Friday, June 19, 2009


I think that I've earned the title of movie snob among the ladies that I serve with in Young Women's. I don't always go crazy over the same movies that they do (Twilight) and of many that are deemed great movies by most people, it seems I'm the only one that has anything negative to say about them (Seven Pounds.) I have to admit that the art of a movie can only take it so far, as well as the acting, plot, etc. Yes, I want to be moved emotionally or intellectually challenged; drawn into a love story or sitting on the edge of my seat; heck, I don't even mind being totally confused at the end of the movie. But, for me personally, it's hard to justify the greatness of a movie without taking into account the subject matter. That's probably the clencher for me, right there.

For instance, Seven Pounds was an excellent movie. It was well-made with very insightful camera shots and lighting. The acting was superb and I even cried in the end. But I have two major problems with the movie: first, it was rather predictable and, second: when you strip it down to the bones, it's just a movie striving to glorify suicide. Granted, I have NO IDEA how I would react in a similar situation, but come on guys - suicide is suicide no matter how many people you save or help along the way. You can disagree with me all you want, but I think that if you sit back and think about it long enough from a religious standpoint, in the end the guy made a poor choice. Noble, yes. Sacrificial, yes. Damning, yes. Killing yourself intentionally to save someone else is simply not the same thing as jumping in front of a bullet to save a comrad in arms. A soldier who takes a bullet for a friend isn't the one holding the gun. Enough said.

To illustrate the kinds of movies that I deem great, I want to talk about a movie that John and I watched last night. Has anyone else out there seen Fireproof? It's made by the same guys that did Facing the Giants. Fireproof was a superb movie (and not just because it was about firefighters, whom hold a special place in my heart.) Yes, the acting was a little cheesy at times, the quality might have been sub-par, and the focus on the cross might have made me a little uncomfortable, but I would still rate this as an excellent movie for several reasons. First of all, it's about a disfunctional marriage on the brink of divorce, something that many people can relate to. Secondly, and this is a biggie for me, this movie doesn't shy away from talking about religious matters in any way whatsoever. It's a religious movie that takes religion seriously and it's not afraid to openly discuss God and Christ and our relationship with them. And of course, I thought the storyline was great. Those are things that I look for in a good movie. It doesn't have to be a happy movie or have a happy ending for me to like it, but it should have some sort of moral spine to it, for sure.

Having said all of that, I wanted to challenge myself to come up with a list of 30 movies that I deem great, just so you guys will know that there really are several movies out there that I love!

1. Harry Potter (all, but especially 1,2 and 5)
2. The Lord of the Rings (wonderful "good vs. evil" story)
3. Star Wars (the originals - hokey but ultimately good)
4. Willow
5. The Fugitive
6. Unbreakable
7. Superman I (the original)
8. Superman Returns (even though they took out "Freedom, Justice and the American Way")
9. Pride and Prejudice (the BBC version)
10. Emma
11. Much Ado About Nothing
12. The Twelfth Night, or What You Will
13. Fireproof
14. Dan in Real Life
15. E.T.
16. Beauty and the Beast
17. Sleeping Beauty (and most classic Disney movies)
18. Toy Story (and most Disney/Pixar movies)
19. Batman (the original)
20. Batman Returns
21. South Pacific
22. The Sound of Music
23. My Fair Lady
24. The Others
25. Father of the Bride
26. Ever After
27. Saints and Soldiers
28. A League of Their Own
29. Swing Kids
30. Rudy

See, there are plenty of movies that I love! :)


Kelly said...

Definately a movie snob...ha ha! :)

Alicia said...

Did you know they are coming out with a Toy Story III!!!

Audrey said...

Toy Story 3!?!? Awesome!

emblair said...

I keep telling you that you need to read (and then watch) Jane Eyre. I think it will make your very "snobbish" list. :) Totally knocks Pride and Prejudice out of the water.

Jeni said...

ahhhh superman returns?? that was soo dumb! But I am wish you on your whole other list, except emma which I have not seen... and sometimes when you say a movie isn't good, that surprises me...

Kenny and Janelle said...

Thanks for the movie list...Kenny and I love to watch a good movie every so often! You guys look like you are doing great!!! Keep in touch ---Janelle

Angel Rogers said...

I think I love every movie on your list! I esp. love Dan in Real Life. Have you tried The Scarlet Pimpernel with Anthony Andrews and Jane Seymour? You can borrow mine if you want. Also, what about Princess Bride? Have you seen it? I think we should all share our favorite movies, just to have something to watch this summer! I'm adding Fireproof to mine! :)

Audrey said...

Ah, man! I totally forgot about The Princess Bride! That's definitely one of my favorites. In fact, John and I went to see it at this old theatre in Dallas that plays midnight showings of all these old movies... it was so fun to see it on the big screen. Original previews and everything! :)

Kristi said...

Yea Audrey, how could you forget about The Princess Bride?!? I have actually never seen that movie but I know you love it. Nathn and I watched Fireproof. Good story, cheesy acting, yes. But good story. I liked Seven Pounds, I think because I really like Will Smith, but I am with you on the suicide thing. I thought that too.