Saturday, October 20, 2012

Rainy Day Movie Marathon

What better to do on a rainy, gross day (other than splashing in puddles, of course) than cuddle up and watch some movies? This might seem like a random collection, but there's a method to my madness!

1. Singin' in the Rain


Directed by Stanley Donan and Gene Kelly

Start yourself out with THE classic movie musical, much more about movies than about rain. It's brilliant, hilarious, and a completely love letter to making movies. Gene Kelly is never better than in this, with Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds by his side. The musical numbers are unbeatable. With Make 'Em Laugh, Moses Supposes, and the titular song itself, this is sure to put your feet and your heart in a happy place.

2. Casablanca


Directed by Michael Curtiz

Follow up with another classic that'll make your happy heart weep a little. With some of the most iconic lines and scenes in cinematic history, Casablanca is the tops. It's sharp, centered around World War II, and a little bittersweet. There are too many things that make this movie good, not the least of which are Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. It's a brilliant story of love and sacrifice.

3. Brick


Directed by Rian Johnson

I know it seems odd to go from a movie released in 1942 to a movie released in 2005, but Brick is really a movie from a bygone era at heart. Written and directed by Rian Johnson, this is a brilliant noir set in a modern high school. The twists of genre keep everything about this movie completely fresh and original while giving a generous nod to the past. Every detail is exact, every shot counts. All of the actors give an enormous level of commitment to a tricky script with a slang that is at once difficult to understand and alluring as well.

4. Inception


Directed by Christopher Nolan

Transitioning from the moody, complicated, detective-noir-thriller starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt to the moody, complicated, heist-thriller starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt is as easy as pie! Yeah, your brain might hurt a little after from everything Chris Nolan put you through, but you'll be awed and a little jazzed up from the always magnificent Tom Hardy, unsure of the state of Leonardo DiCaprio, and hating Marion Cotillard a little bit.

5. Ocean's Eleven


Directed by Steven Soderbergh

The classic heist film starring the troupe of guys who would gladly welcome Tom Hardy (at least, the Tom Hardy of Inception) into their gang: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Bernie Mac, Elliott Gould, Casey Affleck, Scott Caan, Eddie Jemison, Shaobo Qin, Carl Reiner, Matt Damon, and Don Cheadle. Throw in Julia Roberts as the one who got away and Andy Garcia as the villain and it's a party like no other.

Happy Marathoning!

Song of the Moment: Old Yellow Bricks by The Arctic Monkeys

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