I was thinking about what I want from a movie. Right this very second, I'm watching The Human Stain which was recommended to me by a good friend from my old job. I just finished listening to the audiobook and have looked at quite a few of the reviews and have concluded that the movie will, in my opinion, suck. I've gotten very cynical about movies and what I want from them. Netflix means that if I don't like something after 15 minutes, I can send it back and not feel like anything was wasted. This means that movies have to work pretty fucking hard to impress me.
Books don't have to try nearly as hard to impress me. I'm willing to cut books a lot more slack than I cut movies, and once I start reading a book, it really has to suck for me to put it down again. And my tastes are fairly eclectic in books, whereas I don't want to have to work that hard for a movie.
So...what do I want? I want something fun. I want something light, but not stupid. I want something that moves quickly, but that I don't have to look at every second. I want something I can watch with my kids, but not something that comes with its own merchandising compaign. I want something thought-provoking, but not obscure, obtuse or obnoxious.
My past hit parade? Let's see...
The Matchmaker - a romantic comedy where the love affair isn't contingent on somebody acting like an idiot.
Time Bandits - dwarves! God! Sean Connery! Evil!
Snatch - because what do I know about diamonds?
Troy - sure it has nothing to do with either the Iliad or the Odyssey, but it's FUN!
Secondhand Lions - one of the sweetest movies EVER.
Mr. India - Austin Powers meets Sound of Music with WIGGLY KIDS!
If something were to come along that was as good as any of these, I'd watch it in a heartbeat.