Without further ado… I decided to randomly pick ten movies I’d consider, at this moment and off the top of my head, to be some of my most favorite. Then I threw in, as I did in my earlier 10 Cheesy Movies post, a couple of bonus features. I know if you asked me next week to come up with a list of films that these would, probably for the most part, still be on my list. Though, right now and thinking about it, since I’m writing this after compiling the list below, I could add Bridge Over the River Kwai, or any of a number of other Hitchcock films. But, I didn’t, and I haven’t. What follows is the list I came up with today. Check them out and feel free to leave a comment or two on your thoughts and/or what your picks would be.
Amadeus. There’s just something about this one. Very intense. Tom Hulce is awesome in it. Slightly over the top, but then I think his performance actually sort of makes this movie. As we hear the whisper… “Amadeus”.
The Shawshank Redemption. Who doesn’t like this movie. Everyone I’ve ever met likes it. I think it’s got something to do with the age old story of guy goes through something unjust, guy endures, guy says screw you to the corrupt establishment, guy lives happily ever after. Yeah… something to do with that.
The Usual Suspects. Group of unlikely fellows gets wiped out by scary mystery man with a surprise at the end. Really great story telling here. Excellent writing, directing, acting. All around great romp of a movie. Add in Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne, Benecio Del Toro, Chazz Palminteri, Kevin Pollack, Pete Postlethwaite and, well… what more do you need?
The Matrix. Sci-fi at it’s best. This movie changed the way we enjoyed action, special effects, and strange new lands. I can watch this over and over. Who doesn’t duck slightly when the bullets go flying as Keanu is doing his ultra limbo. Pretty cool.
L.A. Confidential. What a fantastic ensemble movie. Just, to keep it simple, really great. Has an excellent feel and look to it as well.
Rebecca. Scary housekeeper, mystery former wife, slightly quiet and brooding husband, the hint of ominous things going on, and Hitchcock. I know this wasn’t his favorite of his movies, at least the process of making it wasn’t, but this is a damn good one. A master class in direction, camera angle, building the plot, and telling a story. Plus… Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine.
Blade Runner. Ah, another sci-fi great. Early Harrison Ford, strange future world, androids, Rutger Hauer’s dying scene, and a story based on a Philip K. Dick novel called “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep”. How can you not like this movie. It’s dark, brooding, and strange. All good.
Kill Bill vol. 1. Quentin Tarantino at his best. Not to mention Uma kicking ass and Keith being wise, witty, and making a mean bologna sandwich. I love, love, love… let me repeast, love, his dialogue.
The Princess Bride. Mawage. Mawage is wat bwings us togever today. Ah… there’s no other movie like this. Sword fights, love, a six fingered man, ROUS… it’s phenominal.
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. This is a film filled with powerhouse acting. I mean, think about it… Sidney Poitier, Spencer Tracy (in his last performance), and Katherine Hepburn. It gets no better than this. It is a true acting master class. Not to mention that it’s also a very well done movie.
Two Bonus Features:
Lawrence of Arabia. Beautifully shot, a bit strange, and incredibly long, this is a great movie. Oh yeah… and Omar Shariff, Alec Guiness, and Peter O’Toole. Wow.
Silence of the Lambs. I can watch this movie over and over. Just a great all around film. Again… great acting… Jodi Foster and Anthony Hopkins, who can go wrong with acting chops like that. Then you throw in the plot, the story telling, the very creepy bad guy, a very famous rendition of Tom Petty’s “American Girl”, and you have a winner.