My Top Ten ListNov 22, 2001 (Updated Nov 24, 2001) Write an essay on this topic.
The Bottom Line To each his own. Subjectivity keeps Hollywood in business.
Yeah, I know there are a zillion lists here already, but I must chime in. My favorites are movies that had the most impact on me after I viewed them. Here they are - in no particular order(followed by my honorable mentions):
The Godfather I and II
Masterpiece films about an Italian crime family. Call in sick on a rainy day and watch both.
Perfectly edited love story set during WWII. Centers around Rick's Cafe - an American cafe in Morocco where people are basically waiting "through fortune or luck" for their exit visas to America. No special effects, no product placement, just plain old movie making at its best.
In 1975 I was 16 years old. I waited six hours in line to see this movie three days after it was released - really a sleeper movie with no pre-promotion from what I remember. 25 years later and I still have never gone back into the ocean waters for a swim due to this movie.
This wonderful 1950's movie is a period piece really. Jack Lemmon, Shelly Duval and numerous other well known stars act their hearts out in this love triangle. Besides the story, there is something else this film did for me on a more sublime level. It made me wish that the computer did not exist. Today's corporate environment is mostly stale and consists of a few people basically making sure that all the machines are working correctly. Watch this movie and look at all the people it takes to process insurance claims. This along with more liberal alcohol policies translate into alot of fun at the office.....party wise.
North by Northwest
My favorite Hitchcock movie. A fast paced adventure/spy movie during the "war is hell, even a cold one" period.
Saturday Night Fever
A movie which can define an entire decade makes the list. Not to sound like I am defending this movie, but this impacted how many of us teens dressed, acted and danced in the 70's. Ooops, my baby boomer-ness is showing.
Night Of The Living Dead
This low-budget 1960's movie set the standard for future gore movies. This should serve as fodder for all budding movie makers that its the idea, not the budget which is required to make a great movie.
Its A Wonderful Life
Take all the holiday movies ever made and pick just one. Thats what I did here. Clarence the angel is sent down from the heavens to save George Bailey from himself. I laughed, I cried, I loved it.
The Wizard Of Oz
In my childhood - before VHS and DVD, I had to wait for that one time each year when TV would show this movie. This fantasy proves that you dont need CGI to bring someone whole-heartedly into a fantasy world on film. The flying monkeys scene is still as effective today as it was in 1939.
This black and white version from 1933 is, in my opinion, much better than Jurassic Park - which bored me to tears.
Chinatown(Jack, you rock!)
Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan
Planet Of The Apes (1968)
How The Grinch Stole Christmas (1/2 hour cartoon)
The Fly (Vincent Price version)
Unforgiven (Clint Eastwood)
Silence Of The Lambs
Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory
Twelve Angry Men (original B&W version)
The Twelve Chairs(I have a thing for movies with "twelve")
John Carpenters - The Thing (almost made the top ten)
The Usual Suspects
.......so many others
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