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I Want a Movie!

I just had lunch with the Pirate and we were talking about the fact that we know nothing about the films that are in theaters right now. I mean, I've heard a little bit about some of them - V for Vendetta, The Pink Panther, Shaggy Dog, She's the Man - but there is nothing about any of them that makes me want to go into the theater, or even makes me want to add it to my Netflix queue later.

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.

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layer
Mar. 24th, 2006 10:28 pm (UTC)
but he did have to act like an idiot! though in a good way...
junglemonkee
Mar. 26th, 2006 04:40 am (UTC)
I don't think he was acting.
alleahna
Mar. 24th, 2006 10:50 pm (UTC)
This Mr. India obsession is starting to get scary. O.O

Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels is directed by Guy Richtie, who did Snatch. I liked it but not quite as much as Snatch. Snatch was more polished in my opinion.

If you like Troy, you might like King Arthur. Historical accuracy-wise I can't speak to it but it presents an interesting idea about the origin of Arthur. Besides, with Clive Owen and Ioan Gruffudd to look at I can forgive a lot in a movie. Kiera Knightley's woad wild woman Guinevere is not as leather-pants-wearing-sword-wieldingly butch as I'd have liked, though.

As for theaters, V for Vendetta is definitely on the list for us. Inside Man is also on the list. Nothing else out there remotely interests me, right now.
hangedwoman
Mar. 25th, 2006 01:16 am (UTC)
My main complaint with King Arthur was that the director basically remade his previous movie, Tears of the Sun. Some people might have found that more amusing than I, certainly, but it just ticked me off.
hangedwoman
Mar. 25th, 2006 01:45 am (UTC)
Good grief. I thought I'd have no problem coming up with recommendations, but that part where they'd have to be movies your kids could watch ended up being more of a problem than I imagined. :) But these are some movies that I've loved.

The Last of the Blonde Bombshells
The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill.
In America.

Beyond that, well, we're still Netflix friends, and I've rated a ton of movies. I'm hesitant to recommend older movies, not knowing whether or not you've seen them.
junglemonkee
Mar. 26th, 2006 04:39 am (UTC)
I've never even heard of the first and last ones. I keep looking at the stuff you're watching and thinking "Hmmmmm...." My current dilemma is that my kids aren't allowed to watch anything rated R, so the time that I have to watch stuff like that is really limited. Honestly, the time that I have to watch just about anything is really limited.

I always look at how many movies you've rated and think "How could she possibly have SEEN that many movies?????"
hangedwoman
Mar. 26th, 2006 05:16 pm (UTC)
I always look at how many movies you've rated and think "How could she possibly have SEEN that many movies?????"

Growing up in a small town in Alaska, no internet yet, but a thriving video rental place. :)
A lot of those on Netflix are things I'd marked Not Interested. I actually went through them recently and zeroed a lot of those out, so I'm at around four thousand now instead of six thousand.

And yes, those three are definitely kid friendly movies. The third one's got some sad stuff in it and the first ones got some saucy stuff in it, but nothing I think that would be a problem.
missmelysse
Mar. 25th, 2006 06:13 pm (UTC)
Troy was fun, yes, and anything that involves cute men in skirts is never a bad thing.

I liked "Just Like Heaven," though it was a little frothy, because it was fun and sweet, and the images of San Francisco were pretty.

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