Wednesday Top 5 / Movies You Probably Haven’t Seen

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In chronological order:

  1. LOVE STORY (1970) The title explains everything, except it leaves out the word “tragic.” Two bookish collegiates fall in love and overcome many obstacles to build a life together. Ali MacGraw is hypnotic. Ryan O’Neal‘s performance is refreshingly, yet painfully honest.
  2. DOG DAY AFTERNOON (1975) Most have heard of it. Not many of our generation have seen it. Once again, everything is in the title. This is one afternoon in the life of a desperate man who digs a hole so deep you know there’s only one way for it to end. One startling technical note: there is no orchestral score. There is one song during opening credits and no more music. Not even during end credits. Mind-blowing.
  3. LAST MAN STANDING (1996) A Prohibition Era mob movie, shot in the ultra cool graphic novel style. Bruce Willis is a hired gun who plays the Irish and Italian mobs against each other for his own benefit. If you liked ROAD TO PERDITION or MILLER’S CROSSING, this is a nice little treat. Violence warning. There are lots and lots of gunfights.
  4. WICKER PARK (2004) Josh Hartnet? Seriously? No, I will not shut up. Based on a French film, this movie is so intense, and excruciating, that I had to give it props. You should see it once. I thought it was so good that I bought it – and never watched it again. Three characters. One crazy woman manipulates the lives of a couple who are madly in love with each other, and keeps them apart.
  5. SURF’S UP (2007) I know what you’re thinking. “No he didn’t.” And then, “Well, he does have three kids.” As if that excuses bad taste in movies. Listen, I am as sick of penguins as the next guy. Yes, the ads were terrible. But consider this: A Christopher Guest / Arrested Development style mockumentary about a young surfer who works very hard to meet his idol and win the biggest surfing competition in the world. Interested? It’s very good. And very funny. Bonus: John Heder and Zooey Deschanel both lend their voice talents.
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9 Responses to “Wednesday Top 5 / Movies You Probably Haven’t Seen”

  1. mike Says:

    “No Country for Old Men” also lacks any musical score, which is a significant departure for the Coen Bros. (think O Brother Where Art Thou). It does have a surprisingly powerful effect. It’s easily one of the best movies to come out in years, in my opinion. I will wager that it wins Best Picture 2007. See it if you haven’t.

  2. maureen Says:

    I have got to expand my movie viewing to pre-1995. Maybe 2008 will be the year of 30 year old films for me. Maybe.

  3. hannah Says:

    maureen, i contend that if you watch love story you will not only most likely cry, but you will also freak out at the awesomeness that is ali mcgraw’s wardrobe. so so cool.

    mike, got any sitter connections, that is something i want to see!

    and seriously, if you have kids, use it as an excuse to rent surfs up and then watch it after they go to bed. i will admit, i am a fan of shia lebouf. love that kid.

  4. toby Says:

    I have seen none of these. Time for me to wise up.

  5. donna Says:

    haven’t seen wicker park, but their soundtrack is quite good. i’ll put it on my rent list.

  6. Sage Says:

    What? No Spongebob Squarepants? I finally saw a movie this year: Beowulf. Do I recommend it? No. But I liked it muchly.

  7. guestspeaker Says:

    i saw BEOWULF too. on the IMAX and in 3D! very strange movie but the 3D was amazing.

    and i really really want to see NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN. i am a huge fan of the Coen Bros.

  8. Leigh Ann Says:

    I saw Love Story as a child, and the song (which is playing on many music boxes) brings up SAD feelings in me, the movie traumatized me somehow … even into adulthood… as did Easy Rider… Have you seen that one?

  9. guestspeaker Says:

    i’ve never seen Easy Rider. i’m sorry to hear that Love Story scarred you. just remember, “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” that’s a great line.

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