Perhaps proposing a daily blog entry the day before an almighty hangover was something of a foolish decision, but I’m not in the business of making beds I don’t intend to sleep in, so here we go again. This one might be a little more…free association than usual.
Anyway, today I was thinking – between writhing in pain in a sleeping bag and wishing that the sun would do me a favour and piss off for the rest of my life – about a twitter conversation I recently had with a friend of mine about the quality of sports movies. He claimed that there are very few good examples because “everything that happens in sport is a cliché” and ergo those movies are full of clichés and thus a bit naff.
We back-and-forthed a little on the subject – my main argument was that any good story, be it a film, novel or comic, is about characters rather than plot and if you didn’t care about the quarterback main character then you wouldn’t care about whether his team won the match or not. I cited Rocky as an example of a good sports movie that was less about boxing than about an underdog going the distance and falling in love. My friend somewhat contrarily said that Rocky wasn’t a sports movie because it was about a man applying a special skill (a statement I found puzzling and not a little pedantic, because isn’t every sports/spy/crime/superhero movie?) and that the same could be said of Good Will Hunting. “Would you call that a Maths movie?” he asked me.
And you know what? From now on, I’m going to. I started compiling a list of Maths-centric films that could be collected in the dullest DVD boxset ever produced and thought, why stop there? Why not make lists for other lesser-known genres for a reason unknown even to me? And here they are:
Maths Movies (The Decimal Collection)
– Good Will Hunting
– π (Pi)
– A Beautiful Mind
Billionaire Movies (The 1% Collection)
– The Social Network
– Iron Man
– The Dark Knight
– The Aviator
Navelgazing Indie Movies (Too Hip For Their Own Good)
– The Future
– Tiny Furniture
Hope you enjoyed (or at least tolerated) those. Got any mundane collections of your own? Let me know!