Like a lot of women, I’ve always wanted to resemble Farrah in some fashion—in my case, her hair. She was always famous for her glorious, wild blonde hair, and every time the wind sweeps mine up, I always declare, “Look at my Farrah Fawcett hair!”
Though I was never a huge fan, I have admired her work, and know that she was much more than a sex object.
When a director makes a film about a niche group of society, such as in Mighty Wind, or Best in Show, there’s a tacit contract made with the protagonists, that the director will treat his subjects with a degree of dignity, and most importantly, not hold them up as an object for ridicule. Yes, their accents might be different, their ways might seem curious, but if they are being put on screen so that an audience might point and laugh, well, anyone involved in making that film should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves. Of course, context is everything; an honest attempt at portraying a way of life might become a cause for laughter in front of the wrong group of people. You can probably guess what I think of them.
Initially, when the film was written and shot, there was a character in place – Linus (Chris Marquette) – who had cancer. He and his two close friends with the addition of an estranged car salesman who once counted as the group’s fourth, eventually decide to storm the Skywalker Ranch in Marin County to snag a peek at the (then) unreleased Episode One.
Apparently a British Pop band has adopted the name of an infamous movie family: McFly. Right now McFly is a big hit on the twitter circuit, so I thought I would have a little fun with the phenomenon of the McFly quizzes, and make a McFly Quiz of my own.
I wonder if these youngsters will even get the joke. I mean, come on... McFly.. McFly, your shoe's untied.
This decade has basically been split in half when it comes to the kinds of movies that have made it to the silver screen. The first half of the 00's went decidedly to pure entertainment. It was all about super heroes, high fantasy, special effects and broad laughs. A few art films sneaked into the lineup, but it's apparent that American audiences wanted jokes and escapism in what turned out to be a rather dark period in our culture. The shift to heavier material in the second half of the decade indicates a recovery period. Stateside movie-goers have been more willing to embrace darker, more complex stories as of late. Looking at the films I've selected for the second part of this list, it all seems so cathartic in retrospect.
It's strange to think that there are only five months left in this decade of ours. It's been a strange one as far as the movies are concerned. There have been a few great pictures and loads of not-so-great releases. Studio budgets have gotten huge and CGI has become the gaudy, glaring centerpiece of the industry, usually to the detriment of the art. Looking back at each year since 2000, the worthwhile films stand in a sparse crowd when set apart from the otherwise disappointing offerings of the decade. Let's look back at some of the most important films of each year in the 2000's.
2000: Best In Show
Those long, hot Summer days are upon us. We've crossed the solstice and now it's time to go headlong into one of the year's busiest seasons for movies. We've had a so-so start. X-Men Origins: Wolverine left a lot to be desired, but Star Trek delivered in spades. Angels and Demons was a bit boring, though the family fare has ranged from decent (Night At The Museum) to excellent (Up). Now let's take a look at what's set to hit theaters in the coming two months.
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
I don’t know about you, but I love Sunday afternoons. Sure, it’s the end of the weekend, there’s not a lot going on, and the specter of Monday morning and the working week hovers over your shoulder like an inheritance lawyer at a funeral; you know it’s coming, but you want to put it off for as long as possible. All this aside, it’s a chance to sit back, make some tea and have some cake, or maybe crack open a bottle of wine, if Saturday night will allow such a thing, and most importantly, put on a film.