My Favorite Films

Because the Top 100 Movie lists out there do not agree with my tastes.

July 7, 2012 at 3:17pm
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13. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
Directed by Ang Lee. Starring Yun-Fat Chow, Michelle Yeoh, and Ziyi Zhang. 
Two stories of unfulfilled love intertwine as a legendary warrior returns to find a mysterious thief. Why I love it:Visually, the film is a masterpiece: beautiful scenery, dance-like fight choreography, stunning leads. And the love stories are devastating in the most heart-wrenchingly wonderful way. (Note: the dubbed version isn’t bad, but subtitles are always better)

13. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

Directed by Ang Lee. Starring Yun-Fat Chow, Michelle Yeoh, and Ziyi Zhang. 

Two stories of unfulfilled love intertwine as a legendary warrior returns to find a mysterious thief. 

Why I love it:
Visually, the film is a masterpiece: beautiful scenery, dance-like fight choreography, stunning leads. And the love stories are devastating in the most heart-wrenchingly wonderful way. (Note: the dubbed version isn’t bad, but subtitles are always better)

July 1, 2012 at 3:43pm
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12. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Directed by Irvin Kirschner. Starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher.
While a young man trains with a legend, yearning to become a supernatural knight, his friends continue to escape from a dark imperial lord and his troops.
Why I love it:Every human on the planet should see Star Wars, and every (reasonable) human who has seen Star Wars would agree that Episode V is the best of the best. It’s got Yoda, it’s got lots of Han Solo, it’s got one of the most important scenes in the history of Western culture. And it’s got one of my favorite scenes of all time (SPOILER): when Han is about to be lowered into the carbonite bath, and Leia blurts, “I love you!” and Han stoically replies, “I know.” Ah! Choice. 

12. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Directed by Irvin Kirschner. Starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher.

While a young man trains with a legend, yearning to become a supernatural knight, his friends continue to escape from a dark imperial lord and his troops.

Why I love it:
Every human on the planet should see Star Wars, and every (reasonable) human who has seen Star Wars would agree that Episode V is the best of the best. It’s got Yoda, it’s got lots of Han Solo, it’s got one of the most important scenes in the history of Western culture. And it’s got one of my favorite scenes of all time (SPOILER): when Han is about to be lowered into the carbonite bath, and Leia blurts, “I love you!” and Han stoically replies, “I know.” Ah! Choice. 

June 30, 2012 at 3:02pm
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11. The Big Lebowski (1998)
Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. Starring Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, and Julianne Moore. 
A dead-beat bowler gets confused with a millionaire of the same name and finds himself caught up in a kidnapping in Los Angeles. Why I love it:This movie has a huge following, and that’s due to the fact that The Dude is such a lovable loser as well as to the fact that the script is beyond funny. It’s full of many crazy characters and one wild adventure.  

11. The Big Lebowski (1998)

Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. Starring Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, and Julianne Moore. 

A dead-beat bowler gets confused with a millionaire of the same name and finds himself caught up in a kidnapping in Los Angeles. 

Why I love it:
This movie has a huge following, and that’s due to the fact that The Dude is such a lovable loser as well as to the fact that the script is beyond funny. It’s full of many crazy characters and one wild adventure.  

10:52am
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10. Romeo + Juliet (1996)
Directed by Baz Luhrmann. Starring Leonardo di Caprio, Claire Danes, and John Leguizamo.
Although their families are sworn enemies, two young lovers insist on marrying in secret, but their union brings nothing but violence.
Why I love it:It is a visually stunning adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic play, and its soundtrack changed my life. It is one of the coolest looking movies I’ve seen, and Leo is incredibly cute.

10. Romeo + Juliet (1996)

Directed by Baz Luhrmann. Starring Leonardo di Caprio, Claire Danes, and John Leguizamo.

Although their families are sworn enemies, two young lovers insist on marrying in secret, but their union brings nothing but violence.

Why I love it:
It is a visually stunning adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic play, and its soundtrack changed my life. It is one of the coolest looking movies I’ve seen, and Leo is incredibly cute.

10:28am
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9. Stand By Me (1986)
Directed by Rob Reiner. Starring Wil Wheaton, River Pheonix, and Corey Feldman.
Four boys go out into the woods to find a dead body and embark upon a coming-of-age story set in the late 1950s.Why I love it:This is my favorite coming-of-age movie, and not just because it is set in my home state of Oregon. It’s sweet and funny and poignant, and the 1950s soundtrack adds just enough nostalgia to the picture.    

9. Stand By Me (1986)

Directed by Rob Reiner. Starring Wil Wheaton, River Pheonix, and Corey Feldman.

Four boys go out into the woods to find a dead body and embark upon a coming-of-age story set in the late 1950s.

Why I love it:
This is my favorite coming-of-age movie, and not just because it is set in my home state of Oregon. It’s sweet and funny and poignant, and the 1950s soundtrack adds just enough nostalgia to the picture.    

10:14am
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8. Knocked Up (2007)
Directed by Judd Apatow. Starring Seth Rogan, Katherine Heigl, and Paul Rudd.An unemployed stoner accidentally gets a pretty television employee pregnant and they are thrust into an unlikely relationship for the sake of their baby. Why I love it:The movie consists of an unlikely pairing: guy humor with chick-flick sensibilities. Even though it tackles serious life-issues, it remains sweet and is possibly the funniest movie I’ve ever seen.

8. Knocked Up (2007)

Directed by Judd Apatow. Starring Seth Rogan, Katherine Heigl, and Paul Rudd.

An unemployed stoner accidentally gets a pretty television employee pregnant and they are thrust into an unlikely relationship for the sake of their baby.

Why I love it:
The movie consists of an unlikely pairing: guy humor with chick-flick sensibilities. Even though it tackles serious life-issues, it remains sweet and is possibly the funniest movie I’ve ever seen.

9:39am
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7. Fargo (1996)
Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. Starring Frances McDormand, William H. Macy, and Steve Buscemi.
A Minnesotan man hires two men to abduct his wife so he can collect the ransom. Things go awry, and it is up to a pregnant police officer to pick up the pieces.
Why I love it:The desolate snowy landscape, the violence and dark humanity, are countered so perfectly by the sweetness of Frances McDormand and the subtle humor of the script. 

7. Fargo (1996)

Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. Starring Frances McDormand, William H. Macy, and Steve Buscemi.

A Minnesotan man hires two men to abduct his wife so he can collect the ransom. Things go awry, and it is up to a pregnant police officer to pick up the pieces.

Why I love it:
The desolate snowy landscape, the violence and dark humanity, are countered so perfectly by the sweetness of Frances McDormand and the subtle humor of the script. 

9:18am
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6. Pulp Fiction (1994)
Directed by Quentin Tarantino. Starring John Travolta, Uma Thurman, and Samuel L. Jackson.
Three stories violently intersect: a hit man takes his boss’s wife out to dinner; a boxer runs away from a thrown fight; a pair of bank robbers hold up a restaurant.
Why I love it:Talk about soundtrack. Talk about all-star casting. Talk about story-telling. Though it’s always slower than I remember it being, it’s driven by a brilliant and hilarious script with excellent dialogue and a story that sets up disparate pieces that fit together perfectly in the end.  

6. Pulp Fiction (1994)

Directed by Quentin Tarantino. Starring John Travolta, Uma Thurman, and Samuel L. Jackson.

Three stories violently intersect: a hit man takes his boss’s wife out to dinner; a boxer runs away from a thrown fight; a pair of bank robbers hold up a restaurant.

Why I love it:
Talk about soundtrack. Talk about all-star casting. Talk about story-telling. Though it’s always slower than I remember it being, it’s driven by a brilliant and hilarious script with excellent dialogue and a story that sets up disparate pieces that fit together perfectly in the end.  

8:47am
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5. Snatch. (2000)
Directed by Guy Ritchie. Starring Jason Statham, Brad Pitt, and Benicio Del Toro. 
A boxing promoter gets entangled in a world of crime that coincides with a mad pursuit of a priceless stolen diamond. 
Why I love it:This movie has it all: a cool cast, seamless editing, a kickass soundtrack, shirtless Brad Pitt, indecipherable accents, Jews, Russians, gangstas, boxers, gypsies, jewelers, guns, pigs, dogs, a hilarious and clever script—everything but a woman. But that’s okay, it makes up for that with complete and total awesomeness. 

5. Snatch. (2000)

Directed by Guy Ritchie. Starring Jason Statham, Brad Pitt, and Benicio Del Toro. 

A boxing promoter gets entangled in a world of crime that coincides with a mad pursuit of a priceless stolen diamond. 

Why I love it:
This movie has it all: a cool cast, seamless editing, a kickass soundtrack, shirtless Brad Pitt, indecipherable accents, Jews, Russians, gangstas, boxers, gypsies, jewelers, guns, pigs, dogs, a hilarious and clever script—everything but a woman. But that’s okay, it makes up for that with complete and total awesomeness. 

8:32am
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4. The Shining (1980)
Directed by Stanley Kubrick. Starring Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, and Danny Lloyd.
A man and his family become caretakers at an isolated mountain hotel. As the man becomes influenced by violent spirits, his son’s mysterious powers reveal the hotel’s haunted past. 
Why I love it:This is the only horror movie I can think of that is both beautifully crafted and freaky as hell. It looks great, sounds great, and scares great.  

4. The Shining (1980)

Directed by Stanley Kubrick. Starring Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, and Danny Lloyd.

A man and his family become caretakers at an isolated mountain hotel. As the man becomes influenced by violent spirits, his son’s mysterious powers reveal the hotel’s haunted past. 

Why I love it:
This is the only horror movie I can think of that is both beautifully crafted and freaky as hell. It looks great, sounds great, and scares great.