Posted by: turtlebella | 4 December 2007

Hate/love and the Oscars

I’m sure movie memes are a dime a million, but I’ve never done one. And I’m too tired to come up with actual content. And I like griping about how crappy the Oscars are. I saw this list at The Ballpoint Banana, it’s Oscar-winning movies. And I thought I would turn it into one of these list meme things.

Key: bold for movies I’ve seen, red for movies I’m never going to see (by virtue of Mel Gibson-ness, Dickens-ness, war or violence which I just.cannot.take), underlined for movies that I was dragged to see, *for movies I saw in school, italics for movies I might like to see, purple for movies that made me cry a river, green for I’ve read the book (or, at least, the book that the movie was based on).

2006 The Departed
2005 Crash
2004 Million Dollar Baby
2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
2002 Chicago
2001 A Beautiful Mind
2000 Gladiator
1999 American Beauty
1998 Shakespeare in Love
1997 Titanic
1996 The English Patient
1995 Braveheart
1994 Forrest Gump
1993 Schindler’s List
1992 Unforgiven
1991 Silence of the Lambs
1990 Dances with Wolves
1989 Driving Miss Daisy
1988 Rain Man
1987 The Last Emperor
1986 Platoon
1985 Out of Africa
1984 Amadeus
1983 Terms of Endearment
1982 Gandhi
1981 Chariots of Fire
1980 Ordinary People*
1979 Kramer Vs. Kramer
1978 The Deer Hunter
1977 Annie Hall
1976 Rocky
1975 One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
1974 The Godfather Part II
1973 The Sting
1972 The Godfather
1971 The French Connection
1970 Patton
1969 Midnight Cowboy
1968 Oliver!
1967 In the Heat of the Night
1966 A Man for All Seasons
1965 The Sound of Music
1964 My Fair Lady
1963 Tom Jones
1962 Lawrence of Arabia
1961 West Side Story
1960 The Apartment
1959 Ben-Hur*
1958 Gigi
1957 The Bridge on the River Kwai
1956 Around the World in 80 Days
1955 Marty
1954 On the Waterfront
1953 From Here to Eternity
1952 The Greatest Show on Earth
1951 An American in Paris
1950 All About Eve
1949 All the King’s Men
1948 Hamlet*
1947 Gentleman’s Agreement
1946 The Best Years of Our Lives
1945 The Lost Weekend
1944 Going My Way
1943 Casablanca
1942 Mrs. Miniver
1941 How Green Was My Valley
1940 Rebecca
1939 Gone With the Wind
1938 You Can’t Take It With You
1937 The Life of Emile Zola
1936 The Great Ziegfeld
1935 Mutiny on the Bounty
1934 It Happened One Night
1933 Cavalcade
1932 Grand Hotel
1931 Cimarron
1930 All Quiet on the Western Front
1929 The Broadway Melody
1928 Sunrise
1927 Wings

Surely only interesting to me notes:

A lot of these movies, especially those prior 1987 (and obviously those pre-1973!) I did not see in the theatre. One glaring exception is The Chariots of Fire. Which I distinctly remember seeing at a movie theatre in Tucson at the ripe old age of 7 or 8 (depending on when it came out). I’m pretty sure I didn’t understand 90% of the movie. But when you hear a song like that one at that early in your life you are completely and utterly stuck with it forever. Not that this is a bad thing. I’m not sure what Mami Deer was really thinking, taking us to this. We also saw On Golden Pond that year in the theatre, another movie I’m pretty sure went over my head. Probably it was a good way to get us to sit quietly – more or less – for an hour or two. Maybe Bear and I were particularly obnoxious that year and she just needed a little relative quiet and company of adults, even if only on the screen.

1985’s winner was Out of Africa. I remember my father denouncing the Academy as a bunch of racists because The Color Purple did not win any (major?) awards that year. He vowed never again to watch or pay any attention whatsoever the Oscars. As far as I know, he stuck to this. Then again, he only lived two more years so maybe that wasn’t so hard! :) I wasn’t allowed to see The Color Purple (or read the book, but I did that anyway) on account of the fact – I think – that Mami Deer didn’t want me to know about rape.

It’s shocking to me that I saw Silence of the Lambs. My friend Faith dragged me to it one Father-Daughter Weekend, which was this horrible weekend that our Catholic, all-girls boarding school indulged itself in for god knows what reason (well the reason was to RAISE $$$ but as far as I was concerned the reason was to make me feel miserable, what can I say I was a teenager and actually, even if I’d had a father, I still would have hated it). We were both Father-less but her stand-in father, our Catholic Dogma teacher, agreed to take us to it, which she had already seen and insisted I *had* to see. I’ve never been so horrified and frightened. And did I mention that I saw it with my Catholic Dogma teahcer?! I mean, he was a pretty cool guy, but still.

Ben Kingsley will always be Gandhi in my mind, every time I see him in something else I’m like, “oh, there’s Gandhi.” The sad thing is that he looks more like Gandhi to me, than, you know, the actual man. That’s pretty awful; I hate it when (pop?) culture invades my sense of reality that way. But actually, I guess my sense of reality is fairly permeable. For example, every once in awhile I find myself using Harry Potter/Rowling made up words. That’s just embarrassing!

When I was a young I adored My Fair Lady. I saw it again some time in the late 80s / early 90s and almost passed out, it is so sexist and misogynistic.  Oddly enough, I was never very comfortable with Gigi and recognized what a fucked up world view it presents (starting from the “Little Girls…” song, right on through).

A lot of the movies that I absolutely will not see (Patton, Platoon, The Deer Hunter) were my brother Bear’s favorite movies as a kid. I remember a very big fight with our parents over whether he could rent The Deer Hunter. He liked guns and war. Now, being a totally different person, he only likes comedies or light-hearted romances where no one dies or is paralyzed or anything else vaguely traumatic – Mami Deer accidentally rented Muriel’s Wedding for the two of them to watch, just after he broke off an engagement, I’m not sure he’s forgiven her yet.

I saw One Flew over the Cukoo’s Nest in college, as part the college’s film series. It totally rocked my world. As far as I am concerned Jack Nicholson could have quit after that movie (and save us from OCD not so funniness).

I will never ever see The Godfather (any of them) so don’t even try to convince me that I should.


Responses

  1. I’m not the only person in the world who dislikes Dickens!?

  2. Vox- yeah, no!!! You are not alone. Cannot stand Dickens. Bad enough in written form…but then a movie??? And a MUSICAL???? (Not a big fan of musicals in general). NIGHTMARE.

  3. […] I’m sure movie memes are a dime a million, but I’ve never done one …By turtlebella1986 Platoon 1985 Out of Africa 1984 Amadeus 1983 Terms of Endearment 1982 Gandhi 1981 Chariots of Fire 1980 Ordinary People* 1979 Kramer Vs. Kramer 1978 The Deer Hunter 1977 Annie Hall 1976 Rocky 1975 One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest …Slow but Steady – https://turtlebella.wordpress.com […]

  4. I never do movie memes because I always think that I haven’t seen enough movies….but on this one, my answers would be very, very similar to yours–especially on the ones I’m never going to see (and for the same reasons!)

  5. “Mel Gibson-ness.”

    ahahahaha

    Dickens is…put it this way, I like him a lot better when he’s -not- trying to be good. That is, his villains are kind of excellent; his heroes and heroines generally make me want to barf up a lung.

  6. […] I’m sure movie memes are a dime a million, but I’ve never done one …By turtlebella1986 Platoon 1985 Out of Africa 1984 Amadeus 1983 Terms of Endearment 1982 Gandhi 1981 Chariots of Fire 1980 Ordinary People* 1979 Kramer Vs. Kramer 1978 The Deer Hunter 1977 Annie Hall 1976 Rocky 1975 One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest …Slow but Steady – https://turtlebella.wordpress.com […]

  7. Give The Bridge on the River Kwai a look. It’s not as war-centric as you’d think.


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