- 11939#75 on the ultimate list“ This one is the top of my list because it was a childhood staple of mine. NOTHING compares to Scarlet--her Southern drawl, her awesome shoulders, and that spoiled naivety she exudes with her eyes in almost every scene. I really loved Ashley (her crush the entire movie even though he's madly in love with another woman), and I really loved Rhett Butler too. I wasn't ever that into the Civil War scenes--but the romance, oh the romance. If you've never seen this film, I tell you--you're missing out. If anything, you got to see the beautiful gowns Vivien Leigh dons. Especially that velvet green one she wears as she cascades down the long red stairs of the mansion her character and Rhett later shares.
If you read my description for this list, I'm allowed to say this: I told you I know my outfits. „
- 21997#31 on the ultimate list“ "Jackkkkk....Jackkkkkkk!"
If you have any doubt that I'm not passionate about this movie, you can just ask my apartment mate about that one time during Finals Weeks when I was Youtubing the famous scene from the movie and choking up all over it by myself. And THEN (no, I never just stop there), I proceeded to deliriously act out the scene in front of her, paying no attention to the fact that I was then bawling and shouting at the top of my lungs. Needlesstosay, she was scared. Very, very scared.
But this movie just does it for me. It's Romeo and Juliet--fighting to survive, sacrificing to live. I believe the characters each time and Jackkkk.....oh Jackkkkkkkk. „
- 32007#2112 on the ultimate list“ This movie is awesome. It delicately handles the Beatles songbook with the Vietnam war in such a tasteful way, that I don't even associate it with the Beatles or Vietnam. Really, Across the Universe can stand on its own as a movie that crosses all genres.
Yes it's a musical. But it's also a new story, with new characters, and new songs. The director did not attempt to outshine the Beatles in any way with splashy numbers because let's face it, you can't even possibly try to attempt that. The brilliant part is that the music here is subdued, never over-sung. The melody and lyrics carries itself and the voices are soft and pure. Well, except for the "Let It Be" scene, but believe me, friends--that gospel rendition is necessary, so deliciously necessary.
And the scenes--oh my gosh. They are so beautiful. I especially love Evan Rachel Wood's character "Lucy" singing "Blackbird." The cinematography here is breathtaking, so pure and innocent on one hand, but dark and disturbing in another. All in all, this is my favorite musical ever--and it's not because of character or plot. It's the art.
- 42002#434 on the ultimate list“ This movie practically encapsulates my teenage years. Even today, I still have endearing thoughts for this movie.
Finally, teenage love that's not ALL about getting into someone's pants. It has mature content that isn't X-rated, and the idea that a bad boy CAN go good for you.
Okay, so that last part has marred my mentality for life but how can you NOT believe that it's true after watching Shane West go from hardass truant to cleaned up do-gooder. Sighhh. Isn't that what all girls want? „
- 52005“ Another musical, but much more punk and rock 'n roll than Across the Universe. I love the characters in this film because they all have limitations and issues that bind them together as one (dysfunctional, at times) family.
This story is about love--that love may live on even though life doesn't. „
- 62005#349 on the ultimate list“ I don't care if Joaquin Phoenix is crazy--that guy is a great actor. And Walk the Line is a great movie. Reese Witherspoon is also incredible as June Carter.
The story is what gets me. Again, the bad boy and good girl combo. But unlike A Walk to Remember, the bad boy stays bad and the good girl loves him anyway. That takes my emotional stress up another notch, and that's ALWAYS a good sign as a viewer.
But I think it's how palpable the relationship between Johnny Cash and June Carter is depicted in the movie that really affects me. Every time I watch it (and believe me, it's countless), I really can feel there love. It stays with me for a good on or two days after, no lie. The "good girl" June is also a flawed one, and that makes everything just so very complicated and intense and...relatable.
I mean, life can sometimes be just a big mess can't it? „
- 72006“ Yay, so there's finally a comedy on here. I'm not all romance and tears you know.
And boy do I really laugh my socks off with this film. Jack Black is hilarious in here. It's a mix of a little Napolean Dynamite awkwardness but at a much faster pace and in-your-face sense of humor. And it's totally PG. Not that that really matters, but I think it makes the comedy even more challenging to be successful and I admire that. The jokes aren't dirty so they actually have to be smart. Okay, smart in a completely outrageously stupid way, but that's how smart it is. If you don't get it, then you're probably not that smart. *Oooh, jab*
And the mannerisms are priceless. The contrast of complete ridiculousness and complete rigidness (Jack Black's character is really a priest) in each scenario makes everything even funnier.
Trust me, you'll like it. „
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