Soooo, my dearests, Piper over at Lazy Eye Theatre (I seem to be mentioning Piper quite a bit lately, no?) tagged me for the 12 Movies Meme, where the rules are as follows:
1) Choose 12 Films to be featured. They could be random selections or part of a greater theme. Whatever you want.
2) Explain why you chose the films.
3) Link back to Lazy Eye Theatre so I can have hundreds of links and I can take those links and spread them all out on the bed and then roll around in them.
4) The people selected then have to turn around and select 5 more people.
Well, unluckily for you, I’ve downright bit my nails to the quick thinking about the movies I would select and I’ve taken so damn long that there’s no one left to tag, it seems like! So if you want to be tagged, consider yourself…tagged! I will tag Allison at Nerdvampire’s Film Blog because I’m curious to see what she says.
First of all, if someone actually let me run 12 movies at some place like the New Beverly (which is rapidly gaining some sort of hip, chic street cred due to the fact that they let guys like Edgar Wright & Eli Roth come in and program long ass film festivals), I’m sure A) no one would care and B) someone would probably get fired as a result of my movie choices and or other options, but here we go.
MONDAY – HORROR
NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET III: DREAM WARRIORS
Out of all the eight million and one half Nightmare on Elm Street movies, this is my favorite. Sure, it’s a pure shlocky sequel slasher flick, but it’s got great death scenes, a great premise and Zsa Zsa Gabor. Come on, what’s not to love? That, and I wanted to make a popsicle stick version of Nancy’s house too!
Sure, it’s totally cliché to pick Suspiria, but it really is a landmark horror film. I often describe Suspiria to people as a supernatural slasher film if Willy Wonka decided to take some hallucinogens and try his hand at movie making. Never has death been so artfully pretty, really. Who doesn’t want to see Suspiria on the big screen?
TUESDAY – MUSICALS
THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG
I know this may really shock some people, but I’m not too keen on musicals. It’s not that I don’t like them, but they’re not like horror movies for me: they’ve never really grabbed me. Unless you count The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (and the movie that will follow this one). It’s just…an awesome film, and there’s some measure of greediness here because this is a movie I would probably chop off my right arm to see on the big screen once, just once, dammit!
GUYS AND DOLLS
Really and truly, I could probably take or leave Frank Sinatra. But it’s Marlon Brando that makes me have uber-love for Guys and Dolls. That and the musical numbers are so darn catchy. True story: I once had the uh, Guys and Dolls soundtrack in my car and I was um…car singing…and um…I was stuck in traffic next to a dude in a Kia who thought my musical tastes/car singing was hilarious. And I’m sure, not in a good way. But really, it is my favorite Hollywood movie musical and I would love to see it in a theater. (How does War Games get a one-night-only theatrical re-release and not Guys and Dolls?)
WEDNESDAY – ACTION
I am going to go out on a limb here and say that Die Hard is probably the best action movie ever made and if you disagree, that’s okay, we can still be friends, but let’s just never bring the subject of Die Hard up ever again. The very idea of sitting in a dark theater while watching John McClane wreak havoc upon Hans Gruber & Co. while munching on Twizzlers is heavenly. Absolutely heavenly. Also, does the idea of watching the “suits” conversation in the elevator on an enormous movie screen give anyone else the chills, or is that just me?
My favorite movie out of the Alien franchise is the one I want, dammit, and I’ll accept no substitutes. Michael Biehn? Lance Henriksen? Amazing awesome everything? This movie is like one big, “Hell, yeah!” moment. It’s better than Alien and much better than Alien 3 or (god help us all) Alien Resurrection and I don’t want to live in a world where that might not be true. How sweet would it be to have the asskickery of John McClane bookended by the asskickery of Ellen Ripley?
THURSDAY – COMEDY
If I were a guy, I would be dressing up as Peter Venkman every Halloween. Seriously. If you don’t find Ghostbusters hilarious, you may need an intervention of some sort, therapy, psychotropic medication or something. This is one of those rare movies that got more hilarious the older I got, especially all of Egon’s lines for some reason.
If you don’t know why I’m picking this movie, RUN, do not walk, to your local video store and rent this and then sit your butt down and watch it. This movie will make you understand why people cry at some of the crap Steve Martin has produced because The Jerk is a work of GENIUS. Every second of it is freaking hilarious. I want it screened just so I can hear the following quote in a huge room with nice sound:
And that’s it and that’s the only thing I need, is this. I don’t need this or this. Just this ashtray. And this paddle game, the ashtray and the paddle game and that’s all I need. And this remote control. The ashtray, the paddle game, and the remote control, and that’s all I need. And these matches.
FRIDAY – SCI-FI
I have recommended Cube approximately 1,718.437 times and the rare person who has taken my recommendation and actually watched Cube is usually like, “How the hell did I never hear of this movie?” I love Cube. I love everything about it, and I love the plot and the well-thought out way it was made. I’d tell you more about why I love it, but that would spoil the movie and I don’t want to do that to anyone here because you need to see it.
THE FIFTH ELEMENT
I love that this movie even ever happened, what with costuming by Jean-Paul Gaultier and Gary Oldman walking around with a crack-headed southern accent with a piece of plastic glued on his head, with Chris Tucker playing one of the most annoying characters in the history of cinema and weird ass aliens that make no sense. It’s…original, that’s for sure.
SATURDAY – MOVIES I LOVED AS A KID THAT I ADORE AS AN ADULT
THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER
Submarines. Russians. Alec Baldwin. SCOTT GLENN.
Velociraptors! T-Rex! Sam flipping Neill as Dr. Grant!