That's why you're supposed to cheat, like I did. I forgot about Dave existing. That was a cute movie. Hail to The Chief, he's the one they all say hail to. Why d'they say hail? 'cause he keeps himself so clean..dammit, I can't stick with 5
6. Donnie Darko
The Prestige is by far my favorite Chris Nolan film. Bowie as Tesla was the cherry on top of a beautifully cast sundae.
I think that a top 25 or top 50 list would still be too limiting for me but they are like snowflakes, all unique and interesting but hard to distinguish when lined up next to each other.
What is your movie snowball?
A collection of the snowflakes you picked up over the years, growing and changing through various winters. Which snowflakes stayed and how big is the snowball at this point in your life?
Maybe better for a new thread by itself because having a Top 5 is beneficial and an interesting exercise for me now and then.
1-the mirror(1975, tarkovsky)
2-as i was moving ahead occasionally i saw brief glimpses of beauty(2000, jonas mekas)
3-the human condition(1959, masaki kobayashi)
4-come and see(1985, elem klimov)
5-stalker(1979, tarkovsky) and nostalghia(1983, tarkovsky)
3. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
Charlie Kaufmann is, in my opinion, the best screenwriter in the business. I can't even describe why I like it so much. It's ineffable. Malkovich Malkovich. Malkovich Malkovich Malkovich Malkovich.
Kaufmann's great. One can never say he is derivative; his works remain unique and mentally interesting/complex, while usually retaining a strong undercurrent of wry irony.
Agreed. I admire his approach to his work. I particularly enjoyed his self-reflective film, Adaptation.
I think he's very INTP.
I've had my suspicions as well, definitely from the start; he veers into the 5w4 enneagram kind of form, everything is connected but surreal, twisted and bent into new shapes. Lots of quirkiness too.
Early in his career, he and writer Jenny Boylan shared an apartment for awhile, Jenny's an INFP (they're both pretty quirky) and you can see the detachment in his work compared to hers...
Kaufman does like to be involved with the whole process, so that's interesting (versus just hiding in his room). He directed his last two movies as well as writing them.
He does like to be involved with the whole process, but if i recall correctly, he doesn't actually take control (discounting his directorial roles) but rather, he is just kind of there, advising when he thinks it's needed. I'm not sure where I'm recalling this from - a documentary perhaps. It was definitely something in the visual media...
His creative process and my own are strikingly similar. I know his pain.
I personally really like Dark City. Great tone / ambiance, and it's got a great cast (Connelly, hurt, sewell, O'Brien, Richardson, etc).
I just can't do top five, because there are movies I like for different reasons and none of them are really any better than the other(s).
Here are "ten", but there's others I could have interchanged:
- Endless Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
- My Best Friend's Wedding
- The Incredibles
- The Prestige
- Donnie Darko
- Kill Bill 1&2
- The Sixth Sense
Hmm, I'll give it a shot but it's gonna be messy.
1. Battle Royale.
2. Kill Bill Vol 1 and 2.
3. The Dark Knight.
4. Requiem for a Dream.
5. Adaption or K-Pax.
I am looking forward to watching that. Every year I watch scary movies for 13 days leading up to Halloween (a wide variety of sub-genres), and I bought the Criterion version of "Don't Look Now" over the summer when I found it on sale, so it is on my list for this year and I've been saving it to savor it.
I didn't have any luck with the non american films thread. thought I would create this one. What are your top five, or are you just not much into movies?
These are ones I just keep coming back to:
1. Bladerunner - A great examination of the ramifications of artificial intelligence and visually amazing
2. Heat - I love the fact that the lines are blurred between good and bad
3. Fight Club - A brilliant satire that addresses the frustration of the modern american gen x male. Let's just burn it all down and start over!
4. Donnie Darko - Sci Fi time travel story by way of teenage coming of age movie? Very thought provoking and intense
5. Dark City - Visually stunning and a fascinating look at the nature of memories and how they effect us. One of the most underrated movies of all time.
The Fountain is absolutely phenomenal stuff. I rewatch it on a regular basis.That was my 2008 list. Here is my current list (with only one movie per director), but there's so many movies I might interchange here on a given day....
- Endless Sunshine of the Spotless Mind [Gondry]
- The Prestige [Nolan]
- Donnie Darko [Anderson]
- Sunshine [Boyle]
- Children of Men [Cuaron]
- Arrival [Villeneuve]
- Whiplash [Chazelle]
- The Fountain [Aronofsky]
- Kubo and the Two Strings [Knight]
- Abre los Ojos [Amenabar]
I've seen so many movies I need to have the top five in every genre instead...