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It’s been a while since our last community article so we thought we would hand the task of choosing a topic to the world at large! The people voted and so we started to contemplate what we thought was the best film in a genre we disliked. It’s a bit of a strange topic but one when you think about it, opens up a lot of possibilities. Many people tend to stick to genres they know and love whilst others will be quite happy to sit down and watch anything, just in case a gem appears before them. Below, the Geekstalkers have selected what they think is the best film from genres they ordinarily don’t like. What would you pick if you were given this topic?
Markus – @TheMarckoguy
I wouldn’t say that I actively hate any one genre, but there are ones I don’t like as much as others. And to be honest, I’m not the biggest fan of musicals. Live action ones to be specific, I have no real problems with animated Disney ones. Maybe I just find it easier to buy that a cartoon would burst into song and dance rather than a real actual human. Oh well, let’s talk about a movie I like within the genre.
So what live action musical does Markus happily say that he enjoys? Hairspray.
The 2007 version to be exact, I remember not being a fan of the 70s version. But what is this musical about then? Set in 1960s Baltimore, it follows young Tracy Turnblad (Nikki Blonsky), a bouncy, energetic, kind, overweight high school student who despite having the odds set against her, wins a spot on a very popular youth show. And we follow her as she tries to beat prejudice in her local town, both for overweight and working class people like herself, and for the colored people around. It’s a colorful, lighthearted, and just fun little musical with a message… stop being a judgemental dick, and then you can come join the dancing. I like the energy of it, I like the well written characters, I find the songs to be catchy and fun, and the actors are all great. And man, what a cast. Aside from the aforementioned Nikki Blonsky you have people like John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken (the best Hollywood Chris), Amanda Bynes, James Marsden, Queen Latifah, Zac Efron, Allison Janney, Brittany Snow, Jerry Stiller, and many more, all clearly having a total blast. And them having translates into me having fun. Hairspray, a good movie in a genre I’m not really a fan of.
And on a quick sidenote: Baby Driver is a musical, and probably the greatest of all time. The reason I only made it an honorable mention is because of the semantic police.
James Carroll – @IamJACsMusings
Feel free to invent your own tune to sing these lyrics along to:
There’s one film genre,
I like less than the rest,
When people burst into song,
My patience it does test.
There are exceptions to this rule,
A few from my youth,
Willy Wonka, Mary Poppins, Bedknobs and Broomsticks,
Ingrained on my psyche,
Before my first wisdom tooth.
The Hills are Alive, I Dreamed a Dream,
The Music of the Night, Maria.
City of Stars, This is Me,
All That Jazz and Evita.
You’re [not] the One[s] That I Want.
Then in 2001 a musical was released,
It was stylish, romantic, dramatic, tragic.
And when Obi-Wan burst into Your Song,
My head, my heart and the hairs on the back of my neck,
Had no choice but to acknowledge it was truly fantastic.
Since then it’s been watched on heavy rotation,
The soundtrack has been downloaded too.
I can can can listen, I can can can watch, I can can can sing-along,
Proof, if proof be needed that, Come What May,
There’s always one exception to a rule.
Seb Reeves – @TheRealMrSeb
As I understand it, this month’s GeekStalkers task is to write about our favourite film from a genre we are not particularly fond of. This is quite hard for me as I generally find it easy to sit down, watch and enjoy a movie be it action, Scifi, world cinema and even Rom-coms. However I am not overly keep on watching films that I refer to as ‘Weepy romance movies,’ the tear jerkers that tend to have tragic endings.
When my wife asked if we could watch ‘The fault in our stars,’ together, I rolled my eyes and thought here we go, time to feel down for the rest of the day. I like a film to be uplifting, to give me a sense of well-being, which lets me forget the drudgery of adult life for an hour or two. You won’t get that from this type of film.
Whereas you will not be left with a happy glow from watching this film, and probably will be left blubbing, in ‘The fault in our Stars,’ they deliver this news to you at the very start of the film, in a monologue delivered by Shailene Woodley who plays the lead character Hazel. This kind of provides you with an armour of expectancy, a cushion for the blow that is to come from a screen play that is both well written and smoothly executed. I do not wish to spoil the plot in anyway, but can definitely recommend that you add this to your ‘to watch’ list, even if like me tear jerkers are not really your
Ben from X-Geeks – @xgeeks
“Get ready for the GROSS-OUT COMEDY of the year!” – This statement slapped on any poster or trailer is instantly rejected by my brain. I can’t help it.
Freddy Got Fingered, American Pie, Bad Grandpa, The Hangover, Dumb and Dumber, Scary Movie, Ted… these are but a few examples of a genre that I find difficult to stomach.
“Gross-Out comedy” is a sub-genre that I have never been able to get on-board with. But it’s not really the toilet humour that switches me off, as I enjoy shows like Bottom. It’s the inability to sustain the gags over a feature film running time. The crude jokes wear thin for me after twenty minutes or so. The majority of films I have already mentioned DO have some really good moments in them. But again it’s a timing issue, there is too much reliance on cheap laughs to pad out the movies.
There is one exception to this however, and it is a film that is widely considered as the first film in this particular genre, Animal House.
Directed by John Landis, co-written by Harold Ramis and starring the great John Belushi, Animal House brings a fresh, comedic insight to the world of ‘College Freshmen’, togas and all. The film is anarchic and subversive and the level of talent, both behind and in front of the camera, ensures that the film still stands up today. It’s a classic, it’s ground-breaking, and it laid the foundations for many films that followed. It’s just a shame that the spirit of Animal House has slowly been removed from ‘gross-out comedies’, most of which now rely on cheaper comedy conventions as ways of getting their laughs.
Ben from nerdchatting – @nerdschatting
Yep I’m a nerd, a geek, a comic book fan and a movie and tv addict.
However I’m not a massive fan of musicals. They just don’t really do it for me. If there’s a musical episode of a tv show I like (Buffy, The Flash, etc….I will allow the Scrubs one though) I will roll my eyes and switch over the channel. Musicals just feel off to me.
Then I watched LA LA Land.
Wow, what a movie. A romantic comedy musical that is just lovely. The ending is tricky heartbreaking and yet oddly uplifting as well. Gosling is superb as the jazz pianist with a dream. Emma Stone conveys more emotion with a look than I realised it’s possible to do. She’s wonderful. Together, you believe what they are going through.
I don’t like musicals, but I LOVE La La Land.
Dave from Jack and the Geekstalk – @JackGeekstalk
Rom-com. I even dislike the name of the genre! Romantic comedies are a type of film that I tend to steer clear of. I’ve seen a fair few of them and while they aren’t always offensive, they are clearly not aimed at a 30-something male like me. It will sound hypocritical coming from me as someone who loves all things sci-fi, but none of these films feel realistic, relationships don’t work like they do in these films, and isn’t it a coincident that the people involved are always so beautiful! Where are the rom-coms involving the normal, average looking people?
So the romance isn’t believable and the comedy? Well it usually boils down to one or both of the main stars embarrassing themselves in front of a prospective love interest until they finally realise the love they’ve been searching for has been right in front of them the whole time in the form of a best friend, co-worker, medical professional, lion tamer, astronaut etc etc.
Well thank my lucky stars when in 2009 a small film starring Zooey Deschanel and Joesph Gordon Levitt came along.
500 Days of Summer, directed by Marc Webb, is a quirky film to be fair and not a traditional love story. Don’t worry if you haven’t seen it yet I won’t spoil it for you but rest assured there is humour, both light and dark, great performances from Gordon Levitt in particular, with a nod to Chloe Grace Moretz for a great supporting performance as Gordon Levitt’s younger sister. I think I like the film so much because it subverted my expectations of the genre. There was a lot to like in the film and the ending is unexpected and witty at the same time. I highly recommend you check it out, even if you aren’t a fan of rom-coms, even if you stay until the dance number…..yes that’s right, it even has a dance number but again, the context makes a difference as to how it’s portrayed. Once you watch it, it will become a staple of your light hearted viewing library.
Nicola from We Have a Hulk Podcast – @wehaveahulkpod
So this month’s Geekstalker’s Topics really is a bit of a toughy for someone who loves films as much as me! Which genre do I really hate?! Well seeing as Halloween is round the corner and I’m a huge wimp – I’ve got to go for horror films (sorry!). Yes this is literally the worst month for me, as film blogs celebrate the month with horror film challenges, I’m desperately trying to escape all things that go bump in the night. So what do I do when the dreaded day comes round? Watch my favourite ever Halloween based film – Hocus Pocus of course!
Yes that’s right, this is me probably super cheating but it’s a somewhat of a tradition to watch Disney’s (sort of) horror film set in Salem featuring a coven of evil witches, a cursed talking cat and zombie exes – that counts right?! The movie stars Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker as the three hilarious Sanderson witches who are accidentally resurrected on Halloween night and plan to steal the souls of all the children in the town to become immortal. So why do I love this film so much? Well Kathy Najimy is absolutely brilliant and uses a hoover as a broomstick (yep that’s right), the musical set piece ‘I Put A Spell On You’ is fabulous, the transformed Thackery Binx was an absolute babe (when I was kid of course…) oh and there’s plenty of hilarious innuendos. So if you haven’t watched Hocus Pocus yet – it’s literally the perfect time of year to start
Jason Kerin – @jasonsmovieblog
I’ll come out and say it…. I’m not a huge fan of horror movies. I’m not saying that I discredit those who like the film genre, but I just never got into it (mostly due to the fact that I have an active imagination and was never into movies that featured teen slashers, psychotic killers, or paranormal / supernatural beings. Additionally, horror movies (to me) are a bit of a “dime a dozen”, with current Hollywood producing a plethora horror flicks each year, with many being derivate and rather “silly scary” than being something truly scary. However, I was somewhat intrigued to see 2017’s IT(liking the film’s trailers) and was curious to see this movie, despite not being attracted to horror features. Let me tell you…
Well, perhaps the fact that the movie does actually have a narrative, with the movie being based off of Stephen King’s famous novel of the same name. Because of this, the film’s plot (centered around several kids and how they deal with a demonic clown) has more narrative substance than other horror features, which usually contains a weak premise. Additionally, the movie only covers half of King’s story (the second half film is produced for a 2019 release), which allows the story to “breath” a bit more and unfold rather than just simply trying to cram in a very dense story into a two-hour runtime. Next, being a horror feature, IT certainly does have it moments being scary, especially the famous opening scene of IT (when Georgie meets Pennywise). Coinciding with that, I have to say that the main antagonist (i.e. Pennywise, the Dancing Clown) was definitely a menacing villain and was beautiful portrayed by actor Bill Skarsgard. Also, I have to say that the cast, which is primary unknowns, deliver some great performance. Even the film’s director Andy Muschetti seems to have firm hand in crafting the movie, which certainly does help navigate a cinematic iteration of King’s story. It’s no reason why many fans, moviegoers, and critics have praised this movie; calling it one of the best Stephen King film adaptations. Which is why I find 2017’s IT to be one of my favorite horror movies. Can’t wait to see IT: Chapter 2 in 2019.
Matthew Fisher – @CouchPotato_MVP
When it comes to choosing the worst film genre, nothing comes to mind. Generally, I can find at least one movie I like from each genre. Instead, I’d say there are certain movies I watch less than others such as musicals. While I’ve seen a fair share of musical films, my favorite one is still “Little Shop of Horrors.”
Based on writer Howard Ashman and composer Alan Menken’s Off-Broadway musical,
which itself was based on Roger Corman’s B-Movie classic, “Little Shop of Horrors” is about Seymour Krelborn, a lonely flower shop employee, who discovers an extraordinary plant (Audrey II) that’s more than it seems. Director Frank Oz nicely embraces the original film’s eccentricities while also revitalizing them with Ashman and Menken’s creatively catchy songs. The result is a musical film that’s weird but also animated, heartwarming, and hilarious. Furthermore, Oz makes this movie fun by paying ode to and spoofing sci-fi and monster films of the ‘50s. As a fan of these movies, it’s interesting to see them presented in a new light, which makes this sci-fi musical extravaganza memorable.
Of course, this film wouldn’t be as special without an outstanding cast that includes Rick
Moranis as Seymour, Ellen Greene as Audrey, Vincent Gardenia as Mr. Mushnik, and Steve Martin as Orin Scrivello, D.D.S. Not only do these actors work wonderfully together and sing impressively, but they add so much heart and personality to their offbeat, quirky characters. You see their performing abilities shine in every scene, especially the musical numbers (Martin’s Dr. Scrivello enthusiastically singing about being a dentist in “Dentist!” is one of the film’s best scenes). Additionally, appearances by John Candy, Bill Murray, and the chorus girls (played by Tichina Arnold, Michelle Weeks, and Tisha Campbell-Martin) add to the film’s comedic spirit.
However, what makes me return to the “Little Shop of Horrors” over and over again is the film’s botanical centerpiece, Audrey II (superbly voiced by Levi Stubbs). Not only is Audrey II one of my favorite movie monsters with its impressive puppetry and creature design, but Stubbs gives this talking plant a wicked sense of humor and a voice that can carry any tune. This creature is not just a great movie prop but a worthy cast member as well.
While musicals might not be my favorite film genre, I can’t help but adore “Little Shop of Horrors.” Sure, there are more classical musicals I could have written about, but for me, nothing beats the comical misadventures of Seymour and the bizarre plant that changes his life forever.
Claudia – @1GeekyNerd
This month’s prompt prove inordinately hard for me.
Unlike other months, where I simply procrastinate, this month finds me yet again writing a blurb at least very last minute, but because I couldn’t find any film that fit the requirement of favourite film in a genre you don’t like. I thought London and hard and finally decided to ask for input from fellow Geekstalkers™
They didn’t disappoint, and here I am.
There are to genres I dislike, Slasher films (although I do greatly enjoy supernatural horror) and Westerns. Particularly old Westerns with their decidedly toxic masculinity and romanticized view of one of the most disgraceful periods of US history.
But, there’s a recent TV show that i thoroughly enjoyed and that is Netflix’s Godless:
From Rotten Tomatoes:
Notorious criminal Frank Griffin and his gang of outlaws are on a mission — get revenge on Roy Goode, a former protege who betrayed the brotherhood. On the run, Roy seeks refuge in isolated mining town La Belle, N.M., where he lives with Alice Fletcher, a hardened widower and outcast. When word reaches La Belle, which is governed mainly by women, that Griffin is headed there, the residents of the town band together to defend against his murderous gang.
Great casting, good story, credible characters and solid performance all around. Jeff Daniels in particular got to shine as Frank Griffith, the shows bona fide baddie. A life long favourite actor of mine, Daniels is an actor with a wide range. He excells at every job, whether being the dullest tool in the box, a philandering husband, or sensitive reliable average Joe.
And he wasn’t the only one doing a great job here. Just chose to highlight him for the sake of space in the article.
The series was received with positive reviews everywhere and energy on to earn many nominations and some awards in the circuit.
As Markus would say: Seal of Approval
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