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
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.