I had a truly enjoyable evening last night with my wife and a couple of friends eating expensive cheese, drinking Martinelli's, discussing Charles Williams, and watching Terrence Malik's "Tree of Life." Now I have loved Malik's work since I saw the "The Thin Red Line" between the end of high school and the beginning of college. It was the first movie that really opened me up to the potential film has as a vehicle for discourse. I don't think "The Thin Red Line" did that just for me either. Many of the young
Where am I going with this? Several years ago, I posted a list of my three favourite books. I love reading and have no qualms about giving my opinion on almost any book under the sun. In the matter of film, however, I'm far less of an expert and I've often, though certainly not always, hung back when it comes to commenting on that field of artistic endeavour. Malik has inspired me now, and I think it's finally time I take a stab at listing my favourite films. So, without further ado, here it goes:
I think I'll leave it there for now. I might want to add "Labyrinth" or "The Dark Crystal." "Gladiator" has been a favorite since college and I do think something ought to be said for the original Star Wars series and "Raiders of the Lost Ark." Then again, what about "Band of Brothers" or "The Seven Samurai." They're all worthy choices, but I think I'll still stick with the two above. I may not watch these films very often, but they're the ones I keep returning to.