I’ve sorta gotten back on top of my movie game recently. I’ve caught Funny People, Transformers 2, The Ugly Truth and Public Enemies in recent weeks. There is maybe one good film and a few good lines in that entire bunch. Not too surprising. If you know me, you know I’m a movie snob.
So like I did a few weeks ago with albums, here are a few movies that have affected me that I’d recommend to anyone. No real order. These are some of the films I go to when I need inspiration for writing and don’t quite feel like reading. But also because they intrigue me. They’re all tales of morality. Feel free to notice the absence of Madea.
1. Closer. My favorite film about the complexity of relationships. Also my favorite film when it comes to dialogue. It’s unmatched. I actually read the screenplay from time to time. Don’t get me wrong. I never want a relationship like the ones displayed in this film. But you can learn from the mistakes that are made.
2. Traffic. It’s Crash before Crash, and woven just as intricately. It delves it to drug cartels, failed friendships and broken American families. It tells just as many complex tales that will compel you to reconsider the way you see our way life.
3. Michael Clayton. You ever leave the theater, think to turn around so you can watch the film again, then actually do it because it was that good and you want to try to understand it better? ……. Just me? Well, this film is that good. I’m a fan of moral tales, and Michael Clayton is cloaked in them. Well written and great acting. Seriously, Tom Wilkinson plays a neurotic crazy man better than anyone else I’ve ever seen. And if you don’t know the name Tony Gilroy, Google him, please.
4. Stranger Than Fiction. It’s strange to see Will Ferrell do anything on a screen that keeps you from bursting into laughter. It’s about an IRS Agent who consumes himself with mundane job, and does little else with his life…until he realizes that he has a voice in his head telling him what he’s doing. I can’
5. Rounders. I love poker. This is the film that jumpstarted the poker boom. If you don’t know how to play, it sort of gives you a good feel for what the game is about… it’s highs and lows. It’s also a story about reunited best friends and realizing what you’re supposed to do with your life.
6. The Wood. The more I think about it, this may be the best black film I’ve seen in the last 10 years. When I first saw it, I didn’t think it was as good as I do now. But so much of what happens in the film is easy to relate to for young black people. Needless to say (<—why do we say that phrase?), there need to be more films like it.
7. Lucky Number Slevin. The ultimate tale of serving vengeance on a platter, and a film too few know about. Honestly, it gets better every time I watch it, and that’s inspite of the fact that Bruce Willis is in it.
Which of these films have you seen? Your thoughts? And because I’m always curious, what are a few films you’d recommend to anyone?