Tuesday, July 31, 2007

I Hate Myself For Loving You...And Love Myself For Hating You

A list of films that I like very much, but that are held in disdain by many others. Sometimes I cannot even defend why I like these films; I just do. This is not an exhaustive list, and I invite your contributions!

Movies I Like That Are Hated By Others
Napoleon Dynamite - I love to watch films with goofy, offbeat humor.

The Waterboy - (Or perhaps most goofy Sandler comedies) - Adam Sandler is just so goofy in this film that I love to watch it, even though the story sucks.

Flashdance - Ok, I hated the whole "let's cut off our sleeves and collars" craze after the movie and Jennifer Beals' performance was akin to the cedar plank on my grill, but I still love to watch
Super Troopers - Hated by critics, but loved by me. Those goofy cops just crack me up.

Highly Revered Movies That I Don't Like
Million Dollar Baby - And it's not that I have a problem with the whole merciful killing thing, it's just that the movie devolved from a good fight flick into a depressing movie-of-the-week.

Titanic - UGH. Schlocky, cliched, tragic love story.

Rebel Without A Cause - SNORE, despite the excellent Dean and Mineo performances.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Laszlo Kovacs, cinematographer extraordinaire


The talented and prolific Laszlo Kovacs died Sunday at age 74. I can't really add anything to the media coverage and Internet except to say that he shot some of my favorite films:

Say Anything
Easy Rider
The Last Waltz
Freebie and the Bean
Paper Moon
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
What's Up, Doc?
The King of Marvin Gardens
Five Easy Pieces

More about the man:

IMDb entry

Wikipedia entry

story at NPR

article in Variety

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

It's sorta social.
Demented and sad, but social.

In the spirit of Teacake's post which follows, best quote from an 80's John Hughes movie. Discuss.

It's gonna be real tough to pick just one.

"Uh, Dick? Excuse me, Rich?" - The Breakfast Club

Monday, July 16, 2007

So cheesy, so nonsensical, and yet... so beautiful.

Classics schmassics. Best movie line ever:

Nobody puts Baby in the corner.