The Year in Five Favorite Films

Summary

People love making lists, and filmmakers are no different. Each year we talk to a host of different people as part of our enduring Five Favorite Films feature, in which -- stay with us on this one -- we ask the talent to pick their all-time five favorite films. Or, as the case may be, the ones that they're currently into, have inspired their latest project, or just randomly tumble from their minds and into the ether in an unchecked stream of consciousness. Here then, we thought we'd have a quick look back at some of the stats and highlights of 2012... Back to Article

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Dick Travis

Mick Travis

Have you seen the 1932 version of SCARFACE, just out of curiosity?

Dec 28 - 02:07 PM

Tits M.

Tits McGee

My top 5 (including explanations):
1. Harold and Maude - Ruth Gordon is fantastic and the soundtrack gave me an appreciation for Cat Stevens' music. Though the ending makes me cry, the movie puts me in a great mood on the whole. Also, the little jaguar hearse is my favorite movie car.
2. Pan's Labyrinth - Guillermo Del Toro is a visionary filmmaker, and I love that they used CGI sparingly in creating the special effects for this movie. The thin man with the palm eyes is a standout (he may be my favorite creation of Del Toro's, though the angel of death in Hellboy 2 deserves an honorable mention). Not to mention that the story and acting is fantastic. I thought this deserved a nomination for the best picture Oscar that year (not just in the foreign language category).
3. Rushmore - I really enjoy Wes Anderson movies, partly because they all remind me of Harold and Maude. I was pleased to see Bud Cort as the bond company stooge in The Life Aquatic, but my favorite Wes Anderson movie continues to be Rushmore. Bill Murray stuffing the little kid playing basketball may be my favorite scene from any movie, and the listing of Max's extracurricular activities set to Creation's Making Time is my favorite musical montage.
4. Pulp Fiction - Though I own the DVD, I feel compelled to watch this whenever it's on TV, and my number of views is getting up there. My poor husband has had to listen to me recite lengthy passages of dialog while I'm watching it, which is terrible to do to someone, but I love the exchanges between Jules and Vincent. I generally can't stand John Travolta, and not just because of his role in the Church of Scientology, but Vincent Vega is a bada$$.
5. MacGruber - Though I've already included two comedies (of the dark, dry variety), I had to include a ridiculously silly comedy on my list. Since Anna Kendrick already took Wet Hot American Summer, I'll stick with MacGruber. I was only moderately entertained by the 2-minute SNL sketches, so I did not have high expectations for this movie. But it made me laugh so hard I teared up multiple times, and I quote the movie frequently. Repeated viewings have only increased my appreciation of it.

Dec 28 - 02:17 PM

D P.

D P

Anyone who has the cojones to put MacGruber on their list doesn't need to explain a damn thing.

Full disclosure: I haven't seen MacGruber, but I have movies like that which are just laugh generating machines. Rat Race, for example.

Dec 29 - 06:55 AM

Dick Travis

Mick Travis

I reviewed RAT RACE while in college. There are some truly hilarious sequences in it ("I Love Lucy" convention bus, mustached dude looking like Hitler at WW2 Convention)...those guys ran into a lot of group meetings!

Dec 30 - 03:23 PM

Shiva the God of Death

Noah F

If I'm honest, it'd be Titanic, Hugo, Good Will Hunting, Almost Famous, and Big Fish. Greatest films ever? No, no, no. But I enjoy watching them and feel so much during them more than I do for most films.

Dec 28 - 02:24 PM

Dick Travis

Mick Travis

I thought ALMOST FAMOUS was the best film of the year 2000. I liked GLADIATOR, but it was too soon after BRAVEHEART I felt lol.

Dec 28 - 03:13 PM

Orlando Whitcomb-Worden

Orlando Whitcomb-Worden

I love those movies!

Dec 29 - 06:12 AM

D P.

D P

You must have been a teenager in the late 90s :)

Of those probably my personal fave was Big Fish, one of Burton's most underrated movies.

Dec 29 - 06:52 AM

Shiva the God of Death

Noah F

Actually, no. I'm still a teenager now. I have a thing for the late 90s aesthetic: a return to the 70s, after a dreadful decade of datedness in the 80s. Handheld camera, warm colors, not 80s music. Mhm.

I agree. Big Fish is, in my opinion, Tim Burton at his most substantial. All his other films feel like holograms: they're pretty and even exciting, but ultimately lacking in anything real. Maybe barring Ed Wood. Ed Scissorhands was close too, but the ending was . . . yeah.

Dec 31 - 02:17 PM

Luvagoo

Tallulah Robinson

I think there's a big difference between your 5 favourite films, and the 5 best films you've ever seen, so all good :D

Jan 1 - 11:47 AM

Tino Pecchia

Tino Pecchia

My top 5:
1.Beauty and the Beast(1991)
2.Sunset Boulevard(1950)
3.The Silence of the Lambs(1991)
4.Amadeus(1984)
5.The Dark Knight(2008)

Dec 28 - 02:33 PM

Bradyn R.

Bradyn Roddy

never have seen Sunset, but great list.

Dec 29 - 07:49 PM

Jose Rios Diaz

Jose Rios Diaz

Honestly speaking, my top 5?
1. The Dark Knight Rises
2. The Avengers
3. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2
4. The Hunger Games
5. Avatar

Dec 28 - 02:34 PM

Alvaro M. Dobaņo

Alvaro M. Dobaņo

Mine: Aguirre the wrath of God, A clockwork Orange, Carrie, Persona, Soy Cuba

Dec 28 - 02:34 PM

John Koh

John Koh

Great list! Aguirre is definitely one of my favorite.

Dec 29 - 10:22 AM

Jason H.

Jason Huang

1. Inception
2. The Dark Knight
3. The Departed
4. Fight Club
5. Memento
I'm still a teenager so my list may look a little more commercial.

Dec 28 - 02:35 PM

D P.

D P

There's always time to check out the great movies of the past
,

Dec 29 - 06:56 AM

Alex Carmichael

Alex Carmichael

I guess you're a Chris Nolan fan

Dec 30 - 02:31 PM

Linda B.

Linda Burke

1.The Wizard of Oz
2.The Passion of Joan of Arc
3.Rosemary's Baby
4.Akira
5.Nights of Cabiria

Dec 28 - 02:39 PM

Dick Travis

Mick Travis

I LOVE your list!

Dec 28 - 03:14 PM

Linda B.

Linda Burke

Thanks :) I need to watch "Vertigo" again.

Dec 28 - 03:39 PM

Linda B.

Linda Burke

Wait...let's make it a tie for "Nights of Cabiria" and "Bride of Frankenstein".

Dec 28 - 04:59 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

This is why I can't do it. It's an impossiblity. "8 1/2" or "Vampyr"? I can't even limit it to my five favorite directors.

Dec 28 - 05:15 PM

Linda B.

Linda Burke

Perhaps it is an impossibility choose five favorites. I'm only being self-indulgent. 'Tis the season.

Dec 28 - 06:51 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Fellini is difficult for me to choose favorites. "Cabiria" is excellent, but I also really like "Juliet of the Spirits".

Dec 29 - 12:14 AM

D P.

D P

satyricon is my go to Fellini, but I loved LA Strada too.

Dec 29 - 06:58 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

I was trying to limit it to films featuring Giulietta Masina, but it illustrates my point. And "Dolce Vida", "Roma", "Amacord", "Cassanova"...I can't even pick my five favorite Fellini films!

Dec 29 - 07:32 AM

Linda B.

Linda Burke

"La Strada" and "Nights of Cabiria" are about equal in my book. Whichever I've seen last is my favorite.

Dec 29 - 08:13 AM

D P.

D P

Marry me!

Dec 29 - 06:56 AM

Linda B.

Linda Burke

Oh, all right :)

Dec 29 - 04:43 PM

Dick Travis

Mick Travis

Dammit, DP beat me to the punch.

Dec 30 - 03:33 PM

Linda B.

Linda Burke

No, he didn't. Who says I can't have multiple husbands? :)

Dec 30 - 04:06 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

Wanna be careful marrying a guy named DP. Best case he's just sexually adventurous, worse case you end up Mrs. Drew Peterson.

Jan 1 - 07:27 PM

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Twan Schenkels

Twan Schenkels

Oh dang! I totally forgot about 'In Bruges'. My top 5 is rapidly expanding as I read this thread...

Dec 29 - 05:49 AM

Carlos DiVIto

Carlos DiVIto

Top 5 JFK, The Crow, Empire Strikes Back, The Dark Knight, Beetlejuice

Dec 28 - 03:05 PM

Dick Travis

Mick Travis

I thought ALMOST FAMOUS was the best film of the year 2000. I liked GLADIATOR, but it was too soon after BRAVEHEART I felt lol.

Dec 28 - 03:13 PM

Dick Travis

Mick Travis

I LOVE your list!

Dec 28 - 03:14 PM

Linda B.

Linda Burke

Thanks :) I need to watch "Vertigo" again.

Dec 28 - 03:39 PM

Gene Bodyl

Gene Bodyl

my top 5 films: Lord of the Rings:Return of the King, The Green Mile, Schindler's List, The Godfather, The Dark Knight

Dec 28 - 03:21 PM

Conner Wood

Conner Wood

Great list

Dec 28 - 03:58 PM

Marc Habchy

Marc Habchy

great list

Dec 31 - 10:51 PM

Linda B.

Linda Burke

Thanks :) I need to watch "Vertigo" again.

Dec 28 - 03:39 PM

Jansen Gefert

Jansen Gefert

1. Pulp Fiction
2. Fight Club
3. The Shawshank Redemption
4. City of God
5. Rushmore

Dec 28 - 03:47 PM

Nicholas Kelly

Nicholas Kelly

My top 5 (as of right now, and mostly in order): Ikiru, The Lord of the Rings 2, Die Hard, The Godfather, Children of Men

Dec 28 - 03:50 PM

Tyler McNain

Tyler McNain

Catch Me If You Can, Godfather Part 1, Cool Hand Luke, The Departed and The Social Network

Dec 28 - 03:53 PM

Gabe Zia

Gabe Zia

My top 5: Taxi Driver, Memento, Full Metal jacket, Pulp Fiction, Fight Club

Dec 28 - 03:55 PM

Conner Wood

Conner Wood

My Top 5:

1. Inglourious Basterds (2009)
2. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
3. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
4. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
5. Saving Private Ryan (1998)

Dec 28 - 03:58 PM

Joe Hart

Joe Hart

RAIDERS ROCKS!

Dec 29 - 11:14 AM

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