Sunday, 8 August 2010
Why girls should hunt around their guy's DVD collection (For www.dorkosphere.com)
We all know it’s a typical trait of women to be immediately attracted to the “It’s Complicated”, “27 Dresses” type films, and to be fair I’m no stranger. “Twilight” is my guilty pleasure, and when I say guilty I don’t mean it at all because I adore the series. This is because the market these films are aimed at is women, because they’re more likely to fall for the characters and the storyline of a fantasy type romance that’s been done countless times. So much research has been done and has found that men spend more on DVDs, so maybe girls, you should have a look around your boyfriend’s movie collection as there are some gems to be found – they’re not all “Die Hard”, macho blood fests.
Films like “Fight Club”, “The Godfather”, “Alien”, “Scarface” and “Pulp Fiction” are classics when it comes to a cinematic experience. The reason they are so popular is because they’re original. The films don’t follow a typical pattern that has set out and worked a 1000 times, they’ve changed them making it a truly unique experience. Yes they may be gory, but it’s this gore and the way in which it approaches the subject which makes them original. They’re in your face and tell the truth, it doesn’t pretty it which breaks away from the Hollywood system.
If you think all comedies are stupid and pointless, think again. “Anchorman”, “Role Models” and “The Hangover” are truly, rib breakingly funny. Line after line of quotes and scenes which seem outrageous but work so well on-screen are what takes them away from the “Scary Movie”, piss-taking comedy. They tell a story throughout as well, so you’re not just left watching scene after scene of ridiculous circumstances, you’re actually hearing a tale being told.
Some of the most intellectually stimulating films could be found in their collection too. Take “The Departed”, “Requiem for a Dream”, “Trainspotting” and “The Shining” for example. These films delve into the mind in a way you’ve never quite seen before. They’re designed to keep you on the edge of your seat and make you squirm or be shocked. Not in a “OH MY GOD, HE’S BEHIND YOU!” way, but so subtly
done you don’t realise it’s happening until you’re actually caught up in it. They challenging and insightful, not just an excuse to watch drug related disgustingness.
And finally, watching rom-coms is never going to open up your mind to the possibilities of editing in films. When you watch “Donnie Darko”, “Kick-Ass” and “28 Days Later”, you’ll see a way of filming that draws your eye to everything on-screen. The focuses they use, the locations in which they shoot, the originality of the camerawork is mind-blowing to anyone, not just the makers of the films.
Obviously, I’m not saying all women have never seen these films but the majority would be put off by the marketing that makes it look tough, scary or just plain horrendous. But don’t be, your boyfriend has good films! He’s gonna have some “Top Gun” and “The Fast and the Furious” in there too, but you can just skip past those…Right?