Every year, I pick a favorite movie. I make many lists (usually for myself) each year from best to worst films, but I always manage to have just one favorite. The only year I can't hold this to be true is 2007. I will often tell people that my favorite that year was There Will Be Blood, but it's a lie, a goddamned lie. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford is right up there with TWBB, no matter how much I try to like Paul Thomas Anderson more. I hate that no one saw this movie, I really do. It's fucking beautiful. Like, I would date it beautiful. I would also date the entire ensemble cast. Brad Pitt (given), Mary-Louise Parker (given), Jeremy Renner, Sam Rockwell, Garret Dillahunt, Paul Schneider, and of course Casey Affleck (those eyes...). Nothing I can write will describe how well they all play off of one another, losing themselves in their characters, each dark and secretive yet emotionally open.
The cinematography and actors are only background noise compared to the real star, the score. The music is what puts this movie over the edge for me. Nice Cave may be a scary evil man when he rocks out with his cock out, but fuck can he compose something of amazing beauty and depth. It's the only score I have in my car and workout playlists, it's just that good. I can't wait for his score to The Road later this year. Cave's little cameo in the movie is pretty inspired as well. I cannot say enough good things, but the last thing I will say is this is one of my favorite movie endings ever.
And, of course, the title scene of the freakin movie. (Spoiler: THE TITLE OF THE MOVIE)