Friday, 6 February 2004

it's friday!

I am so looking forward to the weekend. It's been a long week with not nearly enough chocolate content for my liking. I'd do the Friday Five but it's all about taking risks and the riskiest thing I've done lately is eat hummous more than two days after opening the container (despite the big warning not to on the lid).

I am one wild lady.

Instead, here's a list of nine films (out of hundreds) that I've really enjoyed over the years (idea completely ripped off from Jim). Feel free to rent them over the weekend, but don't call me and complain if you don't like them.

  • Fargo: "He's fleeing the interview!" Probably the only time I've been genuinely happy about who won the best actress Oscar.

  • Mystery Train: One of Jim Jarmusch's best films, with a brilliant character played by Screamin' Jay Hawkins and lots of early Elvis classics (i.e. the Sun Records recordings, pre-Jailhouse Rock).

  • Amelie: It's a nice film. In a time of many heavy, depressing, ridiculous, cheesy, and overrated films, it was lovely to come across this gem. It's a nice, harmless, happy film.

  • Being There: A quietly brilliant performance from Peter Sellers in his last film.

  • Usual Suspects/Memento (tie!): There are very few well written screenplays, but these two films successfully told two very complex tales with excellent, unpredictable plot twists. I would also put Quentin Tarantino in this category, although his strength is more in his characters' dialogue than his plotlines.

  • The Apartment: Best closing line ever: "Shut up and deal." Any Billy Wilder film makes it into my favourites list, really.

  • Au Revior Les Enfants: A beautiful film by one of my favourite directors, Louis Malle.

  • The Wizard of Oz: A childhood favourite, even though the deflating witch's feet and flying monkeys scared the holy bejeezus out of me.

  • Lord of the Rings (all three films): I'm sure it's horribly unfashionable to publicly declare your love for the LOTR trilogy, but I'm not ashamed to admit that I thoroughly enjoyed these films. Maybe it's a blessing that I never read the books and couldn't pick out all the missing/erroneous bits. I think this is the only series of films that is consistent or, dare I say, got better with each sequel.

Oh and Finding Nemo, of course. I must be getting soppy in my old age.

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