Nov. 14th, 2010 07:30 pm
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You may notice (okay, you probably won't, because you probably don't analyze what I watch, but if you did, you might notice) that there are a lot of older movies on this list, which is unusual for me. This is because of 2 things: 1, I have this giant Zip backlog, so I decided that rather than pick and choose movies, I'd just bump up everything on my list that's from before 1990. And a few TV things, because that's most what I want to watch these days. 2, I've been following the Popcorn Dialogues podcasts, which are Jennifer Crusie and another romance novelist watching and analyzing romantic comedies, 5 from each era (I think) that are supposed to be good. The podcast is quite interesting - they're rating them in terms of how good they are specifically as romantic comedies, with scores for romance, comedy, and structure, with the idea being to learn what makes a romantic comedy really work. It's intended for romance novelists, but I've been quite enjoying their commentary, and adding some of the highly rated movies to my Zip list - and since they started with the earliest movies, so did I.

Absolute Beginners Maybe it's a product of its era, but eh, I was just not that interested.

Andy Richter Controls the Universe Fun! Holds up very well, unlike some sitcoms. There were some brilliant bits.

The Bourne Supremacy & The Bourne Ultimatum I'd forgotten how much I enjoyed the first in this series, and then someone referenced it, so I Zipped the next 2. Which were also enjoyable. Although the handheld filming style made me a bit dizzy after a while, so I had to stop watching some of the faster moving scenes. I miss Julia Stiles.

Desk Set Loved this! It might have something to do with the fact that it was about librarians at a broadcasting centre, but still. It was charming and funny and the scene on the roof with Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant was awesome.

Despicable Me I'm not generally a fan of animated movies, but I was sucked in my the little ad clips, which were weird and quirky. Sadly, the movie didn't live up to the ads for me - there were some cute bits, but a lot of it was awfully standard. Fun, but not awesome.

It Happened One Night I enjoyed this, but didn't love it. There were some cute romantic comedy moments. I just don't always connect with stuff from this era, I find.

Nine Meh. I was disappointed, because most of the singing was pretty bad, and in a musical, that's definitely important! It was also far too angsty.

No Impact Man Real life story of a NYC man who tried, with his family, to live with as little environmental impact as possible, while still living in a high rise in Manhattan. I wish I'd just read the book - I don't feel this doc, interesting as the subject was, gained anything at all from being a movie. I also wanted

Plan 9 From Outer Space I think, if you're going to deliberately watch a terrible movie, you really need to watch it with other people for the entertainment value. Otherwise it's just a really bad movie.

Scott Pilgrim vs the World I feel like I talked about this before, but maybe it was elsewhere. Anyway, I loved the movie, loved all the Toronto spotting (and as Toronto, even!), and thought Scott Pilgrim himself was a whiny ass. I would totally see it again, though.

Scrooged Okay, fine I admit it, it really is a classic Christmas movie. I don't know why I was so reluctant to watch it for so long. :)

Sherlock Holmes I think I would have liked this more if I hadn't watched it right after the BBC Sherlock reboot, which I adored. I liked the character stuff, and the interplay between Sherlock and Holmes, but found it relied a little too much on action sequences, which kind of bored me. I liked it enough to watch the next one, though.

Top Hat It's sad that fluffy fun dance movies like this don't exist any more. I mean, as a movie, forgettable, but Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers are so wonderful together.

What's Up, Doc? I can see, technically, how this is a funny movie and a great example of a romantic comedy, but it's just totally not my style.

Date: 2010-11-15 03:11 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] starfishchick
Oh, What's Up, Doc? is one of my very favourites. But it is totally ridiculous. I think if you love it young, you keep loving it. Getting introduced to it after the age of about 20 is probably too late to really love it. :)

I liked the costumes/wardrobe in It Happened One Night but don't remember much else about it.

Date: 2010-11-15 04:34 pm (UTC)
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I hated Nine and share your opinion of Sherlock Holmes. Mom and I liked how it looked, but we found it too violent.

Roger Ebert writes some good stuff about It Happened one night in his Great movies book. It's worth looking up some of the info on that movie, because it influenced so many others.

If you like "Top Hat", you'll probably like "Swing Time" as well. It's another great Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers movie.

I'm adding "Desk Set" to my Zip list thanks to this.


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