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Sunday, February 5, 2012

a few consecutive sick days turned into one excessively long movie marathon, which turned into.... this post right here.

10. The Dark Knight
when the dark knight trailer first premiered on the apple trailer website (aka my homepage), my roommate kaitlyn and i were obsessed.  we called it right then and there as we watched it 4 times in a row, “oscar nom.  he’s unreal.”  i don’t know if it was a week or a month later when the news broke that he’d died but i still remember where i was when i looked at my blackberry and read this text message from kaitlyn: ummmm…heath ledger died.  i drove to meet her at our favorite coffee shop downtown, where all the customers were crowded around one person’s laptop, reading the reports.  even if he hadn’t died, i would still find his portrayal of ‘the joker’ absolutely chilling, but the fact that he wasn’t here to see how well-received his performance was makes this movie-watching experience all the more haunting.  just one question:  why the voice, christian bale?  why?!
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favorite quote: “six?!”

9.  Memento
i’ve written a paper on it for one of my film classes, i’ve discussed it in depth with friends, i’ve replayed scenes over and over in my mind….no matter how many times i watch it, though, memento will never fail to a) confuse me and b) blow my mind.
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favorite quote: “we all need mirrors to remind ourselves who we are. i'm no different.”
8. The Town
i was fascinated when i read that ben affleck consulted a group of convicted charlestown bank robbers before directing this movie and even based several scenes on true events.  and is there anything creepier than nuns robbing banks?  no.  especially nuns that look like….well, this:
favorite quote:  “….whose car are we gonna take?”
7. Fight Club
when it comes to this classic, i’m ‘team edward’ for sure.  everyone raves about brad pitt in fight club but i’m not convinced.  actually, no – i’m not ‘team edward’, i’m ‘team helena’.  she’s a riot.  also, this movie has one of the most memorable last scenes of all time…. chills, just thinking about it. 
favorite quote: “you met me at a very strange time in my life…”
6. The Departed
martin scorsese directs with such originality that his work could be presented anonymously and cinephiles would still leave the theater saying, “well, scorsese’s done it again”.  i’m reminded of that most while watching the departed more so than any other scorsese film (the matt damon shower scene comes to mind in particular).  and how can you not love that it’s inspired by one of the most famous mob bosses of all time?  i normally find jack nicholson annoying, but his portrayal of frank costello (the character based on whitey bulger) is pretty legendary.
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favorite quote: “When you decide to be something, you can be it. That's what they don't tell you in the church. When I was your age they would say we can become cops, or criminals. Today, what I'm saying to you is this: when you're facing a loaded gun, what's the difference?”
5. The Social Network
i’m hesitant to advertise that a movie starring justin timberlake is in my ‘top 10 favorite movies’ (let alone ‘top 5’), but it’s not my fault; this screenplay is like candy to me.  also, i just love those winklevoss twins (obligatory disclaimer: but ONLY when played by arnie hammer and NOT in real life…ew).
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favorite quote: “i’m 6’5”, 220 and there’s two of me.”
4. Goodfellas
this movie.  does it get any better than this movie?  well, according to me, there are at least 3 movies that get better than this one…  but i don’t know.  goodfellas is so phenomenal,  i’m starting to wonder why i’ve ranked it at #4.  it’s a widely held belief that martin scorsese’s knowledge of music, and how to use it in film, is paralleled by no other.  goodfellas demonstrates that beautifully.  it’s just a masterpiece.  (and deniro at his best, in my opinion.)  there are so many famous shots in this movie, one of which is below.
favorite quote: “as far back as i can remember, i always knew i wanted to be a gangster.”
3. The Darjeeling Limited
i know, i know – i’m crazy for thinking that this is wes anderson’s gem, and that most people would argue it’s rushmore, bottlerocket or maybe even the fantastic mr. fox.  but i don’t care.  this movie is my wes anderson movie.  maybe it’s because the soundtrack is awesome, maybe it’s because i love jason schwartzman, maybe it’s because i’ve ridden quite a few overnight trains (albeit never through india).   maybe it’s because i’m one of 3 girls and the 3 brothers’ dynamic strikes a chord with me.  maybe it’s simply because i’ve broken my nose to the point that it almost looks as crooked as owen wilson’s.  beats me.  the darjeeling limited makes me cry, and i love it.
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favorite quote: “i wonder if the 3 of us would have been friends in real life; not as brothers, but as people.”
2. Inglorious Basterds
speaking of pretentious hipsters, i know most of them deem quentin tarantino too mainstream and irrelavant in this post - pulp fiction era, but i think he’s brilliant.  combine his artistic vision and absurdity, brad pitt’s southern accent, the german languauge, hottie til schweiger and the amazing christoph waltz (who puts the fear of GOD in me) with david bowie’s ‘cat people’ and what do you get?  my #2 favorite movie: inglorious basterds
favorite quote: “Now, I'm the di-rect descendant of the mountain man Jim Bridger. That means I got a little Injun in me”
1. You’ve Got Mail
enough with the mafia, boston accents, guns and violence.  you may have forgotten somewhere between movies #10 and two, but i am a girl, thank you very much.  and my favorite movie of all time is a girly one.  you’ve got mail came out before tom hanks looked a man nearing 60 and before meg ryan looked like joan rivers.  i’ve watched it more than any other movie i own and i know it backwards and forwards, line for line (so does this girl, by the way).  i’ll never tire of this movie.  and i’ll never hear the phrase “it’s not personal, it’s business” without inwardly shedding a tear in bereavement over kathleen kelly’s charming shop around the corner.  and to this day, when i see a man walking a golden retriever down the street,  i hear tom hanks’ voice in my head saying, “brinkley is my dog.”
favorite quote: “it’s like those people who brag because they’re tall.”

Anonymous said...

thinking of logging in to my boyfriend's Netflix and having a movie marathon now. Because, you know, I'm not busy with school or work or anything.

but I've always wanted to see Memento...

Taylor said...

I was wondering where you're girly movies were and then I saw You've Got Mail and wasn't worried anymore. I don't know how many times I have watched that movie. It's a ridiculous amount I tell you.

Kitty said...

I hope you recover quickly!

The Dark Knight is in my top 5. Mostly because I loves me some Joker, and Heath Ledger of course. Miss him so much. :<

Maria Larsen said...

There are SO many great movies on this list! Love almost all of them! I haven't seen a few of them but I'm sure to check it out soon!

I loved The Kings Speech, but that may be because I'm a huge history buff (and major)!

Barbara said...

I was beginning to think you have a bit of a morbid taste in movies until I got to your number 1 :) Sad to say, I've only seen 2 of your top 10. Eep!

Nikki said...

see, this is why every guy loved you in college...you were taking film classes and watching scorsese, while erin and i were running around talking about Serendipity.

that, or maybe your bangs...

Carl and Anderson said...

I LOVE You've Got Mail. There was a time when I thought it might be rivaled by Noting Hill but Tom Hanks wins me over every time. I also love Kathleen Kelly's quote:

Sometimes I wonder about my life. I lead a small life - well, valuable, but small - and sometimes I wonder, do I do it because I like it, or because I haven't been brave? So much of what I see reminds me of something I read in a book, when shouldn't it be the other way around? I don't really want an answer. I just want to send this cosmic question out into the void. So good night, dear void.

I sometimes wonder about the bravery thing. Even with traveling sometimes I wonder if I have taken enough risks, but then I'm never really looking for an answer.

Ps Thanks for sharing my sister and I absolutely love your blog. Have you see The Milagro Beanfield War? We think it's rather hilarious.

Michelle Schraudner said...

Umm please tell me we can still be friends even though I've only seen 4 of these movies. PLEASE.

emily g. said...

I've seen 8/10, so you know what that means - we must go to Hotel B, spend some time being horizontal in your day room watching Goodfellas and the Darjeeling Limited.

also, I have a bone to pick with you about your description of Inglorious Basterds (which also happens to be in my top 5 movies as well!) How did "hottie til schweiger" get a mention and not my boyfriend?! You knew I would see this, and you thought I would just let you get away with such a major omission?!

of course, I shouldn't be too surprised, everybody in the German Army knows Hugo Stiglitz

Anonymous said...

um your fav movies are deep and well written. in my top 10 i have: groundhog day (ok...loving some bill murray), lost in translation (again with the b.murray), the holiday (dont ask...i have a thing for jude law's character) and boondock saints. i feel like some uneducated american with my choices. but on a better note, inglorious bastards is in my top 10 as well. this post may inspire me to write one similar. i think it could be kind of funny.

glad you're doing well :) hope the recovery speeds up even though im sure you're just where you should be with it, if not farther!

Unknown said...

You've got mail--what a film! I watched it ont eh first date I had with my husband, followed by Sleepless in Seattle--yes I obviously have a mild obsession with watching basically the same film with the same people in.

Disappointed a Harry Potter film didn't appear in your top ten--they are a classic!

Alyx said...

Dude. I feel like a sinner because I have not seen half of the movies on your list!

nova said...

I think my all-time favorite character ever is the Nazi guy in Inglorious Basterds. That movie is so great.

Unknown said...

Love all of these movies... except I have not seen The Town yet, will do! Are you a Harold and Maude lover?? If not, you must join the cult immediately...

Feel better. xx

Anonymous said...

First of all, so glad that you are on the road to recovery. Even if it is a longer route than you'd like it to be.

Lots of good movies here! I love Inglorious Bastards and The Departed. But my favorite of your list: You've Got Mail. Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan are just classic together. Anytime it's on TV, I have to watch it. Even though I own it. A few of my favorite lines:
"Can you spell 'dog'?" "F-O-X."
"What are you doing? That caviar is a GARNISH."
And then at the end when she's waiting in the park and she hears, "Brinkley!" And she turns around and it's him and she says, "I wanted it to be you." And he says, "Don't cry, Shopgirl." And Somewhere Over The Rainbow swells as the credits begin the roll....

Good stuff.

Alex said...

One of these things is not like the other...
I applaud your choices. And I could talk movies till the cows come home [yes, I use this phrase a lot in real life. It's the Texan in me].

K said...

You've Got Mail & The Departed are also favorites for me! Like Megan,I'd have to add The Holiday to my list along with Out of Africa (yes it was made in 1985 but it's Meryl Streep and Robert Redford cavorting across Kenya. so good.), Serendipity, Remember the Titans, Pride and Prejudice and When Harry Met Sally.
Yeah, my list definitely speaks to my inner girly-girl. Blame Meg Ryan for that ;)

Megan said...

we have similar taste in movies..


except The Darjeeling Limited. i couldnt get there with that one.

Brissa said...

i'm so happy you're alive. so happy.
i love that you've got mail was number one.
fight club is so good. helena is so good. brad pitt is so cut it should be illegal.

kim @ a positive peace said...

firstly, yay that you survived!

secondly, am i the only one in the world who did not like 'the dark knight' ? i think so. i liked it until the very end, when i felt like the moral of the story was that everyone, no matter how good, can be corrupted and turn evil at some point. no bueno!

thirdly, as i was scrolling through your picks i was kind of like, geez, this girl is every guy's dream with all these movies but then i saw you got mail and it all made sense again!

:) hehe ! feel better!

Sara Louise said...

The Town and The Departed are definitely on my top ten.
Hope you have a never ending supply of Saltines and a speedy recovery :-)

Alex, Speaking Denglish said...

and I've only seen 3 of the 10… looks like I have some work to do!

Jessica said...

The Town is one of my favorite movies!!

Jessica and Patrick said...

Every time I slice garlic, Goodfellas is my goal.

TeamRamsden said...

I am clearly late commenting here and wonder if this is the first time I have stepped out of lurkerdom, but if it is, I love your blog very much. It makes me feel 23, living in Europe and free again (as I was once). Although I'm v happy now.

Anyway. This post sparked an hour long conversation with the husband about our top ten films and I feel the need to share it with you. My films are nowhere near as impressive as yours. I am slightly embarrassed.

1) The Sound of Music
2) Dirty Dancing
3) The Slipper and the Rose
4) The girl on the bridge
5) I've loved you so long
6) xXx
7) Miss Pettigrew lives for the day
8) Casino Royale
9) Love Actually
10) Breakfast at Tiffany's

My husband's favorite is Die Hard. Say no more.

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