166. The Big Lebowski
Stories in Los Angeles, unexpected character connections, and the wit and dark comedy of the Coen Brothers are some of the elements of this film that I love. There is something more, too – maybe it is the actors (so many in this that I love), the music connections (see if you can spot Aimee Mann and Flea), the friendships, or maybe it is the “follow your bliss” simplicity of “The Dude” himself. At first blush his slacker nature seems rooted in laziness, but I think under the surface there is more to it – a simplicity that he fights for, and is often unable to sustain, that draws me in.
The start of the story of “The Dude“
Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In) :: Kenny Rogers & The First Edition
Tumbling Tumbleweeds :: Sons of the Pioneers
The Man In Me :: Bob Dylan
167. The Rocky Horror Picture Show
I have lost track of how many times I have seen this film, or of how many times I dressed up like Magenta and did cast for it, or how many times I have sang the songs from the film with my friends and with myself. I fell in love with drama and acting around the same time that I first saw this movie; I felt like I had found my place in the world, my band of misfits and marvelously colorful people — both on the screen, and in the theater with me.
Sweet Transvestite :: Rocky Horror Picture Show Cast
Time Warp :: Rocky Horror Picture Show Cast
Rose Tint My World :: Rocky Horror Picture Show Cast
Science Fiction, Double Feature :: Rocky Horror Picture Show Cast
168. The Wonder Boys
Stories about writers hold a special place in my heart, as do unconventional friendships and tales about groups of friends who become a “family” of sorts. This movie makes me miss when I used to have a group of friends who were all artists and writers and musicians, those conversations and shared passions, I miss that. This movie reminds me of why I write, and inspires me to keep going — and the cast is wonderful.
“I couldn’t stop.”
“I don’t think he needs sexual confusion to mix up the stew a little more.”
Things Have Changed :: Bob Dylan
Watching the Wheels :: John Lennon
169. High Fidelity
A movie based around music, conversations about music, obsessing about music, life working in a record store, and the interweaving of music and emotion and misery with love, is a pretty damn perfect combination for me. This is nearly everything I love all wrapped up in a film which happens to star one of my all-time favorite actors, John Cusack. I mean seriously, could this be any better?
Top 5 things I miss about Laura
“Monday morning tape“
Dry the Rain :: Beta Band
You’re Gonna Miss Me :: 13th Floor Elevators
Most of the Time :: Bob Dylan
170. Wicker Park
Film noir meets lost love meets a mystery in a city full of memories for me with a memorable soundtrack — these are all part of what makes this one of my favorite movies. Three favorite, often underrated, actors of mine – Diane Kruger, Josh Hartnett and Rose Byrne – give unforgettable performances. This is a winter movie to me, moody and mysterious and emotional.
The Scientist :: Coldplay
(final scene of Wicker Park)
“Love makes you do crazy things.”
Strange & Beautiful :: Aqualung