Considering that two weeks from now is going to be my two year anniversary, I feel it is time to answer a question that I get asked a lot, what are my favorite movies? This site may tackle video games, anime, various references in pop culture, and so forth… But above all else this site is about movie reviews. The entire reason I started this site to begin with was to become a respected movie critic and I feel I am well on my way to accomplishing that goal. After two years of reviewing and writing I have decided that it is time to release my Top 25 All Time Favorite Movies!
Now due to the sheer amount of typing I am going to be doing, I have decided to split this list into two different articles. One today and the second later in the week. This is the list that includes my honorable mentions as well as numbers 25 through 13. I want everyone to keep in mind that this list is to commemorate my 25 favorite movies of all time. This has nothing to do with the greatness of these movies or their place in history. This is just merely a list of the 25 movie that I enjoy watching the most. If you disagree… Well I’m sorry, but this is a list of my favorites so screw you. With that being said, let’s start with some honorable mentions and then on to 25.
Shaun of the Dead
Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory
Strangers on a Train
Guardians of the Galaxy
Repo: The Genetic Opera
We start this list with the best movie from the famous Blood and Ice Cream trilogy. I debated some time on whether or not to put Hot Fuzz or Shaun of the Dead at 25 as I loved each of them equally. The decision between two came down to which movie I wanted to spotlight more and while Shaun of the Dead is one of the greatest zombies movies ever made, Hot Fuzz is easily one of the greatest comedies ever made.
Hot Fuzz should be presented in college film classes around the world on how to properly write a script and create genuine comedy. The screenplay to Hot Fuzz is simply flawless and one of the best examples of a perfect comedy that I have ever seen. I could watch Hot Fuzz over and over again and never get bored, it is that amazing!
24. Die Hard
So this is actually an edit. Originally I had Repo: The Genetic Opera at 24 on this list. However, as time has gone on, Repo has begun to fade for me in terms of watchability and Die Hard has always remained. Even now, I am starting to wonder if Die Hard should be much higher and trust me, when I do my revised list, it will be ranked much higher. However for now, it remains at 24.
La Finestra di Fronte or Facing Window in English is a 2003 Italian romantic drama and a movie that has captivated me and gave me an all new appreciation for Italian cinema. While there are classic movies that can make this list such as La Vita è Bella, La Finestra di Fronte is a contemporary example of the excellence of Italian film making.
Not only do I love the story of Giovanna as she works her way through a failing marriage, lusting after the man from the other window, and taking care of the aging Simone, but the attention to detail of the movie is enough to raise goosebumps. In particular the attention to detail when it comes to sound is something that is just so underrated when it comes to American cinema that when you see it in Italian movies it can be inspiring. The mere act of putting out a cigarette or shuffling your feet against the floor can be so pronounced that it adds so much to the film. This is a major reason why La Finestra di Fronte is one of my favorites.
I remember when I was a child watching random movies on cable television. It would be the typical cable TV stuff. I cannot even tell you how many times I saw Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol and Lake Placid when it comes to movies on Comedy Central and Sci Fi. One movie that popped up on cable television was this one.
I remember catching it halfway through and becoming enamored after Stan Bush’s Kumite: A Fight to Survive and the awesome montage fighting sequence. I later rented the movie from Movie Stars in town and saw it in its entirety. Ever since then I have absolutely adored Bloodsport, bought the DVD, and watch it whenever I need a good movie to watch. It also inspired me to check out more from Cannon Films and fall in love with the cheesy B Movie Awesome of that company so there is that.
When I was taking my Italian classes in college, we would always watch a movie once a quarter in the class as a sort of immersion into Italian culture and to understand the language. Besides the fact of being bummed that we never watched Cannibal Holocaust or Salo: 120 Days of Sodom but we did watch some classics of Italian cinema which included La Vita è Bella, Johnny Stecchino, and one of my all time favorite movies Nuovo Cinema Paradiso.
The coming of age story of Salvatore growing up to learn how to run the projection booth from the stern but kind hearted Alfredo is one of the best examples of Italian Dramas. It is a heartwarming tale and one that always brings a tear to my eye.
Back whenever I was in high school I had to take a civics class. It was in all honesty one of my favorite classes while I was in high school and when I was taking it our teacher showed us Mr. Smith Goes to Washington for a week, mainly as a way to give us a break after testing and what not, but also because the film truly was inspirational and informative.
I was enamored with the story of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. The story of a small town guy with a big heart and hardly any experience in the political world taking on the political machine and winning is one of the most heart warming and inspirational stories ever told. There is a reason that this movie is an instant classic and is one that I am always willing to give a watch.
Brian de Palma’s Phantom of the Paradise was one of the first reviews I ever wrote and remains to this day one of my all time favorite movies. The 1970’s retelling of the classic Phantom of the Opera play is an amazing piece of 1970’s excess mixed in with some supernatural flair.
The story is nothing but absolute pure insanity that remains true to the source material of the original play. It is a wild ride and one of those hidden gems that I feel that everyone needs a chance to see if for nothing else then to see how bat shit insane the 70’s could get.
I saw A Clockwork Orange late in life at the tender age of 20. I was working at FYE at the time and just as it was going out of business, everything was going for insanely good deals. One such deal was the entire Stanley Kubrick collection from Spartacus to Eyes Wide Shut. Of course in there was A Clockwork Orange and man did I enjoy it while watching it.
It isn’t an easy watch to be sure but from a cinematic standpoint, it is phenomenal. Stanley Kubrick is at his absolute best in this movie with a strong portrayal of the old ultra violence. This isn’t the last time Kubrick will pop up on this list as I do find one more of his films whole heartedly better and more enjoyable. But all things considered, this is easily one of his best and one of the best films ever made.
Time for one of the classics to make it onto the list? Yep… Definitely time for that. Rear Window is easily my favorite Alfred Hitchcock movie and one I can watch again and again. If Hitchcock’s film making were to ever be classified as its own genre I do believe I would call it Hitchcock Suspense.
A movie like Rear Window couldn’t exist today. People would demand action, look at Disturbia for proof positive of that. It builds on a sort of quiet suspense and does so perfectly. It is an older movie that I could watch again and again.
You will find that a good chunk of movies on this list can be attributed to one person in my life, my mother. My mom and I share a lot of similar interests in movies and I grew up with watching some of her and my families favorites as a child. One such movie is one that I watched when I was three years old and has stuck with me ever since is Top Gun!
I love Top Gun and it is one of those movies that I can watch countless times (and have) and never once get tired of it. The soundtrack is amazing, the story is great, and above all else it is just an amazing fun watch. This one easily makes it onto my list as one of my favorites and is one of the best movies of the 1980’s.
Playing off the influence that my mother had on me, I find myself with a second movie from the 80’s and from one of my favorites directors of all time John Carpenter. Big Trouble in Little China is the definition of 80’s cheese and features some of the best damn non stop fun in the history of filmmaking.
I cannot count how many times I have watched this movie and still find new and fun ways to fall in love with it. The mere fact that Kurt Russell is the unique blend of 80’s action hero whose character is completely unaware that Wang played by Dennis Dun is the true star of the series is nothing short of absolute brilliance. Anyone who loves watching fun movies will enjoy Big Trouble in Little China.
Warriors! Come out to play! Man this movie is absolutely amazing. It is a nonstop action thrill ride from beginning to end. The story of 9 intrepid urban warriors having to fight their way through every gang in New York City to get to their home on Coney Island is some amazing stuff.
It is somewhat controversial as it painted the gangs of New York to be cool bad asses who wear a bunch of bright and shiny outfits that make them look like cartoon characters instead of actual gangsters, but that should never deter anyone from seeing what is by all accounts a great movie about 9 people trying to survive the worst night of their lives.
We finish the first part of this list with the first movie that I ever saw in theaters. I do not need to say much about Aladdin. It is a classic Disney movie! Robin Williams is wonderful as the genie, I love Aladdin, I love the story of a young man going from rags to riches back to rags and back to riches. I love Jasmine who is still one of my favorite Disney Princesses, and above all it just holds that amazing level of nostalgia for me.
With Aladdin at number 13 we will finish it here until Thursday when I will release 12-1. Thank you for reading and if you enjoyed this list please like and subscribe for more. Also come back this Saturday for another episode of the Nerdiest Talk Show on Earth!