As individuals Mony and I have our own tastes in film fare, but together we can agree on several movies that are great films… not just because they are done well… but maybe because they aren’t done so well that makes them so great, or maybe because they have meaning to us for one reason or another. Here are our fav films and why…if you haven’t seen them take a minute and sit with your lover, turn off the lights, pop the popcorn and enjoy:
The Notebook – This is the penultimate story of true love. That’s all we have to say…if you don’t like Nicholas Sparks, just grab your lover, suck it up and watch the damn movie!
Casablanca – If you’ve never watched a classic film, or a Bogart film, start here… it isn’t a blockbuster of visually stunning effects but it is a great film for it’s time.. and as AFI’s number 2 film it proves it is a great film for all time. Bogart plays Rick a expatriated American who has fought on the underdog’s side during several war time years, and as WW2 carries on, he sets up shop in the neutral territory of French Morroco…why? Because he is broken hearted and jaded, until “of all the gin joints in all the world, she walks into his… This is a must see for lovers, war buffs, classic film buffs, noir film lovers and spy flicks. It’s short by comparison to today’s block busters, but don’t be disappointed, just sit down with your gal or guy and watch it in original black and white. And if you can rent a theater for a couple of hours (like Mony did for me) watch it in the theater on the silver screen.
Titanic – I’m not a big fan of this film’s story, Mony loved the Titanic story and history before the film, me I can say it is of interest, but the love story this film brings us is one of true love. A kind of love that not even death can overcome as we see Rose still loving Jack long after she has lived a lifetime. The visuals are clearly stunning and Cameron’s attention to detail to recreate the massive ship is seemingly unparalleled in any film today. Of course not anyone could have played the leading role, something about an actor is what sometimes makes a film, and DiCaprio got my attention in this role… I don’t think Pacino could have done it.
The Matrix – The visual effects… ground breaking effects (that set a standard …duh!) and the elements of not only genre’s but cultures put this movie on the map. The Watchoski Brother’s hit this spot on with bringing us a piece of americanized anime’, classic HK action, and a modern twist on a multitude of plots, from prophetic uprising to machines gone wild, to utopian dystopia… with a touch of love thrown in. Mony was floored by the visual effects and action sequences in the lobby, as most everyone was, and if that was all it took to change the face of film making today, than this is a must see, must have for your collection. Even if it isn’t exactly a romantic film for you and your lover to cuddle to…just suck it up, have a few shots of tequila before the flick and sit there wide eyed and enjoy with your better half.
The Gladiator – Russel Crow plays a bad ass expatriated Roman whose loyalties are disregarded and his family left for dead (along with himself… supposedly). He has nothing to live for but to make his way to death’s doorstep to be with his beloved wife and child, however he finds as a new slave fighter he has what it takes and it’s taking him to Rome, closer to vengeance. It is a visually pleasing movie and Crowe puts on an ass kicking performance as the “Spainard”. Mony loves the story of how the Gladiator wants to find his way to his wife and son on the other side, but not before he can exact his vengeance.
Here’s a five more that we think you might want to see…
What Dreams May Come…Another TRUE LOVE STORY!!! GRAB HER/HIM and watch the damn movie…Trust me
Never Been Kissed – While not a pick on my plate, Mony likes it because it’s about second chances and puts life into perspective. It’s a cute flick, and great for a rainy day with nothing else to do.
50 First Dates – By far one of the best Adam Sandler movies. I choose it because it speaks to me about love and what you would do for someone whom you truly love.
Phantom of the Opera – Once again… A love story. Mony loves this film (story) because the Phantom’s love for Christine is so intense that it drives him mad (she should have never ended up with Raul…what a dumb ass), Gerald Butler pulls out a great performance as the Phantom and the love story is just (as Mony puts it) intoxicating. I can’t say it’s in my top ten personally, but I can understand what makes this film intense and how the idea of an undying, unyielding love can be something that we may all want to experience (just as long as no one decides to put the bet rabbit in a pot on the stove).
The Crow – Now Mony may not agree with me on this one, but for me this is another penultimate tale of love. Eric Draven rises from the grave to exact his revenge for his beloved’s abuse and untimely death only a day before they were to be wed. If you haven’t seen this, it is based on a comic book from the 80’s and was one of the most well done comic book to movie visions I’ve seen in a long time… Let’s face it, who wouldn’t want to rise from the dead to kick the ass of the bastard that ruined your love life.. I know I would.
Thanks for reading.