Well, after watching Lawrence of Arabia today, the next list on my listsofbests is this one.
Okay, technically, it’s the 50 State Quarters, but that’s already a goal and you don’t want to know how I feel right now about how elusive Iowa and Arkansas are being.
Anyway, Video Ezy is a chain in Australia and this was a combination of customer polls and rental data for this time period. To be honest, I thought there would be more Australian films on the list when I adopted it, but it looks like the good old USA really seems to have the influence. At the same time, it does show my snobbery towards bigger movies.
That’s right. I prejudge. I’m trying to get better about things. Of course, it doesn’t always pan out, but I hear other people put down things they’ve clearly not seen/read/heard and I realized I’ve sounded no better on more than one occasion. I’ve seen more than one person get caught putting down something in great detail while clearly having no first-hand knowledge of something and looking like a moron. I’ve decided that I can’t really say anything beyond, “I haven’t seen it.” And you know what? If I really want to not like it and be snarky, I need to give up an hour and half or so for the privilege.
Where was I? Oh, yeah…the list is mostly popular films and I actually have seen a lot – I’m just down to a few that I haven’t seen for one reason or another:
Jerry Maguire (admission – Tom Cruise does nothing for me)
Rush Hour (neither does Jackie Chan)
The Notebook (I do have it from Netflix now – I know, I’m the last woman over 9 not to see it)
Wolf Creek (I hadn’t heard of it before!)
Transformers (it’s a bias against Michael Bay)
I didn’t say any of the reasons were good. Now, onto the movies I did actually like – I love that The Departed is on the list, but am I bad for loving that The Breakfast Club is there and that it reminds me of high school? I did enjoy The 40-Year-Old Virgin and I miss comedies like Vacation and Trading Places – comedies with a little heart, no pandering to the preteen set and without an endless reliance on the gross-out gag.
Of course, there are the duds for me – a few of my Oscar Winner nail on chalkboard movies. A Beautiful Mind always bothered me because they changed so much from the book. Not that this doesn’t happen, but a small incident really bothered me a lot. I knew they wouldn’t show his real psychosis (aliens), but there was a cast-off line in the beginning where he mentioned getting to meet Einstein in the film and he was essentially laughed off – want to know the real story? He did MEET him as a freshman and exchanged some formulas which Einstein felt were immature, but promising. Not to mention, the entire “character” of the wife was dumbed down beyond belief. She went through a lot and didn’t just float through things.
Anyway – I also never really got the appeal of Ghost – it was never overly romantic and Whoopie Goldberg’s character got on my nerves. It really could have been better than it was and I feel like people were liking it for what it could have been. And “ditto” – really? A love so strong that “ditto” passes for intimacy. Wrong on many, many levels. Not romantic.
See – I watched them! I earned the right. :) 3 years ago