blarghydarghy asked: top five movies?
This is a question I was half hoping for, half dreading, because I am a great big movie fan and HOW DO I CHOOSE?
Okay, I’ll try.
1) Adaptation — It’s hard to explain Adaptation to people who have never seen it. It’s a movie about making a movie that subtly becomes a movie at some point, and it has two Nick Cages. (One of whom is a fake twin of a real person.) It tops my list because it pulls off a really neat trick: it first makes you aware that you’re watching a movie, then goes and punches you in the nuts with real emotions. (Also, it has the most accurate summary of the creative process I’ve ever seen.)
2) O Brother, Where Art Thou? — If I was selecting strictly on the basis of quotability, this would be number one by a landslide. I don’t know how many times my sister and I have crooned “he’s a suitor!” to each other or sputtered “that don’t make no sense!”. There’s just so much to love in O Brother — the Odyssey story, the character actors (who are clearly having a ball), the beautiful cinematography, and of course, dat music.
3) L.A. Confidential — … And suddenly, I feel old, because L.A. Confidential was made in 1997 and that was fifteen years ago. Jesus. This has been one of my favorites for almost that long — I probably saw it for the first time when I was seventeen or eighteen. It’s still a hugely fun movie to watch, what with all its twists and turns and hardboiled dialogue. Also fun: baby Russell Crowe and Guy Pearce!
4) The Shawshank Redemption — I know this is a comfort food movie for a lot of people, and I’m no different. (I once watched it over and over again for close to a week during a particularly bad time.) It’s that rare movie that loses none of its emotional power no matter how many times I watch it, and I never find myself wanting to fastforward through a scene.
5) … THIS IS TOO HARD AND I GIVE UP. So I’m just gonna enumerate a bunch of movies I adore here: Gladiator (if you ever need anyone to give the “if you find yourselves riding in green fields” speech at a moment’s notice, I’m your girl), The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (hypnotic), The Dark Knight (shocking I know), The English Patient (“we die rich with lovers and tribes” sob sob), The Social Network (… and Zodiac and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, FINCHER ILU), Master and Commander (HOLD FAST), and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (replay value: through the roof since I still couldn’t give a coherent summary of the plot haha despite having seen it dozens of times).