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Poet Muriel Rukeyser

Friday, March 19, 2010

A Movie Ediition for The RevGals Friday Five Meme

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

science fiction

Bonus: Tell about the first movie you ever saw and/or the last one!

I'm going to begin with the bonus: The first movie I saw at a theater was The Sound of Music. The first movie I remember watching at home was The Wizard of Oz. And the last movie I saw in the theater was, Julie and Julia. Last night my husband and I watched a movie at home but the name escapes me, it was about a lonely professor from Connecticut who returns to his apartment in New York for a conference and finds some people living in the apartment. The couple living in the apartment are undocumented, one from Senegal and the other from Syria. It was a delightful film, sad, as well.

Broadly speaking I like any movie of any genre that reflects people growing, transforming, working toward wholeness, on some level. I don't need a happy ending, but I prefer an ending that points toward some potential for hope, even if I have to imagine what that might look like. So,some thriller, mystery, drama, and science fiction fit this criteria.

As a rule I never like horror films. I've seen a few Alfred Hitchcock - The Birds, the famous one the motel with the crazy son who keeps his mothers dead body and stabs the woman in the shower (what's it called?), and worst of all, "The Last House on the Left" - and the Oscar winning Cohen Bros. movie about the coin tossing serial killer psychopath - which I hated. There is no purpose in watching movies like this at all, as far as I am concerned. I don't need to be scared for the sake of being scared. Plenty of stuff in real life to do that.

I used to watch Westerns as a child - some days there wasn't much else on. But I don't really care for them.

When my kids were little I watched lots of animated movies, but not so much these days, unless Mary Poppins is on TV (it has a brief animated section) - I always have to watch that one. Another classic I enjoy is My Fair Lady.

Some of my all time favorite, watch over and over again, movies include: The Bourne series (gotta love Matt Damon), The Italian Job, Dogma, and Chocolat....