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[mr. mayo]
24 October 1991
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Mis peliculas favoritas, ¡por favor!:

Top Ten American Films:

1. Mulholland Dr. - David Lynch
- This is the closest thing to a perfect movie for me. It's strangely moving and genius in a way that not many people like, but pretty much no matter what people dislike about this movie I love it to death. The best Lynch movie, and Naomi Watts's breakthrough performance.

2. Short Cuts - Robert Altman
- This one is three hours long and it keeps my attention the whole time. It's funny, touching, well-directed, well-written, and the acting is unmatched. I love the jazzy score and the climactic earthquake ending.

3. Lost in Translation - Sofia Coppola
- As much as I dislike the Japanese this film really rocks my socks. The acting is so god damn natural and it's just amazing. It's also fucking hilarious. It speaks to me in a way that not many other films do, mainly because of the character Charlotte; she reminds me so much of me.

4. In The Bedroom - Todd Field
- Sissy Spacek and Tom Wilkinson are amazing. Also best ending ever.
5. Happiness - Todd Solondz
- This is one screwed up movie but I love it to death.
6. Ghost World - Terry Zwigoff and Daniel Clowes
- Another strangely powerful movie.
7. Twin Peaks Fire Walk With Me - David Lynch
- I'm not really sure what I like about this movie but it's definitely one of my favorites.
8. 21 Grams - Alejandro González Iñárritu
- Naomi Watts does everything for me in this film. It's totally depressing though.
9. Brokeback Mountain - Ang Lee
- God, what a great movie. Seriously, this is quite possibly the greatest movie I've ever seen.
10. Being John Malkovich - Spike Jonze
- Every time I watch this movie I love it more and more and appreciate it more and more. It's totally genius.

Top Ten Foreign Films (not in order):

1. Amarcord - Federico Fellini
2. Swimming Pool - Francois Ozon
- Wonderful acting and a great new wave-like directing. A tad bit too erotic for me at times.
3. That Obscure Object of Desire - Luis Bunuel
4. Amelie - Jean-Pierre Jeunet
- This is like one of the funniest movies I've ever seen and also one of the most touching. Well-written, directed, acted. It's overall just a fucking great film.

5. Three Colours: Bleu - Krzysztof Kieslowski
- Impressive cinematography, sad, and genius. I love this film.
6. The Holy Mountain - Alejandro Jodorowsky
- Greatest social parody ever.
7. Volver - Pedro Almodóvar
- because Penelope Cruz = awesomeness.
8. Bad Education - Pedro Almodóvar
- This movie is very gay. It's pretty messed-up but it might be worth one's watch.
9. Cléo from 5 to 7
- A French new wave film that can seriously hold your attention for an hour and a half. It's truly fascinating and smart.
10. Amores Perros - Alejandro González Iñárritu
- A powerhouse of a film. It's like, ew, and oh, and ah. It's about dogs I guess?

Favorite Directors:

Most of my favorite directors are pretty recent, only two of them having died, R.I.P. Robert Altman and Kieslowski. Kieslowski is a recent discovery for me; I see a lot of my own emotions in his work. Another recent discovery is Agnes Varda, who really did me in with Cleo from 5 to 7. I also like a few other foreign directors. The ones with the question marks? are directors that I appreciate with mucho gusto, because their films are just awesome, but I wouldn't call them my fave directors. Along with the directors I list my favorite movies that they did:

1. David Lynch - Mulholland Dr., Eraserhead
2. Sofia Coppola - Lost In Translation, Marie Antoinette
3. Robert Altman - Short Cuts, 3 Women
4. Krzysztof Kieslowski - Three Colours: Bleu, The Double Life of Veronique
5. Pedro Almodóvar - Talk to Her, Volver
6. Todd Solondz - Happiness, Storytelling (mainly the first part), Palindromes
7. Alejandro González Iñárritu - 21 Grams
8. Jim Jarmusch - Broken Flowers, Stranger than Paradise, Night On Earth
9. Agnés Varda - Cleo from 5 to 7
10. Fernando Arrabal? - I Will Walk Like a Crazy Horse, Viva La Muerte
11. Alejandro Jodorowsky? - The Holy Mountain
12. The Coen brothers? - Fargo
13. Spike Jonze? - Being John Malkovich, Adaptation
14. Ang Lee - The Ice Storm, Brokeback Mountain