So I’m indulging in one of my favorite movies, and I realize there are a handful of them that I will put in any time. If I just feel like a movie, this is my go-to list, inpo:
1. A Knight’s Tale
Chaucer in France, defining trudge for Heath Ledger and Co. Paul Bettany is astounding. And the misunderstanding of allegorical (“Well, we won’t hold that against you. That’s for each man to decide for himself.”) Fonging for everyone! And the music! “We Will Rock You” (including the solo, one of the greatest of all time) and “Golden Years” and–dare I mention it–“You Shook Me All Night Long” (another fantastic solo). Only thing I can’t stand is the pardoner saying “…on behalf of the Lord God…” So many quotes, though: “I’m a writer; I give the truth scope.”
2. Master and Commander
Here’s Paul Bettany again, come to think of it, this time as the English spy and doctor, Stephen Maturin. He’s the perfect foil to Russell Crowe’s superb Jack Aubrey. Courage, heroism, sacrifice–it’s all here.
Guilty pleasure. Part of the new breed of Hollywood western (following Clint Eastwood’s Pale Rider), and one of Kevin Kline’s better turns imho.
4. Saving Private Ryan
5. Blade Runner
Thanks to IFC, I now have the director’s cut on DVR.
I don’t own this one, but it’s on TV, on some channel, nearly every day. For some reason, I can’t look away. Robert Shaw: “Farewell and adieu, you fair Spanish ladies…”
There are bound to be others, but this is it.