Sunday, February 14, 2010

545 - You Aught to Know - Dylan Venneman

1. 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days, Cristian Mungiu, 2007

The film resists taking sides and presents us with a harrowing experience one woman (and her friend) must go through in 1980’s Romania. Absolutely haunting and beautiful. Prepare yourself to be shaken to the core.

2. Crash, Paul Haggis, 2005

Despite its many detractors, I still weep every time I see this movie. It may be heavy handed, but it’s effective. Watch the scene where Matt Dillon rescues Thandie Newton from her burning car and tell me I’m wrong.

3. Sideways, Alexander Payne, 2004

4. Let the Right One In, Tomas Alfredson, 2008

This film boils down to a love shared between a young boy and girl (who happens to be a vampire). It gets right what so many adult love stories get wrong.

5. United 93, Paul Greengrass, 2006

Whether people felt it was too soon or not, this film needed to be made.

6. King Kong, Peter Jackson, 2005

That a film could make me care so much for a CGI character is impressive. Not only that, it’s the pinnacle of what popcorn movies can and should be.

7. Mysterious Skin, Gregg Araki, 2004

8. Lost In Translation, Sofia Coppola, 2003

9. Amelie, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2001

The combination of Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Audrey Tautou can do no wrong in this lovely tale of a girl helping others and finding love in Paris. Like the fictionalized version of Man on Wire – it makes you want to live life to the fullest.

10. There Will Be Blood, Paul Thomas Anderson, 2007

Aside from Paul Thomas Anderson being an amazing director, Daniel Day-Lewis delivers one of the best performances of his career.

Dylan Venneman works in the entertainment industry and has appeared in a film you might recognize.

Next time on You Aught to Know: Ryan Droste

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