This is going to be a short(er) one because someone had a softball game and an obligation to honor Cinco de Mayo. And I just feel that the category of drama is just too damn broad. Drama happens in nearly every film. Even documentaries about seemingly mundane topics will have truly endearing moments of drama if they’re any good. Go watch King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters if you don’t believe me. And I feel that there’s just way too many movie to comb through to find the one that I like the most. So I’ll just do a quick top 5 for your reading enjoyment. Sure, it’s kind of the lazy way out…but whatever. Being witty for 800+ words a day is taxing. So here’s this:
1. American Beauty (1999)
Director: Sam Mendes
I’m a big Mendes fan. Road to Perdition was brilliant. I even enjoyed Jarhead. Sue me. But Kevin Spacey absolutely steals American Beauty as the middle class Lester Burnham who finally breaks and decides to start living life his way.
Currently, Mendes is signed to direct the new Bond movie. Interesting…
2. Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
Director: James Foley
May have started my obsession with Alec Baldwin, who walked into a room that included Jack Lemmon, Alan Arkin, Ed Harris, and Kevin Spacey …and f–king owned everyone of them. Sure, the source material is strong (originally a play written then adapted by David Mamet), but the actors carry the film. Probably my favorite ensemble cast.
What’s your name?
F–k you, that’s my name.
3. Stand By Me (1986)
Director: Rob Reiner
Fantastic piece of nostalgia. Doesn’t sugarcoat what it’s like to be a kid with problems. Also helps that it’s based on a story by Stephen King.
If you could only have one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
That’s easy…Pez. Cherry flavored Pez.
4. Glory (1989)
Director: Ed Zwick
May have started my infatuation with Morgan Freeman and my acceptance of Ferris Bueller as a legit actor. And you get a bad ass Denzel. Oh, and the story itself is pretty important historically. Probably should have led with that. Absolutely brilliant film with an amazing score.
(Yes, I’m aware that’s the wrong video. But it made me laugh the first time, so whatever. It’s late and no one’s reading anyways.)
5. Network (1976)
Director: Sidney Lumet
I wore black the day Sidney Lumet died.
Best. Rant. Ever.
Weird thing is, his rant is still appropriate today. I’m not sure if I’m mad as hell though. More slightly perturbed as sh-t.
READER’S NOTE: This blog is designed to be read as if I was speaking to you directly. Please adjust accordingly. If you don’t know what my overall diction or level of sarcasm, simply read as Chandler from Friends. Close enough.