Everyone’s a critic when it comes to films

Published 9:15 am Thursday, August 5, 2010

Film buffs should prepare themselves.

Entertainment Weekly recently released a list of 20 classic films that are apparently “overrated.”

While the films were compiled from the magazine’s PopWatch blog, it lists some very popular classics that might take some by surprise.

The list includes the following classic movies:

“The Way We Were”

“Love Story”

“The Sound of Music”

“His Girl Friday”

“Lawrence of Arabia”

“An Affair to Remember”

“The English Patient”

“2001: A Space Odyssey”

“Forrest Gump”

“Gone with the Wind”

“Citizen Kane”

“The Exorcist”

“Doctor Zhivago”

“The Wizard of Oz”

“Close Encounters of the Third Kind”

“Singin’ in the Rain”

“Breakfast at Tiffany’s”

“The Philadelphia Story”

“To Kill a Mockingbird”

“Annie Hall”

The films are posted on the web site of Entertainment Weekly in a slideshow with PopWatchers commenting how “fluffy” and “sinfully boring” the films are. It appears that those hiding behind usernames like “M” and “lettergirl” are the authority on what’s considered a good film. It seems no one commenting has ever seen an Ashton Kutcher movie to use their claptrap comments on.

Pop culture now days seem to move at the speed of light. Hollywood is a precarious, fast food-like business where once one entertainer is served up the consumer is ready for the next.

Although the cultural differences between the 1950s and now can seem amusing to generations of today, there is still timelessness captured in classic films. And I would really hope that our society has not progressed to the point where we seemingly cannot appreciate those films of yesteryear.

Looking at the list, I was a little dismayed to see a few of my favorites.

“Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and “The Wizard of Oz” are listed at the top of my favorite movies.

In my opinion, any movie with Audrey Hepburn is the ultimate classic film and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” was and still is her trademark work. The movie centers on Hepburn’s character

Grace, elegance and original style—they broke the mold with Audrey, ‘nuff said.

And who doesn’t love “The Wizard of Oz”? Children today (as well as adults) still marvel at the characters’ and their stories.

“Gone with the Wind” yet another classic that is seemingly thrown onto the list without much thought. While I agree Scarlett O’Hara was the whiniest belle ever, but who did not like that “non-traditional-not-everyone-is-happy” ending when Rhett gave her a piece of his mind.

I first saw the movie “To Kill a Mockingbird” when I was in school after our teacher assigned the novel for a reading project. I fell in love with the book and I loved the movie as well.

It seems nothing is more undervalued by today’s generations than “To Kill a Mockingbird” in both the literacy world and the entertainment arena. Films nowadays that take social issues, like racism, and hits it home to the audience and makes them think about the world around them are a rarity.

No matter your opinions on the listed films above, when it comes down to it everyone just seems to be a critic.

Amanda VanDerBroek is a Staff Writer for the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald. For comments and column suggestions email: amanda.vanderbroek@r-cnews.com or call (252) 332-7209.