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What are your top 5 movies?
Spirit Stallion of the Cimeron
What they all have in common: horses, men, and cute things.
Memoirs of a Geisha
Something's Gotta Give
Pirates of the Caribbean I
Pirates of the Caribbean II
Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
LotR: The Two Towers
The Iron Giant
<--- *sigh* Dork
Day for Night
The Last Metro
Kill Bill vol1
The Young Girls of Rochefort
My favorite ever was probably a 1924 Mack Sennet short, The Hollywood Kid. I could see that every day for the next twenty years and not get tired of it. I'd put Laurel & Hardy, Our Wife (1931), in the same class.
Of the productions most people think of as "movies" I have to admit that maybe two of the top five are musicals - as much to my surprise as anyone's.
Marty--with Ernest Borgnine
Slow Dancing In The Big City--with Paul Sorvino
Hearts In Atlantis--Anthony Hopkins
My Best Friend's Wedding
The Chronicles of Narnia
Shakespeare in Love
12 Angry Men
Hmm this is tough to narrow down to 5 so I'll keep it recent...
In no particular order:
The Royal Tenenbaums
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Sidenote, thanks for reminding me about Shawshank, Meg. I was torn between it and Munich.
3. Rear Window
those are all chick flicks!!!
I couldn't narrow this down to just five, so I decided to make a list of movies that I really dig but that aren't critically acclaimed. By weeding out widely-loved movies like My Fair Lady, Brokeback Mountain, The Shawshank Redemption, and the original Manchurian Candidate, I've got a list that's a bit more provocative and reveals some more of my idiosyncracies:
Four Overlooked Movies (listed alphabetically):
Clue: An excellent ensemble cast, zany one-liners, and relentless pacing make this a brilliant homage to Murder By Death.
The Contender: As a political junkie, this is my favorite political film. Gary Oldman's ruthlessness never descends into comic-book evil, and Joan Allen does a great portrayal of the nominee who nearly but doesn't quite crumble under intense scrutiny. Both of them walked difficult lines masterfully.
Hair: Milos Forman took fantastic songs from the musical and weaved a coherent and touching plot around them, something the musical lacked. Some of the scenes are dated -- White Boys and Hare Krishna each push a stereotype a little too far -- but the last act of the movie is a cinematic masterpiece.
Joe Versus the Volcano: A much-maligned movie that improves upon repeated viewings. The surface plot is pretty cornball, but richly detailed and filled with agreeably odd characters. Very interesting...as a luggage problem!
Two Not-Fantastic But Still Quite Good Movies
The Addams Family: An inspired revisitation of the creepy, kooky, etc. family. Though marred by unsubtle product placements (FedEx, MC Hammer, for example) and an overreliance on special effects, the film wins points for its extraordinary dialogue and sets. The chemistry between Anjelica Huston and Raul Julia manages to be both hysterically funny and undeniably erotic.
Waterworld: Too long, and the uninteresting "chase scene" in the second half makes the movie seem even longer. But the cinematography is gorgeous, and the global-warming-dystopia depicted in the first half of the movie is engrossing. Not a five-star movie by any stretch of the imagination, but also not nearly as bad as critics made it out to be.
Awe, damn... I should've put "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" on my list! Love that movie!
Some Like it Hot
The Color Purple
Driving Miss Daisy
The Wizard of Oz
Manhattan Murder Mystery
Small Time Crooks
This is My Life
The 40-Year-Old Virgin
In no particular order, changes from day to day, here are a few notable movies for me:
LOTR: The Two Towers
Notes on a Scandal
(i'm afraid to admit this) The Bridges of Madison County
Little Miss Sunshine
I couldn't put just five films down...There's far too many great films! So I thought I'd list five great films that many of you may have not heard of and implore you to go and watch.
Taxi (Original Luc Besson French version)
Plunkett & Macleane