*****SPOILER ALERT YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED******
Throughout this past week, as I’ve been away from my Holy computer, trying to analyze basketball of all things and planning out what is next for this endeavor, this thing that I’m working on called a blog, by layman’s terms. Compiling a list is something that I thought was going to be easy. Something that I have learned quickly through my positional rankings list is that, well it’s not. Especially when it comes down to these movies.
As I’ve progressed through life, I have learned that when you make an argument, when you make your case, it is important to argue with your head and not your heart. Your heart and your feelings about certain subject matter can interfere with reasoning, whether it’s basic reasoning or advanced reasoning. I’m sure you have heard the phrase: “Facts don’t care about your feelings” right? Well in most cases it is true but as I’ve compiled this list, this statement couldn’t be further from the truth.
Some of these movies have shocked me, some of these movies have greatly entertained me, some of these movies have given the audience and me a powerful lesson, some of these movies, you might think are flat out stupid, and some of these movies, are just either really enjoyable, or really sad.
I know for a fact that at least one movie in my Top 10 has made me cry consistently, at the same time, at the same part, every time I see it, and I’ve seen it multiple times, and I don’t cry through movies. Honestly I can count the amount of times I’ve cried during a movie, it’s really that rare.
And I know for a fact that at least one of these movies has made me laugh consistently, had me quoting the same lines numerous times over and over to the annoyance of my friends.
So in short, finalizing this Top 10 was wicked hard, but here are some honorable mentions:
Schindler’s List (1993)
Yeah this one was #11 a really hard one to leave out, I seriously had to re watch #9 and #10 to draw this conclusion. I enjoy historical pieces and I enjoy the work of Spielberg quite a bit, being a huge fan of E.T. Liam Neeson and especially Ben Kingsley put in remarkable performances in this film.
But my only reason why this movie isn’t in the Top 10 might sound stupid to some of you, but I found myself suffering through this movie. Literally, emotionally and even physically suffering, this movie is 3 hours plus of pain and suffering. I could barely move from my seat from stiffness and pure sadness. From the seen where Goeth wakes up and snipes innocent lives, to the scene where the innocent girl in the red coat walks through the numerous amounts of dead bodies, to the scene where the kids are carted away on the train, carted away to their deaths.
Obviously there are many more scenes but this movie is just really brutal and because of that, it is not in the Top 10. A really good movie however and I highly recommend it.
Kick Ass (2010)
Hey this movie is really entertaining and you should watch it. Now that I got the obvious out of the way, the reason why I really fell in love with this movie is that it explored a concept that as far as I know, hasn’t been explored. What if, a comic book nerd, tried to be a superhero in real life? This question gets answered in a supremely raunchy and entertaining movie. Not only that but it is often time hilarious and it’s filled with bad ass moments.
Want to know how awesome this movie is? I actually like Nicholas Cage’s character. That doesn’t happen very often, if at all. Go see this movie. Now.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
People seem to forget how influential and how powerful this movie was. First off, it propelled the career of Jack Nicholson, who is known to be one of the greatest actors of all time. But secondly, this movie changed the view of psychiatry for the rest of time.
Mental hospitals closed because of this movie. This movie has influenced the development of more anti-psychotic drugs. But most importantly, this movie tarnished the image of shock therapy, nearly killing it by giving it a brutally eye-opening image.
This film can also be known for it’s brutality like I’ve stated before. I remember my dad telling me that Nurse Ratched, and her cold, dead gaze, was much scarier on the big screen than on the laptop screen. Then there’ what happens after the shock therapy that’s just… hard to describe really, you gotta see it for yourself.
The amount of influence this movie had during that time is enough for you to watch it. It has revolutionized health care to this day.
“As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster.”
One of the best opening lines of cinema history as this movie takes you into the life of Henry Hill, and his life in what we now know as the Mafia. An eye opening and entertaining movie with Oscar worthy performances from the entire cast. This movie details the infamous Lufthansa heist, among other events in the life of Henry Hill and his associates, Tommy DeVito and Jimmy Conway.
A stylistic and brutal movie detailing a high rise and a deep plummeting fall in the career of a mobster. Even if you don’t like gangster films, this is one you should appreciate. There’s themes of family, there’s themes of betrayal, there’s necessary, yet unnecessary elements of murder and at the end of the day, you’ll learn that you need to give Jimmy his money, don’t tell Tommy he’s funny either, you’ll piss him off. The way this film goes into detail about Hill’s life is impressive and eye opening and Ray Liotta give the performance of a career in this movie.
I understand I said spoiler alert but I don’t want to spoil this movie it’s on Netflix you need to see it.
Other honorable mentions include:
City of God (Brazilian Movie about an aspiring photographer and his life journey through the slums of Rio de Janeiro, Portuguese with English subtitles.) The Matrix, Reservoir Dogs, V for Vendetta, The Princess Bride, The Green Mile, American History X, The Dark Knight and finally, The Usual Suspects.