Best 4th feature film by a director: ALMOST FAMOUS (Cameron Crowe)
HM: SULLIVAN’S TRAVELS (Preston Sturges)
The answer to this was obvious if you know anything about me. Almost Famous is my second favorite movie of all time, and since Crowe only did Say Anything, Singles, and Jerry Maguire prior to it, it had to be my answer. I was happy to also get a mention of Preston Sturges in one of these articles. Sullivan’s Travels is one of the 5 funniest movies ever made. Check it out if you are unfamiliar with it.
Best love rectangle: CLOSER
HM: WE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE
Love triangles are much more common, but the love rectangle is has become somewhat of a staple with dramas in the past decades. Closer is one of my favorites and the clear answer to this question, but the second choice was tougher. I like We Don’t Live Here Anymore, but I would hardly call it a great film. The portrayal of the rectangle was superb, though. So I had to go with it for lack of many more options (Note: I haven’t seen Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice).
Best 4th installment in a series: LAND OF THE DEAD
HM: PSYCHO IV: THE BEGINNING
I didn’t realize how ugly this list was going to be until I looked at it. Land
of the Dead is one of the weaker George A. Romero movies, but it still quite easily tops this list. Psycho IV, while having its really good parts, it is still a frequently flawed film. However, these are the only two films in the category that I actually give three stars to. Terminator: Salvation and Phantom Menace are probably next in line, with Live Free or Die Hard not too far behind. Yeah…I guess basically all good series stop at three (Note: I haven’t seen the Star Trek and Harry Potter franchises).
Best movie with 4 (for, fore, four) in the title: DIAL M FOR MURDER
HM: REQUIEM FOR A DREAM
This was probably the easiest couple answers to come up with, simply because it is already mapped out in my top 100. The next film that would have been mentioned is No Country for Old Men.
Best movie foursome: DEADLY VIPER ASSASSINATION SQUAD from KILL BILL
HM: GORDIE, CHRIS, TEDDY, VERN from STAND BY ME
There are quite a few great groups of four in film, but these two groups stand alone for me. It would have been perfectly acceptable to list the Ghostbusters, Stillwater, or Dorothy and company from The Wizard of Oz. However, the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad and the kids from Stand by Me are basically perfect. One is the definition of awesome, and the other holds a special place in my heart. It is hard to argue with either one of them.
Actor: GENE HACKMAN
Actress: JODIE FOSTER
Director: QUENTIN TARANTINO
Screenplay: ON GOLDEN POND
Performance: JODIE FOSTER in TAXI DRIVER
Film of 2011 so far: CEDAR RAPIDS
Best Fourth of July scenes:
This one was quite simple. That scene is basically my childhood, having a block barbeque and playing baseball for hours under the firework lights on the Fourth. Also, the choice of song in that scene (Ray Charles’s rendition of “America the Beautiful” is beyond perfection. I cannot imagine a greater or more effective scene for the day in question.
The Fourth of July scene in Brokeback Mountain is not so much for what the scene has to say about the Fourth, but about the importance of the scene. It just happened to take place then. The scene, which I will not give away, it absolutely pivotal to the film, and it features what may be the most gorgeous shot in the entire movie.
So, there you have it. Pathetic that there is not really much more to talk about as far as film goes in regards to one of the best holidays. What are your thoughts? Any other interesting 4s in film? I tried to come up with best performance by a 4 year old, but that was too hard. Any Fourth of July scenes you think are better? Your fourth favorites in those categories? Let me know with your comments.