Monday, September 8, 2008

Of Emicized and Roliting Manicorpoids

A couple days ago I saw Gladiator for the first time, and I was amazed. It's a really good movie, and yes it did make me cry (which, to me, is the mark of a really good movie). That wonderful experience saddened me, though, because I thought I might have to make it the best movie I had ever seen, displacing The Last Samurai from it's lofty position on my all-time favorite movies list. However, I have a rule that a movie cannot be my favorite movie unless I've seen it at the very least twice. (This is to prevent premature rankings and to ensure that the movie stays good through multiple viewings.) Fortunately last night I was able to watch The Last Samurai at Casablanca, so I had a rare opportunity to compare the two films almost side-by-side. Somewhere in the midst of watching it, I realized that there is no way that Gladiator, as amazing as it is or ever could be, will ever strip the auspicious title away from The Last Samurai. I've seen it at least 5 or 6 times now, and it just keeps getting better every time. So, not to fear! My favorite movie still stands strong, although I may have a new second favorite, which I need to see again soon.

P.S. Still waiting for another clear night that I'm not sick or extremely tired or that precedes a day with my 8:00 class. By this weekend the moon will be nearly full so I might give my moon filter a go, then see about writing up what I think of my scope.


John said...

What about THE MATRIX? Primer?!


What's all this Last Samurai nonsense?

denaje said...

Primer is a purely thinking movie and Cloverfield is a purely action movie. Nothing wrong with that, but they need to have much more going for them to be considered my favorite. The Matrix comes close but that movie so far removed from reality that it's more about science fiction and cool fight scenes than being able to relate on a personal level. Again, not that there's anything wrong with that or that they aren't good movies (I enjoy sweet action movies, especially Equilibrium), but nothing stands up to The Last Samurai in my book.

Unless they redid it without Tom Cruise. THAT would be able to take the cake easily. But he has a beard so you can barely tell it's him anyways.