I have many obsessions. Whether its Patti Smith, stitching onto my clothes, collage, chocolate or art galleries; one of my longest running is watching movies! I used to beg my local video store owner for a job every time I went in there, which as you may gather was very often! It seemed like the shiniest, coolest job ever to be able to watch and talk about movies alll day.
I'm still guilty of being addicted to going to the movies, although it doesn't feel like such an unhealthy obsession since I share it with my husband and equal movie freak Nic! I must admit even though we appreciate a great well made film our noses are not snubbed up when it comes to doing a last minute dash to the cinema. First for a game of air hockey, then straight to the trashiest action flick out! Its the experience just to sit in those squishy stained seats with our feet on the row in front, eat chocolate, give our 10/10 ratings to previews and then froth out and immerse ourselves in the film!
This blog is titled after a great director Robert Rodriguez. He makes "to do lists" of epic projects from learning the guitar to turning that screenplay he wrote into a film. Its a list that is always seen done called the "HIT LIST". I have created a my own version of a "Hit List" for you! its a "if you have not seen any of the films below you need to get watching HIT LIST!"
All the films below inspire me in one way or another. I have favourite characters, lines and scenes but I wont bore you with the details. Pretty much anything directed by Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, Pedro Almodóvar, Wes Anderson, The Cohen Brothers, Gus van Sant and David O. Russell you cannot go wrong with! There is such a freedom of expression with the types of characters that they explore and such a gutsy approach to subject matter. I love the black humour in these films and can often be found in the back of the cinema laughing with crickets in the seats around me (anyone who has heard my laugh will know its not the most subtle of tones)
This list is in no particular order and is not my indefinite hit list. I'm passionate about my obsession and I am constantly finding new favourites every week!
Films Listed from Left to Right
Death Proof: Quentin Tarantino, Desperado: Robert Rodriguez, Broken Embraces: Pedro Almodóvar, Pulp Fiction: Quentin Tarantino
American Hustle: Davis O. Russell, Boy: Taika Waititi, Dallas Buyers Club: Jean-Marc Vallée, Frida: Julie Taymor
Captain Fantastic: Matt Ross, The Darjeeling Limited: Wes Anderson, Jurassic Park: Steven Spielberg, The Life Aquatic: Wes Anderson
Garden State: Zach Braff, Goodfellas: Martin Scorsese, Taxi driver: Martin Scorsese, Django: Quentin Tarantino
Burn After Reading: The Cohen Brothers, Lord of the Rings: Peter Jackson, Midnight in Paris: Woody Allen, Moonlight: Barry Jenkins
Films Listed Left to Right
Nocturnal Animals: Tom Ford, Little Miss Sunshine: Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris, Sin City: Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez & Quentin Tarantino, Love and Mercy: Bill Pohlad
Drugstore Cowboy: Gus van Sant, Stand By Me: Rob Reiner, Star Wars: George Lucas, Swiss Army Man: Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert
Kill Bill: Quentin Tarantino, The Big Lebowski: The Cohen Brothers, True Grit: The Cohen Brothers, My Own Private Idaho: Gus van Sant
Juno: Jason Reitman, Tracks: John Curran, Reservoir Dogs: Quentin Tarantino, Edward Scissorhands: Tim Burton