Mettel Ray has a great idea for a blogathon, tasking bloggers with creating their specific movie alphabet. The one rule in effect is to simply match every letter of the alphabet with something relating to film. And the only rule I’ve set for myself is that I will list the very first thing that pops into my mind for each corresponding letter. Challenge accepted!
# – 12 Angry Men
Because everyone should see this movie. Even you. (Again.)
A – Arbogast
Because he’s the voice of reason we believe in. If only he hadn’t been so curious.
B – Biutiful
Because I have yet to meet someone who loves this film as much as I do. Are you out there?
C – Carey Mulligan
Because she’s perfect.
D – Dreama Walker
Because her star making performance in Compliance deserves to do just that: make her a star.
E – Elephant
Because I watched it again recently and was once again floored by its power. A remarkable achievement.
F – “Fuck.”
Because Nicole Kidman makes this one of the best closing lines in film history.
G – Gordon Willis
Because no one shot and used shadows more effectively.
H – He Got Game
Because it is Spike Lee at his most flawlessly ghetto.
I – I’m Not Scared
Because it’s a fantastic Spanish thriller that more people need to see.
J – Jackie Brown
Because I can’t stop thinking if its proposed prequel will actually work.
K – Killing Them Softly
Because I still cannot wait to see it. Feels like I’ve been waiting forever for this one.
L – Leos Carax
Because I’d kill to know what goes on in that man’s head.
M – Michael Fassbender
Because he’s a man whose talent I am consistently in awe of. Can’t wait to see what he does next.
N – Nick Nolte
Because his performance in Warrior is acting. Period.
O – O
Because this movie had power back in the day. I should give it another go.
P – Persona
Because I can never talk about it enough.
Q – Quiz Show
Because it’s a damn fine film, with a solid Scorsese cameo to boot.
R – Rust and Bone
Because it’s just that good.
S – Steven Soderbergh
Because I wish I could convince him to not retire. Please, dude. Please.
T – Travis Bickle
Because he is, and shall forever remain, my favorite movie character of all time.
U – Undertow
Because it was one of the last great films David Gordon Green made.
V – V
Because: “Voila! In view humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the ‘vox populi’ now vacant, vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a bygone vexation stands vivified, and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin, van guarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition.
The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta, held as a votive not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous.
Verily this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose, so let me simply add that it’s my very good honor to meet you and you may call me V.”
W – “With or Without You”
Because I just rewatched Tell No One, and was stunned by how flawlessly this song is used in it.
X – Xander Berkeley
Because he’s a fine character actor whose never been given his fair due.
Y – “You know, we are sitting here, you and I, like a couple of regular fellas.”
Because this scene will be forever iconic.
Z – Z
Because: “Concurrently, the military banned long hair on males; mini-skirts; Sophocles; Tolstoy; Euripedes; smashing glasses after drinking toasts; labor strikes; Aristophanes; Ionesco; Sartre; Albee; Pinter; freedom of the press; sociology; Beckett; Dostoyevsky; modern music; popular music; the new mathematics; and the letter ‘Z,’ which in ancient Greek means ‘He is alive!’”