Here’s my 10 (relatively) modern movies that will become classics in the future. The only criteria that they have to make is that they are
- Good films, with a clear storyline unless the film’s aim is to not have a clear plot.
- Good Acting and Direction.
- Made after 1990
10- The Wolf of Wall Street. With hair-raising performances from Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie, and spectacular direction from Martin Scorsese, this film recalls the lies, deceptions and drug-fueled deceptions of Jordan Belfort during the 80’s and 90’s. It’s fantastically funny and hilarious at moments, and is a cautionary tale for anyone in the sales industry.
9- Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind. What do you get when you mix Jim Carrey in a serious acting role, a soundtrack including Radiohead and Beck, and a young Kate Winslet? This absolute masterpiece that gives Inception a run for its money. Think Total Recall mixed with Inception and This Is England, and you’ve got an undoubtedly brilliant film which everyone should watch.
8- The Social Network. Not everyone with Asperger’s is a nice guy, and in this film, based on a book called “The Accidental Billionaires”, Mark Zuckerberg is painted as a genius with an asshole-esque personality. Brilliant writing from Aaron Sorkin and electrifying performances from Jesse Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield make this a must-watch.
7- Django Unchained. This won’t be the only Quentin Tarantino film on my list, and again, Leonardo DiCaprio pulls off an Oscar-worthy performance. I have to admit, when I first found out Tarantino was making a cross between a western and a blaxploitation film, I was really scared the film would tank, but Tarantino made one of his best films ever. Samuel L Jackson (not Laurence Fishburne) and Jamie Foxx also star.
6- Inglorious Basterds. Partly a true story, partly a chance to see an alternate history where Hitler gets killed, this film follows a squad of Jewish Soldiers who go on a Nazi hunting spree during WW2. Brad Pitt proves his worth in this film and Michael Fassbender steals the show as a bilingual soldier with an amazing death scene.
5- The Departed. Partially based on a Chinese flick called “Infernal Affairs”, this is where Martin Scorsese really shows why he’s one of the best film directors of all time. He manages to get Oscar-worthy performances from Jack Nicholson (even more bat-shit crazy than his performance as The Joker), Alec Baldwin, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen and Leonardo DiCaprio.
4- The Dark Knight. THIS film is how you make a sequel well. To be honest here, it’s not my favorite Joker, but it’s my favorite live-action Batman film. Oscars should have gone to Michael Caine, Christian Bale for acting performances and Christopher Nolan for Directing.
3- Watchmen. The second superhero flick on here, and I’ve put this on simply because it’s amazing. Zack Snyder did what Alan Moore said couldn’t be done. It’s not completely accurate to the source text, but it’s as damned close as physically possible and has an amazing soundtrack including Jeff Buckley and Bob Dylan.
2- The Crow. The last superhero film to end up on this list, Brandon Lee’s performance was amazing and added much needed warmth to a ghostly cold film, telling the classic vengeance story with a twist: The protagonist is resurrected to get his vengeance.
1- Spider-Man 3. Nah, only kidding, it’s Walk The Line. Joaquin Phoenix is absolutely electrifying as Johnny Cash, in this biographical film which pulls no punches as it aims to show you the extent of his life. Phoenix went method with this, and took 6 months of vocal training to learn to sing like Cash instead of using Cash’s voice, feeling that it would look and feel more natural.