The 12 Movies Meme, or If I Held a Film Festival

I came across a meme the other day over at Bamboo Killers that sounded like fun. Originally started at Lazy Eye Theatre, the idea is to post your dream film festival à la Diablo Cody‘s turn at New Beverly Cinema.

Moulin Rouge!

To kick off my festival, I’m starting with two films that seem to split the crowd between passionate love and passionate hate. My feelings about these two films fall into the “love” category, which is appropriate since this is my imaginary film festival.

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Edward Scissorhands

The most recent Burton-Depp collaboration followed by the first one seemed an appropriate way to pay homage to the pairing that has nearly become a genre in and of itself.

The War
Summer Stock

For Siblings Night, I polled my sisters for their picks. What came out of that was two films featuring siblings from my siblings that are generally underappreciated. I’m taking my middle sister’s word for that on the first pick, which I haven’t seen since it came out. The second one is a Judy Garland-Gene Kelly musical that is really quite charming. It’s my youngest sister’s favorite movie, and I actually prefer it over the better-known Singin’ in the Rain.


Ever After

I originally had The Princess Bride slotted in Ever After‘s spot for Fairytale Night, but I think fewer people have seen Ever After. I think both of my choices are underappreciated, but, more importantly, they’re both a lot of fun. Ever After had quite an influence on one of my first screenplays, and Stardust is going to have a major influence on what I’m writing for NaNoWriMo this year as well.

Playing by Heart

While it’s grown in popularity, too many people still have not seen Once. As for my second pick, I think the only people who have ever heard of this movie are people I’ve told about it. I found it during the height of my X-Files mania when I was exploring the filmographies of Gillian Anderson (who stars) and David Duchovny. The cast is really phenomenal: Sean Connery, Gena Rowlands, Ryan Phillippe, Dennis Quaid, Madeleine Stowe, Jay Mohr, Ellen Burstyn, Jon Stewart, and a very young Angelina Jolie, among others.

The Wizard of Oz

And we end with two undeniable classics. I don’t think either one of these needs much explanation. It just felt right to end with two paragons of cinema, and these are the two that jumped to mind. They also made this list of the Top 50 Movie Endings, which seemed fitting for the last night of my imaginary film festival.

So, there you have it. This little exercise has made me wish I had my own little theatre so I could actually run festivals like this. Alas, the start-up cash for such a venture eludes me for the time being. Maybe some day. For now, maybe I’ll just have to run my own one-man, one-viewer film festival in my own home.

6 thoughts on “The 12 Movies Meme, or If I Held a Film Festival

  1. Where is your Kung-Fu movie night? Or dramadies! If it were my pretend festival I think I’d have to add a Kung-Fu night featuring House of Flying Daggers and perhaps a Jackie Chan movie. I’d also have a Dramady night with Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Thank You for Smoking and of course I have to have an action night probably with the most recent Die Hard film and something else full of actiony goodness. 🙂

    So when are you having this movie festival anyway 🙂

  2. I do agree with “lee horne” but a lot of those movies, in my opinion, are similar. You’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all.

    Of course, Sarah couldn’t have added my “Vanilla Sky” choice, which I thought was awesome. Very underrated film, probably because Tom Cruise is in it, but oh well, still a great movie. But, I am glad my choice for “The War” was used! 🙂

  3. Once ripped off Alan Menken's Oscar for Enchanted >:[

    Summer stock rules (:

    (this is kate btw, I couldn't get it to put my name)

  4. If you were to actually watch Once, you might not feel so bitter about it winning over Enchanted. 🙂 I mean, Enchanted‘s great, but so is Once

  5. Pingback: My Film Festival Redux « Elizabethan Theatre

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