Today’s topic in The Star’s increasingly mundane “20 Questions” feature – where they ask the three biggest mayoral candidates questions about a whole plethora of subjects – was Favourite Movies. Jane Pitfield picked It’s A Wonderful Life, The Sound of Music, and Ben Hur, three great films in three seperate genres that are generally accepted by audiences and critics to be among the best of all time. David Miller chose Casablanca, Apocalypse Now, and Richard Pryor Live on the Sunset Strip; another three respectable choices, with a great comedy routine thrown in for good measure.
But Stephen LeDrew’s three picks were Penelope, an overly-sentimental TIFF-debuted screening starring Christina Ricci as a girl with a pig’s nose; Something’s Gotta Give, that movie about intergenerational love where Jack Nicholson is dating Amanda Peet and Diane Keaton is sleeping with Keanu Reeves; and, to top it all off, The Thomas Crown Affair – not the original, but the Pierce Brosnan remake.
Not one of the movies LeDrew chose has a user rating above 7.0 on IMDB, not one is critically acclaimed, and we’ve certainly never met anyone who ranks these three films anywhere near the top of their list. And there’s a good reason for that: all three films are pretty mediocre. And they’re Stephen LeDrew’s favourite movies of all time.
Maybe it’s just cause he liked Jack’s glasses. Or fancies himself a Pierce Brosnan lookalike. Or maybe LeDrew thinks that those three movies are what “the kids” are watching nowadays. Maybe he was captivated by the way that Penelope‘s use of rich colour contrasted its incredibly dull and pedantic story. Maybe he just discovered “moving pictures” in 1999. Or maybe he just really, really wants to have sex with Amanda Peet. We’ll never know. But it does beg the question – do you really want a mayor who considered the entire history of film, all the Godfathers and Shawshanks and Hitchcocks and Spielbergs…and chose Something’s Gotta Give?