RT Picks Our All-Time Favorite Movies

For our 10th anniversary, the staff looks back on its most-beloved films.

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Moulin Rouge! (2001)
Tomatometer: 78%
Chosen by Paul Lee, RT Founder

Wow, this is a tough one. But if I had to name one movie, then I'd have to say it's Moulin Rouge.

I remember the first time I watched Moulin Rouge in the theater. I really had no idea what the movie was about, not even that it was a musical, even though I was at RT.

The movie began in a promising way, I thought, but I wasn't sure what to make of it. But when Ewan McGregor burst out singing,"The hills are alive with the sound of music," dressed rather ridiculously as the sensitive Swiss poet goatherd, that's when I got the movie. I was totally absorbed from that moment, and I understood what the movie was about, despite the zaniness in the beginning.

Moulin Rouge is a story about love, of course, but a story about love expressed through song, just as Strictly Ballroom was a love story expressed through dance and Romeo+Juliet was one told through poetry. I saw it four more times in the theater, and Baz Luhrman remains one of my favorite directors.

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2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Tomatometer: 96%
Chosen by Ryan Fujitani, Community Manager

I'm not sure I could write much about this movie that hasn't already been written more eloquently and by more qualified people. Gorgeous cinematography; groundbreaking special effects that hold up even to this day; an iconic musical score; screaming monkey-men with bones, a giant black monolith, a killer supercomputer, and abstract notions of time travel/human existence/higher intelligence... The experience is so deep, I get the bends when the credits roll. At its simplest, it is to me the most beautiful sci-fi movie ever put on celluloid (and quite possibly one of the most beautiful movies ever, period), and at its most thought-provoking, 2001 embodies so many of the ideas I'd always entertained about the universe, but which I'd lacked the capacity to express or illustrate accurately or meaningfully. I'm not even very big on sci-fi, and while the film's true message may forever remain ambiguous, 2001 somehow never fails to make me ache, shiver, and melt all at once. I find it simply breathtaking, and I become absorbed in every minute of it.