Not sure why the other post went so weird, I failed at uploading trailers and the font went all wrong. But on a more positive note I have decided after all this time to put together, if possible, my list of top 25 films of all time: in order. Its a pretty mammonth task and 10 sounds neater, but I think that would make the job more difficult.
So here goes.
This part was easy. I have gotten more than a little flack for liking this film and I admit it has its flaws. The characters are caricatures, the bad guys have no redeeming features and the good guys are a little too perfect and I do find the plot a little annoying; like when Jack and Rose keep getting forced back into the flooded decks. However, no-one can deny that the sheer scale and beauty of this film deserve some recognition. Cameron’s attention to detail is flawless and the cinematography is brilliant. I especially like the shot when Jack and Rose go below decks and the sash of her dress blows past the fire and steam in slo-mo, as well as the shot of the sinking ship from one of the rescue boats far out from sea where the silence cuts dramatically after all the screaming. I fall for the love story everytime and always end in tears. It is in my opinion a classic.
2. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
The script is probably the best ever. And you can’t beat Robert Redford and Paul Newman.
3. The Sting
Quite simply: they don’t make them like they used to.
4. The Philadelphia Story
Brilliant cast, brilliant script.
5. 12 Angry Men
Its simplicity is what makes it so special.
6. Forrest Gump
Tom Hanks is flawless. It’s a little cheesy, but epic all the same.
7. The Shawshank Redemption
Morgan Freeman’s voiceover, the opera scene, Brooks, standing in the rain. Just a few of the reasons I love this film.
8. L.A. Confidential
So clever, one of the few films where I’ve wanted to watch it straight after seeing it for the first time.
9. American History X
Loved the cinematopgrahy and how powerful it is. This just resonated with me.
10. The Godfather
The definitive gangser movie.
11. The Godfather Part 2
As good as its predecessor.
12. Field of Dreams
Heartwarming, emotional and visually stunning.
13. Kramer vs. Kramer
The second film I always cry at. Dustin Hoffman is a genius and the little kid in it is really good as well.
14. Road to Perdition
Mise-en-scene and cinematography is perhaps the best I’ve seen. Quality filmmaking.
15. When Harry Met Sally
Hilarious. You can’t beat the orgasm at the diner scene.
16. American Beauty
I heart Kevin Spacey. Beautiful, though-provoking and another great screenplay. Love the asparagus scene.
17. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
A Jim Carrey film I don’t hate!! Original, clever, tender and funny, what more do you want from a movie.
18. Dial M for Murder
Not Hitchcock’s best movie, but my personal favourite. The scissors!!!!
19. The Social Network
The most recent entry on this list. Aaron Sorkin’s script is brilliant as is Fincher’s directing. Came out of the cinema just thinking ‘damn that was good’.
20. The Lives of Others
The ideology and meaning behind the film is what captivated me most. Brilliant ending and an overall mesmerising film.
Loved the intertwining narrative, enthralling and well-acted.
Quirkiness at its best. So many good lines.
23. Lucky Number Slevin
A real surprise, it keeps you guessing and its very cool.
24. I’m Not There
Wow. Not for everyone, but I found it so heartbreaking and visually striking. Plus it has Bob Dylan music throughout.
25. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
I just love the Twist and Shout scene.
Films that were also considered:
His Girl Friday
The Breakfast Club
Day of the Jackal
and probably lots more I didn’t have the time to remember…