Monday, August 30, 2010

Movies 111: Top Five Picks

I know, I'm terrible. I'm going to be hideously self indulgent and share my personal favorite films of all time. I don't have any particular order of preference unless it's sorted by genre, because you can't really compare apples and oranges without just saying, "they're both fruit."

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#1 - Avatar, because it is amazingly well produced and the most perfect inspirational story ever, however much of a rip off it may be of Pocahontas. And Jake Sully is hot.
#2 - Gladiator, because the ending makes me cry and I'm a sucker for tragedies and coup d'etats.
#3 - The Matrix, because the cinematography is gorgeous and the plotline is so philosophically inspired. And Neo looks good in those specs.
#4 - V For Vendetta, because it's another coup d'etat story that makes me cry.
#5 - 300, because the cinematography left me breathless and Gerard Butler had some really nice abdominals.

#1 - Amelie, because the cinematography was so original and colorful, the story was very cute and I could relate to main character.
#2 - P.S. I Love You, because I'm a sucker for tragedies and second chances.
#3 - Penelope, because I'm a huge fan of James McAvoy and the cinematography has the same sort of vibe as Amelie. The story is also just so adorable, I want to squeeze its cheeks.
#4 - Romeo + Juliet, because, what can I say, it's a tragedy. And Shakespeare is awesome. The mesh between modern day world with old world language is fantastic.
#5 - The Notebook, because it's just so sweet. Timeless love wins.

#1 - Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, because it has an amazing score, acting, cinematography, story, everything. It's the perfect movie. With Alan Rickman in it, too. What more could you ask for?
#2 - Inception, because the story is so original and perplexingly mesmorizing. The film was well made and the acting was really great.
#3 - The Usual Suspects, because Kevin Spacey is totally wicked in it and you could never expect the huge twist at the end.
#4 - The Orphanage, because you're just not quite sure what to think at the end, even with everything explained. Foreign films have a different sort of element to them than American ones.
#5 - Pan's Labyrinth, because it's so vivid and brutish and dreamlike with lovely cinematogrpahy and acting.

#1 - Monty Python & the Holy Grail, because the Monty Python crew are all comical geniuses and I can quote along with the movie.
#2 - Hot Fuzz, because I just cannot get over the granny getting drop kicked.
#3 - The Princess Bride, because the story is sweet and it's really funny when Princess Buttercup and Will are rolling down that hella steep hill. I could rewind that over and over again.
#4 - Arsenic and Old Lace, because it's a G rated horror story with Cary Grant and his crazy expressions and yelling about. Good times.
#5 - Young Frankenstein, because a Mel Brooks movie should make the list and I get a kick out of Madeline Kahn's performances.

#1 - Spirited Away, because the animation is gorgeous, the music and story is so sweet and poetic, and I want to hug Haku and No Face.
#2 - Howl's Moving Castle, because the music and story is also so sweet, directed by the astounding Hayao Miyazaki, and I love Turnip Head and Christian Bale's voice as Howl.
#3 - Wall-E, because the romance between robots is so freaking adorable I just burst into fits of squeeing and wiggling my arms in front of my chest. Also, it helps kids understand the importance of protecting the Earth.
#4 - The Emperor's New Groove, because it's randomness never fails to please and Yzma wants to put the mouse-sized emperor in a box, inside of another box, mail it to herself, and smash it with a hammer.
#5 - Up, because I'm a sucker for tragedies and the story of a romance through old age tugs at my heartstrings.

What are your top 5?


  1. Princess Bride definitely makes my list.
    Shaun of the Dead because I watched it forever
    Run Lola Run
    The Princess and the Warrior (a german film)
    Jacquou le croquant (French film with Gaspard Ulliel)

  2. Oh my gosh! Your taste is amazing. :)