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)

Monday, February 13, 2012

New York Romance Movies List

Why not spend Valentine's Day snuggling up with some Movie Romances, New York style!

Here are some Favorite New York-set Romances.

I've always been a big fan of When Harry Met Sally (1989). Say what you will about it, I find the Film to be endlessly charming, quotable and with some of the best New York Locations you'll find on Film. Moonstruck (1987) also falls into this category. Wildly popular, but for a good reason. It's also notable for being one of Nic Cage's last sexy roles (The last being Wild At Heart in 1990)

Because of the absolute dreck that lies out there in the genre (the recent New York-set Something Borrowed immediately comes to mind), the Romantic Film usually gets a bad rap. But, Romantic Films aren't all bad. There are clearly some good Movies in the genre (There are well over 100 titles in this list alone!). Besides some of the more obvious choices, here are 10 from this list that are good Romantic fun:

They All Laughed (1981)
Crossing Delancey (1988)
Willie and Phil (1980)
Trust (1990)
Mr. Jealousy (1997)
The First Time (1983)
Starting Over (1979)
Living Out Loud (1998)
Three of Hearts (1993)
Love at First Bite (1979)

More of Cinema Du Meep's New York Madness:

New York Horror Movies List
Forgotten/Off The Beaten Track New York Movies
Geographical Movies, New York Style
DVD Evaders - Forgotten New York Movies
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