#IMDBrandon last night was #84 on the list, 1962's Lawrence of Arabia. The amount of 3+ hour movies on this list leads me to two theories: 1) the long runtime allows filmmakers the space needed to tell a story better than you can with less time. 2) these movies get high votes because so few people have the endurance to watch and vote for these long movies, therefore giving them higher user scores because they are people who like watching long movies...it is probably the former but just had to rant a bit about these long movies. This one felt very long. It was great, but very very long. I had seen a scene or two before from this film by David Lean, but never had any desire to watch the entire thing. I'm glad I did though as it was very beautiful to look at and not at all what I thought it would be about. There are definitely some white savior problematic things going on, but overall it's a film about racism and colonialism/imperialism. At times I wasn't sure if the filmmaker or writer were trying to take a pro-imperialist stance, but I don't think it was that at all. It was about this white man, Lawrence, trying to unite warring Arab factions in order to resist British and French imperialsm. Also while watching this film I was noticing a different subtext, one rooted in homosexuality. At first I thought I was just imagining a gay subtext as I sometimes find myself doing (Ben-Hur and The Jungle Book to name a couple of examples) but then I did some research and at the very least found I am not alone in that discovery. Though it is never explicitly stated, Lawrence seems to be a gay man in the early 1900s who cannot be who he wants to be. Though they try to relate this idea a lot to race, I think it is trying to talk about his desire to be openly gay. Whether that is true or not it certainly made this long movie more interesting to watch, trying to read between the lines and watch for non-verbal clues. As I said, this was a very beautiful movie and very beautifully shot. I didn't research to see if it was filmed on location, but for the time period that is doubtful. However, it was made so beautifully it looked to be that way. Great performances & movie
30-Day Movie Challenge, Day 23
Favorite Character in Any Movie: Obi-Wan Kenobi
Dammit, Movie Challenge. Questions like this aren't easy for me with so many amazing characters out there! But I suppose at the moment, I can do no better or worse than old Obi-Wan. While the Skywalkers are definitely the central figures of Star Wars, Obi-Wan is just as integral and dynamic, as we get to see a long trajectory from eager student to flawed master, a dear friend to Anakin who was forced to do the unimaginable. Old Ben, you're the best.
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After watching the excellent Mindhorn the other night it got me thinking about the best comedic performances, not necessarily the best comedy film. I'm talking actors that took their role to another level of hilarious. Feel free to play along. Here are my Top 5. Had to leave amazing performances out as a result but here they are:
5. Christopher Guest as Nigel Tufnel, the guitarist in Spinal Tap. Guest takes on the role of the stupid idiotic guitarist in one of the funniest mockumentaries of all time. The majority of the hilarious scenes feature Nigel Tufnel and elevate the film to '11'.
4. Alec Guinness plays all 8 family member in this classic comedy crime film. He's seriously brilliant as each of the D'Ascoyne family members, even including Lady Agatha.
3. Julian Barratt as Mindhorn. His comedy genius oozes from every pore in this hilarious soon to be modern day classic comedy. His physical comedic performance is truly cheek achingly good.
2. Eddie Murphy plays Kit & Jiff Ramsey in Bowfinger. Probably Murphy's last great comedic performance and it's a cracker as he plays two characters. The film star Kit and his mentally simple brother Jiff. Brilliant!
1. Steve Martin as Navin Johnson in The Jerk. Martin plays the idiotic naive Navin to perfection and has me in stitches everytime I watch him in The Jerk. We follow the simpleton who thinks he's black on his crazy silly adventure to St. Louis by hitch hiking to the end of his garden fence, gets his first job at a petrol station only to be chased by 'exploding cans' and invents the opti-grab, to name but a few classic Martin scenes. #top5#topcomedyperformances#comedyfilms#comedy#christopherguest#alecguinness#julianbarratt#eddiemurphy#stevemartin#film#movies @hmv_leeds