Happy 3rd anniversary, Me On The Movie! For a child, year three is the last year before he enters kindergarten or such, but for a blog, year three is the year every blogger's consistency is tested. I won't fill this incredible year with another ramble of how my (useless) daily activity has got me away from watching and writing about movies (because you already had that in the 2nd anniversary), I haven't even blogged for like three months (!), so to make today worth for an anniversary celebration, I make a list of my favorite movies of all time—establishing a clear stand that Me On The Movie is still exist, even though so rarely updated.
How do you describe 'favorite'? How would you tell which, among certain things, are your favorite ones? To me, my favorite things are those I don't find boring if visited again and again. For movies, my favorite movies are the ones that have something interesting (despite their overall qualities) that always invite me to see it again and again.
Actually you can see all these favorite movies in my Letterboxd page or even in this blog itself, but there are too many of them so I'll simply list the big 10 among other favorite movies. Mind you, they are mostly coming from the 2000s.
In alphabetical order
2001: A Space Odyssey
directed by: Stanley Kubrick
This is a grand accomplishment in the cinema industry. More than just a scifi, 2001: A Space Odyssey is a provocative mind-bender that beautifully emerges advancing technology with the lifelong existence search of human. I think no scifi films have been at the same level of awesomeness with 2001: A Space Odyssey.
A Serious Man
directed by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
My kinds of movies are those who show that life is not a fairy tale where everything ends so happily. Life is simply not a doing-good-then-winning kind of thing, and A Serious Man knows it very well that at most times, good people fail. For some people, happiness ends in a blink of an eye but sorrow circles in a goddamn loop.
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
directed by Larry Charles
In all seriousness, no comedies have been at the utmost level of ridiculousness like Borat. This film redefines our sense of humor back to its basic aspects, that silliness and spontaneity are funny. It's nothing about Kazakhstan; it's about how a character is made with no urging intention to be funny—and, somehow, becomes so funny.
The Devil Wears Prada
directed by David Frankel
I can no longer call myself a fresh-grad who just enters the career world, but every time I watch The Devil Wears Prada, I always think that I am. My bosses are not (and hopefully, will never be) like Miranda Priesley. This is a matter of how you, who had no idea of why you begin the kind of job you choose, unconsciously become obsessed to be the best in it.
The Exorcism of Emily Rose
directed by Scott Derrickson
The Exorcism of Emily Rose is so criminally underrated. I think this is one important 'horror' film that uses a different take to tell a story about these scary, otherworldly things called devil or ghosts. How to prove that someone is possessed by devil? I never liked to call this film a horror; if I may, I prefer to call it a spiritual film.
directed by Spike Jonze
Since Lost in Translation, no movies have captured loneliness so beautifully like Her. We used to think that the future will be so robot-filled. Or the opposite: resources will be scarce and the poor is separated from the rich. I think no one has imagined that in the future, everything is voice-based. Before Her, no one wonders how making love may so dramatically change in the future.
Mary and Max
directed by Adam Elliott
When was the last time you write letters? Mary and Max is a story of how two 'abandoned' people, that don't fit in their surroundings, create a beautiful friendship through letters, no matter how far away they are separated. I think you cannot just end this film with no tears rolling down your cheek.
directed by Paul Thomas Anderson
Sweet, sweet love story that should have been the bible for all filmmakers around the world. Punch-Drunk Love reminds us that love actually comes with no complexity or motives; it comes simply when a pair of eyes of a man meet a pair of eyes of a woman. Nothing complicated in love, and that's how you should tell a story of love.
The Social Network
directed by David Fincher
I write soooo many times about The Social Network. I listed it in many best- or favorite-movie list in every media I know. When I recalled why I love this movie so much, I had no distinct reason. The power of good script and directing, yeah that's a very technical reason, but see how many new things I can dig every time I come to see this movie again and again.
directed by Andrew Stanton
Pixar has, so far, never failed to show us that animation is never intended for kids only. With barely a few dialogues, WALL-E shows boldness of character and story that brings fun for kids and thoughts for adults. Especially when you suddenly hear 2001: A Space Odyssey music theme chiming near the end, phew, this is one good motion picture that knows how to give tribute to its predecessor.
Have a great 3rd anniversary, Me On The Movie! Make a prayer that I won't leave you too long like I used to.