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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Two Movies

I'm way too angry about the Fas expenses and all sorts of nose-in-the-trough nonsense going on among the ruling elite in Ireland this week to even write about it.

There are things that need to be said, but they'll have to wait until I calm down sufficiently first.

In the meantime, let me pose a question that kept me thinking much of this past week.

Recently, a good friend of mine celebrated his birthday by hiring a cinema for his friends for the evening. He got to choose which films to show, and picked two of his favourites. Now, this is actually more fraught than it may seem.

For example, that Seventies blaxploitation movie that you find hilarious might not go down so well among all your mates. Equally, your penchant for obscure early sci-fi horrors, or ponderous foreign black-and-whites.

I've been trying to decide what two movies I'd have shown in similar circumstances (fyi - my pal showed a sci-fi film that received a mixed response and a Woody Allen film that was universally adored).

In the end, I reckon I'd go with Wings of Desire (yes, I know, foreign black-and-whites ought to be a no-no, but this is just too beautiful for most people not to enjoy it) and Doctor Zhivago (the proper 1965 version which has EVERYTHING - Julie Christie, Omar Sharif, Alec Guinness, opulence, romance, star-crossed lovers, trains, snow, gulags, Soviet soldiers, you name it.)

What two movies would YOU force your best friends to sit through?


Peter Slattery said...

Two excellent choices there. I commend you! As for my personal choices... For sheer cinematic brilliance and mind-blowing visuals- 2001: A Space Odyssey. Now, I'm well aware of the mixed feelings towards this film. And the length. But any ill will would be abated by my second choice- The Big Lebowski. You just cant go wrong with The Dude and Walter Sobchak.

JC Skinner said...

Like my pal did, and as I would, you've gone for the strategy of one 'risky' film followed by a nailed-on popular choice.
And you're quite correct - the Dude abides. Don't forget to invite me if you're ever screening those!