176. The Great Gatsby
The book itself is my most re-read book ever, re-reading it something I do ever few years, so when I heard Baz Luhrmann (a favorite filmmaker of mine) was making a new version, I was beyond excited. I loved this version, especially in regards to Jay and Daisy themselves, who I believe were presented in the same complexities of character (good, bad, and in-between) as F. Scott Fitzgerald created in his book. Visually and musically, the film took my breath away, and was such a creative take on everything – blending the 20’s with now, as the story resonates so well into celebrity culture, aspirations and lifestyle in today’s society.
Young & Beautiful :: Lana Del Rey
“Gatsby believed in the green light”
No Church in the Wild :: Jay-Z & Kanye West
177. X-Men: First Class
I am a huge comic book/comic book movie/Marvel fan, and have had a love for The X-Men since around the mid-90’s when I started reading the books, and watching some of the animated offerings of their story. I’d always had a soft spot for Erik Lehnsherr, despite the villainous outcomes of his character, and was excited to see his origin story told in this film. I also loved the look into Charles and Mystique’s story, and the gathering of the X-Men’s “first class” in the 60’s, as told in this incarnation – all of it I just really love.
Picking code names
Mystique meets Charles
The music, the pacing, the dialogue, the wit within the dark dark darkness, the characters, the performances, and the story – it all hit me like a speeding train and I loved the impact. There are pats of it that hurt so badly to watch that I have to turn my eyes away, yet still I have re-watched the film, time and again (and will again). This movie was the first time I took notice of Ewan, and I never did turn my eyes away from him/his roles since.
“Colonized by Wankers”
Born Slippy :: Underworld
Perfect Day :: Lou Reed
with scenes from Trainspotting
179. 28 Days Later
Zombie stories are my favorite in the horror genre, most especially since the stories told are based on social commentary and hard looks at humanity. Who we become in the state of beyond emergency, in an apocalyptic situation, in a time when humanity is compromised beyond recognition, is a testament to good, evil, power, sacrifice, community, empathy, survival instincts, kindness, cruelty, and back to that word again — humanity. My favorites, such as this one, ask the question of who are the real monsters, and that despite complete world disaster, love and family and connection still persist.
In the House, In a Heartbeat :: John Murphy
AM 180 :: Grandaddy
180. Boys on the Side
One of those movies that will certainly bring me to tears every single time I watch, and also make me feel very grateful for the friends I have had in my life, the kind of friends that would go cross-country with you to get to a gig, to fulfill a last rite of passage, or to get as far away from an abusive partner as possible. This movie makes me want to hit the road with my best female friends, packing copious amounts of music to listen to, and sing-a-long to, stopping at all the roadside attractions, and stopping to fill-up monster sized travel coffee cups.
“You Got It”
You Got It :: Bonnie Raitt
with scenes from, Boys on the Side
I Take You With Me :: Melissa Etheridge
Dreams :: The Cranberries