Favorite films » Inception (2010), Christopher Nolan
“You’re waiting for a train, a train that will take you far away. You know where you hope this train will take you, but you don’t know for sure. But it doesn’t matter.”
Favorite films » A Fish Called Wanda (1988), Charles Crichton
“Let me correct you on a few things: Aristotle was not Belgian. The central message of Buddhism is not ‘every man for himself.’ And the London Underground is not a political movement. Those are all mistakes, Otto. I looked them up.”
Favorite films » Mon oncle (1958), Jacques Tati
“Gerard! Don’t mess up your room. Take off your shoes and wash your hands. Do you hear me, Gerard? Gerard? Gerard? Hang up your coat neatly and put on your slippers. He doesn’t even answer me. He simply won’t obey. I’m not surprised. On the other hand, when his uncle calls… that’s another story.”
Favorite films » Singin’ in the Rain (1952), Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly
“You’re nothing but a shadow on film… just a shadow. You’re not flesh and blood.”
Favorite films » Modern Times (1936), Charlie Chaplin
“Buck up—never say die. We’ll get along.”
I’m supposed to write a paper (not a long paper or anything, just a short thing) on what I think is the greatest movie of all time. Not my favorite, necessarily, but “the greatest.” I can’t even pick a favorite movie, and I don’t think any of my favorites could even be considered “great” - I know there’s a difference.
But then, no matter what I pick I’m going to be freaking out, wondering what the professor thinks of that particular movie and my analysis or whatever because, let’s be honest, I don’t really know anything about film. Not in the really pretentious sense, anyway, and that’s what this class is all about, after all.
Anyway, what do you think is the “greatest” film of all time?