|By Charles Chaplin, Edward Brewer, |
Henry P. Caulfield, Vincent Bryan,
Maverick Terrell, Roland H. Totheroh,
George C. Zalibra, and Mutual Film Corporation
[Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
The movies on my favorites list are either older than dirt or they didn't do well at the box office. Chances are, some of you have never heard of them. I've always found it interesting that movies based on poorly written books about vampires with an overbearing leading male part and a seriously annoying actress in the leading female role (even her voice irritates me) can do better than some of the wonderful works that I have watched over the years. Oh, and if you don't know what I'm referring to with the vampires, believe me, you're better off that way. That's a few hours of your life that you'll never get back.
The older movies are fantastic. Romance, comedy, silent. I love a great silent movie.
Anyway... without further adieu, here's a list of MY favorite movies.
Lucky Number Slevin
The first time I watched this movie, I got up and walked out of the room in the first five minutes. The opening scenes are quite brutal and I can't stand violence when I can't see WHY it is happening. In Lucky Number Slevin, the violent scenes in the beginning actually set the WHY in the story line. As the movie progresses and the story is revealed, it sucks you in to see what is going to happen next.
One thing that I have to mention is the set design. If you have any appreciation for art at all, you will really like the wallpapers that are in all of the scenes. It creates an interesting visual effect and they obviously put a lot of thought into them. For example, when Slevin walks into his girlfriend's apartment when he catches her cheating on him, the wall coverings change to very bold black and white patterns creating the illusion of confusion. That is just one interesting use of props in this movie.
The movies stars Bruce Willis, Josh Hartnett, Lucy Liu, Morgan Freeman, Ben Kingsley and Stanley Tucci. It was originally released into theaters on April 7, 2006 and did ok but it wasn't a box office hit.
The Great Dictator
Flesh and the Devil
Flesh and the Devil was released in December, 1926. It's a classic story of two male best friends, played by John Gilbert and Lars Hanson, who are in love with the same woman. Depending on how you look at it, the woman (Garbo) knows it and she starts playing them both. Imagine that. Another woman, played by Barbara Kent, tries to intervene since she has been friends with both of the men since they were children.
The plot twists and turns with a really surprise and in my opinion, justified ending. (The music in the clip is not the normal type of music for this movie. I find the electronic music really annoying!)
If you like old silent movies, you should really take a peek at the Flesh and the Devil.