estro: (Costumes!)
( Apr. 20th, 2011 06:01 pm)
I was looking at IMDb's top 250 list for ideas about what non-documentaries to see if I have free access to on Amazon and it is a list clearly skewed by internet demographics. Really, if Inception is in the top 10 there is a problem. Given that Dark Knight (which I liked, but don't think should be so highly ranked) is #10 but Casablanca is #17, I am thinking maybe I shouldn't use as a source for movies I should see for personal edification.

On my list of things I should really watch at some point:
The Graduate
North by Northwest
American History X
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's nest
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
A Streetcar Named Desire
Soylent Green
Rebel Without a Cause
Malcolm X

Any other suggestions?

Movies that would be on this list had I not already seen them Breakfast at Tiffany's (hated it), Casablanca, Cool Hand Luke, Starwars IV-VI, Citizen Kane, The Birds, Amelie, Schindler's List, The Matrix, 25th Hour, Apocalypse Now, Blazing Saddles...
This is really just for personal reference, and I am sure I am missing several from my youth:
Documentaries I can remember having watched )
estro: little blue imp (Default)
( Mar. 31st, 2010 05:40 pm)
While less a relevant identity than being a woman, being a Californian, and being someone who is not particularly heteronormatively inclined, I do strongly associate with my teutonic heritage. Much of this is due to other people recognizing a clear ethnic stamp: I have been the subject of Brynhildr quips since before puberty. My strong features and a muscular build affect how people interact with me and this plays a large part in the my self image; internalizing the viking imagery was an empowering counter to being considered homely and unfeminine.

Like many Americans who are several generations post-immigration, my knowledge of my ancestral cultures is more based on personal research and pop-culture associations rather than familial tradition. I am not sure how much this figures into my own deep-seated sense of my own ridiculousness, but given that both of the recent viking movies have been animations best seen in IMAX 3D, there may be a link.

In any case, I found How to Train your Dragon endearing, cliches and all; my own disappointment is that all of the adults have Scottish accents. (As my cohort suggested, Danish accents sound funny, and would confuse American audiences. Apparently Sottish accents better signify "head-strong, violence-loving, anglo barbarian" <sigh>)
estro: (oh noes!)
( Oct. 28th, 2009 07:40 pm)
2012 sounds like an incredibly inane and skippable movie....

...except it has Chiwetel Ejiofor and John Cusak. (Oooh, and Danny Glover!)

<sigh> And I bet it is one of those movies that I am going to keep my eyes shut through much of anyway. Such a wuss.
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estro: (oh noes!)
( Oct. 28th, 2009 07:40 pm)
2012 sounds like an incredibly inane and skippable movie....

...except it has Chiwetel Ejiofor and John Cusak. (Oooh, and Danny Glover!)

<sigh> And I bet it is one of those movies that I am going to keep my eyes shut through much of anyway. Such a wuss.
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Chloe and Myles dragged me out last night to see Whip It; while not the best film I have ever seen, it was thoroughly enjoyable and totally worth the price of admission (given many of the movies to come out this year, that is high praise). Whip It even passes the Bechdel test with flying colors, and, as [livejournal.com profile] sophiism suggests, that is worth a monetary vote on its own.

I find it frustrating that I still live in a world with enough subtle gender pigeonholing in the media that merely having female leads in something other than a romantic comedy is notably refreshing. I have spent most of the afternoon trying to think of movies I have seen where most of the key personalities in the movie are female and the list is depressingly short. Ghost World, The Magdalena Sisters, and Bend it Like Beckham came first to mind. But I'm a Cheerleader, Bound, and Chutney Popcorn have being a lesbian as a key plot point. The Election (which I hated) has a majority of relevant female characters but I can't remember if the women talk to each other about things other than the guys. Same for Monsoon Wedding (which I loved). Rommie and Michelle's Highschool Reunion probably passes the test though I am not sure whether I am more surprised by this or shamed that I am owning up to having seen it.

Most of those films were only shown in indie art-house theaters.

Even when I include children's movies, My Neighbor Tortoro is the only additional film I can think of. The Harry Potter movies pass the Bechdel test, but aren't close to parity genderwise.

Really, how difficult can it be to sell a worthwhile movie with a bunch of female characters? Preferably one without a plot that revolves around their love lives.
Chloe and Myles dragged me out last night to see Whip It; while not the best film I have ever seen, it was thoroughly enjoyable and totally worth the price of admission (given many of the movies to come out this year, that is high praise). Whip It even passes the Bechdel test with flying colors, and, as [livejournal.com profile] sophiism suggests, that is worth a monetary vote on its own.

I find it frustrating that I still live in a world with enough subtle gender pigeonholing in the media that merely having female leads in something other than a romantic comedy is notably refreshing. I have spent most of the afternoon trying to think of movies I have seen where most of the key personalities in the movie are female and the list is depressingly short. Ghost World, The Magdalena Sisters, and Bend it Like Beckham came first to mind. But I'm a Cheerleader, Bound, and Chutney Popcorn have being a lesbian as a key plot point. The Election (which I hated) has a majority of relevant female characters but I can't remember if the women talk to each other about things other than the guys. Same for Monsoon Wedding (which I loved). Rommie and Michelle's Highschool Reunion probably passes the test though I am not sure whether I am more surprised by this or shamed that I am owning up to having seen it.

Most of those films were only shown in indie art-house theaters.

Even when I include children's movies, My Neighbor Tortoro is the only additional film I can think of. The Harry Potter movies pass the Bechdel test, but aren't close to parity genderwise.

Really, how difficult can it be to sell a worthwhile movie with a bunch of female characters? Preferably one without a plot that revolves around their love lives.
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