Top 5: best movies ever
Director: Ridley Scott
Cast: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos, Daryl Hannah
My all-time favourite movie, of course only the director's cut and not the horrible version that was in
the cinemas and still is being shown on TV. The director's cut is just dark and impressive and gets support
from the fantastic soundtrack by Vangelis, whereas the version that was done for the cinemas (mainly because
that stupid test audience in Dallas wanted a hero and a happy end) has an annoying voiceover and an
unbelievably cheesy end.
Anyway, it's a great story, based on the Novel "Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep" by Philip K. Dick,
put on the screen with impressive images by Ridley Scott.
"It's too bad she won't live...but then again: who does?"
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, Harvey Keitel, Bruce Willis, Tim Roth, Amanda Plummer, Christopher Walken
This is probably the movie of the 90s and it was seminal in several ways: the protagonists are not the good guys anymore but a
bunch of gangsters--the soundtrack (with music that was not written for the movie) is an integral part of the action--there is no
happy end, in fact the end is not important at all--there is no obviously good or bad violence: people kill cold bloodedly, get
killed, kill by accident, save others from being killed, etc.
I have seen no movie more often than this one...
The Big Lebowski
Director: Joel Coen
Cast: Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, John Turturro
The Coen Brothers! I don't have to say much about them, they're simply brilliant. Many people
liked their academy award winning Fargo better,
but in my opinion this movie is the Coen Brothers' masterpiece. Everybody in the movie is going
crazy, hunting for something that doesn't exist and acting based upon their rather limited information
about what is going on. The actor's are great, the dialogues hilarious (I was very deceived when I saw
it in German) and the music fits perfectly.
Invasion Of The Body Snatchers
Director: Don Siegel
Cast: Kevin McCarty, Dana Wynter, Larry Gates
This is my all-time favourite 50s horror movie. It is mainly seen as an allegory about
the McCarthy-era and the communism-phobia--but it is more: it's an intense and thrilling
movie about the fear to lose your soul, the fear to lose yourself.
There have been two remakes: Invasion Of The Body Snatchers
by Philip Kaufman from 1978 starring Donald Sutherland, Jeff Goldblum and Leonard Nimoy
with tuxedo appearances of Don Siegel and Kevin McCarthy. The plot
has been changed slightly compared to the original with the most obvious change being that
the people that were taken over start screaming when they notice a "normal" person. Whereas the original
has a sort of happy open end this version ends with the tragedy, even the protagonist got turned.
The third version is Body Snatchers by
Abel Ferrara from 1993. This version is closer to that from 1978 and places the whole plot on a military base.
Although it is the weakest of the three versions it is definitely worth watching.
Director: Fritz Lang
Cast: Alfred Abel, Gustav Fröhlich, Brigitte Helm, Rudolf Klein-Rogge
This is the godmother of all Science Fiction movies. Although (or rather because) it's a mute movie
it is much more expressive and fascinating than most movies made today.
If you should happen to have the Giorgio Moroder version just turn off the sound: the music
is not only horrible but it just doesn't fit the movie.