Look at me, going all the way back to 1957 and picking a classic movie like 12 Angry Men. Aren’t I just so pretentious?
No, I’m not, as my favorite movies include 300 and The Fast and the Furious, so you can never play that card with me. But I did want to put this suggestion forward today to show that even old films, which many people near my generation may write off as too boring or stiff, can still be absolutely worth your while, and I was amazed by how much of an impression this 50 year old movie left on me when I first watched it.
It’s one of the earlier films of classic director Sidney Lumet who just passed away this year, and practically the entire film takes place inside a jury deliberation room where 12 men gather together to decide the fate of one young black kid accused of murder. All think it’s an open and shut case, save one, and he aims to bring everyone around to his point of view. It’s a masterpiece of human interaction and psychology, and despite it’s singular setting and lack of action, is an exceptional film that you would be wrong to write off because of its age.
Next week, Citizen Kane! Just kidding.