Thursday, December 04, 2008

Two F's that Deserve A's

As if it wasn't clear enough in the 1980s that you needed to be careful where you poked around, here's a desecrated body and a vengeful one-night stand to keep you celibate and terrified forever. But of course, if that's all they were, they wouldn't be personal favorites...

And while we're moving up the ladder, plugging holes at a steady clip, and while we're already talking about relationships that you wouldn't want to emulate at home, here's another two-fer, in the 48th spot:

All four are horror movies, really. There's something in here for everyone's nightmares, and though I don't worry about turning into a fly or having an affair, I do hope I don't grow up to be one of those professors who looks up at 50 and has no idea where her life has gone, and whether she actively pushed it away. Another Woman: a horror movie for the tenure track.

Lastly, if you're wondering, there aren't many more of these joint entries left to go. I have forced myself the higher I climb to make up my own damn mind. And also, I mentioned in the Adam's Rib entry that Katharine Hepburn, Nicole Kidman, and Julianne Moore are the best-represented actors on this list, with four titles apiece. Woody Allen and David Cronenberg are the leading directors, also with four apiece, including the movies indexed in this entry. Keep all this in mind as you guess your way toward #1...

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Blogger Catherine said...

Have you been stockpiling these up for months or are you actually writing these day by day? Because if so, I'm a little bit afraid of you! [in the best possible way, of course]

Today is a mixed bag, personally. One film I've got exceedingly warm feelings about, one I'm pleasingly baffled by, one I've [gulp] never seen and one I actively loathe. You probably won't be surprised to learn that it's Fatal Attraction that slots into that final space! You articulate well most of my problems with it, but I also just find it vaguely embarrassing for all those involved and when I finished up watching it I had a very bad taste in my mouth. Luckily, any sour feelings generated from the reminder of that film is tempered by your liberal quoting of Sally in Husbands & Wives!

12:46 PM, December 04, 2008  
Blogger Sam Brooks said...

I enjoyed this write-up very much, about two films I enjoy dearly and one film that I enjoy profusely. And all I truly remember of The Fly is the joke from Absolutely Fabuluous where Edina is checking the fly paper.

I totally agree with you on Glenn Close with Fatal Attraction, does anybody even remember Michael Douglas from that movie?

Awesome write-up again, I love reading these!

7:43 PM, December 04, 2008  
Blogger Y Kant Goran Rite said...

Your continued support of Another Woman makes me hope that by the end of the year more than 12 people will have seen it. It's one of my favourite films too and one of the strongest films of the 80s.

Husbands and Wives is also, of course, brilliant, but we all know that already (even if I personally had forgotten until my second viewing only a few weeks back).

11:39 PM, December 04, 2008  
Blogger NATHANIEL R said...

the strange thing is that though i've seen every Woody Allen movie released since 1984 (the first time i saw one) I remember nothing about ANOTHER WOMAN... even after reading your article.

I know i should give it another whirl. But first I really must watch ZELIG (the only woody gap I have post 1977)

and i'm so glad other people realize the brilliance of HUSBANDS AND WIVES. to me it's in his top five (along with ANNIE HALL, MANHATTAN, PURPLE ROSE and HANNAH... though not in that order)

8:56 AM, December 05, 2008  
Blogger NicksFlickPicks said...

@Catherine: Writing every day! Are you impressed? Wait, you already said you're scared. But that's the thing with this series: movies I love are so easy to write about, when I don't have to defend a case so much as just shout from the mountaintops about why I love them. I have not failed to notice that the entries are getting longer as we go up, though, and I promise not to write a novel every time by the end.

And like I said, I totally get disliking Fatal Attraction, though I'll never get to that place myself. I'm pretty sure I'd have voted for it for Best Picture, but I have to admit that was a pretty good field, and I haven't seen most of the competition for a while.

@Brooke: What does Edina say? I loved Ab Fab in the day but didn't see nearly all the episodes. I bet it's a phenomenal joke.

@Goran: I'll keep beating that drum for Another Woman, which I think has more fans than I at first realized. But I'm glad to be reminded of how many of us there are.

@Nathaniel: You should definitely check it out again. I keep saying that to you, though, and I feel it's only fair for you to tell me what movies I need to give another chance to. Don't be shy (as though you are!). I do think the Husbands and Wives Fanclub Train is pretty well-stocked at this point, which is great. Cuz it didn't feel that way in '92, even though the reviews were strong.

8:17 PM, December 05, 2008  
Blogger Sam Brooks said...

Basically, the episode starts with Edina alone in the house, and then she goes and checks the window in the kitchen worriedly. Then Saffron comes down and scares her and accuses her of checking the fly paper ("I didn't think you still did that!"

And then this gem: "You'll be laughing the other side of your face when you crush a tiny human head against that window and it's crying, 'I'm a professor of Physics, take me back to my laboratory!'"

I have watched the series way too much to be able to recall all that off the top of my head.

4:05 AM, December 06, 2008  

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