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  • 2. Ryan's Daughter

    I was 7ish—

    And although my father—his father, by
    lying about his age to gain passage, had
    fled Gallaway at 15; his mother had left
    Cork earlier with her entire family, with both
    ending up in Pittsburgh—had raised me from
    the cradle to Anglophobia—

    (Apologies Stoney and others, but the
    British did colonize and slaughter our
    people... Not that I bear, now, any long-
    lingering loathing.... )*

    I was far, far to young to grasp the complexities
    of the story...

    Although I did, vaguely, have some sense that
    it was Ryan, himself, who sacrificed his daughter
    to public shaming (the image of the villagers
    shaving her head still resonates, leaves a
    sick feeling in my stomach—I became so
    upset that my mother briefly took me into
    the lobby...) to save himself, his local prestige...

    And although my father had already tutored me
    on the long history of Irish politics and colonisation,
    the intricacies of the political and their imbrication
    with the sexual and affective were utterly
    confusing....


    *Just as I do not despise White people—being one
    myself, for which I feel no guilt—but despise
    Whiteness, just as I feel the same way about being
    born American and American Exceptionalism, just
    as I have massive problems with the policy of slow
    genocide practiced by the state of Israel but no
    problem with Jewish people (one of my—Jewish—
    friends is actually on the board of the BDS
    movement), I bear ancestral wiggins regarding
    British (and other, including American) Colonialism
    but none with regard to the actual people of Britain,
    loved London muchly last time I was there, for a
    conference, about three years ago.....



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    • 3. Dirty Dancing


      I'm aware there is very little one cannot 'get' about this one. But I was just too young for a non-kids movie and I suspect I didn't catch all the subtitles either (or I just lost my focus). So the story went right over my head. I was very impressed by the dancing though.

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      • 4. Idi i smotri (Come and See)
        I was about 11 or 12 and I don't know what I was expecting when I decided to watch this movie, but I definitely wasn't prepared for it. I was so horrified after and I thought about it for days. One scene in particular still haunts me to this day.

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        • StateOfSiege97
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          oh dear redtent—

          that film haunts me—the image of
          the boy with the German soldier holding
          the gun at his head, then the final one—

          and i was putatively mature enough to grasp....

        • redtent
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          And the pile of bodies behind the house... I mean, I understood it, but I was so horrified.

      • 5. Peyton Place - I was eleven or so - did not understand that Selena was raped by her father and then had an abortion which was illegal. I did understand however, about Norman and his mother and being called a momma's boy, the rich versus poor and and the conflict between mother and daughter over boys and of course the gossip about everything.

        Name the first movie you remember seeing.
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        • 1. Charlotte's Web

          Saw it at school on a Saturday so it must have been during the summer holidays and I must have been about 7. Don't remember much about the film.

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          • American Aurora
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            Every time I go into Ikea, they're playing Charlotte's Web on all the TVs. Ikea must have a deal with the makers of the film. It works because kids are crowded around it on the chairs and couches.

        • 2. Disney's Pinocchio - I think my parents said that I refused to leave the theater and they had to pay two more admissions before I would finally go. I remember having the record and dancing around the room to "An Actor's Life for Me" and "Give a Little Whistle." I must have been about five years old.

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          • 3. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - with my mom in the cinema. I distinctly remember yelling "Oh no, you won't!" at the screen as the Evil Queen was plotting to kill Snow White, to the laughter of the rest of the people in the cinema. But maybe my memory is reinforced by the fact that my mom has also told that story quite a few times.
            You keep waiting for the dust to settle and then you realize it; the dust is your life going on. If happy comes along - that weird unbearable delight that's actual happy - I think you have to grab it while you can. You take what you can get, 'cause it's here, and then...gone.

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          • 4. Mary Poppins

            With my entire family, at the drive-in....

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            • American Aurora
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              Oh, drive-ins! I wish they were still around.

          • My memory is shocking. I know that I watched a lot of films as a child at home (Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Dumbo, Bednobs and Broomsticks, Wizard of Oz), but I don't actually remember which ones and when, so I can't offer an answer.

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            • 5. E.T.

              My grandma thought it was a cute movie to watch with her young granddaughter. I had trouble sleeping for the next few days. I still don't like E.T. because of it.




              Name 5 popular movies that you really don't like.




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              • 1. Avatar

                I've never seen it, but it looks over hyped and terrible

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                • Stoney
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                  I really didn't rate it and would probably have chosen it too. I actually started to feel quite annoyed when watching it as everyone kept telling me how great it was and I was just bored.

                • TimeTravellingBunny
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                  It was visually great, but otherwise - meh.

              • 2. Rocky - I don't like boxing or Stallone so the first isn't bridged like it is in Million Dollar Baby for me because - Stallone.

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                • Priceless
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                  Actually not a bad movie, but not if you dislike Stallone

              • 3. Titanic

                Boring and melodramatic. I watched it at home and struggled to get through it. The Terminator was a much better love story in a James Cameron movie.
                You keep waiting for the dust to settle and then you realize it; the dust is your life going on. If happy comes along - that weird unbearable delight that's actual happy - I think you have to grab it while you can. You take what you can get, 'cause it's here, and then...gone.

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                • Priceless
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                  Good choice. Never seen it and don't want to, looks like ahistorical nonsense

                • StateOfSiege97
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                  I'm with you, Pricey...

              • 4. Pretty Woman

                Great performances but the story was so trite I couldn't make it to the end. This film made me angry.

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                • 5. Schindler's List

                  Attempts to find redemption, a feel-good
                  moment in the unredeemable, in
                  Absolute Horror—

                  (and so much of it is so tediously predictable...)


                  Name 5 films you think under-rated, deserving of
                  higher standing and praise—

                  (Say, films snubbed by the Academy or box-office
                  flops.... )

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                  • 1. The omnibus film Histoires Extraordinaires (1968), if only for the final segment Tobey Dammit directed by Fellini (based on the Poe short story "Never Bet the Devil Your Head"). It really is a stunning (and chilling) short film that's completely overlooked.

                    (Otherwise, Wong Kar-wai's In the Mood for Love—for the fact that it never won an Oscar.)

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                  • I'm not sure this is the best answer as this film was a commercial success and did win awards, but it came to mind for the Greatest Death Scene thread because of the emotional impact so was what sprung to mind now, as I don't think it won an Oscar although it was nominated for a few...

                    2. The Green Mile

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                    • SpuffyGlitz
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                      I haven't seen The Green Mile yet, but I'm going to add it to my list of movies to watch!

                    • Stoney
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                      Have a box of tissues to hand.

                  • 3. Equilibrium

                    Maybe it didn't receive so much attention because people consider it a copy of The Matrix, but I really enjoyed it.

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                    • 4. Either l'Appolonide - souvenirs de la maison close (House of tolerance) by Bertrand Bonello or Still Life by Jia Zhangke
                      What a challenge, honesty
                      What a struggle to learn to speak
                      Who would've thought that pretending was easier

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