Okay, everyone. I don’t know how many people actually read the blog but I’ve been wanting to make this blog post for a while. I love movies. Last year, I went on a huge old school binge and watched a lot of movies from the 90s and 80s I hadn’t seen yet. I’m going to try and list my top 10 movies. Now, I’m not going to put the list in any particular order. I’m one of those people who love a movie a lot and then I watch another movie that I loved just as much. So my list changes a lot. So I guess one way of viewing this list is if say, I was channel surfing and saw this movie on television, I would sit down and watch it. Now these are just my opinion, I know I’ll forget some, I just know it, so try and bare with me.
Harry Potter- I grew up with Harry Potter. I spent years and years watching the movies and the books. It was my childhood. I have different opinions of each of the movies. Some were good. Some were great. Some were just ok. But as a whole, if Harry Potter is on the television, it is on in my house.
The Land Before Time-One of the greatest kid films of all time, The Land Before Time is actually quite sad. The story is deep, the colors were made more for adults than for children and there’s a real atmosphere of sadness. The synopsis: A dinosaur loses his mother and has to continue on the way to the oasis, paradise without her. He teams up with several other different dinosaurs along the way. This movie taught me, subtly, about racism, and how everyone was different, but it was good that way. One of the sadder details of the movie that more and more people are finding out is about one of the child actors. Judith Barsi was a child actress during the late 80s. She played “Ducky” in the Land Before Time. She was killed by her father right around the time this was released. This adds to the movie in a lot of ways. Now, let me be clear, be sure to watch the ORIGINAL Land Before Time. The sequels were complete junk compared to the first one.
Jurassic Park-It’s been nine years since I saw the original Jurassic Park. And it still has my favorite movie moment of all time. The one where you see the dinosaurs for the first time. Jurassic Park was one of the greatest movies I saw when I was a kid. I loved the action, the dinos, and the score was beautiful. Even when I was like 9, I still thought the music added so much more to the movie. Jurassic Park was epic. The sequels aren’t that great. But the original is a classic.
Stephen King’s Non-horror movies-Okay, I have three movies in the Number 7 spot. Why? Well, I need to mix this list up a bit. There are three Stephen King movies that I saw within the last year and I loved them all. Stand by Me, The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile. Often considered to be some of the best movies of all time, I agree. Stand by Me was like a grown up version of the Sandlot. Green Mile had probably the best entire cast for a movie. Shawshank Redemption was pure brilliance. I can’t pick a favorite though.
50/50- 50/50 was by far the best movie to come out in 2011. I’ve seen seven of the nine best picture nominees and I can’t believe some of them beat 50/50. For those of you who don’t know what 50/50 is about, here is a very brief synopsis. Dude gets cancer. Dude lives with cancer. And that’s about all I can say without spoiling it. It was funny but at the same time potent. Deep, yet uplifting. This film also provides me with further evidence that Joseph Gordon Leavitt is the next Tom Hanks.
Inception- I don’t really need to explain anymore here. Just watch Inception.
Die Hard. Die Hard is one of the best action movies of all time. And one of the best Christmas movies of all time. This is just a great movie. Is it the best movie ever made? No. Is it stupid? Yeah, a bit. But the movie is not trying to be anything that it isn’t.
Tom Hanks-Okay, fine. Tom Hanks isn’t exactly a movie. But honestly, like with the Stephen King movies, I just can’t pick a true victor. Hanks was brilliant in four of my favorite movies: Philadelphia, Forrest Gump, Castaway and Saving Private Ryan. All legendary movies that will last forever. There are no other actors that can play a role like Hanks can. He is a once-in-a-lifetime actor. I thank him for that.
Old-school Disney-Do you remember when Disney made movies and television shows that didn’t revolve around being famous? I sure do. Disney was the definition of my childhood. Half of my videos growing up were either Disney or Thomas the Tank Engine. I would say that the best Disney movies for me personally came out in the late 80s, peaked around 93, and ended in about 2005. One Disney movie that has stuck with me for over a decade is The Lion King. As I’ve grown older, I’ve come to appreciate some of the less popular Disney movies. The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Atlantis the Lost Empire and Treasure Planet all come to mind. This was my childhood.
Schindler’s List-Schindler’s List is arguably the greatest movie ever made. Period. It is one of Speilberg’s best works. It was a great movie. I loved it. I stayed up after watching it in and when I was trying to fall asleep. Everyone should see this movie. It’s a dream of mine to place a rock on the grave of Schindler. He was an unsung hero of World War II and this movie honors him beautifully. I was just in silent tears of how much this movie affected me. It stuck with me for days. After I rented Schindler’s List, it took like a week for me to rent anything serious.
So that’s my countdown. Comment and tell me what you thought.