My number one is definitely Oldboy
. It's just so perfectly done. Ultimate Reality
(by Jimmy Joe Roche and Dan Deacon) is right up there, also. I probably watch both of those about once a month.
I just rewatched Aronofsky's Requiem for a Dream
the other night. That man knows how to work a camera. And a lot of Hitchcock's films were just incredible. Rear Window
was way too effective for its own good.
The visual effects and cinematography of The Fall
were amazing. Anybody that thought Avatar
had good special effects has never witnessed Tarsem Singh's Dali-esque hand at a camera. This is one of those films where it seems like nobody has heard of it, but it's something you need to watch, and experience, at least once in your life.
Lives of Others
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
should be the official movie of NP, as it's probably the nerdiest thing ever captured on film. Fight Club
is probably the one case where I thought the movie was actually better than the book (not that I don't love Palahniuk). And Eternal Sunshine
is just incredible. If you've never seen it, check out Palm's collection of Gondry's short form work. He's the type of guy that takes what you know about film and reconstructs it from finger paints and hypnagogia.