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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 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!