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Here is a list of my favorite films. this is not a list of the "best films of all time" or anything like that - simply films that I really enjoyed (and if enjoyment makes them "best" then so be it). I'm not saying that these are all incredible, enduring works of art (though many are, since art is subjective) - but definatly films that I would reccomend. I've listed these by categories - so are you ready? OK, let's get started.
Wall-E Just loved the little guy – more human than most humans
Antz: fabulous creation of a wonderful micro world
Chicken Run: escape from stalag 17 … ahem, the henhouse – too funny
Toy Story 1 and 2: lumped together – I loved them both
Monsters Inc: humor and a wild ride
Ratatouille: wonderful cinematography and a great story – plus Peter O’Toole
The Incredibles: Not the greatest visuals, but a fun story.
Ice Age: just a plain old good time – and Scratch is hilarious – gimme an acorn!
What’s New Pussycat: witty writing, Peter O’Toole and Peter Sellers too smart to be so zany.
My Favorite Year: O’Toole again in a comedy with depth – the Cap’n From Tartuga fight scene is terrific.
Young Frankenstein: a masterpiece
Blazing Saddles: Gene Wilder is just so cool and the jokes abound.
The Producers – original version with Wilder and Zero Mostel – Springtime For Hitler – need I say more?
Monty Python and The Holy Grail – sure, it’s just skits woven together, but what skits!
Arthur: A comedy with a heart.
Love Actually: Hugh Grant at his best – lovely story
Animal House: I don’t think I’ve ever laughed more in a movie theater.
Ghostbusters: inspired lunacy and Sigourney Weaver “I want you inside me” Bill Murray “ I think it’s already too crowded in there”
Dr. Strangelove : Peter Sellers and a wonderful George C Scott “Mr. President, what we have here is a mine shaft gap – we can’t let those ruskies come out ahead of us!”
Airplane: “I speak jive”.
4 weddings and a funeral: wonderfully black humor.
Fargo: so honestly direct you can’t help laughing.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding: funny and heartwarming
Victor Victoria: Blake Edward’s finest.
Scrooged: Wonderful twist on the tale.
Something’s Got To Give: Great chemistry between Keaton and Nicholson
Some Like It Hot: “We was wid you at Rigoletto” friends of the Italian Opera indeed!
3 musketeers: all 4 one and me for Rachel Welch
Beverly Hill Cop: great soundtrack and cool Murphy humor
How to Murder Your Wife: throw her in the gloppida gloppida machine!
Noises Off: troupe of actors and all their foibles
Fish Called Wanda: John Cleese , Jamie Lee and Kevin Kline are sublime
Sci-Fi and Fantasy
Blade Runner: what a story – Rutger Hauer, an android with a soul – and Darryl Hannah as a new wave punk robot.
Alien: haunted house in space terror.
Aliens: relentless heart pumping action
Star Wars: a visual revelation and a smashing good time
Star Wars Empire Strikes Back: Increased the wow factor.
Raiders of The Lost Ark 1&2: wonderful action sequences, a fedora and a bullwhip.
Avatar: Visually raises the bar again – and heck, I enjoyed the story – so there!
Terminator : terrific story and Arnie is just so bitchin’ in this
Terminator 2: out everything’s the first film – good story and great graphics
Dark Knight: Morality tale wrapped in a comic book – Ledger’s amoral Joker is priceless
Lord of the Ring: all 3 are fabulous – not going to split hairs one over the other – Jackson really made the books come to life.
The Matrix: ultra cool
The 300: When I think of this film I still say WOW
Serenity: Firefly rules!
Excalibur: The best treatment of the Arthurian Legend - plus Jon Luke Piccard is in it LOL
Action Type Films
Die Hard: Yippie Ky Yay MF
Gladiator: Unleash the Dogs of War
Black Hawk Down: Relentless action all kept within a framework.
Full Metal Jacket: so true it hurt.
Apocolypto: who knew Mel could produce such a wonder?
Braveheart: Hooray for the Scots!!!
The Patriot: terrific story couched in the American revolution.
Rob Roy: Hurray for the Scotts again! What a performance by Jessica Lange (and Liam was no slouch, and don’t forget the wonderful perf by Tim Roth)
Spartan: twisted bank robbery tale
Reservoir Dogs: Hello Quentin!
Kill Bill: Uma Fu
Crouching Tiger: visually stunning.
Saving Private Ryan – storming Normandy – wow!
The Hunt For Red October: tense tale down under with James Bond
The Professional: Jean Reno and Gary Oldman play cops and bad guys
The Duelists: Harvel Keitel holds a grudge through some wonderful Napolianic scenery
Lawrence of Arabia: epic is all you can say.
Schindler’s List: what price your soul – Ralph Fiennes unravels.
A Man For All Seasons: against all odds
The Lion In Winter: ugly, glorious humanity with O’Toole, Hepburn, Anthony Hopkins
The Last Emperor: incredible cinematography
Raise The Red Lantern: perhaps the best foreign film ever.
Casablanca: “this could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship”
5 days in May: take on the Cuban Missile crisis – riveting.
The Godfather 1&2: the mob rules
Prizzi’s Honor: and speaking of the mob – Angelica and Nicholson sizzle
Chinatown: Nicholson and Faye sizzle.
Silence of The Lambs: What a psychological masterpiece.
Merry Xmas Mr. Lawrence: Bowie in a Japanese concentration camp – haunting musical score.
Man From Elysian Fields: Jagger as gigolo.
Almost Famous: bursting with humanity - so very alive.
American Beauty: raises dark questions – Spacey is terrific
Usual suspects: just who is Kaiser?
Games: psychological thriller where the hunter becomes hunted.
House of Games: upper class psychiatrist drawn into world of gambling addiction.
LaFemme Nikita: beware what you create
Blood Simple: a butterfly flaps it’s wings and a tornado hits Texas
Pulp Fiction: give me a Royal with Cheese.
LA Confidential: corruption and cover-up in LA – great script and acting.
Rear Window: Simply compelling – inventive genius
The Dresser: Albert Finney and Tom Courtenay in actor’s film about the boards
The Stunt Man: O’Toole in slight of hand film making
Last Samurai: undoubtedly Tom Cruise’s best film
Kiss of the Spiderwoman: what a gripping story – Wm. Hurt tour de force
Shawshank Redemption: Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins do time
Somewhere In Time: oh lost love.
Apocalypse Redux: the making of Apoc Now – an incredible look at film making
Frost Nixon: perhaps the best docu drama ever – Langella as Nixon with all the nuance
Angel Heart: DeNiro as Louis Cypher – who hires a detective to discover…. Himself
The Wrestler: What performances by Tomei and Rourke. Uncompromising, unblinking look at life.
7: dark, dark film
Shakespeare In Love: is Stoppard the resurrection of the bard?
Bull Durham: Surrandon, Robbins and Costner – what a romantic trio – with the great American game as a backdrop.
Dances with Wolves: Epic and wonderful
The Sting: Newman and Redford – what else do you need?
Dangerous Liaisons: To be John Malkovich in this film
Michael Clayton: far more than a morality tale of corporate greed – every nuance is terrific
Before Sunrise/ Before sunset: perhaps the ultimate exploration of that 4 letter word
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: no honor amongst Eastwood, Van Cleef and Wallach
Apollo 13 – gripping
United 93 – heroic
Psycho: ultimate horror film?
Swept Away: The original – class and gender reversal by Lina Wertmuller.
Magic: Anthony Hopkins and a dummy
The Exorcist: one of the best horror films - uber creepy and a good adaptation of a very awesome book