Monday, January 13, 2014

Perflix of The Day

Once in a while I come across a movie that I think to myself "wow, now that was a perfect movie".  I usually make that comment to my wife and she gives me a quizzical look.  It's not something I can easily put my finger on, but it's how certain movies make me feel.  I guess I would characterize the feeling as complete and utter satisfaction similar to the feeling after you've eaten a great meal.  Or the feeling you get after giving a presentation or performance and thinking "nailed it!" - pure elation.  Another simile would be a perfect classic car model that you think to yourself "why didn't they just stop there?".

If I find myself annoyed by a segment of the film or a character, it's out.  If I find myself trying to find holes in the plot, or wondering and doubting about it - basically any thoughts of how it could've been better - it's out.  If I don't have the immediate sense that I want to watch it again, it ain't making the list.  If I'm thinking about it for days, weeks, months after watching it, it's probably on this list - I have been moved in some way.

I'm sure there is a way to quantify and characterize it more scientifically, and perhaps I will figure it out someday.  One thing I'm convinced of is there is some secret sauce to what makes a perfect film.  Until I figure it out, it is just an innate feeling for me.  Some may not agree with my selections and this list is by no means complete - it's mostly contemporary.  It's simply what I've been putting in my iPhone notes for a couple years and I finally came around to putting it out there (after watching Warm Bodies last night).  Consider this a first installment.  There are more that I will certainly be reminded of and feel free to make recommendations.

There are many great films (please don't be offended if your favorites aren't listed); these are just the ones that gave me that giddy feeling that I had just witnessed something, well, perfect.  Enjoy!

In no particular order:
  1. Alien
  2. Top Gun
  3. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
  4. The Road
  5. Warm Bodies
  6. The Shining
  7. School of Rock
  8. Say Anything
  9. Hi Fidelity
  10. Fight Club
  11. Risky Business
  12. Star Wars
  13. Brokeback Mountain
  14. Animal House
  15. Jerry McGuire
  16. Silver Linings Playbook
  17. Dallas Buyers Club
  18. Raiders of the Lost Ark
  19. No Country for Old Men
  20. Tangled

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