Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Movie Comfort Food
A few months back, I decided I wanted to try to go a year without rewatching anything. I thought it would be an interesting experiment, but as you all know (if you've been following this blog), I didn't succeed. I revisited, a few times, movies I hadn't seen in ages. I felt that this wasn't a complete violation of my experiment, however, because, considering how long it had been since I'd seen those movies, they were almost new to me.
After witnessing the abomination that was Old Dogs, however, I needed a palate cleanser (or mouth enema) to wash the taste of poop out of my mouth. I needed to believe in movies again. (Hyperbole, why are you so fun?) I needed to watch a great movie I'd seen so often that I had it committed to memory. And so I returned to one of my favorite pieces of movie comfort food, Once Upon a Time in the West. This movie is always so reassuring, so great, so there for me, so everything. As far as I'm concerned it was the most perfect marriage of sound and image in Sergio Leone's career. It never fails to get me inspired about movies.
Sure, numerous other lazy, misguided movies are puked out year after year, but the fact that a movie as assured, unique, and intelligent as this could get made (let alone funded by a major studio), never fails to warm the cockles of my heart. This movie sure hit the spot.
What are your favorite movie comfort foods?
[Once upon a Time in the West's spoilery trailer. Yeah, I'll probably do a "When Trailer Reveal Too Much" entry about this at some point:]