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Friday, January 29, 2010

Friday's Top 5... Things I Learned From The Last Decade of Film

#5: If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball
Self-explanatory, really, and an excellent life lesson.

#4: Every couple of years someone will declare that the Musical is back
Some of my favourite films are musicals, but I've pretty much accepted that the genre is basically dead. Every couple of years it will sputter back to life for a moment but then just as quickly it will fade away. How about this for a rule: the musical cannot be officially declared "back" until there are at least three musical hits a year for three consecutive years.

#3: A promising career can be ruined in the blink of an eye
Hey, remember when Lindsay Lohan was poised to become a bona fide movie star? One of, perhaps, limited abilities but likeable enough to draw a sizeable audience? Well, from 1998 until 2004, that's exactly what she was. And then, about a minute and a half after Mean Girls came out, it all started to go downhill. The jury's still out on whether she'll prove to be a Tatum O'Neil or a Drew Barrymore.

#2: I... just don't get it
Maybe I'm just getting old (God I'm only 27!), but I kind of don't get why some newer stars are considered "hot." I mean, Robert Pattinson, Zac Effron and Megan Fox all look to me like they've climbed out of the uncanny valley. Put any of them next to a wax figure of themselves, and I doubt I'd know the difference.

#1: There is virtually no situation in life in which a quote from Anchorman cannot be appropriately applied
... and any situation that proves to be the exception to this rule is a situation I don't ever want to find myself in. Stay classy, internet.


Aiden R. said...

Man, LiLo, what the hell happened there? What a mess. Awesome points though, Robert Pattinson can eat it for all I care. Keep it up.

Vanessa said...

I get the feeling I should put Anchorman on my netflix list?!
Great Top 5! I agree on "the new hot stars". They look like kids to me!

Anh Khoi Do said...

Okay, where do I start?

#4: I've never been a fan of musicals and I found Chicago entertaining at most (don't throw tomatoes at me). However, I got to admit that I like to see some elements of musicals being integrated to the storyline of a non-musical. For that matter, we can think about the funny performance by Lauren Ambrose in the first season of Six Feet Under.

#3: Lindsay Lohan. Talk about who has yet to learn how to lead a normal life.

#2: I'm not surprised to see Robert Pattinson complaining that the UK's film industry is moribund and forces British actors to be expats in the USA. After all, I doubt that any British film makers would like to work with him. As for Megan Fox, I can't wait to see how she'll get some work by the time she reaches a certain age.

M. Carter @ the Movies said...

Grrrl, you's a woman after my own heart, is what you are! I never understood the Fox/Pattinson obsession, and you are absolutely right that they look, well, like they belong in London's Wax Museum. And you are 30 levels BEYOND right about "Anchorman."

I know, what a great story, right? So compelling and rich.

Wild Celtic said...

This post is fabulous!! I like the way your formatted this. Would like to see more! I'll go see if you've got more "Things I learned from" posts... it's enjoyable.