First off, I would like to apologize for the unexpected 2 week hiatus I was forced to take, preventing me from consistently posting on this blog thing. Food poisoning, bronchitis, and Mizzou homecoming were the events that left me preoccupied and unable to gather enough time or energy to write anything on here. Hopefully I will get back to NFL power rankings and making my lousy picks every week after this little stumble.
That’s enough introduction. Let’s get started. (For a quick reminder, this is NOT a ranking, so when I leave The Godfather out of this list try not to get all riled up). Oh yeah, and I am going to number them, but in no way do those numbers reflect my opinion of one of these films being better than the other. So, here… we … go.
In case you are unfamiliar with the basis for this film it is about a record store owner Rob (Cusack) who has just been broken up with by his girlfriend Laura (Iben Hjejle). The break-up launches Rob into a sort of soul-searching journey as he ranks his most important break-ups, his top 5 if you will, chronologically.
2. Chungking Express – Next up we have Chungking Express, which is one of those films that Quentin Tarantino finds and brings over to the U.S.. This film is flat-out awesome. I was introduced to this film in, believe it or not, a film class in college. It instantly turned into one of my favorites because it’s a sort of a stalker love story mixed with a film-noir type of feel.
The film is split into two different parts, both involving the relationships of two different police officers. Once of the policemen has just gone through a break-up and buys a bunch of cans of pineapple with the expiration date of May 1st and waits for his love to expire. It’s sweet isn’t it?
The other story involves a police officer who meets a girl at a food stand who ends up sneaking into his apartment. The girl does things to make the officer think that the woman who has left him is still coming around.
3. Inception – I know this is new but I did say this isn’t a ranking of films so get over it already. I saw this film 3 times in 3 days the weekend it opened. Yes that was a little crazy, but, holy crap this is a good movie. Having said that, this film is not for everyone. It’s as if Christopher Nolan knew the exact movie to make for me personally. He made this film so tailored to my own personal tastes that I feel like him and I could be best friends.
I would also like to give credit where credit is due. I believe that Leonardo DiCaprio is America’s best actor that isn’t over the hill (age wise). I think it has been this way for awhile, at least since The Departed and maybe since Gangs of New York.
Amy Adams. Amy Adams. Amy Adams. Amy Adams. Amy Adams. Amy Adams. Amy Adams. Amy Adams. Amy Adams. Amy Adams. Amy Adams. Amy Adams. Amy Adams. Amy Adams. Amy Adams.
Oh and by the way, the film itself is good as well. It’s about a city woman traveling to a middle class town to meet her new in-laws and get a “southern” experience. It’s a charming little film and needs to be seen. Seriously. If you don’t fall in love with Amy Adams’ character in this film, I deem you as heartless.
I’m trying to think of something to say that hasn’t been said about this film. Dustin Hoffman? Yes please. Simon and Garfunkel? Yes indeed.
I mean, what do I say? This film is a classic. There’s no doubt. From the opening shot in the airport to the end when Brad and Elaine are on the bus, it’s just a brilliant film.
So there’s the first five. Post comments if you’d like. Hopefully I can keep coming up with five new selections frequently enough to keep going with these posts. Also, if there are any suggestions (like categories for the top 5 i.e. horror films, chick flicks etc.) let me know and I can do special categories for this Top 5 series.