‘Top 100 Favorite Feature Films #70-61′ (Post #25)

Sorry it has taken me so long to post. I started my job unexpectedly sooner then I thought I would and I work form 4:00am- 3:30pm and the last two weeks I have had a show every night but this week I don’t have rehearsal or shows until Thursday. Anyways enjoy the list my tens of readers.

70          American History X (1998)

One of those films that just impacts you while at the same time leaving you utterly disgusted. Disgusted with the wrongs and evils of the world that is, though the film the images itself could leave you a little grossed out. Edward Norton does some outstanding work in this heart and gut wrenching plot. This is a movie that we all can learn from. Some very impacting stuff here.

69          Avatar (2009)

So this seemed to be everyone’s favorite movie of 2009 (well accept for the film majors at my school). Both The Hurt Locker and Avatar had their significant important factors but I enjoyed and have enjoyed Avatar many times since I originally saw it in glorious Imax 3D. Many can say that this is the best film of the year but is only beat out for me by #68 and two fabulous animated films. Those many of my fellow film lovers loath James Cameron and Avatar,  I can’t help admire how beautiful this movie is. This film has some of the best CGI and most breathtaking shots I have ever seen. Avatar story is not the most original but it adapts a story that has been told beautifully multiple times in film like Dances With Wolves, Pocahontas and The Last Samurai. Anyways screw all you haters Avatar is great.

68          The Fighter (2010)

The reason that The Fighter and Black Swan (#68 and #67) surpassed The King’s Speech and The Social Network is because they left a larger effect after my first viewing. I have seen both The King’s Speech and The Social Network multiple times and after these revisiting I have gained to love them more then the first viewings. But with The Fighter and Black Swan I was blown away the first time with both these films. Though I still think The Social Network and The King’s Speech are more deserving of the Best Picture title I found The Fighter absolutely phenomenal with just one viewing. Christian Bale did excellent work in this film (Though sometimes I wonder how he stays healthy dropping and gaining weight so much for his films) anyways…while the rest of the cast had no trouble keeping up with his great performance. This is the best movie about a boxer I have ever seen.

67          Black Swan (2010)

Continuing about what I said above with The Fighter, I was absolutely stunned by how much I loved this film. his psychological theater had me engrossed throughout the whole glorious film.  Besides the superb performance by Natalie Portman and her co-stars and the engrossing storyline, I loved how this movie was shot. It was filmed on 16mm films which is cheaper to shoot and develop then 35mm, besides 16mm it was shot on both Canon 7D and 5D which are both products that can be bought by the regular consumer and I use at film school. If you want to

66          Inglorious Basterds (2009)

Quentin Tarantino does it again in the most interesting WWII film I have ever seen. Inglorious Basterds starts off with a bang during its opening sequence.  Movie’s opening scene almost surpasses the rest of the whole entire film. The acting and screenplay is what carries this film to being one of Tarantino’s best. The cast/acting is near perfection in this dark comedy. This film is a laugh out loud and gut wrenching all at the same time. My mind was blown when I first saw this. I have never seen anything like this film before. Spectacular!

65          A Christmas Story (1983)

Part of me never wants to buy this movie because I have enjoyed watching it on TBS and onlyTBS almost every Christmas. This film may just be the best Christmas movie ever made. There is nothing not to love about this movie. It gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling, it makes me laugh at its hilarious hijinks during the funny tales of Ralphie’s past Christmas memories. No matter how matter how many times you watch it Christmas Eve or day, it never gets old.

64         Up (2009)

Up is one of the most heartfelt films I have ever scene. The opening montage scene was one of the best scenes of the year and one of the most emotional. Though it is a tear jerk-er Up is full of laughs (Talking Dogs, A Bird Named Kevin, A Chubby Boyscout). This is one of the cutest movies with some of the best story telling ever used by Pixar. This film has grown on me with each viewing and there will be many more to come.

63          Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Anthony Hopkins (Hannibal Lecter) had only just over 16 minutes of screen time and had one of the most memorable rolls in screen history. This movie probably is the creepiest film I have ever seen. Such a good film in every way. One of the most exciting thrillers I have ever seen. I don’t know what else to say but this movie made a lasting impression.

62          It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad  World(1963)

So fricken funny in every way! This movie is over the top and totally slapstick and crazy (Just like this sentence). After my first and only full viewing this film it became an instant favorite. I watched this with a my group of friends who are as crazy as the characters in this movie. The movie start off with a bang when a man is speeding down a highway and races his car over a cliff (I laughed so hard). The cast of Mad Mad Mad Mad World goes on a wild goose chase for the money of the the recently departed driver (who literally kicks the bucket). Some of the most ridiculous things I have ever seen on film happen in this movie including my personal favorite part when one character tears down a whole entire gas station. You have to see this movie if you like to laugh.

61          Wall-E (2008)

I loved Wall-E ever since my first viewing of the film and even after numerous viewings I have still not grown tired of the little robot. Wall-E is a Pixar masterpiece that deals with some of the planets largest issues. Some may take this as a political piece, but I tend to ignore that side and look at its artistic brilliance. No one can say they don’t love this little cleaning robot for he is one of the cutest animated characters ever. The story is a a fascinating one that is made even more spectacular by its gorgeous animation. A must see!

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2 responses to “‘Top 100 Favorite Feature Films #70-61′ (Post #25)”

  1. Deb Gnemi says :

    I cried watching UP while viewing it in a theater with a girlfriend of mine. Both of us felt it was too adult for our 4 yr old grandchildren so we went to it together. We both started sniffling, then scrummaged around for kleenex and turned and looked at each other and said “Oh my word, I’ve never cried at an animated film before!” It was the best.

    I still quote the little boyscout to my friends (lisp included) when we walk across the street somewhere and ask them if I can assist them, ha ha ha!!!

    Have you ever seen RAT RACE with Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Mr. Bean (can’t think of his real name)———–oh m gosh, I was wheezing I was laughing so hard. Mr. Bean has narcilepsy (spelling?) which means he falls asleep at random moments——-it’s about a race involving several groups of people to find something of value in a locker somewhere———–John Cleese of Monty Python fame is in in the beginning and at the end and he makes me laugh with just his facial expressions.

    My favorite part of CHRISTMAS STORY is the little brother who is stuffed into his snow suit and can’t walk —————that’s how I felt everytime my mother wrapped me up in one of those things; she took a scarf and wrapped it around my face like a mummy and then said to me “Now be careful out there on the ice and snow and don’t fall down.” Are you kidding me, I could barely walk with all of the clothes I had on and she was worried about my getting hurt on the ice and snow? If I had fallen down, I wouldn’t have felt a thing with all of the padding. And if I had fallen down, there is no way I could get back up again.

    Anthony Hopkins is one of the most understated, fire-ball actors I’ve ever seen. I’ve watched him in just about everything he has done. He comes from a very humble background and somehow feels he still has to prove to himself and others that he can act…………can you believe it?

    I love to watch the few interviews he has given; one was on ACTORS STUDIO with James Lipton (not too long ago) and the guy is so incredibly humble about his acting ability. I think he still can’t believe he’s really made it good, and gets paid for it.

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