Friday, March 25, 2011

So bad they're good.

Okay, so I know i'm supposed to be a rational and sensible media student and have valid and intelligent views when it comes to film and the impact of cinema and blah blah blah.
But seriously, awful films are one of my favourite things in the world.

Not awful films as in films that are just generally bad, like Spiderman 3 or the Blade trilogy, but films that are so bad, they're good.


Anyway, I compiled a list of my personal Top 5 'So-bad-it's-good' films, and here they are.

1. The Faculty

A film about blood-hungry alien teachers at a high school in Middle America, wherein the only hope for survival is a group of misfit, angst-ridden, bitchy teenagers. (featuring Josh Hartnett. ofc.)
Yes, it is as bad as it sounds. But what else would you expect from the writers of 'Scream'?

The acting is terrible, the special effects are hilarious and the whole thing culminates in the hunting of the 'Queen' alien in a school gym, but seriously, this is worth the wasted time. Totally a film you'd love to hate. Plus it features a teenage Elijah Wood, and who can really deny wanting to watch that?

My advice: watch with popcorn and friends that don't take themselves very seriously.

2. Cursed

Okay, this is directed by Wes Craven, and I have a lot of love for 'The Crow', so when I first watched 'Cursed', I was slightly defensive of it, but really, do not expect much.

A Werewolf attack leaves Christina Ricci and Jesse Eisenberg with the 'mark of the beast' and a mission to kill the creature that started it all...yeah, that's basically it.

Hilarious, (intentionally so, this film does not take itself seriously as a slasher or a supernatural thriller) some good acting, a cameo from Bowling for Soup and a Were-dog (no, i'm not joking.).

My advice: look out for a confession scene between characters Bo and Jimmy, and try not to die laughing.

3. Get Over It

Oh come on! Everybody loves a cheesy romcom, and this one has Sisquo in it. BONUS POINTS.

Socially average high-school guy joins the cast of his school's musical adaptation (yes, musical) of Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' in order to try and win back his ex-girlfriend and show-up the new guy.

Features a young Kirsten Dunst, some very catchy tunes and some genuine laugh out loud moments, which, when combined, kind of overshadow the whole bad-acting and an awful attempt at an English accent by Shane West.

My advice: watch alone or with close friends to avoid damage to your reputation as a serious cinema-goer. Try not to get the irritatingly catchy show-tunes and soundtrack stuck in your head. No really, I dare you.

4. The Love Guru

White Indian guru schools American hockey player in the ways of love in order to win back his wife.
Theres literally nothing else.

Cheap jokes? yep. Innuendo-ridden place names? yep. Verne Troyer? Oh please, it's a Mike Myers movie.

This film is base, predictable and ridiculous, but genuinely fun to watch. Features Jessica Alba as typical-female-role-filler and Justin Timberlake in a Speedo, which, let's be fair, is reason enough to watch it.

My advice: Learn to love the relentless innuendo this film throws at you. Don't watch with pedants or people who hated Austin Powers more than Hitler.

5. Lesbian Vampire Killers

Two friends' lives turn rubbish, so they decide to go hiking...through a remote village in the English countryside where all the women happen to be under a curse whereby they are lesbian vampires.

Judge me if you must, but this film genuinely made me laugh. Features James Corden and Mathew Horne (of Gavin and Stacey fame), some quite good writing, and a couple of English in-jokes that aren't so 'in' that our friends across the clearlylargerthanapond will still be able to chuckle at.

My advice: Don't watch with over-sensitive friends (come now, I can be a feminist with the best of them, but this film is not to be taken seriously.). do watch with a lot of junk food and prepare yourself for the unashamedly forthright ways in which aforementioned lesbian vampires are killed.

Honorable Mention:

White Chicks

Just go and watch it. If you don't laugh at least once, I'm not gonna eat my hat, but you can if you'd like.

Look out for: Vanessa Carlton's absurdly catchy song, incessant poking-of-fun at the hoi-polloy of California, the Wayans Brothers being...well, the Wayans Brothers.

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Opinions shouldn't be barriers.

Yesterday, I had a politics lesson that wasn't really going anywhere due to the teacher not being in and it being a monday morning.

Just as a bit of background info, there are seven girls in my class, including myself, and four guys.

Apparantly, a football team that 3/4 of the boys supported had lost a game the night before, and that meant the end of said boys' happy lives (football isn't my thing and I find it tedious, but I'm aware that LOT of people were disappointed by the result of said game, so I kind of just let them get on with it.).

I wasn't paying much attention, opting to doodle on my notes and figure out what I wanted to eat when I got home, but when I looked up again, the class were arguing about the relevance of football.
Some girls in the class argued that it was ridiculous to be so upset about a game that had no major influence on the world, and that was intended as entertainment; whilst the boys argued that they had developed a love for their team and wanted them to win in order to feel the sense of unity and community created amongst fans after a victory.

I went back to my doodling, pondering the arguments I'd heard.

Then someone said something that bypassed irritating me, and sent me into a silent rage:

"I'm not being funny, but you're a girl. I don't expect you to understand the importance of football, you don't know anything about it. It's just typical of women to say that loving your team is ridiculous, when you all love stupid things like shoes and gossip."


Having not previously been part of the conversation, I didn't immediately speak out, but as I listened to the other girls' rebuttles I was basically disgusted to hear that they weren't standing up for themselves, or indeed womankind, but instead were continuing to say that football was 'stupid.'

The thing running through my head at this point was 'sweet baby Jesus, someone needs to tell these people how ridiculous they are.'

So I calmed myself and joined in with the conversation, stating that whilst football was intended for entertainment, it's probably a good thing that it encourages a sense of community in fans; but that the dismissal of women's views regarding it was disgusting.

Then i may have been a bit rude and referenced that this boy's claim that 'women don't understand men's stuff' was clearly founded on ignorance and arrogance, considering that politics itself is male-dominated but that there were more women than men in our class, and that he as an individual isn't amazing at the subject.

I don't fully remember his response, but it was something to do with football being a man's game and me being rude and offensive for dismissing their love of the game and their want to talk about it. At which point I laughed.

My counter-argument went off point, something that irks me but that I can't do anything about, and I told him that considering the bigger picture, the fact that there is a revolution in Libya, has been an earthquake in NZ and are apparantly tornadoes headed for Australia, I have no qualms in being unenthralled by his tales of football woe, and that surely he could understand my lack of sympathy for his 'plight'

I'm not going to give a full rundown of the rest of the conversation, which went on to discuss sex and university and was, quite frankly, infuriating; but the point I wanted to make was that whilst it's absolutely fine to be interested and empassioned by things like sports, film, music etc, our passion shouldn't act as a barrier to rational thought and the consideration of others' position in society.

The ignorance of my generation toward the current situation in the middle east and the fact that women still earn less than men for doing the same jobs are prime examples of this, proving that people nowadays are interested in current affairs and the suffering of others only until those affairs aren't directly linked to their own life anymore, forgetting that the universe does not stop and start at their request.

In short, since I've gone on a football flavoured tangent in a post originally intended to be about equality and fairness, go ahead and get excited and emotional over whatever you choose to get excited and emotional over, just don't forget that whether it's the girl sitting across from you or the man on the other side of the world that just lost his family in a war, people have feelings and the world is bigger than your opinion.