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Double Feature

March 18, 2011

One thing that not a lot of people know about me is that I’m an undercover cinephile. I love movies. I  consider my Netflix subscription part of my utilities, watch around five or six movies a week,  can spend an entire day just watching movies, and I have amassed a hefty collection that I am very proud of. If I could have an alternate life where I was in another profession, I’d want to work in the movie business. I would love to design sets, or choose soundtracks, or be a cinematographer, or do the styling, or write the screenplays. (I guess I could probably do those last two in this current life, based on what I’m doing so far.) I have this nice idea of running an independent movie theater when I’m older and have already made my millions as a writer (HA) and don’t really care about money anymore. I’d like to think that I’ve picked up a thing or two about movies from all this. (After all, I did work at Blockbuster, and it’s not like they just let anyone work there, you know. *Brushes shoulder off*)

One of my favorite things to do, movie-wise, is to create the perfect double-feature. I’ve collected a couple of my greatest hits, as well as a few more ideas that I have on the back-burner. I suggest you pick one, pop some popcorn, and enjoy.

  • The September Issue and The Devil Wears Prada. I just did this the other night, which is what prompted this post, and it was marvelous. I couldn’t stop grinning. They’re both great homages to both the magazine and fashion industries that strike the perfect balance between putting it up on too high of a pedestal and lampooning it. Then, there’s the added bonus of seeing the real world of Vogue next to the fictionalized version in Devil. Not to mention that they’re both wildly entertaining. (Alternate #1: The September Issue and Valentino: The Last Emperor, both stunning documentaries about the fashion world that play like a popcorn flick. Alternate #2: The Devil Wears Prada and Funny Face, two stories about an ugly duckling becoming a swan through the fashion world.)
  • Julie and Julie and Waitress. First of all, you’re going to need more than popcorn to get through these movies, or at least have plans to go out to eat afterwards. In two movies, you get three stories of strong women who find an identity for themselves through their relationship with – and subsequent career involving – food. I’m always a fan of movies showing a woman’s journey centered around her career, rather than a relationship (see: the movies of the first suggestion), and Julie and Julia has the added bonus of being a girl-power flick without falling back on the trope of making their male counterparts idiots or assholes. (Waitress, not so much.) Plus, they’re both so freaking charming. I think Waitress is highly underrated.
  • Mean Girls and Clueless. Are there any movies more enjoyable than these to watch with your girlfriends? I mean, come on.
  • Stand By Me and Now and Then. These are both perfect coming-of-age movies that have nostalgia and sentimentality down pat. I think Stand By Me is flawless.The portrayal of the friendships of our youth (and you’ll undoubtedly recognize yours in both of these, whether you’re a boy or girl) is simply amazing. Added bonus: their soundtracks. (Alternate: Now and then and The Sex and the City Movie, because before there was Carrie, Miranda, Samantha, and Charlotte, there was Sam, Roberta, Teeny, and Chrissy. Which one were you then, and which one are you now?)
  • An Education and Atonement. These ones aren’t as thematically linked as the suggestions listed so far. For them, it’s more about their mood and look. They’re both darkly romantic portrayals of both England, love, and relationships. Also, sometimes you just need to cry for three hours. It’s cool.
  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Roman Holiday. And then sometimes you just need to watch Audrey Hepburn for three hours.
  • Juno and Away We Go. I loved the unexpected, alternate takes on the idea of finding oneself through your pregnancy. None of these characters are what’s usually portrayed as parents-to-be in movies centered around pregnancy, and I think it’s a much more realistic take on it.
  • Wall-e and Up. So, the only thing linking these two is that they’re both Pixar movies. What of it? Welcome to the most touching three hours of your life.

I have a challenge for anyone who wants to take me up on it. I really wanted to include Some Like It Hot on this list because a) it’s a fantastic movie and one of my favorites and b) Audrey is represented three times on the list, yet there’s no Monroe love. But I couldn’t think of a good match for it, which was totally upsetting because I think it’s rife with opportunity to make an excellent double-feature. Any ideas?

One Comment leave one →
  1. March 18, 2011 7:55 pm

    Yes, a post in which I actually know what you’re talking about.

    Away We Go and Juno is just about the best double feature I can think of, although Away We Go would also be paired well with Into The Wild.

    Since you lack sci-fi (minus Wall-E), I suggest Gattaca and Inception.

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