Throughout my life I have gone through phases with some particular films that I enjoy so much that I watch over and over again. My mum and dad would often come home and say ‘Oh no, not this again,’ and I would sit there and smile happily, watching the film that I love so much that will never get sick of, well until I find another film. I think it all started with the Lion King back in my young childhood days, where my mum fondly says to me remember that time when you watched The Lion King for seven days in a row, ah The Lion King, and believe me I do still cry in that movie, and I am not ashamed to admit it. I look back over those Lion King days with great happiness, because I think it is something great that you love a movie so much that you can continue to watch it over and over again. To be honest I do not think that these films are ones that are terrifically fabulous, well made, presented films, they’re are films that you can emotionally connect with and usually ones that are fairly feel good, because sometimes with the more depressing type films you cannot bring yourself to watch them again because they are so heart wrenching. I have always been one of these people, the ones that can continue to watch films again and again, despite knowing the entire diaogue and soundtrack off by heart, and yes I am ahsamed to admit this one, but this is the case with The Parent Trap. I did have a very unhealthy obsession for a while with this film, and yes I got it out recently and watched it still remember the exact moments when each song started and finished and what each character was going to say at that exact moment. Yet, I will not go into great depth about that movie, as there is little to no depth at all in the film itself, and I am far too embarrassed to dwell on it any further. The next stages of my film obsessions went through films such as 10 Things I Hate About You and many of those ’90s teen films, but at the moment my current obsessions are ‘Across the Universe’ and ‘Empire Records,’ both involving music, yet both completely different and every time I reach into my dvd collection it is like a magnet pulls me to them not allowing me to even consider anything else, which means for a few months my film viewing is restricted due to this very unhealthy obsession of mine, but something that excites me at the same time.
Firstly, Across the Universe was one of those films I knew relatively nothing about when I went and saw it. It was kind of one of those spare of the moment endeavors that resulted in me being totally impressed by a musical, yes it is a musical. To quickly summarise this film it is love story to the tunes of The Beatles. In fact, the songs are my favourite part of this film because they are worked in so well, and are so relevant to the storyline, they just aren’t thrown in for the purpose of putting in a Beatles song, the film itself is set in 1960s New York in the midst of the war. I am trying to think of some reason why I can watch this film over and over again but I just think it is simply 1960s culture mixed with music and awesome trippy psychedelic scenes that pull me in, I especially like the drug fuelled bus trip where everything turns into this trippy unrealistic colourful explosion. The other reason may be that I find Jim Sturgess who plays main character Jude so overwhelmingly good-looking, but you know.
My favourite scene of this film is when Max is called in by Uncle Sam and appropriately the song ‘I Want You’ is played and it goes into this montage of tests that Max must take before admitted into the army, except it is done so well, with really creative set design, costuming and choreography of these soldiers that literally look like those toy soldiers that kids collect. The scene is truly amazing esspecially the part where the camera moves down this set of opening and closing square doors that show different parts of people’s bodies being tested, strenched, etc. emphasising the way the governent treated these men like objects rather than people. This indicates that apart from this love story, the film captures this time in history and the effects of the war on these individuals and the hippy, psychedelic culture that made the 1960s, ah this film is so cool. I think I will continue to watch it for a long time and the covers of the Beatles songs are actually quite good, especially the cover of Let It Be, look out for it because its fantastic.
Straight away I know why I love Empire Records, because it makes me so happy while I watch it and everything is just so funny, from Renee Zellweger and Liv Tyler who look so young to the dialogue that is so ridiculously stupid, and meant to be that you cannot help but laugh. I also think that I love it because it is this idea of a perfect job, that I don’t think even exists, but at the same time gives me this weird sense of hope. If you haven’t seen this film, which I doubt very much because I feel like everyone in existence has, since I was one of the last to be introduced to its brilliance, it is pretty much about a record store that is fighting against getting taken over by a chain record company. All the characters are hilariously different, and fit all these seperate I guess stereotypes, similar to The Breakfast Club, but less explicit. There is the extremely goofy Mark, that I think may be my favourite who is determined to make a band. and I quote:
Mark: Hey, Lucas. I’ve decided I’m going to start a band.
Lucas: The first thing you need is a name. Then you’ll know what kind of band you’ve got.
Mark: Right, right. I was thinking about, um, Marc. How does that sound?
Lucas: Is that with a C or with a K?
Mark: Well my name is with a
[checks his nametag]
Mark: K, so I was thinking my band’s name could be with a C. That way it’s kind of that psychedelic, you know, trip thing.
Lucas: Always play with their minds.
Ah it is just so ridiculous, but it is meant to be so I think this is why I love this film, because there is nothing overally serious about it, and anything that is slightly serious is mended and they all in a sense live happily ever after, and dance under the stars. I also love it and I think everyone loves it because it is this awesome cool workplace. I wish I could just list the quotes from the film, because it really is one of those films that after you watch it you just continually quote it for days, because it is really funny and fun to watch, quote and sing along too, because it does have a pretty great soundtrack. You will then use the film as a reference point ‘Oh Rexy, you’re so sexy’ and celebrate Rex Manning day, maybe? maybe not? But anyway if you want that little bit of harmless escapism I totally recommend this film to cheer up those overally dull, boring days.