Title says it all, if you wouldn't mind, please give a brief description why that film is on your list.
I don't know much about film making and cinematography, so I judge how I feel about a movie based on my enjoyment, its logic, the way it tells the story, how memorable it is and its ability to keep my attention. I think this is pretty fair criteria. I'm no movie critic, but I knows what I likes. I think the best way to judge a good movie relies on one very important criteria: "can I come back to this film in 6 months, watch it again, enjoy it just as much and perhaps even pick out something new I didn't see last time?" If so, you've got a keeper.
My Top 10
10. The Lord of the Rings trilogy-I combine all of these into one entry because really, its all one story. Its a timeless epic displaying the journey of a young Hobbit on his quest to rid the world from the ultimate source of evil. Amazing scenes, amazing battles, amazing sets, great costumes, great acting, great music, I'm sure everyone here has seen it. Although I know that Haven13 isn't a fan because it didn't follow the books to the extent he would have preferred, its still on my top 10.
9. Airplane-in my opinion, still the greatest comedy ever made (with a Night at the Opera falling just behind). Things were so over the top and exaggerated in some cases, and yet subtle in others, so much that you might miss it. That's the beauty of being able to watch it over again-you can pick up the things you originally missed while still laughing at the stuff you already saw. The plot is beyond simple, but its the satire around it that is so brilliantly done, from simple quips to amusing dialogue to straight up fantastical situations that are done perfectly in parody. Movies these days think that the key to a funny movie is swearing, poop jokes and gross out gags-this film has virtually none of those, but instead makes use of other forms of humour to be funny. And guess what? They succeed overwhelmingly.
8. Reservoir Dogs-Quentin Tarantino's first attempt at directing was a huge hit in my books. It was a very simple story about a jewelery heist gone wrong, and the crooks think that one of them may be an undercover cop. The entire movie is almost solely carried by the actors because it exclusively focuses on them. We see how they interact with each other, and how they try to keep their composure in an incredibly tense situation. The intensity really gets to you as the story unfolds, and Quentin's idea to focus so much on the actors really lets their abilities fly, as everyone is absolutely excellent. Its funny, it has some action, and in general its a fantastic film.
7. The Sting-Paul Newman and Robert Redford team up once again years after Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid to bring the tale of a pair of con men who team together and form an elaborate plan to scam a fortune (at least it was a fortune in the period the film took place) from Robert Shaw for killing a mutual friend of theirs. People speak very highly about the Usual Suspects, but this film had the idea of a giant twist ending almost 20 years before. The movie perfectly plays with the audience's emotions and completely swerves them. Redford and Newman are so likable as the protagonists, and Robert Shaw is excellent as the film's villain, Doyle Lonnegan, the ruthless businessman with underworld connections. This is some of the greatest storytelling ever right here, and it hooks you in so well. The score is composed by Marvin Hamlisch, who did a stellar job of adapting it from Scott Joplin's ragtime music. Its one of the best parts of the film.
6. American History X-if you want emotion and intensity wrapped around an amazing story, look no further than this 1998 drama starring Edward Norton. The tale is of a leader in the Southern California White Supremacist movement being imprisoned for a brutal crime, and while he's in there, he learns that his ideas and ways of before were not the right path for him, and upon his release, he tries to steer his younger brother from traveling down the same path, on which he is currently headed. Its just an absolutely sensational film, with Edward Norton at his best. I can't say more good things about it, the movie captivates you and holds your attention so well with its excellent acting and intense story.
5. Gangs of New York-I love historical fiction and this movie didn't disappoint. This film really helped to reestablish Leonardo DiCaprio as a serious and talented actor because he is terrific in the film's main role. However, Daniel Day-Lewis steals the show as the film's antagonist, Bill 'The Butcher' Cutting. The film is such a great history lesson coupled by stellar acting, a riveting story, amazing costumes, a great score and it makes you feel like like you're in the 1860s flawlessly.
4. Goodfellas-IMO, this is the best telling of a crime story (not to say I didn't love the Godfather, of course). Young Henry Hill is enticed by the money, women, and most of all, power that the mob lifestyle seemingly provides. He wants to be a big shot, and joins up with a crew. The film, by Martin Scorcese, showcases his life growing up as part of the mob, and his experiences with them in adult hood, from everything to love, greed, betrayal, fear, death and destruction. It is an incredible story with an all star cast with Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Robert De Niro, Paul Sorvino and Lorraine Bracco. Pesci won a well deserved Oscar for best supporting actor. There's humor, a terrific, yet tragic tale, truly astounding acting, emotional involvement, intensity, a perfect choice of title song (Eric Clapton's Layla), overall its just marvelous.
3. Tie between Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and Raiders of the Lost Ark-when it comes to the two epic Harrison Ford trilogies, I'm an Indiana Jones guy. Ford played the role so damn well. It was hard not to love the Indy character-he was smart, went on amazing adventures, got the girls, saved the world and did so while being a complete badass. Put this guy in a situation where he's on a quest to keep a religious artifact from falling into the hands of probably history's greatest villains, the Nazis, and you've got a throwback to the popcorn serials of the 1940s. The stories are awesome, they have great action, they really played up the whole adventure with amazing locations from the jungle to the Mediterranean to the desert, and you felt emotionally invested: what if the Nazis DID get the artifact? They would be unstoppable! Come on Indy! And the theme song...you can't hear it and NOT want to get up and go on an adventure. Easily one of the best pieces of movie music ever. I tend to lean a bit more in favour of Last Crusade since I loved the chemistry between Harrison Ford and Sean Connery, but really, they're both amazing in their own rights.
2. Dick Tracy-this film has the distinct honour of being the only comic film to have won 3 academy awards (Dark Knight has 2): 1 each for best original song, best art direction and best makeup. When you watch the film, its very easy to see why it won. The costumes, scenery and characters are absolutely astounding-Al Pacino looks absolutely nothing like he usually does, and yet he still gives a performance that only he can. The music is sensational, the entire score is memorable and distinct. The story is very simple, which is not a bad thing at all. It allows you to focus more on the vibrant sets and incredible characters who honest to God feel like they are straight out of the Dick Tracy comic from the 30s. Each element falls perfectly into place and combines to form a great movie that is criminally underrated.
1. Big Trouble in Little China-I can't tell you how many times I've watched this movie (it has to be at least 50+). I grew up with it, and it was one of my favourites after I happened to see it on TV in the early 90s (probably 1991). I love every second of this movie-it has action, it has humour, it has a simple, yet well done story, it has memorable characters, some decent character development, and very colourful sets. It is the definition of a classic B movie. Kurt Russell IS Jack Burton, and he looks like he has so much fun in the role, and James Hong is terrific as the villainous Lo Pan (whose costume I will never forget, it was stellar). Over the years the film has become a cult classic, and I think this film doesn't get the recognition it deserves.
Star Wars Episodes 4-6
Night at the Opera
Kill Bill Volumes 1-2
Die Hard 1 and 3
The Dark Knight
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
The Godfather 1 and 2
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Not removing this until we get Clock King and The Rose-01/23/11
Come on, NECA-Marvel Horror Theme Set 2011!
8. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (blew my mind as a kid)
9. The Professional (No one has ever been more menacing than Gary Oldman in this movie)
10. Taxi Driver (except maybe Travis Bickle)
True Romance, Snatch, The Third Man, Maltese Falcon, Treasure of the Siera Madre, Alien, District 9, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Empire Strikes Back, Die Hard (a Christmas tradition), Jaws (you're gonna need a bigger list) and Shawn of the Dead.
I could probably list 100 movies and still not hit them all.
1) Star Wars Saga - Shouldn't be too big a surprise, given my username. These are the iconic movies, as far as I'm concerned, and as much as I recognize how controversial the prequels are, I still love them as a whole both for the movies themselves and what went into making them. I don't think that a greater film series ever has or ever will be made.
I can put those at number 1, but beyond that, I don't have a 'list' where X is better than Y. So beyond this point, consider the actual order of these movies to be interchangeable.
2) The Incredibles - I can't say I really knew who Brad Bird was before this movie, but it by itself made me a fan of him.
3) The Avengers - Saw this opening weekend twice. Don't think I can say this about any other movie I've ever seen.
4) Galaxy Quest - "Never give up, Never Surrender!"
5) Iron Man - The best superhero origin movie I've ever seen. And up until the sequel proved me wrong, I was ready to believe that that could have just made it 'Tony Stark: The Movie' and it would have been just as good.
6) Lord of the Rings - In terms of scope and scale, this trilogy is probably the closest thing we have to a modern day Star Wars. I do not get the hardcore hate these movies get from some fans of the book, because having read the books myself, I can't possibly imagine how anyone could have done much better a job with the adaptation than Peter Jackson and Co.
7) Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade - All things considered, this is my favorite from the original three, complete with Evil Nazis, Sean Connery as Harrison Ford's dad, and plenty of fun action.
8) Gran Torino - Proving that some people are not to be messed with no matter what their age or how weak they might look. It's also kind of my obligatory 'dramatic' pick of the list, with it wrenches the heart by the time everything's said and done.
9) Super Mario Bros. - I'd call it a 'guilty pleasure', but I don't feel too guilty about enjoying it. Yes, it's cheesier than a plate of nachos and more than arguably an 'in name only' adaptation, but I have fond memories of this movie from when I was a kid.
10) Speed Racer - For some reason, I'm not much a fan of real-life racing such as NASCAR, but I love me some fun movies races and chase scenes, and this one is the top of the heap.
On the other hand, I kind of had to stretch to get a full list of 10, since once you get beyond 5/6, my last 4/5 answers could change on any given day. I'm a fan of movies in general, so trying to pick a full 'top 10' is really iffy for me and could include anything from [Insert Name of Pixar Movie Here] to GI JOE (the live action one) to Star Trek to X-Men: First Class to Tropic Thunder.
1. SUICIDE KINGS - Christopher Walken is, in my opinion, one of if not the best actor to get in front of a camera, and Suicide Kings was one of his best. (I'll try not to fill the list with all Walken flicks)
2. MORTAL KOMBAT - Though slight story mistakes were made (deaths of Shang Tsung and Kano) that ended up being the BIG cause of its sequel being so bad, Mortal Kombat is probably the most "true to story" video game movie ever made. Resident Evil was a great series as well, but they followed their own story and continuity. Christopher Lambert and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa turned on the awesome for their roles and coming from a guy who's a big, yet critical fan of martial arts movies, this remains a top 5 of the genre.
3. PROPHECY II - Religion based movies tend to annoy me to no end. This, however, was a major exception. While marketed as a horror movie, the "Prophecy" series were more like suspense thrillers. Christopher Walken does an extremely well done job as the antagonist. Great series, but 2 takes the prize.
4. WISHMASTER - Okay, Robin Williams has NOTHING on this genie! Andrew Divoff turns the evil to overdrive and maintains a freak element rarely seen in horror movies. Check out "Wishmaster", but honestly, only the first 2 are any good.
5. TERMINATOR 2 - Schwarzenegger... in his prime... blowing stuff up. Special effects that rival what can be seen NOW, done in 1991. Many call this the greatest action flick ever made and it's very hard for me to argue with them.
6. ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK - What can I say? Kurt Russell in his immortal role as Snake Plissken. This guy was the original "American Badass" that nobody wanted to screw with. I'd have "Escape from L.A." on this list as well, but it just feels too much like a carbon copy.
7. A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (1984) - Legendary movie psycho. Even behind mounds of makeup, Robert Englund is well remembered. Johnny Depp becomes a blood fountain. What more could you want?
8. The DEAD ZONE - Yep. Walken again. Amazingly well written. Well acted. Walken + Stephen King = This was an obvious choice for the list. Too bad that show on USA sucked horribly.
9. STAR WARS: The EMPIRE STRIKES BACK - I did like the entire ORIGINAL trilogy, but this is the only one of the entire series that belongs on my list. I thought it was better done than "Return of the Jedi" and "A New Hope" just moved along too slowly for me.
10. CLUE - Say what you will, but to me, this was Tim Curry's best work, along with many others. I still can't stop laughing at a good number of the jokes.
Honorable Mentions (top 20)
11. Dawn of the Dead (2004) (Ving Rhames)
12. Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (Mark Hamill)
13. King of New York (Christopher Walken)
14. Jurassic Park (Sam Niell)
15. Highlander 2 (Christopher Lambert)
16. National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 (Emilio Estevez)
17. Spawn (Michael Jai White)
18. Balls of Fury (Christopher Walken)
19. The Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger)
20. Mean Guns (Christopher Lambert)
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My goodness this is hard. My list can change depend on mood but I'll give it a shot here.
10. Tombstone - Wonderful cast that came together for an awesome movie. Everyone from Kurt Russell to Michael Beihn to Powers Boothe did fabolous work but the star of this movie goes to Val Kilmer, bar none my favorite adaptation of Doc Holiday. This movie is perhaps the most quotable amongst my friends and I, hence the high regard of have for this film.
9. Casino - Now I will say that "Goodfellas" is the superior movie, no argument from me on that. But my reason for putting "Casino" above it is because of how much more fun it was. I like Deniro's "Ace" character more than his Jimmy Conway's. Joe Pesci pretty much reprises the same role and big props to Sharon Stone and James Woods. Hated them so much but for good reasons.
8. The Dark Knight - Not trying to jump on a bandwagon here but I just love this film. Not perfect like the fanatics claim but an awesome movie. Heath Ledger's Joker is just incredible, Bale does a solid job and the supporting cast is top notch. Give much credit to Nolan for this work and is "THE" Batman movie of choice for me.
7. Big Trouble in Little China - the "go to" channel 11 sunday movie, how does one not love this. My favorite John Carpenter film, I mean it's a campy kung fu film in San Francisco, what's not to like. It's worthy of it's cult classicness.
6. Gangs of New York - I remember avoiding this film because of Leo, was never a big fan and never took Cameron Diaz as a serious actress. Finally did watch it one day on cable. OMFG, this movie just did it for me. It starts off with of course Daniel Day Lewis, should have won the damn Oscar. And Liam Neeson's 10 minutes just left me wanting more of him. Special props to Brendan Gleeson, my favorite role of his.
5. The Man with No Name Trilogy - For those not fimiliar it contains the movies "A Fistful of Dollars", "For a Few Dollars More", and most famous "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly." I just couldn't pick one as these three really do belong together even though it's three seperate stories. It just gets better with each movie and it holds a special place in my heart as my father and I used to watch them together all the time.
4. The Princess Bride - Now this is just a gem. It's got everything: a love story, comedy, sword play, mystery and characters you can't help to fall in love with. Again, a channel 11 movie I caught one day and have been catching ever since. The characters have lots of heart, the story timeless and just overall, a film that just uplifts the soul.
3. History of the World Part 1 - Perhaps my favorite comedy of all time. Imo, Mel Brooks greatest work, it's just a continuous ride of laughter all ranging from gut busters to subtle yet witty quips. And whose to say history wasn't as it's portrayed here, would certainly make things much more fun.
2. Raiders of the Lost Ark/Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade - Not trying to steal anyone else's picks but it mirrors my sentiment. Raiders overall the better movie but Crusade was just so funny, hard to choose which I like better. The one constant is Harrison Ford and without a doubt his best role, don't care what all the Han Solo fans say. This is a movie you sit back and just enjoy the hell out of it til the credits.
1. The Terminator - Now I know people will say the second is better but I've always preferred the first. The overall tone of the movie was more effective, the story higher on the originality factor and Arnold as the villian even better than making him a hero. While the sequel wins in the action and special effects department, I prefer the originals thriller and even film noir traits, not knocking it's own action and special effects. A movie I constantly watched all the time I can recite every line and replay every scene in my head. An odd choice of favorite film to many but it just resonates something to me, pulling me to it whenever it's on television or as video I need to pop in.
Honoroble mentions: The Naked Gun, Airplane, Training Day, Goodfellas, Saving Private Ryan, Coming to America, Aliens, Ghostbusters, The Professional, Jaws, Death Wish 1-4, Way of the Dragon, The Quick and the Dead, Die Hard with a Vengence and many many more I can not name right now.
There is no possible way I could pick a top 10. No way. That being said, I'll do my best:
10) Star Wars Trilogy (Original): I was 4 when 'A New Hope' came out. My Dad took me to see it, and I sat on his lap enthralled. He said I barely blinked through the whole movie. It has aged pretty well, and I've seen the original trilogy no less than 10 times each (and 'A New Hope' almost 50 times).
9) Fight Club: Edward Norton, Brad Pitt, and a movie that made me go 'WTF?' (in a good way). 'The first rule of Fight Club is: you do not talk about Fight Club'. So many memorable quotes from that movie.
8) Pulp Fiction: The return of John Travolta. The movie that put Samuel L. Jackson on the map. Bruce Willis. Ving Rhames. Christopher Walken. Umma Thurman. Such a great movie. Beautifully scripted. Beautifully acted. Just a great movie.
7)Se7en: Another Brad Pitt flick. I think this was my first introduction to Kevin Spacey, and I was already a big fan of Morgan Freeman. A truly terrifying look at the mind of a sociopath, with an ending never to be forgotten.
6) Braveheart: The movie that made Mel Gibson half a billion dollars. A great sweeping epic. Beautifully filmed. Great story. 'Every man dies, but not every man truly lives.'
5) Rob Roy: A very underrated movie. Overshadowed by the aforementioned Braveheart. Liam Neeson is amazing as the titular character. Add in an excellent performance by Tim Roth, and I could watch this movie over and over again.
4) Resevoir Dogs: Still IMO, Taratino's finest work. Great ensemble cast. Tim Roth put's out one of his finest performances, and I loved Steve Buscemi. 'Mr. Blonde: Torture you? That's a good idea. I like that.'
3) Terminator 3: Rise of The Machines: I loved all the Terminator movies, but this one is my favorite. The opening scene of the nukes falling, and John Connor talking, still gives me chills to this day. I liked Nick Stahl as John Connor.
2) Tie: The Matrix Reloaded & Hulk (Ange Lee version): 2003 was a great year for movies (at least for me). I was going through a tough time in my life, and the 3 movies on my list at #2 & #3, helped me get through it. I'd waited a long time to see a live action version of Hulk, and The Matrix Reloaded I'd waited 4 years to see. I saw both of these movies (as well as T3) multiple times in the theater. To this day, I still watch these movies, even when they are on regular TV with commercials, even though I own all 3 on DVD.
1) The Lord of The Rings Trilogy: I've been a Tolkien fan for over 1/4 of a century. I've read the books 15 times each. I saw each movie in theater on opening night, and I own the Extended version of them. Once or twice a year, my son and I sit down and have a LoTR 6 night movie marathon, where we watch the Extended versions, one disk a night for 6 nights. I'll never grow tired of watching these movies. Ever.
There are so many great movies that I could have added to my list. 12 Monkeys is another favorite, Aliens, The Matrix, Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man, The Dark Knight, The Avengers, Sin City, Terminator: Salvation. I could make a list of my top 100, and you could probably interchange any of them from #5~#100. I'm just a fan of movies in general.
Trade to Canada. We're friendly, and we love Beavers..........
Neil Peart is the best drummer of all time. Period.
Year of the Spider-Man ---> follow along as I attempt to play Spidey (and friends) on every team for 365 days.
While I respect a lot of the picks made so far, not seeing Shawshank Redemption on anyone's list is discouraging...
Some for serious, some for pure fun
1. The Thin Red Line
2. Joe vs. The Volcano
4. Out of Sight
7. Iron Man
8. Shawshank Redemption
10. Fast and Furious 3-5 (and probably 6, as Justin Lin makes entertaining movies)
EDIT: In case there is some confusion, I chose these based on how entertaining they are to me and their re-watchability. If this were top 10 "films" said all snooty-like, I'd have a different list. For me these are a bunch of the movies I could just have playing on a loop and they wouldn't bore me.
And with that, I remembered I needed to change one.
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"We're all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." -Wilde
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I, too, will have trouble narrowing it down, but I;ll give it a shot:
10. Follow that Bird -- The first Sesame Street movie, I #### you not. Apparently, when I was younger, and threatened tantrums, whoever was watching me would pop this little VHS in and boom, instant calm. Big Bird REPRESENT!
(Suggested reading, if you remember Sesame Street fondly: The Wisdom of Big Bird. This is Carroll Spinney's memoir, the man responsible for Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch)
9. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles -- Surprisingly, this movie has aged well I think. Back when wearing rubber suits was cool and respectable. George Lucas, shame on you!
8. The Lion King -- This is the only Disney animated movie I will gladly watch multiple times.
7. Back to the Future trilogy -- Michael J. Fox was my first celebrity crush, and even to this day I sigh at the mention of his name.
6. Jurassic Park -- The dinosaurs stole the show, of course, and I wanted all the toys. Otherwise, the experimentation with animatronics is second to none.
5. The Incredibles -- Of the PIXAR movies I've seen, this one is my favorite. Beautiful storyline.
4. The Avengers -- And just about any other Marvel film released since Iron Man.
3. District 9 -- Showcasing both the lows and highs of humanity.
2. Independence Day -- It probably hasn't aged very well, but you know what? I love it. It won for tech back in the day, which tells you something (wow, blowing up the White House, how original! ). But, great, campy humor, the start of Will Smith's big-screen career, the return of Ian Malcolm -- er, Jeff Goldblum -- it was good stuff.
1. Monty Python and the Holy Grail -- Perfect English comedic timing. REPRESENT!
Airplane; The Naked Gun trilogy; Dracula: Dead and Loving It (it's all about Leslie Nielson, may he rest in peace); Babe (one of the first uses of animatronics along with Jurassic Park I do believe); Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (another Michael J. Fox classic!); Toy Story; Monsters, Inc.; WALL-E; The Princess Bride; Mr. and Mrs. Smith (despite being the movie that started this Brangelina puckey, I still enjoyed it); Hitched (more Will Smith goodness); Men In Black (number one and number one only!)
. . . and that's all I can think of.
Chick? Chick posing as a dude? Extraterrestrial? You decide!
10. Push: I love this movie, and I don't know why it has a bad reputation. It had stunning locals, creative action sequences, and more than a hint of more secrets below the surface. It's a shame it didn't do well, as it ended with a set up for a sequel which it seems unlikely that it will get.
9. Juno: I love me some snark, and this movie has it in spades. It's also an unusual plot. It's not often you see a comedy about teen pregnancy.
8. Run Lola Run: This movie just works. Normally I'm not a fan of overly trippy and symbolic works, but something about this film just captured my imagination. When I watched it for the first time, I liked it some much, I invited a friend over the next day to watch it again.
7. The Dark Knight: Do I really need to explain this one? While in some ways I actually like Begins better (I'm more invested in Batman's character in the first one), Ledger's Joker steals the show. It's not the perfect movie, but it's damn entertaining any way you slice it.
6. O' Brother, Where Art Thou?: First off, the music. The music the music the music. Bar none the best sound track of any movie I've seen. If that weren't enough, the movie is hysterical. If something can make me like the story of Odysseus (Which I hated in school), it's a damn fine film.
5. Zombieland: Don't kill me, but I like this movie better than Shaun of the Dead. It avoids the trap of having a ton of characters we don't care about just so they can die. As a result, we get to know the characters more, and we are invested in they're survival. And it has one of the most surprising and funny cameos on film.
4. No Country For Old Men: I didn't know what I was getting into when I saw this movie. My friend asked me to go see it, and I knew literally nothing about it before hand. What I got was the absolutely best villain I have ever seen. I don't even care about the rest of the movie. It's all about Anton's pursuit.
3. Inception: This movie blew my mind. I love Nolan's work, but it's hard to talk about any of his stuff without comparing them to the Batman films. I rank this movie even higher than the Batman films for a number of reasons. The visuals in this film are amazing, and I love that as much as they could they went for practical effects rather than CG. I love the performances given by everyone in this film. Overall just a great flick.
2. Duck Soup: I love the Marx Brothers. So much so that I went as Harpo Marx for Halloween one year as a child. Duck Soup is the Marx Brothers at their best. The mirror scene may be the most famous, but I love the peanut scene even more.
1. Hot Fuzz: I'm very involved in improvisational comedy. There is nothing that gets a bigger response than a well executed call back to something that happened at the beginning of the set. The finale of this movie is 30 minutes of amazingly well done call backs, in an action packed shoot out that puts many straight up action movies to shame. I saw this with my best friend in a nearly empty theater, and at one point we simultaneously stood and pumped our fists in excitement. I love this movie, and I can't help grinning like an idiot any time I watch it.
Honorable mentions: Shaun of the Dead, Tombstone, Batman Begins, Rainman, Peaceful Warrior, Tropic Thunder, Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter, Little Miss Sunshine, The Avengers, and others that I'm sure I'm forgetting.
The order could change any day and I've probably forgotten a bunch of stuff I'd put in here, but off the top of my head:
10. Big Fish
9. Pappa ante Portas (it's a German comedy, so I don't expect anybody to know it)
8. The Godfather
7. Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain
6. LotR Trilogy
4. The Big Lebowski
3. The Life of Brian
2. Sleepy Hollow (Christina Ricci at her most perfect)
1. Shaun of the Dead
Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live! For the Emperor!
And here, poor fool! with all my lore
I stand, no wiser than before.
For me, picking favorite movies of all time is like choosing favorite children. It just can't be done, nor should it be. It's been interesting, and occasionally disturbing to see some of these movies as part of folks' lists.
For me, picking favorite movies of all time is like choosing favorite children. It just can't be done, nor should it be. It's been interesting, and occasionally disturbing to see some of these movies as part of folks' lists.
Oh you definitely pick a favorite child, you probably shouldn't, but its still possible.
But I do agree just way too many, just seeing the list I missed Se7en, Fight Club, Say Anything, Princess Bride, which brought to mind Never Ending Story, the Navigator, E.T., Lucky Number Sleven, the Labyrinth and Dark Crystal.
Also I loved the TMNT movie as a kid, but oddly enough it doesn't hold up in the nostalgia department. I remember knowing all the words to Home Alone and Alladdin too, but I couldn't care less about those movies now. Also Lion King is so god damned good, the Mufasa death chokes me up just thinking about it. Which brings up Field of Dreams, and the playing catch with his dad scene...FFFFFFFFFf that brings up Bull Durham...and the complete lack of sports movies on my list, like Breaking Away, The Rookie, Little Big League, the original Bad News Bears, Rudy, The Natural...............trails off into infinity, I feel like Bubba from Forest Gump, CRAP, Forrest Gump, Apollo 13, the Burbs, Big, Joe vs the Volcano, Turner and HoochSaving Private Ryan, Philadelphia.The Lady Killers the original, Being There........... .... ... ....