Monday, June 27, 2005
  Blog Party: Darrell's Favorite Films



Alright, I've put a lot of thought into it and I've been able to narrow my list of favorite movies down to ten. Five times.

Darrell's Top 10 Movies of All Time
(For Very Large Values of 10)



50 Leolo
49 Shawshank Redemption
48 The Crow
47 The Silence of the Lambs
46 Pink Floyd The Wall
45 The Blues Brothers
44 Braveheart
43 Saturday Night Fever
42 Monty Python’s The Life Of Brian
41 One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest
40 About Schmidt
39 Clerks
38 Edward Scissorhands
37 Batman Begins
36 Alien
35 Crumb
34 Magnolia
33 White Hunter Black Heart
32 Stand By Me
31 At Close Range
30 Coalminer’s Daughter
29 The Usual Suspects
28 It’s A Wonderful Life
27 The Sixth Sense
26 12 Monkeys
25 Jurassic Park
24 The Matrix
23 Citizen Kane
22 Dr. Strangelove
21 Requiem for a Dream
20 Kill Bill (Vol. 1 and 2)
19 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
18 Natural Born Killers
17 Dog Day Afternoon
16 Fight Club
15 Rope
14 Glengarry Glen Ross
13 Blazing Saddles
12 Lord of the Rings Trilogy
11 The Color Purple and This Is Spinal Tap (a tie... I know, I'm awful)

And, the top ten, drum roll please....

  • 10 American Movie
    A wonderful documentary. If you haven't seen it, you really owe it to yourself to at least rent it. It's compelling, fascinating, and absolutely laugh-out-loud funny. and it's a documentary! You'll think it's a Christopher Guest creation, but it's totally real.


  • 09 Fargo
    The best work the Coens ever did. Ah, yeah, you betcha.


  • 08 Goodfellas
    I don't know how many times I've even seen this movie. Maybe 30? It's one of those films that, if I'm flipping channels and it's on, I put down the remote.


  • 07 Pulp Fiction
    Still holds the record as the film I've seen the most times in the theater (Seven times).

    Alright, I admit, I also saw Titanic in the theater seven times... but we won't go into that.


  • 06 The Exorcist
    So scary, so dark, and so straight-faced and honest about the nature of evil. Give it a way in, and it will take over.


  • 05 Babe
    The day will come when I can sit through this movie without crying. I'm sure, that day will eventually come.


  • 04 Ikiru
    If you ever need to argue that movies are, in fact, art, this is the best example to site. It's the most profound statement about life I've ever seen in any art form.

  • 03 Schindler’s List
    I saw this movie for the first time on Christmas Eve, 1994. No, it's not the best way to get in the Ho Ho Ho spirit, but it gave me a profound appreciation for life and the people I love. I still associate this movie with Christmas, which seems weird, I suppose.


  • 02 Saving Private Ryan
    This movie stayed with me for years after I saw it. The best thing I think I could ever say about a movie is that seeing it made my life better. That's true of all the top ten movies on my list, but especially the top four. These movies needed to be made. Saving Private Ryan comes into my head every time I meet a veteran of foreign wars, and I try to make sure that I thank them for their service.


  • 01 Unforgiven
    This movie has been in my top ten for ages, but it's only in the last year that I realized that it really is my favorite movie of all time. I won't put down the remote if I'm flipping channels and find this one on TV. Instead, I'll get up and get the DVD out and watch the whole thing. If you're interested, here's my in-depth review.


  • This list is, of course, laughable. I wasn't even able to get it down to just 50... the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the Kill Bill movies are all more than one film. And, I have a tie at 11! The Color Purple has to be ranked that high... but, of course, Spinal Tap goes to 11, that's a no-brainer. Plus, the great films I've skipped make up a big list themselves. I've left off both The Godfather and the Godfather Part II, but included Edward Scissorhands. I've left off Apocalypse Now and included Clerks. I've left off Vertigo and included Rope. Look, I don't claim to be an authority, I don't claim that my list is definitive. It is, however, the 50 (or so) movies I love most in the world, and if I were stranded on an island with a TV and a DVD player, and I could only bring 50 (or so) movies with me, these are the ones I'd have to have.

    Even as I sit here, movies I love are flooding my mind. I left out Toy Story! I left out Spider-Man 2! I left out The Abyss!! I left out Boogie Nights! I left out Miller's Crossing! I left out Terms of Endearment! I left out Platoon! I left out Romeo is Bleeding! I left out A Clockwork Orange!

    A list of 50 films is simply not long enough.
     
    Comments:
    About Schmidt?! Really?? That movie confounded me, and, I admit, left me in a bit of a stupor. Of course, that may've been the effect of seeing nude Kathy Bates on a huge theater screen.

    One Hitchcock film on your list and it's Rope? Wow, you just blew my mind.

    Aw, I love Babe! Gotta watch that one again. And there's no way I could watch it and not cry at the ending. Good luck on that one.
     
    A lot of good ones, and a lot I've yet to see(Rope is on my list to see).

    For once, I managed to list only nine. I guess it's hardest for the host to narrow down the topic. =)

    Saving Private Ryan...Goodfellas....LotR....The Matrix...The Wall....these and others would have made an extended list on my site. Hopefully you'll host future parties within specific film genres and I can talk about some of the others.
     
    Kelly: About Schmidt?! Really??

    I think it's extremely funny, and my favorite Nicholson performance. I was surprised by the ending, which made me realize I'd genuinely come to care about this totally dislikable character.

    MCF: I guess it's hardest for the host to narrow down the topic.

    Darn near impossible. I'm STILL thinking of movies that should have made the list. What's Eating Gilbert Grape. And Jaws. And on and on and on.
     
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