Aug 26, 2009

Top 15, pt. 2

6) Rushmore
The most accurate depiction of teenagehood/high school ever. I was never a fan of The Breakfast Club because though it did quantify amazingly the stereotypes of teenagers that have always existed, it didn't *respected* being a teenager as Rushmore did.

7)Fight Club
*sigh*

8)Following/Primer
Following is Christopher Nolan's first film and was produced for less than $40,000. Nolan had never made a feature film, and none of his actors were professional: all scenes were shot in a few hours on weekends over a nine month period. Locations were the actor's or parents' apartments. There was rarely more than one take for any scene. But the story was still incredible. Same with Primer, which cost around $7,000. If you're smart, you really don't need much at all to make a great film.*

9)Amelie
This was the first film I saw to really showcase the love of a city.

10)The Blair Witch Project
I'm not really crazy about the film. But that doesn't matter. Because it wasn't really about the "film," it was about using the internet to tell the story with the film. The film was made to accompany the site, not the other way around.

*My favorite anecdote of no-budget filmmaking: Monty Python's Holy Grail. The group had such a small budget they couldn't rent horses. The coconut gag was written as an excuse for lack of money, and was the funniest joke of the whole film.