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  1. I don't know - I feel like if you want to say that a movie about a boy who is scared sh*tless because he can see ghosts isn't actually a horror movie, then there needs to be another well-known category that fits. I could see something like TV Guide calling this a "Supernatural Drama," but how big would that category get if you tried to separate it from Horror? I think we all just have to be okay with the fact that there is a lot of grey area and enjoy films for what they are. If a movie veers outside of what we expected of it based on whatever label somebody put on it...does it really matter as long as it's good? 

    Despite the quibbles some people are sharing here, I do think this is a really good movie. It was probably downgraded in a lot of peoples' minds as they got to know more about Shyamalan and were disappointed by some of his other movies, but I generally think it's our responsibility to judge each film on its individual merits as much as is possible (obviously there are some movies that flatly ask us to consider them in light of others).  

    89 seems about right to me, although I'm sure I could probably list 90 movies I like or admire more than The Sixth Sense.

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  2. 6 hours ago, AlmostAGhost said:

    I guess mainly the idea that the songs came first, before the story.  That rubs me the wrong way, and I don't think it's me, I think it shows in the film - that's why most of the songs don't really fit at all (e.g., why we're immediately discussing the Broadway Melody scene). It's a fine movie, but top 5 of all time?  TOP 5?  It never feels that unique to me.  Yes, it is charming and the dancing is awesome.  That's why I gave it 3 stars.  But 1952 is way too late to be all wowed by colors in a film.

    And no, I don't hate joy.  Everyone's all "it's so happy"... but is it?  It is about destroying a good actress' reputation, and there seems to be a message that the audience is dopes ("to save this bad story we'll put songs in it" and then, yup, everyone loves it).  I'm pretty sure The Dancing Cavalier was the Titanic of its day.

    Anyway, I was mainly joking about AMA -- I really don't want to take over a thread when everyone else is feeling it.

    While I think I probably liked Singing' In the Rain a little better than AlmostAGhost, I definitely agree with some of his points. The songs in the movie really don't help move the (limited) plot forward at all. They're just sort of stuck in there in a way that I'm sure annoys people who aren't predisposed to like musicals. The best moments of the movie are excellent on their own, and yes do bring joy. The iconic solo version of the title song as sung and danced by Kelly is particularly wonderful and I have a really soft spot for "Good Morning." On the other hand, the Beautiful Girl Montage, while mildly humorous, is particularly meaningless and seems like an absolute stumble away from the established story and characters without really adding much of value. I also echo the sentiment that "Broadway Melody" is overlong and weirdly out of place (not to mention that a song with that title should probably have a better melody). It sounds like I don't like the movie, which really isn't the case...it just seems that as a whole it might be a little overrated and be living on its few strongest sequences.

    Unfortunately, the Great Movie Ride at Hollywood Studios that Paul mentioned was closed down last year so Amy won't get a chance to see it in person. It was one of my favorite attractions at Walt Disney World and I do encourage people to find a good on-ride video on YouTube to check it out. There were show scenes from Singin' In the Rain, Mary Poppins, Alien, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Casablanca, The Wizard of Oz, and more. Lots of fun.

    As a straight man, I'm in a quandary over the Fuck, Marry, Kill question.

    Except I definitely know that I'd kill Gene Kelly.

    Can my marriage to Donald O'Connor be sexless? If not, do I white-knuckle it through a one-time experience to get to my marriage to Debbie Reynolds? I'm not really sure what the rules of this game are.

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  3. Early in the podcast it seems like you guys are confusing the characters being sympathetic with the film believing they are good people. In the context of movies you can sympathize with and even like characters without the movie actually thinking these characters are good people. You come closer to the point when you point out that the Cage character is an unreliable narrator.

     

    I also think that you are falling for a trick if you think there is significance to the fact that the two characters have the same tattoo in any practical sense. It's meant to be a spoof of that sort of scene. The tattoo is meaningless. That's the point. (Also, that's not the roadrunner at all, certainly not the Warner Brothers roadrunner)

     

    Like Amy, this was my first Coen brothers movie. I saw it with my brother in the theater on its initial release and have mostly liked their movies ever since, but only a few others are in the same range as my love for Raising Arizona (The Big Lebowski, Inside Llewyn Davis, Fargo, Miller's Crossing, Barton Fink). It definitely belongs in the Canon. Everybody should vote in favor of it.

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