Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Film Wars! A Battle to the Heart of my Top 10

Why do people watch movies?

Movies give you something to think about, they toy with your mind and drag you into another world. Some movies seem to be based on your life, some movies just make you go "Thank God that's not me!" and some are a mixture of both. Movies are the other world, the one you can visit but can't stay... it's the outcome of dreams put to reality, nightmares bought to life and of what you want to be but can't.

I don't remember ever not watching movies, I must have watched thousands by now but only few are worthy of remembering. Only few have an impact on your life, only few are ones that I'd like to watch over and over again.

Here's a list of those few movies that will never get old, my Top Ten Favourite Movies

10) The Notebook

"I am nothing special; just a common man with common thoughts, and I've led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten. But in one respect I have succeeded as gloriously as anyone who's ever lived: I've loved another with all my heart and soul; and to me, this has always been enough"

I'm not one for romantic movies, they're okay to watch when I'm bored but usually I don't consider them memorable. Most of them are too cheesy and too girly for my liking. The Notebook is one of the only movie of it's kind to stand out from the rest. It's innocence and honesty is almost beautiful to watch, the cast is perfect and the story line draws you in, making you part of every moment in the movie..
I watched The Notebook because I loved the novel, I can't say I cried a bucket of tears, but I will admit that it was a great movie!

9) Sin City

" The night's as hot as hell. It's a lousy room in a lousy part of a lousy town - I'm staring at a goddess. She's telling me she wants me. I'm not going to waste one more minute wondering how I've gotten this lucky. She smells like angels ought to smell, the perfect woman... the Goddess. Goldie. She says her name is Goldie."

Not a movie to watch with the family but a great choice for a movie night with friends or on your own! I'm not a huge comic book fan, but this movie is one to turn heads whether you're into all that geeky stuff or not because the last thing it would be classified as is geeky. Stylish, clever, violent and even funny would be perfect words to describe this movie and although I wasn't convinced at first, loved it once I gave it a chance!
The imagery and creativity, followed by all the movies other elements made it captivating, there wasn't a moment I was bored and I get bored quite easily!

8) Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind

"Sometimes I think people don't understand how lonely it is to be a kid, like you don't matter. So, I'm eight, and I have these toys, these dolls. My favorite is this ugly girl doll who I call Clementine, and I keep yelling at her, "You can't be ugly! Be pretty!" It's weird, like if I can transform her, I would magically change, too."

This movie is bizzare, yet brilliant, interesting and touchy... it's one of those that makes you stop to think, what if it was possible? What if you could erase a certain memory or the memory of a person? Would you do it?
I was honestly really impressed by Jim Carey in this movie, it wasn't his usual wacky, crazy, goofy character choice. He was more realistic, more mature...completely alien from the Jim we seen in his other movies yet so believable! This isn't one of those movies you can watch just once... I understood it better after watching it the second time, and thats when I realised that it was one of the best movies I had ever seen!

7) Green Street

"Pete Dunham's life taught me there's a time to stand your ground, and his death taught me there's a time to walk away."

I spend a good number of years considering this the best movie ever. I don't know how many times I've watched it till date, but I'm sure it's well into the double digits! For all those who don't know, I'm a huge football fan and so far no movie about football has lived up to its name, except this one. Pub brawls, football hooliganism, fights and the gorgeous Charlie Hunnam , what more could I ask for! Hunnam was fantastic, the movie is believable and highly entertaining! Definitely a must watch on my list!

6) Lion King

" Oh, where have I seen this before? Hm, let me think. Oh, yes, I remember! This is exactly the way your father looked before he died. And now here's *my* little secret... I killed Mufasa "

A movie list could not go without an animated film, so I picked the best of the lot. Lion King isn't a movie just for kids, I know my parents loved it as much as I did and I know a lot of older folks who think it's just brilliant! This has to be Disney's best movie ever, and the best animated movie to ever grace our screens. I remember loving it when I was a kid and I still love it today. I'm sure I'll still love it no matter what age I watch it at !

5) Gladiator

"Five thousand of my men are out there in the freezing mud. Three thousand of them are bloodied and cleaved. Two thousand will never leave this place. I will not believe they fought and died for nothing."

This movie is a classic. You have to be completely crazy or stupid not to like it! Brilliant acting, writing and direction can only give you a movie like Gladiator. There are many memorable scenes in the movie and it's not one of those you'd just watch once and forget it. It's more of a watch twice, go out and buy DVD then watch a million more times, movie. I must have been 10 or 11 when I first saw it but even back then I knew this was a brilliant movie. I loved every minute, every battle, every dialogue.

4) Saving Private Ryan

"what if by some miracle we stay, then actually make it out of here. Someday we might look back on this and decide that saving Private Ryan was the one decent thing we were able to pull out of this whole godawful, shitty mess. Like you said, Captain, maybe we do that, we all earn the right to go home."

I've always been a sucker for two things. War movies and Matt Damon. So why should this movie be in my top 5? This is one of the greatest movies ever made, and Spielberg's best by a mile. It's realistic, honest, brutal and makes you wonder about the value that life holds. Saving Private Ryan perfectly potrays the horrors of war and the fantastic acting of the cast helps us grow a liking to each of the characters. The perfect words to describe this movie are Powerful and Touching, because in it's its brutality and honesty, thats exactly what it is.

3) Blood Diamond

" Sometimes I wonder... will God ever forgive us for what we've done to each other? Then I look around and I realize... God left this place a long time ago"

When I first sat down to watch this movie, I wasn't expecting much. One because when I hear about movie's about Africa, it's so over done and just a failing attempt to make you cry. Secondly I'm not a huge Di Caprio fan. Not that he's bad, no he's an good actor... but I always thought him to be over rated mainly because of his looks. After watching this movie, I realised how wrong I was. Di Caprio is a great, great actor. Djimon Hounsou too was brilliant in this movie and everything about it was nearly perfect. It wasn't over done, yet it was moving.. the characters and the script was compelling. A true take on reality and has amazing depth. This movie is worth a watch, more than just one maybe.

2) Good Will Hunting

"Sometimes I wish I had never met you. Because then I could go to sleep at night not knowing there was someone like you out there. "

One of the most powerful scripts I have ever seen in a movie. This is one of those movie's that remain within you long after watching it. I sat for hours after this one, just thinking about what I had just learned. What impressed me is that MY favourite actor, Matt Damon helped with the writing in the movie. What stands out the most about it is exactly that. The writing was hilarious, witty, clever and meaningful. Good Will Hunting leaft me asking for more, I never wanted to end... I loved the cast and the acting. I could go on and on for hours about this movie, but the only thing you can do is get out there and watch it. If you haven't already, that is.


1) Fight Club

" All the ways you wish you could be, that's me. I look like you wanna look, I fuck like you wanna fuck, I am smart, capable, and most importantly, I am free in all the ways that you are not"

If you know me, then you've already guessed this by now. If you don't, well then NOW you know my best movie ever. Since I first saw it, I've watched it more than 20 times, bought the novel and learned most of the quotes by heart. This is Brad Pitt's best acting ever and Fight Club made me learn of how brilliant Edward Norton is. A dark, twisted movie with one of the best and most unexpected endings ever, every minute is captivating. I sat through this movie with my jaw touching the ground and couldn't look away no matter how much I tried and after that I kept watching it over and over, each time noticing how brilliant each scene, each line was. I can still watch it on repeat for the whole day and not get bored! I started off thinking it was just a bunch of guys in a fight and ended up with an unbelievably unique story. I can't say more other than how amazing this movie is. It is THE best movie I have ever watched, and I know it'll remain the best for quite a while ...

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