People are always keen to tell you their top 5 "in no particular order" or mumble and mention about three films when you ask them straight out what their favourite film is. It's a very difficult thing to do, but I think everyone should be able to tell you what their favourite film is at any given moment. Maybe it changes from day to day or minute to minute, but you should have an answer ready when somebody jumps out of a train and throws the question at you.
I'll answer. My favourite film is 2001: A Space Odyssey.
The reasons are: it encompasses the birth of humanity (the "apes" look stupid but the moment when they discover tool use is perhaps my favourite in all cinema) and goes all the way to the next stage in intellectual and existential development. It is beautifully shot and the classical soundtrack (the inclusion of Johann Strauss' Waltz on the beautiful Blue Danube is genius). It deals with questions of greater depth than anything else I have ever seen (for example, human versus computer intellect, morality versus pragmatism, known versus unknown and about a million more). It also ends with one of the most ambigious and bewildering finales in all of cinema, which allows a subjective interpretation and endless speculation, which lends a great deal of mystery to the whole affair.
I'll end my love-in there. So who can pin their cinematic taste down to one single film in an unambiguous manner? Posts include references to more than one film will be booed and shunned!
12 Angry Men (1957) with Henry Fonda. I don't have any particular reasoning, I just adore it!
I've loved this movie since the day I first watched it. Don't really have any particular reasons it's just overall wonderful!
Somewhere, somehow, someone's gonna pay!
Training Day or 300.
But I could name many films that are not far off them
Ahhhhh!!! Two films mentioned!!!!
Go with Training Day if people ask you. As much as I enjoyed 300, Gerard Butler is in it....
Heat .............2 of my fav actors.....and michael mann as director
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. a great mix of everything I like in a film.
Yes, I was only thinking of that film last night. Brilliantly simple but executed so so well.
For me it's a hard one. I could change my mind next week. If I had to pick one, it would be No country for old men. It was Lee-Jones's character that made it for me, a proud sheriff that could do nothing to contain the evil of the world no matter how hard he tried. His closing is brilliant as is his opening
Hard to pick one
But I'd probably have to lock myself in a room for about 10 years and watch
Back to back and over and over
Then I can choose...
Nice choice. It is the most unreasonably criticised film of the last decade, to the point that I often use it as a screening for potential friends. If they don't get No Country, I don't get them.