Sometimes I list movies
Rassles over at Sometimes I Make Lists had a really good post to her sisters concerning (in part) a person’s top ten favorite movies list. I won’t really spend much time touching on the get-the-stick-out-of-your-ass-and-lighten-up-for-god’s-sake angle of her post because I think we all know that particular sentiment goes without saying around here so it stands to reason that I agree with her completely.
I was just thinking that she is right in that your top ten favorite movies list does say a lot about you. If one of your top ten is Police Academy 5… well huh. I’m not saying we’re not gonna be friends anymore, but clearly our senses of humor are going to have difficulty meeting on common ground. I’m just saying.
I thought a lot about it and put together my top ten favorite movie list. At least it’s my list for today. Ask me next month and I may have an entirely different list. Here’s mine:
1. The BBC version of Pride and Prejudice. Yes, I know it’s actually a six hour mini-series but I don’t care it’s my favorite and it’s my list.
2. Bound – Jennifer Tilley, that other chick, and that guy from all the mob movies in a brilliant debut piece of work from the Wachowski Brothers. Film Noir. Beautiful plotting. Beautiful filming. Expert pacing. Tension. Drama. Jennifer Tilley in a slinky little black dress. Brilliant movie.
3. G I Jane – Demi Moore goes off to be the first female to attempt Navy SEALS training. Who can forget a ragged, bloody Demi yelling, “Suck my dick” at the top of her lungs? Stace says this is my version of a man’s Top Gun by which she means that I sit around in my boxers watching it and secretly thinking, “I could do that” while eating nachos on the couch. I probably could do it too… if I had the time that is… and maybe a few weeks to work out before hand.
4. Fried Green Tomatoes – Kathy Bates just kicks ass — I love her in anything. And Jessica Tandy… seriously?! I love that movie right there. I’ve read the book and they did an excellent job of adapting it to the screen.
5. Cold Comfort Farm – This is one deuced funny movie. It’s one of my favorite comedies of all time. “I know you did, but did it see you?” Good stuff.
6. The Usual Suspects – One of my very favorite movies. Obviously. This one makes you wish you could delete memories so you would be able to watch it again and again as if it were the first time you ever saw it.
7. The Color Purple – Well… what can I say? Seen it a million times and yet the next time I watch it when that Shug starts singing “God is trying to tell you something” and marching toward that church I am still probably going to get choked up and have a sudden attack of “allergy eyes” or something.
8. Dangerous Liaisons – Glenn Close, John Malkovich, Michelle Pfeiffer, Swoozie Kurtz, and Uma Thurman. Seriously. Wonderful movie in all respects. If you’ve ever seen the movie and understand the time period at all you will never forget that scene with Glenn Close sitting at her dressing table. That shot of her is truly haunting.
9. The Lion in Winter – I just love Katherine Hepburn. I was torn on this spot between this and Philadelphia Story cause she kicks ass in just about anything but especially those two films. But I ended up giving the nod to The Lion in Winter in part because once you add in Peter O’Toole and Anthony Hopkins you’ve got a winner on your hands. The story is great and the mood and setting and cinematography of the piece is pretty damned cool, too.
10. The Piano – Truly stunning visuals. Superb cast including Holly Hunter, Harvey Keitel, Anna Paquin, and Sam Neill. Won virtually every award offered somewhere or another. I could watch this movie a hundred times and still not feel like I had completely absorbed all the symbolism in the cinematography. I know that sounds a little fancy-pants arty-farty and all but it really is a stunning visual movie. As for the plot, I’m not sure many men get this one. I know Roger Ebert loved the film but at one point he called it a great love story. I mean honestly… a love story?! It is a spectacular film… it is not a love story.
Honorable Mentions: Silence of the Lambs, Boys on the Side, Philadelphia Story, Big, Young Frankenstein, Tea with Mussolini, Misery, Requiem for a Dream, The Hours, Notes on a Scandal, Armageddon, Belle Époque, All of Me, Enchanted April, A Room with a View, Amadeaus, The Mission, and The Matrix trilogy.
So in no particular order (and if you read Rassles post you’ll know that’s not true ) what are your top ten favorite movies of all time?