Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Citizen Kane is no longer my favorite movie.

Isn't it funny how a sentence or two in passing can have a revolutionary effect on one's thinking? The worst part about the whole thing is that I don't even know which movie to replace Citizen Kane with. Any suggestions?

The sentence or two in question can be found here in an article on the Devil at the movies.

For those of you who liked that piece
here's one I like better by the same author.

Enjoy, but proceed with caution; you may find you come out with your thoughts a bit shaken; as I did.


eucharisto said...

Catch me, I think I'm having a heart attack! Wow, that's quite a turn around. I have yet to read the forementioned articles extensively, but I'm sure they have credible arguments, although I think some people over analyze a piece of art, and ruin the good that was there when the art was taken on a more simplistic level. Anyway, I will try to think of some good movies. Looking forward with great interest to the verdict!

JD said...

Hagu babla! Mumba blamum! Jurgable isht van grang unbvle! Breath in....Breath out..... okay I'm fine. YOU CHANGED YOUR FAVORITE MOVIE? UGHBARLAM HUYTOCHAN! Wow.... I think I need to sit down. Wait.... I already am. I need to lie down.... *thud*

JD said...

Oh and just so you know. I tend to do that ^^^^ when greatly surprised or disturbed.

Superman said...

schlump----------(the action of fainting)
any way i think you have come to a nice conclusion!

Queen of Arts and England said...

I have never seen the afore mentioned Citizen Kane, even though I did want to, maybe I'm glad I did not!

Maybe you should replace it with a nice mushy,girly, fluffy,(lots of other strange adjectives) movie! What's that, no? O.K., suit yourself.

midnitcafe said...

Wow! Somehow I missed this post when it was posted. Personally I would have never listed Citizen Kane as my favorite movie. It is a great one, for sure, but it just doesn't excite me in the way, say, Casablanca or To Kill a Mockingbird does. It's one of those films that it technically brilliant, but just not that interesting as a story to me.

I also have some trouble with changing your choice based on that article. For one, Citizen Kane is barely mentioned. What specifically makes you remove it from your list? Secondly, though interesting, I think the article is flawed in a few ways. I won't delve too deeply into it since this is just a comment after all. But I will say that I think if you try to mold cinema into your own personal morality or religion, you are going to have great difficulty in being a true cinephile. I want to say a lot more, but I shall hold my tongue unless further probed.

Foolish Knight said...

I’ve revisited Citizen Kane and though it is still not my favorite movie (I prefer that spot be left empty) it has reestablished itself as a favorite in the glory of all it’s dark brilliance. I do agree it would be somewhat illogical to have changed my mind based entirely on that article but it (the article) really only gave voice to some thoughts that had been ruminating in my head for awhile but which have been (mostly) dispelled since. Horrid nasty Gnostic thoughts, they were, about what a Christian requires of a film. I’m glad to be rid of them.

Queen of Arts and England said...

If you are rid of those thoughts, how did you remember them to post them?
I still have no idea what my favorite movie is!