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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)


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!