Wednesday, August 13, 2008

What's Your Top 5 Movies

Ok Millions of Readers, Now is YOUR chance to shine....

Angie's List
1. Schindler's List
2. Johnny Stechinno
3.Pulp Fiction
4. Braveheart
5.Easy Rider

Tell me all about your rankings..why you did it...what makes the film one of your fav's...and other impertinent info.


Loon said...

Tell me all about your rankings..why you did it...what makes the film one of your fav's...and other impertinent info.

You first!

Anonymous said...

This is 'Duncan' (I should probably make a Google/Blogger name.. i'm getting around to it)

I go back and fourth on my rankings, but for now:

1. Donnie Darko
2. Punch-Drunk Love
3. Shaun of the Dead
4. Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
5. Igby Goes Down

Damn, hard for me to leave out American Beauty, Big Fish, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Big Labowski and The Royal Tennenbaums, but I guess that's how it goes. Tomorrow my list would probably look different.

Angie said...

Great God Almighty, am I an old lady or what? Not hip anymore (some would say never) and not cool (again, some would say Ang, you weren't cool!) I think I need to get out of the house more often.

Loon said...

Five? Only five? That’s like what, .01 per cent? I have more than 5 categories of movies! No fair.

Ok, well somebody told you, you could say what you want on this blog, so OK.

Choosing the final position was nearly impossible! So many great films will get left off. (Or forgotten!)
Pulp Fiction
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Raising Arizona
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
That Thing You Do!

But, these are movies that have long been my favorites, and stand the test of time.

5. Short Cuts. Robert Altman writes the style I really like – intersecting storylines. Initially confusing, it’s a challenge to follow, but with the stellar cast, great dialog and interesting storylines, this has long been a favorite of mine.

4. El Mariachi. Robert Rodriguez wrote and directed this classic Mexican action-adventure film, financing it with his credit card! Cheesy music (created on a computer), great camera work and a time-honored storyline, this is by far my favorite foreign film.

3. Amadeus. First of all, Mozart is my favorite composer, and I think this film captures the “giddy-ness” (is that a word?) of his music, and the crazy madness behind it. The rise and fall of a rock star, behind the music.

2. Platoon. It captures the horrors of war, the camaraderie and in-fighting, the fact that in war, good and evil are not necessarily obvious. Great visuals, great acting, great music, and it makes me cry every time.

#1. Life of Brian. This has been my all-time favorite since it was released in 1979. The smartest, funniest skewering of religion and culture in general, the Monty Python troupe are continually (and simultaneously) bitingly deep and extremely silly.

Joshua M Busche said...

1. Pulp Fiction
this movie makes me love movies (so does Lebowski)

2. Tombstone
this movie proves you can be bad-ass and a good guy at the same time. Val Kilmer should have won best supporting actor.

3. Stand By Me
this movie reminds me of my childhood. not that I grew up in the 50's. but i grew up loving this movie.

4. Boogie Nights
I don't know. it's funny/sad /compelling/historical. this movie doesn't have flaws.

5. American Movie
My favorite documentary of all time.

Duncan said...
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Duncan said...

O.K. I've got the username figured out.

Now, I originally missed the memo about explaining my picks, so I will do that now:

5.) Igby Goes Down: Maybe a strange pick to some, but a no doubter to me. Everybody knows someone who is smart, clever, and that everyone else seems to get along with, yet somehow hasnt' really "made it" in life. That's 'Igby' in this story. The movie follows his quest to find ANYTHING in life and get away from his rich family. That's all i can really say.

4.) Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou- First of all, ANY Wes Anderson movie needs to be seen by one and all, so I had to include one in my top 5. This is my favorite. Most Wes movies are all about dumping on the high class, rich folk, and this really isn't any different. It follows main character Steve Zissou's attempt to find a mythical "Jaguar Shark" that killed his friend (though it may not even exist) all the while trying to reconcile his crazy life.

3.) Shaun of the Dead - Wow! 100% out of the park grand slam on this movie. It's not a parody, it's a tribute. Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright know their horror movies! But this isn't just a parody of all those, it is a unique storyline with unique diologue that is pulled off so perfectly that I have watched it way too many times in my life already! I'm probably not going to slow down anytime soon though, because there is something new that I catch every single time (as cliche as that may be, it is definitely true in this case).

2.) Punch-Drunk Love - My favorite romance movie of all time. Oddly, if it wasn't Adam Sandler, it probably would be a popular hit. The rest of us can thank god Paul Thomas Anderson (amazing director) didn't care about that and let Sandler continue with the mostly serious, but very funny when needed, main character. He's a seemingly normal guy with a mental dissorder that causes fits of rage but it teaches the audience that no matter how strange you are -- there is someone out there who is perfect for you. WATCH THIS FILM!

1.) Donnie Darko - The movie that got me into movies. So creative, so unique, and depressing as hell. THE perfect halloween movie, but no it's not a horror. Way too much goes on in the movie to try and recap here, but symbolism is the name of the game... also, time travel. Just watch it.

That was pretty long but I feel quite passionate about my movies (plus I am a Looney so I sorta fit in the 'Looney Talk' mold :)). As I said before, these picks would change day by day, so in no way would I chalk these up as always being my top 5, but for now, that's where I stand.

Frankie said...

It's fun reading other people's lists. I am going to watch Donnie Darko tonight, and I agree that Life of Brian (you're nodding and whistling and singing right now, aren't you?) and Shaun of the Dead are sadly undervalued. But my top 5?? Well, I'll try, but I might do it over again later.

1. King of Hearts (subtitled version). This is a must-see. It's incredibly funny and touching and a very effective anti-war film. Always on my top 5.

2. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. Best western ever made, and it never gets old. Ennio Morricone does the music, and that's worth the price of admission right there.

3. The Unforgiven. A classic ghost story, and very nicely done.

4. Harold and Maude. Makes life worth living.

5. Gattaca. For everybody who's ever felt like they weren't good enough.

But I had to leave out The Long Riders, and A Knight's Tale, and Once Upon a Time in the West, and so many others that I've watched again and again.

Susan said...

I see Blogger ate my comment. :(

Angie said...

It's wasn't this blogger:)

I'm the nice one.

dani said...

my favorite movies are

1. flyboys

2. braveheart


4. the nightmare b4 christmas

5. enchanted