Every month, on the fifth of the month, Ruth over at Flixchatter has a special post entitled 5 for the Fifth, where she asks us five entertainment related questions to gather our opinions on them. I generally try and respond with my own post exploring my answers to those questions, mostly because it's fun to elaborate and her questions are always so interesting. is special, for she asked me to be a quest for her post and so I got to ask a question!
Wait for it...
This question was obviously inspired by Independence Day, which we just had over the weekend (thank you careless neighbor for setting off your fireworks directly in front of my house at midnight and waking up my three year old AND my eleven month old and causing me to have 'kids with nightmares' for the next two hours).
For me, there has always been one blockbuster film that I had no qualms watching over and over, and in my late teens I made it almost a monthly tradition. I'm talking about The Fast and the Furious. It has some of the dumbest aspects to it, the plot is rather under-worked and Paul Walker (R.I.P.) was such a horrific actor, and yet the car race scenes were awesome, Ja Rule had that hilarious cameo and the whole 'Vin Diesel can lift Michele Rodriguez by her butt cheeks' kind of got me riled up when I was a teenager. It was just a whole lot of fun. Every time I'd watch the film I'd swear to work out more, but that never happened.
And that soundtrack was pretty awesome too! Nostalgia at its finest.
This one doesn't have James Franco, so I'm more inclined to be excited, and the early word is really good for this one. I rather liked Rise of the Planet of the Apes, so at least there is a good feeling associated with this reboot (especially since I was largely skeptical of the whole thing). That being said, something about that trailer didn't really work for me, and so I'm wondering how well this is going to work. I'm on the fence with how I feel it will all work out, but I'm totally in for the ride.
I think composers going on concert is such an inspired and interesting idea, and I wish I lived overseas too, but for MANY reasons!
For me, this new breed of composers would make a really interesting concert. Clint Mansell is probably king, for me at least. The scores composed for all of Aronofsky's films (Noah, Requiem for a Dream, The Fountain), not to mention films like Stoker and Abandon, are marvelous. So much atmosphere captured in every musical note. He understands how to layer an entire experience and create a complete character all its own.
Nathan Johnson is also really inspired. I love his work with his cousin Rian, for it has brought such depth to these films. His scores for The Brothers Bloom and Brick are just exquisite.
But breaking away from the more experimental (at least from a rough and modernist standpoint), I think my favorite composer working today is Dario Marianelli. I mean, come on. The man is a genius of sound. His work alongside Joe Wright is some of the best film pairings I've ever seen. He breaths such life into Wright's work. Atonement was such an inspired work, incorporating the themes alongside what could have been gimmick (but never was), and his recent work on Anna Karenina is deliciously theatrical, while maintaining a level of intimacy needed to make it feel fresh. It's no wonder that Marianelli has three Fisti Awards to his name!
And who are we kidding. We can hate Slumdog Millionaire all we want, but we all know an A.R. Rahman concert was be pretty awesome.
Guess what girl; I don't really watch TV at all. Like, I watch cooking competition shows and reruns of The King of Queens, but that's about it. It is such an investment of my time and energy to get into a television show, and I always find myself missing the first few episodes and I hate playing catch-up. The only show I ever watched all the way through to completion (from season one till the series finale) was The Sopranos, and that wasn't even when it was airing...it was years afterward. I tried Mad Men, tried Glee, tried something else that I can't remember but ultimately I gave up on all of them a season or two in.
Now, I did just watch all of Fargo, which was pretty awesome, and I'm hoping that they come back for another season. I also plan of watching Gotham this fall, because I think it looks awesome (and I have been obsessed with Benjamin McKenzie for years despite never having actually watched him in anything (he looks so much like a young Russell Crowe to me, so I've been secretly crossing my fingers for a career to blossom for him).
We've finally arrived at my contribution to this post. I've dedicated the better part of this year into delving into the 40's, which was the one decade of film I was least versed in, and I've found it to be such a bounty of awesome. In exploring this decade, I've discovered that each decade of film, while varied and full of individual flavor, tend to carry a distinct flavor, or at least be remembered for a certain genre or style. I think of screwball comedies when I think of the 30's, noir's when I think of the 40's, French New Wave when I think of the 60's, pulpy melodramas when I think of the 80's...
Yes, there was MUCH more in each decade of film, but those are the first things I call to mind.
So, I wanted to know what decades were the richest for you to discover. I'm finding so much joy in the 40's right now, but I'm still sorely underversed, so I can't say it's my favorite decade. But, it's getting up there. Right now, the 60's still reign supreme (with the 90's trailing VERY closely behind). Everyone who knows me here knows that I worship the likes of Godard, Fellini and Truffaut. Their contributions to cinema have held such incredible weight and have lasted so long (and have felt so modern in their scope) that I can't help but feel inclined to call the decade of their surge (yes, they made films before and after as well) to be the best of the best.