Sunday, July 27, 2008

12 Movies Meme

have recently been tagged.
Marcy from Because I Saw The Film is the culprit.
Read Marcy's Blog to read something much better than my own.
The tagging/idea originated with The Lazy Eye Theatre.
It is from the story that the New Beverly Hills Cinema is allowing Diablo Cody(writer of Juno) to pick 12 movies to play in their theatre.

Here's the rules fools:
"The Meme that asks what if YOU could pick 12 movies to run at the New Beverly Cinema?"
1) Choose 12 Films to be featured. They could be random selections or part of a greater theme. Whatever you want.
2) Explain why you chose the films.
3) Link back to Lazy Eye Theatre so Piper can have hundreds of links and she can take those links and spread them all out on the bed and then roll around in them.
4) The people selected then have to turn around and select 5 more people.
My theme may be lame but...okay it's just lame.
Celebrating the 5 senses.
Have you ever tasted Monday?

I chose this sweet Pixar gem because of the passion you can feel in it's every scene. From the way Remy wants to be a chef and talks about his love of good food, to the way the critic express' his thoughts on the food he has eaten and on criticism itself. It can be related to anything in anyones life really. A filmmaker can replace food with film, so can a musician, writer, painter, etc. It is truly a film about just having good taste, to really think about what you are tasting and why you like or dislike it.

I chose Alexander Payne's hilarious character study because it too is all about taste. Giamatti's character cares deeply about how the wine tastes, so much so that when an inferior wine is even mentioned (Merlot) he freaks out. I really admire the way Payne mixed in the way wine ripens and tastes to the characters lives.

Have you ever touched Tuesday?

Touch Of Evil
I guess this one seems pretty obvious, but really,Orson Welles second best film (In my humble opinion) is all about the way evil has the ability to change us in one touch. Orson Welles performance is masterful and friggin Chuck Heston plays a mexican...what more could you ask for?

Lars And The Real Girl

This little film made last year is a polarizing film. Some hated it, some loved it, few fell in the middle. I was more on the loving it side. It doesn't get sappy or overly sentimental, but it is "touching" in every sense of the word. Another aspect that made this film my second choice was Lars inability to accept being touched, it literally hurt him. His journey is a journey anyone who has been through the loss' he has must go through, he must allow himself to allow others to get close to him, close enough to touch him (physically, emotionally, mentally, etc.).

Yep, It smells like Wednesday-

Apocalypse Now
Uh, "I love the smell of napalm in the morning." Need I say more?

Why Mallrats? Well the line spoofing Apocalypse Now made me think of it ("I love the smell of commerce in the morning.") but the more I thought about that line, the more it stuck out that that is what the film is about. Everyone in the film is selling themselves off to something and in the end they really still are. Don't get me wrong, I am not Kevin Smith apologist, this film is pretty bad, but I find it funny and entertaining to say the least. I guess if you disagree it still fits in this category because you think it stinks...dirka dirka dir.
Have you seen Thursday lately?

Days Of Heaven
Honestly, it is just a beautiful film to look at.

The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford


Did you hear what happened to Friday?

The Conversation

For anyone who has seen this flick it is easy to tell why it was chosen for this day. What was heard or what is thought to be heard is what this film is all about.

The Graduate

This was really a given for me because I love to hear this film. It has one of my all time favorite movie soundtracks.

"Here's to you Mrs. Robinson, Jesus loves you more than you will know."

Senseless Saturday-

Sense and Sensibility

Yeah, I didn't think this was my type of film. It was really great though. I think it work's because it captures all of the senses. Ok well it doesn't have a taste or smell and it didn't touch me in the literal sense. It has a uniquely wonderful story though and the word sense is in the friggin title.

The Sixth Sense

Yeah, duh. You get it, I know.


So there's my list of films I would play in a movie theatre had I had the chance. Actually I probably would play very few of these films if I were to have such a chance, but with the restriction of a theme (which I know wasn't mandatory, but it was fun) this is what I came up with.

As for tagging, I think anyone I would tagged has already been tagged.


Marcy said...

The themes are hilarious! My favorite is, "Did you hear what happened to Friday?" Haha. Not lame at all...okay, maybe just a little. But it's still genius.

You've selected some wonderful films, namely Ratatouille, Apocalypse Now and The Sixth Sense. I love The Graduate's soundtrack but wish I feel the same about the film. Some Simon & Garfunkel is always fantastic. I might have to see Sideways again...

I'd definitely attend, though. There are a couple films at your theater that I haven't seen that I'd like to see (i.e. Lars and the Real Girl).

Dead Pan said...

thanks. I don't know about genius, but it was definitely difficult and I had to kind of force some things in there.

Regarding The Graduate it is my favorite film of all time. It just strikes such a chord with me, I had to throw it in there somehow.

I would definitely suggest Lars and the Real Girl as well, obviously. It has a Frank Capra feel to it, and has so much symbolism and metaphore.