Thursday, July 28, 2011

Yes, Andrew Garfield is Skinny, and Yes, Maybe I DO Like It!

*** This is a bit of a rant, so take it with a grain of salt.

It seems like ever since the first promotional photograph of Andrew Garfield in The Amazing Spiderman came out, there have been comments and statements surrounding how skinny Andrew Garfield is (ie, "Is this Spiderman an Ethiopian or something?" How offensive). I even just read in my local newspaper --which almost never has things related to pop-culture in it-- about how the writer thought he needed to "eat a few more sandwiches" before he could successfully pull off the character of Spiderman. I just can't help but wonder why many people are having a hard time accepting Garfield as this character?

Are all heroes supposed to be big and buff? Aren't we in a time where anyone could become or be considered a hero? Can only the biggest and burliest be our leading men in action roles these days? I would like to think not.

I mean, Tobey McGuire as Spiderman was maybe a bit more stocky than Garfield, but he didn't really fit the typical superhero build either, being quite a bit shorter than the usual leading-man. But that's the whole thing, isn't it? Different types of men are now being put into these hero-like roles. What about the smaller James McAvoy in Wanted? Or the thin Edward Norton as The Incredible Hulk? You'd think that as long as the person suits the character outside of the Superhero persona, they should be acceptable in the role, seeing as it's the powers that make them strong, not their build.

And that's the whole thing, isn't it? In The Amazing Spiderman, Peter Parker is going to be a high school student, and what boy in high school (besides the football player or other jock) do you know that is big and burly like Batman or Superman?
Peter Parker is a nerd, after all, that just falls upon his powers by chance, so wouldn't it make sense that he is a skinny, awkward little thing?
Also, if nobody has noticed, Garfield is just naturally thin, though by the looks for some of the new photos (seen in Entertainment Weekly) of the upcoming film, he is getting quite ripped! And if anybody knows me, they know that "Skinny-Ripped" is my favorite kind of gentleman's frame.

So yes, Andrew Garfield is a skinny guy, but who says that's not going to be good for Peter Parker and Spiderman? The man is a very talented actor (no seriously, he's amazing), so if anyone can pull off a character, it will be him.
Though frankly, even if some people don't think Garfield fits the role for this film, it doesn't ride entirely on his shoulders, does it? We all know an amazing actor can be brought down by the other aspects of a film, such as poor directing, cinematography, other actors interaction, costume, etc etc.

All I'm saying, is we should give Garfield a chance. He might surprise some skeptical people! though I am completely biased on the subject, as I am personally rooting for him to have a long and successful career.
What about you though? Do you think Garfield is "too skinny" for Spiderman?

Monday, July 25, 2011

"Time Travelin' Time Travelin', Yeah!" : (A Gratuitous Pictorial of Decades of Men)

I'm going to be totally honest with you, sometimes I just like making incredibly random lists or posting photos (mostly of hunky men). And today, I found myself being inspired by a couple of things:

First of all, I have been watching some older movies with the typical "Leading Men" or their time, and sometimes I want to say that they don't make men like they used to. That's not to say that men today aren't handsome and charming or anything of the sort! They are just a different... "Style", you might say.

Furthermore, I was taking a gander at some "Doctor Who" featuring the Eleventh Doctor (the newest one) and I found myself enraptured by Matt Smith's face. I find him to look very young, but feel as though arguably he should be older. As in, his face would be suited to another time, or is more fitting of an older gentleman? I'm not really sure, but I guess it's good for Time Traveling, right? Because it's both modern yet old? No? That doesn't make any sense at all, does it?

Hence, I wanted to do a Time-Warp, traveling back to the different decades and looking at what men epitomized women's fancies at that time. Frankly, some of the ages had many more men that could be suiting for this list, but I tried to narrow it down to 2 for each. Some of them are my own personal fancies, and some of them are more so the popular/typical "Crushes" of that decade.

Thus, I hereby give you: Men of Every Decade (From now until the 1930s)
(I hope you like Time-Warping with me. Which decade has your favorite kind/class/style of man?)

2010s: Leonardo DiCaprio and Javier Bardem
Hello there, 2010s. It's the modern age, and we embrace gentlemen with different quirks as our leading men more openly than we may have in the past. To represent this age, I have chosen Leonardo DiCaprio --who, arguably, has been a prominent leading-male for all of the 2000s as well-- because 2010 was really a big year for him, with two major hits (Inception, duh!), and those pretty little kitty-cat eyes of his. On the other hand, is Mr. Javier Bardem, showing that we love to cross borders and embrace a little foreign flare, and as I mentioned before, a little quirk in the looks department (that nose!). It's a dead sexy time where anyone can be considered attractive in one way or another. Let's keep this up!


2000s: Matt Damon and Ewan McGregor
Crossing over into a new millennia, we take a stand against the "pretty boys" and go for the everyday man. That is not to say that these men are not attractive or pretty: oh no! They just don't have to be the Alpha-Males to get our attention, in a sea of incredibly buff bodies as the beach-bro (aka, Abercrombie Model) craze starts to really take its hold. You know, I've never really realized how similar in features these two men are... But that is besides the point. For the 2000s I give you Matt Damon and Ewan McGregor! Both action stars with a twinkle in their eye, who show that they can kick ass and get the girl, without being super tall, incredibly built, or even super tan (really, is that supposed to make you more manly? I don't know). Plus everyone loves a family man (which both of them are). Look to the future boys, we are going to love you for a long long time!


1990s: George Clooney, Tom Cruise, and Brad Pitt
I previously mentioned the dawn of the "Pretty Boys", which I would consider the 1990s. Really though, there is nothing wrong with that. This was the time when boy-bands really hit their stride, with their boyishly attractive gents, thus leading me to call this the Dawn of the Pretty Boys. Come on... You know what I'm talking about. I couldn't decided which two of these men epitomized the time better, as all of them are still around (well okay, two of them are still very very prominent), and all three of them really came to fame during this time. Oh these leading men, one made danger and crazy a sexy feature , one made southern charm and a goofy attitude the name of the game, while the other led to the rise of sexy doctors littering television (in the 2000s especially), and for that sir, I cannot forgive you... Buuuut, you are a silver fox, so I guess I will. Just this once.


1980s: Harrison Ford and Michael J. Fox
Oh the 1980s, where hair was big, pants were tight, and colours were bright. And the men? Well, they were what I call either "Lovables" or "Pirates". Because really, they (mostly) fell into these two categories. On the one hand, we have the Pirates; the Judd Nelsons, the Kevin Bacons, and the James Spaders. The bad-boys who don't give a damn, but fall in love just like anyone else. Representing this category we have Harrison Ford, with his kind eyes, but intelligent, rapscallion swagger. Well okay, so in Star Wars he wasn't exactly a "pirate", but more a Space-Cowboy, but you understand how they are kind of similar, right? On the other side, we have the Loveables; the John Cusacks, the Anthony Michael Halls, and the John Cryers. The cute little things that love music and will dance up a storm with you given the chance. Representing this category we have a fellow Time-Traveller, Michael J. Fox. Come on now, you know you love him, as he is just precious. That's the only word for it. But either way, I salute all of you retro lovers, whether you find yourself fancying more Pirates or more Loveables. They are both just too good to pass up!


1970s: Jack Nicholson and Clint Eastwood
Oh the 70s... This is when things were a little strange. I mean, layered style, one piece suits, bell-bottoms, and all that other jazz was the rage. Did I mention Glam-Rock? Well David Bowie certain brought the fire in that department (yeesh, why didn't I choose him to represent this time?!) Regardless, this was the era when people of all kinds seemed to embrace expression and liberation and all that, though at the same time, there was still a distinct way to be manly, and that was to be assertive about it. And who better to bring the quirk of the time, yet still be handsome in those layered suits than the fantastic actor in Jack Nicholson, and rugged Clint Eastwood? Seriously, when I was looking at a People magazine's "Stars, Then and Now" thing, I was astonished by how attractive Clint Eastwood was! I mean, he had the retro style, but looked darn good in it with that commanding scowl. I guess the 70s really liked their men to be men, since fashion sort of crossed over between genders and made for confusion otherwise (Hello, Leotards!). Or am I just making bold assumptions now?


1960s: Sidney Poitier and Michael Caine
What do you think of when you see these two men? Well I'll tell you what I see, and that is pure class. Class up the spout and spraying wildly in your face! The suits, the glasses, the hair: everything put together made men in the 60s seem suave and collected (as long as they weren't part of the Flower-Power and/or Hippie craze, I might add, though there is definitely nothing wrong with that!). All I know is that I look at these men and the way that they carry themselves, and you can tell that they have a lot of respect for themselves, and thereby also a lot of respect for women (it's all about sexual revolution in the 60s and what have you, amd I right?). I really do think I love this era of gentlemen, and it might be one of my favorites. They just seemed so put-together, I can't get over it... Plus, talent was a huge thing at this point, as evidenced by the incredible men pictured above.


1950s: Gene Kelly and James Dean
Oh the 1950s. This is possibly one of my other favorite ages, as the style was fun, and it encapsulated the ages of Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Gene Kelly, and James Dean! It was a time when leading men were either dapper in every way (Gene!), or incredibly handsome bad-boys (James!). Though these kinds of bad-boys were the ones you could work with: not too bad, as in their hearts they were still very good. Well okay, except for if they were heavily involved with drugs, as this is never cool, but besides that. And more than anything else, this age of leading man was based on talent (much like I mentioned in the 1960s), and the men you saw could act, sing, or dance beautifully, making their marks in iconic ways.


1940s: Laurence Olivier and Humphrey Bogart
"How now, brown cow?" "The tip of the lips, the teeth, the tongue!" You got it, these men stood out from the rest by the way they spoke, and let me tell you, diction can go a long long way. How else would Laurence Olivier become one of the foremost Shakespearean actors of the century? Or how could Humphrey Bogart become the American Film Institute's "Greatest Male Star" in the history of American cinema (Laurence Olivier is #14)? Not by being unaware of how to carry himself, that is for sure. Being noble was a big part of the roles in the 1940s, and these two men carried it off perfectly. Frankly my dear... these men were some well-presented somethings. Plus, their features were characterized by strong noses and square jaws by the looks of it, nailing down what were are to love in men of that time.


1930s: Fred Astaire and Cary Grant
And now we finally come to the 1930s. Now, my knowledge of this age is a little lacking, but all I can tell is that suits were the name of the game, so they classed that place up. Plus, it brought to us the star in Fred Astaire, and Cary Grant. True leading men with (once again) a lot of skill and dapper appeal. I'm not really sure what else to say about this time, except for I hope you enjoy the eye-candy. I mean, they were attractive in a sense that probably isn't common in modern times, but regardless, they aren't so hard on the eyes, are they? There's an old-school charm about them, you might say.

Do you see how I didn't put on Andrew Garfield or Nicholas Hoult or Robert Downey Jr or Joseph Gordon-Levitt or Kevin Spacey? Yeah, I'm trying to be less redundant, though it's hard for me, as those men are just too fantastic to forget about! But I digress...

As I mentioned, I think the 1950s/1960s had some of my favorite men. How about you? Any decades stick out to you are particularly memorable or swoon-able?
Sound off with other additions to the list or anything too! I just love to post, is all.

Friday, July 22, 2011

"James Potter was a Prick," and Other Thoughts on the Harry Potter Finale

*** Spoiler Alert!!!
Tread these waters carefully if you haven't read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, or seen Part 2 of the film. Because this whole thing is about that ,and I would hate to have anyone crying foul.

"James Potter was a Prick"
I know, I know, many of the characters in the Harry Potter series always told Harry that his dad James was "A Great Wizard", but after reading the last three novels (and seeing the final film), I can't say as I agree with that. I mean sure, he was probably a great Quidditch player and good at school, and that guy that everyone loved because he was smart and funny, but kind of douchey at the same time? We all knew guys like that in school. And frankly, I don't like them. What did James Potter ever do, being a "great wizard" and all anyways? Do we just take the word of a few others? Nobody never really explained why James was so great.

And more than anything else, after looking into Severus Snape's memories, all I can tell is that James was a huge bully. I mean, picking on Snape, and furthermore, taking the love of his life? As though Snape wasn't a tormented enough character, James just pushed it further, and why?
Because he was the best friend of the girl he liked? I don't know, I mean there must have been something that Lily saw in James to love him and make Harry and all that, but I still felt really bad for Snape. I guess I am always on the "best friends realizing they love each other" train after watching plenty of teenage rom-coms from the 80s and 90s, but still, the man protected Lily's son for years after she died, even though it wasn't his child to save, and even killed one of the men he was closest to in life, and died for him to survive. Well okay, so it also saved the Wizarding world from (essentially) a fascist dictator, but still, it was all spurred on by the death of his beloved. And that, my friends, is why I love Severus Snape, oh so much (plus, being portrayed by the sensational Alan Rickman doesn't hurt either).

It's not that I doubt that James Potter had his good points, as obviously he fathered Harry and had a wife that loved him and some great friends, but he still didn't seem as great as everyone claimed he was. Even in the finale film, when talking to ghosts of his past, Harry essentially skipped right over his father and went to talk to his mother and God-Father, rather than his real dad. Does that say something to you, seeing as Harry had seem Snape's memories prior to this? Perhaps.

The only thing that bothers me about claiming that James was a bit of a prick and a bully despite what others said, is that I would hate to think that his best friends, Remus Lupin and Sirius Black were like that as well. I seriously fell in love with Remus and Sirius, and they loved James, and kept claiming he was a great guy, so were they possibly like that too? I don't think so, I mean Remus may have really loved James because he was willing to keep his secret of being a werewolf and all, but still... It puts my mind into a conflicted place.

All in all, though, James Potter was not a favorite character of mine. No, sir.


And now...

Other Thought Spurred by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2:

- That whole "19 years later" thing was very unnecessary in the book, and even more so in the film. I can't believe how much like a pedophile Malfoy looked done all up! And how homely Ginny looked. For Hermione it almost seemed like the next day, just older clothes, but the rest were just so... Homely. There is no other word for it. Though I did appreciate that they insinuated that Neville and Luna might end up together like we all kind of hoped for in the novel, though didn't end up happening in the epilogue. We all know that's how it should have been though... Come on now.

- Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy) has very kind eyes. I know I've already gone through the whole, "Wasn't Voldemort charismatic?" thing, so you must be wondering what is wrong with me, but seriously, once Lucius started to actually calm down with the whole "pure-blood" supremacy thing and had his whole family somewhat screwed over by The Death Eaters what what have you, I started to feel sorry for him and those sad sad eyes. Well okay, maybe Jason Isaacs is just handsome, and I can't help myself.

- I was kind of sad that they brushed really quickly over the whole Albus, Aberforth, and Arianna relationship. Although, it probably would have slowed the pace down too much for the genre of film, but in the novels it was really interesting. Also, I understand what Harry meant when he said that he didn't care about what happened between Albus and Aberforth, because that wasn't the man that he knew, so I can understand why it was left out. Though I also would have liked to see more of how Dumbledore actually got the Elder Wand, since that could have explained a lot, and it kind of illuminated the relationship they brought up in the first part about Grindelwald and Dumbledore. That all seemed like it might have been hinting towards Dumbledore's sexuality, which to me wasn't as big of a surprise as it was to other people. I don't know, maybe that was just me, and now I'm getting off point a little bit.

- I can't believe how little screen time the Weasley Twins got in Deathly Hallows: Part 2. They had quite a few lines in the first part, so I guess this was making up for it, giving them only one line each (kind of like the reverse of Neville's parts comparatively between the first and second parts). The one thing that I really didn't like was how they simply brushed over Fred's death, though he was one of my favorite characters, hence wanting a bit more from it.

- The thing about the Sword of Gryffindor: Could you technically "own" it, or does it not really belong to anyone? Because if it did, all of a sudden it could disappear as though to say, "Oh sorry, I have to go help out my peeps" and then present itself to someone else. Fickle little thing, isn't it?

- The one thing that seems to be talked about more than anything is... WHEN did Neville Longbottom (Matthew Lewis) get so attractive? I mean, at first he was a goofy, chubby little thing, then all of a sudden in The Goblet of Fire he was super skinny and awkward, and now, he is manly and badass. I mean, he was totally badass in the final book, but seeing it visualized really made it all the more apparent that they boy really grew up, more than any of the other actors it almost seemed. I think he may have started getting attractive around The Order of the Phoenix though, and standing up for himself, what with wanting to avenge his parents when Bellatrix came around and all that, you know?


Random Running-Commentary, Courtesy of Myself and My Sister:
(I know there was more, but I sadly can't think of it all now...)

- There was a goblin in Gringotts that totally looked like Conan O'Brien. Seriously, they put the camera on him a couple of times, and it was uncanny.

- I know my sister has pointed it out before that Ron has some really meaty thighs, but his bottom is also quite big! Not that I'm complaining though, the boy has nice arms, and I have always found him super attractive, even since I was 12 (haha). There is just something about a Ginger, and by golly, this movie had plenty of them!

- (As Voldemort disintegrates): "Careful! Don't breathe in the Voldemort dust! He will totally come back like right at the beginning of it all again!"

-"Wow, Sirius was looking good! You just know he was wearing that velvet, purple jacket in Harry's memory of him..."

And that is that! What did you think of the finale of Harry Potter? Did anyone else have other thoughts spurred by the film, or final book?
(I'm just throwing it all out there since it was fresh on my mind after seeing the film last week).

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Dear Ralph Fiennes (A Public Letter)

*** In honor of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 coming out, and once again being astounded by the amazing Ralph Fiennes.
(General thoughts on the finale to come, but not today...)


Dear Ralph Fiennes,

How is it that I always leave a theatre absolutely astounded by you?
More specifically, how is it that whenever you play a horrendous, loathsome character, I always feel a tinge of sympathy for them? Or at least, am totally engaged by the character?
Seriously, Sir, you have to have some major charisma to be able to pull that off.

Come on now, I laughed pretty hard when you gave Malfoy that awkward hug as Voldemort when he walked to join your ranks. And just the way you moved so slithery-like with a grin and glint in your eye?Fantastic. I mean, I know Voldemort was kind of a Fascist and wanted to exterminate muggle-borns/muggles (aka, straight-up genocide) but you still made me giggle at some points. Tisk tisk, Sir, making those serious allusions enjoyable. But I must say, I liked it.

Kind of like you made an actual Nazi seem charismatic and enthralling? In Schindler's List, obviously. How can someone be so interesting just shaving their face? I don't know, but you pulled it off. Oscars, all around! Wait, that didn't happen? Travesty. Well, then again, you were up against the incredible Leo DiCaprio in What's Eating Gilbert Grape?, and Pete Postlethwaite in In the Name of the Father, and... Okay, I'm getting a little off track.

Where was I?
Oh right, making evil characters magnetic.
That brings me to The Red Dragon, and you as "the Tooth Fairy". Seriously, I felt bad for you! Being so awkward with the precious Emily Mortimer and thinking you were hideous because of your mother. That was adorable and heartbreaking, and I sympathized with you even though you were a vicious serial-killer! Honestly, how can you do that? I feel like a piece of crap for feeling bad for you, but there you go. Plus, you thought you were so ugly because of that little lip scar, thing? Seriously man, that was nothing. If anything you are ridiculously foxy for an older man, which makes me feel a little skeevy saying sometimes, but I really don't care.
What I can't excuse, however, is you eating an original William Blake. I can't say as I am per se a fan of William Blake in any sense, but that is just not cool. You can't do that to a classic.
Though that back tattoo you have inspired by the painting is pretty rad.

Also, what is with that Jennifer Lopez stuff? Maid in Manhattan or whatever? That made both you and the fabulous Stanley Tucci forgettable and generic. Please don't do that ever again. Please. I don't think my heart can take it.

But you know, it's not that I am not a fan of you as a romantic lead or anything? With Rachel Weisz? Yes please! Or how about that incredible performance in The Reader? I totally buy that you were the extremely attractive young David Kross. I really do. Like I said, you are a foxy older man, and I'm sure were foxy back in the day as well. Foxiness doesn't die. Well okay, sometimes it does, but for you? No, Sir.

Is that wrong to say? No I don't think so. But what am I really getting at here? I think all I really wanted to say was, please keep doing what you are doing. Go ahead: make those horrendous characters enjoyable and enthralling and magnetic! I love it. I love you, and if I ever have a dream about you being my professor at university, I'm sure it will be a sexy one.
It's those eyes of yours. Deep, sparkling, beautiful.

And with that, I will leave you. Please call me up some time to hang out. I'd really like to get to know how you managed to make a Nazi so captivating.
Evil is sexy, and you certainly prove it.

Sincerely,
LB

P.S: In Bruges made me laugh out loud, so you can be really hilarious sometimes, too. Just saying, as evidently I have a lot of love to share.

*** I have a serious problem and I am aware of it. I seek help to cure me of this infliction that causes me to love every man with a glimmer in his eye.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

An Early Halloween Preparatory: Alternative Movie-Themed Costume Ideas

The only reason I put the word "alternative" in there is because some of these aren't exactly what one might initially think of as a costume when wanting to base their Halloween getup on a movie character.
You know what I mean right? You always see handfuls of people dressed up as Jigsaw, or The Joker, and usually a lot of them run into one another and then it's either a party or awkward, depending on what kind of people the dresser-uppers are.

To me, however, if you are a real self-proclaimed "buff", you will think outside of the box a little bit. Sure, some of these ARE a bit cliche or you have probably seen them before, but it's not like you can buy any of them in the store or will see another 5 of the same costume walking around at the same time, you know? (Case and point, that year that I counted at least 7 Darth Mauls within one hour.)

Or of course, these ideas can be used for other themed parties such as Academy Awards night (like my friends and I did last year, all with very different get-ups) or another film-themed party. Just have fun with it! I like seeing people put together home-made things, especially if they are well-known concepts/people, but most others never even thought of dressing up like that!

Without further ado, I give you some Alternative Movie Character-Themed Costume Ideas and the "Category" of costume/idea they might fall under (a few months early of Halloween):
[In no particular order]

Cute: Carl's House - Up!
One of my friend's actually dressed up as this for our Oscar Party that I mentioned and it might have been my favorite. It may sound hard to do, but if you are even a little bit crafty it's really not as elaborate as you might think. That is unless you really want to actually construct a wearable house out of wood or something, in which case I say good on you! But either way, this one is just a really cute idea.
What You Will Need:
For a simple sort of setup for this one, you can take a big, flat piece of cardboard, and cut out the outline of the house, and draw some of the basic structure on it. You can colour it in using bright paint or pencil crayons, and possibly print off a photo or two of the characters on your computer to glue on the house. Then, use a strong or ribbon to tie the cardboard around your neck like a sandwich-board sign might be worn, and get a bunch of helium balloons to tie to the ribbon or to the top of the cardboard house (as long as it's not right in front of your face).

Lazy and Frat Boy-ish: The Dude - The Big Lebowski
You know, for the guys who don't really want to dress up or have any costume that might hinder them during the night? Well in that case, go for simple and comfy, much like the character of The Dude himself.
What You Will Need:
A long, green or brown bathrobe, as well as slippers, a plain white or grey shirt, and some kind of shorts. Big, almost wrap-around sunglasses can also add to the look and give it some extra "cool", as well as long hair and a beard if you are feeling really up to dressing up. Of course, although this is The Dude's most iconic outfit, there are others that may work with comfy patterned pants and bowling shoes with a knitted sweater, if you want to that that rout, but who doesn't like an excuse to basically wear pajamas around? Hence, this falling into the "lazy" category.

Based on a Real Figure: Frida Kahlo - Frida
If you want your costume to be an actual historical figure in real life, just look to those films which are based on true stories! Especially those with vibrant, memorable characters with a distinct look, such as the artist Frida Kalho. I actually dressed up as her for my Oscar Party, and while some people weren't really sure who she was, those who got it found it pretty hilarious. I was also in art school at the time so I thought it would relevant.
What You Will Need:
Either a silky dress with some sort of bright colouring, or a floral-patterned dress. A shawl to wrap around yourself, preferably floral as well, and lots of beaded bracelets and necklaces. Pencil eyeliner or other makeup can be used to create her distinct and recognizable uni-brow, and for your hair you could either do a braid across the top in a headband shape, or attach some big, bright flowers to a headband. Of course, if you are feeling adventurous, it may also be fun to try on a Spanish accent for the night, but that's just me.

Ironically Hipster and Arty: Ricky Fitts - American Beauty
If someone were to walk around filming dead birds and plastic bags nowadays, they would just be seen as pretentiously artsy and a big hipster that is too cool for anything "mainstream". Heck, Ricky Fitts was in fact all those things, but you know what? I absolutely love this movie, and actually really liked how sweet Ricky could be at times. Plus, this wouldn't be a hard costume to put together, and if you actually want to be hipster-y, then go ahead, Ricky Fitts it up!
What You Will Need:
A white, button-down shirt, and a black tie, which could also be interchangeable with a black sweater-vest. A black hooded sweater on top is also optional, with a black toque for your head and a small video camera strapped to your hands at all time. Also, if you want to go the extra mile, it might be funny to get a small balloon filled with helium, and put a white plastic bag around it, so the bag kind of hovers around, then tie it with fishing-line to your belt or hand so it follows and dances around your head. Huh? Neat idea? Okay maybe a little corny, but I thought it would be cute.

Meaningful (Though Could be Seen as Slight Racial Stereotyping): John Coffey - The Green Mile
I'm going to go on record and say that I adore this movie, and John Coffey was just so sweet, I couldn't help but fall in love with his character, especially since he was so willing to help people. The only thing with this one (which I mentioned in the categorizing) is that in dressing up as a black man in the 1930s and obviously a slave could be taken as being racist or stereotyping. But I assure you, if you were to come up to me dressed as John Coffey, I would think it was a great idea.
What You Will Need:
A cream coloured button-down or henley shirt which you can then tear the sleeves off. Dungarees/overalls torn or rolled up at the bottom to be too short, and if you want to go the extra, messy mile, paint yourself to be the same colouring as Michael Clarke Duncan. Also if you want to add more to this costume, you can throw on a necklace of St. Christopher, or carry a little stuffed mouse with you.

Could be Another "Normal" Costume for People Who Haven't Seen the Movie/Opportunity to Act: Marge Olmstead Gunderson - Fargo
I'm going to be totally honest with you, this one I only put in there because I think it would be really fun to have the chance to throw out a terrible "Midwest" accent all night long. "Oh yeeeah?" "You betcha!" "The heck you mean?" Oh you know what I mean. Plus, if nobody "gets" who you are or haven't seen the movie, then you are just a small-town cop! Canadian cop because of the furry hat? No no, us Canadians would know better, but that's besides the point.
What You Will Need:
Big, wintery jacket, preferably in dark green, brown, or black, with a beige or tan coloured collared shirt underneath. Leather gloves and a toy gun. A furry hat with ear flaps, which some may call "Russian" in style, and a police badge on the top of your hat, which can be a fake toy one as well, or craftily made out of brown or yellow felt. You can go the extra mile by putting a patch on your coat's shoulder as well, and of course don't forget your terrible Midwest accent and slang!

Slutty: RollerGirl - Boogie Nights
You know how there is that idea that when girls reach a certain age, they just want to dress up in skimpy outfits and go out partying on Halloween? Well, Mean Girls likes to think that it's an excuse for girls to dress up in lingerie and animal ears, but here is another one that might strike your fancy to be something different: RollerGirl! You know, from that movie where Heather Graham takes her kit off and you see more than you ever wanted to on her? Yeah, I didn't like it either. But if you can skate pretty well, this one might be fun, and still keep the scantily-clad, party-girl sentiments you may be going for.
What You Will Need:
A short 70s style dress, or short shorts and a low-necked wife-beater tank top. You can add a bomber jacket on the second option if you want, or a retro design to the tank. Other embellishments that can be added are funky sunglasses, and of course the necessity of 4-wheeled old school roller-skates!

Cliche: Alex Delarge - A Clockwork Orange
I call this cliche because I have seen plently of people dress up as this character, though never as many as the afformentioned Joker, Darth Maul, Jigsaw, etc. Actually I see a lot of people dress up as this if they want to seem original or "deep", but haven't actually seen or understood the movie. Obviously not everyone is like this! I'm just saying it's what I've observed in a number of people. But for you who actually really like this movie, and want to have an excuse to go around saying things like "Yarbles!" and "Viddy Well!" all night, then go for it!
What You Will Need:
Bowler hat and cane, white button-up shirt and long john style pants, with an over-top jock-strap like device. Black lace-up boots, and fake eyelashes for one eye. Of course, a long, evil stare will also go a long long way for this one (in addition to the hilarious slang you should be inclined to use).

Elaborate: Pan or the Man with "Hand-Eyes" - El Labyrinto Del Fauno
Are you expetionally artistic or like to create big, elaborate costumes? A crafty kind of person with a sense of whimsy? Why not try to put together a costume like Pan or the Man with the Hand-Eyes in Pan's Labyrinth? It might take a while and take some experimenting to actually get it to work, but here are some initial ideas. Honestly, I don't really know how you would go about putting these together.
Pan the Faun - What You Will Need:
Paper mache or styrofoam for horns, paper mache for face, or just blue face paint. A grey or blue bodysuit for the body, and crinkly paper embellishing or pine-cone pieces to add texture, painted on top of course with blue, grey, and green. Acrylic paint may be a good idea to also make the costume crinkly like the Faun's texture. Blue or grey gloves with similar embellishing, and a brown belt to hand items/your fairies on. Extra effort can be put into making flared legs with hooves (or use stilts?) or puppet fairies to follow you around. Really just experiment and see what you can come up with. It would probably be pretty intense to make.
Man with the Hand-Eyes - What You Will Need:
A skin-coloured bodysuit (most likely from American Apparel, like my sister used to make a Lady Gaga bubble costume last year), paint or sewing with other material to make skin flaps and markings on his skin. Plain mask that can be painted over in skin colour with markings for nose, and face paint to make blood coming from the mouth, eyes drawn on the palms of your hands for the pivotal essence of the creature. You could also attache half-spheres to your palms to make it more authentic looking. Make pointed fingers out of pointy gloves or attaching paper spikes to your fingers as well, if you want to go the extra mile. Just play around with this one (and Pan, for that matter) to see what you can come up with.

Offensive, Most Likely Trying to be Funny and Failing: Precious - Precious
Honestly, why would you want to dress up as this? I mean, I understand wanting to dress up as a racially stereotypical black woman, as my sister's friends once did that, as they had "Black Lady" alter-egos, but if you were to do this and then tell people you are specifically Precious... the reactions might be along the lines of "Oh... Ouch." Or so I think anyways. I mean, it might be a funny idea, but the whole story of Precious was just way too harsh for me, and not something that you'd necessarily want to become or make fun of at risk of seeming offensive. But maybe that's what you're going for? Regardless.
What You Will Need:
Padding for weight (pillows, extra sweaters, etc), jeans, bomber jacket, hoop earrings and cheap plastic jewelry in bright colours, hair back in a ponytail. Extra effort for painting your skin brown or dying your hair black and getting the gruff expressions just right.

Obscure: Anton - The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus
This is for someone who wants to have an obscure costume that not a lot of people will understand (kind of a "hipster" sentiment, huh?). Because as far as I can tell, not a lot of people have actually seen this somewhat random, but visually stunning film. And I know, Heath Ledger was incredible as always, but this was the first time I saw Andrew Garfield in anything and he stole the show. There are two ways you can go about this one, one of which is more easier to put together, the other a little more elaborate:
Simpler, Anton's regular Gypsy Attire - What You Will Need:
(Top photo) Red and green wooly sweaters, brown-ish coloured scarves, hoods, and a Norweigan-style woolen cap. Most importantly, fingerless gloves and an adorable expression.
More Elaborate, Anton's Hermes-Style Performance Outfit - What You Will Need:
(Bottom photo) Chain-maille armour, chest plate, metal helmet (or metal bowl) with Hermes wings (can construct out of cardboard and paint), silver pants with overskirt, red wrap for a belt. Most importantly, silver face paint. Extra mile for doing the painting with cheekbones and everything, as well as a chicken to do magic with.


That about does it for the ones I want to explain. Here are also some runner-up or other ideas for each "category" that you might be interested in, if none of those tickled your fancy (you will probably just have to Google these ones if you don't know who/what they are):

Cute: Olive Hoover - Little Miss Sunshine
Lazy or Frat Boy: Mark Zuckerberg - The Social Network
Based on a Real Figure: Harvey Milk - Milk
Hipster and Arty: Richie Tenenbaum - The Royal Tenenbaums, or Clementine Kruczynski - Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Meaningful: Brandon Teena - Boys Don't Cry, or R. P McMurphy - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Could be Another, Non-Movie Based Costume: Vampire Lestat - Interview with the Vampire
Slutty: Guinevere - King Arthur
Cliche: Hannibal Lecter - The Silence of the Lambs, or Maverick - Top Gun
Elaborate: Fluffy, the 3-Headed Dog - Harry Potter
Offensive: Hynkel, Dictator of Tomania - The Great Dictator (Don't give me that, you're basically just dressing up as Hitler).
Obscure and Simpler: Kenny - A Single Man, or Neil Bookman - Running With Scissors
Obscure but More Elaborate: Any character from Man in the Iron Mask (come on now, you have to love Period Pieces).

And now, as per usual, I leave it to you. What did you think of those? Do you have any other, better ideas? Throw em out there!
I must admit, I just love dressing up for occasions, so that may be why I compiled this in the first place.