Flickchart Road Trip: Alabama

Derek Armstrong

Derek is a film critic, currently writing for the Australian film website ReelGood as well as his personal blog, The Audient.

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6 Responses

  1. Hey! I can actually comment on all the movies in this piece, and you didn’t even offend my taste once!

    I first saw To Kill a Mockingbird some time in high school, then not again until I caught a screening of it last summer. Of the movies here that I’ve seen, it’s hands down the best. It has a surprising sense of humor and warmth, given the gravity of its subject content.

    Fun fact: According to Superman #81, To Kill a Mockingbird is Superman’s favorite movie of all time.

    Talladega Nights is a very guilty pleasure of mine. I really shouldn’t even like it at all, but it cracks me up and seems funnier each time I see it. It does lose its focus in the second half, but somehow I don’t even care.

    I’ve seen both versions of The Miracle Worker, though not since middle school. I don’t think I was patient enough to really get into either of them at the time. To be honest, neither is high on my list of movies to go back and re-watch, in part because they made me squeamish. A weak reason to avoid a movie, I know, but there it is.

    Sweet Home Alabama isn’t terribly original or anything, but I like it well enough. It’s got its moments, and Witherspoon is nearly irresistible on screen, unless she’s on screen in anything subtitled “Red, White and Blonde”.

    I’ve seen parts of My Cousin Vinny, but never the entire film. I’d rank those parts above Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, though, because…

    The Harold & Kumar trilogy has adhered to the law of diminishing returns. I loved the first film, and I maintain its premise is one of the most perfect of modern cinema, but the sequel didn’t really do much for me and the threequel was truly awful.

    • Derek Armstrong says:

      Thanks Travis!

      I can’t say I’m with you on Harold and Kumar. In
      fact, I couldn’t decide whether the first or the second was worse. We
      only watched the second because we had it on good authority (er, someone
      my wife met) that it was surprisingly great. It was not.

      I don’t really like the first Legally Blonde, unfortunately, and in this instance I did not watch the second one.

      I’m ranking more on my memory of Mockingbird, not on any recent acquaintance with it. It’s been 20 years.

      You really should see all of My Cousin Vinny. It’s just shy of a comic masterpiece. Really. It is.

  2. ramajama says:

    Seriously, of the six movies you listed, you picked a Harold and Kumar flick over the greatest(or at least close to) movies set in Alabama, Forrest Gump?

    • Derek Armstrong says:

      Well, my picks are somewhat limited by needing to choose from five distinct spots on my list. I could have chosen Forrest Gump instead of Sweet Home Alabama, as its ranking at #1257 on my chart would have left it needing to occupy the third spot. But I decided to choose a #3 that was closer to the true middle of my rankings, and couldn’t resist the opportunity to include the movie that had the state’s name in its title. Thanks for reading!

    • Derek Armstrong says:

      Also, I hope you noted that I have nothing but disdain for that Harold & Kumar movie!