Thursday, September 22, 2016
Odd list. Did you look deeper, and notice that "Sound of Music" is pushed up toward the top by women, who gave it 50% more votes than men gave their #2 choice?
Looks to me like this is a list made up of fanboys and fangirls who haven't seen very many movies. Why "Pulp Fiction" (21 from men and 8 from women) and "Goodfellas" (16 from men and 6 from women) instead of "No Country for Old Men" or "Full Metal Jacket"? Pretty even as far as being able to turn it on for a random 20 minutes and getting some dramatically interesting impending gore.
More to the point, I doubt if the people who rank "Gone With the Wind" up at the top of movies to watch many times have ever seen it in its entirety in a theater. I have, and the pacing is interminable if you have to stay in your seat the entire time. They probably only recall highlights that they would like to see again, like the burning of Atlanta or the death of a child. iMDB has it at #157.
So I wonder if any of them have seen any of the classics from the iMDB top list, movies like "The Apartment" or "Rear Window" or "Sunset Boulevard" or "Witness for the Prosecution" or "The Big Lebowski". I can watch any of those over and over, and those aren't even at the top of my re-watch list. (Well, one is.) But there are also a few top films, like "12 Angry Men" and "Paths of Glory", that I love and highly recommend but can't stand to re-watch.
There aren't many men's roles in the movie that make them out as heroes - only the Captain is ready to rise above Nazi-ism whereas all the other men seem ready to embrace it and act to make others embrace it. So I can see why men don't particularly like the movie.
But then, I'm also Catholic, and it's nice to see my culture on the screen in a sympathetic way.
I fell in love with Star Trek in general and Mr. Spock in particular in 1969, when I was eleven. In 1986, I moved into a TV-free household and lived there for a couple of decades, so although I've loved the original series for a very long time, I'm just now starting to watch other Star Trek series.
So far, the other Star Trek shows are just TV to me; they don't have the glow about them that the original series does, possibly because I'm a lot older than eleven now. :-) At eleven, I took it all in uncritically and simply adored it, whereas when my middle-aged self watches the other shows, she's no longer able to take it in uncritically. I guess there's a reason why we need to be careful what we expose children to! Now please go show The Girl "The Devil in the Dark." ;-)