Top Five (Current) Favorite Movies, Any Genre
- Scott Pilgrim vs. the World : Perhaps the ultimate nerd movie. Seriously. My top five movies list had not changed in a while until this movie came along. I'll admit that it's certainly an acquired taste, but even if you're not into comics and video games, it's still a cute movie. Michael Cera was a really good choice for that awkward nerd role.
- Leon (The Professional (Deluxe Edition)) : Completely amazing film. Directed by Luc Besson (The Fifth Element), and starring Jean Reno, Gary Oldman, and a 12-year-old Natalie Portman. I have no words to describe this film. Utterly amazing, visceral, yet sweet.
- Amadeus : Yes, this is a long film. Yes, it's a biopic, of sorts. F. Murray Abraham was insanely brilliant as composer Antonio Salieri, and Tom Hulce as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was both amazingly off his rocker and intense in his... Okay, look. There is a scene where Salieri is sneaking around a palace to taste some desserts that caught his eye. While doing so, and young woman runs into the room. Salieri hides out of sight. The woman crawls under a linen-covered table. The door opens again, and you do not yet see who it is. There is playfulness as the woman is pulled out from under the table, and then she and this young man proceed to chase each other around the room, and kiss, and flirt, and carry on. Suddenly, the man is standing, silent, with a concentrated look on his face, his hand in the woman's face silencing her with the gesture. And he says, "That's my music. They've started without me." He flees from the room, and we see Salieri's face, this look of utter disbelief. The whole movie is a flashback, with an older, committed to a sanatorium Salieri telling the story to a priest. In a voiceover a little while after the scene I have described, Salieri is looking at Mozart's pages, noting its simplicity at first, and how it becomes so much more with each additional instrument. Reading those pages, hearing the music in his head, he describes it as hearing the voice of God. "This was no composition by a performing monkey. This was a music I had never heard. Filled with such longing, such unfulfillable longing. It seemed to me I was hearing the voice of God." Mozart arrives, snatches the pages, and whisks away. Salieri continues, "But why? Why would God choose an obscene child to be his instrument?" I'm not doing it justice by just typing the words, and I've gone on long enough about this movie. It's amazing from start to finish, and filled with beautiful music and scenery.
- Star Wars : This movie will never leave my top five. Ever. There is only one version of this movie, and it's grainy, on VHS, and Han shoots first. Period. There was no episode number and no parenthetical ("A New Hope"). Sadly, it's hard to come by in this version anymore.
- The Hobbit & The Return of the King: Animated in 1977 & 1980 by Rankin & Bass (Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, ThunderCats), these films are superb, if insanely shortened versions of the Tolkien novels. I'm interested in the live action film for The Hobbit they're working on, especially now that Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings) has taken over the director's helm. The animation style of these two films was amazing for its time, and still looks awesome, even if it's not 3D computer animation. It had texture. The latter of these two films had a really great song at the beginning called "Frodo of the 9 Fingers and the Ring of Doom." I have it in my mp3 library.
And there you have it. However, it prompts me to ask: What are some of your favorite films?