Because this is my blog, I have total freedom to list my favorite 5 movies. I have to be a bit honest, though. I left some amazing movies off my list. Yes, we all know that Titanic was great. I wanted to go with movies that might not be on everyone's radar right now.
I think this movie had one of the most original screenplays ever. It quirky, twisted, and funny. It was fun to watch Nicholas Cage and Meryl Streep play real people in fictional ways. It was even wilder that Nicholas Cage's fictional character, Donald Kaufman, was actually nominated for a best adapted screenplay Oscar. How in the hell did that happen?
When Harry Met Sally
I love, love, love this romantic comedy. Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal are amazing as they ponder the question "Can men and women truly be friends or will there always be an agenda?" The movie is sprinkled by wonderful, quirky stories about how other people met the loves of their lives. Think those stories are true? They're not. They're written for the movie. They do seem so real though!
The Big Easy
A super hot Dennis Quaid goes after an unconventionally attractive Ellen Barkin and quirky hilarity ensues. Okay, maybe not. But it's a great cop thriller set in the backdrop of New Orleans. This movie got me into Cajun and Zydeco music and dancing. It also has one scene in it that will leave you needing a cold shower. Or something else.
My favorite Ethan and Joel Coen movie. It's also one of my favorite comedies ever. And yes, it is quirky. Nicholas Cage (how on earth did he end up in two of my top 5 favorite movies?) and Holly Hunter kidnap a baby because they can't have one of their own. Sounds hilarious, right? Well, it really is! It also has one of the funniest car chase scenes ever in it!
Cameron Crowe wrote and directed this mostly autobiographical movie about how he toured with an up-and-coming band when he was only 15 years old. This movie is funny, touching, and endearing. It captures an era that I missed by about 5 years, but I love experiencing it in this movie. It introduces us to Zooey Deschanel in a great performance. Even more amazing is Kate Hudson. Cameron Crowe directed her in her only great performance to date. Frances McDormand also gives an amazing performance as Cameron Crowe's mother.
At the time the movie was released, some people I know complained that Frances' character was unbelievably over the top. If you watch the commentary track, you'll quickly realize that the character was portrayed pretty realistically. You see, the commentary track is done by Cameron Crowe and his real-life mother. I never watch the commentary track, but with this movie, it should be required viewing--a day after you watch the movie on its own, of course.
What are your favorite movies?