Favourite Films

(Safe) – dir. Todd Haynes

Kiss Me Deadly – dir. Robert Aldrich

Just saw this, and it was golden…

Private: Preliminary List of Fav Films

12 Angry Men

A Brighter Summer Day

Akira

Aliens

All the Real Girls

Almost Famous

Amelie

American Beauty

American History X

Amores Perros

Anchorman

As It Is In Heaven

The Assassination of Jess James

Babel

Badlands

My favorite Terrence Malick picture.

Loosely based on the murder spree of Charles Starkweather and girlfriend Caril Anne Fugate in 1957-8, Malick has crafted a poetic story of biblical proportions around his two protagonists Kit and Holly.

Kit (Martin Sheen) strikes up a romance with teenage Holly (Sissy Spacek) in a small quiet South Dakota town in young naivety. When Holly’s father (Warren Oates) tries to separate the two lovebirds Kit guns him down. The couple flee the area and set up an Eden-like existence in the wilderness living off the land. When they are located by rangers Kit guns them down and the couple continue to flee, hitting the road to their subsequent demise.

Narrated from Holly’s somewhat indifferent perspective, the film is one of the first of it’s kind to use an unreliable narrator, thus warping the narrative into a dreamlike mythology. A very cleverly put together film that i highly recommend jumping on board to experience. Look out for the shots that couple animals with each leading character (ie. The gasping fish next to Kit whilst he lies in bed and the dog in the opening shot on the bed with Holly).

Batman Begins

The Bicycle Thief

The Blues Brothers

Boogie Nights

The Bourne Supremacy

Braindead

Brick

Capturing The Friedmans

Children of Men

Chinatown

Chopper

City of God

The City of Lost Children

A Clockwork Orange

The Commitments

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

The Dark Crystal

Dead Man

Dead Poets Society

Death in Brunswick

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Donnie Darko

Elephant

Exit Through The Gift Shop

Fargo

The Coen brothers’ seventh film, and what a vastly different approach to their first half dozen. Echoing Errol Morris’ outstanding documentary The Thin Blue Line and parodying the mundanity and pleasantries of the Minnesotan people’s, Joel and Ethan approach this narrative pulled out of a factual case in a refreshing, entertaining way.

Jerry (William H. Macy) sets up a deal with two thugs (Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare) to kidnap his wife and ransom her for a hefty amount of cash that he is unable to obtain from his father-in-law Wade (Harve Presnell) the legal way. When the plan begins to accumulate more collateral as time goes on – innocent bystanders mowed down by the thugs – Jerry’s anxieties heighten and Wade insists on handling the deal himself. Matters are complicated further when Marge (Frances McDormand), a heavily pregnant local detective sniffs out the guilty parties causing Jerry to flee town.

As most Coen pictures are like, the dialogue is intelligently written and humor devilishly dark – making you feel complicit to the criminals when you laugh at the absurdity of their actions/positions. The cast is outstanding and memorable in their portrayals and the suspense will keep you on the edge of your seat (not as suspenseful as No Country but definitely showing the roots of where their expert hand of silent scenes comes from).

Fight Club

Forrest Gump

The Fugitive

Full Metal Jacket

Ghost in the Shell

The Godfather

Goodfellas

Good Will Hunting

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Heavenly Creatures

Hercules Returns (1993)

High Noon

His Girl Friday

The Ice Storm

The Idiots

In Cold Blood

The Incredibles

Iron Giant

Keane

The Killer Inside Me

The King

Knocked Up

Kramer Vs. Kramer

L’Enfant (The child)

LA Confidential

Leaving Las Vegas

Life As A House

Maborosi

Magnolia

The Matrix

The Meaning of Life

Memento

Miller’s Crossing

Mysterious Skin

Napoleon Dynamite

Network

Oldboy

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Pan’s Labrynth

Paris, Texas

The Piano

Philadelphia

Princess Mononoke

Pulp Fiction

Punch Drunk Love

Raging Bull

Rear Window

Requiem For A Dream

Road to Perdition

Roman Holiday

Saving Private Ryan

The Scent of Green Papaya

The Searchers

Seven

The Shawshank Redemption

The Silence of the Lambs

Sin City

The Social Network

Snow Falling on Cedars

Somersault

The Sound of Music

Stand By Me

Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back

Straw Dogs

Superman Returns

Tarnation

Taxi Driver

There’s Something About Mary

To Be And To Have

Touching the Void

Trainspotting

The Twilight Samurai

Unforgiven

The Usual Suspects

The Vertical Ray of the Sun

The Wedding Singer

The Wizard of Oz

X2: X-Men United

Yi Yi (A One And A Two)

Zoolander

The Apartment (1960)

INFO:Format: DVD 

Classification: PG

Genre: Romantic Comedy, Drama,

Duration: 125mins

Director: Billy Wilder

Cast: Jack Lemmon, Shirley McLaine

Music: Adolph Deutsch

Language: English

Country: USA

BITE:

The concepts are refreshing, the performances hitting a perfect pitch, and themes still topical to this day.

MEAL:

C.C. Baxter (Lemmon) is trying to work his way to the top of the food chain, differentiating himself from his fellow peers by allowing his bosses to use his apartment for their extra-marital affairs as he toils away back at the office. The situation seems to be working well when Baxter puts two and two together, realising the elevator girl, Fran Kubelik (McLaine), who he has a crush on is one of the girls having an affair. Baxter finds himself in a web of deceit and immorality and tries his utmost to cut himself and Fran free from the ensuing catastrophe.

An absolute gem of cinema. When one is traipsing through the back catalogue of cinema to improve his/her knowledge on the medium, the pictures that stick out in one’s memory are the one’s that are truly innovative and refined stories that most likely will never become dated. They seem to capture the true essence of the human condition and masterfully twist it into a form that is truly entertaining to experience.Films such as His Girl Friday, It’s A Wonderful Life, and The Apartment are all up there in that hall of fame.

Wilder, a true virtuoso in the medium of filmmaking tested the boundaries with this film back in 1960 when there were such rules and conventions enforced in cinema that restricted footage of a man and woman in bed together. He pushed and was rewarded with an academy award for best picture.

EXCERPT:

She hands the deck to Bud.

BUD

Did you hear what I said, Miss Kubelik? I absolutely adore you.

FRAN

(smiling)

Shut up and deal!

Bud begins to deal, never taking his eyes off her. Fran removes her coat, starts picking up her cards and arranging them. Bud, a look of pure joy on his face, deals — and deals — and keeps dealing.

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