The other day I updated my master movie list with a bunch of new additions. I took those new additions and added some thoughts about some of them and have listed them below. If you feel like discussing any of them, fire away.
I Heart Huckabees
Usually I complain when the pacing of a movie is too slow. Here is a case where it is too fast.
Ironically titled Todd Solondz movie about the pain of loneliness in modern culture and the ugly ways it can manifest itself. Some of the subject matter is disturbing yet handled in a way that is shockingly poignant at times.
State and Main
Typically bad Julia Stiles chick flick. She's so cute though and I'm a sucker.
Terms Of Endearment
I honestly don't know what the big deal is about this movie. It's one of those movies where people die dramatically and fall in love unexepctedly and everyone learns something about themselves.
Jazz Singer, The
I've never understood the appeal of Neil Diamond.
Five People You Meet In Heaven, The
Steve McQueen driving cars really fast. Foxy Ali McGraw. Motherfuckin' Sam Peckinpah at the helm.
Gold Rush, The
Great Train Robbery, The
King Of Comedy, The
Scorcese flick with De Niro and Jerry Lewis. Yes, Jerry Lewis... and he's awesome and so is this movie.
Manchurian Candidate, The
All Quiet On The Western Front
I watched a 1979 TV version with Richard Thomas and Ernest Borgnine by accident as well as the Academy Award Best Picture winner from 1930. The latter is the grandaddy of all war movies made since then. It's a stunning achievement of early cinema.
House Of Sand And Fog
Don't believe the hype. It's watchable, but it ain't all that.
Glen Or Glenda
I Shot Andy Warhol
Igby Goes Down
On the one hand this movie had some very clever dialogue, but I have a hard time relating to movies about rich, privileged white kids who are morose malcontents and hate their lives.
Pirates of the Carribean 3: At World's End
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Robert Downy Jr and Val Kilmer star. Hilarious and clever. See this.
Kramer vs. Kramer
It Could Happen To You
Funny and touching indie movie worth seeing.
Leaving Las Vegas
Ok I'm not a huge fan of Nicolas Cage or Julian Sands but I liked this movie. It's dark and bleak, but well done. If street hookers looked like Elisabeth Shue, there'd be a bunch of broke men in this world.
Tries too hard to be hip and edgy. It's one of those movies where Kevin Spacey just way over does it and chews up every scene he's in.
Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay
I love the Harold and Kumar movies. Funny stuff. More Neil Patrick Harris madness in this one, too.
Just My Luck
Linda, Linda, Linda
Fun Japanese import about a group of high school girls who form a punk band to cover Blue Hearts songs for a talent show.
My Left Foot
Daniel Day Lewis gives an awesome performance of Christy Brown, the artist with cerebral palsy who painted and wrote with his foot. Too bad the movie is otherwise boring as shit.
Engrossing and sometimes disturbing film about two teenager boys and the courses of their lives after an abusive incident early in their childhood.
No Country For Old Men
The Coen brothers are best when they do crime drama. Javier Bardem's Oscar winning performance is one of the great screen villains of all time.
Legends Of The Fall
Fast Food Nation
The Nutty Professor
This movie's good but I don't see what made it deserving of a Best Picture Oscar.
I don't like Harmony Korine. I think he's the cinematic equivalent of a freakshow carney, offering shock value as entertainment with little if any artistry or craftsmanship.
English Patient, The
She's The Man
Diary Of The Dead
Kung Fu Panda
A great cast featuring Jack Black, David Cross, Jackie Chan, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, and Seth Rogan. Funny and cute with lots of adult subtext for the grownups.
Everything Is Illuminated
Funny, quirky gem waiting to be discovered by more people.
1976 masterpiece with Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Robert Duvall, and the incomparable Ned Beatty.
Mickey Blue Eyes
I felt dirty because I kept thinking Dakota Fanning looked kinda hot as a punked-up street urchin in a mini skirt.
Lady Eve, The
House Of Flying Daggers
One of the most gorgeous martial arts movies you'll ever see
Mmmmmmm Tina Fey. Amy Poehler cracks me up in just about anyhting she ever does.
Squid And The Whale, The
With Will Farrell and me it's hit or miss, but John C. Reilly is always a hoot. How does he get away with making stuff like this and Talladega Nights but get great supporting roles in movies like Magnolia and Chicago as well?
Dead Man On Campus
Tom Hanks sure made a lot of bad movies early in his career.
Meet Joe Black
I'll admit it, I'm on the Seth Rogan bandwagon. I watch just about everything he does
Sense And Sensibility
Emma Thompson wrote the screen play and starred in this film directed by Ang Lee. I'm a sucker for Victorian-era films.
The star of this movie is a white Dodge Challenger. I love these 70s car chase movies. This is one of the better ones. Go Kowalksi, go!
Lion In Winter, The
Katharine Hepburn, Peter O'Toole, and Anthony Hopkins star in this fantastic film from 1968 about King Henry II.
Touching film about a transgendered man who discovers one week before his sex change operation that he has a 16 year old son.
Richard Linklater's stunning low-budget film about directionless Gen Xers in Austin, Texas. It's a series of vignettes tied loosely together by the proximity of the characters. Most films which do this, especially to the ponit of artistically denying any sort of plot, I find annoying and uncompelling, but this one works.
Mutiny On The Bounty
Charles Laughton is perfect as a snooty Captain Bligh. Clark Gable was horribly miscast IMHO, but whatchagonnado? The sea-faring scenes when the crew is climbing around in the rigging and setting the sails is some awesome cinema.
Toxic Avenger 4: Citizen Toxie
Recommended by my pal stormodacentury. I'm not sure I had ever seen a Toxic Avenger film. If I have, it was a long, long time ago. This movie was great. Low-budget blood'n gore gags, ample frontal nudity, offensive in every way imaginable and funny as hell. I'll be making it a point to watch the entire Toxic Avenger movies in the near future.
Not bad, not great. More Amy Poehler wonderfulness.
Play It Again Sam
Woody Allen wrote and starred in this film but didn't direct. A lot of fun and very funny. There's a scene where Woody is meeting his blind date that is probably the funniest thing I've ever seen him do.
Lords Of Dogtown
Hmmm, Heath Ledger and Mitch Hedberg were both in this. Johnny Knoxville better look out. Tells the story of the first generation of skateboarders in southern California and the rise of skate culture
Lost In La Mancha
Documentary about Terry Gilliam's botched attempt to make a movie based on Don Quixote, his life-long dream.
Personally I find these old epics a little rigid and melodramatic, but that's not to say they aren't entertaining. Kirk Douglas stars... his chin co-stars. I'm coming to the realization that I don't much care for Tony Curtis. Charles Laughton has a pretty awesome role in this as a hedonistic senator.
Jim Jarmusch does a western. After liking Ghost Dog and now this movie, I guess Jarmusch ain't so bad. Johnny Depp stars and features a great ensemble cast with a haunting score by Neil Young.
Recommended to me by gonadsandstrife. The title didn't ring any bells, but eventually the storyline did. It made me remember the short-lived TV series in the late 70s of the same name, that was based on this movie. Stars Cary Grant and Tony Curtis and is a light-hearted farce set in WWII.
As if liking Victorian-era Merchant Ivory shit wasn't enough, I'm also a little embarassed to admit that I typically enjoy Hugh Grant romantic comedies.
Not Without My Daughter
Manhattan Murder Mystery
Play It Again Sam is how Woody paid homage to Casablanca. This one pays homage to the noir classic Double Indemnity.
Crimes And Misdemeanors
Woody Allen at his best.
Death Of A Salesman
National Lampoon's Vacation
National Lampoon's European Vacation
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
National Lampoon's Vegas Vacation
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 2, Cousin Eddie's Island Adventure
Zack and Miri Make A Porno
Seth Rogan starring in a Kevin Smith movie is a match made in heaven.
American Werewolf In London, An
I love Robert Downey Jr, and his role in this is one of the greatest things he's ever done. Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Nick Nolte, Tom Cruise... awesome awesome all the way around. One of the funniest movies to come out of mainstream Hollywood in the past few years.