CLASSIC MOVIES THAT REALLY ARE 💯
In chronological order! Also my definition of "classic" is more like "classic for me!" Also @zoe stole all the good ones.
- •Meet Me In St LouisI watch this every holiday season with my parents and we always cry. So many musical numbers forever etched into my subconscious. I always doze off during the Halloween sequence (because our recliners are too comfortable). My parents dog is named Tootie.
- •Out Of The PastFavorite film noir, hands down. I watched this a dozen times for a paper in college, and it never got old. Still doesn't.
- •Belle De JourSexy, mysterious, immaculate.
- •Play TimeThe first time I saw this was a dvd on a small TV. I flipped for it. Since then I've seen it twice projected in 70mm, and its brilliance has grown exponentially for me. This is where I go for the cathartic collision of funny + art. Fun fact -- the last time I saw this movie (at The Aero in Santa Monica), a notable standup comedian walked out after about a half hour. Different strokes!
- •Rosemary's BabyOnly choosing one Polanski, but Chinatown or Repulsion could also jump onto this list. Say whatever you want to say about the guy, but he's made some of my all-time favorites.
- •All That JazzFosse's finest hour. The least indulgent work of extreme self-reflexivity I can think of. Some of the tightest film editing ever, by the great Alan Heim.
- •PossessionDivorce as horror film. Truly strange movie, but one I return to again and again. Isabelle Adjani's performance is transcendental.
- •After HoursWithout a doubt my favorite Scorsese film. Non-stop pleasure.
- •Ferris Bueller's Day OffMy youth was spent watching a laserdisc of Ferris Bueller's Day Off
- •ManhunterI will see anything Michael Mann makes. I even saw Blackhat. But this it's the one I always return to. The vibiest of all the Thomas Harris adaptations. The mind boggles that Brett Ratner made a normcore remake of this (or re-adaptation, whatever) with the same d.p.
- •Ghost WorldThis came out months after I graduated from high school, and I feel like it was made for me. Perfect timing. I still quote this film often, and will forever love songs from its soundtrack. And over the years have found its depiction of a withering friendship to be pretty much dead-on. THATS'S RIGHT: Ghost World is now officially a classic.