I have spent the last several hours in a car wondering what ten films I could watch for the rest of my life….
This is mostly meat and potatoes type stuff and what you might expect from an American Gen-X’er but this is what I am bringing:
1. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory: This beats out Rocky Horror Picture Show and The Ruling Class for the musical-horror genre bending selection. Gene Wilder might be the funniest dude to ever live.
2. Rushmore: This is my favorite Murray film. It beats out Raising Arizona in the quirky comedy zone largely on the strength of the soundtrack.
3. Talk to Her: Both Rushmore and Wonka are ultimately love stories, but this is my favorite twisted love story. And the film within the film is incredible.
4. Proposition: Stark. Poetic. Scary. I fuckin love this film. Assassination of Jesse James, Three Burials, and Survival of the Dead are all enjoyable approaches to the western as well, but they don’t make the cut.
5. The New World: Mallick evokes the beauty and mystery of the natural world like no other though I am struggling to feel like there is a place for both Proposition and New World in the ten.
6. Bonnie and Clyde: I want to chose The Shining as I have a huge crush on Shelly Duval, but this will take its place because I don’t think I could sleep on the Island in My Head after watching The Shining. And Faye is stunning.
7. Mulholland Drive: This beats out Sex, Lies, and Videotape, Swimming Pool, and Secretary for the sexy entry on the list. The fact that I struggle to make sense of it can only help on the Island in My Head.
8. Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead: Oldman, Roth, and Dreyfuss at their finest.
9. Narc: Ray Liotta is fierce and sometimes you just need to feel like a tough guy.
10. Monty Python’s Life of Brian: I am uncertain if I could survive in a world without Cleese, Gilliam, and Idle.
Toughest omissions (The Next Ten): The Monster Squad, Assault of Precinct 13, Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, 3 Women, Ghost Writer, Total Recall, Rear Window, Night of the Hunter, Deliverance, Enter the Dragon, and Clueless.Read less