Joey V’s Top 50 Movies of All Time | 40 – 31

Joey V's Top 50 Movies of All time | 40 - 31The countdown continues! Here’s some of the basic thing that I think people have now realized about this Top 50

  • Weird things end up on a personal list
  • Some of these movies are actually kinda bad
  • The situations and memories that you have play a huge role in what you put on the list.

There are always going to be some odd choices on this list, and I tend not to shy away from that fact. What I’ve been happy to see though, is random people coming out and saying stuff like, “Man, I thought I was the only one to like that movie!” It’s nice to have people agree and disagree with picks. You end up connecting with people on a different level, and also get a greater understanding of what they personally like and dislike. It’s been a fun ride and I am happy to keep going now.

As I have said from the beginning, this list is my own personal list. I’m not here trying to tell you what the greatest 50 movies of all time are, in terms of quality. This is just a list of the movies that have affected and changed my life.

What you’ll quickly find out through this list, is that I have a pretty wide range of film appreciation. That is in huge part to my sister Susan, brother Mike, and brother-in-law Josh. They really helped shape this list, with exposing me to a ton of different movies through the years, even if I was really young and probably shouldn’t have watched them. Thanks everyone, you are the best for letting me watch Predator and Nightmare on Elm Street when I was four. =)

If you have any other questions about how this list got formed, please leave a comment down below, catch me on Twitter, or you can email me at joey@g33kwatch.com. Interested to see what everyone thinks about this list and would love a chance to talk it over.

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#40 – Tremors

Tremors (1990)

Tremors is just one of those movies that you know isn’t that good, but has to be present on this list. It’s a true B-Movie, a creature feature that some how convinced Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward to be apart of it.

The premise is very weird, but oddly simple. There are a number of weird creatures that live underground. They have no eyes, but are able to detect where people are using vibrations in the soil. These creatures, which the townfolk term “graboids”, start a reign of terror killing off the small town of Perfection, NV and learning as they go along. It’s up to blue collar handy men Valentine (Bacon) and Earl (Ward) to come up with a plan and save their friends.

Val & Earl - Original Blue Collar Comedy

We never find out where the Graboids came from, and that's a good thingWhile the movie is goofy, and the “graboids” are pretty ugly looking, Tremors is actually pretty effective at delivering it’s story. There is never any reveal on how these creatures ever came into being. The characters speculate on it, and come up with some really dumb ideas, but that answer is never given thankfully.

In addition, it has all the kinds of characters you would expect in a really small town in the middle of no where Nevada. There is the crazy, survivalist couple who like to shoot and collect guns, brilliantly played by Reba McEntire and Michael Gross. The general store owner Walter Chang (Victor Wong) who has a little bit of everything on his shelves and over charges for all of it. There’s the bored kids who don’t take any of it seriously, and even a young college student who tries to answer this using science but instead falls in love with Kevin Bacon.

Tremors is an easy, fun loving movie. It was one of my favorite go to films when I was a Great cast of misfit characterskid, and continues to be today as I’m older. Even better, is that if you like really terrible B-Movies, then check out Tremors 2, 3, 4 and even the Tremors TV show. As long as Michael Gross keeps coming back as Burt Gummer, or as Burt Gummer’s great great grandfather Hiram, then I’m going to keep watching.

 

#39 – Back to the Future

There’s really not much that I can say about Back to the Future that most of you wouldn’t already know. I may be going out on a limb, and I may be totally wrong, but I would assume that the vast majority of people that are reading this article, have watched the Back to the Future movies and probably enjoy them in some fashion. Perhaps that is me assuming far too much, but I’m willing to go out on that limb.

Back to the Future (1985)
Gotta make a time machine with some styleOn the small chance that you haven’t seen it, then I’ll give you the short break down. Marty McFly, one of Michael J. Fox’s best roles, is a typical high school kid in the 80s who wants to become a Rock & Roll musician. Everyone around him, his family, principal and town all think that he’s dreaming too big and got a real problem with being a slacker. Add to the mix, Marty is good friends with the town’s local crack pot, scientist Dr. Emmet Brown, who has a penchant for making really weird inventions that don’t seem useful.

That is, until Doc Brown turns a Delorean into a Time Machine.

From there, the movie opens up asDoc & Marty make a great team Marty accidentally takes the Delorean back in time to 1955 and seems to be stuck there. Making matters worse, Marty has interacted with the younger versions of his Mom and Dad. Now, Marty has to convince a young Doc Brown to help him get back to 1985, while also trying to make sure that his Mom & Dad fall in love to ensure that he isn’t erased from existence.

There are definitely some people who would be quick to point out that this version of time travel seems ludicrous and could never happen. Guess what smart people: No One Cares. The movie is total fun, and is easy to follow. It’s one of the only movies that when dealing with time travel, makes a distinct point of not only establishing a specific set of rules, following them, but also being able to effectively express those to the audience. That is something that storytellers are still having issues with these days, and yet Back to the Future still holds up well in that regard.

I decided it was better to embrace the Crispin Glover look I haveThis is also a movie that I have a special place with because kids used to try and make fun of me for it. Back in my younger days, I most certainly had a Crispin Glover kind of look going on. As Crispin Glover plays George McFly, the nerdy / geeky Dad of Marty, I would have assholes at school call me McFly and try and make fun of me. Very quickly though, I turned that into a positive spin. Oh, so I look like a guy from a movie who in the end gets the hot girl, writes a best selling novel, and gets to punch the school bully Biff in the face? Thanks? I don’t see where the insult is coming in there.

Regardless of that though, this movie is just a fantastic and fun adventure. It was an obvious choice for this list.

 

#38 – The Big Lebowski

The Big Lebowski (1998)
  • Released: 1998
  • Director: Joel & Ethan Coen
  • Studio: Working Title Films
  • Distributor: Gramercy Pictures
  • My Iconic Moment: Nobody Fucks With the Jesus

There is just something about the Coen Brothers that is controversial. Not in the sense that they talk about topics that have a wide range of emotions and opinions attached to it. No, not anything like. Rather, I have noticed that over the years, they are very polarizing in the movies they make and what people will respond to or appreciate.

For example, my wife Katie loves The Big Lebowski, is kinda lukewarm on Fargo & Raising Arizona, but hates O Brother, Where Art Thou? Obviously, if you like a particular movie you don’t need to like all the rest of their movies, but the Coen Brothers just never seem to have that same regard as other directors and writers. That particular quality that screams out, “Oh shit, it’s a new Coen Brothers movie, I need to go immediately!”

At least that is how it is with my circle of friends and family, your mileage may vary.

Sam Elliott as The Stranger, narrator for the storyRegardless of all that, The Big Lebowski is on my list just because of how absurd it is and how memorable the characters are. This is a movie that has a cowboy narrator, played by the fantastic Sam Elliott, even though the film takes place in 1998. It involves ferrets, nihilists, bowling, sex offenders, millionaires, iron lungs, modern art, vaginas, dream sequences, porn stars, and White Russian cocktails. It has so much going on, and in the end none of it even fucking matters. No seriously, the Coen Brothers wanted this complex movie with cool characters that in the end just kinda spun their wheels.

“We wanted to do a Chandler kind of story – how it moves episodically, and deals with the characters trying to unravel a mystery, as well as having a hopelessly complex plot that’s ultimately unimportant.” – Joel Coen

Jeff Bridges as The DudeIt is that kind of absurdity that allows The Big Lebowski to work. A defining role for Jeff Bridges who plays Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski, a simple man who just wants to go bowling while enjoying a White Russian. The Dude gets mistaken for a more different Jeffery Lebowski (David Huddleston), who happens to be a millionaire and who’s young wife (Tara Reid) Bunny is off around town stirring up trouble. Some tough guys from pron mogul Jackie Treehorn try and shake down The Dude for money, thinking he is the rich Lebowski. They even pee on his fucking rug man, to send a message.

Donny and Walter try and help The Dude out, even if Donny doesn't get to talk muchThe Dude goes to the rich Lebowski trying to get a new rug because of the whole mix up, but in the process gets completely embroiled in a weird kidnapping plot that involves Bunny and a group of Nihilists. Lebowski gets The Dude to deliver the ransom money to this Nihilists who believe in absolutely nothing, but the whole situation goes wonky and hilarity ensues. All the while, The Dude is getting some help and advice from his friends Donny (Steve Buscemi) and Walter Sobchak (John Goodman). Walter in particular, a Vietnam vet, keeps coming up with increasingly worse ideas on how to resolve the situation, while still keeping the bowling team on track for the next round robin.

VaginaI could try and tell you more about the movie, and I probably should considering Julianne Moore as Lebowski’s daughter Maude is hilarious, but there’s just so much going on in this cult classic. The only thing I can tell you is that if you haven’t seen it, you should give it a try. You may not like, and that’s ok. Then again, you may end up loving it on a really rabid level, like the fans who go to Lebowski Fest, or our friend Phil who translated the movie into an Epic Poem: Dudesong.

 

#37 – The Silence of the Lambs

  • Released: 1991
  • Director: Jonathan Demme
  • Studio: Orion Pictures
  • Distributor: Orion Pictures
  • My Iconic Moment: Lambs Screaming

I have never felt so uncomfortable and uneasy with just two people talking to each other on opposite sides of prison glass. Yet that is what The Silence of the Lambs does to you every time you watch Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) and Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) interact. This is a serial killer drama that is just oozing with drama, tension, and masterful performances. Even after so many years, the movie still holds up well.

Anthony Hopkins in his Oscar winning performance as Dr. Hannibal Lector

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Jodie Foster in her Oscar winning performance as Clarice StarlingThere’s a killer out there that goes by the name of Buffalo Bill. He is kidnapping girls and then skinning them in an attempt to make a wardrobe comprised of human skin. FBI agent Starling is put on the case, and seeks out the aid Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a former psychiatrist and incarcerated cannibalistic serial killer. Lecter helps out by profiling Buffalo Bill, trying to give clues to help out the investigation. Yet that is not what Lecter finds most interesting. Instead he spends his time trying to analyze Starling, figuring out what drove her to the FBI.

Buffalo Bill is fucking creepy manThere is the entire Buffalo Bill plot and him kidnapping the daughter of a US Senator, but none of that really matters. The dynamic that really drives the movie is the one between Starling and Lector. Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins both give phenomenal performances, earning them Oscars for Best Actress & Actor, as well as propelling Lambs to the Best Picture of the Year award.

TThe tension between Starling and Lector is fasincatinghere is a complex relationship on display between the two, one that begins with fear, and eventually leads to an infatuation. Starling knows that Lector is a psychopath, but yet she still comes to him for help and guidance, and even an odd friendship. For Lector, he is initially put off by Starling, but the more he learns about her, his emotions and concerns border on those of a father and a lover. There’s part of Lector that wants to love Starling, and as the movie goes on that tension grows and makes for some amazing scenes.

As I said, there’s a story here, and it’s a good one. Yet it’s the performances that define this movie, and lucky for us, Foster and Hopkins delivered in ways that are some of the best we’ve ever seen.

 

#36 – Batman

Batman (1989)
  • Released: 1989
  • Director: Tim Burton
  • Studio: PolyGram Filmed Entertainment
  • Distributor: Warner Bros
  • My Iconic Moment: Party Man in the Museum

When I was first writing up this list, I had put three different Batman related movies on the side. They weren’t yet in the Top 50, but I knew that one of them was going to get in. I had to go through a long process before I could decide whether Tim Burton’s first Batman film, Batman Begins, or The Dark Knight were going to grace this list. While I have nothing but the upmost respect for Christopher Nolan as a director, I have other films of his that will be higher up on the list.

To me, when I think back on my childhood, the 1989 Tim Burton directed version of Batman is the one that I keep going back to.

Michael Keaton made for a great Batman

Jack Nicholson really had fun playing as The JokerTim Burton, in my humble opinion, brought the right amount of dark grit and over the top comic book action to Batman. The Nolan films are totally awesome in their own ways, but there’s just something timeless about the Burton version. Michael Keaton does well at playing both Batman and Bruce Wayne, and Jack Nicholson is just having a blast playing The Joker. Kim Basinger also does a very good job as Vicki Vale, and as good as Michael Caine is, Robert Wuhl’s portrayal of Alfred is the best of all time.

Finally, the Star Wars fan in me wanted to remind everyone that Billy Dee Williams plays Harvey Dent. That’s fucking awesome.

Gotham City never looked dirter and more rightI think the biggest thing for me is that Gotham City feels right in this film. With Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, it just looks like any other dingy part of town. With Batman, the art deco architecture, coupled with Victorian and Gothic tones, really makes Gotham feel like a character onto itself. It gives a sense of plausibility that a crazy villain like the Joker would be feasible, and it also feels like a real place where a young Bruce Wayne would be molded into the eventual superhero Batman.

Fantastic Shot

 

#35 – Kill Bill Volume 2

  • Released: 2004
  • Director: Quentin Tarantino
  • Studio: Miramax Films
  • Distributor: Miramax Films
  • My Iconic Moment: Superman Monologue

I have been a Tarantino lover and defender for awhile now. Seen all of his movies, and have enjoyed all of them immensely. That being said, the film / films that I always go back to when I want to watch his brand of directing, are Kill Bill & Kill Bill Vol. 2. Originally this was supposed to be one long movie, but it then got split into two. This allowed Tarantino to not cut meaningful scenes, and allow certain situations to naturally evolve.

Bill & The Bride have unfinished business

Kill Bill Volume 2 (2004)
The Deadly Vipers about to assassinate The BrideBoth of the movies are great, and it can be difficult to choose which one is better. For me though, there are just more iconic scenes and performances in Vol. 2 that put it over the top. For those who don’t know or remember or know what happened in the first Kill Bill let me give you the cliff notes. Uma Thurman plays The Bride, a woman who is gunned down and in a coma after a bunch of assassins kill everyone on the day of her rehearsal wedding. The Bride used to be a member of that assassin squad, but ran away once she became pregnant with their leader’s baby. That leader, is appropriately enough, named Bill, and The Bride goes out to seek revenge on him and the rest of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad. In the first movie, The Bride has a samurai sword forged for her by legendary maker Hattori Hanzo, and is able to two of the five members.

David Carradine is finally shown oThe Bride training under Pai Mein screen as the mastermind Bill, and the opening sequence is so memorable and brutal. We get to watch and find out why Bill is trying to kill the Bride, and also get to see the deed carried out. After that though, the movie is just filled with memorable moments. Bill trying to convince his brother Bud (Michael Madsen) to protect himself. A flashback of The Bride training to learn Kung-Fu from master Pai Mei. Epic sword duel between The Bride and Elle (Daryl Hannah). All culminating in the final confrontation with Bill himself.

David Carradine is spectacular as BillLike all other Tarantino films, the dialogue is of the highest quality. It’s fun, entertaining, and even thought provoking. I also appreciate that not everything is laid out for the viewer. There are things that Tarantino alludes to, but allows you to fill in the blanks. It’s a process that demands repeat viewings as you hope to find new clues trying to decipher it all. Things like why Bill and Bud no longer get along, why Bud allows himself to work in a shitty job and get talked down to, how The Bridge got mixed up with Bill in the first place, etc.

You could watch Vol. 2 as a stand alone movie, but I would obviously not suggest it. You should watch Kill Bill as a whole, because the entire story has a really great and fantastic arc.

 

#34 – Unbreakable

Unbreakable (2000)
  • Released: 2000
  • Director: M. Night Shyamalan
  • Studio: Blinding Edge Pictures
  • Distributor: Touchstone Pictures
  • My Iconic Moment: This is a piece of art

To see just how hated and vilified M. Night Shyamalan has become, it can be easy to forget that the writer / director has made some truly remarkable movies. Some movies that will go down as the best ever made. Shyamalan obviously go ta lot recognition for The Sixth Sense, and while that is a fine film, it’s Unbreakable that really stands out to me.

Simply put, Unbreakable is the greatest superhero movie ever made. Yes you read that write.

Best. Superhero Movie. Ever.

Bruce Willis is not over the top in this film, like he is in Die HardBruce Willis plays David Dunn, a lowly security guard for a local Philadelphia college who not only survives a terrible train crash, but is also completely unscathed from it. There is not a single bruise or scratch on him, whereas the rest of the passengers are either horribly injured or killed.

This news reaches Elijah Price, played by Samuel L. Jackson. Elijah suffers from Type I osteogenesis imperfecta, a rare disease in which bones break easily. He is also an art dealer who specializes in the artwork of Comic Books / Graphic Novels. When he sees Dunn walk away from the train accident, he believes that this may mean that Dunn is unbreakable. This ability could allow Dunn to be a modern day superhero. This obviously sounds ridiculous to Dunn, but as the movie goes on things start to line up.

Dunn begins to remember that he has never been injured in his life, that he can bench press Sammy L. with another killer performancealmost any weight, and that he even has the ability to see visions of when bad things are going to happen. Yet he can’t be a superhero, he can’t seem to swim and is supremely susceptible to drowning. Elijah thinks that water is simply his weakness, his kryptonite. Elijah believe he can help set Dunn onto the path of becoming a hero, and the majority of the movie is working towards Dunn finally becoming one.

Also, the ending is brilliant. Yes it’s a twist, as Shyamalan is apt to do, but man is it a doozy and one that I don’t think a lot of people saw coming. Unbreakable is expertly shot, cleverly written, and has just the right pacing to it. If you have never seen it, then I implore you to do so. You will not regret it.

 

#33 – Rocky IV

There are movies that no matter what you are doing, regardless of where you are, if you see this movie is on TV then you have to stop everything and watch it. Rocky IV is one of those movies for me. Rocky IV is stupid good, in that it’s good but in the most pandering way. Truth be told, there really isn’t much to this movie. It has maybe three to four acts, depending on how you look at it, and the boxing is not realistic at all.

Developed during the Cold War, Rocky Balboa continues to be the Boxing heavyweight champion of the world. He’s the best, and everyone knows it. That’s where Russia comes in with Ivan Drago, played by the imposing Dolph Lundgren. Drago is a mountain of a man, pure muscle, and has been seemingly bred by the Soviets to be the perfect boxing machine.

Rocky IV (1985)
Apollo had style manWhile Rocky is enjoying the fruits of being rich and famous, his former rival now turned friend Apollo Creed, is getting older and trying to prove he still has what it takes. Apollo agrees to fight Drago in an exhibition match in Las Vegas. This fight is completely over the top in it’s American Patriotism, with Apollo dressing like Uncle Sam, James Brown singing “Living in America” and just displaying the total excess that America has become known and hated for. Apollo has Rocky in his corner, and tells him that no matter, do not throw in the white towel, regardless of how he is doing. That ultimately leads to Drago overpowering Apollo, and beating him so savagely in the ring that Apollo dies.

Rocky, completely distraught with the death ofCold War Boxing, Baby! his friend, agrees to fight Drago in the Soviet Union on Christmas Day. He does this for absolutely no money, he just wants to fight and get revenge for Apollo. What follows is a five minute montage and music video with Rocky trying to clear his head with everything that is happening. That’s what Sylvester Stallone wants you to think, but in reality it’s just an excuse to splice in movie clips from the last three movies without having to film anything new. He would never admit that, but come on. This montage is an entire song in the middle of a major motion picture!

Training in the snow, so badassAfter that though, Rocky goes to Russia to train, and that is followed by ANOTHER montage, which is up above as my iconic moment from the film. That’s how epic this movie is. It has multiple montages to show you just how over the top and 80s it is. After all of that, we finally get to the epic fight between Rocky and Ivan. I don’t think I’m spoiling anything when I say that early on Rocky gets the shit beat out of him, so much so that he sees starts seeing triple, but eventually his resilience and determination help him beat Drago. Oh yeah, and the people of Russia begin to chant his name and show their support for him.

I’m no expert on the Cold War, but Rocky beats Ivan ... Spoilerssomething tells me that would never happen. We didn’t exactly shower the Russian Olympic Hockey team with praise before the Miracle of Ice happened. None the less, this movie just scratches that itch I have for emotional drama, sports, rooting for the underdog, and having an amazing soundtrack.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to compose myself as I started tearing up watching all of this video clips!

 

#32 – Seven

Seven (1995)
  • Released: 1995
  • Director: David Fincher
  • Studio: New Line Cinema
  • Distributor: New Line Cinema
  • My Iconic Moment: Sloth

This is the movie that personally started my love affair with director David Fincher. To be completely fair, I did see Alien 3 when I was a kid, but I didn’t know that was him directing it until way later. Also, Alien 3 is a fairly good movie, but it’s no Aliens. So when you are a kid, you just aren’t ready to lose your shit over a director when their first major motion picture is a sequel to one of the best sci-fi action films ever.

Brad Pitt & Morgan Freeman are stellar in this film

Brad Pitt really showed his acting range in SevenSeven, or Se7en if you want to follow the original marketing, is such a monumental movie that helped launch / sustain so many different careers. Obviously this movie gave Fincher the clout to show that he really had what it takes to be a top flight director in the industry. In my mind, it is this movie and not Interview with a Vampire, that propels Brad Pitt to stardom. Previous to this he had done some period pieces and some films where he looks good for women, but nothing really substantial. Vampire was a good movie, but it falls into that period piece and Tom Cruise really steals that movie. Seven really gave Pitt the time to shine.

The other person it gave a spotlight on was surprisingly Gwyneth Paltrow. She’s not in the movie much, but this was her first major movie and she hasn’t looked back since. Morgan Freeman was already established as a great actor. Seven doesn’t do anything but re-affirm that fact. R. Lee Ermey as the police captain does a great job of proving he has more range than just being the Drill Sargent from Full Metal Jacket. Finally, hot off his break out performance as Verbal Kint in The Usual Suspects, Kevin Spacey comes in and is inspiring as serial killer John Doe. He doesn’t have much air time, but man does he make it count.

Now that I have drooled over how good everyone is in this movie, let me give you the quick The murders get more grotesque and elaborateelevator pitch for those who have never seen it. In a never named major city, there is a serial killer murdering people based on the seven deadly sins. It is up to a grizzled veteran detective (Freeman) and a rookie cop trying to make a difference (Pitt) to try and track him down. As the film goes on, the murders become more elaborate and thought provoking, asking the viewer who the real villain is. Is it the serial killer, or are the people he murders so vile that perhaps he’s justified in doing so?

I didn't know Spacey was in this film first time I saw it.  Was shocked!As hallmarks of Fincher’s directorial style, the cinematography and camera angles are all top notch. You are in the action, and you see things in this movie from such a unique perspective that you are always on edge about what is going to happen, even in broad daylight. What’s also masterful in this film is the dialogue. The conversations between Freeman and Pitt are some of the best scenes I have ever seen in film, leading to some thought provoking moments that just don’t happen in cinema. Their conversation on apathy is one of these, as well as Kevin Spacey’s psychotic but honest discussion on how disgusting the world can be.

Seven is both beautiful and horrifying to look at, and it touches on topics that are just so damn powerful. It raises questions that you should ask and answer yourself, even if the answers are obvious. Go watch this movie, it very well may change your outlook on the world.

 

#31 – The Usual Suspects

The motion picture industry is a really amazingly moving medium of entertainment. When done properly any form of media can change your life, whether it be film, game, music, book or anything else. For some reason though, I feel like film can do so in such a real and decisive manner. In a matter of 2-3 hours, a movie can show you so much of life that it changes how you look and feel about the world. I know that this may sound a tad bit over dramatic, but I’m really serious about this phenomenon.

The Usual Suspects (1995)
My undying love for Kevin Spacey start with The Usual SuspectsThe Usual Suspects affected me in that way. I remember watching it as a young and dumb twelve year old and being amazed that movies could surprise you like that. I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that The Usual Suspects completely took me by surprise and the twist ending just floored me. It wasn’t just some random thing that director Bryan Singer pulled out of his ass, but instead it was a well thought out plan that he had been building up to for 95% of the film.

That ending still gives me goosebumps.

It’s been well established through the An underrated and well put together ensemble castyears that this movie has one of the best endings of all time, but let’s not do a disservice and forget about the fantastic build up that precedes it. An amazing, and very underrated, ensemble cast with the likes of Gabriel Bryne, Stephen Baldwin, Kevin Pollock, Benicio Del Toro, Chazz Palminteri, and Kevin Spacey in his breakout role. Expertly written script by Christopher McQuarrie, whom you know I love due to his work on Way of the Gun. All brought together by a younger Bryan Singer, before he became wildly known as the director of the good X-Men movies.

Great camera work by Bryan Singer as wellWith all of that being said, and even with Spacey’s justified Oscar winning performance, to me the most important factor that makes the movie come together is the chemistry that Spacey, Bryne, Del Toro, Pollock and Baldwin have together as this band of criminals. If that fell flat, then the entire movie would crumble and the twist ending would never have been pulled off. The scene that really solidifies that is the Lineup. The story goes that everyone on the set was so close, and so into character, that they set out to prove to director Bryan Singer that he couldn’t control them. The Lineup was supposed to be a very tense scene, with seasoned professional criminals all in the same room together, bored that they had to be questioned. Yet no matter what Singer said or did, he just could not get the actors to take it seriously.

The Lineup is an immensely important sceneThat is where the brilliance comes in. The actors were fully portraying the bored, dismissive attitude that these criminals would have. To really accent that, Benicio Del Toro pulled out all the stops with his performance. The bit where he speaks with the thick, indecipherable accent, was not written into the script. Del Toro’s annoyance is genuine, as is McQuarrie who is off camera and asks him to repeat the line in English, not having any clue as to what Del Toro just said. In addition to that, Del Toro just kept farting the entire scene, and because of that all of the other actors start laughing. The pushing match he has with Baldwin wasn’t in the script, it’s all from him just farting way too much.

It’s a weird story to tell, and a weird reason to like a movie so much, but it just reinforces how tight knit the actors were on this movie. That really shines through in each and every scene, and make this one of the best movies I have ever seen in my life.

 

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