Monday, January 25, 2010

526 - You Aught to Know - Ryan Toppin

1. 3:10 to Yuma, James Mangold, 2007

2. The Dark Knight, Christopher Nolan, 2008

3. Million Dollar Baby, Clint Eastwood, 2004

4. The Prestige, Christopher Nolan, 2006

5. WALL-E, Andrew Stanton, 2008

6. Across the Universe, Julie Taymor, 2007

When I first heard of the concept for this movie, I was intrigued, certain that it would be either amazing or terrible. Luckily, it was the former. Repurposing Beatles' songs to help tell a story, the plot flows better than other musicals which have music written just to tell the story. While it drags slightly in scenes surrounding the acid trip sequence, I almost feel it's intentional. I couldn't imagine a greater cinema tribute to one of the most influential bands of the century

7. I Heart Huckabees, David O. Russell, 2004

8. The Last Samurai, Edward Zwick, 2003

What a ridiculous movie, and yet I love it so much. The premise is fairly ridiculous but I don't go to movies expecting perfect historical accuracy, I go to be entertained and if it's good enough a film can go ahead and have a message behind the magic. In the end this is one is about the romance of a previous age and the corruption of an evolving society's disregard for its roots.

9. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Peter Jackson, 2002

10. Amélie, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2001

Ryan Toppin is a Minneapolis based writer and part-time debt collector. He uses violence when only absolutely necessary or entertaining.

Previously on You Aught to Know: 40-41

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