Julie Lamb is an accountant by occupation and a musician by preoccupation…She watches movies for escapism and fun. The Julie Lamb Band is about to embark on the shortest 2015 tour in the multiverse – Nov 20 King St Live, Masterton; Nov 21 Cabana, Napier – they’ll be hanging out with Vorn and The Spines. Here are five films that have stayed with her…
I always wanted to be that cool kid. The one that could talk about erudite movies – the strong messages, amazing cinematography, incredible scripts and artiness. The one that believed all of it. But it’s not me. I’m not that person. When I go to a movie I go for entertainment; to laugh, sometimes cry; to forget, become immersed and to get brought along with the characters into that Romping Good Time…
I recall my nephew at about age 3 sitting in his car seat holding a Winnie-The-Pooh movie in his hands – he was entreating the characters on the cover to “let him in”. Yes, it was the epitome of cute, but it resonated with me. I too want that sense of engagement. It’s rare – easier to find in a book, because in a book, the characters aren’t predefined in looks and accent. I love it when I hate a book to end – and I look for the same thing in movies.
So here they are – the five films that stay with me – so completely not erudite!
1 – Arthur: I saw this movie about 30 times. No, not the Russell Brand/Helen Mirren remake. The original. Dudley Moore as Resplendent Drunk, Liza Minelli as the wise cracking, down-to-earth, almost sensible woman and Sir John Gielgud as the least respectful butler in the world. What a team! I love the interplay that they have, and at one time knew the script from beginning to end. I still get Christopher Cross’s theme song stuck in my head from time to time.
2 – Pretty Woman: I’ve seen this movie about 25 times. That fantastic pairing of Richard Gere and Julia Roberts – man, those love scenes are still some of the most sensuous I’ve ever seen; the fabulous Ralph Bellamy, just dealing with running a big hotel – the quite wonderful insinuation of day to day life stuff. And the wonderful Laura San Giacomo delivering her bubble gum line. (Watch it, you’ll see) I’m forever grateful that there was no sequel, and I still get Roy Orbison’s theme song stuck in my head from time to time.
3 – Shawshank Redemption: I’ve only seen this movie about 8 times. I cry too much, sob like a drain. I can fast forward and still find myself caught up in the absolute despair of Brooks Hatlen. I love James Whitmore. I love Tim Robbins. I love Morgan Freeman. They have a “Just getting on with it –ness” about them that shines through – and it fits this movie so well. Practically delivered, practically scripted. Perfect for the tagline, “I need a Man Who Can Get Things”. I can’t recall the soundtrack. I think it was Morgan Freeman.
4 – Double Jeopardy: What a fantastic story. All about that greed monster, played out in some beautiful scenery, with a mean as mean villain and an ever laconic Tommy Lee Jones copper. I love watching this movie – it’s triumphant! Ashley Judd and Roma Maffia are fabulous, and the reveal is as clever as Sixth Sense.
Just watch it. I’m a say no more… Except… there’s a fair bit of N’Orleans in the music…
I struggled with Number 5 on this list. There really are a lot of movies I re-watch for the Cinderella-ness and the Triumphant Strong Hero-ness – Because I like feel-good movies. Because they make me feel good (see?): Calendar Girls, Mad Money, Stick It, Take The Lead, Lean On Me, Ron Clarke Story, The Help, About Time, Overboard, Die Hard, Terminator… the list she go on. But none of them STAY with me – I sort of come across them and go – Oooo – I’ma watch that one again.
So here is a movie I watched once. I may never watch it again.
5 – The Dark Horse: Kiwi, dark, triumphant, sad, glad, mad. Perfect tension, perfect edge-play of violence. (Tarantino would have taken it too far.) Inspirational subject matter. Thought provoking delivery. Thanks James Napier Robertson. Thanks Cliff Curtis and James Rolleston. Nailed It! Ps – I didn’t notice the music in this one. It must have been perfect.