I’ve looked through and read a few of these from my friends and decided maybe I should make one of these… maybe? If you don’t agree with some of my choices just remember this one simple fact: it’s because I have a better taste in films than you! (That was a joke, just for the record…)
Airplane! was one of the first movies of it’s type that I watched and it’s stuck with me ever since, It’s full of great hilarious moments and packed full of awesome quotable lines and moments.
19. Minority Report
Again, this is another film I watched while young and left me with an everlasting impression. The story of Minority Report is a fascinating roller-coaster and the technology portrayed throughout the film is extremely plausible. In fact, some of it is showing up today. Most notably the use of one’s hands to navigate through menus on a screen which is seen in the Xbox Kinect and even some new TVs!
18. Hercules (The Disney cartoon, in case there was some confusion)
What can I say? I really like animation. The art, animation and, most importantly, the music in this film still hold up today. The story is really good and the characters are all awesome. I mean, how cool is Hades in this film? He’s one smooth motherfucker!
17. The Blues Brothers
I love the music in this film. Pure and simple. Also it has the craziest car crash scene ever so there’s that too!
16. Pan’s Labyrinthine
This film is just fantastic. The story is really engaging and it’s really dark in just the right ways. The monster with eyes in it’s hand still chases me in my nightmares…
A killer soundtrack pulses throughout the film and helped put Ryan Gosling straight on to my radar. The driver is a man of very few words, but his actions speak louder than any words. I also love how no one ever mentions him by name, gives a real mystery to his character and makes you wonder during the numerous ‘staring scenes’ just what is going on in his mind, behind those cold eyes.
14. A Bug’s Life
‘Circus bugs?! How can you be circus bugs?!’
13. King Kong
Is this film maybe half an hour too long? Yeah I can see that. Does that affect how I feel about the movie? Not at all. Despite it’s flaws I really dig this movie, I think it’s a really cool adaptation on the King Kong tale.
12. South Park: Longer, Bigger and Uncut
Everything I love about South Park but feature length and with almost-Broadway quality songs? Yes please!
11. Battle Royale
Despite some questionable lines (see below) they don’t get in the way of an awesome Japanese movie with a really unique premise. It’s one that proves rather influential if The Hunger Games is anything to go by.
And so starts the top 10. Things are getting serious now! Hold on to your seats and check yourself, because things are about to get REAL!
10. The Shawshank Redemption
I’m not sure what to say, everyone who’s seen this film knows why it belongs in a top ten. It’s pretty much perfect in every respect all the way through.
9. Sin City
I love the way the film is coloured the same the graphic novels are: black and white with splashes of colour for where it matters. Plus the weaving narrative gives me a Pulp Fiction vibe. The stories and their characters also add up to hell of an overall package. Plus Jessica Alba in this film… enough said!
What if comic book heroes were real? Well, they’d probably get their asses kicked… Kickass is hilarious and hits amazing serious tones when it wants to. Also Nicholas Cage dies in a fire. That’s for all those bad films you’ve been in Nic!
‘If you can dodge traffic, you can dodge a ball!’
‘Fuck you, Chuck’
Just a couple of reasons why Dodgeball is awesome.
Keeping with the theme of quote heavy comedies, Anchorman is probably the greatest of them all.
5. Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World
It oozes with style, full of hilarious and ridiculous one-liners and is just heart-warming in general. If I watch this film while in a bad mood I’ll instantly feel better.
4. The Avengers Assemble
Marvel’s attempt to set up this film with all the previous movie pays off indefinitely with this movie. Everything just works in this film. Each character gets a good showing and all play off of each other in interesting ways as egos clash and tensions between the Avengers rise.
3. The Dark Knight
It’s the ultimate Batman film, and Heath Ledger’s Joker is probably rendition of the character since Mark Hamill’s version of the character in the animated series. It was very tempting to put Rises here instead due it’s satisfying conclusion to the trilogy, but I feel the Joker edges it ever so slightly over Bane and it also set the bar for all superhero films to come after it.
2. The Lord of The Rings: The Return of the King
The series in general is perfection on film to me, but the concluding chapter to this epic series is by far the grandest and emotional of the bunch. Character arches come to a close in satisfying ways and the story concludes in a truly magnificent way.
1. Pulp Fiction
Quentin Tarantino’s masterpiece is funny, dramatic and incredibly cool all at the same time. For me this is the pinnacle of how a movie should be done. An interesting and involving story is told in an unconventional way by splitting the story in to different chapters that don’t take place in a chronological order. It makes for entertainment just by trying to piece together what happens when. I’ve watched it countless times before and I will watch it countless times more!
I should be doing my essays right now. They’re due in less than a week from now but I can’t seem to even begin. Call it a lack of motivation. I don’t think it helps that I’ve been ill for the past week, that sort of killed any kind of momentum I had.
Another point I wanted to make in this blog regards my YouTube as well. I’m still working on getting the Mass Effect movie going but I’m thinking about what I want to do afterwards, but I can’t think of anything! Maybe it’ll come to me later on when I finish the current project :/