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    Episode 162 - Scream (w/ Benjamin Lee)

    I have never been a huge fan of horror movies, but I've loved Scream and its sequels since I was like 13. I only watched it because Drew Barrymore was in it, and since I already knew she died early, I was expecting to turn it off after Drew's death. To my surprise, I found those first fifteen minutes to be so gripping and chilling, I watched the entire movie and loved it. After that, I sought out the sequels, and after that, I went back to watch movies like Halloween. So it was definitely my gateway to horror movies. I'll never forget the time in my life when I thought of Scream as my favorite movie ever, and most of the reasons I loved it then still hold up. It has a smart script, genuine scares, and resonant performances. It's a definite yes from me.
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    Episode 150 - The Avengers (w/ Jenelle Riley)

    I was 9 in 2008 when Iron Man came out. For the entire time I have been interested in film, the landscape has been dominated by Marvel movies, and I'm at this point where I'm just apathetic about the whole thing. I was never a huge fan of this franchise, although I saw The Avengers intheaters and loved it at the time. But that was the last time I bothered seeing these movies in the theater. I never cared for the Iron Man movies (despite my undying love for Gwyneth Paltrow) and the rest of them, I just waited until they were on HBO or something. The part of Age of Ultron with Hawkeye and Linda Cardellini on the farm is my favorite part of any MCU film. But there is so little of that human, thought-provoking introspection in the rest of the films, it's hard for me to care at this point. It's all action and quips, and none of it is that memorable or distinct anymore. Not even Black Panther could get me excited again. I took one look at how many new characters were on the poster and thought 'this is daunting'. I still like this movie on its own. It's fun and enjoyable to watch, more than I can say about a lot of superhero movies these days. And I understand the cultural impact argument, as this is the movie that really kicked off the trend of cinematic universes. However, I am not entirely convinced that the Canon would be missing something without this specific film. If the slot we are filling here is "early 21st-century superhero movie" then I would much rather The Dark Knight or Raimi's Spider-Man. It's a no from me.
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    Episode 140 - My Fair Lady vs. Mary Poppins (w/ Russ Fischer)

    My Fair Lady is my favorite movie of all time. I will never forget the first time I saw it. I was in the 9th grade and it came on TCM one afternoon and my eyes were just glued to the screen. I think it is gorgeously made, every frame is perfect. It has since become the movie I watch whenever I'm not in a great mood because I know it will make me smile for two and a half hours. I have now seen it several times and it is always a satisfying and rewarding viewing experience. As a lover of musicals, I was really baffled by Amy saying she likes it when people who can't really sing do their own singing. To me, there is nothing worse than when a performer cannot hit the notes as written. It drives me insane, it's like nails on a chalkboard. There are times when a film can get away with it (such as in La La Land where the songs aren't especially difficult to sing), but you can never, ever get away with it on stage. That is why, for films like MFL that is adapting a Broadway classic with a beautifully intricate Lerner and Loewe score, dubbing is the option I prefer. That way you get the best of both worlds - acting and singing - and the majority of the audience doesn't know the difference. Another reason I'm glad they dubbed Hepburn's vocals with those of the immensely talented Marni Nixon is that I get to enjoy Hepburn's performance without that her singing is weak (Actually Hepburn had a lovely voice, but nowhere near the range that Eliza's songs are written in). Yes, it would have been great to see Julie Andrews recreate her work (go listen to the original Broadway cast recording - it's heavenly), but I think Hepburn's acting is truly spectacular. This is my favorite of all the Audrey Hepburn makeover movies because the transformation is so exaggerated. In the beginning, we know that it is Audrey Hepburn, the most beautiful and glamorous woman in the world, deliberately made to look un-glamorous, so the tension for the first chunk of the movie is getting to the point where she becomes the Audrey Hepburn we know and love. And then we get the second half of the movie, where Eliza comes to a new understanding of everything the upper-class culture values so highly, and it is so much more impactful because the audience then realizes that seeing Audrey Hepburn in a stunning ballgown was not the point of the movie. It adds another layer to the film that isn't really as pronounced in other versions of the story. From a musical standpoint, I was kind of shocked to hear people say they think the music in Mary Poppins is better. Sure it's much more popular and maybe more catchy, but Lerner and Loewe's musical score for My Fair Lady is one of the all-time bests. It's more lyrically clever and melodically intricate than any of the songs in Mary Poppins. There's going to be a Broadway revival of My Fair Lady this spring with Diana Rigg as Mrs. Higgins. I, of course, bought my tickets the minute they went on sale. I really do not want to make the high art vs popular entertainment argument because I hate that argument and think it's lazy, but I can't help but point out that MFL is the film with more to say. I know that Mary Poppins is definitely going to win this, and I'm fine with that because that is a great movie that I love as well. This brings up an interesting debate about your personal favorites vs. films that are incredibly culturally significant. I think there is room for both in the Canon, and I will gladly agree that Mary Poppins absolutely deserves to be there. But, as for my vote, my heart will always belong to My Fair Lady.
  4. I'm going Philadelphia Story. I actually prefer both Bringing up Baby and Holiday to either of these films, but Philadelphia Story is pure magic. The combination of three of the greatest stars there ever were in Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, and Jimmy Stewart (not to mention Ruth Hussey!) is just impossible to resist. His Girl Friday has always been difficult to me to really get into, although I liked it more on this watch than I have previously and I love Roz Russell's performance. When comparing classic movies, I usually try to think of what film I could more easily convince other people my age to watch, and here that movie is definitely Philadelphia Story, and I'm planning on making my friends watch it with me again over Christmas. I do think it's kind of bizarre that Jimmy Stewart won his only Oscar for this movie. I mean, he's terrific, but it isn't even his best performance of 1940 (that would be The Shop Around the Corner).
  5. This is such a tough one because I love both these films. I went with 9 to 5 because of the undeniable cultural impact. The stoner scene and the fantasies are the weakest part for me, the sequence with the corpse I thought was hysterical. Best Little Whorehouse in Texas changes far too many things from the musical for me to consider it one of the greats, but it's widely entertaining for what it is.
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    Episode 98 - Ghostbusters

    I voted no. I have seen this movie twice now and just didn't find it funny at all. I didn't really like the 2016 version either, but I though it was funnier than this one.
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    Female Coming of Age - Whip It

    It's been a couple of years since I have last saw it, but I really love this movie. Would be a great choice, lots to talk about. Thanks for reminding me of this movie, I think I'll find my DVD of it and watch it tomorrow!
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    Homework: Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)

    As of now, I'm leaning no. But I'm curious to hear what Amy and Devin think. While it most be Audrey Hepburn's most iconic role, she has made many, many more deserving films (Roman Holdiay, Sabrina, Nun's Story, My Fair Lady, Wait Until Dark, Two for the Road just to name a few). That's not to say it's a bad film, it's a perfectly good one, I just don't think it's canon-worthy . Also Moon River is an awesome song.
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    Suggestion: Gidget

    Amy mentioned in one episode that she'd like to do a coming of age movie from a female perspective, so why not Gidget? I think it'd be a great discussion.
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    Episode 73: THE LOST WEEKEND

    It's an easy yes for me. Watched it for the first time last week when it was on TCM and fell in love with it. Such an intense, well-acted film with a truly haunting score. Also the use of shadows in the film is very effective. And it's an important film, especially considering how cavalier many movies today are in their depiction of alcohol.
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