HELLO EVERYONE! WHAT WE’VE BEEN DOING EVERY NOW AND THEN, IS POSTING ABOUT EACH OF OUR FAVORITE MOVIES OF ALL TIME (THE TOP 5 TO BE SPECIFIC) AND A BIT ABOUT WHY WE LOVE THEM. WE HOPE IT’LL LET YOU LEARN MORE ABOUT ALL OF US HERE AT STICKERFRIDGE IN DOING SO. THIS WEEK IS JOSH BAKER!
Amélie (also known as ‘Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain’)
Jean-Pierre Jeunet is an amazing director who has a unique style. All of his movies deserve spots at the top of favorites lists. Well, maybe not Alien: Resurrection. Yeah, the guy that directed Amelie also directed one of the Alien movies. I consider Amelie to be his magnum opus. It’s a feel good, romantic comedy that showcases Jeunet’s impeccable aesthetic which is perfectly paired with a soundtrack created from Yann Tiersen’s beautiful work. I absolutely adore this movie, and it’s easy for me to say it has reigned as my all time favorite longer than any other film. The performances and visual storytelling combine to create a perfect modern fairytale. Audrey Tautou steals your heart as Amelie. If you’ve never seen this movie, I guarantee it’ll brighten your day. If you like it you should move on to some of Jeunet’s other films like Delicatessen and The City of Lost Children. The latter has a French speaking Ron Perlman trying to stop a man who steals children’s dreams.
Addams Family Values
While making this top five, I pondered long and hard about what Addams family movie to include. I love them both, but since I thought it would be silly to have two spots on this list taken up by what I consider more of a really long movie than two separate entities, I decided on Family Values. I find myself quoting this movie more than practically anything else. The costume and set design in both films are mind blowing. Raul Julia’s performance as Gomez Addams is one of the most entertaining performances of all time. I grew up on VHS tapes of the television series from the 60s. John Astin captured the wacky father in an unforgettable way, but Raul Julia encapsulated Gomez perfectly. I also adore Anjelica Huston’s Morticia and how her eyes always have that certain glow due to the genius lighting. All the actors in this series are now synonymous with the characters. Do I even need to gush about Christopher Lloyd’s Uncle Fester and Christina Ricci’s Wednesday? Since I’m supposed to be talking about Family Values, Joan Cusack’s performance as the unhinged, serial killer/widower, Debbie is a delight to watch. The cast, writing, and amazing design are what cement Addams Family Values as one of my all time favorites. It’s the perfect, quirky family comedy. I dare you to name a better ensemble cast.
Before going on to helm the Lord of the Rings trilogy, a young kiwi named Peter Jackson spent his time creating horror comedies in the splatstick genre. What does that mean? Jackson’s earliest films contain a bunch of humorous, practical gore scenes. While his first feature film Bad Taste is a fun time, his greatest gift to the splatstick genre is Braindead (aka Dead Alive). I’ve confessed my love for this movie on episode 9 – Contagious Technology, Bloody Santas, and Crazy Splatstick of my Blank is the Killer podcast, but if I’m bringing up my favorite movies, I have to talk about it here as well. Braindead is said to be the bloodiest movie of all time due to the gallons upon gallons of blood that was pumped all over during its creation. The film is littered with crazy practical effects work throughout its entire runtime. It amazes me just how many creative, zombie kills are jammed into this film. I don’t want to spoil any surprises, but if you watch this you’ll see a lawn mower take down a bunch of zombies in a scene that may be one of the most absurd things ever filmed. If you have a weak stomach this might not be for you, but Braindead should be required viewing for anyone who loves visual comedy and special effects.
To make sure we’re all on the same page, I’m talking about the original and not the director’s cut. Even though Donnie Darko is one of my favorites, I do think the director, Richard Kelly, is pretty terrible and only got lucky when making this movie. Case and point all other movies he’s done and the director’s cut of Donnie Darko. This movie was Jake Gyllenhaal’s big break. He’s fantastic as the moody Donnie Darko. He captures that weird kid we all knew back in school perfectly. Gyllenhaal is definitely shaping to be one of the greatest actors of this generation. If you are talking about the best soundtracks of all time, you have to throw this dvd into the ring. It’s full of some of the best, new wave songs ever recorded that are combined with the original, haunting music that Michael Andrews created solely for the film. I don’t think Donnie Darko is a particularly deep film, and it isn’t the most coherent take on time travel or parallel universes. Despite this, I applaud it for its uniqueness and interesting sci fi elements. The suburban neighborhood setting feels familiar yet foreign. The design for Frank the giant bunny rabbit is iconic and unsettling. Donnie Darko is an enjoyable watch that I never pass up when I find it on somewhere.
Well I guess Drew Barrymore is in two of my top five favorite movies. She’s also in the last film mentioned. Go figure. I mean, she’s not in Scream long, but her time on screen is one of the most brutal and expectation subverting sequences of all time. Big name Drew Barrymore isn’t the final girl here. It’s Neve Campbell, the best final girl of all time. Don’t come at me with your Laurie Strodes or any other garbage. Sidney Prescott is the best final girl. I absolutely love this movie. It’s deconstruction of slasher films and meta commentary was so incredibly fresh when it was released. It practically brought meta horror to the mainstage. It’s such an entertaining whodunnit. Wes Craven is probably my favorite horror director. Sure, he’s had some flubs, but the man created a plethora of unforgettable films. Scream’s cast is perfect. Besides Barrymore and Campbell, you have Jamie Kennedy, Matthew Lillard, David Arquette, Courteney Cox, Rose McGowan, and Skeet Ulrich. I just talked about the Addams family cast, but Scream’s cast is also on another level. I’ll watch anything with Matthew Lillard in it. If you’ve dodged Scream for this long, definitely watch it. The other movie in the series are also fun. The new MTV show’s first season is alright too. You’ll love trying to figure out who’s behind the ghostface mask.
- Army of Darkness
- The Big Lebowski
- The Emperor’s New Groove
- Enter the Dragon
- Galaxy Quest
- Green Room
- Hot Rod
- Kung Fu Hustle
- Mean Girls
- The Naked Gun
- Pans Labyrinth
- Sin City
- Terminator 2