9. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
“Therefore what God has joined together, let no man put asunder.”
The ninth verse of the tenth chapter or Mark’s gospel is the go-to citation for anyone trying to Biblically justify the forbidding of divorce. At its heart the verse makes a lot of sense. As Christians we believe, to one extent or the other, that many of the significant turning points in our lives – choice of college, career path, marriage, etc. – are willed by God, individual breaks deliberately constructed into a path that is meant to lead to the fruition of His will for us. But removed from context, this verse has also been cited to induce shame, to bully weak minds and weaker hearts into submission and to ultimately justify greater evils, such as the acceptance of emotional and/or physical abuse, over lesser.
So, what happens when the words in that verse are flipped – “Therefore what God has put asunder, let no man put together”?
If you’ve heard about Jarod O’Flaherty’s new film My Son, it’s probably for one reason. The film is making headlines because it’s a Christian film produced by a church in Burleston, TX; a film the Motion Picture Association of America slapped with an “R” rating. The stir over such an anomaly has spread as far as the major news networks. The situation raises lots of questions. Should a Christian film be rated “R?” How should Christians respond to ratings? Is it a publicity stunt? Is the church that produced the film being persecuted? Is the film even worth seeing, and does it stand out from other Christian films? Or from other films at all?
10. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
First and foremost allow me to apologize for the incongruity between my introduction, with its implications of a list soon to follow, and the disappointing realization of what turned out to be a long delay. A recent move across state lines has occupied both my physical and mental energies for an extended period that has only recently come to cessation, but luckily the dust has settled just in time for Halloween, which makes for an unintended but serendipitous segue into the first entry into my Top Ten Favorite Films list, Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.
Let me put all my cards on the table. The Exorcist, the 1973 movie with all of that gushing pea soup, is my favorite movie of all time. But before you write me off as a demented lunatic or worse, I’d like the chance to tell you why that is. So please… sit down, try to relax. Grab a milkshake.
There’s something inherently and immediately enjoyable about lists. People are more inclined to spend the time to read a list with its easily digestible bites than they are an article with its in-depth eloquence and deliberate structure. While lists of the Top Ten Best This’s or Top Ten Worst That’s may have once been considered novelties or reserved for special occasions on websites in the past, internet lists are so often read that there are now entire websites dedicated to making lists. So, when Tyler asked the MTOL contributors if anyone wanted to tackle a Top Ten list inspired by his and Josh’s current stretch of minisodes, I jumped at the chance. But almost as soon as I agreed to write it, I began to wonder if I was capable of writing a worthwhile list.
In this minisode, Tyler discusses his experience with Leos Carax’s Holy Motors.
Let me start with one of my favorite jokes from The Simpsons. Homer Simpson, suspended severely high above the ground, folds his hands and says, “I’m not normally a praying man, but if you’re up there, please save me Superman!”
I read Twilight. Once. I also saw the first movie. After this, I and the franchise parted ways for mutually exclusive reasons that don’t need to be detailed here.
When I saw the trailers for Warm Bodies, my first thought was: “Oh… now zombies have a Twilight movie.” However, loving zombie films as much as I do and bolstered by a striking number of positive reviews, I gave it a viewing. And—cutting to the chase—I absolutely adored it.
I usually put together my top hundred every three years or so, but upon the recent revelation (yes, I recognize that it’s weird to have a revelation about one’s own tastes) that I have a new favorite film of all time after fifteen years of making this list, I thought it fitting to go through and make a whole new top hundred. Lots of new inclusions on this list, which I have starred (some of the starred films have been on the list in the past, but were not included in the 2012 list). Enjoy!
2. CITIZEN KANE
4. NIGHT OF THE HUNTER
5. 12 ANGRY MEN
6. BICYCLE THIEVES
8. THE LAST LAUGH
9. THE MALTESE FALCON
10. THE GENERAL