Friday, March 19, 2010

friday five: at the movies

At RevGals Jan invites us to "Share your preferences, opinions, and recommendations about movies! Choose 5 types of movies to discuss":

I need to begin with the confession that I am terrible with recall when it comes to movies. I can remember a film if I'm reviewing a list, but sitting here trying to conjure up films in categories is a bit of a challenge. And some movies don't fit neatly into a category. Ah well, such is life!
  1. action:I'm a sucker for good action when violence is minimal or non-existence. I love The Great Escape, for instance. I like all the Jason Bourne movies, The Hunt for Red October, and so on. The best action films are based on books, I've discovered. The plot is sufficiently complex and interesting, which makes for a tight script.
  2. mystery: Mysteries are my first choice in reading fiction, but I'm not recalling any that made it the screen that stand out. This doesn't mean there aren't any, it's my faulty memory! Oh, wait! Sleuth!
  3. drama: Probably my favorite category, since my favorite movies fall into this genre. At the top of my list at Chariots of Fire, Lady Hawke, The American President, and Gone with the Wind.fri
  4. comedy: It's got to be good, clever or fresh comedy. I'm not a fan of silliness masquerading as comedy. The film in this genre that I've seen most recently was The Proposal, which I thought was hysterical. Sandra Bullock and Betty White stole the show.
  5. chick flick: give me Sleepless in Seattle or You've Got Mail any day. I can watch those two movies again and again.
Bonus: Tell about the first movie you ever saw and/or the last one!
           The first movie I remember seeing was The Miracle Worker, about Helen Keller. I can recall asking my mother as we drove to the theater, "If she can't see and she can't hear and she can't talk, then how does she have a face?" That really puzzled me before I saw the movie, and the mystery has obviously stuck in my mind!
           The movie I saw most recently is Up in the Air. I enjoyed it up to the end. I guess I know too many people who have suffered as a result of the circumstances revealed, and that took the "air" out of it for me for some reason.


The Bug said...

Those were good choices, but I always list Notting Hill & Joe vs. the Volcano when asked about favorite movies. And we like the first two Mummy movies because Brenden Fraser & Rachel Weiss are so funny.

Mompriest said...

Good choices...before I left Arizona there was a constant play of Sleepless in Seattle on cable...watched it often. I liked the propsal too...can usually count on Sandra Bullock comedies to be well done.

Jan said...

I felt like I'd mentioned Tom Hanks movies too much to list those two with Meg Ryan, though I love to see them again and again.

I haven't seen "The Proposal" yet, so maybe that will be next.


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