Anyway, now what I'm obsessing over is the idea of expanding my "Top 5 All-Time Movies" to a top 10. I was thinking about it the other day and realized I probably had enough films to expand on my top 5, which I've had for a while:
1. It's A Wonderful Life
2. When Harry Met Sally...
3. Jerry Maguire
4. American Beauty
5. Almost Famous
So as far as my top 5 are concerned, I basically consider the top 2 sacred and untouchable because they're entirely sentimental picks and I can quote large sections of each movie from memory. I could literally drop whatever I'm doing and watch "It's A Wonderful Life" at any time. The thing with When Harry Met Sally is different - I love that movie, but I probably enjoy watching other movies more most of the time. But I still have to go with it at #2...there's too much history between us. I'm flexible on moving the top 3 around in a top 10 list, but I can't see anything knocking off Jerry Maguire - for my tastes, it is pretty much the perfect movie. Anyway, I went through my Netflix and looked at films that I had rated with 5 stars and just psyched my self out with the choice candidates. And this is a whittled-down list, there are 5-star movies that I didn't include. Oh, and for the record, I'm leaving out comedies like Anchorman and 40 Year-Old Virgin and Office Space - stuff I could watch over and over, but I don't really want on my top 10 all-time list.
The 4 films I came up with off the top of my head for inclusion (these will most likely make it):
Once - If you haven't seen it, what the hell's wrong with you? It's beautiful.
Serenity - Okay, this one's going to make a run at #4 and will even flirt with knocking off Jerry Maguire. It could be "the best of the rest".
Little Miss Sunshine - ridiculously funny and moving
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - Beautiful and haunting, just watched it again 2 days ago.
Stuff that came up when I foolishly looked at Netflix:
The American President - oh man...I could watch this movie every time it's on TNT. Which is a lot.
Amadeus - A beautiful movie about music and genius and fame. This probably won't make it.
Bowling for Columbine - this movie changed the way I look at the world in a lot of ways.
The Dresser - This is just a beautiful movie about theatre and devotion.
E.T. - I cry every time at the end: "Goooo." "Stay." "I'll be right here." Cue music.
Fiddler On the Roof - probably the best script of a musical ever. The music is icing on a beautiful cake. That's a weird metaphor.
Lost In Translation - probably won't make it, but this movie is amazing.
The Matrix - I loved the first one. And it would butch up my list a bit.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail - God, I'm a nerd
Moonstruck - One of my favorite scripts of all time. "Chrissy, get me the big knife!"
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington - oh God, how can I not pick this and feel good about myself? Jimmy Stewart and the '30s version of The West Wing?
My Fair Lady - yeah, if I include this, I'd need the Matrix to keep it masculine at all. But this movie is maybe my favorite musical theatre film ever.
Noises Off - probably won't make it, but I watched this every day for about a month when I first saw it. It's hilarious.
Pleasantville - I have a thing for simple movies that touch on deep themes. This movie is so beautiful.
The Princess Bride - oh man...who doesn't like this movie? Philistines, I would guess.
Rear Window - This is a movie I could watch over and over. And that's probably the criterion I should use most heavily.
Saving Private Ryan - First time I saw it I couldn't breathe when it ended. I then showed it when I was a projectionist at a movie theatre and ended up watching every minute of it 3 times in 2 days.
Shakespeare In Love - God, what a fun movie. And a script by my favorite playwright, as well.
Shaun of the Dead - One of 2 silly comedies that I'm keeping in consideration. Because it's amazing and funny and touching. And awesome.
Shawshank Redemption - another multi-watcher. And I love Stephen King.
Sixth Sense - probably not, but a brilliant movie.
Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan - arguably the best Star Trek movie. And I was a GIANT Star Trek dork in high school. Seriously, nerd.
Waiting for Guffman - maybe my favorite comedy of all time. I think this makes it.
Okay, that's it. This is such a stupid exercise, but I can't stop thinking about it now.