The Phantom of the Opera (2004 theatrical release)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1LNsXnbT5o&feature=related
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0293508/

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“Sing once again with me… a strange duet. My power over you… grows stronger yet.”
This is quite possibly the most watched movie of my life. I am sure I see it several times a month. It holds a great deal of sentimental value but that sorta has to be omitted in the pursuit of something a tad less bias. The cast is magic. No really. Fucking magic. I didn’t even know anyone in the cast until 5 years after I saw the movie and I was jaw dropped. They all did their own singing and were splendidly chosen.

This is hands down one of the more erotic movies I own despite what may be a PG13 rating. Brainwashing and seducing a girl; feeling her up with her own hands in front of her future husband and a crowd of hundreds. Fuck yes. Christine’s makeup fluctuates from scene to scene to show her possession and seduction to the phantom via sexy smokey eye shadow and flushed cheeks. Her expressions are that of a constant orgasm. Nightwish did a pretty good cover: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VgLKXD-BoY&feature=related

In short, it’s an musical about obsession, seduction, and evil breeding evil. Amazing soundtrack and the costume design is superb.

9/10

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The Legend of 1900

July 7, 2009

The Legend of 1900

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120731/

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This movie just did it for me and still does. I think I discovered it in High school if not earlier and it’s remained as one of my all time favorites. The basic concept of the movie is the story of a man who was born on a ship and was reluctant to ever leave. It also became apparent rather quickly he was gifted at piano and saw the world a tad differently than those around him.

It’s plot and underlying theme encompasses the paradox of choice. Why more choices don’t always mean more happiness. And the pursuit of one’s happiness vs the pursuit of the idea of happiness as defined by others. I linked a relevant TED video above the box-art for a good background on the paradox of choice and what you can come to expect from the film. A character’s ability to recognize and isolate himself from this paradox and his great journey as he uses his amazing gift of piano to entertain the immigrants as they head to their final destination, New York, the land of freedom and opportunity[cost]. I highly recommend watching the TED talk even if only the last half or last 30 seconds. It really polishes you up for the movie.

The genre of the film is a ‘fable’. All but the main character have this hazy almost cartoonist way of delivering their lines that frame the focus and plot in a way that I have never seen done before. Tim Roth plays his role well and despite the almost silly circumstances that unfold throughout the film, it retains this powerful flavor of a world that is imaginary by meer millimeters.

(top 5 favorite films of all time)
10/10

The Hurt Locker

June 21, 2009

THE HURT LOCKER

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0887912http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvMfyK9vGtI&feature

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One of the most surprising movies I’ve seen all year. The movie takes place in Iraq… yet has not even a hint of “pro America”, “anti war”, or POLITICS. It’s just a setting for something a bit deeper and more enthralling. There is no testosterone-fueled combat, big guns, or stupid “war is hell” moments. The director is a woman to boot. Probably what makes this movie feel like a breath of fresh-air compared to it’s counter parts. I honestly came close to considering it one of the top five movies I’ve ever seen. It’s at least top ten.

The ending drives this movie home and leaves you with an awkward aftertaste that takes moments to fully process and mull over.

I am also taking this time to invent a arbitrary rating system. I give this movie a
9.1 / 10