I will go ahead & plead guilty. I know charges of treachery will be filed by the movie buff hierarchy if they read what I am about to reveal. There are movies that I know I should love. I have been told all my life of these larger than life flicks. Movies that establish a genre, define a generation, withstand the test of time, are perhaps even life changing (smirk). They inspire, were cutting edge, & have the esteem & respect of movier goers far & wide. Some are simple stories that people love. I anticipate watching these movies with eager & unabashed awe. But…when the credits roll, I’m left babbling “Do what?” I’m ashamed because I know these films should be highly appreciated. Admittedly, I have watched lesser films and enjoyed them. So, what gives? I don’t know. I can only tell you, (deep inhale) I do not like these movies. (Both hands over my head) I surrender peacefully.
Sleepless in Seattle Let’s start with the no-brainer. This is a simple movie that romantics love. I watched it for the first time last month. Yawn. I did like Tom Hank’s Cary Grant impersonation.
Oklahoma! Considering I am from Oklahoma, I may hear a knock at my door shortly. Come on, this movie makes me very ill at ease. Jud Fry…eebie jeebies. This is a creepy story lurking behind the surrey with the fringe on top, but not exciting creepy…just creepy creepy.
Casablanca I can hear the gasps. I can’t help it. This is one I really wanted to love. I need to watch it again. Maybe I was having a bad day.
North by Northwest I can normally recommend a movie simply because of Cary Grant’s presence. Not so in this case.
West Side Story I usually enjoy musicals. This is another one that I may need to watch again.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s Holly Golightly…Holly Getagrip.
Doctor Zhivago Gak, I’m gonna cough up a hairball.
Citizen Kane No, I didn’t get it. I do like Joseph Cotten though.
For Whom the Bell Tolls (Shrug) I liked the title.
My Fair Lady Awesome costumes! I even liked Pygmalion. I’m not sure exactly why this version didn’t appeal to me…maybe it was all that screechy talking coming from Audrey Hepburn. And she’s a favorite of mine, go figure.
Gone with the Wind I still get a bad taste in my mouth when I think about this movie. Yuck. Scarlett O’Hara is one of the most despicable characters of all time. She is the most self-centered, uncaring person ever written into existence. Someone told me that her independence is what made her so endearing. Gak, she is a stubborn, morally immature person unwilling to yield to anything but her own wants & needs. She maliciously & willfully betrays anyone that gets in her way & is left sticking her chin in the air even at the death of her own child. She would do anything to get what she wants & not a second thought is given to the consequences or harm to others. I think I’m gonna spit. I know, I know…Frankly, my dear…