Greetings! Paula over at Paula’s Cinema Club is hosting a very fun blogathon event entitled “Future Classic Movies!” I have been asked to participate and gladly share my thoughts on the subject at hand. Here’s what it’s all about:
We are predicting at least one movie from 2000 to the present that will endure 30-40+ years into the future, much like CASABLANCA or GONE WITH THE WIND have done today. Bonus predictions could be who will be hosting on this channel and how will movies be delivered to the consumer (hologram, chip in the brain, etc.).
Be sure to check out all of the other films being considered at the host page for the blogathon HERE.
When considering the idea of what movies may be listed in the category of “Classic” 30-40 years from now there are several films that I believe belong on the list. Around the year 2040 or so, I would expect films such as Inception, The Shawshank Redemption, Braveheart, The Lord of the Rings, Saving Private Ryan, Black Swan, Gladiator, The Artist, and even Sucker Punch (as a “Cult Classic”) to be listed as classic movies along with some other beloved films of old. Most people, I’d like to think, would tend to agree with me. 😀
While those films may pretty much be a given, today I’d like to submit a different film for your consideration as we look at “Future Classic Movies!”
The year: 2004.
The director/writer: Paul Haggis.
The setting: 3 days in Los Angeles, California.
The cast: Don Cheadle, Larenz Tate, Sandra Bullock, Terrence Howard, Thandie Newton, Ryan Phillippe, Michael Peña, Brendan Fraser, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Matt Dillon, Tony Danza, and many, many, more.
This film shares the intertwined stories of people caught in the general hustle and bustle of life who are numb to the needs, similarities, and concerns of those around them. Sometimes “we crash….just so we can feel something.” Crash, at first glance, looks to be a film that tackles the subject of racism in today’s society (“Everyone’s a victim, and everyone’s guilty”), but it covers so much more.
Very few people expected Crash to win the Academy Award for Best Motion Picture during the 78th Academy Award Ceremony when it was announced to be in contention with the likes of Capote, Munich, Good Night and Good Luck, and Brokeback Mountain, but it did. (Watch Jack Nicholson announce the winner HERE). This story of tolerance and love resonates to so many human beings on so many levels as it seeks to inspire change and truth in the hearts of the viewers.
This drama does not hold back when it comes to the individuals’ stories: their subject and their portrayal. Tons of emotionally gripping scenes which deal with everyday issues in life. Those “everyday issues” enable Crash to stand the test of time as the subject remains relevant and attention-grabbing continually. It is nigh impossible to tear your eyes away from any and every scene in this film. Possibly controversial and definitely disconcerting at times, it covers subjects ranging from racism and stereotypes to family and humanity as one.
As the trailer states, it is a film about people and the unknown/unrecognized internal and personal longing for connections with your fellow man. It also shows the ignorance shared in regards to one another and how we should all seek to overcome it for the betterment of us all. The stories of several people in Los Angeles, intricately, ingeniously, and unexpectedly interwoven, convey the need for humanity to progress and coexist. We all are human with similar cares, concerns, ambitions, and desires. Regardless of background, everyone has a story. Crash melds them all together in L.A. in such a unique and powerful manner that is not to be missed.
A film that definitively seeks to prompt change on such an enormous scale is imperative for humanity to remember and cherish. Standing the test of time with a solid/believable plot, a valued or enjoyable message, an Academy Award, a fantastic cast, and memorable/gripping performances are all marks of Crash, which, in my opinion, usher it into the coffers of cinematic classics in the future. If you haven’t seen it, do so quickly.
Well, what do you think? Do you agree with my choice? What films would YOU hope to see as a Classic on Turner Classic Movies in 30-40 years? (sorry, no vote for Avatar from me.)
Thanks for reading.
–T, The Focused Filmographer