A movie that makes me feel happy: The Thin Man series (1934 – 1937) – Yes, I’m cheating by choosing a series rather than a single film (and we’re only one question in!). Myrna and Bill, Asta, witty banter and crimes… what’s not to love about this series? These films are so much fun to watch, and they always put me in a good mood.
A movie that makes me feel sad: Life is Beautiful (Original title: La Vita e Bella) (1997) is one of the only films that makes me cry. I bought it on blu-ray a few months ago and haven’t even unwrapped it because I need to emotionally prepare myself before watching it again.
A movie that makes me feel angry: The Villain Still Pursued Her (1940) – It could have easily been a great satire, but it becomes so tedious after about half an hour that I can’t watch it any longer. Had it been a short film or had the script been tweaked a bit, I probably would have loved it. It angers me that this film doesn’t live up to its potential.
A movie that makes me feel nostalgic: The Wizard of Oz (1939) is one of the first movies that I remember watching and has been a favorite for as long as I can remember. When I watch it I remember sitting in my grandparents’ living room as a kid, being terrified of the winged monkeys, learning to tie my shoes while watching it and thinking that I was a secret member of the Lollipop Guild.
A movie that makes me feel scared: The Number 23 (2007) – It takes a lot to scare me, and I tend to watch more thrillers than true horrors, so it was tough to pick an answer for this one. A lot of people hate on this film because they don’t like Jim Carrey, but I like it a lot. It’s one of the only films that really scares me, because it always gets me thinking about how the 23 enigma and numerology play into my own life.
A movie that made me feel surprised: Auntie Mame (1958) was a big surprise the first time I watched it. I bought it blind thinking that it was a musical, so that was the first surprise. The second was how absolutely hilarious it was. It became an instant favorite, which I wasn’t expecting at all.
A movie that makes me feel disappointed: Detective Kitty O’Day (1944) disappointed me a lot. The secretary-turned-detective plot sounded fun and comedic mystery is one of my favorite genres, so I had high expectations for this one. What I got was a film that felt longer than it was, wasn’t very funny and wasn’t very dramatic either.
A movie that makes me feel distressed: The Collector (2009) is disturbing to me for a number of reasons. The material itself is too gory for me (so much so that I nearly walked out of the theater, which I never do). This is also the film that I was watching at the dollar theater the night my friend’s car got broken into and all of our stuff (including my beloved camera) was stolen. There was just nothing good about that viewing experience and I have no desire to watch this film ever again.
A movie that makes me feel confused: Eraserhead (1977) was really perplexing to me the first (and only) time I watched it. I’m eager to watch it again, since a few years have passed and I might be able to make more sense of it. I loved that it was so successfully unnerving, but didn’t completely understand it.