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MY FAVOURITE FILMS

May 31, 2014

Sorry, I have neither time to research complex Japanese issues, nor inspiration to write about my real life, past or present, hence, another list – a little extension of my diary so to say.

I´ve seen dozens of classics in my life – “Breakfast at Tiffany´s”, “Easy rider”, “Marathon Man”, “3 Women”, “8 1/2 Women”,  Wajda, Ozu, you name it – and I usually DON´T like them, so perhaps my list can lead you to discover something not that obvious and yet not that weird.

 

1. VALMONT (1989)

Everybody seems to know “Dangerous Liaisons” with John Malkovich and Uma Thurman, but Milos Forman´s version (from the very same year) is so much better – who would like to go to bed with Glenn Close rather than with 30-year-old Annette Bening? But the biggest gem of the movie is pre-Darcy Colin Firth – a French, relaxed, funny, sexy, cocky Colin Firth smiling like a devil.

 

2. TOUTSIE (1982)

Probably the best comedy ever made, and no wonder bearing in mind that the two protagonists, both Academy Award winning actors, are accompanied by Bill Murray, while the film as such is directed by Syndey Pollack. I love the plot for being true to life rather than Hollywood staple, I love Dustin´s navy blue polo shirt (or is it his arms?), but most of all, I simply adore Teri Garr´s “I´m a professional actress” monologue.

 

3. ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND (2004)

I hate it when a film (or a book for that matter) is narrated in such a way as if I were a moron: “This is Alice. She lives in a big flat in New York. And this is her boyfriend Reg”. Even as a 5-year-old I needed more sophistication than that! Yes, now you know why I dislike Woody Allen, who doesn´t seem to realise how many more possibilities he has at his disposal. But what about the double plot in “Melinda and Melinda”, you will exclaim, or the Greek chorus in “Mighty Aphrodite”? Cheap! Or maybe I just belong to the Matrix generation? (Not that I have seen it more than once). For me, you should either tell us a really good, moving story or play with the images, the special effects, the time sequence – or both. “Eternal Sunshine”, as well as impressing the viewer with its sheer creativity, strikes a chord with anyone who´s been through a break-up. Plus, laid-back Kate Winslet with great hair and Jim Carrey with normal facial expressions.

 

4. CHUNGKING EXPRESS, the second of two stories (1994)

How many romantic comedies have you seen where the girl had short hair and sold fast food, whereas the guy talked to teddy bears? Oh, the 90s, oh, Hong Kong cinema… – since Hong Kong cinema is not only low-budget kung-fu trash, I assure you – in 1987 the director of “Chungking Express”, for example, got the Best Director Award at Cannes Film Festival. It´s also a perfect film for the fans of “California Dreamin´” (ever seen a film where the same song is played about 16 times?) as well as The Cranberries, and not only because of a Chinese cover of “Dreams” – discovering the singer-actress Faye Wong is like discovering a parallel universe with even more Cranberries-like hits.

 

5. INFERNAL AFFAIRS I, II, III (2002-2003)

If Martin Scorsese got an Oscar for “Infiltration”, the original (yes, it´s no secret it´s a remake of  this Hong Kong trilogy) deserves a… Any ideas? A classy, moving thriller in three parts, whose subplotting is as good as in “Harry Potter” (the books, not the films).

Moj ulubiony polski film, spytacie? “Lekarstwo na milosc”. Scenariusz Chmielewskiej, Kalina Jedrusik w wannie, Andrzej Lapicki w garniturze, a w tle Krystyna Sienkiewicz oraz Fedorowicz i Czechowicz uczacy sie angielskiego. No i te crushe, i “Joanno!”. Film jest calutki na youtubie.

 

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