More lessons from the 750 films I watched in 2009...
36) I don't understand when people want to argue with me about my like or dislike of a film. Debate? Okay, maybe but it's probably easier for both of us if we agree to disagree. I didn't like it and I don't have to just as the reverse is true for you. I will say it again. NO. I did not like The Big Lebowski. So. what. Did you notice how everyone who's obsessively appalled by this is white and male? Did you also notice I'm a black female? I'm not saying that's (necessarily) why you liked it and I didn't... But it likely plays a role.
37) Personal films are really boring. It's hard for them to catch my attention, even harder to keep it. They're not all bad but a lot of them are. Can't you just keep that in your family?
38) I don't really like JohnC.Reilly but I'm not sure why.
39) I'm surprised by how much Toni Collette's acting delights me. (Yes I am ALL OVER U.S. of Tara now that I can watch tv again!)
40) I write reviews "Britishly" after watching British films. I use strangely British phrasing.
41) When I say long, that doesn't necessarily refer to the length. It more refers to how it feels. If your movie is 60 minutes and I'm doing the seat shuffle and looking at my watch, something's not right. THE MILK'S GONE BAD!!
42) It's exasperating when people say, "OMG I can't believe you've never seen that before!" Where have you been? That's clearly the point of me watching 750 films this year.
43) I don't know what's worse: classic films without any black people or classic films where the only roles for black people are maids and wide-eyed chauffeurs. I'm going with where the only roles for blacks are demeaning.
44) Watching films makes me want to know more about the stars of those films... but just in the classic ones. I know too much, more than I want to know, about current stars.
45) I like searching for familiar faces and names in classic films! I love when I recognize a face from 30 or 40 years before I knew them and say, "Hey! That's Mr. Feeny!" or whoever it is.
46) I'm fascinated by some cool and unusual items I see in movies that you don't see like that today-- clocks, cigarette holders, hats, miniature cameras. It makes me want these things very badly!! I'm most amazed by the old school telephones that required operators and they used these giant switchboards and all these cords. So cool!
47) I give the best reviews when I write them during or immediately after viewing. Otherwise they start to run together a little.
48) People get incredibly pissed if your title doesn't allude to what's actually in the movie. You should see the reviews for this film called "The Natural History of Chickens" which is not at all about that. That title actually does a funny film a disservice because people feel betrayed about what they're going to get out of it and probably dissuades some people who would enjoy it from watching a film with so boring a title.
49) I feel really triumphant when people watch a movie they didn't think they were going to like and they like it! Like HA! I SHOWED YOU!! And I didn't even make the film! Lolol. But I feel like, just give it a try!! (Says the one who avoided LOTS of long movies last year...)
50) Some critics predispose themselves to like a film just because it's foreign. Sigh. That doesn't make you deep. A bad script is bad whether in French, English, Dutch, Japanese or Spanish or or or!
51) I very frequently let Netflix talk me out of movies. Did you say that's a 2.4 guess for me? PASS. Sometimes it's wrong on the comedies because Netflix really doesn't believe I have a sense of humor but most of the time if it's in the 2.7 and below I am giving that movie a big no thanks. And sometimes when I'm somewhere looking at DVDs I wish I had Netflix around to tell me whether I should bother to check it out. Lolol. I know I know, I need a smartphone but I don't like smartphone bill prices so NOPE!
Finally (ish... because who knows how long these epiphanies will continue to come) I'm really excited about how much I learned and I hope I can apply some of these lessons and criticisms to my own films to put out continually quality work. One of my professors said I'll make a bad film one day after I was particularly harsh. Ew. I'm going to work incredibly hard to skip that particular life lesson.
In case you missed the earlier installments: