a few consecutive sick days turned into one excessively long movie marathon, which turned into.... this post right here.
TOP TEN FAVORITE MOVIES (and why).
10. The Dark Knight
when the dark knight trailer first premiered on the apple trailer website (aka my homepage), my roommate kaitlyn and i were obsessed. we called it right then and there as we watched it 4 times in a row, “oscar nom. he’s unreal.” i don’t know if it was a week or a month later when the news broke that he’d died but i still remember where i was when i looked at my blackberry and read this text message from kaitlyn: ummmm…heath ledger died. i drove to meet her at our favorite coffee shop downtown, where all the customers were crowded around one person’s laptop, reading the reports. even if he hadn’t died, i would still find his portrayal of ‘the joker’ absolutely chilling, but the fact that he wasn’t here to see how well-received his performance was makes this movie-watching experience all the more haunting. just one question: why the voice, christian bale? why?!
favorite quote: “six?!”
i’ve written a paper on it for one of my film classes, i’ve discussed it in depth with friends, i’ve replayed scenes over and over in my mind….no matter how many times i watch it, though, memento will never fail to a) confuse me and b) blow my mind.
favorite quote: “we all need mirrors to remind ourselves who we are. i'm no different.”
8. The Town
i was fascinated when i read that ben affleck consulted a group of convicted charlestown bank robbers before directing this movie and even based several scenes on true events. and is there anything creepier than nuns robbing banks? no. especially nuns that look like….well, this:
favorite quote: “….whose car are we gonna take?”
7. Fight Club
when it comes to this classic, i’m ‘team edward’ for sure. everyone raves about brad pitt in fight club but i’m not convinced. actually, no – i’m not ‘team edward’, i’m ‘team helena’. she’s a riot. also, this movie has one of the most memorable last scenes of all time…. chills, just thinking about it.
favorite quote: “you met me at a very strange time in my life…”
6. The Departed
martin scorsese directs with such originality that his work could be presented anonymously and cinephiles would still leave the theater saying, “well, scorsese’s done it again”. i’m reminded of that most while watching the departed more so than any other scorsese film (the matt damon shower scene comes to mind in particular). and how can you not love that it’s inspired by one of the most famous mob bosses of all time? i normally find jack nicholson annoying, but his portrayal of frank costello (the character based on whitey bulger) is pretty legendary.
favorite quote: “When you decide to be something, you can be it. That's what they don't tell you in the church. When I was your age they would say we can become cops, or criminals. Today, what I'm saying to you is this: when you're facing a loaded gun, what's the difference?”
5. The Social Network
i’m hesitant to advertise that a movie starring justin timberlake is in my ‘top 10 favorite movies’ (let alone ‘top 5’), but it’s not my fault; this screenplay is like candy to me. also, i just love those winklevoss twins (obligatory disclaimer: but ONLY when played by arnie hammer and NOT in real life…ew).
favorite quote: “i’m 6’5”, 220 and there’s two of me.”
this movie. does it get any better than this movie? well, according to me, there are at least 3 movies that get better than this one… but i don’t know. goodfellas is so phenomenal, i’m starting to wonder why i’ve ranked it at #4. it’s a widely held belief that martin scorsese’s knowledge of music, and how to use it in film, is paralleled by no other. goodfellas demonstrates that beautifully. it’s just a masterpiece. (and deniro at his best, in my opinion.) there are so many famous shots in this movie, one of which is below.
favorite quote: “as far back as i can remember, i always knew i wanted to be a gangster.”
3. The Darjeeling Limited
i know, i know – i’m crazy for thinking that this is wes anderson’s gem, and that most people would argue it’s rushmore, bottlerocket or maybe even the fantastic mr. fox. but i don’t care. this movie is my wes anderson movie. maybe it’s because the soundtrack is awesome, maybe it’s because i love jason schwartzman, maybe it’s because i’ve ridden quite a few overnight trains (albeit never through india). maybe it’s because i’m one of 3 girls and the 3 brothers’ dynamic strikes a chord with me. maybe it’s simply because i’ve broken my nose to the point that it almost looks as crooked as owen wilson’s. beats me. the darjeeling limited makes me cry, and i love it.
favorite quote: “i wonder if the 3 of us would have been friends in real life; not as brothers, but as people.”
2. Inglorious Basterds
speaking of pretentious hipsters, i know most of them deem quentin tarantino too mainstream and irrelavant in this post - pulp fiction era, but i think he’s brilliant. combine his artistic vision and absurdity, brad pitt’s southern accent, the german languauge, hottie til schweiger and the amazing christoph waltz (who puts the fear of GOD in me) with david bowie’s ‘cat people’ and what do you get? my #2 favorite movie: inglorious basterds.
favorite quote: “Now, I'm the di-rect descendant of the mountain man Jim Bridger. That means I got a little Injun in me”
1. You’ve Got Mail
enough with the mafia, boston accents, guns and violence. you may have forgotten somewhere between movies #10 and two, but i am a girl, thank you very much. and my favorite movie of all time is a girly one. you’ve got mail came out before tom hanks looked a man nearing 60 and before meg ryan looked like joan rivers. i’ve watched it more than any other movie i own and i know it backwards and forwards, line for line (so does this girl, by the way). i’ll never tire of this movie. and i’ll never hear the phrase “it’s not personal, it’s business” without inwardly shedding a tear in bereavement over kathleen kelly’s charming shop around the corner. and to this day, when i see a man walking a golden retriever down the street, i hear tom hanks’ voice in my head saying, “brinkley is my dog.”
favorite quote: “it’s like those people who brag because they’re tall.”