Not to be excited or anything but THIS IS MY 100TH POST! So exciting. I kind of realize, looking back, that I haven’t actually posted that much, considering 100 posts for how long this blog has been alive is kind of short, but hey, it’s still a reason to parrtaay! So, in honor of my 100th post, I’m going to share some my must-see movies with you, just because I can!
Sweet Smell of Success: This is my all-time favorite movie. Starring Burt Lancaster and Tony Curtis, it’s the story of two disgusting, slimy, scum-of-the-earth press agents/columnists, their relationships and their relationships with others. Originally badly received since the people are simply so revolting, the script is one of the most brilliant I’ve ever heard before, with line after brilliant line streaming from the actors mouths. Overall a beautifully crafted, beautifully written, cynical drama.
Roman Holiday: Starring Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn, in her first film, this movie is one of the most romantic and sad films that I’ve ever seen. The story of two people who shouldn’t fall in love, but do, it’s funny, well acted, and a beautiful story. The progression of their romance is simply charming to watch, and the ending is simply devastating. Definitely a must-see.
Fight Club: Movies usually make it or break it in my mind based on script and music–not acting, cinematography, story or directing, although those things are important, and this movie’s script is simply fantastic. Quick, witty and surprisingly thought-provoking, the movie is a look at the world in a way I’ve never imagined. Some shy away from the gruesome nature of the film, thinking of it as more of a “fight” movie than anything else, and while that is an aspect of the film, it’s an examination of masculinity and purposeless, it’s effects on men and what could happen when these two factors combine. Brad Pitt and Edward Norton star in this movie that I think surpasses the novel in brilliance. Directed by David Fincher (one of my favorite), this movie is interesting, brilliant and quick.
The Cider House Rules: I think overall, this movie is understated. It has a brilliant cast including Tobey Maguire, Michael Caine, Charlize Theron, Delroy Lindo and others. It’s a beautiful story, one that examines growing up, family dynamics and entering the world. The music is simply stunning, the score composed by Rachel Portman, and is one of my favorites. The overall movie is beautiful, each screen shot a picture, and the bittersweet story makes it not devastating but simply real, an examination of true life. Based on the book by John Irving, the screenplay was written by him as well, but the movie is very different. Moving, yet not overwhelming happy nor sad, it’s a look at themes we can all connect do, told in a beautiful and true way. Each character is crafted ever so carefully, each creating a connection. Overall, a fantastic movie that I think is left out of the history books.
Mad Men: Not a movie, but even better, this TV show has stolen my heart. This show about ad men in the 60s is simply incredible. An absolute piece of art, which is something rare in today’s world on TV, the period piece is beautiful–the script is witty, apt and precise; the characters are beautifully crafted and excellently carried out by such actors as Jon Hamm, Christina Hendricks, January Jones and John Slattery and others, the music is perfect and yet subtle, the costumes are simply to die for and so precise that they could really be in the 60s, and the plot lines are intricate, exciting and enticing, yet not outlandish. This show is simply perfect in every way and I demand that you watch it.
Of course there are dozens more films that are must sees, but these are just the ones that I can think of off the top of my head. So go! Watch movies! And then come back and read 🙂