Perfect Movies: The Introduction

The thing I love about movies is that they are subjective. To a degree. You can have your favorite movies and they may be great or awful. You can debate the merit of any movie based on how much you like it. Hell, I love “Hudson Hawk” and will argue with anyone who tells me it is anything other than sheer awesomeness (yes, I know, I have a critical blind spot for all things Bruce Willis).

But, loving a movie is far different than a movie being great. I often distinguish between movies and films. Movies are popcorn fare, film is art. Movies have explosions, films have character and depth. You can have a great movie (“The Avengers” for a recent example) and a great film. It’s rare the two collide, however, into something more.

That something more is what this series is about. That something more is when a movie is truly perfect. When every aspect comes together without any flaws. Where every frame is shot correctly. Where every plot hole is covered up. Over time, Anthony, Janie and I will all write about what we consider to be “perfect” movies.

We’ll also run “Counterpoints” to them. As one person’s “perfect” movie is bound to be met with opposition from someone else. Why? Because the term “perfect” isn’t taken lightly. There is only room for nitpicking. There are thousands of movies that I love – that I don’t consider “perfect.” To name a few:

  • “Aliens”
  • “Spider-man 2” (or, really, any super hero movie)
  • “Titanic” (although I’d argue that it is really close)
  • “Godfather II”
  • Any of the “Lord of the Rings” movies
  • “Fight Club”
  • “Terminator 2”

I could go on, but you get the point. Or, maybe you don’t. Maybe you would debate that “Aliens” (for instance) is perfect. That’s the beauty of it. You can argue it and we could have an interesting debate. And, in the end, all we could do is influence each other’s opinions for there is no real right or wrong answer (except that “Aliens” isn’t perfect. I love it completely, but it is flawed).

Let the debate begin!

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5 thoughts on “Perfect Movies: The Introduction

  1. Our mind-mending is either spot on or total miss

    “Aliens” – absolutely loved it, favorite of the series
    “Spider-man 2″ (or, really, any super hero movie) – Best of the Spiderman series, but I wouldn’t call perfect. I would consider the Nolan Batman and Superman I & II perfect…. even if the Superman cannon is kind of screwy there.
    “Titanic” (although I’d argue that it is really close) – hated
    “Godfather II” – hated (pretty much dislike all mobster films)
    Any of the “Lord of the Rings” movies – fell asleep (weird, a geek should have loved this right)
    “Fight Club” – Absolutely agree, perfect.
    “Terminator 2″ – very good for its time, actually prefer Salvation because the legend of the machine war is intriguing.

    • Superman I and II are close to perfect (IMO) but each suffers a little. SI is just a tad long. There’s a lot of the Kent’s. It’s a great origin story, but it could have been edited a bit. SII… eventually suffers from having two directors. At times it feels like two different movies (because, in essence, it was).

      Fight Club… again, almost perfect. The end is weak (with blowing up credit card companies). It’s weak in the book too. It was perfect until then, but they couldn’t stick the landing.

      Titanic… I know I’m in a small boat on that one.

      Keep reading. We’ll start revealing “Perfect movies” next week. Hopefully a part of the fun will debating their merits.

  2. I am intrigued by something you said: movies vs. films. I agree with what you are saying about the difference between the two and even the labels of your dichotomy. Here’s my question: in your opinion are there both perfect *movies* and perfect *films* or does one have to transcend both in order to be perfect?

    • Great question. In someways it has to transcend both. I’m sure that’ll bite me though. As, I will put “Back to the Future” on this list. And, it is a perfect movie (although, perhaps not a film). It gets dicey. I’ll have to ponder that.

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