‘‘Top 100 Favorite Feature Films #50-41′ (Post #36)

It has been way too long since I updated this! Sorry, I just don’t have enough time these days and each one of these posts takes a while to write make since I am a perfectionist with the layout. Also thinking of what to say sometimes can take a bit of time.

50          The Matrix (1999)

I cannot believe I have only seen this film once. I was so blown away when I saw this film and can’t remember allot of it. I think it is time I revisit this movie. The Matrix appealed to me in so many ways. I found the plot fascinating, along with the correlation between the characters and the Bible. The Wachowski Brothers did great work in this film and I chose it over including their film V For Vendetta, which is marvelous in its own right. Definitely need to buy this on BluRay and re-watch.

49          Batman Begins (2005)

It has been years since I have seen this film, that is until last week when I thought I should watch before writing about it. I remember the first time I watched this and I didn’t really understand it, not until my family got the DVD and I watched it over and over. I loved how Christopher Nolan brought the Batman franchise to a new level of story telling. After watching it again I realize it doesn’t quite live up to The Dark Knight which I have watch much more frequently recently, but it still holds its own as one of my favorite films.

48         The Usual Suspects (1995)

So it wasn’t until the second time I saw this that I was so blown away. I think the first time I was distracted or something, because I didn’t catch the ending and boy is it one of the best endings I have ever seen on film. The Usual Suspectsis a thrilling and at times hilarious film that was superbly written and acted. Kevin Spacey is magnificent in his roll as Verbal. If you haven’t seen this, do yourself a favor and watch this incredible masterpiece.

47          Coraline (2009)

Man, I can’t think of many movies that I loved more and more after each viewing and I have seen Coraline many times. The animation, story and voice acting is incredible and I am so glad they made this film. One of the things I love most about this movie is its score. I have the soundtrack and it has been a favorite since the first time I saw the film. I just love this animate film!

46          Cat On A Hot Tin Roof (1958)

I love the Golden Age of cinema! They created many of my all-time favorite and Cat On A Hot Tin Roof is no exception. So I have only seen this once but boy did it leave an impression. As a film production major I am very interested in following the actin route and I don’t thing any performance as inspired me more than Paul Newman in his roll as Brick Pollit. I love play to movie adaptions, mostly because of my background in theater. I need to watch this movie many more times and maybe after a 100 views I will be able to act as good as the great Paul Newman.

Just saw Cool Hand Luke for the first time and was outstanding by the film itself and Newsman’s roll.

45          The Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

“What the Cuss?!?” AHHHHHH! This movie is not only the best animated film of 2009 (Sorry Up) but also one of the best films of 2009! I loved it and adored its everything about this film in my first sitting. But I have grown to like it more and more each time. My favorite viewing was with a group of 10 or more at Thanksgiving last year. I had never viewed it with such a large audience and there laughter just made me love this film more and more deeply. Just writing about this film as made me put in my headphones and listen to its superb soundtrack!

44          Fantasia (1940)

Though I always love The Sorceror’s Apprentice, The Dance of the Hours, The Pastoral Symphony and The Nutcracker Sweet it wasn’t until I was older that I deeply appreciated Fantasia’s artistic value. This was Walt Disney’s experiment and his pride. This film not only has not only one of the best soundtracks of a all time but some of the best animation ever. The idea behind this film is just fascinating and it is something that should be cherished for all time

43          Amélie

What a film! I forgot so much about it until I watched it again two weeks ago. (I am learning I need to watch movies more then once). I don’t know what it is about the French but they make some darn good films. Amelie is sweet, original and just plain beautiful. There are so many things I love about this film that i can’t fit them all into this brief description. All I can do is suggest you watch this movie and take in this masterpiece of film making.

42          Toy Story (1995)

The Original Toy Story was the first time every child’s dream came to life, the first time toys came to life. This is definitely one of the best children’s films of all time. Pixar decided to raise the bar on their first feature. The voice talents of Tim Allen and Tom Hanks made for some memorable characters. I have the utmost respect for Pixar in making the first ever CGI film! There is nothing not to love about this film! A film that can help to define my childhood.

41          To Kill A Mockingbird (1962)

I read To Kill A Mockingbird in high-school and was entranced by its wonderful story. The film is not only one of the best book to movie adaptions of all time but one of the best films ever made. Gregory Peck won me over as Atticus Finch, the #1 dad of all time. One of the best court room genre films to date. It is truly an exhilarating film. I have much respect for the beautiful screenplay adaption. A masterpiece!


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3 responses to “‘‘Top 100 Favorite Feature Films #50-41′ (Post #36)”

  1. Deb Gnemi says :

    I’ve seen TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD several times and read it in high school as part of an American literature class. In H.S. I didn’t appreciate what I was reading because I was “forced” to read it. But after seeing several times, I am in love with this film. Apparently, it was Gregory Pecks’ favorite of all his movied he had starred in. The little girl in the movie (can’t think of her name right now) actually called Gregory Peck by his character’s name, “Atticus” for as long as she knew him after making the film with him. He personified the kind of father anyone would be proud to call “Dad.”

    I have to be honest, there isn’t a Paul Newman film I never NOT liked. CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF is a grand film from the golden age of movies! Elizabeth Taylor was coming out of losing Mike Todd, the love of her life, to an airplane accident and worked with Paul Newman off and on the screen as kind of therapy in her role of “Maggie, the Cat.” Those hot, sultry southern films just have a way of pulling a person into the whole style of living down there. Burl Ives, a naturally witty, kind-hearted person, plays against type as the patriarch of the family who thinks everyone is just waiting for him to “kick the bucket,” and he isn’t too far off on that conclusion. But the on-screen tension between the father and Paul Newman’s, “Brick” is so thick, it makes a person squirm to watch it—-or as Katharine Hepburn used to say, “Don’t act, just be,” and there is a lot “be-ing” going on in this film!

    I can’t remember if I asked you if you had seen Roberto Benini’s film LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL, a dark comedy-drama about the Holocaust as seen through the eyes of a father and son in a concentration camp. It’s a foreign film with sub-titles but you don’t even notice the sub-titles after the first 2 minutes into the movie! One of my all-time favorites and a testament to a very sobering, dark period of time in WWII but treated in a tragic-comedic fashion only attempted prior to this by the late and great Charlie Chaplin.

    • grantfitzgerald says :

      I saw Life is Beautiful a couple months ago and I love foreign film and never notice the subtitles. It almost made my list but not quite. I love your passion for films and your knowledge about them. It would be fun to get together once in a while with my mom and watch some films together. Much respect Mrs. Gnemi!

      • Deb Gnemi says :

        Absolutely. Pick the film, set the date and let your mom and me know when to show up…..it would be so much fun to watch a movie with you guys!

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