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As any lover of movies has undoubtedly found, creating a list of 'Top Ten Favorite Movies' comes as a highly daunting and questionable task. For some, myself included, chosing a number of films one would call their favorite becomes such a scrupulous task because of its underlying importance. That being, not only a list of films that have impacted one's life in some form or another, but also a reflection of the person themselves. I've recently decided it's best to just begin with a list, no matter how incomplete or arduous a task it may become, because ultimately there will be a sense of joy in completing something that means very much to the 'movie lover.'
As wordy and attemptable of insight as that all may have seemed, it might come as some shock that I'm already well aware of what my favorite movie of all time is. Now, I could probably--actually, most definitely--write a lengthy love letter to my favorite film, as I am almost possitive that no other film will ever captivate and inspire me as much as it has.
So, to begin, my number one film:
1.) Raiders of the Lost Ark: Nothing I can begin to say will ever fully captivate how much I adore this film. To me, it's the perfect movie; a culmination of nearly everything you could ask for in cinema. It inspires such a lust for adventure, love, and exploration of the unknown, that it really transcends what it was intended to be. A near perfect storm of collective creativity and pure artistic talent, and a film that will probably forever remain on my number one spot.
From here on out, the choices may definitely be out of order, but they still represent my favorites.
2.) Apocalypse Now: I recently saw this film for the first time this year, and afterwards I was so enthralled at what I had seen, that I quickly sent my brother this text: 'Apocalypse Now may be the greatest American film ever made.' Again, I cannot begin to describe how utterly impressed I was by this film. The visions that Coppola creates are undeniably distressing, but come with such mastery that it results in pure awe.
3.) There Will Be Blood: In my opinion, entirely robbed of the 2007 Academy Award for Best Picture. My favorite of all Paul Thomas Anderson's films (that I've seen), if not only for the hounding performance by Daniel Day Lewis. Such a powerful character study.
4.) L.A. Confidential: Near-perfection. Undoubtedly one of my favorite scripts ever written.
5.) The Godfather: A sentence or two would be a shameful way to analyze how great this film is--so I won't. What I will add, though, is it includes undoubtedly one of the best assembled casts in cinema history.
6.) Alien: Although it can easily be labeled a "monster movie," Scott transcends the genre to create a unique being, one that respects the material enough to highlight a mesmerizing contrast of unique beauty and utter terror.
And, for the time being, this is as far as I will take it. There are still plenty of films rolling around in my head that I could surely write about, but for fear of wearing myself thin, I'll stop here.
Any comments are much appreciated.
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