"I don't take the movies seriously, and anyone who does is in for a headache." --Bette Davis (Opinions Expressed Are My Own)
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Top 100 Films of the Last 50 Years (1960-2010) - Finale
1. The Godfather (1972) - Well it has been a long journey since May to countdown my personal 100 favortie films of the last half century. But we have made it to the grand finale. Of all the films in the last half century, there are very few that have even been close to perfect movies, with the exception of one. The Godfather wasn't just close to perfect, it was the perfect movie. Now for some of you this will be seen as a conventional choice, plucked from multiple lists of every critic, organization, or blogger who has taken on a similar task to mine. And it is completely understandable that some of you will roll your eyes and make the ever-popular statement, "Of course!" But I will not let your sighs of discontent make me waiver. Love it or hate it The Godfather truly is the best of the them all. True, when watching it patience is truly a virtue, but if you are willing to hold on, willing to commit the time and effort to watch every move, hear every line, see every facial expression and long gaze, it will be well worth your wait, because you will be greatly rewarded with a timeless crime epic. The lengths that Coppola goes to in order to characterize these individuals is stunning, and something that is simply not seen in cinema nowadays. He takes us on a jorney of transformation, of family, of revenge, and we see the clash of the the old-fashioned way and the new way of living your life. We see cultures collide, and we see characters who deal with the consequences of their actions and of these changes in their own way. It doesn't hurt that some of the greatest actors of all time, including Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall, and Diane Keaton, populate the screen, because it takes a disciplined and talented individual to create one of these dynamic and complicated characters. So I hope that if you haven't yet seen The Godfather that you will take a patience pill, sit down with some popcorn and a lot of caffeine and take the time to view this classic, to absorb this masterful creation. I think that once you do, you too will realize that this movie is quite simply the best.