Saturday, October 23, 2010

Part 2 of Top Ten Most Memorable Movie Experiences

Please refer to the post before this one to see what I'm talking about!

 Titanic  (December 24, 1997) My Girl had remained my favorite movie...up until the day I saw "the biggest movie of all time" with my mom. I know it's the in thing to hate this movie, but I loved it and will always love it, bad dialogue and all. I love the score, the costumes, the special effects, the cinematography, everything!! I was 17 when I saw it, pretty much in the age range that was targeted. I always thought it was cool that I was the same age as Rose and she was a redhead like me! </dork> I cried buckets towards the end...I don't think I had cried so hard during a movie since My Girl! Mom and I loved the movie so much that we saw it again with my dad on January 24th (he wasn't that impressed!), then we saw it on March 24th one final time before it left the theater. The ending is one of my favorite movie endings ever.

 South Park (July 9, 1999) - In July '99 I was attending "college camp" at KU and I had made friends with two other girls, Emily and Cybil. Well, some of my fondest memories are from the summer of '99 (heh) and one particular memory is when we went to see the South Park movie one Friday night at nine o'clock. Luckily Emily had a car (named Friday) and we went out to eat at Long John Silver's before seeing the movie, I remember that minor detail! Well, of course, we loved the movie and on the way home we kept quoting the movie and I swear, "Punch and pie!" became our motto for the rest of the month. (And sadly, also, for the rest of my life). You can read my review of the movie here.

 The Sixth Sense (March 4, 2000) - Even though this came out in August '99, I didn't see it until next March when it was re-released for the Oscar season. The reason I didn't see it when it first came out is because I hate scary movies. I had seen the trailer and I got shivers down my spine when they showed the scene where Cole and his mother are in the car and he's saying that a lady had just died and his mom says, "Oh my God, you can see her? Where is she?" And he replies, "Standing next to my window." Brrrr! It soon began to grow more and more popular and when it was nominated for six Oscars, I decided to finally go see it and find out what the fuss was all about. My friend Amanda and I went to see it that March evening at 9:20. (She hadn't seen it either). I remember being surprised that the theater was nearly full - I didn't think there would be that many people since it was re-released. You know what's really pathetic? I was scared at the first scene. I thought a dead person was going to jump out at us! I became a little tense when Vincent appeared, but after that, I relaxed and enjoyed the movie. It wasn't until the party scene where I began to feel my heart beating out of my chest for the rest of the movie. From the moment Cole is locked in that closet till the very end, I was clenching my stomach so tight and had my hands ready to reflex quickly to my eyes if I needed to! But I'm proud to say that I never had to leave the theater and I never completely covered my eyes. It turned out that I absolutely fell in love with it and it's since been one of my favorite movies since. I even called my brother the next day to discuss the movie with him. And I remember one time I was on a four hour car ride with my mom and we discussed the movie the entire ride! I even made a website about it. Yeah, I was pretty obsessed with that movie for awhile.

9. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (December 25, 2003) - My brother and I had an argument over this movie whether we should get tickets in advance or just get them on Christmas Day at noon when we planned to see it with our parents. Two days before Christmas we were doing last-minute Christmas shopping with Mom and since we were near the theater, I suggested that we get tickets for the movie. Bill scoffed and said "Nobody is going to be at the movies on Christmas!" (Yeah, right!) So we got into this huge squabble and I made a bet with him: if the theater was crowded, he would have to owe me five dollars, and if it wasn’t, then I would pay him. Well, it doesn't take a genius to figure out who won that bet. Luckily, Mom agreed with me and told us to get the tickets that day. On Christmas, Bill and I left at eleven (Our parents were gonna come later, so we would save seats). A lot of other people had the same idea as me and had bought their tickets in advance. We were lucky to find four seats in a good row and, big surprise, every seat was full.  I remember towards the end of the movie (or what I thought was the end!) I really had to use the facilities, but the movie just kept going! The screen would fade to black, and I'd think, "Oh, thank God," but nope, not over yet! I mean, I love the Lord of the Rings trilogy, but come on!

10. The Dark Knight (July 20, 2008) - This was one of those big movies I was anticipating and wasn't able to see it until the third day of its release because it was sold out the first two nights. I was spoiled even before entering the lobby of the movie theater when I overheard someone from the group of people who were coming out of the theater from seeing the movie earlier say to their friend that they couldn't believe that they killed off Batman's girlfriend. (Yeah, I know, technically she wasn't his girlfriend). But even that couldn't spoil my excitement of seeing the film, and honestly, I was glad when Rachel was killed off because she was so useless! The theater was packed and I sat next to this girl and her boyfriend, who was REALLY excited for this movie. Before the movie even started, hell, even before the previews started, he started clapping and soon the entire theater was applauding. I've never been to a movie where everyone applauds BEFORE the movie! His girlfriend turned to me and apologized, saying that he was just really excited for the movie, but I didn't mind; I thought it made for a memorable experience! You can read my review here


  1. I have to be "that guy" to say that I did NOT at all like anything that "The Dark Knight" had to offer. So unbelievably overblown and exhausting that you need a break in between each scene. The film to is is simply a mess from head to toe, no clarity, little focus, and it's really boring. Even Ledger's vacuous, un-worthy performance didn't hold my interest.

    The massive hype for this turd was ridiculous.

    Just don't get it...

  2. I'm one of the few people who has not seen The Dark Knight. I was not excited about it when it came out - didn't see 2005's Batman Begins so I didn't see the point. Plus with Heath Ledger dying and all, it seemed too creepy. But I am open to watching it when I'm in the mood.

  3. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King the best in the list! This movie really rocks!