Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Kenai Peninsula Film Festival
I am packing for the aforementioned 10-day hunting/fishing trip to the Kenai Peninsula, and along with several knives, Motorola radios, foul-weather gear, and my trusty Winchester 30-30 lever action rifle (for personal protection), I am bringing a short list of DVD watchables for the four of us to enjoy after we've had a bellyful of salmon for dinner. Three of us are 41 year-old law partners, and the fourth is a Harvard-trained psychiatrist of older vintage. I have tried to find common ground as far as movies might go, but it hasn't been easy. This is the list I've come up with:
1. Alien - Ridley Scott's gothic horror tour de force in space.
2. Aliens - James Cameron's metaphor for Vietnam in outer space, with a dash of Eighties anti-establishmentarianism for good measure.
3. A Bridge Too Far - Joseph E. Levine's Seventies folly of a movie about a folly of a World War II campaign.
4. The Outlaw Josey Wales - Nevermind Unforgiven, this is Clint Eastwood's original western masterpiece. If you don't agree, I'll womp you with a knotted plough line.
5. Midnight Run - Robert De Niro's first and best attempt at making fun of himself.
6. The Thing - John Carpenter's Eighties monster movie set in the Antarctic. Appropriate for Alaska, I'm betting.
7. The Deer Hunter - One hit wonder Michael Cimino's meditation on friendship, guns, and suffering.
8. Man on Fire - Denzel Washington's South American revenge trope. His art is death and he's about to create his masterpiece.
9. Saving Private Ryan - Spielberg on war, part deux.
10. Predator - The greatest Arnold Schwarzenegger movie ever created
11. Superbad - Let's see how the psychiatrist from the sixties handles this one.