March 10th, 2005
|05:45 pm - Of movies and memeage|
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Mindless Action Flick
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Well I find this meme to be an accurate assessment of my movie tastes.
I have seen lots of movies -- loooooooooooooooooooooots and loooooooooooooooooooooooooots of movies -- and most have bored me to tears. I absolutely HATE it when I can see a plot point coming from 50 miles away or more. Most mainstream movies are like that, which is why I rarely bother going to the movies, or even renting any, much less BUYING them.
I like twist endings -- especially if I haven't seen a twist ending coming. I despise a filmmaker who signals "Twist Ending Coming!" -- boring, boring, BOOOOOOOOOOOORRRRRRRRRRINNNNNNNGGGGGGGGG!!!!!!!!!!!
Some of the meme's recommended movies I have seen, and most I enjoyed, even if they aren't personal favorites -- "Pulp Fiction" was an interesting joyride and "Memento" was absolutely TERRIFIC -- I own both now. That's the highest honor I can give to a film -- adding it to my own personal collection, since that means that it is a film I can watch enjoyably again and again, even knowing the full plot. ("Being John Malkovich" was interesting but didn't make the cut -- OK to watch once, maybe twice, but that's it . . . )
I tend to enjoy artsy-type films as well as sci-fi films in general -- but I also get a real kick out of a good action-adventure flick (Errol Flynn anyone?), even though "action flick" was my lowest score. But then again, that category is "MINDLESS action flick" . . .
The best is when I get to enjoy both action & sci-fi in the same movie -- see "The Fifth Element" for my favorite recent example.
Most so-called "chick flicks" leave me cold -- I like some romantic comedy, but not much. My favorite team is Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn, especially in "Holiday" as well as the classic screwball comedy "Bringing Up Baby". I've always thought of Grant as being under-rated as a comedian -- he was perfection incarnate in his double-takes and deadpans in "Arsenic and Old Lace" -- superb!! (I must admit, however, that he wasn't part of my all-time favorite comedy film -- that honor goes to "Weekend at Bernie's" -- that film has always succeeded in making me smile, if not laugh out loud, no matter HOW depressed I may have been!!)
I also love a good period piece, preferably set prior to the mid-19th century, although I really, really enjoyed "Finding Neverland" -- historicals are my favorite, but fiction is fine too. You'd also find quite a few foreign films in my personal collection, mostly French but not exclusively -- some favorites there are "Queen Margot", "The Dinner Game", "Mad Love", "Asoka" and especially "Far Away So Close", one of my all-time favorite films.
Most stuff coming out of Hollywood (and Bollywood too, for that matter) is schlock -- mindless drivel I refuse to pay a penny to watch. Dull. Dull. Dull.
A few recent films that have received the "Persephone Seal of Approval" are "The Others", "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" and "Nine Queens" -- if you haven't seen them, you should, in my NOT-so-humble opinion!!
Current Mood: bored
Current Music: "Original of the Species" by U2
I love anything by Antonia Bird, she is fab =)
Just so you know, the "Mad Love" I mention is the Spanish one done in 2002, directed by Vicente Aranda, NOT the 1995 one directed by Antonia Bird -- that one I haven't seen.
I'm rather fond of "The Game" for those same reasons. They're making a remake of "Crash"...and I'm really worried to say that one of the stars in it is going to be Sandra Bullock.
I'm hoping she's really trying to make a break from the character that she always plays and really act...she can't be beautiful forever, and she has to know that to survive long-term she's going to have to really show some talent. "Crash" would be a definite departure from what she's been doing all along.
I've seen all of those except Donnie Darko (and we own Memento as well) what is that about?
I really loved "The Game" -- I got it by accident when I forgot to cancel an automatic video shipment from a club and it wasn't worth the bother of returning it -- what a pleasant surprise THAT movie was!!!!
I'm not familiar with either "Crash" or "Donnie Darko", so I don't feel as though I can comment on either of those two films.
However, as to Sandra Bullock, she IS doing what she needs to survive in Hollywood -- she's accepting her pigeonhole and playing it for all it's worth. Hollywood HATES actors who go outside their "box" -- as Stallone and Schwarzenegger did when they tried comedy. They quickly reverted to sci-fi/action-adventure just so they could draw a steady paycheck. I personally LOVED "Oscar", but others apparently didn't, as reflected by its relatively poor box office -- and THAT is what counts in the entertainment industry. Establishing an actor as a "brand name", guaranteed to put a certain segment of the audience in the movie theater seats and sell a certain quantity of videos RELIABLY, is worth BIG BUCKS to the studios -- and futzing with the marketing of that "brand" is a recipe for disaster at the box office/video store. Some actors can pull it off -- like Keanu Reeves or Johnny Depp -- but they are few and far between. Most actors need to stay in their "box" if they want steady employment. I don't fault Sandra Bullock for having found her audience "niche" and exploiting it -- she has bills to pay, just like everyone else . . .
Crash is an unusual case, though. The subject matter is people who eroticize car accidents, and the scars that go along with them. It's rather twisted...no pun intended.
The original had Roseanne Arquette, I believe, in a body brace that was mostly black with a hole cut out for one breast. She had a metal leg brace that caused her to walk with a severe limp, and at one point they took her out to look at a new car.
She was wearing a black miniskirt and fishnet stockings, with this huge metal brace and body cast...and she was kind of erotically rubbing herself against the vehicle. Her skirt rode up in the back while she was doing it, and she had a scar on the back of her thigh that was so puckered and twisted it looked vaginal. Of course, the salesman isn't quite sure how to deal with her, and doesn't want to interrupt her...but her brace is scratching the paint on the car...just weird all over.
Crash does this bizarre push/pull with your head...definitely a mind-fuck movie. I strongly suggest it. I think you'd dig it. It's twisted like Videodrome or Twins is twisted. Might be another Cronenberg film too...not sure.
I think it’s a shame that the movie screen was designed pretty much to show backdrops of Southern California =( making more interesting camera angles just darn hard work! Bugger ;)