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11 August 2003 @ 12:19 pm
Film 101...  
While I love my sister dearly, and I really enjoy her company and input on a lot of things, film is not one of them. She has a very small selection of movies in her mental cinema, and doesn't like a lot of the ones most of our friends (hers and mine seperately) and I think are pretty amazing (Fight Club, for example, she disliked because it was "too talky"). There are also a lot of movies she just hasn't seen that you'd think (or at least I'D thought) she have seen at some point. Like the Goonies. Or any John Hughes film. Stuff like that. She often asks me while we're watching a movie, "Who is that guy/lady?" and when I say the name, no bells ring. "What have they been in, then?" I list some films, and she usually says, "I haven't seen any of those."

As a crazed lover of movies, I occasionally try to get her to watch something good that she hasn't seen that she'll really like, or at least appreciate. I made her watch The Boondock Saints, and she loved it so much I bought her the DVD to take to school with her. There are times when she just refuses though. That's fine...I don't understand it, usually, but okay.

And there are other times when her lack of a movie database just amuses me. This morning I woke up, having fallen asleep watching the second commentary on a DVD I'd recently purchased, Legends of the Fall. She was taking it out of the PS2 to play a game, and:

Kath: You were watching Legends of the Fall?
Me: Yeah, it's a really good movie.
Kath: Is it a happy movie?
Me: No, not really. It's not fall as in autumn, it's the other kind of fall.
Kath: Oh, I thought it was like, a waterfall or something.

I dunno if she'll want to watch it, being that she prefers movies with "happier" (not always happy, but not depressing) endings. She doesn't like "talky" movies, as I said before, but she liked Jerry Maguire when she saw most of it with me because "it had a happy ending," and the kid was cute. How that is less talky and more happy an ending than Fight Club, I haven't the foggiest. She really liked Amelie, but it took me a while to get her to watch it because it was in French (though my parents, who are even WORSE with movies, refuse to watch it because they can't seem to deal with subtitles).

I think I'll try and take her to see Whale Rider, which I saw last night. It was excellent, and I'm pretty sure she'll enjoy it. I can't choose her tastes, but maybe I can at least introduce her to a larger palette.
Mood: sniffly
Music: Believe it or not, I've got that awful Dress to Kill theme stuck in my head...
booticon on August 11th, 2003 09:39 am (UTC)
Show her Waking Life.
Mellenabsentmammoth on August 11th, 2003 10:43 am (UTC)
We did, of course, and she said it moved around too much and made her feel dizzy. That was the extent of her experience with the film.
booticon on August 11th, 2003 12:13 pm (UTC)
I need to watch that again. It's been too long.
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Mellenabsentmammoth on August 11th, 2003 11:09 am (UTC)
Not that much younger than me, eighteen.
337common_as_stone on August 11th, 2003 11:35 am (UTC)
18 is young - no offense. maybe she'll get into movies more later, maybe she won't. someone's mental reference library concerning cinema doesn't validate or invalidate them as a human being. the way that you describe her sounds pretty immature but truely, that's okay for being 18. more power to you if you weren't that way yourself, but that's not the standard.

if it bugs you all that much, i'd suggest not watching movies with her.
Mellenabsentmammoth on August 11th, 2003 01:00 pm (UTC)
No offense, but I obviously don't think it invalidates her, I'm just baffled by her taste. It's odd because most of her friends and her boyfriend are big movie people too, and she somehow doesn't have the same frame of reference as the other people her age. I'm not saying she's immature, just uneducated in one area. I'm overeducated in it, so I'm just trying to be the cool big sister trying to show her things. She doesn't need school or fashion advice, but I'm more than happy trying to open her mind to something new. That's the point.

Of course I'm going to watch movies with her. She's an awesome person. It doesn't bug me, I'm just constantly surprised.
herding virtual hedgehogsnessur on August 11th, 2003 10:56 am (UTC)
More about Whale Rider? Why so quality, what's significant about it?
S0n of N00nbibble on August 11th, 2003 11:41 am (UTC)
its honesty, among other things.
Mandafee_b on August 12th, 2003 06:50 am (UTC)
What exactly does she mean by "talky?" I mean, is it literally, too much talking? Or does she mean "preachey?" (if that's a word)

I can see how someone would think that Jerry Maguire would seem to have a happier ending than Fight Club. It's the lighting. =) Besides, shooting yourself in the face is hardly a happy ending. Even though it is. You know what I mean.

It is quite strange to me as well, that Kath doesn't like certain movies very much, like you say....given her demographic, it seems that Fight Club and Waking Life would be streaming through her blood. Then again, I was like her not too long ago, so I can understand...I think. Or something. But you (pl) set me right, and I'm sure she will gain some cinematic experience in college. High school is so limiting.

Mellenabsentmammoth on August 12th, 2003 07:41 am (UTC)
She means talky as in too much talking. I asked her about it then, and she didn't like Edward Norton's constant voice-over and the long Tyler Durden speeches.

Then again, she didn't like Being John Malchovich because she said it was "talky" and there's no where near the length of speech in that film, so I guess Talky has some definition in her mind that I just don't understand. Mostly she likes things happen vs. things being talked about, I guess. This might be why she likes crummy comic book movies.