30 Day Film Challenge: Day One

Posted on March 24, 2011


Favourite Film:

Ok, so there’s a couple of these things going on Facebook –  30 days, 30 songs (which I’ve been meaning to do but it may mean sharing my eclectic, and possibly bad taste in music, with the world and I’m not sure I want to do that. I find it easier to defend films!)

Anyway, I’ve decided that seeing as my posting on here has been sparse of late that I’m going to use this as a golden opportunity to beef up the blog. And maybe even come up with some new stuff to throw in as well.

So without further ado:

Day 1 – Your Favourite Film

Chinatown: I saw this for the first time maybe 8 or 9 years ago when I was going through a teenage phase of digesting every film noir I could possibly find, borrow or steal from people.

It has everything: complex plot, great script, great acting, Jack Nicholson wandering around in a white nose plaster for a decent length of time and the father of the noir himself John Huston popping by for a little ‘incest is best’ action.

Perfect script: “You’re dumber than you think I think you are.”

I’ve used that line to great success on a number of occasions…

Revived the genre of film noir when it had all but died out decades before.

In a sense it was difficult to pick a favourite film because I love so many films that it was almost impossible to decide which I love the most. I think I picked Chinatown because it was a film that confused me and made me watch it again. And then it confused me a bit more. And it was one of those films that made me appreciate the sheer thought that goes into writing something like that and managing to make it gripping and intriguing. A film you can come back to at any time and it’ll still be fresh.

A True Classic.