Popcorn in a Dark Room   6 comments

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I love movies because they are not books and, as a writer, that offers a refreshing change of pace. Sometimes when I’m stuck on building the atmosphere of a scene, I plug in one of my favorite movies to help that along.

I will admit that I don’t have A favorite movie. There are a lot of movies that I remember fondly, that I would watch again, that are among my favorites.

I have extremely ecclectic tastes, so some movies are my “favorite” by genre and stack up pretty equally to others in different genres.

My favorite sci-fi movie of all time is Aliens because it kept my heart pumping from start to finish. Michael Biehn and Sigorney Weaver really sold their roles and Bill Paxson was hilarious. Best line of the movie — when told they can’t use their pulse rifles because they’re in close proximity to a nuclear reactor, someone says “What are we supposed to use — harsh language?” And the Bill Paxson death scene — wow!

On the other hand, my favorite COMEDIC sci-fi movie is The Last Star Fighter for it’s blow-Coke-through-your-nose humor.

Favorite horror movie – Alien — yes, the original, which only pretended to be a sci-fi, but was really a horror film. I still have a scar on my wrist where my friend Kathy dug her nails into me for the duration. Good times! I have seen it several times and I still jump when that tail drops out of the cooling tower.

Favorite fantasy movie — all three of LOTR movies combined. I don’t think I need to say why, right? Like the books (which was written as a single volume and then broken into a trilogy), these movies are best to be viewed altogether … though, yes, that poses complications in the food, working and bladder departments, though our family has spent some Saturdays doing it. Thank goodness for the Pause button.

Favorite romantic comedy – Dave, about a man who looks like the sitting president, who has suffered a stroke, so Dave, who is an actor, is hired to be the president while the administration figures out what to do about it. Funny, romantic and no sex, violence or crude language without trying to actually be a “clean” view. The ethical discussions do not weigh down the laughs.

Favorite western – the original True Grit. John Wayne at his best and Kim Darby should have had a bigger career. The more recent lacked the magic.

My favorite classic – Billy Budd – starring Terrance Stamp. My generation remembers Stamp as General Zaad of Superman (another great movie and great Stamp role), but long before he played that role, he was about 17 years old playing a British seaman on a man’o’war who is executed for standing up to a bully. It’s black and white, decent cinematography (I’ve seen a remaster), and the acting — absolutely the best.

My husband likes his movies to feature explosions and his wife has learned to embrace the bang. Favorite action-adventure with TNT is Chain Reaction. Keanu Reeves actually convinced me he could act in that film.

Favorite thriller – Jagged Edge with Jeff Bridges and Glenn Close. Why? Being a writer, I usually have a movie’s ending figured out before the halfway mark. This one kept me guessing until the last scene and that is extremely rare.

If it came right down to it and I had to pick a favorite movie of all time, across all genres — I’m drawing lots on this one — It’s a Wonderful Life. I’ve seen it dozens of times and I’ve never gotten tired of it.

But, hey, there are great movies coming out all the time and I might find a new “favorite” this winter.

What are yours?

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  1. In no particular order and accepting there’s a few I’ve probably forgotten.
    La Belle et la Bête, France, 1946 directed by Jean Cocteau
    Orphée, France, 1950, directed by Jean Cocteau
    A Canterbury Tale, UK, 1944, directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger
    House of Flying Daggers, China, 2004, directed by Zhang Yimou
    Forbidden Planet, US, 1956, directed by Fred M. Wilcox
    The Station Agent, US, 2004, directed by Thomas McCarthy
    Being John Malkovich, US, 1999, directed by Spike Jonze
    Un Coeur en Hiver, France 1992, directed by Claude Sautet
    Only Yesterday, Japan, 1991, directed by Isao Takahata
    Hot Shots (Part Deux), US, 1993, directed by Jim Abrahams
    Northfork, US, 2003, directed by Michael Polish
    Don’t Look Now, UK, 1973, directed by Nicolas Roeg
    High Noon, US, 1952, directed by Fred Zinnemann

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  2. Some of those are clearly French movies. I should check them out sometime, though I loath movies with subtitles, which is why the Dragon Tattoo trilogy didn’t make the list. Great movies, but they’re in Swedish, which my father did not teach me enough of to enjoy the movies.

    The Forbidden Planet and High Noon could have made my favorites list, but I had to make some choices. The Station Agent and House of Flying Daggers are close and I would watch them a second time.

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  3. Ah, I like subtitles. I almost don’t notice them now. I think House of Flying Daggers is subtitled, unless you had a dubbed version. The Japanese film is an animation so has the option of English voice work.
    Colin.

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  4. Its a Wonder Life has spoke to fans through the decades. As true today as when it was made. A stunning film.

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  5. I’m not keen on subtitles, as you can’t look away even for one minute or you might miss something. Yes, It’s a Wonderful Life has to be up there with the greats. Also another great one in my own opinion is The Godfather part 1; a wonderful film.

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  6. Dave was an interesting movie on several levels.I think it’s underrated.

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