Monday, May 23, 2011

Book Nook - May is music & movies month - part 4

Have you ever gone to see a movie & as you're leaving the theatre, practically forget everything you just saw?  Within a day, you've forgotten most of the scenes....maybe one day you'll completely forget you even saw the movie?  I really hate movies that are so generic that they make no lasting impression on the viewer.  So, today I thought I'd post about a few movies that are just the opposite (for me, anyway): movies that I remember years later: scenes, dialogue, imagery, etc.  Movies that are both enjoyable and memorable.

The Truman Show starring Jim Carey is an intriguing movie.  In the film, Carey plays a man who is the ultimate & original reality star: from his birth he has been filmed 24 hours a day.  He lives in a perfect, 50's style world where everyone is pleasant and happy.  Americans love Truman and his show is a huge success.  The only thing is, Truman is completely unaware that he is the subject of this show and that the world he lives in is a made-up fantasy land where everyone in his life is a paid actor.

Truman starts to suspect things are a little off.  He is captivated, even years later, by a pretty girl he knew in high school who tried to tip him off to the truth.  He sees his long lost father (an actor that was let go) on the street one day.  As Truman starts to dig further and further into his reality, the producers are behind the scenes, throwing everything his way to prevent him from discovering the truth.

This is a movie that makes you think, that you'll love to discuss and contemplate with others over coffee or chai after you see it.  I haven't seen it in years, but I still find the premise of it fascinating.

Contact starring Jodie Foster and Matthew McConaughey.  I love this movie about what it would be like to make contact with aliens.  It is so different from your typical alien movie, though & that's the best part.

Jodie Foster stars as an astronomer who lives her life with one goal: reaching extra-terrestrial life in the far depths of space.  In her lab, she listens to sounds from deep space.  One day, these sounds drastically change, and it is Dr. Arroway (Foster's character) who is able to decipher the sounds to determine that it is actually a message from the unknown.

The real magic in the movie is the actual meeting of the aliens - it is done in an ingenious & sensitive way.  There are so many movies with alien themes and so many of them are the same as the one before, but this one differentiates itself from the others.  I think it's about time I watched this one again.

Ferris Bueller's Day Off starring Matthew Broderick.  This is a classic 80's movie about a teenager who ditches school one day.  Matthew Broderick plays the eponymous Ferris Bueller, who is lovable, charming and a bit mischievous.

Ferris feigns an illness to get out of school, and his parents comply like putty in his hands.  Through some pretty elaborate schemes, he manages to get his best friend, Cameron, and his girlfriend, Sloane, out of school as well.  While he's off exploring Chicago in Cameron's dad's priceless 1961 Ferrari (well, actually the parking attendants get more mileage out of it than Ferris and his friends), there are outside forces determined to expose Ferris' deception: his cranky sister Jeanie and the school's principal, who cross paths in a really funny plot point.

All through the movie, Ferris stops periodically to talk directly to us, the audience.  We are in on the secret and on his side.  Save Ferris!

What are some movies that left a memorable impression on you?  Please share!


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