Brad Pitt is an icon of cinema. A man once referred to by his looks overcame the stigma like Robert Redford and Paul Newman before him, and has become one of the greatest actors of all time. From his breakout performance in Thelma and Louise, to his starring role in Interview With The Vampire, to his Oscar nominated performance as Benjamin Button, Pitt has making it rain in the business for decades. This list alone should remind us of how accomplished he actually is. Giving us years of great performances along with entertaining movies. Think about all the incredible ones that didn’t even make the list! Pitt is a gift to cinema.
10. Legends Of The Fall
Legends Of The Fall seems to be all about death and tragedy, but the closing, mystical, shuttered freeze-framed death of wild, reckless, now old and weathered Tristan (Brad Pitt) grappling with the grizzly bear he wounded as a teenager is one of the best finale’s in a film. With Native American One Stab’s (Gordon Tootoosis) narrating the film, he closes the tale by saying:
“It was a good death”
The film focuses on a psychology student and his girlfriend who are traveling cross-country to research serial killers, when ironically the couple that they is sharing the ride on the trip is exactly what they are searching for. Pitt plays Early Grayce, the serial killer on the trip. Just losing his job at the mirror factory he is planning on leaving the state. His parole officer tells him if he doesn’t find a new job he’ll be arrested, so Early plans an escape after picking up an ad. In route he has a confrontation with his landlord that ends in the landlord being killed and disposed of by Early, and thus a trip that involves carnage and destruction, not to mention an ending that you won’t forget. Brad Pitt is anything but the playboy heartthrob he’s considered as. In one of his best roles ever, he is diabolical and terrifying as Early.
8. Oceans Eleven
When Daniel Ocean is released from prison in New Jersey, his next heist is already planned. Danny’s target are three Las Vegas casinos: The Bellagio, the Mirage and the MGM Grand. They all belong to ruthless entrepreneur Terry Benedict, who, by the way, also shows a certain interest in Danny’s beautiful ex-wife Tess.
Troy is not Oscar quality nor does it pretend to be. It’s better than most movies in it’s genre and offers an epic adventure of breath taking battles, romance, betrayal, and the hunger for power. The imminent price each character pays for their fortunes are not comparable to pain and sorrow each of those paths lead. What Troy does best is focus on it’s individual character’s and lets them shine. The violence of this film is brutal and earns it’s “R” rating. For anyone who enjoys a great epic movie, Troy should be on your list to rent, it’s on my shelf as property.
Bare Knuckle Boxing, British gangsters, pigs with a taste for man, and Pikeys are the recipe for the film Snatch. Countered by an insanely talented and charismatic cast, with a cleverly written script by Guy Ritchie, and a nonstop pace of entertainment for the audience makes this one of the most exciting and enjoyable movies to begin a new decade. A twisting story told from individual perspectives that eventually connect together one way or another, with an absolutely fantastic array of characters that make this movie an adventure of a wild and crazy surrounding the fate of a stolen diamond.
5. Interview With The Vampire
What made this movie so amazing was a perfect cast, but also the adapted screenplay by Anne Rice herself. Taking her own masterpiece and working it into a dark vampire movie unlike any that had been made before it. The story is motivated by Louis’s inner conflict. He has the cravings of a killer, and yet the conscience of a man. Refusing to let go of his humanity and acknowledging all that he truly is and once was, is Louis’s source of strength and yet simultaneously his weakness. The story is told in the same methodical manner as Rice’s novel version. The inner turmoil of Louis’s conflict is so desperate and yet so tangible. Tangled into the mix with the gleeful and maddening Lestat who revels in everything he is, Louis finally understands he is not just a companion to Lestat, he is his own obsession. When Louis realizes Lestat’s real affection is for Louis’s humanity and not Louis himself, he and the child vampire Claudia leave the America’s and head to Europe in search of other vampires like them. Now Louis has Lestat’s demise to wallow over as well, and together he and Claudia are the perfect couple of lamentable despair. I would recommend this film to anyone who loves Anne Rice, it pays such a beautiful homage to her genius of the written word. Even if you’re not a fan of her novels this movie is worth a couple hours just to watch one of the greatest character’s of all time being visualized so perfectly with Cruise as Lestat. This epic tale of loneliness, regret, and accepting the gamble of life is a story like none other told, and it’s a vampire film like you’ve never seen before. The brutality of them and the beauty of them is a most enjoyable paradox.
4. Inglourious Basterds
Watching a Quentin Tarantino movie is one of the greatest events a movie goer can have. Each of his films are so strikingly different, yet they all still have a common thread and feel about them. The personal touch of Tarantino’s personality reigns deeply in each of them. He goes down as one of the greatest film makers of all time. It’s a bold statement but one I have no problem arguing. There is something personal about his films, but also his own love and adoration of them that somehow bursts into each scene, each minuscule moment. Every detail feels like it was put together with love and the greatest respect and attention. This is what the movies is about. Go see Inglourious Basterds this instant.
3. 12 Monkeys
Twelve Monkey’s has gotten a bad reputation for being a movie too complicated for people to understand, and yes it might be a light complex, but it’s also ridiculously scary and intelligent, not to mention entertaining. Mankind has barely survived a virus that destroyed the majority of it’s population. Years into the future, criminals are sent through time travel to find the pieces of the puzzle that ended in mans demise. All signs point to something involving “Twelve Monkeys”. In order to save humanity James Cole (Bruce Willis) is a criminal sent back to find this information. For some reason he has more tolerance to the travel and can remember more. This movie is a whirlwind up till the climactic shooting by airport security, filmed in slow-motion, of James which is perceived through a young incarnation of himself (Joseph Melito ) watching witnessing his own death. Talk about twisted. In this one the virus gets us even with trying to alter the time continuum.
2. Fight Club
This film had incredible depths, entertainment value, and a shocking balance of all the elements that make a good movie. Fight Club is without question one of the greatest films ever made, with some of the most extreme concepts, perplexing questions, and moreover a plot that will drive those who are compelled to look further into it than it being a “cool” movie, even though it IS cool. Hands down one of my favorite movies of all time and by far one of the most relevant movies of a generation ending and a new age opening. This is the transition of a lifestyle and ideology of people while still entertaining. What more can you ask for? Guys beating each other up? Check. Buildings exploding? Check. Brad Pitt? Check. Ed Norton? Check. Telling your boss to take a flying leap? Check. A twisted plot so complex in it’s levels of self exploration it never fully meets an end? Check. This pulls out all the stops. Go watch it now. It’s more important today than when it was released.
Se7en is possibly my favorite film of all time. It has every element of excellent story telling, the intricate look inside the head of a maniacal serial killer, and the development of characters that are unforgettable. It is a film that delves into the depths of mankind in darkest light. So many different emotions run like water during the course of it’s story. Be prepared to be shocked and dismayed. Pure genius film making.
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