I hereby resolve NOT to recommend movies to anyone. ever again.
It’s not that i think i have a particularly good or bad taste in movies, I just think that it’s i really really personal thing. There are people who only like action movies – the shoot ‘em up kind. There are some people who only like the sappy dramas. There are some people who only like comedies.
And then there’s me. I like to think of my taste in movies are being unique. I am really into movies that are slightly off-beat…Garden State, Three Kings, Rushmore variety. There’s something about these movies that are not just entertainment. They make you think on a level i think a lot of people are not capable of, or not interested in.
I also like old school teen angst movies…breakfast club, pretty in pink, dirty dancing. etc. these are just really good feelgood movies that make me think of my adolescence with a smile. i will never try to prove that they are deserving of oscars – the acting isn’t top-notch and there are no special effects to speak of. but, i like them nonetheless.
I also like movies like back to the future and karate kid. they are oldies, but goodies.
I also like well-made, oscar caliber movies….the godfather, scarface-y types.
I also like old movies…breakfast at tiffany’s, on the waterfront, gone with the wind. they are classics. and i love them.
i’m not crazy into big blockbuster movies….while i’ll agree that lord of rings was amazing cinematography, the story bored me to tears. I can’t get into the whole fantasy thing. a lot of movies like this just don’t do it for me. and i’m also not crazy into the movies i’ll call “saturday night live” movies, like a night at the roxbury and Superstar….think anything with Rob Schneider, Adam Sandler, Will Farrell etc. (not the good SNL alum…)there are, of course, exceptions to this rule. I loved Old School, and I think Happy Gilmore was hilarious.
so, it seems that every time i recommend a movie to someone, i am so nervous that they aren’t going to like it (i sit through the movie watching them…hoping they will laugh at the things i find funny, and hoping they will “get” the things that there are to get) – even though going in, i should know that someone (like my friend URI) who is very into the saturday night live-no thinking movies is in no way going to appreciate an off-beat indy movie. And an all action person is not going to be able to sit through Pretty in Pink. clearly, i should take my audience into account. and i should realize that just because a movie is for me, it’s not for everyone.
i will no longer recommend Garden State to anyone. i personally think it’s a fantastic movie, but most of my friends didn’t like it. i guess what it comes down to is this: if you don’t appreciate its beauty, it’s way over your head.
from now on, i’ll keep my mouth shut, and just go with the flow. but if you make me sit through Anchorman, i won’t feel badly telling you that it SUCKS ASS!