In case you didn't know I am a huge movie geek having seen over five hundred or so movies in my sixteen years. I figure I might as well share with you guys my six favorite movies and you can leave your own comments or better yet your own top six. Why six? I had immense trouble with what I wanted to pick for number five so I just decided to have six. These are in order.
6. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Summary: The infamous story of Benjamin Barker, a.k.a Sweeney Todd, who sets up a barber shop down in London which is the basis for a sinister partnership with his fellow tenant, Mrs. Lovett. Based on the hit Broadway musical.
Why Sweeney Todd you might ask? This movie is the pinnacle of film making in my opinion. It took a genre of film that I hate, the musical, and made it into something I simply can't get enough of. Me being a huge Johnny Depp and Tim Burton fan I really got a kick out of this film and in my opinion it's the best film of their six collaberations. It's dark, funny, and very thrilling. Johnny Depp is wonderful and so are all the other actors. In my opinion this was the best film of last year which sadly few noticed.
5. Do The Right Thing
Summary: On the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, everyone's hate and bigotry smolders and builds until it explodes into violence.
Spike Lee's first critically acclaimed movie is a master piece. This film is excellent and in my opinion it has some of the best scenes in movie history. The characters are intriguing and the whole vibe of the movie is engaging. This movie is one of those movies where a clear story doesn't emerge right away, you just think it's another day in Brooklyn. You see different races and over time you find out their opinions on eachother which in itself is entertaining. It's a movie anyone owes themselves to see as it provides some of the best social commentaries I've ever seen.
4. Ichi the Killer
Summary: When a Yakuza boss named Anjo disappears with 300 million yen, his chief henchman, a sadomasochistic man named Kakihara, and the rest of his mob goons go looking for him.
Takashi Miike is one of those directors I can't get enough of. I love his work and every movie he has made entertains me in a different way. Ichi the Killer is a special movie which really has everything. It has action, suspense, drama, comedy, and even some romance. Tadanobu Asano delivers an exhilerating performance and is the star of the show and in my opinion is one of the greatest anti-heroes of all time. This movie has gut wrenching over the top violence, an intriguing story, and it will make you think a lot. Multiple viewing required, great thing is that's a good thing. Not for the faint of heart.
3. A Clockwork Orange
Summary: In future Britain, charismatic delinquent Alex DeLarge is jailed and later volunteers for an experimental aversion therapy developed by the government in an effort to solve society's crime problem... but not all goes to plan.
A Clockwork Orange will go down as the most controversial and dangerous film of all time, it will also go down as one of the best. It features some of the most harrowing scenes in movie history with amazing acting and direction. Stanley Kubrick is a legend in film making in my opinion. His penchant for perfection keeps me coming back for more. A Clockwork Orange displays themes of de-humanization and an uncertain future, all themes relevant today some 37 years later. This is required viewing by anyone. For all Dark Knight fans Heath Ledger drew major inspiration from the main character of this movie (Alex De Large) in his role as The Joker.
2. Apocalypse Now
Summary: During the on-going Vietnam War, Captain Willard is sent on a dangerous mission into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade Green Beret who has set himself up as a God among a local tribe.
Apocalypse Now is the best war movie ever made, that's not really about a war. If that makes sense to you chances are you've seen this movie. Apocalypse Now is simply a movie about self discovery that takes place during a war. Much of the time in this movie you question who is really insane, us or Kurtz, the renegade green beret who makes himself into a God. This movie is engaging and among critics it ranks as one of the greatest ever made. It's hard to explain but this powerful film is something all should see. My suggestion, if you can see the original cut of this film. Apocalypse Now Redux is good but it adds unnecessary scenes.
1. City of God
Summary: Two boys growing up in a violent neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro take different paths: one becomes a photographer, the other a drug dealer.
Many have not heard of this movie unless they love movies. In reality this is the best film ever made which no one saw. As you can see from the #1 I put beside it I think this is the best film ever made. The acting is perfect, the direction is perfect, the cinematography is perfect, the script is perfect and the plot is one of the best of all time. Don't let me summary fool you, it doesn't do justice to it. This movie simply is film making at it's best.
I think Roger Ebert said it best, "City of God does not exploit or condescend, does not pump up its stories for contrived effect, does not contain silly and reassuring romantic sidebars, but simply looks, with a passionately knowing eye, at what it knows."
It means go see this movie, it's excellent and it's the best movie ever made. Twelve viewings later it still has the same affect on me. I'm glad I paid 40 dollars for this masterpiece. It's easiy found for rental.