dWhisper wrote:The simple fact is, these sort of topics are just somewhat lame. There's nothing wrong with making a thread to talk about films, or your favorites, but a topic that consists of nothing more than a list? It's just pointless. Tell us why a movie is your favorite, why you love it, or why it's so important to you. Don't just rattle off titles. No one cares. You don't even care, otherwise you would have put some more thought into it.
Just saying is all...
You are absolutely right. I was actually going to expand on the list, but didn't have the time to do it, and decided to wait until I had the full time (Of course, I really should've just waited to post the topic until then- that Save button's there for a reason). So, while I'm here, here's the full expanded list:
- I'll admit, the only reason I really like this movie is for Joel Grey's performance. He's an absolute delight to watch, and completely steals every scene he's in. But the rest of the movie is good, too. Liza Minelli, while not my favorite actress to play Sally Bowles (Jill Haworth FTW), gives a very good performance nonetheless, and the film manages to be a faithful recreation of the original stage version even as it strays wildly from the play's original story. Like most movie musicals, the original is far superior, but this is still really good.
- I'll bet some of you are rather surprised to see this so low, what with my screen name and all. And this used to be a lot higher, but I just realized how much I liked the other films on the list. Anyways, I'll admit Tron
has a lot of flaws and overall is a rather weak film, but it is a complete joy to watch and has a lot of memorable scenes. David Warner and Jeff Bridges also give very good performances.
18. Toy Story 2
- One of the few sequels to surpass the quality of the original, this is just a great film. While I don't think it's Pixar's absolute best (That spot is reserved for Up
), it's definitely up there. It has excellent characters, humor, a very original plot, and, like all of Pixar's films, can be enjoyed by both a child and adult audience (Something the other animation studios desperately need to learn how to do). This is an old favorite of mine, and I beleive it was one of the first films I saw in theatres, so it has a lot of nostalgia for me.
17. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
- By far the best Star Trek film to date, this film just has it all- a great cast, an involving, complex story, and superb special effects. What really makes the film, though, is Ricardo Montalban's performance as Khan Noonien Singh, the genetic superhuman out for revenge on Kirk. He gives an absolutely fantastic performance as Khan, and is really the highlight of an already-fantastic film.
16. Back to the Future
- This is just a great (sci-fi/nostalgia peice/comedy/???) film.It has a stellar cast led by Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd, superb effects, a great (and unique) story, and a great soundtrack. It's just an overall great film.
- Okay, now this is a pretty weak film, I'll admit it. The Lost boys are so incredibly annoying, and there's a number of scenes that just don't make sense and are just really stupid. However, what really makes the film for me (And why it gets the #15 spot is because of Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman, and Bob Hoskins. Their performances in the film really save it, and make it a very worthwhile film.
14. Sunset Boulevard
- This is an old classic, and for good reason. It has incredible acting (Particularly from Gloria Swanson) a unique and original story, and a wonderful atmosphere throughout the whole of the film. It's just a great, great movie.
13. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
- While I don't think this is the best Indiana Jones film (Raiders of the Lost Ark
takes that for me), this is certaintly my favorite. Sean Connery really adds something to the film, and the rest of it is just fun to watch.
12. Superman II
- I was surprised to find that this one really isn't as well liked as I thought it would be. But it is hands-down my favorite Superman movie. It goes so far beyond the original film in almost every aspect, and overall is a much deeper film then the original. The only downside is the stupid slapstick moments that plague certain parts of the film, thanks to Richard Lester. Despite that, the Lester cut still has preference over the Donner cut, as the Donner cut removes a lot of the things that made the Lester cut good (And it had such a stupid ending).
11. The Nightmare Before Christmas
- This is a vastly overrated film, I'll admit it. But it's still incredibly good. The film, like most of Burton's films, is very imaginative, the characters are good, and Danny Elfman's score is extremely good- among my favorite film scores. Despite its annoyingly enormous popularity, it remains among my favorite films- but not enought to breach the Top Ten, unfortunately.
10. The Abominable Dr. Phibes
- This is a pretty dang obscure one. It's an old horror film from 1970 starring Vincent Price, and I personally think it's his best horror film. It's suspenseful at times, and has a chilling atmosphere throughout most of the film. What really makes the film stand out to me, though, is the fact that it doesn't take itself seriously. The horror elements are layered with comedy, and really make the film enjoyable. Add some superb visuals (For the most part, anyway...) and an all-around excellent cast, and you've got a really great movie.
9. Lars and the Real Girl
- This is another relatively unknown one, although much more recent. The plot involves a man who has a delusion that a party doll bought off the internet is a real girl, and pursues an actual relationship with her. The small town he lives in is encouraged to actually go along with the delusion, his doctor saying that he'll get rid of it when he's ready to. The result is a film which, I think, is one of the best films of the decade. Its comedy mixes with poignancy so beautifully well that often times you don't know whether you're supposed to laugh or be touched. Another thing that makes it great is the impeccable cast, who play very beleivable and complex characters. I think it was a crime that this was almost completely snubbed at the Oscars, earning only a nomination for Best Screenplay.
, I bet none of you would have ever guessed
that this would be on my favorite films list. Anyway, Ghostbusters
is another great 80's classic that perfectly blends (extremely mild) horror, sci-fi, and comedy. Really, there's not that much to say about it. The acting's good, the story's good, the effects are great, the soundtrack is absolutely fantastic- it's just a really great film. If you haven't seen it yet, definitely check it out.
- In my opinion, this is the best Batman film to date. There are so many things that make it good, but probably the biggest reason for me is the whole atmosphere of the film. It has a very dark, imaginative atmosphere that really makes the film stand out, and one which has yet to be matched in the later Batman films. Another big thing that makes it good is Michael Keaton's performance as Batman- in my opinion, the best Batman we've had. He's able to perfectly play Batman without overdoing the voice (*cough*ChristianBale*cough*) and also plays a very human Bruce Wayne, something not done by the later actors.
6. The Dark Crystal
- This is another one which the atmosphere really makes it for me. What really makes it special here, though, is that the whole film is done with puppets- unique, imaginative puppets. Each creature has a different, unique design, and there was so much thought and creativity put into the world itself that it really gets you into the film.
5. Ed Wood
- This is, in my opinion, Tim Burton's best work. There's just so much that makes it good- the excellent casting of Johnny Depp and Martin Landau (Though I really wish Burton would stop using Depp for parts he really shouldn't have- I'm looking at you, Sweeney Todd), the soundtrack that captures the feel of Wood's films, the black-and-white, the sentimental moments with Lugosi and Wood, the uplifting ending sequence, etc., etc. This is just a fantastic movie.
4. To Kill A Mockingbird
- I think the Nostalgia Critic said it best that this is just an all-around perfect film. It has a perfect cast, it's an extremely close adaptation of the novel, etc. What really makes the film for me, though, is the fantastic score by Elmer Bernstein. What makes it so great is that Bernstein doesn't write the score to sync up with the action- something composers like Jerry Goldsmith or John Williams tend to do- he writes the score to capture the whole look and feel of the film- and he does it best here. The sweet but haunting score perfectly matches with Boo Radley's character in the film, and just really completes the film for me.
3. The Secret of NIMH
- This is, by far, my favorite animated film. The animation by Don Bluth is absolutely stunning, the likes of which has yet to be matched by other animation studios. Every shot in the film is just beautiful, and every character has their own unique look to them- particulary Nicodemus and the Great Owl, with their luminescent eyes and long grey beards. Yes, the movie strays far from the book, but it creates something so good that you hardly notice. It's just a great film overall, and is by far Don Bluth's best work.
2. Jesus Christ Superstar
- This is, by far, the greatest musical movie ever made. Ever. It's a rock opera about the last days of Jesus Christ through the eyes of Judas Iscariot, and it's just absolutely perfect. The cast is all-around perfect- every single actor/actress was perfectly cast, and they all give amazing vocals. By far the best performance is Barry Dennen as Pontius Pilate. Reprising his role from the original concept album and the subsequent Broadway production, he gives an absolutely chilling performance as Pilate, and adds a sympathetic note to the character. The rest of the cast is great as well, with Ted Neeley as Jesus (And who is still playing the role today), Carl Anderson as Judas, and Yvonne Ellimen, reprising her role as Mary Magdalene from the concept album and Broadway production. Another noteworthy cast member is Zero Mostel's son playing King Herod- a delightfully nonsensical take of the character. The film is, as I mentioned before, a rock opera, with music and lyrics by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice- and is by far Webber's best work. Each song is catchy (Without being annoyingly so), with excellent orchestration (Webber is a master at mixing rock music with a full scale orchestra), great lyrics, and overall a great score. The best songs would have to be "Heaven on Their Minds", "Gethsemane", "Trial Before Pilate", "Pilate and Christ", and "Jesus Must Die". The direction by Norman Jewison is also great, and the film's location in (then) modern ruins of Jerusalem really make it stand out. The film also manages to appeal both to a Christian and non-Christian audience- it provides a lot of theological questions to Christians, but also puts the story in a matter-of-fact presentation, with no actual clear definition that Christ is or isn't the son of God- leaving the viewers to decide that for themselves. There's just so much that makes this film so good, I can't give it enough justice. If you haven't seen it, I'd highly recommend you check it out. It's just wonderful.
1. The Empire Strikes Back
- This is such a typical pick for a Star Wars fan, I know. But it's just so good. It took everything that made Star Wars
good, upped it beyond beleif, and added more depth and complexity, no doubt due to the excellent direction of Irvin Kershner. The effects, cast, soundtrack, etc. are all fantastic, and it's definitely my favorite film of all time. It's just great.