30 Day Film Challenge – Day 14

The Film That No One Expected You To Like

My interests when it comes to movies are pretty obvious. I like good movies. I like bad movies. I just like movies. I seek some genres or certain directors out more than others. But generally, if you stick me front of a movie screen for a few hours, I’ll be content. One thing I love is going to some movies with no expectations at all, which brings me to this story.

When I was on spring break during my first year of college, I went to the movies with some friends. This was a movie they wanted to see and I just went to go.

Midway through my friend realized something was wrong with me and she asked me if I was okay. I was sitting there with my jaw-dropped, completely engrossed in what was on the screen. I was obviously overwhelmed. The movie was 300 and I was reveling in the fact that as a first-year at a women’s college, I had not seen that many men in seven months.

I don’t even remember what happened in 300. There were just these men wearing the most ridiculous, completely gratuitous outfits conceivable. It was surreal and it was weird and it was homoerotic. And then they all died. Actually, that is everything is what happened.

I haven’t seen 300 since and I have no desire to see it again, but for that those two hours, I was completely into this movie.

30 Day Film Challenge: Day 12

A Film By Your Least Favorite Director

I don’t have a least favorite director; it isn’t something I waste my time with. Instead I am going to unfairly dredge up an old bitch fight piece of news.

Thank you for The King’s Speech, Tom Hooper. We are going to be hearing David-Fincher-shoulda-won-an-Oscar for the rest our lives now.

30 Day Film Challenge: Day 11

A Film by Your Favorite Director

My first Antonioni film was, I think, Blow Up. I wasn’t crazy about it. Now I realize that it is probably one of those movies I saw too young and should watch again.

Everything about how I see movies changed when I saw L’Avventura. If there was ever a reason to see movies in theaters, L’Avventura would be it.

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30 Day Film Challenge: Day 10

A Film With Your Favorite Actress

Melissa Leo is probably my favorite actress of the moment. If given the opportunity, I would follow Leo blindly into a foxhole. I would probably skip too. That is how much I adore her. Not only is she a great character actress but she is also ridiculously off-the-cuff. This past Oscar season proved just how wonderfully over-the-top Leo can get. (Admittedly, I like my actors and actresses a little crazy as long as they don’t enter Charlie Sheen territory.)

My favorite performance from Leo is in Frozen River. Ray Eddy is a hard-edged unintentionally feminist anti-hero. Leo owns this character. I can’t think of any other actress who could portray Ray with the same level of grittiness and to the same degree of success.

(And please Courtney Hunt, make another movie!)

30 Day Film Challenge: Day 8

The Film You Can Quote Best

Technically, this movie is probably Bringing Up Baby. But Mean Girls is a close second, as demonstrated by this ridiculous conversation that I posted almost five years ago. (This also proves that I have consistently been a dork.)

I have also said “Boo, you whore” on more than one ocassion and consequently offend many members of my gender who do not tolerate that sort of thing, ever.

In sum, you go Glen Coco!