There was a rightly short-lived discussion on which movies in the 24 movie James Bond franchise are “canon”. Does it really matter?
Since I’m a strange, introverted bastard (well, being a bastard doesn’t have much to do with the rest of this article, but indeed, my parents weren’t married when I was born), I began reflecting on what I actually know about movies. This began with me watching Last Year in Marienbad and thus stumbling upon a branch of French New Wave known as Left Bank. According to Wikipedia, Left Bank looked at movies as one more art form among others, while the core New Wave people were more about finding a language of its own for their movies.
Anyhow, it got me thinking: If I hadn’t heard of this movement, which apparently has some historical signifance, how much do I really know about movies? Can I quantify it somehow?
Due to my job situations, I moved recently. I had a lot of personal property. I had lived in my previous apartment for seven years and even though I had given away books at various times, mostly I had pretty much been hoarding stuff. Not really in the psychological problem sense, but I had a lot of things I had no real use for.
Therefore I gave away a huge chunk of it. I gave away well over a 1000 CDs, I gave away around hundred World of Darkness books, I ditched a lot of books, and about two thirds of my boardgame collection (around 80 games, I believe) and that was only the beginning.
However, I did not give away or get rid of any of my DVDs or BluRays. And here’s why.
I guess this is our Christmas greeting of sorts.
I’m personally not a big fan of Christmas, so these might not be exactly what you expect.
So, you might have noticed that Finland turned 100 this Wednesday (December 6th). Now, there’s a lot of reasons to like Finland, especially as a Finn, but I also feel that the country has devolved into something I don’t quite like recently.
I did want to celebrate the 100th in my own way here on the blog, but for various reasons I didn’t get this done until now, so here goes: My favorite Finnish movies.
New Mutants, to be released during Spring 2018, seems to be a fully fledged horror movie. Of course, I don’t know about the details, but this is what the trailer seems to promise. We’ll see what we get. It doesn’t get a prime release date, but April has been fertile ground for movies in the past few years, so it’s not dumped either.
What this is indicative of, is that these movies are no longer simple straight-forward action movies. Instead, studios have been venturing out into different directions with their work. Sure, we still have those movies where the teams gets together to fight the Big Bad, but that would become boring if done too much (and to me, it actually already has).
In case you want skip my ramblings, feel free to do so. I want be offended, since they are for me mostly anyhow.
There’s two reasons I wanted to do this list. First, What the Flick?! started a series about the best horror movies of this century, which got me thinking about this and I brought it up on our forums as well, where it sparked a little bit of discussion on the subject. Second, I’ve done my Top 100 favorite movies every five years (so, once during the history of this blog, and I’ve done it two times before) and I always enjoy doing those lists, but I also need to give them space, so I don’t want to do them more often. This is more about giving me something to do in between those. I’ll probably do others with different focuses as well.
As a forty year-old guy, I probably shouldn’t really talk about feminism, but I’m going to.
Also: A warning – I wrote this while on a bus ride from a city to city, which meant I was without access to the Internet for part of the way and I wasn’t able to fact-check while writing, so I might have wild assumptions within the text, which I forgot to check later. Oh well.
What prompted me to do this? First, of course, the Joss Whedon debacle and today I heard there’s going to be a new version of Lord of the Flies with an all female cast.
Is exploitation seeping into the mainstream?