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Name: Tanya
Age: 20

Top Ten Movies (in no particular order):
1.The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, (1994)
2.The Warriors, (1979)
3.Harold and Maude, (1971)
4.Pumpkin, (2002)
5.Crime and Punishment in Suburbia, (2000)
6.The Last Dragon, (1985)
7.Gidget, (1959)
8.The Philadelphia Story, (1940)
9.Do The Right Thing, (1989)
10.Freeway, (1996)


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Feb. 10th, 2008 07:06 am (UTC)
Wow, this list is all over the place.

Tell me about The Last Dragon-- why does a martial arts movie make your list & what makes this one stand out for you?
Feb. 10th, 2008 03:12 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I've been told my taste in movies is fucking strange eclectic.

For the record, I'm not a huge fan of martial arts flicks. The martial arts has very little to do with why I enjoy The Last Dragon. The Last Dragon was written to be this over-the-top, comic-book-like film. But the actors play each of their characters completely straight. It makes for a really interesting combination. When you watch it, it's so easy to get sucked into this other world. It's not until you step back that you realize that you just watched a movie about a black dude from Harlem walking around with chopsticks being called Bruce Leeroy trying to fight two villians - Sho Nuff the Shogun, the baddest mo' fo' in Harlem who walks around in football gear with his entire posse and Eddie Arcadian who's trying to turn his girlfriend into a music video vixen.

Hmm, I guess this is hard to describe, but it's like the film doesn't try to be funny. It isn't about the ridiculousness of the characters. Twenty minutes into the flick, you don't care that the characters are not from this world. You're already into the story, the plot. You want Bruce Leeroy to win and get the girl, and you don't pause at saying that silly name.

A kid watching the movie would probably leave simply thinking, "Man, Bruce Leeroy was kickass." An adult watching it, would probably leave thinking "that was a good movie" and as soon as they tried to explain it to someone, they'd realize how ridiculous a synopsis of the movie would sound.

But yeah, the movie is like a really good comic book brought to life, and it was the first movie I ever saw that did that. Plus, it's a Motown movie, so the soundtrack is kickass.
Feb. 10th, 2008 08:34 pm (UTC)
Follow-up: This was a great answer, but since I feel like I have to have seen this movie to judge your response, especially since that's a bit of your response--you sound, between this and some of the other movies on your list, that you have a penchant for movies that look at the way humor can be used to tell a story. Do you mind talking a little bit about that with reference to the movies on your list?
Feb. 13th, 2008 12:39 am (UTC)
I definitely don't mind. I'll start off by saying I'm not a fan of comedies. I tend to avoid that aisle in the video stores. That being said, I do enjoy movies that make me laugh at some point.

I recently watched "This Film is Not Yet Rated," and one of the actresses was discussing sexuality in films. She didn't understand why the MPAA was so intent on repressing sexuality in films as sex is a part of life. Humor is the same way. A film without humor just doesn't make sense.

Out of the films on my list, Freeway is probably the best example of how humor can be used to tell a story. It kind of reminds me of the film Shaun of the Dead. They both start off as these really light hearted, funny movies, but slowly arrive at these dark moments. I won't go so far as to say the filmmakers were using humor to deal with a serious topic - Would you kill for the greater good? The filmmakers were just trying to make funny flicks. But I do believe that moments like those are the saving grace of comedies.

Pumpkin is an interesting example of the way humor is used as well. Pumpkin is about a sorority girl that falls for someone with a mental/physical handicap. And at times, it makes you feel bad for laughing. The struggles that Pumpkin goes through because of his handicaps aren't funny...but they are. The hatred that one character has for Pumpkin because he's different isn't funny...but it is. This is a film that wouldn't have succeeded without the humor element. The subject is squicky for most. But the way humor is used to tell the story, makes it watchable. There's usually an interesting discussion when I watch it with other people.

Re-examining my list, it seems a lot of these movies use humor to lull you into a false sense of security. Priscilla, Harold and Maude, Pumpkin, The Last Dragon, and Freeway are all funny movies until someone gets hurt.

I think I've gotten sidetracked. Hopefully I've actually answered your question. Let me know.
Feb. 13th, 2008 07:37 am (UTC)
You've definitely answered my question, and I haven't seen Freeway, so now I definitely want to!
Feb. 10th, 2008 07:35 am (UTC)
Ah-ha! A challenge!
Top five films where the locations could be considered a character.
Feb. 12th, 2008 08:32 am (UTC)
Re: Ah-ha! A challenge!
This was a tough one for me, but I'll say...

(in no particular order of course)

Houseboat - 1958: The houseboat itself was a character that brought the family together and changed over time.
Run Lola Run - 1998: Most of this movie is about how little moments make a huge difference, a tiny change in her environment fucks up her whole plan
12 Angry Men - 1957: The cramped, hot room in this film is a huge cause of the tension you feel throughout the entire movie.
Crooklyn - 1994: In almost all of Spike's films, the location is a main character. Crooklyn is partly about what a city does to and for you.
A Little Romance - 1979: This movie is about two crazy kidsin love traipsing across Europe so they can kiss under this bridge and make their love eternal. Europe at once brings them together and divides them. (The chick is American, a young Diane Lane, and set to return to the states.
Feb. 13th, 2008 05:00 am (UTC)
Mine would have looked like

Brokeback Mountain
2001/The Shining
Eden and After
Straw Dogs
Feb. 12th, 2008 09:50 pm (UTC)
A lot of the movies on this list are newer movies. So, could you talk about why you like Gidget and The Philadelphia Story enough to include them despite the (sometimes vast!) age difference?
Feb. 13th, 2008 12:08 am (UTC)
The Philadelphia Story: Katherine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Jimmy Stewert. 'Nuff said.

Seriously though, the acting is what makes The Philadelphia Story great. I also enjoyed the story itself. There are moments in the movie that you'd never see in a movie today - the hero of the film pushing his wife to the ground, the secondary hero drunk driving, etc. The Philadelphia Story is a romance, but it approached the genre in an interesting way. The heroine of the story is basically told that she's an uptight bitch and that's why she fails in romance. She's told this repeatedly by several different characters. It felt like a very truthful way to approach romance. It wasn't about finding "the one." It was about accepting the faults of the one you have. The film itself was refreshing and felt modern to me, despite the brief misogynistic moments.

Gidget is a fluffy, feel-good film. And, like The Philadelphia Story, it felt very modern. It's a about a tomboy that doesn't care about boys or love or romance. She just cares about the surf. It's a positive image for young women. Of course she ends up falling for Moondoggie, but she doesn't let it consume her or change who she is (my pet peeve with Grease).
Feb. 14th, 2008 06:17 pm (UTC)
It wasn't about finding "the one." It was about accepting the faults of the one you have. The film itself was refreshing and felt modern to me, despite the brief misogynistic moments.

That is why I love it too. It's not that Tracy and Dexter are perfect people - they're not! But they're the only ones who know enough about themselves and each other to ever make it work. The misogyny bothers me, but I think despite those undertones it's actually a very progressive movie. (And Cary Grant helps too.)

Of course she ends up falling for Moondoggie, but she doesn't let it consume her or change who she is (my pet peeve with Grease).

My mother still won't let us watch Grease because of that! Have you ever seen The Reluctant Debutante? It's another Sandra Dee movie, and while it is fluffy in the extreme and very much a fairy tale, it has the same theme about not letting a guy change you.

Mar. 9th, 2008 01:10 am (UTC)
Going off of themis' question about age differences (albeit in a different way), what are your feelings regarding the character dynamics and the relationship between the titular characters in Harold & Maude?
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