A friend on Facebook recently asked what movies she should watch. Lol I doubt she was expecting the responses I gave!
Here are the comments I left:
Get lost at imdb.com. It's safe to trust the ratings. My favorite movie of all time is The Big Sleep (1945), with Humphrey Humphrey DeForest Bogart and Lauren Bacall. Frankly, a lot of new movies suck. What genre(s) do you like? The Maltese Falcon is another Film Noir. I recommend the classics, White Heat (James Cagney: Look mam I'm on top of the world!), I am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang, Gone With the Wind, Giant, The Waterfront, Rebel Without a Cause (ommfg James Dean!), Taxi Driver, The GodFather, movies like that will change your life! Love dancing? Anything with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, but their early stuff is the best. Gene Kelly, Singing in the Rain! Breakfast at Tiffany's! Also: anything by Stanley Kubrick - I bet you would love Lolita! (old guy interested in single mom totally falls for her teenage daughter - it is a bit creeeepy!) I bet you would also love most anything by Alfred Hitchcock. Back in the day, they did things fore the art. Some people still do, Quenten Tarrantino still keeps it real. It's like so many other things, even our food: all about the $$$, all about the corporations. Anything by Fritz Lang (saw Scarlet Street last weekend in a Film Noir class!). Go now to imdb.com, grasshopper! Enjoy your quest!
After thinking about it a bit, I couldn't help but offer a few more.
A few more: Midnight Cowboy (Dustin Hoffman), A Place in the Sun (Liz Taylor), Some Like it Hot (Marilyn Monroe), Rosemary's Baby. A tidbit I learned in class last week about Fritz Lang: he was in Germany when Hitler was in power, and was called in to see Goebbels, Minister of Propaganda. He was fearing for his life, but somewhat relieved to learn that Goebbels wanted him to be in charge of Nazi Propaganda Films. Lang played it cool, focused on a clock outside the window, wondering when the banks would close. The next day, he emptied his bank accounts and got the Eff outta Dodge - so to speak!!
My friend is quite a bit younger than me, so I doubt she will be taking my advice anytime soon. Hopefully though when she's a bit older, and possibly gets tired of modern movies, one of the titles will catch her eye in a netflix or bluebox or some other movie outlet.
Today though, I can't help but hope that maybe some intrepid blog reader will take my advice!