‘‘Top 100 Favorite Feature Films #40-31′ (Post #39)

40          Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)

One of most visually stunning and captivating tales I have ever beheld on film. Pan’s Labyrinth became an instant favorite and I needed to own it as soon as possible after I finally acquired a BluRay player. This a fantastic, chilling and altogether enormously satisfying fantasy tale. This film is truly tragic at times but this tragic tale is made up by its redeeming story. This film nearly killed the director Guillermo del Toro, he lost 40 pounds making this film. He put his heart and soul into this film. His masterpiece!

39          The Adventure of Robin Hood (1938)

I loved the story of Robin Hood while growing up. It was first introduced to me by Dinsey’s Robin Hood and I fell in love with the most famous archer of all time. The Adventures of Robin Hood is the best Robin Hood film ever made. In my opinion it has no competition. Errol Flynn provides us with the best depiction of the outlaw ever put on film. I love this movie and always will.

Here is a trailer I put together for a film class of this film:

38         Metropolis (1927)

Metropolis is the best Sci-Fi film I have ever seen. Though I have on viewed it once it left a lasting impression. I was utterly stunned by how huge this production was. This movie was definitely ahead of its time and in my opinion it has never been surpassed by any other science fiction film. This iconic film is an absolute masterpiece.

37          The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

All I remember about this movie from when I first saw it was a guy tunneling out of a jail. And I thought it super cool. This is one of my dads favorite movies and he used to watch it on TV all the time. But it wasn’t until about 3 years ago I finally saw this film all the way through. The Shawshank Redemption has been ranked in the top 10 favorite films of all time been many user voted sites. It has been the highest rated film on IMDBs for years. The acting and story are superb throughout. I can see why it has been loved by so many.

36          Rear Window (1954)

I was absolutely blown away after watching this for the first time in three years. Man has my knowledge and understanding of film grown. The first time I watched this I love it but was not blown away like I was with other Hitchcock films. Rear Window was one of the most visually entertaining and unique films I have ever seen. This film is a masterpiece and there is nothing I don’t love about it. Especially Grace Kelly, I think I was going to die every time she came on screen. The performances, script and cinematography were spellbinding. This may be most fans favorite Hitchcock film, but I still have 3 more ranked above this.

35         Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

So some may put there noses up to my 34th favorite film. Sure many may think this movie is good, but for me it is an absolute favorite. In my opinion, this movie is the best live action Disney film ever made (accept maybe Mary Poppins). Pirates brought me to a magical and fantastic world of swashbuckling pirates. They don’t make films like this anymore but Disney stepped up to the challenge and came out with a beautiful product. A staple of my late childhood.

34          Mr. Smith Goes To Washington (1939)

I am pretty sure James Stewart is my favorite actor of all time. I have loved every film I’ve ever seen him in and in each one he does fabulous work. Mr. Smith Goes To Washington became an instant favorite when I saw it. I was drawn to the story, the acting, the comedy and the lesson. This is one I definitely need to see again. One of the best films ever made.

33          The Kid (1921)

The Kid is my favorite silent film. Not only was this movie one of the funniest I have ever seen but also one of the most precious.  Though Chaplin wanted to be known for The Gold Rush (Another of my favorites) I believe this is his best (Of what I have seen that is). This story is beautiful, heartwarming and simply a masterpiece. Please Criterion release this on BluRay.

32          The Prestige (2006)

Every time I watch this film I am left speechless. Nolan put together a film that is baffling and beautiful from start to finish. I can’t believe this film was so underrated. One of the bets I have ever seen and I never heard of it when it came out. The Prestige tells the story of to dueling magicians who used to be friends until one day when Hugh Jackman’s wife in the film drowns during a performance on stage. Jackman’s character blames his partner played by Christain Bale and they soon become adversaries on and off the stage. This is a masterful film that concludes with one of the best surprise endings ever shown on film.

31         Memento (2000)

Christopher Nolan has become one of the world’s favorite directors in recent years. In my opinion he is becoming the new Hitchcock with his original ideas and storytelling. Before there was The Batman Trilogy or Inception there was Memento. This film is every low budget directors dream. The screenplay is one of the best I have ever seen. A story that is told backwards and forwards at the same time. You just have to see it to understand. Many may say this is his masterpiece but I still have three films by the same director that rank higher on my list. This thriller is one of a kind.

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2 responses to “‘‘Top 100 Favorite Feature Films #40-31′ (Post #39)”

  1. Deb Gnemi says :

    Mr. Smith Goes to Washington…………ahhh…….I revel in that film everytime I get a chance to see it. The passion of a bygone era————it is so relevant to today. Claude Rains (spelling?) one of the true professionals that so many don’t remember today. (Remind me to tell you about the film he made with Bette Davis where he plays against type and becomes this pathetic little man that your heart just cries for each time he is on the screen) And of course Jimmy Stewart——–another one of my loves.

    Prestige is one of the best films about the world of magic I’ve ever seen. When I saw it in the theater, I kept saying “Okay now I get it.” and 10 min. later I’d say “Now wait a minute….. and then 10 min. later I’d say “Okay now I get it.” and then 10 min. later….I sat literally on the edge of my seat the whole dang time.

    I’ve seen portions of Metropolis. It is light years ahead of itself and just think all done with no computer graphics……….now that’s something to talk about……….

    I cry every time I watch Chaplin in The Kid. I think it’s one of his best along with The Little Dictator. A genious!

    Have you seen Robert Downey in his film version of Chaplin. I still think it’s one of his best. He captured the essence of a very complicated man in this fim.

    Speaking of capturing the essence of someone, I’ve seen Joaquin Phoenix in his film version of Johnny Cash a few times since I watched it in the theater. Where the heck is he these days? He’s another one of the gifted ones that just doesn’t seem to get it when it comes to his off-camera life.

    • grantfitzgerald says :

      The Great Dictator actually. And also Phoenix made a documentary about himself. I haven’t seen it yet. It’s called I’m still Here and it Documenting Joaquin Phoenix’s transition from the acting world to a career as an aspiring rapper. Basically about him trapped and being defined as an actor.

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