Tuesday, February 21, 2012

10 Movies About Movies

Having now watched two of 2011's most Oscar nominated Films that happen to be about Movies, Hugo and The Artist, I was kind of surprised at how lackluster they really are.

The Artist struck me as a Movie at it's core about Hollywood ego, but without the Filmmakers really understanding that or conveying it a bit more honestly. It's characters are wrapped up in cozy sentimentality, but I couldn't quite care about them. Instead I was left a bit cold, watching a Movie that constantly relies on it's gimmick of a Silent Film format. That's not a terrible notion mind you, it's just not enough for me to enjoy. I could only imagine what someone like Alfred Hitchcock would think about a Movie about Actors and their ego!

Hugo is Martin Scorsese's bid at a Family Film. But hey, since this is Scorsese, that just isn't enough. And that's fine. Except, the Movie, with all of it's elaborate set pieces, somehow doesn't inspire a lot of wonder. The Film gets lost in it's second half as it's revealed all along to not really be a Kid's Film after all, but rather a Movie that is a morality tale about Film preservation and Filmmakers who don't adapt to the changing times. Although Scorsese's heart is in the right place, the fact remains if I had seen this Movie as a kid, I would have been bored or more likely, ambivalent. Plus, what was up with everyone being British? Hugo was set in Paris. C'est la vie...

There have been plenty of better Movies about Movies, and here are 10 of my Favorites:

Boogie Nights (1997)

Sunset Boulevard (1950)

Day for Night (1973)

Cecil B. Demented (2000)

Living in Oblivion (1995)

S.O.B. (1981)

Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994)

Ed Wood (1994)

Beware of a Holy Whore (1971)


Pax Romano said...

all terrific picks! I love Boogie Nights, Sunset Blvd, Cecil B. Demented, and SOB.

CS said...

Glad to see Wes Craven's New Nightmare and Hollywood Shuffle on the list. Many seem to overlook those two films which is a shame. Besides those films I am also very found of Boogie Nights and Living in Oblivion.

Of your list I still need to see Beware of the Holy Whore, S.O.B., and Day for Night.

Rupert Pupkin said...

Love that BOOGIE NIGHTS Poster! Was considering showing my son LIVING IN OBLIVION soon. Had to acquire the now OOP dvd.

Ed South said...

Three Words: Winky Dinky Dog!

Cinema Du Meep said...

There were quite a few decent flicks to choose from. Maybe I'll come up with a sequel for this list at some point.

Thanks guys.

Rupert-- I love that you're going to show your son that. I bet he'll like it!

Alex Jowski said...

Great list. All amazing movies.

Dave Enkosky said...

Glad to see Hollywood Shuffle and Ed Wood on the list. Those are definitely two of my favorites.

Direct to Video Connoisseur said...

A great list, and I think it does a great job putting your comments on The Artist and Hugo in perspective. Hollywood Shuffle, for instance, was a great inclusion, same with Boogie Nights and Cecil B. Demented-- movies about movies that look at film from a variety of angles, and not always positive ones. One you didn't have that I always liked was Barton Fink. Don't know what I'd drop from your list to include it though.

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