I love movies. Almost as much as I love reading. Give me a rousing action-adventure or a laugh out loud romantic comedy or, better yet, an action-adventure with romantic comedy. Knight and Day (Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz) fits that last category. Bruce Willis’ Die Hard movies combine action adventure with a lot of humor. Fantasy and science fiction movies with humor and/or romance also appeal. Star Wars, Star Trek. I love being swept away into another dimension with likeable characters.
I won’t go so far as saying I hate serious drama, I’m just not a fan. While I can appreciate the talent that goes into making films like Lincoln or Schindler’s List, they aren’t on my “watch again” list. When The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey came to the theater, I wanted to see it. Hubs (who isn’t into fantasy but often indulges me) said he couldn’t sit through a 2 hour, 50 minute movie. So what did we see instead? Lincoln (2 hours and 40 minutes). Great performances by Daniel Day Lewis, Tommy Lee Jones, and Sally Field, but for me, the movie dragged.
One of the things I hate about the Oscars is the lack of recognition for comedy. The quote “Dying is easy. Comedy is hard.” has been attributed to various actors. That’s not as important as the quote itself. Comedy takes perfect timing and the right touch. It can’t be too heavy-handed (like some of the James Bond movies). I love sparkling wit, as in movies like It Happened One Night and All About Eve (both of which won the Oscar for best picture, by the way). Why is it that back in the “olden days” of the 30s and 50s, comedy was recognized and now it’s not?
My taste in movies is about the same as my taste in books. I'm not a fan of literary fiction, either. So I probably won’t see most of the Oscar nominees. But I will continue to enjoy my action-adventure-romantic-comedy-scifi-thrillers.