30 Days of Film: Lou's Day 30

| by Lou | 9.38pm UK time |

Your favourite film of all time

(Took me long enough! I've actually had this sitting in drafts almost finished for a month... New job, lovely man (Michelle did very well with that set-up) conspired to distract me from ever finishing this.)

At last. The final one. I've known all along what the film would be:

On the Waterfront

I fucking love this film. The main reason why can be summed up in two words: Marlon Brando.

I'm going to use an adjective I've never before had cause to put into a sentence:

His performance in this film is incandescent.

Of course in it he delivers one of the most famous pieces of acting ever - the "I coulda been a contender" speech. I knew this scene long before I saw it, and even with the high expectations and the foreknowledge it is still a stellar moment of acting.

But in this film he gives an overall performance of raw power and tender softness that transcends a single moment of celluloid legend. I love the swoon-worthy moments of delicacy and vulnerability:

When he picks up the girl's glove and sub-consciously puts it on his own hand.

When he pushes her against the wall and kisses her to the floor.

He is simply stunning across every frame, every line, every scene.

A film about a waterfront union dispute sounds rather bland and dry. But for me in Brando's performance* is a film about something (or someone) shaking up your life and leading to a catharthis where you find within yourself an integrity, a strength, a goodness and a sense of pride you didn't even know you were capable of.

Marlon Brando, Terry Malloy - I salute you.

*I say Brando's performance to try and detatch from the dodgy political context of the Elia Kazan and Budd Schulberg McCarthyist thing - I choose to detatch this from my own experience of the film, having not known about it when I first saw and fell in love with it.

30 Days of Film: Bel's day 30

| by Bel | 3.35pm NZ time |

Your favourite film of all time

My favourite film? My favourite? Singular?? Choose just one?!
Yeah right.

Because then I'd have to decide whether I like Amelie better than The Philadelphia Story!

Or find some way of comparing Clueless with La Haine. Both of which are films I love, but for very different reasons.

And I just saw Drive on Sunday, and I easily think that could go onto the Best Movies Evaaaaaah list.

And most of all, I am always hoping that I am yet to see my favourite film.