I’m not talking about films that have changed the world. I’m talking about movies that I’ve watched that speak to me. Like a song. Many of which my friends might not like or want to like. Some caused heated debates about their merits. But all of them conversed with me and told me things. All of them made me feel something. Sometimes intense feelings. I go back to all of them and they can guide me and make me remember.
Here are ten:
1. There Will Be Blood- To me this film is so unusual for these times. I think of Citizen Kane. Who makes films like this anymore? Who doesn’t see themselves in Daniel Plainveiw sometimes?
2. The Third Man- Another film about a singular person and how they create or destroy those around them. Decay and survival. How we make compromises.
3. Talk To Her- I took my nine years younger sister to se this in New York when it came out. We didn’t want the movie to end. My sister told me later that it was a watershed moment for her. She lives a beautiful, fulfilling life now.
4. Fanny and Alexander- A true christmas time movie to watch with your family. Bergman is hard sometimes. This one seems so golden, mellow. There is no perfect family. But so many perfect memories.
5. The Conformist- A movie so dark and yet so much style. Yet another one where a person’s choices can deeply affect those around him. A film I find that speaks to my imagination’s idea of Fascism. Corrupt, decadent, sexy and horrific.
6. Wings of Desire- Poetry. I fell absolutely in love with this movie from the moment it started. It guided me to Berlin 6 months later…in 1989.
7. Delicatessen- Jeunet & Caro’s sit-down-and-gorge of a movie. So much fun. Like an old, odd and black screwball comedy.
8. Europa/Zentropa- The first Von Trier film I saw. Still a visual gift and a great companion to The Third Man. I love watching the sinking train.
9. Children of Men- Cuaron’s film kept confounding me at every turn. Just when I thought I had the movie figured out…Wham! It seems so possible to me, both the horror of the times and the hope we have in us.
10. Stray Dog- A noir film with a decayed, dead flesh feel to it. Hot, and desperate. A movie so sensitive to the natural elements surrounding it. I’m there, watching it and feeling it.
These are only a few, but they are like artistic, philosophic and personal milestones.Read less