There are movies that have made huge impacts in our lives. There are certain movies that I sit my sons down and say "Pay attention to this movie." Then after we talk about the different aspects of the film: foreshadowing, symbolism, lighting, editing, acting and direction. It has really opened their eyes to what it means to truly enjoy each film. If all you could do was to leave a list of ten films that you want your children to see, what would they be? Why?
Wow, this is my kind of discussion. I can say that movies, without a doubt, are a huge driving motive in my life, considering I'm working towards becoming a professional filmmaker. Here are my top ten:
1. "Casablanca" - (1942) My favorite. Shows a classic man dealing with hard situations. Love, peril, cocktails - its got it all.
2. "Singin in the Rain" - (1952) When actors had true talent. Amazing cinematography and the songs are catchy as hell.
3. "The Godfather" - (1972) Intriguing story, striking visuals, and a wonderful coming-of-age story. Yeah, this one's a classic.
4. "Rocky" - (1976) The underdog struggles against all odds to make his dream come true. Even though he loses in the end (sorry for the spoiler) he learns from his experience and is a better man because of it.
5. "The Seven Samurai" or anything by Kurosawa - (1952) At a very young period of Japanese film, this director had the formula for success. I love watching the rain battle on repeat.
6. "Red Dawn" - (1984) Uber-patriotic and wonderfully campy. I watch this movie every 4th of July.
7. "Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind" - (2004) Beautiful, interesting story and amazing camera work. This one will make you think.
8. "The Matrix" - (1999) When I first saw this film my mind was blown. It was definitely original. I love the original...the sequels on the other hand...
9. "Star Trek" - (2009) I love the old Trek universe, but this movie was so damn exciting I can't help but love it.
10. "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" - (1975) Brilliant comedy from my favorite comedy team.
1. Casablanca (Bogart, Bergman and "the start of a beautiful frinedship".)
2. Stagecoach (the John Wayne one, of course)
3. The Maltese Falcon (Bogart and a cracking great script that's nearly all Hammett.)
4. The Cruel Sea (Duty, decency, mentoring, enduring)
5. Singing in the Rain (Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds...what else need I say.)
6. Run Silent, Run Deep (Gable, and a classic)
7. Twelve O'Clock High (Gregory Peck, and a classic exposition of leadership and tough love mentoring)
8. Fort Apache (John Wayne & Henry Fonda)
9. The Harvey Girls (Judy Garland and the Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe Railway)
10. The Wizard of Oz (Follow the Yellow Brick Road!)
Note: Not ranked in any particular order.
I'm sloppily throwing this together, so it isn't my definitive list. Here goes:
1. The Godfather (I & II) - Beyond explanation.
2. Annie Hall - Quite simply the best written comedy of all time.
3. On the Waterfront - Brando's performance is unbelievable. Kazan's message of strength, courage and rising to the occasion are communicated breathlessly.
4. Dr. Strangelove - Kubrick and Sellers combine for a dark, thoughtful and hilarious satire of the Cold War.
5. The Usual Suspects - In the modern age, this is suspense at its best.
6. Field of Dreams - Not one of the best films, but a definite "must see" for any guy.
7. Almost Famous - Again, perhaps not a truly great film, this film released when I was still an aspiring music journalist and have infinite influence on my life.
8. The Apartment - Billy Wilder was the king of films that defy genre. Part comedy, part drama, part romance. This masterfully has something for everyone.
9. There Will Be Blood - If I were betting on a recent film to become a classic, it's this one.
10. Animal House - Come on! For a broad, lovable comedy, 'Animal House' lives forever!
The Maltese Falcon: Great detective film for the ages
Ghostbusters: Most quoteable comedy
The Cannonball Run: Zany characters, especially "Him"
Casablanca: What? A romance that's good? and Nazis?
The Hunt for Red October: Great story with bits about how enviable the US is
Duck Soup: Marx Bros. Period.
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid: The best buddy film.
True Grit: "That's strong talk for a one eyed fat man!"
Dirty Harry: Bad cop with a conscience
Chinatown: Pseudo history, which is cool.
H.M. Monty Python's The Meaning of Life. If you can't understand this movie, you are sane.