Greetings from Kuwait. Been over here in the desert with the Army for about 10 months and trying to keep up my sense of humor. Enjoy your Monday commentary on WorldNetDaily. A little intellectual stimulation goes a long way over here … I would love it if you would consider this unusual request:
Everyone has their favorite movie. You know, that special movie you can watch over and over again by yourself or with someone special. I’d like for you to send us your favorite movie on DVD.
But there’s a catch. With each movie sent, I want you to attach a note telling us what makes it your favorite movie (i.e., how it touched you, special memories, favorite scenes, why you relate to it, etc). I’m not asking for a lengthy review, just a small note with your personal thoughts.
Write your thoughts on a 3×5 card or sticky note and insert it inside of the DVD case. Please include your e-mail and/or mailing address. I know plenty of soldiers and sailors here who would love to watch them … I’m eager to know what you consider to be your favorite movie.
What is my favorite movie? That’s a hard one. The “Lord of the Rings” trilogy are certainly the DVD’s I treasure most, but that’s almost cheating since they’re based on the greatest fantasy novel ever. I can’t call them my favorite movies because they’re not really movies to me, they’re visual realizations of my favorite books.
“Star Wars” was my favorite movie growing up, but its magic began to fade with “Return of the Jedi” and disappeared altogether with the abominable prequels. I don’t even like to think about it anymore.
Kenneth Branagh is one of my favorite actors, and I very much enjoyed both “Henry V” and his remake of Hitchcock’s “Dead Again.” If only Keanu Reeves didn’t poison “Much Ado About Nothing” with his iniquitous inability to out-act his wardrobe, that could be a contender, too. But in all three cases, there is the sans originality factor.
“Aliens” is my favorite military and sci-fi movie, but it’s a downer and doesn’t compare well the aforementioned films. For brainless action flicks, it’s hard to beat “Con Air.” Forget John Malkovich – Steve Buscemi simply makes that movie. The scene when the mask is removed from the most-dangerous psychopath alive to reveal a weedy little white guy cracks me up every time.
The major added a footnote: “… keep in mind that most of these soldiers and sailors are guys, so go easy on the chick flicks” which knocks what is probably my all-time favorite movie out of contention, “Bridget Jones Diary.” (I’m totally kidding, I’m actually thinking of “A Room with a View,” a chick flick for which I harbor unashamed affection. For some inexplicable reason, I’m a sucker for period romances.)
I have probably seen “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” more times than any other movie. But I can’t even see it as a movie anymore – it’s more of a cultural artifact and source of communication with my friends. “Being There” has the single funniest scene ever, but it’s too low-key throughout. And while I enjoy the silliness of a “Weird Science,” a “This is Spinal Tap” or a “Caddyshack,” they would not qualify as a favorite.
In the end, however, I think it has to boil down to two black comedies. “Heathers” was a brilliant over-the-top explication of how it felt to attend high school in the 1980s. Sure, the beautiful people were never quite as beautiful or as brutal as the “Heathers” clique, and persecuted teenagers didn’t actually try to blow up the school until Columbine a decade later. But in my opinion, Christian Slater’s lame “no one loves me” defensive soliloquy at the end has to prevent “Heathers” from claiming primacy of position.
That leaves “Grosse Point Blank,” which manages to juggle both darkness and light in a man’s belated discovery that he has a soul, and that life cannot simply be reduced to abstract relativism. The combination of brutal humor, intelligent discourse and genuine sweetness makes it my favorite movie. I hope the soldiers in the sand will enjoy it as much as I did.
If you wish to respond to the major’s request, send DVD’s to:
MAJ SCOTT SADLER
SDDC SWA (FWD)
APO, AE 09305