August 22, 2008

Chick flicks are necessary

I've watched a lot of movies this summer. Most with this cinephile.

I've not watched my usual fare of chick flicks, but rather important films that I probably won't watch again unless I need a little AA -- Angst and Art. The Kubrick, Lynch, Cronenberg and Tarantino classics that are probably better for thinking -- not mindless watching.

I miss chick flicks. It hurts to admit it, but I do. Sometimes all women just need to be brought together in the special ways we all secretly hate, which are hilariously outlined in the following video:

But now that I think about it, these films serve an important purpose. They bring us together to show Colin Firth love. I can't think of a higher calling.

Posted by Amanda Cochran at August 22, 2008 1:37 PM | TrackBack

Dear sweet Amanda,

I say this ever so sweetly and politely, but...

If there's one thing I hate, it's being pigeon-holed. And you know this ;)

Despite the diversity of directors you listed, you've still implicitly labeled my taste in films as "non-chick flick".

And following from that, you imply that "important films" and "chick flicks" are mutually exclusive.

I suggest you watch Me You And Everyone We Know. It is about as "chicky" as a film can get (at least in terms of the mainstream, nonsensical definition of "chicky"), and it was one of the most profoundly emotional cinematic experiences I've ever had.

I also have several other titles in my video collection that are either full-blown chick flicks or have chick-flick elements.

As that terrific video pointed out, your idea of women being "brought together in the special ways we all secretly hate" constitutes shelling out $10-$12 to see a recycled plotline with stereotyped characters, and tritely sensitive males.

One of the reasons a film like Me and You and Everyone We Know is so poignant is that it has real people with real problems and real relationships. I'm all for escapism now and then, but not if takes the form of paying money to indulge in a delusional alternate reality in which I try to convince myself that the Hollywood stars on the screen are just like me.

Call me a killjoy or a snob if you want to, but I'll defend myself by saying seeking films that use novel cinematic approaches to arrive at a -- dare I say it -- transcendent emotional experience is the greatest way to spend time in a theater.

Cake or death,
Rich :)

Posted by: Rich Zwelling (aka "this cinephile") at August 22, 2008 4:01 PM

All that's just great. So you're up for _The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2_, right?

Didn't think so... :-)

Posted by: Amanda at August 22, 2008 5:16 PM

Cute little arguement. Personally, I like to escape in movies. Chick flicks are about the special bonds between women. And about the jerky-ness of men. And about the idealist world that we all hope and dream for. Thats what makes a movie good for me.

Life's a Bitch sometimes. I don't need a movie to tell me that. I need a movie to help me escape.

Can't wait to see you!

Girls movie night at Stacys this week? ;)

Posted by: Amy at August 25, 2008 10:51 AM

Hey Amanda,

I really enjoyed your post and the comments too! I found that Sarah Haskins video the other day and laughed so hard! I am going to post it this week to my website. I have a whole website devoted to chick flicks and women's films called check it out if you want:) I just posted a "Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day" set design room makeover that was fun. Enjoy!

Posted by: Devin at September 1, 2008 3:03 AM
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