Welcome to my first attempt at creating a blog. I'm not much for attracting attention to myself, but with AP providing an easy-to-use platform (and my being a badge whore), I've decided to give it a shot. Don't anticipate a regular schedule though. This blog will consist largely of random observations and thoughts I have that I feel are worth sharing, both anime-related and not. However, for this inaugural entry, I've decided to provide a list of my 10 favorite movies (split into two parts) to give you an idea of my thought processes and writing style. I assure you I don't intend to make a habit of lists or reviews so hang in there.
10. The Godfather
Don't get your knickers in a twist. Remember: my personal opinion. Broken down into its parts, everything about this film is great: the characters, the dialogue, the casting, the story, the list goes on. The movie is just scene after iconic scene. However, I feel this is its biggest flaw. The movie feels more like a sequential series of episodes in the life of the Corleones rather than a naturally flowing story. Still, it's very engaging throughout and its place in the pantheon of classics is well deserved.
If I described a film as "1984 meets Idiocracy" you'd expect it to be a catastrophic clusterfuck of biblical proportions. Yet Brazil not only succeeds, but excels at accomplishing just that. Just on the surface, the set and costume design are surreal and eye-catching. The characters themselves don't stand out as much as the dystopian world they inhabit where critical thinking is a radical concept and government bureaucracy is allowed to run unchecked. In short, imagine if the IRS and DMV ran the country. It's laughably absurd to watch, but the ending reminds the viewer just how horrifying the reality of it would be. And yes, That Guy with the Glasses is where I first heard of this film.
8. Pulp Fiction
Love him or hate him, no one makes films quite like Tarantino. The dialogue and music of Pulp Fiction were unlike anything else at the time and it's often credited with un-typesetting John Travolta. But most significantly, the intersecting storylines mechanic has since been imitated in movies and videogames alike but rarely is it executed as well as in Pulp Fiction.
7. Full Metal Jacket
This is the war movie for people who aren't into war movies. It's ironic that the theatrical trailer includes no scenes from boot camp considering it constitutes half the runtime as well as being the part that everyone remembers. R. Lee Emery steals every scene he's in and continues to be cast in essentially the same role to this day. What I like most about this film is how it documents these boys' loss of innocence. Watching them transition from horny 20-somethings who revel in making dark humor of what they're doing to men ready and willing to do whatever it takes to survive is rarely captured so well.
6. Spirited Away
For those who read my bio, this was the gateway drug I was referring to. Never before had I seen an animated film so beautifully designed and mature (though still child-friendly). All the characters, even the most minor ones, are so well-crafted and developed that it's very easy to be drawn in and captivated by the world this movie creates. Though oversaturation of its presence may have diminished its impact, i still hold a special place for it.
Come back later this week for my top 5.
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