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It's a Wonderful Life
13 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes


[/b]Cornball as anything, sure. But I'm a sucker for Jimmy Stewart, whether he's seeing invisible rabbits, peering through binoculars, or going to Washington. And this is just vintage Stewart - his George Bailey is the quintessential American Everyman, the template for all future Everymen.

Technically, not exactly a showstopper, but it's 1946. Capra's direction and pacing of the story is impeccable - only the most hardened and cynical viewers will remain unmoved by George's story. It's like Citizen Kane filtered through Disney. Normally, filtering anything through Disney would result in pure saccharine tripe that I would sooner urinate on then watch, but here, my defenses are down. Disarming, wholesome, endlessly watchable.

Die Hard
Die Hard (1988)
13 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes


The definitive template for every action movie of the past 15 years. Intelligent? Not a chance. But just a great big ball of bad guy shootin', cop car crashin', one-liner deliverin', Nakatomi Corporation demolishin' fun. Willis dominates in what would be his star-making debut as John McLane, Alan Rickman sets a new standard for "evil Eastern European terrorist-type bad guy", and the rest of the cast fill in the gaps with great "character" performances, whether it's the the earnest integrity of the "one good cop", the slimy TV reporter, the coke-swilling corporate sleazeball, or the estranged wife needing physical and emotional rescue.

Predictable and comforting, like your favorite pizza - a pizza with lots of 'splosions.

[size=1]Side note: Die Hard is also the source of the greatest badly-dubbed, nonsensical "edited for TV" voice-over I've ever heard. TBS Superstation replaced "yippie-ki-yay, mutherfocker" with (and I kid you not) "yippie-ki-yay, mister falcon".[/size]

[size=1]"Mister Falcon"?!?? What the hell is that?[/size]

A Clockwork Orange
13 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes


[/b]Kubrick's controversial and daring masterpiece needs little introduction - it broke new ground in terms of screen depiction of violence and social decay, but unlike the many films it has spawned and influenced (the most obvious example being Oliver Stone's revoltingly bad Natural Born Killers), it gets the job done without ever crossing the lines of good taste or becoming a parody of itself.

It's visually memorable (the four droogs under the bridge with the old bum is an unforgettable shot) and filled with Kubrick's traditionally excellent use of classical music (integrated seamlessly here through Alex's love of Ludwig Van). A lot of the key sequences that most focus on occur fairly early in the film, during the initial rampage of "ultra-violence"; but for me, the movie truly gets going once Alex is imprisoned and his "reprogramming" begins. McDowell's performance is a classic - it's hard to imagine anyone else in the role. Artful, shocking, brainy, and Kubrick's best work.

Pulp Fiction
Pulp Fiction (1994)
13 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes


[/b]Second film from QT on the list. Amazing from start to finish, as entertaining as a barrel of scopels, and massively influential. As in all his films, Tarantino exploits the use of music to full effect (Dick Dale's surf guitar intro, "Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon", & "You Never Can Tell" provide inextricable aural backdrops to key scenes). Robbed at the Oscars ([b]Forrest Gump[/b] my arse.)

Uniformly fantastic performances - maybe it's the unique quality of his writing, or maybe it's the ability to direct actors well, but either way, Tarantino manages to draw the best work possible out of his actors in every film he makes. While Travolta, Jackson, Thurman, and Willis dominate, the supporting roles and cameos are unbelievably strong - Kietel, Tarantino, Roth, Plummer, and Stoltz are all flat-out great. And as he so often does, Christopher Walken provides the film's funniest and most memorable moment.

What else can be said? It's [b]Pulp Fiction[/b].[/color][/font]

Interview with the Vampire
13 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

[/b]A guilty pleasure, of sorts. No, it's not Best Picture material, and no, it's not even a perfect adaptation of the novel - the final sequence, for instance, is a cheesy, needless little coda that not only didn't happen in the book, but effectively ruins any possibility of filming the infinitely superior sequel [i]The Vampire Lestat[/i]... which could've been so good. But I was such a fan of the books (before they started to suck seriously huge donkey chode) that I'm willing to forgive the minor missteps, and keep coming back for what they got right.

And they got a lot right. Jordan captures the darkly atmospheric worlds of the New Orleans and Paris undead beautifully, drenching the whole works in misty, smoky torchlight, and he plays the moments of bloodletting for what they are - facts of vampiric life - without going for a cheap thrill. Pitt is perfect as Louis, and while I still would love to have seen how Bowie would've done it, Cruise is admirably up to the task of playing Lestat. And Kirsten Dunst absolutely steals it as Claudia.

Yes, it's all a big ball of goth cheese, but I like cheese sometimes.[/color][/font]