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My (UPDATED) Favorite Films

by etan
My (UPDATED) Favorite Films by etan
Subjectively, the movies that I love the most, from various directors, for various reasons. Now Updated (as of August 2012). This would be my Sight and Sound Ballot. Had to drop Godard (no!) in favor of Albert Brooks’ comic masterpiece, which I recently rewatched and found even funnier and more insightful, brilliant, and totally unhinged the second time. I also included Zodiac, because its perfect and I love it, and consequently dropped The Conversation in favor of The Godfather Part II because Zodiac and The Conversation cover many of the same things (I know, faulty reasoning, but whatever works). Replaced Barton Fink with Fargo, for some… Read more

Subjectively, the movies that I love the most, from various directors, for various reasons. Now Updated (as of August 2012). This would be my Sight and Sound Ballot. Had to drop Godard (no!) in favor of Albert Brooks’ comic masterpiece, which I recently rewatched and found even funnier and more insightful, brilliant, and totally unhinged the second time. I also included Zodiac, because its perfect and I love it, and consequently dropped The Conversation in favor of The Godfather Part II because Zodiac and The Conversation cover many of the same things (I know, faulty reasoning, but whatever works). Replaced Barton Fink with Fargo, for some reason I can’t explain. I’ll probably change it back tomorrow (or maybe change it altogether to No Country or A Serious Man or Miller’s Crossing etc). Rosemary’s Baby is one of the few movies which has ever got me so involved I was yelling at the screen (Carrie is another), and the shot of Ruth Gordon on the phone obscured by the wall is still one of the most brilliant shots in any movie. La Dolce Vita is a movie which creates its own universe and then allows you to live in it for 3 hours, which is the closest any movie has ever come to pure escapism. Manhattan is the best evocation of life I’ve ever seen, honest and filled with integrity. Vertigo is now the official greatest movie ever made, so if I don’t put it on the list I’ll be banished by the movie gods, but I’m happy to put it on my list, because it turns a rather shallow mystery into something layered and profound and beautiful. And then comes Barry Lyndon and Taxi Driver, my favorite movies ever made. Kubrick’s is the most heartbreaking movie I’ve ever seen and the most beautifully composed film as well. Taxi Driver, on the other hand, is so many things: its funny and sad, its gritty and romantic, its grotesque and beautiful, its gritty and romantic, its a character study and social statement. Its so hard to explain, but its my favorite film ever made.

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