Right now, it's 1:21AM in the morning and the temp is 80'. ok. I guess.
So, my first list is just about the 10 films that have influenced me the most. This is not my 10 best films. Just the 10 films that have influcenced me the most or actually, changed my life. Good films can do that. "All films have the capacity to do that" or they should.
1. The seven Samurai Directed by: Akira Kurosawa
This film, with the incredible acting of Toshiro Mifune, is my number 1. The very first time I viewed this film was while I was cooking dinner. It was being broadcasted on a PBS station, and I just caught the beautiful Black and white photography out of the corner of my eye. Within a very short time, my dinner had burned up, but I sat, tranfixed, watching every single second of this masterpiece. If you haven't seen it, DO SO.
2. is, Orson Well's Citizen Kane. This complete film, could, should, be a complete course in cinematography. The angles, use of shadow ( illumination is reconition and shadow is definition) and just plain inspired work, make this a film worth owning. I'm not the only one who liked the photography. Orson Well's shared the credit with his cinematographer. I have never seen that done since.
3. My third film is Ingmar Bergman's virgin spring. I really do have a thing for monochrome. If your going to see this, get the UNEDITED version. They've been broadcasting a edited version , because there is a scene in which an adult slaps a child. I guess we shouldnt be seeing that.
4. Ridley Scott's futuristic Blade Runner didn't do well at the box office, but oh did it ever influence other directors and a whole parsel of anime.
5. Another Ridley Scott Film. This one is the most dulplicated, imitated film in the last 40 years. Alien.
I saw this film like 5 times. The scares held up through all of them. Masterful story telling.
6. Robert Wise's The Day the Earth Stood Still.
Now I know I'm going to get flak for this one. But the message it gives, learn to live together or face doom, is still a valid idea.
Why nobody ever copied Kort is beyond me. My mom didn't want to take me because she thought it was too scary.
7. Leslie Norman's X The Unknown, still gives me the chills. There is nothing more terrifying than what we create in our own minds. This film achieves that feat nicely. you create the monster by piecing it together by the reaction shots of all of its victums.it is still shown on the late, late shows.
8. Before all the mega movies, Spielberg's The color Purple got people to set up and take notice of his real ability as a story teller. It is hard to watch, but oh it is so good.
9. The big one. Star Wars. I can think of no one film that helped to get us all to believe there was a tomorrow and we had everything to do with its' creation. Everything seems possible in this movie. Thats what is so great about it. You never find yourself doubling that this stuff exists.
10. Take the best cast from Saturday night live, mix it with great one liners from Rodney Dangerfield and you've got one of the best comedies in the last 30 years or so. Great and fun stuff here!
11. So I lied. so sue me. number 11 is the unknown land. this is one great special effects film. Its hoakey by todays standards, but when it first came out, it was the talk of every playground in our city.
unforunetly, it is out of print now. shame.
Well, I won't tag anybody, but if you want to list your own 10 or 11, do it.
Now, Happy Fathers Day, dudes!
Give the old man a hug.