Sunday, January 13, 2013

My Favorite Movies: #49-41

Halfway through and counting.

49. Fargo (Coen Brothers, 1996)
My first Coen film. And what a nice experience. Minnesota nice indeed.

48. Melancholia (Lars von Trier, 2011)
My first von Trier. And what a nice experience. The visuals and the performances in this film are astounding. Very rarely do I not hate a movie kid, just saying. Also, another film starring my beloved Kiki Dunst. She's tied with another actress as my favorite living actress. I think she is no doubt the most featured actress on my list. I'll count later.

47. Smiles Of A Summer Night (Ingmar Bergman, 1955)
This film is hilarious from beginning to end, with a dash of touching and fantastic performances, especially from Harriet Andersson (I did find the character of the son annoying though. Whiny). The cinematography is also visually beautiful. One of the best shot films of all time.

46. The Apartment (Billy Wilder, 1960)
I'm just going to say it now: Wilder is, to me, the best Old Hollywood filmmaker. He always manages to get the best performances out of his actors while creating a solid plot, fantastic dialogue and gorgeous visuals. The Apartment is no exception. A truly touching satire.

45. Reservoir Dogs (Quentin Tarantino, 1992)
This film bears so many iconic scenes, it's ridiculous. And I've never seen a heist film handled in such a way. The actors are brilliant in their roles. Love this movie to pieces.

44. Run Lola Run (Tom Tykwer, 1998)
The editing in this film is fantastic, as is the recurring plot and theme. It's one of those movies that I not only love but can re-watch endlessly.

43. The Discreet Charm Of The Bourgeoisie (Luis Bunuel, 1972)
The best film from what I've seen from Bunuel so far. I love the concept of the film and especially love the characters. Also, Bunuel's sense of humor is so odd and aligns perfectly with mine. With a re-watch, I could see this film climbing up on my list.

42. City Lights (Charlie Chaplin, 1931)
My favorite silent film. I adore the characters, the gags, the Tramp's big heart, and the ambiguous ending. Deserving of all the praise it receives.

41. Wristcutters: A Love Story (Goran Dukic, 2006)
I don't think I have ever seen a film like Wristcutters. I've tried to find others that are similar, perhaps in an attempt to recapture the magic, but I don't think that is possible. I am enthralled with this film. I love everything about it. Everything. That ending! The actors!

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