Thursday, December 28, 2006

If you love movies most people hate, you'll love these -- and may even hum the scenery

"Bombs away! -- Movies that everybody hated...except me" was the self explanatory title of the Kent Williams roundup in Isthmus last week. I tried to use it as a guide to my holiday rentals, but the rest of my family wouldn't let me, which gives some idea of just how uncompromising the list really is. Kent, however, maintains this just proves he's an optimist.
The thing is, of all the words that have been hurled at me over the years, the one that bothers me the most is “negative.” I’m sorry, but I just don’t see myself as a negative person. I see myself as — I’m just going to go ahead and put it out there — a positive person, a glass-half-full kind of guy. And to bring that point home, I’ve assembled a list of movies that everybody, critics and audiences alike, hated, everybody except me.
My favorite line in the piece appears in his capsule review of "One from the Heart," which he gives the subhead "Apocalypse Now and Then."
“Coppola seems more fascinated by reflections of the actors than by the actors themselves,” Pauline Kael wrote. Touché, but is it always such a bad thing when we leave humming the scenery?
To me, this makes perfect sense. Many of the movies that stay with me the longest and return to inhabit my dreams are movies that I remember less for what happened in them than for their visual qualities.

Here are Kent's other subheads. Can you guess which movies he's suggesting we give a second look?
Oh for Heaven’s Sake
Hell, Caesar
Lost in the Desert
Rhymes With ‘Really’
Groucho, Meet Ingmar
Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance
It’s Alive
I Want My Mommie
Read "Bombs Away!" here and find out.

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