Sunday, June 07, 2009

Greatest Movie of All-Time

is of course Cocteau's Orpheus.

But here is the insight of the day. Joyelle and I watched briefly Vh1's "Best Songs of the 80s" and my brilliant wife pointed out the important fact that A-Ha's video for "Take on Me" (talk about translatese) is a kind of remake of Cocteau's film. That had never occurred to me, sadly, embarrassingly.


Blogger Amish Trivedi said...

Goddamnit. Tell Joyelle I owe her a Coke.

I never thought of that- lame. Ghya.

7:12 PM  
Blogger Max said...

You are factually incorrect, sir. The greatest movie of all time is Wilder's "Sunset Blvd."

9:24 PM  
Blogger Johannes said...

That's number 18.


4:31 AM  
Blogger Max said...

Wrong again. #18 is "Forrest Gump."

4:52 AM  
Blogger Johannes said...

That's number one on my most hated movies list! (Another, admittedly related, list.)


4:58 AM  
Blogger Amish Trivedi said...


SpaceBalls, hands down.

Anyone who says otherwise is mentally challenged.


10:05 AM  
Blogger Max said...

Eh, "Forrest Gump" is knowing, purposeful shlock though. I have a hard time hating it for what it proudly purports to be.

It's funny, though. I tried to watch "Benjamin Button," mostly because I don't have regular access to film in Korea, and because I live outside the US, I didn't see any of the advertising blitz for it, so I had literally no idea what it was about. Anyway, I made it like 10 minutes into the movie before I decided that this was just "Forrest Gump" redux. I went to IMDB, and lo and behold, it turns out it was written by the same guy. Needless to say, I didn't have to watch any more.

But even that movie pretty much is what is purports to be ... a generational melodrama with an implausible--and therefore touching!--supernatural element.

A movie like "Boondock Saints," on the other hand, which is touted by lame undergrads everywhere as a "complex" examination of vigilantism, religion, etc. really deserves the #1 spot on most-hated lists worldwide. I can't think of a more hamfisted, embarrassing movie for a person to claim they like.

7:45 PM  

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