Today they let me do Live Chat with News Arts Editor Jeff Simon., posted below. It was an adventure! It is not as if I am going to be brave enough to watch it, but I know there is tons of footage of me saying, "Do I click here?" and "What do I do now?" Also I think I talk too much!
But it was also fun, especially the video part where you did not have to do all this typing.
The best thing was, we got into a wonderful discussion when one correspondent asked Jeff what he considered to be the best movies of the 1970s, '80s, '90s and oughts, or whatever you call the first decade of the new millennium.
Jeff said, and I agree, that it is too momentous a question to be settled in that kind of forum, without time to think. But it was hard not get into the spirit of things -- especially when people wrote in suggesting "Dirty Dancing" and "Jaws."
Jeff and I got thinking, it would be fun to continue this discussion, with time to think.
Let me get the ball rolling.
1970s: "The Exorcist." Either that or "Annie Hall." Now that would be a strange double bill.
1980s: Wow, this is depressing me, seeing how old all these movies are! "Field of Dreams," can you believe that movie is that old? I will say "Chariots of Fire." That movie was gorgeous. What about foreign films? "Das Boot" would be a contender. It was so vivid, so claustrophobic, it sticks with you. I was talking with one of my friends about it just the other day.
1990s: I'm sorry, I'm a chick, I loved "The English Patient" and "Shakespeare in Love." I nominate them in that order. Oh, but wait, what about "Speed," about the bus and Sandra Bullock? OK, this is really apples and oranges.
The '00s: "The Passion of the Christ."
There you go, those are mine. I think Jeff should give us his list.
-- Mary Kunz Goldman