[Editor’s Note: Since I’m mainly concerned with movies about exploding trains and alien invasions and video games where you shoot people in the face, I’ve asked my wife, Kris, to be a contributor here at Screen Cuisine. She’ll be occasionally covering TV, movies, games, and all things pop-culture from a female perspective, though she’s been known to enjoy the occasional alien invasion and exploding train herself. — Chris]
I’m not much for Chick Flicks. For instance, I once attempted to watch “The Notebook” and nearly lost my damn mind. Typically, if there’s a poster with people tenderly holding each other’s faces, I’m not getting in line to see that movie.
These movies are some of my favorites based on the sheer volume of times I’ve seen them:
- Shaun of the Dead
- Dawn of the Dead (2004 version)
- The Empire Strikes Back
Clearly, I’m not a classy woman. I used to feel guilty about it until I saw the English Patient episode of Seinfeld where Elaine would rather see a movie called “Sack Lunch”. At the end, she finally gets to see that movie and is shown laughing like a jackass while stuffing her face with popcorn. Lordy, I loves me some Elaine Benes.
Feeling bad about my seeming lack of commitment to my gender, I Googled the Best Chick Flicks of all time and found this list on MSN’s website to see how I stack up.
10 – Three way tie: Steel Magnolias (1989), Beaches (1988), Pretty Woman (1990)
I’ve got to admit that I’ve seen all three. I mean, I’m not dead inside or anything. However, I can say that if it was a rainy Sunday afternoon and all three were playing on TV, I’d probably get my girly on by switching over to the Food Network and watching people eat all afternoon.
9 – The Women (1939)
I don’t watch old movies. I just don’t. Once, Chris and I were talking and he said “Who wants to sit through Casablanca? No one.” I fell in love with him all over again.
8 – When Harry Met Sally (1989)
I’ve seen this in bits and pieces, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen the whole movie from start to finish. It was on the other day and the only thing I could think of was how Meg Ryan has ruined her face with surgery.
7 – Grey Gardens (1975)
I’ve never seen this. I’ve do love a good documentary, but there’s something about this one that makes me think it would just depress me.
6 – Sabrina (1954)
I’ve seen a few Audrey Hepburn movies (Wait Until Dark, Two for the Road and Breakfast at Tiffany’s), but I’m not really interested in this one. I also skipped the remake.
5 – Valley of the Dolls (1967)
I watched this once on a dare from one of my professors in college. I don’t recall much about it, but I do know that I cringed slightly when I saw it on this list. That can’t be a good sign.
4 – Thelma and Louise (1991)
I dragged my then boyfriend and his best friend to see this one in the theater, and I got all aggravated and keyed up at them both for simply having penises. This movie is to some women what Rocky movies are to some men – it makes ’em want to punch something and start some shit. [Note to self. — Chris]
3 – White Oleander (2002)
There are far too many blond women in this movie. I have a limit of three blonds in major roles per movie. Plus, one of them was Renee Zellweger. No, thank you!
2 – Imitation of Life (1959)
I hadn’t even heard of this movie until I saw it on the list, and I don’t plan on seeking it out. Besides, I heard that ION is airing Tango and Cash this weekend so I’ll be booked.
1 – Gone with the Wind (1939)
I have a tendency to not trust movies with this sort of popularity. When something gets too big, I don’t want to be a part of it no matter how good people say it is. This could be the greatest movie ever made, and I would never know it.
That makes 6 out of 12. Not bad odds for a woman who just last week was kicking herself for waiting so long to see the Burt Reynolds classic, Stroker Ace. Seriously, I’ve got to get to Dimple and pick that one up right away.