Thursday, August 27, 2009

I think cinema, movies, and magic have always been closely associated. The very earliest people who made film were magicians.-Francis Ford Coppola

I don't really have any "insightful" thoughts today. I've had a rough morning with Josiah who this week has decided to start being a teenager. I wanted to write something light and easy. I started a blog about "THE LION OF THE SENATE", Teddy Kennedy. Not being a fan of writing too much political stuff on my blog, I stopped short, realizing that it would spiral downward until it became my "Don't be so enamored with that Kennedy Family" rant that I occasionally have gone on since high school. (Although I always clarify that I do in fact, like Bobby Kennedy). I thought about writing about how my cat, Meaty is brutally taking over our "Catopia" since our cat Maggie disappeared two weeks ago. Maggie was the "Alpha" cat and now Meaty is trying desperately to gain power through stare-downs and chasing. There's also hissing and threatening meows. It's been quite the week for cat politics here, but who can write 1,000 words about that? Not this Cat Lady. Maybe if I could work it into a work of fiction... Next on my thought about topics: The Gosselin Family. Nah. That's just depressing to me.
Finally coming to my topic of choice today: My Favorite movies. That's easy and pleasant.  Grab your popcorn and GIANT soda and come into the theater...

Roman Holiday

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If you know me, this isn't a surprise. I'm a pretty big Audrey Hepburn fan. My room all through high school and college was decorated with her pictures. For everything that Hollywood starlets lack, she made up for ten-fold. I even had my hair cut like hers in this movie. Nothing like being a teenager in 2001 and cutting your hair like it's still the 1950's. Sometimes I look back at myself and think "Way to go. Way to be a weird individual." It wasn't just Audrey though, it was Mr. Gregory Peck. *Le Sigh* Just look at the smile on that face! Just look at real manliness! I had a crush on a man that was born the same year as my Grandmother! (Again, way to be a weird individual!) Roman Holiday is one of those movies without a typical Hollywood ending, but the perfect ending. I'm not going to give it away if you haven't seen this movie. Please do if you haven't. It's just magic. The acting is superb, the story is enchanting and the scenery can't be beat. You want a romantic kiss? Wait for the moment Princess Anne and Joe climb out of the water, look at each other and kiss. È il bacio perfetto.

A Life Less Ordinary

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Dear World,

Ewan McGregor is AMAZING. You're all missing it. Don't assume you know him because you saw the new Star Wars films. Please go rent this movie. Thank you.


Leigh Brewer

The first time I saw this movie I was staying overnight at my friend Tabitha's house. It was one of those moments in my teenage years when I realized that I was striking out on my own and finding things that I liked because I had discovered them. Not because it had been passed down to me. When I was in Speech and Debate, I chose this movie to be our Duo "routine". (I think that's what they were called. Who knows!) I have quite a chunk of this movie memorized because I acted it out almost every week for months when I was a Junior on the YHS Speech Team. I introduced everyone I could to this movie. I LOVE IT! It's not a basic romantic comedy. There's angels, claymation, kidnapping, dancing, singing, and shooting. Aren't you interested now?

Moulin Rouge!

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I cannot say enough about the talented Mr. McGregor. Josiah could have been an Ewan if Cameron hadn't stopped me.

I saw this movie the day it came out. I was looking forward to it because I loved Ewan McGregor. I sat down, not sure what to expect. I just knew there was singing. Lots of singing. I had already finished my drink, and being the cool person I was, chewing up my ice waiting for the movie to start. It started and then Ewan belted out the first "THE HILLS ARE ALIVE." I choked. I choked on my ice. I will never be so nonchalant in a movie with him again. NEVER! I can't trust my own chewing and swallowing abilities. Like most Baz Luhrmann films, this one is a "treat for the eye" (to borrow a line from the movie). Rich colors, layered sets and hundreds of extras create an energetic and bittersweet romance/comedy/musical/tragedy. Who doesn't want to hear Nirvana songs inserted into a medley? Most of the songs are Pop songs ranging from Madonna's Like A Virgin to Elton John's Your Song. I would go with the word "seamless" to describe the music in this movie. The modern songs never take you out of the story, set in 1899. I sang along to the soundtrack 1,000 times. I'm not saying I sounded good, but boy did I belt it out! There's nothing more fun than a carload of your friends singing along to "Lady Marmalade". I have amazing memories of watching this movie with friends over and over a la Rocky Horror Picture Show, Shouting lines and singing along. I must thank Mrs. Jill Harris her understanding my Moulin Rouge! obsession. :)

My lingerie collection owes itself to Satine's amazing costumes. I actually look at my lingerie and think of this line:

What's his type? Wilting flower? Bright and bubbly? Or smoldering temptress?

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

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This movie captures every good feeling I had when I was first engaged to Cameron. We watched it in his car on my laptop the night he proposed. We parked by the lake in Big Bear, in a big empty field. My only clue to my impending proposition was Cameron chewing his tongue. Something he does only when he's nervous. It was cold outside and this movie is cold. I mean, it looks cold. Most of it is set in Montauk, New York during the winter. I felt this movie. The story is incredible and the characters all real. Michel Gondry is at his surreal best. (At this point in my blog I'm realizing that I'm not a fan of "typical love stories". This movie is, to put it mildly, unlike anything you've ever seen.) I cannot describe the style of this movie to you. It feels like a dream... quite literally. But it's not just the look of it, it's the way you feel when you're watching it. The movie isn't just about "fluffy" love or tricking the eye. It's a film that makes you think. Would you consider having someone removed from your memory if it hurt too much to remember them? Are two people meant to be together despite themselves? It's a beautiful, beautiful movie. When I think about Cameron planning his proposal, I think about him picking out that movie, knowing how perfect it would be. I think that's part of the reason I said "Yes".

The Royal Tenenbaums

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This is my first "Cool College" person movie. It was the first Wes Anderson movie I ever saw. Not your run of the mill dysfunctional family movie. Who doesn't love a movie about a Dad that fakes stomach cancer so he can move back into his old house with his estranged wife and grown children? Every person in this movie is perfectly cast  (Not since Angels in the Outfield has Danny Glover been so good). Ben Stiller, Luke and Owen Wilson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelica Houston, Gene Hackman, and Bill Murray all have sublime moments in this film. If you aren't familiar with Wes Anderson (do you remember those American Express commercials?), this would be the movie to make you his friend.

I know I didn't really describe the plots of these movies. It was more about me describing what these movies meant to me at certain points in my life. I think that's really the measure of a movie (not unlike a song), what does it remind you of? What do you feel when you see the credits rolling? Everyone of these films helped me laugh, heal, cry, bond, make friends, create, sing and fall in love at some point in my life. They define who I was and who I am. Rent them, or I have some of them that you can borrow. They are good, solid, wonderful examples of cinema. In the immortal words of Levar Burton, "Don't take my word for it!"

P.S. I'll work on finding a picture of me with that Audrey-doo. Maybe.

1 comment:

Molly said...

I really enjoy reading whatever it is you have to keep up this whole 1,000 words a day thing!