My favorite films

Anil Mitra, Copyright © July 2008



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American History X, Edward Norton

Apocalypse Now, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall

Basic, John Travolta, Connie Nielsen, Samuel Jackson

Believer, The, Ryan Gosling
Tight; moving

Bend it Like Beckham, Director Gurminder Chaddha

Beyond Rangoon, Patricia Arquette

Black Robe, Lothaire Bluteau, Aden Young, Director Bruce Beresford

Blade Runner, Harrison Ford, Edward James Olmos, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Daryl Hannah

Bourne Identity, The, Matt Damon

Breaker Morant, Bryan Brown
A favorite; no music

Breakin’, Michael Chambers, Ben Lokey

Bridge over the River Kwai, Alec Guiness, William Holden

Bring it On, Eliza Dushku

Chasing Liberty, Mandy Moore, Matthew Goode

Civil Brand, Lisa Raye, N’Bushe Wright, Monica Calhoun, DeBrat, Mos Def, MC Lyte

Cold Mountain, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman

Collateral Damage, Arnold Schwarzeneger

Crying Game, The, Forrest Whittaker, Jaye Davidson

Dancer Upstairs, the, Director John Malkovich
Set in an unspecified Latin American nation; I enjoyed this a lot despite the final twist that stretches the imagination

Dances With Wolves, Kevin Costner, Graham Green, Wes Studi
Wes Studi, is magnificent as the angry Indian; he is also Magwa in Last of the Mohicans and Geronimo in Geronimo

Das Boot, Dir. Wolfgang Petersen

Destination Vegas, Jennifer Sommerfield

English Patient, The, Juliet Binoche

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Jim Carrey, Kate Winslett

Fast Runner, The, Director Zacharias Kunuk, Natar Ungalaaq, Sylvia Ivalu
Slow moving but wonderful; about ‘traditional’ Inuit life

Fog of War, The, Director Errol Morris
On Robert S. McNamara, war, rationality and the nature of history

Gandhi, Ben Kingsley

Geronimo, Wes Studi, Jason Patrick, Matt Damon, Gene Hackman
Perhaps my favorite movie of the South West

Gladiator, Russell Crowe

Godfather, The, Marlon Brando

Gross Anatomy, Matthew Modine, Daphne Zuniga, Christine Lahti

Helen of Troy, Brad Pitt

Hero, Jet Li, Zhang Ziyi

Hidalgo, Viggo Mortensen

Himalaya, Director Eric Valle, Thilem Lhondup, Written, Nathalie Azoulai, Olivier Dazat
Beautiful; about traditional life in the Himalay; and about ‘human nature’

Honey, Jessica Alba

House of Sand and Fog, Ben Kingsley, Jennifer Connelly

Hulk, Director Ang Lee, Jennifer Connelly

Hunt for Red October, The, Sean Connery

Hunted, Tommy Lee Jones, Benicio del Torro

I Dreamt of Africa, Kim Basinger

I enjoyed Kevin Costner’s Dances with Wolves but find Black Robe more true

I’ll be There, in Wales, Craig Ferguson

I’m Not Scared, Director Gabriele Salvatores

In America, Samantha Morton, Djimon Hounshou

In Hell, Jean Claude van Damme

Into the Void, Dir. Kevin McDonald

Jail Breakers, Antonio Sabatu, Shannen Doherty

Japanese Story, Toni Collette, Gotaro Tsunashima

Jesus of Montreal, Lothaire Bluteau

Killing Fields, The, John Malkovich

Last of the Mohicans, The, Daniel Day Lewis, Wes Studi
Has one of my favorite romantic scenes – Hawkeye and his girl under the stars on the night before battle

Last Samurai, The, Tom Cruise

Lawrence of Arabia, Peter O’Toole, Omar Sharif, Alec Guiness

Local Boys, Director Ron Moler, Eric Christian Olsen, Jeremy Sumpter

Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Viggo Mortensen

Lost in Tranlation, Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson

Magdalene Sisters, Dir. Robert Altman

Man on Fire, Denzel Washington

Maria Full of Grace, Catalina Sandino Moreno

Master and Commander: the Far Side of the World, Russell Crowe

Mission, The, Robert deNiro

Monster, Charlize Theron

Mount Kailash: Return to Tibet, Director Tom Vendetti

My House in Umbria, Director Richard Loncraine

Mystic River, Sean Penn

No Way Out, Kevin Costner

Nowhere in Africa, Director Caroline Link

On the Waterfront, Marlon Brando
Definitely a favorite male actor

Open Range, Director Kevin Costner, Robert Duvall, Kevin Costner

Out of Time, Denzel Washington

Paris is Burning, Pepper LaBeija, Willi Ninja

Passion of Christ, The, Dir. Mel Gibson

Passion of Christ, The, Director Mel Gibson

Patriot, The, Mel Gibson

Point Break, Keanu Reeves, Gary Busy
A favorite surfer film; I have tended to love films about surfing

Raiders of the Lost Ark, Harrison Ford

Razor’s Edge, The, Bill Murray

Read My Lips, Fr. Eng. Sub, Emmanuelle Devos

Romper Stomper, Russell Crowe, 1992

Runaway Jury, John Cusack, Gene Hackman, Rachel Weisz

Saltmen of Tibet, The, Director Ulrike Koch

Salvador, James Woods, Jim Belushi

Seven Years in Tibet, Brad Pitt

Shawshank Redemption, The, Morgan Freeman, Tim Robbins

Singer Upstairs, The, Director John Malkovich

Skins, Graham Green, Eric Schweig

Sleeping Dictionary, The, Hugh Dancey, Jessica Alba, Emily Mortimer

Soldier’s Girl, Troy Garity, Lee Pace
Violence to minorities is not always bigoted and may be a disturbed acting out of jealousy and social conflict

Star Wars, Dir. George Lucas, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

Stateside, Rachel Leigh Cook

Stigmata, Patricia Arquette

Sure Thing, The, Director Rob Reiner, John Cusack

Under Fire, Nick Nolte, Gene Hackman

Under the Tuscan Sun, Diane Lane, Sandre Oh, Vincent Riota

Universal Soldier: The Return, Jean Claude van Damme, Heidi Schanz

Urban Cowboy, John Travolta, Debra Winger

Veronica Guerin, Cate Blanchett

View From the Top, Gwynneth Paltrow

Viva Zapata, Marlon Brando
At one time this was my favorite film

Water’s Edge, Chandra West, Emanuelle Vaugier

We Were Soldiers, Mel Gibson, Madeleine Stow, Greg Kinnear, Sam Elliot

Whale Rider, Keisha Castle-Hughes

Willi does a remarkable imitation of an insect in his dance – this is intended as praise

Winchester 73, James Stewart, Shelley Winters

Wind that shakes the barley, The, Cillian Murphy

Y tu Mama Tambien, Diego Luna

You Got Served, Marquez Houston, Omari Grandberry, Jennifer Freeman

I enjoy…

There’s a certain kind of high – the vision of the world, as a place of endless blue, of exquisite potential. It is the ‘inner film’ as much as what’s on screen; the meaning and passion of the viewer is more important, by far, than the critical reviews and fashion. I rather dislike genres as genres – but here and there this or that film appeals to me for some or other reason. I don’t care for some genres: horror, film noire, oldies, movies like Pulp Fiction – I liked Resevoir Dogs, most things related to Mike Myers and Leonardo DiCaprio… I often like chick and adolescent flicks, anything with good dancing in it…

Films I want to see – 2008

Are We There Yet, Ice Cube, Aleisha Allen

Citizen Kane, Dir. Orson Welles

Constantine, Keanu Reeves, Rachel Weisz

Diary of a Mad Black Woman, Kimberly Elise, Shemar Moore

Meet the Fockers, Robert de Niro, Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, Barbara Streisand

Revolution Will Not be Televisedk, The, By Kim Bartley and Donnacha O’Brien
The last seven months of charismatic Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez

Statement, The, Michael Caine