Each of the Movie-Go-Round hosts have faced a difficult decision when nominating films for the Future Classics category over the last 100 episodes. The prerequisite that the film has to have been released in the last decade is as compelling as it is restricting. Will a film be a cult classic, or even an iconic entry in cinema history 50 years from now? Nicole, David, and Brett wrestle with this every 5 weeks on the show.
Since there are only so many Movie-Go-Round cycles in a year, each host has had to leave films on the table over the last three years of Future Classics nominations. In celebration of our 100th episode, each host looked back at films they would have chosen, if only they had the time. Here are those picks from 2007.
Eastern Promises: David Cronenberg directing Viggo Mortensen and Naomi Watts. Well acted, well directed, an appropriately twisty tale involving the Russian mob and sex trafficking that offers a little bit of hope at the end.
Hot Fuzz: We watched this for Geek Cinema Society, but this movie is both a sendup and a stellar example of an action comedy, tightly written, even more tightly edited, and hilariously acted by all involved.
No Country for Old Men: Josh Brolin makes off across the U.S.-Mexican border with money from a drug deal he wasn’t a part of; a creepily coiffed Javier Bardem is a pursuing killer with a cattle gun; Tommy Lee Jones is at his laconic best as the sheriff dealing with the mess. Carter Burwell’s haunting Western score alone is worth the cost of a rental.
Sunshine: Mankind plans to kick-start our dying sun with our available nuclear fuel supply, delivered via interplanetary ship. Director Danny Boyle and writer Alex Garland convey the desperate urgency of the crew’s mission, Chris Evans gives early proof of his dramatic chops, Cillian Murphy is the waffling physicist on whom literally earth-shattering decisions depend. Mark Strong’s character makes this choice a bit controversial, but I stand by its worth as a story and its beautiful effects.
Zodiac: David Fincher’s film about the investigation into the Zodiac killer. Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, and Robert Downey, Jr. give deeply fascinated, frustrated performances as a de facto team hunting down one the most elusive, taunting serial killers in U.S. history.
Bourne Ultimatum: I’m cheating a little with this one, using it as a stand in for the original Bourne trilogy. They are effortlessly entertaining and thrilling, and I stop to watch any of them any time I see them on.
Juno: As a sucker for coming-of-age stories, it should come as no surprise that Juno made it on to the list. Diablo Cody’s screenplay is fresh and funny while remaining emotional, and this movie introduced us to Ellen Page.
There Will Be Blood: Daniel Day Lewis and Paul Thomas Anderson are a match made in heaven, and this movie shows what happens when you get one of the best actors there has ever been with a visionary director.
I Am Legend: This movie has stuck with me since I first saw it, and I imagine it will for the rest of my life. It is easy to forget that Will Smith is a good actor sometimes, and this movie is a good reminder of just how good he can be.
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly: While there are other ways to get this movie on the podcast, I still want to mention it here. Mathieu Amalric portrays Jean-Dominique Bauby at the end of his life as he suffers from “locked-in” syndrome, and the audience gets to experience the ups and downs along with him. It won’t win any feel good awards, but it will touch you in a meaningful way.
Ratatouille: The tale of Remy the aspiring-chef — who happens to be a rat — remains one of Pixar’s most underrated films. It’s the kind of film that makes you feel warm and fuzzy in all the right ways.
No Country for Old Men: It’s the Coen Brothers at their absolute finest, harnessing a stellar cast, a captivating story, and arguably one of the best villainous performances in film history from Javier Bardem.
Once: Proving his chops as an actor, Glen Hansard stars and scores this lovely film that flies so much higher than any other “music-infused love story” out there. Very low budget, this film does a lot with a little.
Across the Universe: Is this a good film? No, not particularly. It is, however, an unforgettably explosive, sublime, and mystical love letter to the Beatles unlike any other. Still showing up in indie cinemas 13 years later, the love for the Fab Four will propel this into continued cult status for years to come.
Into the Wild: This compelling road movie, backed by an Eddie Vedder score that’ll linger long after you’ve finished watching, is a fascinating character study that marks Sean Penn’s best work behind the camera.
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