Four Lists

Ten Movies I'll Watch When No One's Looking

Almost Heroes (dir. Christopher Guest, 1997)
Deep Blue Sea (dir. Renny Harlin, 1999)
Godzilla (dir. Roland Emmerich, 1998)
Kate & Leopold (dir. James Mangold, 2001)
The Money Pit (dir. Richard Benjamin, 1986)
My Best Friend's Wedding (dir. P.J. Hogan, 1997)
National Treasure (dir. Jon Turteltaub, 2006)
Overboard (dir. Garry Marshall, 1987)
Radio (dir. Michael Tollin, 2003)
Road House (dir. Rowdy Herrington, 1989)

Ten Movies I Stubbornly Contend Are Actually Really Good

A.I. (dir. Steven Spielberg, 2001)
Babe: Pig in the City (dir. George Miller, 1998)
The Cable Guy (dir. Ben Stiller, 1996)
Full Frontal (dir. Steven Soderbergh, 2002)
Jurassic Park III (dir. Joe Johnston, 2001)
Look Who's Talking (dir. Amy Heckerling, 1989)
Mars Attacks (dir. Tim Burton, 1996)
Mr. Wrong (dir. Nick Castle, 1996)
Pacific Heights (dir. John Schlesinger, 1990)
Vampire's Kiss (dir. Robert Bierman, 1989)

Ten Movies I Think Are Generally Overrated

American Beauty (dir. Sam Mendes, 1999)
Brazil (dir. Terry Gilliam, 1985)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (dir. Michel Gondry, 2004)
Harold and Maude (dir. Hal Ashby, 1971)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (dir. Milos Forman, 1975)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (dir. Steven Spielberg, 1981)
Se7en (dir. David Fincher, 1995)
The Squid and the Whale (dir. Noah Baumbach, 2005)
Thelma and Louise (dir. Ridley Scott, 1991)
The Usual Suspects (dir. Bryan Singer, 1995)

Ten Movies I Loathe with Every Fiber of My Being

A Beautiful Mind (dir. Ron Howard, 2001)
Eating (dir. Henry Jaglom, 1990)
Dead Poets Society (dir. Peter Weir, 1989)
Disclosure (dir. Barry Levinson, 1994)
Forrest Gump (dir. Robert Zemeckis, 1994)
Ghost (dir. Jerry Zucker, 1990)
Grand Canyon (dir. Lawrence Kasdan, 1991)
Moulin Rouge (dir. Baz Luhrmann, 2001)
Vanilla Sky (dir. Cameron Crowe, 2001)
You've Got Mail (dir. Nora Ephron, 1998)



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CLAY BANES said...

karl rove directed forrest gump, right?

man. oh man. i saw eating.

2/21/07 11:33 PM

Ivy said...

I also like AI.
2/22/07 2:45 AM

Alli Warren said...

patrick swayze in ghost? SWOON, kasey, SWOON.
2/22/07 11:46 AM

K. Silem Mohammad said...

I got nothing but love for the Swayz-Man. But Ghost is atrocious. The worst part is the cop-out wherein they have to represent Demi Moore's spirit inhabiting Whoopi Goldberg's body as ... Demi Moore! because otherwise Swayze would be shown kissing Goldberg instead of Moore, and that would be, well, not so commercially or racially viable. Also, on an unrelated level, both Moore and Goldberg just really bug me.
2/22/07 1:04 PM

Kevin Killian said...

You're crazy vis-a-vis Moulin Rouge. And Demi Moore too. It's great you're posting your opinions, Kasey. But you're crazy and Whoopi Goldberg is great, particularly in GHOST. However, I still love you.
2/22/07 2:58 PM

K. Silem Mohammad said...

Omigod, Kevin, that's freaky! I just posted about you!
2/22/07 3:27 PM

K. Silem Mohammad said...

Oh, and Kevin, I hope it counts for something that when I posted on Moulin Rouge a few weeks back, I singled out Kylie Minogue as its one worthwhile element.
2/22/07 3:30 PM

Kevin Killian said...

Kasey, an amazing coincidence.

Thanks for your kindness about my Oppen talk. The Poetry Center was going through an economy phase when they hired me to give the lecture, and I've never written anything so completely reviled, so it is an especial thrill for me that a) Fascicle revived it, thanks to Brent Cunningham and Tony Tost, and b) some people like it! I never thought this would happen, due to all the years of Oppen experts refusing to meet my gaze or shake my hand. "Ripeness is all," as Whoopi Goldberg intoned in the 1981 Valencia Rose production of KING LEAR. "Coincidence a close second."
2/22/07 6:23 PM

Wade said...


I loved Babe: Pig in the City. I bet it scared the crap out of kids though.

I generally agree with your loathing list. I loathed just the idea of Forrest Gump so much that I refused to see it. I still haven't.
2/22/07 7:48 PM

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