Reviews of movies from my giant DVD tower, and more.
My friend Lindsey over at The Motion Pictures came up with a fun idea for a post: take the seven layers of your basic American hamburger, attach a ‘favorite movie’ question to each layer, and voilà! A movie burger! She invited me to give it a try, so I did, and below you’ll find the films that make up my perfect and most delicious cinematic cheeseburger.
Bottom Half of the Bun
(the first film in a series that you love)
The Bourne Identity (2002): There are many film series I enjoy portions of, but only one I love in its entirety, and that’s the collection of Bourne films that began with The Bourne Identity, one of my favorite espionage films ever. I can watch each and every one of these spy tales again and again (and yes, that does include the fourth installment starring Jeremy Renner), and never grow tired of them.
(a long film—over 2½ hours—that you’ve watched and enjoyed)
The Great Escape (1963): Not only is it one I’ve watched and enjoyed, but one I proudly rank as one of my Top 5 favorites of all-time. My Dad introduced me to this 172-minute WWII classic when I was a kid, and I’ve been hooked ever since. And as misguided as this may sound, this was the film I once chose to watch with a girl on our first ‘hang out’ date together; hey, it’s nearly three hours long…I knew what I was doing!
(a so-bad-it’s-good film that you love)
The Creeping Terror (1964): For many years my most beloved ‘best-worst’ films had been Twisted Brain and Curse of Bigfoot, but that all changed when this slice of Limburger came along, which featured a giant alien carpet that crawled at a snail’s pace and devoured idiots at will, and which I first discovered while watching an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000. Good lord, what a mess…but the most hilarious and entertaining mess you’ll ever see.
(a short film, less than an hour long, that you love)
Paperman (2012): Six-and-a-half minutes of pure animated perfection. I cannot begin to tell you how much I love this short romance story, about a man, a woman, and a paper airplane, set against a wonderful art deco backdrop of New York City in the 1940s. I’m not ashamed to admit this little gem gets me misty-eyed every time I watch it. A masterful combination of story, artwork, music, and of course, the lovely Meg.
(a film that you loved or hated, depending on whether you love or hate tomatoes)
Creature from the Haunted Sea (1961): I’ll be brutally honest: I hate tomatoes, and I most definitely hate Creature from the Haunted Sea. There are bad films that are fun, and bad films that are bad, but this was sixty-three long minutes of absolute low-grade tedium and mind-numbing, bore-you-to-tears nothingness. The above photo, featuring an amphibious Cookie Monster, should be incentive enough to stay away.
(a film you didn’t expect to love)
Moulin Rouge! (2001): I’m not a big fan of musicals, so I was confident I’d care nothing about this flashy romance musical set in turn-of-the-century Paris. But it was a favorite of my friend Maureen, and she’d wanted me to see it, convinced that I’d like it as much as she did. And she was right: this was a fun, eye-popping, song-and-dance treat that I truly enjoyed, and which soon became a part of the Monolith collection.
Top Half of the Bun
(the last film in a series that you dreaded watching, because you didn’t want the series to end)
A Night in Casablanca (1946): I know this isn’t truly part of a film ‘series’, but I couldn’t come up with one that fit the rule, and this is what immediately came to mind when I thought of a film that brought a revered canon to a close. In this instance, it was the last offering in what’s considered the true Marx Bros. filmography, and it saddened me when I realized I’d never see another new-to-me Marx Bros. movie again.
So there it is…my tasty movie burger, minus the bacon, mayo, and a side of fries! Let me know what you think, and if you’re interested to see what Lindsey puts on her burger, just click on the logo below.