Although 2001 is a long time ago, there are more than a few events that I remember vividly. I remember my high school graduation. I remember being incredibly nervous about leaving to the U.S. that summer. I remember my first night all alone, away from my family, in a country that was alien to me. I remember the first movie I watched in the U.S. (Tim Burton’s awful Planet of the Apes remake). I remember spending my first Christmas and New Year’s Day all by myself. I remember bombing my College Algebra class. And I’ll never forget the morning my mom called me with a worried sick tone in her voice asking me if everything was alright. It was about 8:50 a.m. and I had been sleeping. She told me that the World Trade Center in New York had been “bombed.” I ran to turn my TV on and that’s when I saw the second plane hit the building. In that instant, I remember my roommate telling me that the world would never be the same again.
On a lighter note, I also remember renting MEMENTO from Blockbuster and being absolutely enthralled by its style and wit, and being extremely excited to see what its young writer-director Christopher Nolan would do next. Watching his career blossom from respected indie wunderkind to auteur extraordinaire has been incredible – and I can’t wait to see how Interstellar will turn out. While there were other films I considered for this spot (The Lord of the Rings, Amelie, A.I., Mulholland Drive), the only film that seriously threatened Memento was Wong Kar Wai’s immaculate In the Mood for Love, the decade’s best romance.
Movies are a huge part of my life – I mean, why else would I be running a blog/site devoted to movies? To commemorate the occasion of my 30th birthday (later this month), I’ll be counting down to the big day by posting a photo of my favorite movie for each year of the last 30 years I’ve survived on this planet. These aren’t my favorite 30 movies EVER but merely the movie I consider my favorite (or the best) of each year. This is my 30 for 30. Click here to see the other 30 for 30 posts.