I really love movies–from all different decades and genres and countries–so it was really tough (read “impossible and borderline painful”) to narrow this down from 50 to just 10. But here it goes: Continue Reading
From the title this might sound like my top 10 movies of 2012, but in fact it is my favorite movies of all time as of 2012. Some of these were easy to choose, but I had to leave off a lot of good movies. With that said, here’s my 10 favorite movies.
1. Star Wars: A New Hope – This is “The” classic movie. The beginning of real special effects, the beginning of real Sci-fi. A little cheesy now, maybe. But one of the best movies ever.
2. Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring – In 40 years when I retire, I’m moving into The Shire and growing really long toe hair.
3. The Avengers – The best superhero movie of all time. Thank you Joss Whedon.
4. Hitch – I never get tired of watching this. Will Smith is by far one of my favorite actors.
5. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl – Johnny Depp does a great job. The 1st 10 minutes is one of my all time favorites scenes.
6. Equilibrium – Oppressive/controlling government mixed with Gun-fu and a Katana, Oh Yeah!!!
7. Harry Potter: The Sorcerers Stone – The beginning of my favorite series.
8. Braveheart – The pinnacle of war movies.
9. Cast Away – Tom Hanks is my 2nd favorite actor and who doesn’t want a volleyball as a friend.
10 .Toy Story – One of the 1st and best computer-animated movies. It made feel guilty for not playing with all my toys.
Other Favorites: Matrix, Saving Private Ryan, Oceans 11, Gladiator, I am Legend, Iron Man, and The Island.
Full disclosure, I’m well aware that my top ten is a pretty cliché list of dude movies with a couple of exceptions. I don’t know any man who doesn’t have Braveheart, for example, in their top ten (hear that Derek… any man). So at the risk of being extraordinarily… ordinary… here’s my all-time top ten favorite movies.
- The Matrix: Believe it or not I first saw this movie as a rental at a friend’s house with like 8 other people on about a 26″ tv screen. How on earth did I miss this released in theaters? Mind. Blown.
- Braveheart: Mel Gibson’s best movie, period. I will not be entertaining any arguments contrary to this fact. Also, this movie inspired my rock solid argument to get my wife to watch any movie by telling her it’s actually a love story. Always works… sometimes.
- The Shawshank Redemption: No explanation needed here. If you haven’t seen this, why are you reading a movie review blog?
- Big Fish: One of the few movies I have cried at while watching… as an adult… at the age of 24… in October
- Fight Club: Who wouldn’t love a split-personality, define your toughness, revolutionary anarchist, self-manipulative flick?
- The Avengers: I typically would never consider any recent release for a top ten list. But I’ll make an exception here. This movie (along with Captain America), set the bar for any future superhero movies.
- Anchorman: I’ve always maintained that seeing comedy’s at the theater is a waste of money. The big screen doesn’t make things funnier. Having said that, I’ve never laughed so hard in a theater in my life!
- Saints and Soldiers: A little known independent film set in WWII. The acting is about to be expected from most low-budget movies, but it’s enough to suffice and the storyline is terrific.
- A Christmas Story: If any television station were to ever need a government bailout, TBS is the only one I’d be fine with if for no other reason than to keep playing this movie for 24 hours on Christmas Day. Thank you Ted Turner.
- Inception/Schindler’s List/The Godfather Pt. 1/Master and Commander/Million Dollar Baby/O’ Brother Where Art Thou/The Dark Knight: Really, you actually expected me to keep this to just ten?
This was very hard to narrow down …