GIMME FIVE: WRITTEN/DIRECTED/STARRING MOVIES

BY ISA MONTAGNESE

Joseph Gordon-Levitt with Don Jon and James Franco with Child of God! Seems like everyone is trying to prove themselves as triple threats (in the acting/writing/directing way) and we’re all intrigued! So here is my top five written by/directed by/starred in films.

5) Dennis Hopper (and Peter Fonda), Easy Rider

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Hopper and Fonda’s huge breakthrough indie classic paved the way for all kinds of underground filmmaking. This film made them the face of new Hollywood and the voice of a generational movement. A movie about drugs, motorcycles and being beat down by the “man”, this movie epitomizes hippie culture.

4) Mel Brooks, Spaceballs

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I snuck this one in even though Mel Brooks isn’t the actual main character but who cares. Mel Brooks is the only dude who can make a pun look like art. His movies are silly, cheesy and insanely smart. This Star Wars parody is one of his classics. I saw this first and it honestly was the only reason I saw Star Wars.

3) Miranda July, The Future

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July is one of my favourite weird lady indie movie makers. Her movies are unique and playful, personal without being too self involved and I think she’s going to get better as she gets more recognition. This movie is a little more straightforward that her first You, Me and Everyone We Know, but it still has all the elements that make her movies uniquely hers.

2) Rob Reiner, Spinal Tap

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Starring Christopher Guest’s go-to gang and co-written by Guest himself, Spinal Tap was the launchpad for all the best subtle comedies. This movie should be mandatory viewing for anyone who thinks comedy is all fart jokes. A story about a washed up, self-proclaimed hardcore rock band never seemed so smart.

1) Woody Allen, any of them!

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The king of narcissism, self-obsessed, and self-deprecating perfection, Woody Allen is my main man. I know he isn’t everyone’s favourite but you have to admit, he does what he does really well. He can make a ten minute monologue about his own anxieties watchable.

Honourable Mentions: Jackie Chan movies; Ben Stiller, Zoolander; Xavier Dolan, J’ai tue ma mère; Sylvester Stalone, Rocky

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