Saturday, 23 February 2013

1up Blog #81: My Top Ten Movies (08/12/2011)

10. 3:10 to Yuma
Westerns are probably the coolest thing ever (even cooler than pirates). I doubt this is even the best Western (I remember really liking Unforgiven, but that is a very distant memory). Regardless, it is definitely the best to come out lately. It also has probably the best performances from both Christian Bale and Russell Crowe.
9. Full Metal Jacket
Stanley Kubrick, boy do I have to watch more of your movies. A classic specifically for two scenes which are two of the biggest shockers I’ve seen in movies.
8. Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
For its time, it is hard to deny this wrapped the trilogy in a suitably epic and magical way. Since then, its dull colours and slow pace kind of wore on me, but that doesn’t keep it from being one of my favourites.
7. Blade Runner
This is far from a perfect movie. In fact, the first time I watched it, I was thinking this would soon join my list of most overrated movies. Then I watched it again and realized that Blade Runner was actually a pretty good movie. After possibly have a dozen more re-watches, it soon dawned on me that this was going to be among my favourite movies (despite its many glaring faults); Unlike almost every other movie, I continue to see new things in the extremely detailed world of Blade Runner.
6. The Dark Knight
After walking out of the theatre from the first time I watched this movie, I thought it was a contender for best movie ever (like many others). Watching it more, it was pretty obvious this wasn’t going to be another Blade Runner that I will watch every six months or so. The plot doesn’t really leave anythingto the imagination. Regardless, it’s still a fantastic movie for reasons I’m sure everyone here understands.
5. Requiem for a Dream
A movie about drugs, how original!Still, if one movie effectively dissuaded me from the stuff, it’s this one. Overall, it’s very well edited and entertaining without shoving the shocking stuff in your face too much.
4. Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl
While I can’t speak for its numerous sequels, the original Pirates is the quintessential Pirate movie. And since I love pirates that is a really huge bonus! This movie does the pirate genre so well, I have to wonder if those mildly entertaining sequels really added anything at all to the franchise.
3. Stars Wars Episodes IV-VI
You might be thinking ‘that’s cheating’ by lumping three movies into one spot, but I actually like to see this trilogy as a single movie. It’s also really hard to for me to pick a favourite considering they each have advantages over one another. I also probably don’t have to tell you why Star Wars is awesome.
2. Donnie Darko
There’s something about high-school movies that are really appealing to me. Maybe it’s because they are often over glamorized versions filled with all the drama and not the usual boring days we got. What works better is mixing that with sci-fi, a creepy bunny, and a truly mindf*** of an ending and it’s a movie that is hard not to enjoy.
1. Princess Mononoke
Looking at the rest of this list, you would probably never know I was an anime fan. To enjoy this movie though, you really don’t have to be. I’ve watched this movie about ten times now and continue to be astonished by the world it’s created. It’s one of those worlds that feel like it would be really cool to live in.
Honourable Mentions: The Aviator, Cowboy Bebop: The Movie, Dangerous Days: Making Blade Runner (yes, the documentary on the movie!), District 9, Gladiator, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, Inglorious Basterds, LOTR: Two Towers and Fellowship, The Matrix, Millennium Actress, Samurai X: Trust & Betrayal, Serenity, Spirited Away ... (and probably more)

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