Steve tagged me for a blog meme so I’ll play along:
The rules of the “game” are simple:
1. list your top ten favorite films (in no particular order).
2. if you’re tagged, you’ve got to post and tag 3-5 other people.
3. give a tag back (some link love) to the one who tagged you in your post
4. give a hat tip (HT) to Dan
I’m not really as much a movie buff as some of my friends, but I do have some favorites. My Top Ten Favorite Films (in no particular order):
1. Star Wars Trilogy (the original three)
Is there anyone that grew up in the 70’s or 80’s that wasn’t profoundly affected by these movies? It’s a story old as time set in a fanciful sci-fi setting. No one had done a series of movies on this scale before this. Quotations from these movies have been in my conversational vernacular throughout high school and college much to the annoyance of my friends.
2. Lord of the Rings Trilogy
The scale and scope of these movies are mind boggling. I feel like Peter Jackson was mostly true to the story and he really respected what Tolkien was trying to tell. There are several scenes like Helm’s Deep and The Fields of Pelannor that give me goosebumps.
3. O Brother, Where Art Thou?
So much to love about this movie. I love that the bluegrass soundtrack helped bring bluegrass music back into the mainstream. I love the parallels between Ulysses Everett McGill and The Odyssey. I love the redemption story of his character, too. Plus, the movie is utterly quotable. This is my favorite Coen Brothers movie by far.
4. So I Married An Axe Murderer
Certainly not Mike Myers’ most famous work (or maybe even his best work), but the movie has such a silly charm to it and (I’m sensing a theme here), the movie is fun to quote. It’s so delightfully absurd with Charlie’s Scottish parents and his police friend, plus cameos by people like Steven Wright and Phil Hartman.
I’ve blogged about Swingers before and how much I love it. It’s the ultimate insight into guys’ relationships and how they deal with failure and disappointment, both romantic and career-wise. It’s the pinnacle of Vince Vaughn’s acting career still, also.
6. Raising Arizona
Another Coen Brothers movie and my favorite before O Brother Where Art Thou? was released. The facial expressions in this movie (especially by Nicholas Cage) are priceless. The sequence of scenes when Cage robs the convenience store is one of the finest moments in cinematic history.
7. This Is Spinal Tap
Cinematic genius. The movie skewers the rock culture from the 70’s and 80’s. Christopher Guest and Harry Shearer make the movie. The Stonehenge scene kills me every time.
This movie and Garden State came out about the same time and have similar stories, but something about Elizabethtown keeps drawing me back. Even though Orlando Bloom and Kirsten Dunst are pretty wooden in their acting, they do come through from time-to-time in the movie. The ending scene where Bloom makes a cross-country trip with his fathers’ ashes listening to CD’s is poignant and touching.
I love the story of the 1980 US Hockey Team and this movie does a nice retelling of the story. The US-USSR opposition was a big part of my childhood and I can just barely remember the real event.
10. Apollo 13
I’m also a big space exploration nut. Ron Howard’s movie stays mostly true to the story and why not? It’s a compelling story without any embelleshment. Visually the movie is a treat and I particularly love Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, and Ed Harris in this movie.