I was watching a great documentary a few weeks ago called Midnight Movies: From the Margins to the Mainstream. I couldn't help but notice that both George Romero and John Waters both said almost exactly the same thing. To badly paraphrase they both said that they were bored out of their skulls sitting around in film school dissecting and discussing the merits of Potemkin and just wanted to get out there and do it.
I once had a conversation with my oldest brother and we
were talking about movies from when we were kids that we had watched
again recently. We both were surprised that other then surface dating
some of these movies had held up surprising well all these years later.
Now that I have kids I'm constantly showing them movies that I saw when I was their age.
All of which got me thinking. Its easy to name a movie like The Godfather
as a favorite because it really is a great movie and if you bring it up
in conversation people will nod in agreement. But if you mention Cyborg
they look at you with disdain if they have even heard of it. Some
people just can't appreciate the artistry and genius of some movies.
So putting aside the genius that is completely evident in movies like The Godfather, Raging Bull, Citizen Cane, Unforgiven etc. lets talk about the real movies that are our favorites.
In the spirit of TNT's "New Classics" I compiled a quick list
of five movies (I could have done more) that are among my real favorites. My love for these movies knows no bounds and I've seen them hundreds of times each.