October 30, 2013
So many, but here are a few: Annie Hall - Partly for nostalgia value, as it was my first movie that gave me ideas and character development. Last Days of Disco - Resists stereotypes about privileged Manhatannites by getting into their existential struggles. The Icicle Thief - Filmmaker tries to revive neo-realism for a modern affluent audience, but even his own characters won't cooperate! O Brother Where Art Thou - I love the fusion of classical mythology, American mythology, magical realism, bluegrass, and a smattering of history. Les Miserables - I refer to the French movie with Jean Paul Belmondo that reimagines Hugo's novel as a story covering[masked], in France. I'm trying to think of a non-clichéd way to relate how the characters exhibit everything from selfish depravity to nobility and courage, and everything in between. La Dolce Vita - I know this is sort of the clichéd "art house/foreign film," but I still like the search-for-fulfillment-in-decadence theme.
"Do you know that Shakespearean admonition, 'To thine own self be true'? It's premised on the idea that 'thine own self' is pretty good . . . What if 'thine own self' is not so good? . . . Would it be better, in that case, not to be true to 'thine own self'?" (Des in Last Days of Disco)
"Monologuing" as described in The Incredibles. Of course, in real life villains don't bother to explain their motives and backstories, but in movies they are often worth listening to.
I am a mid-40s female, dedicated to my daughter, my profession, and my crusade against ennui, malaise, and mediocrity. Indie films, which challenge me with new ideas or amaze me with their artistry (or both), stave off complacency and conformity!
This was my first event with DIG, and I'm so glad I joined. I look forward to future events.