Five favorite movies

6 Apr

A friend recently asked me what my five favorite movies were. I came up with three immediately and stalled on the last two.

These lists are fun — who hasn’t done the “If you were on the desert island, what three movies/books/music/other pop culture item would you want with you?”? And I’ve been thinking about it on and off since. So I’m sharing my list-for-now. In no particular order:

  • “Gladiator” — I think Joaquin Phoenix is amazing in this flick, and I love me a good battle scene, which “Gladiator” is chock full of. The scenes are beautiful, the acting is superb, the story is compelling. What more is there?

    I get a huge kick out of movies that don't answer questions for the viewer, ie: In "Closer," do these two characters sleep together? No friggin' clue. I change my mind every time I watch it.

  • “Signs” — A coincidence that Phoenix is here, too. I love how deep the movie can be if you want it to be — are things “meant to be” or just a random happening of events? Or if simple enjoyment is more your cup of tea, “Signs” is easily sippable. Plus, I adore alien flicks, and this is about as relatable as one as you’re likely to find.
  • “Frieda” — What a visually stunning movie. “Frida” is interspersed with artist Frida Kahlo’s paintings come to life. The biography is beautiful, and it’s easy to become absorbed in her life and story.
  • “Closer” — A movie where, literally, nothing happens; instead, everything is talked about. Every character cheats on every other character, and time is passed by conversation. We never see a kiss or act, but details are vivid. I find the entire way the film is shot interesting and fabulous.
  • I’m unsure about my No. 5. I’m thinking of the two most different movies I could possibly name in the same sentence: “Elf,” which is one of the funniest and most quotable movies I’ve ever seen, and “Inglourious Basterds,” which I suspect I could watch weekly for a year without getting sick of it, nevermind that ending to end all endings (that doesn’t really make sense, does it?). I’m going to give the edge to “Basterds.’

Your turn. What are your five favorite movies?

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