Lists are great. They inspire discussion, create arguments, and tend to spiral off into fun new lists. When you do a list about the “BEST” of anything it goes from being fun to becoming a hotbed for arguments. There’s no such thing as a definitive list but I’ve decided to pull from my rather extensive life of film watching and put it to good use.
This is not the “film critic’s top 100” list. There’s no guarantee Citizen Kane or The Bicycle Thief will be in the top echelon or even on the list. This is the 100 movies I would put my name on as my top 100. If I died tomorrow this would represent the 100 films I find most vital, special, or ones that bonded to whatever it is that makes me me. I’m not including documentaries, though that might make for a nice supplemental list.
The first 80 will be in no particular order. The last 20 will be in very particular order. One a day, you have my word.
#88 – Trainspotting
Why is it here:
Danny Boyle’s masterpiece is so many things. There’s such a ferocity and unique energy to it that the only thing to do in regards to Trainspotting is to force people to watch it. It was a coming out party for a filmmaker and actors that are still extremely relevant today and it took Irvine Welsh’s book and made gold with it. It’s a story about addiction but in a way so fresh and so encapsulating the risk/reward arrangement of it. Perfect stuff. The music, the editing, the perfect and prescient casting, and the moments. God the moments…
Moments to savor:
The baby. Begbie and the pint. The toilet. The sheets. The chase. The sadness and the laughs.
Massive. It’s fun and then haunting, vicious and then optimistic, and then a dude flings shit all over the room.
Danny Boyle has made a lot of great movies and become a major awards magnet. I was afraid to rewatch this recently fearing it had aged poorly. Not in any way.