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Name: Molly
Age: 18

Top Ten Movies:

1. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, (2003) Director: Peter Weir
2. Good Will Hunting, (1997) Director: Gus Van Sant
3. Diarios de Motocicleta, (2004) (Argentina) Director: Walter Salles
4. October Sky, (1999) Director: Joe Johnston
5. The Patriot, (2000) Director: Roland Emmerich
6. A League of Their Own, (1992) Director: Penny Marshall
7. That Thing You Do!, (1996) Director: Tom Hanks
8. Sense and Sensibility, (1995) Director: Ang Lee
9. Fight Club, (1999) Director: David Fincher
10. Saving Private Ryan, (1998) Director: Steven Spielberg


Feb. 8th, 2008 04:45 am (UTC)
Three of your choices have a military theme running through them - PLUS, The Motorcycle Diaries has revultionary stuff hanging over its head, a character in That Thing You Do goes to war, and A League of Their Own of course takes place during WWII. Is this a coincidence? If it isn't, could you talk about that, please. If it is, could you...also talk about that. :D
Feb. 9th, 2008 10:17 pm (UTC)
Well, I can tell you it's certainly not a coincidence. Anyone who knows me understand my seriously unhealthy addiction to war, and how I need to branch out in my movies a bit. It was hard to sculpt my list so that it didn't read too much like the DVD shelf of a 23 year old boy, but I just generally am drawn to well directed war movies.

In my Spanish class recently, we learned the word actante, which translated describes a character, prop, item, concept or theme in literature that helps drive the plot forward, or acts as common point between main characters that affects their lives and reactions. I'm not really sure what the English equivalent is. Most of my favorite movies, as you noticed, feature some kind of war acting as an actante for the characters. It is interesting to me to be able to see not only how war affects the lives of soldiers directly (Saving Private Ryan, Master and Commander, Patriot) but also the average citizen, even in the most indirect ways (October Sky occurs right in the middle of the Cold War and the space race with Russia).

I like movies that entertain, but more than that I like movies that help more fully develop my understanding of historical moments.

Edited at 2008-02-09 10:17 pm (UTC)
Feb. 10th, 2008 04:17 am (UTC)
Your reasons for liking the movies you do are very interesting. I think talking about movies with you will be very cool.