"This Beautiful Fantastic"
I'm a DVD person. I prefer the comfort of my own home for watching movies.
I'm also 'picky' about what movies I watch. When choosing a movie I have what you would call the 'it's out' criteria:
If it is marketed as being filled with sex scenes; it's out.
If 'suspenseful' is repeatedly used in the film's advertising; it's out. I'm not a fan of sitting on the edge of my seat, I enjoy a good kick-back and want a movie to be entertaining and/or thought provoking.
Blood, guts, and violence are definitely a no-brainer; it's out.
Making human beings appear ignorant, unintelligent, buffoons! (we have enough of that in washington); it's out.
Tyranny; Doesn’t matter if it's historical. I read and therefore I know how horrible humans can behave towards each other. it's out.
So the question arises; what do I look for in movie?
It's actually very simple:
Five minutes into the movie, I don’t want to have figured out the ending.
The characters are humans with all their shortcomings. The women aren't all built like models and the men are not all strong-jawed gods with rippling muscles.
Skillful acting; I've recently become a huge fan of British actors; there's just something about their portrayal of characters.
Last but definitely not least; the movie makes me contemplative, even after it's ended.
I can't provide a list because each movie that sticks with me; does so for a different reason but I will say I probably have dozens upon dozens of favorites:
But these actors immediately draw me in:
Any Robin Williams drama. I discovered his talent for drama in my late twenties with the The Dead Poet Society and I've been hooked since. I miss him.
Just about any Helen Mirren movie. This was one of my exceptions to violence; I adored her in the Red movies.
definite favorites was Calendar
a group of small-town
aging women do one of 'those' calendars. They
made the thought of aging a little more acceptable.
Then there is Dame Judi Dench!
Another of my favorite British actresses, although after Daniel Craig's first Bond movie I lost interest. I have a propensity of losing interests in series because history has proven with each new movie the ‘suspense’ must intensify and as I previously stated; I am not a fan of suspense.
My love of Judi started with her
TV sitcom; 'As
Time Goes By' which
I found on PBS...(can I take a second to rant about the non-existent
funding!, No! this isn’t going political!)
Enjoy a few outtakes;
Then there is; "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" which is jam-packed full of just about all my favorite British actors;
I could go on and on but this started because I took myself out to a movie last night; This Beautiful Fantastic.
done any research on the movie because it was a spur of the
moment decision. I just felt in the mood for an actual movie
theater, buying some popcorn, and watching what I thought would be a
chick-flick. I liked the ‘look’ of the movie poster and believed it would be the perfect movie to kick-back and be entertained.
A few basics about the movie:
a single sex scene
The closest thing to violence was a broken leg, which you didn’t see happen
The most suspenseful thing to happen was the main character’s fear of plants
The most tyrannical character was the grouchy next door neighbor
Despite all these missing components that Hollywood deems necessary for a film to be successful, I enjoyed every minute of this wonderful film. I was transported into the lives of these characters.
The movie had some stiff competition, considering the American public’s obsession with comic book characters, and sadly there were only five people in the theater. For my own personal perferences I was totally fine with the small audience; less distraction from the world unfolding before me.
But even so...
What has happened to our appreciation for fine acting skills, fabulous story lines, thought provoking scenarios, and a portrayal of the realities of the human condition with all its strengths and weaknesses?
It ended as it needed to end; with a touch of sadness set-off by a sense of inevitability. But overall there was an appreciation for meeting and bonding with our fellow human-beings. An evening well-spent in my estimation.And so:
This Beautiful Fantastic.
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