Friday, April 04, 2008
LuLu is very, very, VERY sick.
I have some vicious combination flu/cold/virus/bubonic plague/black death and I can’t sleep. So I think it’s only fair that you people pick up the slack and amuse me with an all movies edition this time. In the comments, if you please.
1) Favourite Hitchcock film and why.
2) Favourite Katherine Hepburn film and why.
3) And just to change things up, favourite Chinese martial arts film ... and why.
1) Without a doubt, The Birds. I watch it every time it’s on TV and it scares me every time. I think it’s the sound the birds make ... and the fact that it’s such an unexpected and innocuous horror. Flocks of birds in a picturesque seaside village suddenly going bugshit and attacking the humans? If Hitchcock tried to pitch that nowadays, he’s be laughed out of the meeting. The man truly was ahead of his time.
2) That’s a tough one — I can’t decide between Bringing Up Baby and The African Queen (which is also my favourite Bogart film). Bringing Up Baby was the perfect vehicle for Hepburn’s and Grant’s respective comedic talents and one of the most witty and clever movies made. It was also a complete box office disaster. Go figure. And here’s an interesting piece of trivia about this movie I bet you didn’t know (who says we're not edumacashional ... not me!).
The African Queen ... Bogie’s only Oscar-winning performance which is an absolute crime. The way the characters of Charlie and Rose develop through the course of the movie is outstanding. They begin as stereotypes — Hepburn as the prim, condescending missionary and Bogie as the drunken sea captain — but become two of the most richly drawn characters I’ve ever seen in a movie. The entire plot hinges on their relationship and neither one of them ever misses a beat.
3) Hero with Jet Li and the incomparable Maggie Cheung, who completely steals this film as Flying Snow. I have no problem admitting that her death scene with Broken Sword makes me cry every time I watch it. And the cinematography is so hauntingly beautiful, it almost distracts from what is quite a compelling plot.