Thursday, April, 3, 08

2. Say Anything

Filed under: movie list — theradishpress @ 11:55 am

There was a time when Cameron Crowe made good movies. Ok, Almost Famous was good too, maybe it needs to skip a few movies or something. Cause let’s not kid ourselves, Jerry Maguire falls into the overrated piece of shit category that sadly introduced the world to one of the most obnoxious actors, Cuba Gooding Jr. The only person in the movie I do not want to punch in the face is Bonnie Hunt. Seriously…Tom Cruise….why? I want to like you, but no, you make it impossible. And maybe if Rene Zellweger opened her eyes I would dislike her less. But only less, she still annoys me. Back to Say Anything. This movie, like Almost Famous and Singles, gave Cameron Crowe the ability to show his love for and understanding of great music (note: Cameron Crowe only makes good movies if they are centered around music). Say Anything is the right combination of teen romance, drama, comedy, and John Cusack. I really think that the world would be worse off than it is if John Cusack were not an actor. He has taken part in some seriously amazing movies. Yes, Sixteen Candles, I mean you.

Lloyd gives a great speech about what kind of job he does not want, is good friends with Lili Taylor <-well, she doesn’t play herself, and manages to make Peter Gabriel sound cool.

Thursday, March, 27, 08

1. Welcome to the Dollhouse

Filed under: movie list — theradishpress @ 11:24 am

I remember trying to convince my mom that middle school was exactly as Todd Solondz portrayed it.  That may have made her hate the movie even more. It is a pretty disturbing story, and I really enjoy it. Without Welcome to the Dollhouse I might never have heard quality lines like “You think you’re hot shit, but really you’re just cold diarrhea” and “Steve, you will marry me.” Without Welcome to the Dollhouse I would have had to wait for The Princess Diaries to be introduced to Heather Matarazzo. (Yes, I saw The Princess Diairies).
I found very little of it offensive when I first saw the movie. I didn’t know anyone who had experienced exactly the same things, yet it did seem very realistic to me. Realistic, sad, and yet, also humorous. Maybe that’s why mom hated it, the humour. Afterall, it’s not really right to make a potential rape, or the threat of rape funny. But somehow I knew the threat was not real. I knew the whole set up was meant to be comedic and join the two characters. The over-the-top lighting revealing only Brandon’s mouth as he threatens Dawn over the phone, and the long shot encompassing the two of them as Dawn awaits her supposed fate. Brandon is not threatening. He only thinks he needs to pretend to be. So, basically I knew that my lover from the already seen Empire Records was safe from any necessary hatred. That was another great thing about this movie, two cute boys for me to drool over, Brendan Sexton III and Eric Mabius.  Not only did I take the recommendation from the list, I saw the movie at least twice more. I half expected for my feelings to change, for me to dislike it, but I do not. I think it is a great movie, and in its own strange way, a love note to New Jersey. Todd Solondz clearly loves Jersey, almost in a John Waters loves Baltimore so much he would take it out for a trashy one night stand sort of a way.

Yeah, Welcome to the Dollhouse is quality.

Sunday, March, 23, 08

Aman and Melody’s movie list

Filed under: movie list — theradishpress @ 7:34 pm

aman and melody’s movie list

At some point in junior high or high school Melody and I devised a lits of must-see films, with the help of Emily Vernon and I believe, Mindy Longanecker. Here is the list. Soon to follow remarks on the movies I have seen, why I have not seen some of them, and why I will doubtfully see others.

If you are too lazy to click on the link, or have difficulty reading the impeccable red inked handwriting, here it is:

1. Welcome to the Dollhouse

2. Say Anything

3. Singles

4. If Lucy Fell

5. Chasing Amy

6. Drugstore Cowboy

7. The Last Supper

8. Suburbia

9. The Slacker

10. Waiting for Guffman

11. Party Girl

12. Tank Girl

13. Tape Heads

14. Airheads

15. The Crow

16. Risky Business

17. Fast Times at Ridgemont Hight

18. Reservoir Dogs

19. The Deliverance

20. The Wedding Singer

21. The Rocky Horror Picture Show

22. Mall Rats

23. Clerks

24. Hype

25. Zoo TV

26. Rattle and Hum

27. Under a Blood Red Sky

28. The Doors

29. Pulp Fiction

30. Hackers

31. Trainspotting

32. Cheech and Chong’s

33. Reality Bites

34. Pee Wee’s Biggest Adventure

35. The Basketball Diaries

36. Pearl Jam

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