it.
I’m set to add a new one for 2013: A movie with Bill Murray is simply better than a movie without Bill Murray. I’ve probably believed that for some time, but it’s time to put it into practice.
Last year, I made a resolution to watch an old movie every week that I’d missed out on for some reason. End result, I crossed out 42 movies on the list. It was short of the 52 I had, but I considered the progress satisfactory because I did watch every movie friends suggested; the movies left were weak choices I did just to fill the list out. Also, I’d seen plenty of older movies that never made the list.
The Year of Murray, which is what I’ve decided to call it right now, is quite simple: If it has Bill Murray, and I can find a way to rent, borrow or buy it without incrimination or bankruptcy, I’m going to watch it. My list is around 44 movies.
I’ve already enjoyed Murray movies for years. “Lost in Translation” was an opening question on dates, and I rented “What About Bob?” so many times my parents probably considered sending me to a mental institution.
Some viewings will be timed. “Groundhog Day” was viewed on Groundhog Day, and “Scrooged” is set for a December viewing.
However, most will be random. During a sick weekend, I spent a lot of time in front of the TV, and my weekend quadruple feature, in order, was “Groundhog Day,” “Caddyshack,” “Loose Shoes” and “Where the Buffalo Roam.” True film fans know which 25 percent of this experience I hated.
I may have to look a little bit harder for good Murray moments in some of the movies, like “Garfield” and “Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties,” a sequel where I’ve heard the funniest thing is that Jennifer Love Hewitt plays a doctor.
Oddly enough, I’m willing to bet I’ll get the most enjoyment out of the Murray movies I already own. I’ll look forward to hearing, “Nobody steps on a church in my town and gets away with it,” or, “There are two types of people in this world: Those who like Neil Diamond and those who don’t.”
I’m sure I’ll appreciate movies more, and I’ll appreciate Bill Murray more, by the time 2014 rolls around. But for now ... I’m baby stepping.
Kevin Wilson is a columnist for Clovis Media Inc. He can be contacted at 763-3431, ext. 313, or by email: