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Back to the Basics: My Favorite Old Movies

-Sam Bouchat

These past few months, my idea of relaxation has been defined as grabbing a Diet Dr Pepper out of the fridge, turning off all the lights, and delving into a classic movie. I’m reintroducing myself to the film medium through the eyes of the best directors of generations passed: Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, Francis Ford Coppola, Orson Welles, and others. As an avid movie buff whose current taste lies in explosive action and superheroes, it’s always good to take a step back and remember how film was inspired in the first place.

Let’s take a look back at some of my favorite old-timers.

Rear Window (1954)

If Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly don’t knock you off your feet with just their existence in the same room, then adding the direction of Alfred Hitchcock to the mix is just a fail-safe. One of the most brilliant and influential directors in the history of film, Mr. Hitchcock creates a film where it’s almost unnoticed that there’s only one setting—an apartment belonging to an injured photographer. Across a quaint courtyard, he views the windows and lives of his neighbors while confined to his wheelchair. When one neighbor’s wife goes missing, the photographer (Stewart) and his female suitor (Kelly) begin a frenzied and escalating investigation into a warped murder mystery.

Citizen Kane (1941)

Without a doubt, this film will slam suspense deep into your bones. Orson Welles, who directs and stars in this masterpiece, undergoes a complete emotional transformation. We watch a young newspaper tycoon grow and develop, his life around him becoming warped with his choices and exceedingly apparent flaws. Welles manages to exude so much raw power in the role that it’s hard to believe it’s just a film. It helps to know a bit about William Randolph Hearst—a real life newspaper tycoon upon which Welles’ character is based—before viewing, but it’s not necessary.

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

Weird film, let’s just get that out there. This film is odd. I didn’t understand half of what was going on, but I loved it. It was hilarious, and the comedy was black and delicious. Peter Sellers plays three separate roles flawlessly (I didn’t know he was all three until after I watched it). The film documents a Cold War air strike ordered by one completely mad U.S. General, and the ensuing chaos as the U.S. government attempts to stop it. Dr. Strangelove doesn’t even enter the film until about half and hour in, but, believe me—it’s worth it.

An Affair to Remember (1957)

I would be remiss if I didn’t include a love story on this list, and a love story isn’t really a love story without Cary Grant. Ah, Cary Grant…

This beautiful film catalogs the voyage of a ship traveling from Europe to New York, and a woman (Deborah Kerr) and a man (Mr. Grant) who fall in love aboard that ship. Both are involved with other people at the time, but those people aren’t on the ship, so Mr. Grant and Ms. Kerr find themselves uninhibited in their slow-going and titillating seduction of one another. Upon reaching their destination, they decide to meet up in six months at the Empire State Building if they still love each other. If that doesn’t fill your belly with fuzzies, I don’t know what will.

The Godfather (1972)

Not that old, but brilliant enough to be counted among the classics. If you haven’t seen this film, you don’t love movies. Francis Ford Coppola is a camera genius. The film is three hours, and it’s not too long or too short. Every second means something and every bit of dialogue is some poetic reference to something else. Marlon Brando plays a surprisingly compassionate Italian mob boss in the midst of a mafia war. His sons Michael (Al Pacino), Sonny (James Caan), and Fredo (he’s a jerk, don’t worry about him) all deal with their father and situation in different ways.

The character development is probably the best I’ve seen in any film. There. I said it.

Movies That Should Never, Under Any Circumstances, Be Rereleased in 3D

 

-Sam Bouchat

The 3D movie craze is now in full swing. 3D sequels are popping up left and right to popular franchises like “Men in Black,” “The Avengers,” and “The Hobbit.” Old movies are being rereleased with new 3D effects, like “Titanic” and “Beauty and the Beast.” These re-releases are begging the question: what movies benefit from a 3D refitting? And, perhaps more importantly, which ones should never, for the love of god, enter the realm of 3-demensional cinema.

Here are some movies that, if touched by the 3D want, might just kill us all.

The Exorcist (1973): “Wow! It’s like the projectile vomit is coming right at me!”

Bruno (2009): Some things are best left at a safe distance. A very safe distance. Like, all the way over there. Away from me. Lock the door.

Total Recall (1990): There are few things worse than a fleshy, moist, mutant baby arm reached out of the screen toward your face. One of those things would be if that fleshy baby arm was popping out of a beer belly (shudder).

A Clockwork Orange (1971): Nothing like a disturbing series of horrifying events coming RIGHT AT YOUR FACE to keep you on your toes. You’ll FEEL the cane hitting you over the head! Amazing!

The Godfather (1972): 3D would literally add nothing. Seriously. Biggest waste of an extra $5 you’ll ever spend. Go buy some tacos.

Attack of the Killer Tomatoes (1978): First of all, yes, this movie exists. It’s sitting somewhere in my house on VHS. I watched this as a child. Had it been in 3D, the odds of my having become a functioning adult would have plummeted. I don’t need tomatoes attacking me…not directly, anyway.

The Fountain (2006): Yea, like I wasn’t confused enough without adding a whole other dimension to it. If you can’t grasp the movie in 2 dimensions, you can sure as hell bet you won’t be able to grasp it in 3.

The Dark Knight (2008): It’s perfect. Don’t. Touch. It.

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