Obviously some of you won't agree with my choices, but it's not like I just threw this up as an afterthought. I did research and everything. Now there's a worrying thought.
I don't care that a lot of people hated this film, I loved it. It's not the kind of film you'd put on for a Saturday night in with the wife, like "Hey honey let's watch the film about the peadophile with a bottle of red". It is however a really touching and moving film about a family torn apart by a tragedy.
Special shout out to Stanley Tucci and the art director who both did a phenomenal job. I can't really make jokes about this film. It's about a peadophile.
Walking Life is kind of crazy and when I first got a hold of it, I'd never seen anything like it. The film was shot digitally and then animators came in and drew stylised lines and colours over each frame. It's breathtaking. The film follows no real storyline and like Linklaters' earlier film slackers is just a collage of different stories with a slight thread going between them.
An added bonus is the inclusion of Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke reprising their roles from the amazing Beyond Sunrise. Linklater would later use the same technique on the awesome A Scanner Darkly and yes, this is the same man that directed School of Rock and Bad News Bears.
The second film on the list for both Fernando Meirelles and Rachel Weisz. I forget how many good films she's been in. Probably something to do with the Mummy series. Anyway she plays a humanitarian who becomes involved with diplomat Justin Quayle played by Ralph Fiennes. After she is found dead and he begins to unravel some of the details he becomes determined to get to the bottom of her murder.
I can't believe this is the only Ralph Fiennes film on the drama list, he's one of the best actors working at the moment. We'll just forget about Clash of the Titans. FUCK YOU 3D.
Clint Eastwood is a Legend. From a bit part in Revenge of the Creature from the Black Lagoon he's become not only one of the best actors around, but also one of the best directors. I don't know how he does it but his films just keep getting better the older he gets. I went to see this in the cinema and I loved every minute of it. He plays a racist old guy who's sick and tired of his neighbourhood getting fucked over by gangs. When he starts protecting his neighbour from a local gang he becomes a hero, but also gets a lot of trouble coming his way.
There's a lot of films like this going around, but this is one of the best. Eastwood has said it's his last acting role which is a damn shame. I'll leave you with a line from the film that only Clint Eastwood could get away with. "Oh, I've got one. A Mexican, a Jew, and a colored guy go into a bar. The bartender looks up and says, "Get the fuck out of here.""
Michael Caine has never won an oscar for a lead role. Seriously he's won for best supporting actor twice but never for a lead role. It's a travesty, not as much of a travesty as Jaws 4 but you get my point. In this his neighbourhood has fallen foul to a group of youths. After the death of a friend he takes it upon himself to clean it up.
It has a lot in common with Gran Torino and I think a lot of people ignored this film because of it. I prefer this though as it speaks to me more, living in a crappy neighbourhood in the UK myself. Obviously it's not as bad as the one depicted in the film but it's something I can relate to. The performances are amazing and it was only the directors first full length film. But lets face it if you're going to have anyone in your first movie, you may as well have Michael bloody Caine.