It's been a while since I posted a favorite movies list. Long-time Dram readers will know that this is a recurring theme for me. And that the list keeps changing. This particular batch is only defined by the fact that, if I had the time, I would watch all of them tonight. Right now. I'm actually already 1/6 of the way there because Erin and I watched the first film on the list this very evening.
I love this film. It is drastically different from the actual facts of Mozart's life, but the story is just so good you quickly forget that. It's beautifully shot. The music (almost entirely Mozart, of course...) is expertly arranged and edited. Amadeus is a three hour movie that feels like it's over so fast I wish for an hour more.
There Will Be Blood
I will admit that I had no idea how good Daniel Day-Lewis was until I saw this film. He becomes Daniel Plainview so convincingly that for the duration of the film one has a hard time imagining that he is an actor at all. Like most of the other movies on this list, There Will Be Blood tackles such immense and human themes that it actually transcends its own genre. Truly, this film is not about oil. This film is about blood in every sense.
I really hesitate to even list this film. It's such a film-school, cult favorite that it seems cliché to list it. But it is one of my favorite films. There's so damn much going on in that hour and a half that I had to watch it a good 4 or 5 times to start to really 'get it'. And I really do notice something new every time I watch it. The dialog is smart and tight and superbly executed, despite being overly quotable. This is hard-edged, early Tarantino at his very best.
Two Tarantino films!? Fanboy! Yeah, well, these are two damn good movies. Even if Inglorious Basterds weren't a great film overall, which it most definitely is, Christoph Waltz's performance was more than good enough to put this in my Top Films. This is one of those movies that as soon as the credits roll I want to immediately start watching it again.
The Big Lebowski
Lebowski is hands-down my favorite movie, for right now at least. The Dude is the anti-Everyman. It's a metaphor for the first Gulf War. It's freakin' hilarious. It has Flea AND Jacob from LOST (blonde guy who dunks The Dude in the toilet in the first act). I simply cannot get enough of this film.
Ostensibly, Breaker Morant is about the prosecution of three Australian soldiers for the unlawful execution of prisoners during the Boer War in South Africa. But it is so much more. It's about the duty of a soldier and the strength of a man. It's also a powerful metaphor for the current-at-the-time (1980) struggle against Apartheid. This is a powerful film.