‘‘Top 100 Favorite Feature Films #30-21′ (Post #41)

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30          12 Angry Men (1957)

The first time I ever experienced this story was a community theater production. Throughout the show I played detective, so to speak, and tried to figure out the case. After the production I really wanted to see the movie and loved it. 12 Angry Men is a cinematic treat! The story is told with some superb actors and some great visual moments. This movie is one of the best court room dramas (or jury room drama) of all time.

29              Psycho (1960)

Psycho is probably the scariest thriller/horror film I have ever seen. Hitchcock pushed the envelope to make this film and came out with a masterpiece. Though I have only seen this film once, it earned a high spot on my list of favorites. Every shot has been was put together in such a precise manor that I cannot even think of the man hours spent planning this film. This film is near perfection.

28          Holiday Inn (1942)

Holiday Inn is my favorite Christmas movie musical ever made. Had it not been on this list Holiday Inn surely would have taken its place. Irving Berlin put together a truly beautiful and cheerful film. White Christmas was put onto film for the first time in this movie and it gets me every time Bing Crosby whistles and steps through the doorway near the end of the film. I love this film I could not go a more than a year without watching it.

27          The Princess Bride (1987)

This movie is probably one of the most quoted movies of all time. I don’t think I have ever met anyone who does not love Princess Bride. It is one of those films that has something for everyone; action, adventure, comedy, duels, magic, true love. In my opinion this is one of the best film ever made. A film that is both entertaining  fabulously made.

26          Citizen Kane(1941)/ Wizard of Oz (1939)

I cheated for this one because throughout the process of making this list The Wizard of  Oz somehow made it off my list. I coudln’t remove anything so I just put it here with Citizen Kane.

Citizen Kane has ruled the no. 1 spot on Sight & Sound Magazines top 100 film of all time for at least 50 years, but this week it was surpassed by Hitchcock’s Vertigo. Immediately after seeing this film I saw why it has been held on such a high pillar in the film making world. Orson Welles put together a film that stands out in every aspect of film, including such criteria as acting, cinematic visuals and story. This was his masterpiece but was sadly under looked for a number of years. The Academy didn’t like Welles, so it lost to How Green Was My Valley. Citizen Kane is the perfect film.

The Wizard of Oz may be the most magical film ever made. This piece of cinema history has with stood the test of time because of its appeal to all audience. This film gives us something we rarely see in films, that movies are magic. I recently learned that Somewhere Over the Rainbow was almost scrapped for the final cut. It blew my mind to believe that the most popular song in movie history was almost wasn’t. The Wizard of Oz is the greatest fantasy film of all time!

25          Hugo (2011)

I was sad that i was not able to view this in theaters and in what was supposed to be one of the best 3D films ever made. I couldn’t wait for the film to come out on BluRay and grabbed it at its midnight release. Both The Artist and Hugo were movies about movies and I fell in love with Hugo’s story. I am a film history buff (when I say buff I mean it is one of my greatest interests, I am in the midst of learning all I can) and the story of George Méliés was just what a fan like me was looking for. This film was absolutely stunning. Beautiful visuals and a beautiful story. In my opinion it deserved the Best Picture win over The Artist (though I loved The Artist and I am glad it won for its own reasons).

24          Moulin Rouge! (2001)

Moulin Rouge! is one of the best movie musical ever made. I don’t think any other musical soundtrack has captivated me as much as this film’s. Baz Luhrmann is a stunning director who crafted a beautiful and creative movie experience. One can tell he has a great love of art and beauty. Let’s just say I am very excited for his latest film The Great Gatsby to come out.

23          One Hundred and One Dalmations (1961)

My mom use to tell me I would watch this film over and over day after day. as I would watch it I would toss the VHS box into the air. it would hit the ceiling, fall to the ground and I would pick it up and do it again and again and again. The animation used throughout is some of the most beautiful and creative I have ever seen. I will be first in line when this finally comes out on BluRay 101 Dalmatians is just a beautiful story full of adventure and cute puppies.The animation used throughout is some of the most beautiful and creative I have ever seen. It will be near the top of my list for all time!

22          Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

Even thorough The Deathly Hallow film are great, I still don’t think they stand up to the near perfect book to movie adaption of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. This film has stuck out to me ever since I first saw it. Even if you weren’t a fan of the books or film adaption you can’t deny that this film is really well crafted. This story is my favorite of the series and it is near and dear to my heart. Now I need to go watch it because I love watching this movie.

21          Sleeping Beauty (1959)

        The film is so gorgeous. Some of the best artistic work went into this film. This film in my opinion is the best princess movie of all time told along with Tchaikovsky’s gorgeous suit. Sleeping Beauty had some of the best animation I have ever seen in a film and it gives me chills, especially on the BluRay release. This film not only includes my favorite princess but also my favorite prince. I have the utmost respect for the time put into making Sleeping Beauty.


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3 responses to “‘‘Top 100 Favorite Feature Films #30-21′ (Post #41)”

  1. Hannah Megill says :

    Delighted to see Moulin Rouge! on here. It’s one of my top 5 flims of all time.

  2. Deb Gnemi says :

    I’ve seen almost all of these films. Mouline Rouge, I’ve seen in parts and pieces. I have yet to see Hugo. 12 Angry Men is shown quite regulary on TCM. I see something different each time I watch it. I agree with you that I think it’s one of the best jury films made. What can a person add to say about WIZARD OF OZ? I read Shirley Temple’s autobiography “Child Star” several years ago and discovered she was to have been caste for the part of Dorothy, but there was a loan-out issue between MGM and the studio which produced OZ and something to do with Clark Gable, so the other studio went with Judy Garland for Dorothy. I can’t even imagine someone else being Dorothy beside Judy Garland. Grant, you need to travel to Grand Rapids, MN and see Judy’s home and museum dedicated to her career. Rick and I spent almost a full day in the museum.

    When I was about 4 years old, my parents took me to SLEEPING BEAUTY at a drive-in theater in Tucson, AZ. I didn’t know what I was watching but was mesmerized by the beauty of this animated film. I am still “in love’ with Prince Charming, and I agree he is the best animated prince yet! Although, the prince in SNOW WHITE is pretty darn good too. The wicked witch in SLEEPING BEAUTY is by far the best animated witch to date. Those pointy things on her witch’s hat are the best. There are some kids I’ve heard even today that get the pants scared off of them when the wicked witch in SLEEPING BEAUTY appears on the screen. Of course the 3 fairies are wonderful!

    I could be slightly prejudiced here, but the animation in the earlier Disney movies was the best ever….as far as detail and color are concerned. I know great things can be done with computer graphics, but the color and quality of the animation of the older movies just can’t be duplicated…and to think they did it all without computers!

    I loved the early movies of the HARRY POTTER series; probably for the same reasons I enjoyed the 1st three books. As the characters got older, and the story became more and more dark, the movies did too. I understood why, I just didn’t like it. I am an incurable romantic and while I enjoyed all the movies; I just missed the lighter aspect of the first couple of them. I do agree with you, though, that PRISONER OF AZKABAN is a really, really good film.

    DALMATIONS is one of my favorite Disney films about animals. I agree with everything you worte about it.

    HOLIDAY INN IS A GREAT MOVIE! For a lot of reasons, I even like it better than WHITE CHRISTMAS which gets kind of corny for me sometimes. Which makes me think of Danny Kaye. So I am going to segue way on another topic for a minute—– I just watched a quick documentary about Laurence Olivier and Vivian Leigh(Scarlett of GONE WITH THE WIND)—they were one of the great Hollywood romances) and this documentary inferred that Danny Kaye was gay and had been a some-time lover of Olivier. Okay———I didn’t need to hear this——–my mother had many stories about Danny Kaye as she took care of him in the hospital a few times out in Los Angeles and my uncle taught him how to fly a single-engine plane—-I watched his t.v. show for the few brief years it was on the air and laughed myself silly at his sketches. He had this innocent and child-like quality when he interviewed children on his show, and I just will not let this quick blurb about his sexuality alter my view of him. Maybe not the greatest actor of all time, but a master of dialects and comedy and wonderful story teller. I am now off my soap box. (One time somebody told me Cary Grant was gay and I just plugged my ears and said la la la la la, I can’t year you——)

    I quote lines from PRINCESS BRIDE myself from time to time. I have my favorite scenes like everyone does; but I am especially fond of the Billy Crystal scenes.

    I have to be honest about CITIZEN KANE–I’ve watched it one or two times and for whatever reason, I just can’t get into it. Orson Welles just isn’t one of my favorite actors. I need to watch it again and really give it a go again. I think I am missing something here. Although, I watched him in JANE EYRE (I think I spelled that wrong) and I liked him in that movie quite a lot.

    There’s something about PSYCHO that scares the snot out of me and it seems everyone who watches it. No kidding–sometimes when I take a shower, I think about the “shower scene” in that movie and creep myself out! 🙂 Anthony Perkins is so doggone real (kind of like a Ted Bundy if you know what I mean.) I read that Perkins actually suffered from mental illness for most of his life, and I think he plays Norman so well because he is actually pulling something from within about his own struggle with emotional and mental illnesss. Check out his movie FEAR STRIKES OUT. It’s a biopic about Jim Persall (spelling?) who was a fantastic baseball player that struggled with mental illness. He suffers a nervous breakdown on the pitcher’s mound and it’s so gripping and real that it completely unnerves you. Karl Maldin plays his overbearing, perfectionistic father. Really a great movie that deals with a topic that people just didn’t understand much in the 1950’s and 60’s and brings to light what sports figures go thru to get to the top.

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