Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Scarlett O'Hara is a be-yotch

...and Rhett Butler's a P.I.M.P! It's a rainy, messy day in C-Bus so I figured that I'd pull out the four disc collector's edition DVD set of Gone With the Wind. The restoration is absolutely gorgeous. You'd never be able to tell that the movie was made in 1939. The lush score and theme is, as John Kerry would say, seared - SEARED - into my brain. What else can I say about the film that hasn't already been said a million times? It's a classic - and it appeals to my Southern born, bred, and educated manner.

No, I don't think I will kiss you, although you need kissing, badly. That's what's wrong with you. You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how.

Anyway, I'm at the intermission point right now. Watching a masterpiece like this kind of makes me feel ghetto for watching (and enjoying) Pootie Tang yesterday ("sine your pitty on the runny kine").

EDIT: A friend of mine just left a comment, which brings up an issue concerning GWTW. Last year I stated that I was excited to get this DVD set to two of my friends who will go nameless (Mindy and Memmer!) on two separate occasions. Both of them had the exact same response: "you might not want to tell people that."

I thought that was a weird reaction. I chalked it up to both of them being born, raised, educated, and currently residing in Ohio. They don't have the same romantic notions of the South that I have. GWTW is a classic with many different elements. The last thing that I'd consider it to be is a "chick flick."

So, I leave it up to you folks. Is GWTW a girly movie?

21 comments:

spydrz said...

I'd do the same thing if I could ever get my GWTW DVD set back from my favorite little blonde Georgian...she's no doubt using the dvds to practice saying 'fiddle dee dee.'

Micah said...

In the meantime, why don't you make some clothes out of your drapes?

spydrz said...

Not from Miss Ellen's portieres!

Anonymous said...

I love Gone with the Wind!!! :-D

valerie

Anonymous said...

Okay seriously you guys sound so gay...you need to stop talking about Gone with the Wind Micah

Micah said...

Okay, Mindy, since you brought it up...

Last year I stated that I was excited to get this DVD set to two of my friends who will go nameless (Mindy and Memmer!) on two separate occasions. Both of them had the exact same response: "you might not want to tell people that."

I thought that was a weird reaction. I chalked it up to both of them being born, raised, educated, and currently residing in Ohio. They don't have the same romantic notions of the South that I have. GWTW is a classic with many different elements. The last thing that I'd consider it to be is a "chick flick."

So, I leave it up to you folks. Is GWTW a girly movie?

panthergirl said...

So funny...my daughter and I just watched part one of the DVD the other day and I made the EXACT same comment about the fact that it was made in 1939. Hell, the Wizard of Oz was made the same year and you keep waiting for them to walk into the backdrops.

Can't wait to watch part two...you know, the really FUN part of the movie... argh!

spydrz said...

As for your edit, I must say that just because the main character is a woman doesn't mean that this is a 'girly' movie. Granted, I too was raised with a fondness for the South.

panthergirl said...

Absolutely NOT a chick-flick! I hate chick-flicks!! It's a festival of eye candy, high camp and that scene with Mammy and Rhett on the staircase...well, what can I say. I cry my eyes out every time. That's considerably different from "Notting Hill" or some other piece of girly drivel.

Anonymous said...

Okay nothing spydrz says counts because he was also excited about the movie....and I never said it was a chick flick...I just said that it isn't the most manly thing to get excited about GWTW, especially to be quoting scenes about turning curtains into dresses....If you were jumping up and down about the gory war scenes I wouldn't be concerned....but like I said quoting the curtain scene....

Micah said...

Not to sound like a sixth-grader but: I take first word. See, you (and Memmer) made that comment when I said that I was happy to get the DVD last year. I said nothing about any particular scene. You were making a general comment about the movie. To me, it sounds like you think it's a chick flick.

Anonymous said...

FYI - "C-Bus" should be removed from every central Ohioian's vocabulary. The idea that it's "cool" to refer to Columbus as "C-Bus" is a myth perpetuated by OSU students attempting to make their town sound cooler than it really is.

Watching GWTW is much, much cooler than saying "C-Bus".

Micah said...

Heh. I'm not a native Ohioan, nor did I go to OSU. I picked up the term from a law school friend (who was born here). But I also refer to Columbus as "Cowtown," which makes it sound quite a bit less cooler than the city is. So I guess it all evens out.

Mindy said...

Micah I think that last anonymous poster needed their head examined...I don't know anyone who would think refering to Columbus as c-bus is a cool thing...I've always heard it used in a derrogatory way....same equivalent as cowtown...

Kate said...

I never really liked the movie. Thought it was waaay over the top when I first saw it in the 10th grade.

Kate The Great said...

(sigh) What a classic. The visuals are stunning, the music is sweeping. I want to wear a corset so I can make my waist be 18 inches, too. Incidently, Belle Watling was modeled on a well known (perhaps infamous?) Lexington er, lady, Belle Breezing. She was also a Madame and serviced everyone from judges and bankers to horse jockeys and so on. They had a huge march through town b/c everyone loved her so much for her charitable and generous disposition.

Ah, I love GWTW. And I'd be Scarlet any day of the week over that too, too nice Melanie. The scene when they show her wearing that drop ded red dress is enough to die for...

Micah said...

And we'd love to see you in that corset, so long as you don't mind "giving up the pretty."

Mistake on the Lake said...

Since, I seemed to have helped start this topic, I thought I should put in my 2 cents. (Oh, it's Memmer, btw) I went out with a guy last weekend who actually stayed home on a Friday night and rented "The Horse Whisperer". He had actually seen the movie in completion before and has recently been seeing parts on TV and it wetted his appetite. To him, I say the same thing I told Micah "You might not want to tell anyone about that"! I never called GWTW a chick flick. I'm just saying for those of us who don't buy 20 DVDs a week, it is an odd choice for a single gentleman to make. Now get back to your curtain making or whatever.

Kate The Great said...

ha ha ha Micah. I dunno... I think I could probably show off the corset without giving up the pretty ;)

panthergirl said...

Well, men comfortable enough with their manhood to rent GWTW are more sexually attractive to women. So Micah wins. :p

Micah said...

Rent? P'shaw! I BOUGHT the movie.