my favorite movies of the 2000s, #15 and #16

Thursday 24 December 2009

Don’t worry about the time of year — I plan to be here every day until I finish!

#25: (500) Days of Summer (2009)
#24: FLOW: For Love Of Water (2008)
#23: In The Bedroom (2001)

#22: House of Sand and Fog (2003)
#21: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (2003)

#20: Wo Hu Cang Long (2000)
#19: Le Scaphandre et le Papillon (2007)

18: Hable con Ella (2002)
#17: The Wrestler (2008)

(links take you to previous blog entries on these movies)

#16: Revolutionary Road (2008)
This is not a feel good movie.  That’s likely why it didn’t get the recognition it deserved at the Oscars (it was passed over for a Best Picture nomination).  It’s the tale of a couple (played by Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet) who settle for the suburban dream lifestyle in the 1950s instead of the more adventurous lifestyles they’ve envisioned and which would probably best suit their personalities.  I was really taken in to the world of this movie — a sad, disturbing world of disappointment and forfeited dreams.  I’m not much one for “suburban living” anyway, so maybe that was part of the reason this dark movie really took me in.  In any case, it’s a good tale calling for us to recognize and think about our true dreams and aspirations, realizing that certain decisions could make us living miserable and disastrous lives.

#15: Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)
This is not your average movie musical.  John Cameron Mitchell plays a transexual rocker on a personal journey to find herself/himself, looking to reconcile a past relationship and zee‘s own personal history, began as an off-Broadway production by Mitchell and Stephen Trask.  (Can you see why it was “off” Broadway?)  The movie contains some great songs and shares a story about a population that doesn’t get much into the mainstream spotlight.  You certainly need to be open to this kind of story, but if you are, I think you’ll enjoy a movie really about finding yourself when everything in your world has been turned upside down and you don’t know what to believe anymore.  I just watched it again recently and it held the same punch as when I first saw it three years ago.