So the most important question you can ask a movie goer is here: What eight movies would you pick to take with you on a desert island and watch over and over again for the rest of your Wilson loving, beard growing, coconut eating, somehow in the midst obtained electricity and a DVD player watching existence for your eternity? If that run-on sentence made any sense keep reading. Andy and Fandango Groovers asked a ton of us in the movie blog world to contribute our thoughts. Here’s the link to his list and post, please check it out so you can read other peoples lists as well. Remember, these are 8 bests, or even favorites, just the movies I could stomach and enjoy watching for the rest of my “said above” life. They are listed below in no particular order.
Aliens was so perfectly sculpted into the masterpiece it became that there is no room for improvement. The time was taken for each character to be fleshed out even to seem real, and the story built layer upon layer of back story and structure to give it legitimacy. As stand out as some of the performances are, Sigourney Weaver captivates each scene she is in. Her conflict of fear and nightmares with her own strong will and bravery makes for a heavy, and extremely complex character, that has numerous motivators. It was without question Oscar quality. The physical appearance of the Aliens and LV-426, and the vastness of space is still up to par with today’s work. These are only a few of the reasons why I would deem Aliens the best science fiction film of all time, and my favorite movie of all time. It is perfection in creation. A film that will last for eternity in heart and mind.
Troy is not Oscar quality nor does it pretend to be. It’s better than most movies in it’s genre and offers an epic adventure of breath taking battles, romance, betrayal, and the hunger for power. The imminent price each character pays for their fortunes are not comparable to pain and sorrow each of those paths lead. What Troy does best is focus on it’s individual character’s and lets them shine. The violence of this film is brutal and earns it’s “R” rating. For anyone who enjoys a great epic movie, Troy should be on your list to rent, it’s on my shelf as property. This isn’t even Brad Pitt’s best film, but it’s one of those movies that is repetitively enjoyable and would provide constant stimulation on my desert island.
There is an element of The Wizard Of Oz and Dorothy here that can’t be ignored, but it’s nowhere near a copy. Obviously, the influence of Oz is here, and unquestionably inspired some of the theme. Sarah meets friends along her journey as well, but her friends aren’t obediently loyal to her and in search of their own rightness. Her friends are troubled beings, outcasts amongst outcasts, and have had to battle good and evil to make their way in the menacing world of the Labyrinth. The dark overtones of the film make it an even more exciting adventure and when mixed with great humor it has all that is required of a great movie. Labyrinth was my favorite movie as a child and is still one of my favorites today. It is an original classic that will forever be remembered as my favorite piece of art Jim Henson left behind.
It’s fair to say I’ve watched this film hundreds and hundreds of times. As a kid I rented it at my local video store on a weekly basis and after awhile, my VHS machine even got tired of listening to the Darkman trailer that came right before the swanky tune-age that cued Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward to wake up to the longest weekend of their lives. The dialogue is campy, the ideals behind the underground monster is a long shot at best, but the acting isn’t half bad, some of the one liners are hilarious, and the character’s are classic. I’m not ashamed to say I own the quadrilogy. This movie is the epitome of Awesomely Bad.
Bad Boys is a special film for a multitude of reasons, but it seemed to be one of those films where everyone was in the right place at the right time and movie magic was created. It is undoubtedly on my most watched list as I’ve probably seen it two hundred times, which could be a gross understatement. This movie is pure and simple great action flick fun. Everything about it is pure entertainment. The plot which is occasionally touched on is good enough that it is nearly irrelevant in the scheme of things. For it’s genre and rewatchability, not to mention the brilliant one liners. This is Michael Bay and a Bromance at it’s ultimate best.
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Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring
Of the trilogy this isn’t necessarily the most fun to watch (Two Towers gets that accolade), but it is the most fulfilling. The screenplay adapted by Philippa Boyens, Fran Walsh and Peter Jackson himself, was done with such care for the original work of Tolkien and such great lengths were met to keep the integrity of the character’s and their journeys that this is without a doubt some of the best literature translated to the big screen ever. Every aspect of this story was done with the admiration of a true fan and the brilliance of an amazing filmmaker. The Fellowship of the Ring is what going to the movies is all about. It’s rated PG-13 because of violence, but it’s all fantasy violence, though graphic nonetheless. This is a movie everyone should see, and the best part is it’s only the beginning of the journey.
Star Wars: Episode V-The Empire Strikes Back
The Empire Strikes Back over the years has evolved into my favorite Star Wars film without much question. It’s not only the most compelling of the six films made, but it’s the most fun to watch as well. The Empire Strikes Back has the best light sabor battles, the best one liners, the most compelling character developments, the best of Star Wars comedy and back story, and interweaving of everything that we love about Star Wars. Plus it has Billy Dee Williams. Beat that.
Jurassic Park is exciting, intelligent, thrilling, suspenseful, funny, and visually absolutely stunning. Even now part of me wants to believe that those walking giants are real. The brilliant pacing, combined with suspense driven scenes creates for a thriller like never seen before. It proves a box office hit doesn’t have to be a mindless popcorn flick, it can have depth and great FX, and turn out to be a great movie. Jurassic Park is timeless.
What do you think of my choices? Give me a rating.