What is everyone’s favorite movie? Or, if it’s too hard to keep it to just one… What are your top 5 favorite movies?
Spirited Away by Studio Ghibli. I know it’s a cliche by this point, but I do love it so.
Other favorites are:
- Disney’s Beauty and the Beast - the animated one, thank you very much, not the live-action
- The 5th Element - cheesy but still holds up as pretty stylish
- Finding Nemo/Dory - except for the turtle’s fake surfer accent
- The Princess Kaguya - Studio Ghibli but not by Miyazaki; rather, a lesser-known co-founder, Takahata
- Curse of the Golden Flower - a harrowing, cathartic critique of essentialism (starring Gong Li)
My top film will always be Citizen Kane. They did camera shots and lighting tricks in black and white that have yet to be duplicated in color. Great story and great acting.
My second film would be Chris Nolan’s The Dark Knight. IT was a beautiful shot superhero movie but a thinking man’s story. Health Ledger was ahead of his time.
My third would be the new Joker movie. A complete mind #$%@. What a twist never saw this one coming
- High Noon
- Cannery Row
- Oh Brother Where Art
- Sound of Music
No way I could pick a single one. I’ll try to come up with five but I know I’m forgetting major ones.
- Black Hawk Down
- The Fast and the Furious
- Forrest Gump
Laurence of Arabia
Also depends on my mood…
Avanti with Jack Lemon
El Mariachi - from Robert Rodriguez, it was almost better than his big-budget Hollywood remake (“Desperado”), the film isn’t brilliant, but it shows that you can put together a good film for under $10,000!
Lawrence of Arabia
There are several others that make my all-time-best list, but I’d put those at the top for story and cinematography and just fun.
Avanti seems like a funny nomination, but I just love the way that Billy Wilder shows the difference between a normal, relaxed life and the overly chaotic and stressful life of a US businessman. His transformation from a US business machine into a real human being is wonderfully played by Jack Lemon and Clive Revill as the hotel manager is excuisite. Julliet Mills as the bumbling British “piece of totty” is amusing, but also makes you sad and happy at the same time. The supporting cast is also very strong.
I’ve not normally been one to rewatch movies, and I’m also not the sort that watches them with a critical eye. So for me, it’s more about movies I might pick to rewatch while introducing a friend to them. In that vein of thought, it would depend on the friend, but if it were a fellow geek, then I might pick:
- Electric Dreams
- War Games
- Pump Up The Volume
None of which are the greatest movies or anything, but they’re kind of seminal nerd fare.
Sneakers and War Games are both classics in their genre. I’d certainly rate them in my top 100.
Electric Dreams was a fun movie, back when I was a kid. It is still interesting, but a bit embarrassing - probably why I haven’t rewatched it for a couple of decades! (I don’t like films/books/TV based on embarrassment, I am very empathic and don’t find such things very funny, I feel for those being embarrassed and cannot enjoy the ridicule.)
I don’t know Anti-Trust and couldn’t find anything on IMDB.
Sorry, I guess there was no dash in it (I edited my post already). The IMDB is here: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0218817/
And yes, there is probably some embarrassment to Electric Dreams, but it also harks back to a time when we only dreamed of something like the Google Assistant. It’s funny to see how far we’ve come, with Myles using a pager, etc.
Evil Under the Sun
Modern movies are a sensory overload for me. Too much action causes me to stop paying attention and I get bored fast.
I really have a hard time sitting still to watch movies, but that is one I watch over and over.
My Top 5 (in no particular order)
- Star Wars - A New Hope
- The Fifth Element
- The Last Dragon
- Big Trouble in Little China
- Die Hard 1
My top 5 favorites:
2- Batman Begins
4- Iron Man
5- Santa Clause (my must watch every December)
Ronin (De Niro and Reno)
North by Northwest
…oh dear that’s it
I loved Matthew Brodreck and Aly Sheedy in War Games!
I’m going to pick out an obscure seventy-year-old film because I think it’s so well constructed:
It’s a period piece, yet bang up to date in ways that the makers couldn’t have foreseen.
Lawrence of Arabia
To Kill a Mockingbird
These are some favs I’ve watched multiple times.
I know I’ll get creamed for this. Oh well.
Dances with Wolves
Band of Brothers (okay…not really a movie)
Lord of the Rings
The Outlaw Josey Wales
Good pick putting at least one Clint flick in your list. Now that I think of it I could add a couple…
My local micro-brewery has an Imperial Porter called Black blood of the Earth, from an infamous deleted scene in Big Trouble in Little China.