A to Z of Films Meme (F)

As I con­tin­ue this series, I am get­ting exhaust­ed. 🙂 A writer has only so many words in his vocab­u­lary, and I am just an ama­teur film view­er and writer. It is dif­fi­cult to go on and on writ­ing about genius!

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FantasiaFantasia

This choice was a no-brain­er. Walt Dis­ney makes us want to keep our eyes open while lis­ten­ing to clas­si­cal music. The first motion pic­ture with stereo sound, it was a high­ly ambi­tious project, finan­cial­ly risky, orig­i­nal and provoca­tive. Dis­ney was tread­ing unchar­tered waters, going where no film-mak­er had gone before.

To ask whether the 2000 ver­sion is bet­ter than the 1940 one is like ask­ing whether Mozart’s 41st is bet­ter than the 40th. To ask which of the episodes is the best is like ask­ing which of Beethoven’s sym­phonies is the great­est.

Mick­ey Mouse as The Sorcerer’s Appren­tice is the cute cen­ter­piece. Who can dream of visu­al­iz­ing Beethoven’s Fifth or Bach’s Toc­ca­ta and Fugue? Who can bring the cos­mic reach­es of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring to the screen and how? Did Elgar write Pomp and Cir­cum­stance for Don­ald Duck ush­er­ing ani­mals into Noah’s Ark? Gersh­win def­i­nite­ly com­posed Rhap­sody in Blue for the Fan­ta­sia episode. This is sim­ply mind-blow­ing cre­ativ­i­ty.

Forrest GumpRunner Up

Forrest Gump

The hon­esty and dig­ni­ty of a sim­ple­ton with the most atro­cious­ly unlike­ly life sto­ry, made believ­able and heart­warm­ing by Zemeck­is and the only actor who could have car­ried it off, Tom Han­ks. The inge­nious script requires walk­ing a tight rope between com­e­dy and sad­ness, and Han­ks excels at it won­der­ful­ly to get your heart inter­twined with this very like­able char­ac­ter.

There are awe­some spe­cial effects of the non-sci-fi kind. There are plen­ty of hilar­i­ous moments. There are plen­ty of emo­tion­al­ly touch­ing and uplift­ing moments. To weave all these togeth­er into a con­stant­ly engag­ing, con­stant­ly sur­pris­ing, and con­stant­ly enter­tain­ing dra­ma, is an achieve­ment. Zemeck­is comes a long, long way from his tech­nol­o­gy obsessed Who Framed Roger Rab­bit, focus­ing more on con­tent and emo­tion­al sub­stance.

Noteworthy Mentions

Find­ing Nemo, an ani­ma­tion clas­sic for all ages

Fan­ny and Alexan­der, Bergman’s mas­ter­piece with Sven Nykvist’s beau­ti­ful cin­e­matog­ra­phy

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  • Mahen­dra:

    I feel the mis­sion of my life might be ful­filled in part when my neigh­bours’ kids (3 and 5) come in and ask to see Fan­ta­sia yet again! I lost the 1940 DVD in one of my many moves. But the 2000 one is still fab­u­lous.

    And you know which one is my favourite? Rhap­sody in Blue! I am that lit­tle girl in some ways 😉

    (The kids also tell me that they have mod­i­fied the Tin Sol­dier sto­ry for it is more bru­tal in the actu­al sto­ry. What­ev­er it is, Fan­ta­sia is what all kids must lis­ten to when they are young. I am yet to find a bet­ter way to intro­duce them to clas­si­cal music.)

    As to your ques­tion — who can visu­alise etc?, I sure hope we can meet and talk some time. We can then dis­cuss how I see words in colour and images. :-/ Some­times it is hilar­i­ous, some­times very dis­tract­ing.

    I liked For­rest Gump — still watch all reruns. But the best thing is the fan­tas­tic dou­ble disc CD. So much fab­u­lous music in one place.

    Lov­ing your meme response.

  • I do read your reviews, but usu­al­ly I have noth­ing to say since I am not a movie guy… but yeah, I was won­der­ing how long before you get exhaust­ed review­ing!

  • Anand

    A writer has only so many words in his vocab­u­lary, and it is dif­fi­cult to go on and on writ­ing about genius!” — I used to have the same prob­lem while writ­ing per­son­al eval­u­a­tions at work 😉

    Haven’t seen Fan­ny and Alexan­der. Agree with oth­er choic­es. For­est Gump — great sound­track.

    I immense­ly enjoy pure enter­tain­ers with strange / twist­ed sto­ry lines. So although I wasn’t expect­ing it here, I would have added ‘Fight Club’ under Note­wor­thy Men­tions.

  • Even though this movie is more region­al­ized, and South­ern like For­est Gump, I would like to make a plug for “Fried Green Toma­toes.” You’ll love it. It was actu­al­ly made out of a book, and the book is struc­tured dif­fer­ent­ly, but just as good. This is one of the few movies where I like the movie just as well as the book.

    When I was lit­tle Fan­ta­sia was my favorite movie, except­ing Christ­mas-time (there was a whole set of things I’d watch for that). My ma had both the Fantasia’s and we’d watch them both equal­ly, as far as I remem­ber. Love your review for Fan­ta­sia.

  • Dot­tie

    Have not seen Fan­ta­sia. Must add it to my list now. For­rest Gump is my all time favorite. Zemeck­is has made such a vari­ety of films..its quite amaz­ing. Roger Rab­bit and back to the future(s), romanc­ing the stone and polar express. and ofourse Death becomes her. A very wide repor­toire.

  • Stu­pid is as stu­pid does. If I remem­ber cor­rect­ly movie had sev­er­al con­struct­ed black n white video clips with past Presidents/PMs. For­est GUm is sweet cer­tain­ly.

    Find­ing Nemo too I have men­tioned in my list.

    And Fantasia..ahem hid­ing till I watch it and come back here. 🙂

  • You are tak­ing this meme very seri­ous­ly aren’t you! 🙂 Any­way I find it dif­fi­cult to review films if a few days pass after I have seen them. No won­der you have run out of words! When a film is fresh all sorts of things come to mind. After a while it starts to fade.

  • I have seen Fan­ta­sia 1940 not the 2000 ver­sion, must try and get a copy of it. It was such a dar­ing film — total­ly abstract and won­der­ful at that.
    i loved the pas­toral sym­pho­ny too — but my very favourite was the Night on Bald Moun­tain tran­sit­ting to Ave Maria and the tri­umph of hope over fear !

  • Haven’t watched fan­ta­sia, but my favorite movie would prob­a­bly not change ever: Find­ing Nev­er­land. Jhon­ny Depp at his sub­lime best. Not sure if you’ve watched it?