Favorite (adj.) — particularly well liked by someone — namely, me — but distinct from that someone’s definition of “best” or “quality.” Favorite films do not vanish from one’s imagination over time, but occupy choice real estate there. If stumbled upon at 3 a.m., they must be watched in their entirety.
Listed below are films that have become favorites for a variety of nonsensical reasons. Some reflect and have informed my outlook on life (“The Purple Rose of Cairo,” “A Streetcar Named Desire”); others are thrilling for reasons of outsized ambition (“The Night of the Hunter,” “Margaret”) or careful ingenuity (“Diabolique,” “Detour”). A few titles are guilty pleasures (“Something’s Gotta Give,” “Blue Sky”). Their quality is, at best, debatable, and perhaps I couldn’t defend their inclusion on any cerebral level. But who cares? This is, I think, an honest reflection of my taste (as it stands). Hopefully, it runs the gamut between highbrow and low, from Cocteau to “Anchorman.”
They are in no particular order, though the order and ranking of the first ten seems about right.Read less