We’re coming to the end of the summer blockbuster season and I must confess I’m not sad about it. Of the summer’s releases my favorite was Rango, but the big budget, supersized special effects offerings didn’t do much for me. I’m not a movie snob. I like any genre–comedy, epic, animation, sci-fi and even horror. I’ll watch a movie at the theater, at home or even on a plane. I judge a movie by the writing, storyline and cinematography. I also like it when there is a surprise or two.
This Labor Day weekend I plan to spend some of my time relaxing with a good movie or two or three. How about you? Are movies going to be part of your holiday plans? If so I recommend the following:
- Barry Lyndon (1975)
- directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring Ryan O’Neal
- Set in 18th-century England, it’s a period movie done in Stanley Kubrick’s quirky style.
- Trailer: http://www.imdb.com/video/screenplay/vi247005465/
- Amélie (2001)
- directed by Jean-Paul Jeunet and starring Audrey Tautou
- I love the colors and imagery in this movie. It’s a visual treat as well as a touching story. It’s in French with subtitles.
- Trailer: http://www.imdb.com/video/screenplay/vi2330460441/
- Being There (1979)
- directed by Hal Ashby and starring Peter Sellers, Shirley MacLaine, Jack Warden and Melvyn Douglas
- This movie’s script is brilliant. It’s a “mistaken for greatness” story with fabulous wit and dry humor.
- Trailer: http://www.imdb.com/video/screenplay/vi489947929/
- Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
- directed by Chris Columbus and starring Robin Williams, Sally Field and Pierce Brosnan
- Who doesn’t love a good tale of cross-dressing? This is one of my favorite Robin Williams comedies with plenty of slapstick and hilarious lines.
- Trailer: http://www.imdb.com/video/screenplay/vi2564882713/
So those are a few of my favorites. What do you suggest I add to my movie-watching list?