So the list marches on! We counted down 25-13 of my favorite movies of all time and now it is time to complete the list with 12-1. These are the top movies that I just keep me coming back for more. Keep in mind this list is my own personal opinion based on my interests so if you disagree, well tough shit for you. With that in mind, let’s get started with number 12.
We start this list with a movie that I have and continue to praise even to this day. Silver Lining’s Playbook is the first movie/video game that I gave a perfect score to and I still stand by that score to this day. It is one of the best romantic comedies I have seen and a movie that I find new and amazing ways to relate to when it comes to family and romance.
Even as some of the more critical aspects of the movie rise to the surface I only find that it endears me more to the movie even more. This movie has risen through the ranks and found its way into my heart and it isn’t going anywhere any time soon.
The adventure that started it all. Indiana Jones has influenced so much in today’s society especially the video game industry. It is one of the best film franchises of all time and Raiders of the Lost Ark remains the best of the three movies. I remember my parents showing me these movies as a child and they were always favorites of mine.
What is not to like? Action, adventure, Nazis with their faces melting off, it is just nothing but non stop fun around the world.
It feels strange that a genre that includes the entire Avengers series has a DC Comics movie as the top spot of best Superhero Film of All Time, but dammit in this critics opinion that is very much the case. The Dark Knight is one of those movies that goes out of its way to not pull any of its punches. Heath Ledger’s performance as the Joker is spot on and the tale of chaos and the blurred lines between good and evil are told in a very poignant and enjoyable way.
The Dark Knight does have some stiff competition when it comes to best superhero movies. But out of all of them the battle between Batman and the Joker take the cake over The Avengers and strange heart throb Tom Hiddleston.
When it came to the age old debate, I was always more of a Star Wars kind of guy than Star Trek (More on that later). I just never got invested in the voyages of the Enterprise and her crew. Maybe it was the Star Trek formula, who knows? All I know is I’ll choose Luke, Leia, and Han over Kirk, Spock, and McCoy any day. Also when your favorite Star Trek in the series is Deep Space 9 often considered to be the wicked step child of the bunch… Kind of goes to show that you aren’t exactly apart of the fandom… Except for this one.
Star Trek 2: Wrath of Kahn is one of those rare examples of a perfect movie. The writing, the story, the foreshadowing, the message, and just about all points in between makes this one easily the best piece in the entirety of the Star Trek collection from the first episode on to the remakes. It has given us moments of cinematic joy and remains a favorite among any movie lover, Star Trek fan or otherwise.
Mel Brooks one of the best damn comedians of all time. He is one of the few people who have been able to handle the subject of racism with such skill and such grace that it walks the line between comedy and distaste with absolute precision.
Spaceballs may be one of his most tame movies but it is also my favorite Mel Brooks movie. It is a wonderful parody of movies like Alien, Star Wars, Star Trek, and so forth. Rick Moranis is a gem and the parody of all things that I love was something that I myself enjoyed so much.
The second movie on this list and the movie that is often considered to be the greatest science fiction movie of all time and the movie that launched Stanley Kubrick’s career. While Sparatcus and Dr. Strangelove brought Kubrick to the dance, it was 2001: A Space Odyssey that sealed his fate as one of the most accomplished directors of all time. The science and the story are still relevant to today’s more technologically advanced society and the story is down right chilling and dripping with symbolism.
2001: A Space Odyssey is one of the movies that I find hard to watch multiple times over or just whenever I’m bored and have nothing to do. But it is a movie that is always welcome on my screen for what it is and what it represents, progression and the birth of Science Fiction cinema.
OH! Right in the childhood. I grew up with Jurassic Park. I watched Jurassic Park when it was in theaters and owned the VHS the second that it came out. It spawned my childhood love for dinosaurs and today can still bring that childhood wonder mixed with the feelings of dread from being hunted by ravenous dinosaurs looking to turn our heroes into a delicious feast.
Jurassic Park has yet to recapture that true wonder that the original brought and with Jurassic World being released this summer I do worry if it will remain that way or if it can bring back that nostalgia I felt as a child. At either rate as it stands, Jurassic Park is one of those movies that is fun for the entire family and I recommend that any parent show their kids this movie as soon as possible.
Joliet Jake and Elwood Blues… The BLUES BROTHERS! Man John Belushi and Dan Akroyd were one hell of a pairing. They were an amazing duo and surprisingly one hell of a singing group. The Blues Brothers marks one of the rare successes in the line of horrible movies based off of Saturday Night Live sketches. What started out as a sketch on SNL turned into a career maker for the likes of Akroyd and to a lesser extent Belushi (due to his death) in the rhythm and blues genre.
The movie has catchy music, excellent humor, and one of the most epic car chases of all time! It also made me want to buy a beat up old police cruiser just so I can have a Bluesmobile of my own.
I know, I’m cheating a little here putting three movies in the number 4 spot. But I really couldn’t choose any of the original three Star Wars movies over the other, so I just decided to put the entire trilogy here. Once again we find the influence of my mom when it comes to my taste in movies. My mother and my grandfather had the original three Star Wars movies in the sweet black box of the early 90’s. We watched all of the special releases in theaters and I had countless toys growing up all being brought back to Star Wars.
I couldn’t tell you how many times I have seen the original Star Wars trilogy. The number to me is almost unfathomable. I have seen them so many times I can almost read the script to you. The later years of the prequels (and you know how I feel about those) as well as the continued beating the series got has soured me on the franchise some… But I would be lying if I said that I wasn’t excited about Episode 7 coming out this December.
Oh god yes, John Carpenter’s The Thing! I have it on DVD, I have it on Blu Ray, I have watched it countless times including several times with the commentary from John Carpenter and Kurt Russell. Oh it is so amazing! The Thing is the poster child for camera work as well as the use of lighting and practical effects in a horror movie. It is an intelligent blend of paranoia and terror that always keeps me on the edge of my seat even after the six hundredth play.
I feel comfortable in saying that John Carpenter’s The Thing is one of the greatest horror movies ever made and is easily my favorite horror film of all time.
This comedy is so amazing. I could go on for days about how intelligent of a comedy Clue has to offer. The slapstick high laughs comedy based on the board game is so witty and so dry that it is like being in the middle of the desert with Groucho Marx. Unlike other board game adaptations (like Battleship Jesus Christ) Clue was a game ripe for a narrative and it was done unbelievably well. Tim Curry steals the show as Wadsworth the Butler.
I have never once gotten tired of this movie and as I watch it I find new and subtle jokes around every turn. Clue is my type of humor personified subtle, dry, unbelievably witty, and don’t even get me started on that ending! All these reasons and more are why Clue is my favorite comedy.
I have alluded to it in the past but now let’s make it concrete. James Cameron’s Aliens is without a doubt my favorite movie of all time. I remember when I first watched Aliens was at my great grandmothers house. I don’t remember much, but what I did remember was the cool uniforms and Bishop being split in half. Ever since then I have watched, rewatched, and watched 100 over just to watch the perfect blend of suspense, horror, thrills, comedy, and action.
Sigourney Weaver is the definition of badass and Ellen Ripley one of my favorite characters of all time, and one of my heroes for being the one person who is willing to take action no matter what the cost. Alien3, Alien Resurrection, and Aliens: Colonial Marines may have been a thing, but that will never stop me from enjoying Space Marines taking on Xenomorphs and Ripley telling an alien queen the size of a truck to ‘get away from her you bitch!’
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