Wednesday, March 13, 2013

My 125 Favorite Movies (Part III #11-15)

11. Weekend, Directed by Andrew Haigh
Starring Tom Cullen, Chris New, & Jonathan Race
Exceedingly natural, down-to-earth drama confronts gay issues in a frank and interesting way. The actors perform admirably, and the characters seem true-to-life rather than cliched or trite. Sensitive viewers and heterosexual males prepare for some serious, no-holds-barred man-love.
Favorite Character- Russell

12. An American Werewolf in London, Directed by John Landis
Starring David Naughton, Griffin Dunne, & Jenny Agutter
One of those rare horror films that is both funny and scary, with great visual effects including a werewolf transformation scene that has never been topped. John Landis started writing the fantastic script when he was only nineteen, which makes me want to get off my ass and start writing, dammit! Great fun.
Favorite Character- Jack

13. Spider, Directed by David Cronenberg
Starring Ralph Fiennes, Gabriel Byrne, & Miranda Richardson
Ralph Fiennes rules! And so does this movie. Considered one of the most accurate portrayals of paranoid schizophrenia on film, "Spider" takes a look into the mind of a deeply disturbed man with a haunted past and a few unresolved issues with "Mummy." No, it's not "Psycho..." but don't write it off just yet. Well-made in every respect. 
Favorite Character- Terrance

14. Fight Club, Directed by David Fincher
Starring Edward Norton, Brad Pitt, & Helena Bonham Carter
No, this is not just a film about "anarchy" or "consumerism" or "sticking it" to the so-called "man." If you look beyond the star power and mainstream status, "Fight Club" goes a lot deeper than that. The film looks at the need to belong, at any cost, and the point where so-called "freedom" becomes just as constricting and conformatory as anything else. Thought-provoking and damned entertaining.
Favorite Character- Narrator

15. Dead Man's Shoes, Directed by Shane Meadows
Starring Paddy Considine, Toby Kebbell, & Gary Stretch
NOT a slasher film, "Dead Man's Shoes" is a deep, dark, maniacal revenge tale, featuring two extraordinary performances by Paddy Considine and Toby Kebbell, as Considine's slow kid brother. My only complaint is the lack of subtitles and poor audio.
Favorite Character- Richard

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  1. An American Werewolf in London is great. I haven't seen Spider, but I just love Ralph Fiennes. What a great actor, and that voice! Like butta.
    Fight Club has always been a fav of mine and hubbys. I love Edward Norton and Brad Pitt has that one scene in the end when he shakes off his fur coat and starts beating the crap out of Norton's character in the underground parking lot. Ugh, it's just fantastic. I love that movie because it messes with the viewers head.

  2. Thanks for introducing me to Weekend, Spider, and Dead Man's Shoes. Spider features what is probably my all-time favorite performance by Ralph Fiennes, and that is REALLY saying something.


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