Wow. Okay —
Jaws is way up there on the great movie scale. It showed how a blockbuster movie can be intelligent and also how special effects can be used. Think about how much tension there is in that movie with barely ever seeing the shark. Great stuff.
The Godfather series is way up there, too. Some say it’s the best — I don’t know about that, but it’s damn good. I even enjoy III, and don’t think it’s nearly as bad as people say.
Never saw Life Aquatic, but I want to. I enjoyed the Royal Tenenbaums and Rushmore quite a bit, too.
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang was, to me, not as great as people said it was. It was entertaining, sure, but Shane Black has done much better, and just because it’s his return to Hollywood doesn’t mean you should kiss his ass all the way there.
Collateral is just genius. It doesn’t match Heat in its intensity, but is still really, really good. I can’t wait to see what Mann has in store for us in Miami Vice.
Directors — definitely Mann, John McTiernan makes pretty efficient movies, and Die Hard is hands down the best action movie ever.
Spielberg is fascinating. Minority Report, A.I., Munich, it doesn’t matter where he goes, I’ll follow. His worst movies are better than most others.
Robert Rodriguez — he’s got a frenetic energy that I really like. Not crazy about stuff like From Dusk Till Dawn and Once Upon a Time in Mexico, but Sin City, Desperado, I mean, come on. He’s a lot like Spielberg, and pizza for that matter — even when it’s bad, it’s still pretty damn good.
Tarantino, of course, and not much to say except he’s awesome. Danny Boyle has been on my radar ever since Trainspotting, but the Beach was pretty disappointing, and then he redeemed himself with 28 Days Later. Haven’t seen Millions yet, and his new movie Sunshine looks interesting.
Guy Ritchie — Lock, Stock and Snatch are modern classics, and looks like he’s returning to his roots with Revolver.
Brian de Palma’s a pretty good director, too — he’s got a new movie coming out called Black Dahlia that I’m interested in seeing.
Marty Scorcese is really good, but he needs to stop trying to win an Oscar. Just do what you do, and people will notice. His new movie, The Departed, has Matt Damon, Leo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, and Alec Baldwin. Sounds good already.
Cameron Crowe — I just dig him. Elizabethtown was surprisingly good, even with the “how the hell did she have time to do all that?!?” ending. Almost Famous? Vanilla Sky? Jerry Maguire? Yeah.
As far as actors go — I’m a Depp fan. And I don’t care how many people give me shit — I’m an Affleck fan, too. Damon, Cruise, Pitt, Clooney, Crowe, you know, the big ones.
It’s the little guys that need more attention, though. Guys like Paul Giamatti, John C. Reilly, Brian Cox. Those guys that you may see but not know his name. There aren’t a lot of really great female actresses out there right now, except for Dakota Fanning. And you know, I might get shit for it, but Meryl Streep is really good, too. She’s surprised me with her humility, and if you watched the Oscars earlier this year, she and Lily Tomlin were the funniest single moment in the whole show.
Okay, dude, I’m done for a while. What do you think of all that?