Friday, August 22, 2003

1) Lone Star - John Sayles best film is set in Frontera, a Texas/Mexico border town with a long past that continues to tear apart its distinct but closely connected communities. I love this film because it reminds viewers how little separates us from neighbors, and encourages us all to Forget the Alamo...at last, someone had the guts to say it.

2) Being There - Peter Sellers parodies American politics, and encourages voters to consider the cyclical nature of gardens and the economy. This style-beats-substance satire was Sellers' last film before his death. I love this film because it's relevant today, and will be until the American public isn't so easily manipulated. (i.e. it will always be relevant) This is a uniquely non-Goonie performance for Sellers, and perhaps his most potent.

3) Talk to Her - Almodovar fans will argue with me, but I think this is Pedro's best film, ever. (Yes, it even beats Women on the Verge, High Heels, and All About My Mother) I love this film because it speaks about love and connection with others in an unique, beautiful, and fearless way, through a troubled man's relationship with his comatose love interest.

4) Fast, Cheap, and Out of Control - The sole documentary on my list. I never knew what secrets Lion Taming, Topiary Gardening, Robot Making, and Blind Mole Rat Cultivating held...if nothing else, I love the nobility with which the lives of four men in odd professions were portrayed. I love this film because it encourages viewers to follow their dreams, regardless how unconventional they are.

5) Shawshank Redemption - All it took to get Andy DuFresne back to the business of living was patience, time and a small hammer. I love this film because it shows that Steven King's work is more ironic than horrific, and that there is a way out of even the most desperate situation for those with the will to make it happen. Through Morgan Freeman's Red, King takes us to the edge of Andy's balanced world, with hope. It's a start, indeed.

6-10 to come...

  After many amendments to the list, at last, my Top 10 is complete:

1) Lone Star
2) Being There
3) Talk to Her
4) Fast, Cheap, and Out of Control
5) Shawshank Redemption
6) The King of Comedy
7) Life is Beautiful
8) Until the End of the World
9) Pulp Fiction
10) Fargo

It was a tough decision...The Party, Wonder Boys, Dr. Strangelove, Gahndi, This is Spinal Tap, Lawrence of Arabia and The Royal Tennenbaums just missed the list. Punch Drunk Love and Donny Darko are a little too noir-otic to be among the top 10, but aren't far behind. Two influential films that I'd like to discuss, but come in below the rest, are Saturday Night Fever and Enter the Dragon.

I'll talk about my first 5 today.

Wednesday, August 20, 2003
  Ebert May Care Continued Good Afternoon! Second Ivy Leaguer here: We've decided to do movies reviews by real people. Because lets face it; Gene Shallit has sort of lost touch, Ebert is confused and not well right now, Siskel is gone, Roper is a little full of himself (he writes a newspaper column & does movie reviews, isn't he just the hippest!) and everyone else is just that: everyone else.

Before we start reviewing recent movies we have seen, we decided we would start by listing our own personal top 10 favorites. All categories, old or new, any topic or genre...doesn't matter just movies that touched us in some form of fashion.... Please feel free to list some of your favorites

My top ten are

1) Matrix (The First and original, the second left me wanting)
2) Legends of the Fall
3) Dances with Wolves
4) Shallow Grave (Early Ewan McGregor, what could be better?)
5) Reservior Dogs (violent and bloody, but creatively fun!)
6) It's a Wonderful Life (It's not all blood and gore for me!)
7) Home for the Holidays (I didn't know my relatives worked with Jodi Foster!)
9) We were Soldiers (War movies can be meaningful! Don't judge just rent it!)
10) Rob Roy (Okay, so this is not a classic, that sword fight with Tim Roth was the best I've ever seen!)

I changed my last movie from my original list. Braveheart was flashier, but I liked Rob Roy better! Tim Roth is so deliciously evil!
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