2004-10-21, 8:02 p.m.
Okay, Jason, here's my final (for now) Top 25. My rules were: I need to want to watch it again and again (so lots of very well-made films didn't make the list, like Welcome To The Dollhouse), and I tried not to have two of anything by one director or of anything too similar.
All About Eve
Bill: Remind me to tell Eve about the time I looked into the wrong end of a camera.
Margo: Remind me to tell YOU about the time I looked into the hearrrrt of an artichoke.
These times they are a-changin' back.
Even the orchestra is beautiful.
This could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
In Vegas, everybody's gotta watch everybody else. Since the players are looking to beat the casino, the dealers are watching the players. The box men are watching the dealers. The floor men are watching the box men. The pit-bosses are watching the floor men. The shift-bosses are watching the pit-bosses. The casino manager is watching the shift-bosses. I'm watching the casino manager. And the eye-in-the-sky is watching us all.
Chung King Express
This is the only Wong Kar Wai film I've ever seen.
Crimes & Misdemeanors
In which we learn it might be scarier to get away with murder than not.
I really like pretty much everything Spike Lee does, but this one grabs my heart.
Empire Strikes Back
Speak backwards why always Yoda does?
Eyes Wide Shut
I could talk to you for hours about this film. Plus it made me realize I don't hate Nicole Kidman.
do. you. know. tyler. durden.
Ice Storm, The
Who knew a Japanese man (Ang Lee) could capture America in the Seventies so well?
Louuuuis, where'd ya park the car Louuuuis?
Lost in Translation
Next to "Where Is My Mind" at the end of Fight Club, my favorite use of a song at the end of a movie ever: "Just Like Honey" by the Jesus & Mary Chain.
Cats and dogs out there.
Wait. Mulholland Drive? We don't stop here.
I never ever want to go to Ibeza. But I do love this film.
People vs. Larry Flynt
Woody Harrelson was more than bearable, Courtney Love got a nomination. And hellooo Ed Norton.
It was hard choosing which Altman film. This won by a nose over Nashville
Pretty In Pink
Though I think Breakfast Club is superior, I have seen it so many times it fell off the list.
Rules of the Game
Although I generally don't like farce, this is a very good one. It's sort of the European equivalent of Citizen Kane. Audiences hated it when it was first released, but now it's considered a groundbreaking classic.
Run, Lola, Run
Sex, Lies & Videotape
Just re-watched this recently. It holds up surprisingly well with time. I love you, James Spader. And Peter Gallagher.
I chose not to choose life. I chose something else.
X-Files, Fight the Future
My Mulder. My Scully. When are they making that follow-up movie? PLEASE, 1013, please.