Sunday, March 28, 2010

Movies I'd like to see again: Titanic, V for Vendetta, Disney classics.

When I was a kid, when my mind was unbridled and purer than anything, and when I was blissfully ignorant, I watched a lot of movies. I had various opinions about various movies.

I've probably watched Titanic for 15 times as a kid. I don't remember the last time I watched it. Maybe when I was seven. But I thought some parts of it were boring. Others, intriguing. It makes me smile when I think about how I felt about the scene where Leonardo DiCaprio paints Kate Winslet. If you have ever watched the movie, you will probably recall that she was painted nude. But anyway, I had mixed feelings. Firstly, I was fascinated that there was such a scene in the movie. Secondly, I was shocked/amazed that this was even happening. You know, scandalous, huh?

But that was all I ever got from the movie. I mean, no, I saw a lot more, but I didn't understand the essential, underlying themes and messages of the actual story of Titanic. It's one of the films I'd like to watch again, out of many others--perhaps a hundred.

Here's a list (in no particular order):
  1. Titanic
  2. V for Vendetta
  3. All the classic Disney movies
The classic Disney movies all have underlying, darker meanings behind the initial themes it presents. That much is evident and unnecessary to explain. And way to advertise, but check this article out.

V for Vendetta. That's another story. I first watched it when I was 10, when my mind was simpler and unfettered. I didn't understand how powerful its true message was. I didn't understand a lot of the themes.

This movie is reminiscent of how Hitler and his Nazi government massacred Jews, homosexuals, etcetera. The dark themes of government, people, corruption, and also the triumph and meaning of a people's power. Of a single person's power.

When I was 10 when I watched this--it was still the year 2005. Five years ago, when homosexuals were probably more closeted. I was still quite the child. Maybe it was because of that that I didn't recognize or realize that Valerie and Ruth were lovers, even though there was one scene of them kissing and embracing. When I saw that, I just thought they were good friends. I didn't make anything of it. But now I realize. And I also realize how powerful that film was, championing human achievements, as well as exposing human fears and faults. But I only watched V for Vendetta that one time. I wish I could watch it again.

I like to watch films with depth. Especially those that are psychological thrillers. My favorite genre.


Jenny said...

The Titanic is a beautiful movie and Leonardo DiCaprico is absolutely gorgeous