Tuesday, July 03, 2007

5 of my favorite movies

The fabulous Flannery Alden of Prone to Whimsy fame tagged me to list five of my favorite movies. As everyone has indicated, narrowing it down to 5 is impossible. So these are just 5 random movies that would be on my much lonegr list of favorite films. Enjoy!

1. THX-1138: There was a time when George Lucas really knew how to make movies. (Don't worry, he went back and screwed this one up with CG effects too.) This one came out before American Graffitti and was based on his student film project. To me it seems to be based on the Allegory of the Cave, but I have never heard anyone else make mention of that.

2. The African Queen: I have not seen this in years, but it made such an impression on me. Prior to this I appreciated old movies as art and had a respect for them as such. This movie entertained me as a movie. Not that there isn't art out the wazoo. You see Kate and Bogie demonstrate how good actors can be with little more than a small boat and each other to interact with. I was blown away! Some guy named John Huston directed it. I am not sure if he has ever done anything else.

3. Rushmore: How many other movies contain the secret to life? I don't think Wes intended this to be a laugh-out-loud comedy, but when we saw this in the theater my brother and I were dying. This is my kind of funny. And instead of going for the obvious 80's or indie avante garde soundtrack, the use of 60's British invasion tracks give the film a distinctive feel.

4. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: If you have no idea what makes a film great, this is still a kisk-ass movie. This is also probably the only trilogy with the best movie last. Sergio Lenoe's famous Man With No Name spaghetti westerns started with A Fistfull of Dollars and continued with For a Few Dollars More. Every angle and close-up used in subsequent showdowns seems to ape these movies. They will ofetn even evoke a thinly veiled homage to Ennio Morricone's haunting howl and whistle score for good measure.

5. 12 Monkeys: I heart Terry Gilliam. I could have just as easily put Brazil or Time Bandits on here. But I was in a 12 Monkeys kind of mood. If anyone can find or generate a screenshot of Bruce Willis sitting on the edge of the hotel bed in a ratty cardigan and a tee shirt with iron-on letters spelling "Chris," I would be endebted to them. (I intend to use this to creat an iron-on for a tee shirt to wear myself. )


Grant Miller said...

I often forget how absolutely brilliant "Rushmore" was. I should buy it.

pezda said...

I haven't seen THX-1138 (I didn't even know about it until it was rereleased on disc), the others are all outstanding movies.

I recently saw that among the 50 or so movies that we have both rated on NetFlickxs we have 97% similar scores.

Oh, and my eyesight never did fully acclimate to the sun.

Blowing Shit Up With Gas said...

A member of my family has a habit of publicly referring to the "Casino Queen" riverboat casino (docked in East St. Louis, IL) as the "African Queen." I don't think she means it as a racist comment (at least, not consciously), but it's always a rather embarrassing moment when she realizes what she's said and has to correct herself. In the wrong company, that Freudian slip's going to get her into some trouble.

12 Monkeys is pure genius -- one of my all-time faves as well. As you said, it'd be damn challenging (if not impossible) to boil a list down to 5 absolute final favorites. It would definitely come down to one's mood at the time of the list compilation. But, I could safely place Pulp Fiction on my definite all-time top 5, no matter what mood I'm in.

Evil Genius said...


I saved Latin. What did you ever do?


I will have to dig out my old VHS tape I have it on so you can see the real version.


Pulp Fiction? Really? Never would have guessed.


J (Son et Lumiere) ... said...

You know better than to ask me to name my 5 favorite films. My head might explode.

top of the queue:

1. Playtime - Jacques Tati

2. Dazed and Confused - Richard Linklater

3. Adaptation - Spike Jones (but more notably Charlie Kaufman for the Script)

4. Yojimbo - Akira Kurasowa

5. tie between:

a: The Adventures of Baron
Munchausen - Terry Gilliam

b: The City of the Lost Children - Jean-Pierre Jeunet

c: City of God - Fernando

Honorable Mention:

The Life Aquatic (Wes naderson)

O Brother where Art Thou? (The Coens)

Legend (Ridley Scott)

Krush Groove (Michael Schultz)

Did I go to far? Oh, you said 5 right?


Evil Genius said...


You just tagged yourself. You now have to post in detail on your 5(ish) movies.

I wasn't going to tag anyone, but Grant, Patrick, you're tagged too. Tamar and Kristi make 5. I have now completed the meme.


Dale said...

Rushmore is such an excellent pick! I still walk around saying "O.R. they?" but that's only because I'm an idiot.

Flannery Alden said...

Oooh! The African Queen! I loved that movie beyond reason.

Lucidiocy said...

I'm renting Rushmore, 12 monkeys and Thx-1138 tonight.

GETkristiLOVE said...

I like your choices. I'm not a Pitt fan at all, but I like him in Twelve Monkeys - of course, Bruce is sexier... 'cuz he's bald.

Big Orange said...

I don't know about THX being a parable of the cave, but being in a stark room prodded by uniformed dudes with long sticks is metaphorical enuff for LIFE for me to waffle re: whether or not I should see it.

Meanwhile, I can thank Doc for turning me on to The Good, The Bad & the Ugly. I'm embarassed to say that I was 38 before I saw it.

how would you spell that lil' call they make: "fooh-whooo-uhh-whoo... bwaa-hhhhaaa-hhhaaa"?? see? I can't do it.

anandamide said...

You guys must not have seen Rocky 5, since it isn't on any of your lists. GO SEE IT !!! I won't ruin it by telling you the ending.

Rocky wins. Oops.

Blowing Shit Up With Gas said...

(FYI- Still have this task on my to-do list... I don't know if I'll do 5 though. I might just do a long homage to Pulp Fiction, which is in a league of its own.))

Evil Genius said...


You are forgiven.


It is high art!


I am sure you will love THX.


Bald is the new six pack. I also like Pitt in Fight Club. That is about it.

Mr. Orange,

I would go with "Wha-eeya-eeya! Bwah-bwah-bwah."


I have seen Rocky 5. It was a close 6th on the list.


(That will be fine.)

-Evil Genius