posted on Mar, 19 2010 @ 01:56 AM
Comedy, alternative, art house, foreign.
I could watch any of the following films over and over and not be driven completely insane by them.
In no particular order of preference:
Hot Rod > If Akiva Schaffer, Andy Samberg and Jorma Taccone were not involved in this film in any way, shape of form, then the delicate ebb and
flow of comedic chemistry that defines this film would cease to exist. Every scene is hilarious. My kind of humour.
I basically know it off-by-heart.
The Darjeeling Limited > Wes Anderson is one of my most admired directors because of this film. It's one of the more arty, independent
films that exhibits real depth to the story and characters. And I love it when the soundtrack of a film matches the cinematography and script
seamlessly in style and likability.
You'd believe right out that Adrien Brody, Owen Wilson and Jason Schwartzman were actual real-life brothers from their fantastic performances in this
Inglourious Basterds > I copped flack from my housemates for watching this three times in four days recently. I don't know what it is but I
seem to be mesmerised by the film in its entirety, like every aspect is a perfect foil for the next. The medley of different languages infused into
practically flawless performances, encompassed by Quentin Tarantino's innovative and, at various moments, quite amusing cinematographic techniques.
The soundtrack, story, screenplay, involved and in-depth character performances, location and aesthetics, I don't know, he's just a visionary.
Another of my favourite film directors.
Kill Bill is also one of my Tarantino favs, along with Pulp Fiction.
Revolutionary Road > Another one that I've watched multiple times. How breath-taking are Kate and Leo's performances in this one. I'm
totally captivated by and large when actors can immerse themselves so perfectly into their character's psyche and completely take you away from your
own reality for those moments that they're on-screen. And, I for one, thought Michael Shannon was brilliant in this as well (the stifling
neighbour's crazy loud-mouthed son).
Juno > Ellen Page is perfect in this role. No one else could have executed such a worthy adaptation of Juno McGuff from page to screen. I
really love her style and spirit as well as Cody Diablo's directorial eye in this film. It's fairly alternative, which I'm inexplicably drawn to.
The soundtrack is well cool, stuff I listen to from day to day. And how cute is Michael Cera as Pauly.
"..Who's idea was it??"
Also, Whip It, which was recently brought to my attention, is well brilliant also. Another win for Ellen, but even more so Drew Barrymore, I think.
Anchorman > Quite simply a laugh a minute. I remember thinking when I first watched it that this was exactly the same humour that my friends
and I would carry on with non-stop. So much so that we could have written equally humourous material. Especially the "toilet store" line. I kacked
myself. All I seem to do is go around quoting funny lines from films, and this is like the Bible of funny film quotes.
Actually, anything that involves Will Ferrell is surely automatically included in some personal Top Ten canon of some description.
Wayne's World > One film that goes without even having to be mentioned. It's a cult classic and one of the earliest comedic films that would
act like a personal inspiration, a forerunner for my taste in comedies to come. So many classic lines; I can't mention one without mentioning
Amélie > Cinematographically gorgeous. I really enjoy the French style of cinema, it's kind of comical but in a particularly niche way; a
very French way. The story and screenplay are très mignon, and somewhat eye-opening.
Fondamentalement: don't miss out on opportunities because of your own fear.
2 Days in Paris > The contrast and combination of characters and wordplay in this film is hysterical in some parts. Like Adam Goldberg's
character and Marion's French father. It's priceless. I've got this 'thing' for the French and I found Julie Delpy's portrayal of her native
people very humbling.
Pride and Prejudice > This film is up there with Amélie in terms of aesthetics and landscape filming. Just sheer beauty in the filming
techniques that you're observing in every scene. I also think these roles suit Keira Knightley to a tee; she obviously seems to enjoy them to have
been found playing various similar characters. I love the entire story; the dialect of the time period, the screenplay, plot, costumes, soundtrack
performances. But what stands out is the beautiful cinematography. Truly breath-taking in some instances.
Voilà! My ten top choices. Of course these will change, and no doubt I have forgotten some, but these are probably the crux of my film preferences.