Friday, May 13, 2011

Dreamwalk by Sarah MacManus - Guest Post

I asked Sarah what her top movie choices are:

Dogma ~ I just think this a wacky and brilliant take on Christian philosophy and worldview. I was raised Catholic, so I get a bit of a kick seeing the old Catholic mysticism used in a very different way. It’s both thoughtful and funny, which is pretty hard to pull off.

Much Ado About Nothing ~ I really love the Ken Branagh and Emma Thompson combination, even if they themselves aren’t so fond of it anymore. For as much as I love Shakespeare and his ability to tap into not only a cultural gestalt – but a timeless cultural gestalt, it’s something that for me, has to be performed, rather than simply read. Branagh is a great interpreter of Shakespeare for me, and Much Ado is a timeless romantic comedy.

Manhattan ~ I’ve never been ashamed of my love for Woody Allen, and Manhattan is the epitome of what makes him, for me, the perfect screenwriter – with a combination of humor, cynicism and overboard romance.

A Fish Called Wanda ~ What’s not to like. Whimsical, romantic, great characters, quirky, fun, and Michael Palin.

Times Square ~ This is an old cult movie about the punk street scene in New York from 1980. When I was a teenager, I spent some time there before it was cleaned up and it brings back a lot of my memories. It’s also a great girl buddy-movie, or a great girl-romance, but either way you look at it, it’s wonderful to see two strong, young female characters taking the world on by themselves. The soundtrack is absolutely amazing.

Star Wars ~ I’ve never been a big fan of adventure movies or space operas, but Star Wars stuck with me for ages when I was a kid. The original, first one, not the three ‘prequels’. Han Solo is one of my favorite movie characters of all time, and quite honestly, he’s always been the perfect hero for me.

The Hotel New Hampshire ~ I loved this movie, because I loved the book, and the movie does it justice. Quirky, funny, touching, thoughtful, a real modern day fairy tale with all the blood and bears and drama.

Love Actually ~ This is the one that always makes me cry. I love the way it focuses alternately on different facets of love: the familial and familiar, the romantic, the casual, the impossible, the forbidden, the unrequited. Yeah, this is the one that makes me cry.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind ~ I’ve had fair amount of chances to think “what if” in my life; what if I’d done something differently, what if I could forget the way it actually was, instead of what I wish it had been. I think this is a brilliant story concept and executed perfectly. It’s also the first Jim Carey movie I didn’t refuse to see and I can’t say that I’m sorry.

The Princess Bride ~ Absolutely fun and funny and clever and sweet and dramatic and romantic. My favorite motto to use is from The Princess Bride: “Life is pain, Princess, and anyone who tells you differently is selling something." And besides, I’m a little in love with Inigo, so there you have it.

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