Mettel Ray Movie Blog, a blog I recently discovered, is hosting a Movie Alphabet Blogathon. I guess I have made some unorthodox choices but I like them so there's that. Hope you like them too :)
12 Angry Men
One of the most inspiring and thrilling films that I have ever seen. My own warped moral sense has been hugely influenced by this film- everyone deserves a chance.
Anthonies- Perkins and Hopkins
These two Anthonies have played my favourite movie villains of all time. Anthony Perkins played Norman Bates, the troubled momma's boy proprietor of Bates Motel, in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. Anthony Hopkins played Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs for which he won the Best Actor Oscar, and he was only in the film for sixteen friggin' minutes!
Well apart from the fact that they are one of my most favourite bands, The Beatles have also starred in very entertaining and fun movies where they play themselves. While A Hard Day's Night is the most Beatle-esque of the lot, Yellow Submarine is one groovy animated film. And Help! is awesome because of Ringo Starr.
I think this was one of the first films that after viewing, I felt that I had just witnessed perfection. There is nothing that is unnecessary or out of place. The romance, the dialogue, the leads, "As Time Goes By", everything is just lovely.
Fincher Fangirling time! I love how well-made his films are. They are not touching or wildly ambitious or any of that, but his precision and perfectionism are evident in the high craftsmanship of his films. Also no one does a modern thriller better than him.
The most underrated leading actor ever. He comes in brilliant movies every year where he is great, but no one ever notices. WHY?
How does this even exist? It's so bloody awesome!
A romance. A coming of age story. A cultural milestone. Mrs. Robinson's devastating legs. The Graduate is all of these things. Eternally rewatchable.
The Harry Potter films
Because I wouldn't be me without them.
Yes technically these are only Bollywood films, since I am most well-versed in them, but I have watched a few movies in other Indian languages too and intend to increase my knowledge of them soon. Anyways these are the films I grew up with. My first stepping stones, and I still do love many of them.
Because whatever you might say of his current career choices, the man is a fantastic actor with some amazing performances to his name and I love him for it. Still, buck up Johnny!
I did hate her as Mary Jane Watson, which was my first introduction to her (I think... I might have seen her in Jumanji before though), but with every other film that I have seen of hers, she started becoming one of my most favourite actresses. Must ask- am I the only one waiting for a Dunst-Sofia Coppola reunion?
Let the Right One In
The film that restored my faith in vampires. A most innocent tale of doomed love, beautifully shot by Tomas Alfredson. Also that pool scene.
I know what you're thinking- he looks exactly the same in all these pictures. Michael Cera is my favourite typecast actor, but if you actually look at it, all his roles are slight different from each other. His films make me happy and so he is kind of one of my favourite leading men.
This film is brutal and brilliant and forever relevant. The performances are to die for. Also "I'M MAD AS HELL AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!"
One of my favourite supporting characters of all time. She's like the coolest underworld boss ever. Added to that her army called the Crazy 88, her mood changes, her mocking, her fighting skills and of course her backstory.
Paris in films
Yes I know this isn't a movie or character or movie personality, but Paris is my favourite movie setting. To me at least, the films set in it have something magical about it. As Gil Pender says, "Because you look around and every street, every boulevard, is its own special art form and when you think that in the cold, violent, meaningless universe that Paris exists, these lights, I mean come on..."
He is actually the coolest. His characters, his dialogues, his women- everything is mindblowingly awesome. And I love his love for films. It's inspiring (and also a bit daunting since he's a genius and all). Nothing gets me as excited as a new QT film.
Uhduh. Look at who's making this list. Not only do I think he's the sexiest human being ever, I also believe he is one of the best actors of his generation and I will stop at nothing to watch a new Gosling movie when it comes out. Plus he's like a real-life superhero and gets ballet lessons.
I have a real respect for film makers who fashion a unique look for their films- one glimpse and you just know that it is them. Kubrick's films are like that. No one did adaptations like him, or classical music.
The heart wants what it wants. I really thought about putting something more mature or cool here, but eh. I love this film. It is my earliest proper memory of visiting a cinema theatre. My first love is there. I love Kate Winslet and this film is soooooo much better than Avatar, it's insane.
The Usual Suspects
Congrats to all the uber clever people out there who guessed the twist in the first five seconds of the film. I didn't and when it came, I was totally floored. Kevin Spacey is ab fab.
No I am not her biggest fan. That is someone else. But her performance as Blanche Dubois is almost unparalleled in my eyes. Also in spite of hating the film, her Scarlett O'Hara is one helluva character that she completely brings to life, and no one else could have played her but Leigh. Very few actors can give such great performances even once in their lifetime; Leigh did it twice. And her tragic life make them all the more potent.
Once again, this is my list and who else could I have chosen? My favourite filmmaker of all time. His films compliment all my moods- happy or sad. They are just what I need when I watch them, it's uncanny. But I love it, and I absolutely worship him for it.
X-Men: First Class
X is not a very easy letter, is it? Still, the McFassy bromance makes this a worthy enough choice. I had fun watching it. Described it as girl porn (this was pre-Magic Mike times). Love Charles and Erik.
"You've Got A Friend In Me"
Ha I cheated! Well not really because the moment I thought about the letter 'Y' for this list, this song started playing in my head. And after all, the Toy Story trilogy is a story about friends. True friends. I love Pixar's ability to make these wonderful, human characters from anything and everything, like a cowboy doll and an astronaut action figure.
This is my favourite film from all that feature the Frat Pack. I mean a male model brainwashed to be an assassin- where do they get these stuff? Also David Bowie mediating a male model catwalk-off- genius.