Tuesday, March 13, 2007
The great movies (as of today)
Interesting article in the Chicago Tribune the other day about how movies often get a second wind on video -- and how their gains reflect changing tastes over time.

Examples abound: The initial box-office failure of "The Shawshank Redemption," now firmly lodged as the Internet Movie Database's No. 2 film of all time; Darren Aronofsky's "Requiem for a Dream," which gains new viewers every year; "Donnie Darko," "Blade Runner," and on and on.

It will be interesting to see what overlooked films of the past couple years stand out in 2010 -- or 2050.
A little movie called 'The Last Seduction' with Linda Fiorentino and Bill Pullman did not reach what is known as commercial success. When the movie was released in 1994, Pulp Fiction and Forrest Gump were the top two critic favorites.

This is why in the same year 'The Shawshank Redemption' was overlooked. But 'The Last Seduction' contains an ingenious script and superb acting which should have more people take interest in it on DVD.
I think "Letters From Iwo Jima" will become a "classic" showing the universal plight of the soldier who follows orders---they must keep fighting despite the odds, despite sure defeat, despite terrible conditions, lack of amunition, and with only the propect of sure death. Whether the Japanese solider in Iwo Jima or the American soldier in Iraq---the same plight, but they keep fighting, thank God, they keep fighting.
By far, the greatest movie of all time, in my opinion, is an epic of early 2007, entitled "300." Yes, the gruesome and along the lines of "true" story is an R rated film, but if you really sat down and watched this in comparison to some others(such as Shawshank Redemption, Donnie Darko, Letters from Iwo Jima) you would honestly and clearly see that 300 was not only a gripping tale with great visual effects and excellent dialogue, but it digs much deeper than any other movie- down into the heart. It doesnt just give you something to look at, but something to feel. Movie critics will widely agree in the next 20 years,that overall it makes most movies seem like roadkill. And sure, the movie may be a better choice when on DVD or Blueray when you have the right equipment, but who will not have HD players, televisions, etc. in the next few years? This movie is truly a perfect production, and takes an 11 on a 10 scale.......
Children of Men, without a doubt.
Okay here are the best 2 movies in this lifetime 1.Boogie Nights
2.Pulp Fiction
For some reason The Color Purple is always overlooked on these "Best" movies of all time lists! This is very perplexing to me.

I am an avid movie buff. I have seen Citizen Kane. I have seen Gone With The Wind. Both films are great and deserve to make every "Best" list, but neither of these films captures the soul of a movie like Stephen Spielburgs' The Color Purple. Maybe it is a cultural thing.

Why do you think The Color Purple is overlooked?
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Instant classic. One of the best ever.
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