|Now for a moment of frivolity
||[May. 6th, 2003|03:03 pm]
Periodically, I put out a list of movies that people who hang out with me will be forced to view at one point or another because I think they are good movies, they say something about who I am, or they'll clue people in on some of the more obscure references I make.
Here they are, with some links to information about them.
1. The Quiet Man
2. The Princess Bride
3. The Raven
4. The Court Jester
6. Silent Running
7. Forbidden Planet
8. Mystery Men
The Quiet Man is probably one of the few John Wayne films a woman would like, if she wasn't into John Wayne Films. It's quaint, funny, touching, romantic, and old fashioned. It's got appeal for both men and women and has an idealized version of what I see when I hear about romance.
The Princess Bride. A fariy tale for adults, witty dialogue, great story, humor galore, a great source of inside jokes. It's got everything! Sports, betrayal, swordfighting, torture, true love, giants, kings, heroes, villains, revenge, justice.. To pack more into this movie is inconceivable!
The Raven. Boris Karloff, Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Jack Nicholson. Loosely based on the Edgar Allan Poe poem, and I am being kind when I say loosely, it's got humor, excitement, a wizard's duel, and Vincent Price. I love this movie!
The Court Jester. Humor galore, and stars Danny Kaye, one of my personal heroes. Many many inside jokes, and some of the best lines I've ever heard. Get it? Got it. Good. A very young Angela Landsbury also appears, and starts her murderous career, well before Murder, She wrote. The Pellet with the poison is in the flagon with the dragon, the vessel with the pestle has the brew that is true....
Wizards. Animated, bizzare, a source of some great inside humor for me. My poor friend Fritz was never the same after he saw it. A long movie, and not for the casual viewer.
Silent Running. Quite possibly my all time favorite movie. The ending scene to the movie is so powerful, it nearly moves me to tears to this day. Great commentary on the short sightedness of man, and also his ability sometimes to rise above this short sightedness to do what has to be done.
Forbidden Planet. Monster from the Id! A classic in the sci-fi Genre. The first appearance of Robbie The Robot. The music was also done on a Theremin. Leslie Neilson actually has a serious role in this! Dr. Morbius is the kind of man I'd like to be, sometimes. Intelligent, distinguished, polished, and dark. What a movie! a must see for any sci-fi fan.
Mystery Men. Blue collar superheros. William H. Macy plays "The Shoveller" A man who beleived he had been given a talent for shovelling that was unique among mortal men, and he *had* to put those powers to the use of good. He was a hero for all the right reasons. A somewhat strange film, but still pretty darn good, and it has a stretch limosine corvette. How cool is that???
If ya get a chance, take a look at one or more of these movies. I do not think you'll be dissapointed, though, unless you're a die hard Ralph Bakshi fan, you might want to skip Wizards. Happy viewing! Tell me what you think of these movies if you do watch them!