Interestingly, a really large number have unhappy endings. I think there's really something to the resonance of the lost love idea... I mean, Shakespeare wrote lots of happy endings, but no one mentions those couples. It's always Romeo and Juliet instead. (Though a lot of the happy couples [i.e., Beatrice and Benedick] seemed more believable to me than Romeo and Juliet, but I digress...)
Still, I'm happy to see some favorites of mine on here... Casablanca, The Princess Bride, Beauty and the Beast, Titanic (yes, I liked Titanic, and I'm not afraid to admit it ;) ).
You've Got Mail is the only movie I've seen in a theater that I've almost walked out of. My mom wanted to see it. Gaaawsh did it suck. And as if you needed another reason besides the insipid dialogue, holey plot, celebration of Internet infidelity, and so on...
In the movie we have two female characters. Parker Posey's character is successful and independent. She's also a mega-bitch who ends up alone and unhappy. On the other hand, Meg Ryan's character is cutesy and incompetent. Her idea of getting tough is dancing around throwing shadow punches -- while at work. Oooooh yeah, that screams "take me seriously." But it's okay that she's a twit, because at the end Tom Hanks -- the same guy who destroyed the business that was her passion -- sweeps in to take care of her, having abandoned the grownup woman for this irritating woman-child.
Makes me want to scream...
Can anyone name some more feminist movies? Especially ones that show you can be a happy feminist.
(beating head against computer)
One of my co-workers and I had a very involved Harry Potter discussion yesterday. It included the exchange:
Me: I worry about Harry when he's with the Dursleys in the summer.
Amy: I think everyone does.
So to see what everyone else thinks:
Do you like Harry Potter?
Which of the following have you seen/read?
Do you worry about Harry when he's stuck with the Dursleys?
Would you like to go to Hogsworths?
Which house would you be in?
Which house would I be in?
Who's your favorite character?
Which character are you most like?
Which character am I most like?
Who do you think will die?
Who will Hermione end up with?