This month's Ten Best EverAug 4, 2001 Write an essay on this topic.
The Bottom Line Skip eight of the top ten and go locate copies of Red Beard and The Seven Samurai, both directed by Akira Kurosawa.
Next month the list will be different.....but there are some that have been on my list for years now, so maybe they rate a look, if you can find them in a video store.
The flicks are not ranked here in order of quality, but Number One is my pick for the.....
1. Best movie ever, period: Seven Samurai, dir. by Kurosawa. This is THE film. If you don't agree, you have not really seen it; try it again. Great story, marvelous characters, and the most exciting action ever filmed. The battle in the driving rain is breathtaking, beautiful and terrible. In glorious black and white. I used to wonder why anybody else bothered to make films.........and sometimes I still do. This is all we need.
2. LA Confidential. How to make a well-paced, interesting film in one easy lesson. Really good in every way.
3. Sleepy Hollow. Again, beautifully paced and with terrific photography. Danny Elfman's music is overwhelming. Lots of fun!
4. The Black Stallion. A wonderful fantasy, and perhaps the only film in which Mickey Rooney was under tight control. The director must have drugged him.
5. Blade Runner. See it again and again, and it still enchants. Mystical, stunning.
6. Red Beard. Another by THE director, Akira Kurosawa. Be prepared for a long, lovingly crafted exposition that will leave you feeling very different than when you sat down to watch this film. Black and white and all magic.
7. The Enemy Below. Submarine versus destroyer. Hang on. Curd (the correct spelling) Juergens, Bob Mitchum. Bam!
8. Dirty Harry. A long, richly entertaining ride, again, like LA Confidential and Sleepy Hollow, beautifully crafted and paced. Great flick.
9. A New Leaf. Walter Matthau, Elaine May. The funniest comedy ever filmed, except possibly for The General. Overlooked too often, side-splitting.
10. Experiment in Terror. Dick Powell at his best, (--Awk!! It just hit me -- this was Glenn Ford, not Dick Powell! I plead terminal forgetfulness...it's been forty years....someday it will happen to you, too: the brain cells don't hold up well if your lifestyle is much fun at all. Sorry, folks, for the gaffe!!)-- and nobody did a better FBI agent, especially not what's her name the lady with the pet cannibal. Black and white again (no offense, as Mel Brooks would say).
What, you don't like my list? Stick around, it will change!
(Yeah, if I can remember my password.......)
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