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My transition from home to school has been a long one and I have not taken the time to update my blog even though I have had the time. It is a struggle to decide between all of my interests. So here it is my top 10.

10          Inception (2010)

The Nolan brothers never sees to amaze me. I was initially introduced to Nolan in the Batman films, but my admiration grew with the release of Inception. Inception put me in a state of mind I’ve never been before. The pure imagination needed to make this film was unbelievable. I have never seen the topic of dreams put into such a well developed and interesting movie. Inception, in my opinion was the best film of 2010. Though many would fight to say Memento is Christopher Nolan’s best film (Mind you, I myself would agree in some ways with this statement) but I believe this his most creative and mind bending. Inception is a block buster classic.

9          Tree Of Life (2011)

The most emotionally captivating film I have ever seen. A cinematic beauty. The greatest film of the year! Sadly under rated! To many peoples minds were to weak to understand how spectacular this film is. Everyone should give it a chance. This movie left me speechless. Maybe the most beautiful film I have ever seen. Reaches a level of philosophy and meaning that not even 2001 can do.

8          West Side Story (1961)

West Side Story in my opinion was sadly beat out by Music Man for the Tony for best musical when released but the film version of this musical outdid that of The Music Man. West Side Story is one of my favorite musicals I have ever performed in or had the pleasure of seeing it adapted on film. This movies is well deserving of its 10 Oscars including Best Picture.

7          It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)

I was not brought up on It’s a Wonder Life for some reason or another. We had it on dvd but during the Christmas season I always watch the cartoons as a child as well as Alistair Sim’s  A Christmas Carol, White Christmas and Holiday Inn. But I can remember the first time I finally saw this film and fell deeply in love. It is everything a film should be and more. Not only is it a great Christmas film if not the best Christmas film ever made but a great time film for any time of the year.

6          Saving Private Ryan (1998)

It’s ironic that I am writing this sick with a bad cold because when I first saw Saving Private Ryan I was in the same state. Lets just put it out there and say that the opening sequence of this film almost outdoes the rest of the story. Though I believe Schindler’s List to be Spielberg’s masterpiece this movie is my favorite. I am a sucker for WWII films and this of course is my favorite. This film should have won Best Picture but sadly was beat by Shakespeare in Love (Which I love too and actually almost made this list.)

5          Vertigo (1958)

Vertigo was one of the first Hitchcock films I had ever seen and boy did it leave an impression. When I first made this list it was right around this same spot and I hadn’t even seen it since the first time I watched it about 3 years ago. After I originally made my list I decided I needed to revisit this spectacular. Now with a more educated film mind, I was even more blown away. This is Hitchcock’s masterpiece and I am happy to tell you it won over Citizen Kane in Sight and Sound Magazine for the first time in over 50 years!

4          The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

Now, I originally wanted to put all The Lord of the Rings films to be in one spot but sadly knew I couldn’t do that as they are separate films. So I decided to put this film in 3td from least to greatest of the films. Many people place this as an inbetweener for the trilogy since Jackson made some interesting changes to the story but I love what he did. (But also a favorite for many) The Two Towers is a beautiful film that I will love no matter what.

3          Singin’ In the Rain (1952)

As I have stated before, I was raised on musicals. And Singin’ In The Rain plays one of the biggest rolls in my life. This film explains so many things about me. This is my all time favorite musical and would rank #1 if it weren’t for a certain trilogy. Singin’ In the Rain is the best film ever made about Hollywood. I have recently learned some interesting things about this film from the BluRay release. For instance, that most of the Good Morning number was done in one take, which is incredible because of the amount of synchronization and dancing done in this number. Some of the best film making ever done, they don’t make them like this anymore.

2          The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

I understand we film thy the academy waited until the third film to give The Lord of the Rings its Best Picture win. This is therings ev movie that brings everything together from the previous two films. The Return of the King is an amazing spectacle that deserves all 11 awards it was nominated for and won. Many favor this over the rest of the trilogy but there is still a soft spot in my heart for my number one favorite film.

1          The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

When The Fellowship of the Ring came to theaters when I was in third grade, I was unaware that it would leave such a huge impact on my life. My mom didn’t initially let me see the movie but introduced me to The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and the Return of the King animated films. It wasn’t until the summer before 4th grade she finally bought the film and let me watch it. I can remember like it was yesterday, sitting down to watch the VHS. This launched my years of obsession with the franchise. It lead me to reading the books for the first time in 4th grade as well as documenting numerous LOTR styled drawing by my friends and I. I would come home almost everyday and watch The Fellowship. (I have seen this film more than any other movie….ever!) I was in love and have really never fallen out of love for Tolkien’s Middle Earth. I believe this to be one of the greatest films ever made….Now I really want to watch this film! AWWWW!

Thank you so much for putting up for my delays and sticking with my list. It was so much fun making this list. I hope you all continue reading my reviews and enjoy more lists to come.

Grant Fitzgerald

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