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Top 5 favorite films

25 Jun

Oh how I love films! Doesn’t everybody? (At least everybody who is cool, anyway.) I have so many that I lovelovelove that earlier today I was trying to figure out what my top 5 favorite films would be.  I thought 5 was a good number because 3 is too few and 10 is far too many and 8 is just stupid. I decided on two criteria: 1.) Would I want to watch this film over and over? (Not in a row of course, nobody wants to watch the same film over and over no matter how good it is, unless you are 5 or younger). But like after a reasonable amount of time has passed. 2.) Would I recommend this film to just about anyone? If both of these criteria were met and I ABSOLUTELY LOVED the film, then it made the list.

5. Intermission

Starring: Cillian Murphy, Colin Farrell, Kelly MacDonald

Dir. John Crowley

2003

“A variety of losers in Dublin have harrowingly farcical intersecting stories of love, greed and violence.”

Oh this film is great. Just funny and interesting and different. Cillian Murphy is wonderful! (And it’s pronounced “Kill-ee-ann” every single male I have ever had a conversation with about him!)

4. Primal Fear

Starring: Richard Gere, Edward Norton, Laura Linney

Dir. Gregory Hoblit

1996

“An alter boy is accused of murdering a priest, and the truth is buried several layers deep.”

If you have not seen this movie, you absolutely must! Edward Norton is so amazing he was nominated for an Oscar (and this was his first role). This is one of those movies that will stick with you for a long time.

3. Heathers

Starring: Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, Shannen Doherty

Dir. Michael Lehmann

1988

“A girl who half-heartedly tries to be a part of the in-crowd of her high school meets a rebel who teaches her a more devious way to maneuver high school politics.”

“I love my dead gay son!”

2. Secretary

Starring: Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Spader

Dir. Steven Shainberg

2002

“A young woman recently released from a mental hospital gets a job as a secretary from a demanding and eccentric lawyer.”

This one barely passed my criteria #2, only because I would not recommend this to my parents, or grandparents, or anyone who is uptight about sex. But to everyone else, this movie is so great and a really lovely love story even though it is about S&M.

1. Buffalo ’66

Starring: Vincent Gallo, Christina Ricci, Anjelica Houston

Dir. Vincent Gallo

1998

“After spending 5 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, Billy is released only to kidnap a girl and force her to pose as his girlfriend in order to impress his parents.”

This movie is the best ever. I love it to pieces. The end.

Honorable Mention: Ed Wood

Starring: Johnny Depp, Martin Landau, Sarah Jessica Parker

Dir. Tim Burton

1994

“The mostly true story of the legendary director of awful movies and his strange group of friends and actors.”

So I lied. Top six.

Anybody want to share your top 5 favorite films? Or top 6? Or top 3? Or top whatever? I’d love some suggestions!

Love Letter #2: Buffalo '66

29 Sep

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buffalo 66

Dear Buffalo ’66,

You tell the age old love story of a recent prison releasee who kidnaps a young girl, pretends she is his wife and then takes her home to meet his parents. (I believe it first appeared in The Illiad.) You are perhaps the funniest, sweetest, quirkiest love story ever. After watching the photo booth scene I want to span time even though I have no idea how to do it or what it means exactly. That is true love, my friends.

Meet Billy Brown:

cutest ever

cutest ever

I’m sorry you had such a shitty life Billy, but it’s okay, I still love you. And you know what? Kidnapping is normally bad (very bad) but when you do it it’s okay, because you are so utterly clueless about it, it’s ADORABLE. Like how you make THE GIRL YOU JUST KIDNAPPED get out and clean her windshield before you leave the parking lot. Or how you make THE GIRL YOU JUST KIDNAPPED get out and switch places with you because you don’t how to drive a ‘shifter car’. Aw.

kidnapped

Ricci-nap in progress

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"Your window is filthy, how do you drive with a window this filthy?"

shifter car

Billy is used to luxury cars that shift themselves. In prison.

Also Billy, I love your red boots. If only every man wore red boots…

red boots

You can imagine what a family get together is like in a family where the son feels its necessary to lie about his whereabouts for the past five years. AWKWARD. And SAD. Very SAD. His parents (especially his dad) like his ‘wife’ a lot;  his mom tries to send him into anaphylactic shock; there are dinner table fights; and to cap things off, his dad lip synchs Sinatra to his ‘wife’.

meet the parents

"You're so much chestier than Billy."

allergic

"I have always been allergic to chocolate, mom."

dinner

"Maybe I will have a roll, thank you very much!"

singing

croonin' it

 Know what else I love about you, Billy? You bowl so good! And your ‘wife’ is good at tap dancing! In the bowling alley! Impromptu bowling alley tap dancing!

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gettin' jiggy wit it

gettin' jiggy wit it

 Then there’s the BEST SCENE EVER. The photo booth scene. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves: 

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 photo3

And then there’s Goon. How could I forget Goon? Goon, I love you.

"goon goon goon goon goon goon"

"goon goon goon goon goon goon"

And then there’s this scene, which makes me wish I was in love (for reals).

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adorable

Buffalo ’66, I love you so much I want to marry you.

Love,

Freckles