Michaeline: February Film Festival

Mary Pickford, 1916, with movie camera. She's terribly cute with a scarf and curls in her long hair.

Here’s looking at you, kid. (Mary Pickford, 1916, Via Wikimedia Commons)

Movie season is here, and one of my goals for February is to watch a film each weekend. I thought I’d use the hive mind at Eight Ladies Writing to help brainstorm a list of good movies.

Here’s what I’m looking for:

1) Something educational. What did it teach you about the craft of writing?
2) Romance is a bonus.
3) Spaceships or ghosts are another bonus.
4) Set in 1899 in New York City and includes a masquerade ball is a triple bonus with ice cream (-:.

Have you seen anything good lately that fulfills any of the above?

Because I’m a traditionalist, I’ll probably start February with Groundhog Day, which I’ve discussed before. You can see what I learned here. There’s a sweet romance, but I don’t think the movie IS a romance – it’s more about the human journey to grow into a person who is not only capable of being loved, but of loving. Time travel counts in the Category Three Bonus Round. (-: But Puxtahawney is a long way from New York and 1899. I’ll have to settle for popcorn instead of a hot fudge sundae when I sit down to watch it.

So, what would you put on your personal film festival list?


EDIT: There may be spoilers for the super-sensitive in the comments. So far, we’re discussing Earth Girls are Easy, and Moonstruck.

5 thoughts on “Michaeline: February Film Festival

  1. I nominate Earth Girls Are Easy – comedy, romance, space-ships, aliens, Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis. Also Jim Carrey, Julie Brown and some fabulous, hilarious songs. And sunny California weather 😉 .

    • (-: That’s one that I’ve always wanted to see! I keep forgetting it when I’m in the rental store. OK, it’s in my phone list of movies now. THANKS! (Geena Davis should get bonus points, too. I love her! Especially in one of my Halloween movies, Beetlejuice.)

      • Oh, and I see that Clueless used to top my movie list — another one I’ve never seen, but should probably be watched. I think I looked for it before, but my DVD store didn’t have it. I’ll try again. And maybe treat myself to some Amazon if they don’t have it.

        Did you have a take-away writing lesson from Earth Girls, or would that be spoiler-y?

  2. I have to give Neen props for reminding us of this – Moonstruck is amazing. And reading the screenplay takes it to a whole other level. The comedic timing, motifs, opera, and that slap and ‘Snap out if it!’ – gotta love it :-).

    • I didn’t like Moonstruck the first time I saw it. I thought she was crazy for letting herself fall in love with this crazy, nutty guy. But, this was the whole premise — love makes us crazy and do foolish things. So, once I accept that as the premise, it’s easier to watch it and find delight in all the things the movie does right. The cinematography is also gorgeous — dark and light and beautiful places and people all set in a very gritty, down-to-earth setting.

      Love is a higher power. And as much as I hate admitting it, it makes us do really crazy, impractical things. Which . . . sometimes turn out tragic, sometimes turn out pretty well, but in any case, “’tis better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all.” (Unless we are being abused. I think Olympia Dukakis’ character has a really hard row to hoe — is she bigger or smaller because of her love? The movie argues that she’s bigger, but oh . . . what that poor woman had to put up with as far as infidelity. The Nicholas Cage character was very frightening at times, and I could see him being abusive sometime in the future. That still bothers me about the movie. Is the heat worth the warmth?)

      Definitely a film that deserves to be watched, discussed, and watched again. Extremely wonderful learning experience. Bonus points for complicated romances! And there’s the moon, the beautiful moon, rising over New York City.

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