Last week, a friend of mine tagged me in a Facebook challenge. Basically, you post something every day under a theme and tag someone else challenging them. It is the chain mail of social media. Normally, I don’t participate, but this them was right up my alley, movies. Here is the challenge:
Ten movies that made an impact on you and remain in your rotation, in no particular order. Post the poster (one each day for ten days), no need to explain your choice. Nominate a new person every day.
Because I am certain all of you are so keen to see my ten, here they are. Enjoy.
It was the first film to capture my imagination. I was amazed by the special and practical effects, and they hold up to this day. Jurassic Park surely isn’t the greatest film I’ve ever seen, but it holds the distinction of making me aware that movies can do more than simply entertain, they can captivate.
A Quiet Place
My favorite aspect of cinema is its immersive nature. More than any other art form, movies allow us to forget that we are viewing a movie and in some part of our mind believe we are actually there. A Quiet Place does that better than most films I have ever seen. I can return to it over and over and still feel engrossed in what I am seeing.
I’m not a huge Disney fan. They tend to make an effort to NOT push the envelope, in my opinion. Pixar would be the obvious exception. So i rarely find Disney films particularly engaging. Treasure Planet, tough, really captured my imagination. It combined my love of literature with my love of movies with my love of sci-fi. It is really unfortunate that this film didn’t get a better response at the box office. But then again, if it had, Disney would have probably over-commercialized it and tainted the original product. So maybe it was all for the best. But any movie with the JGL in it is worth a watch.
This was the first movie that made me a fan of Alan Rickman. Nuff said.
In Bruges is the kind of film that catches you off guard. It is that difficult combination of dark and humorous that rarely gets made and even more rarely gets made well. It will go down as one of the greatest dark comedies of all time, along with Dr. Strangelove.
Deadpool was the kind of movie I always wanted to see but never thought it would actually get made. After seeing the absolute bungling of the character in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, I believed Hollywood would see the property as toxic. For the most part, that was true, but then a certain someone leaked some test footage. Suddenly, Deadpool was the hot ticket, and thankfully, not owned by Disney. It makes me sad to think that had Disney owned the property ten years ago, Deadpool would never have seen the light of day. And now they own it. The whole situation makes me nervous.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
There may be comedies that are better than Holy Grail, but I am hard pressed to find any that make me laugh more. I remember the first time I saw this film I was immediately captivated by the sheer number of jokes that they managed to pack in. To this day, I can watch the movie and find something new to laugh at in it.
2001: A Space Odyssey
I love Stanley Kubrick films. They tap into the immersive nature of film and allow the subconscious to ponder the the questions he is proposing. Questions that usually revolve around “what is the meaning of life?” While his work may not be breaking any box office records, it certainly will be memorable. People will be talking about 2001: A Space Odyssey long after the world has forgotten about Thanos snapping his fingers.
I don’t cry in movies often, but I did cry in this one. If that were the only ting I knew bout this film, that would be enough. I grew up on comic books, X-Men in particular. So I have a soft spot in my heart for comic book films, X-Men adaptation in particular. I even enjoyed that awful X-Men 3 film that butchered the Phoenix Saga and nearly ended the longest running franchise in Hollywood (outside of James Bond). But I don’t have to extend and courtesy to Logan. This is without question the best comic book movie ever created. I was concerned when I first sat down to watch it. After all, the last two wolverine movies were just cash grabs. But this really managed to tell a compelling story all while portraying a fully fleshed out 3 dimensional Wolverine.
This is hands down the most exquisite animated film ever produced. The visuals are simply jaw dropping. If you have never seen an anime, this would be a good choice to see what the medium is capable of. But beyond the stunning animation, there is also a fascinating story structure. The body swapping tale is one that has been done to death, but Your Name. adds a truly fresh feel to their product. I don’t want to give too much away as it is really a gripping tale as well, but I will simply say that in a genre that typically does not surprise me, I found myself wonder what was going to happen next at every new scene.