In my short time on this planet I have watched a few movies and films and like to think I have a good enough way with words to express my opinions on them. You may disagree and that’s ok, you’re probably right. But today I wanted to share a list of my personal favourite movies. I think lists like this really give you an insight to the personality of the writer so that’s what I aim to do here, give you all an opportunity to get to know me better. You will all soon come to realise I am a massive nerdy man child. So let’s start where all good top 10 lists start and that’s number 9.
9. Avengers Endgame (2019)
After eleven years of being addicted to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, all the stories sinse the first Iron Man movie (2008) came to fruition in the highest grossing film of all time. Avengers Endgame is an emotional epic that doesn’t waste time explaining to new viewers what’s happened recently. Instead it relies on you having seen previous MCU (Marvel Cinematic Cniverse) entries to fully understand the plot. This allowed for a smoothly flowing and highly rewarding experience. It is what every comic book fan has ever wished for.
8. The Dark Knight (2008)
Chris Nolan’s second installment in the Dark Knight trilogy is as entertaining as it is thought provoking. The performance of the joker by Heath Ledger is an astonishingly hair raising one that really makes you question whether the film should have been named after the hero or villain. I think the Dark knight works so incredibly well due to the fact that if you take away the fancy batman gadgets and costumes it would still be an addictively entertaining film. Piling on the comic book goodness on top just makes it better.
7. The Lion King (1994)
Ah the Lion King, the childhood classic where if one king dies, so does the whole savanna. Now obviously the lion king has a few issues like Scar’s nazi rally, the demonisation of hyaenas and the lion sex you never realised as a child. But for me and many others, it will forever hold a place in my heart for being a great story about revenge and love. Full to the brim with likable characters, catchy music, emotional trauma and great voice casting, the lion king is a true Disney classic and a gateway to my childhood.
6. The Land Before Time (1988)
It would seem that emotional scarring was the way to get in my good books with animated films. The land before time follows littlefoot the long neck who after an earthquake loses his mother (holds back a torrent of tears) and has to make his way to a safe place called the Great valley. Along the way he makes friends with other child dinosaurs and they go on the journey together. I swear I have watched this film near to a hundered times. I almost always had one of these films on the go when I was a child. It is a truly lovely film all about friendship and bravery and will stay with me until the day I die. I give this film the reward of being a fundamental building block in who I am.
10. Superbad (2007)
Bam !!! I bet you fell for that trick earlier didn’t you. 10 is back baby! The ultimate top 10 officially has 10 entries!
Superbad is the story of a few teens who want to buy alcohol and go to a party where they hope to impress their high school crushes. They fail hilariously on all accounts. It has an excellent cast consisting of Seth Rogan, Emma Stone, Jonah Hill, Michael Cera and more. The film is just all round hilarious.
5. Captain America Civil War (2016)
What’s better than your favourite superheroes fighting a big villain side by side? Your favourite superheroes fighting eachother. After Captain America The Winter Soldier, the Russo brothers (directors of that movie) were given the third installment in the Captain America franchise. In this one, the government try to institutionalise the avengers and make them be run by the government. When some agree with this and some don’t, the team fractures and battle it out. What can you expect from this movie? Stunning fight sequences, check! Copious amounts of character development, check! Conflicting emotions, check! A big change in the dynamic of the marvel cinematic universe, big old check!
4. Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Just missing out on the top 3 spaces is Empire Strikes Back. This is without a doubt (in my humble opinion) the best star wars flick. Not only does it open with the epic battle on hoth the snow planet where we see the emeprial robot dogs, the AT-ATs. But in this film we also get the introduction of Lando Calrissian and master Yoda. This Star Wars has what I believe to be the best ending as all our heroes are in tatters and all hope seems lost. We as an audience may feel a bit stunned (especially after that bombshell about Luke’s daddy issues) and this is a great way to end the film because it’s so unexpected and feels so unfinished making you incredibly excited for the next one. Some would say this film is truly out of this world…
Now no list is complete without an honourable mentions section. But this one sure is! Onwards!
3. Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King (2003)
After following the fellowship for six hours we arrive at the climactic finale to Peter Jackson’s Lord Of The Rings trilogy. This film is imbeded in my memory for a couple reasons. The first is just how amazing a film it is. It expertly caps off the LOTR trilogy (with perhaps one too many endings) with a spectacular war that involves the kingdom of men, Mordor orcs and trolls, massive Oliphant’s, kill counts, dragons, ghosts, a lot of horses, a king, a dwarf, an elf, a wizard and a couple hobbits. There are probably others too. This battle is massive and you really get this sense of scale but you still track the stories of individuals in the battle which allows you to stay grounded and not get too overwhelmed. The end of Sam and Frodo’s story is an emotional and stressful one too and offers a welcomed break from the busyness of the war that is being waged at Minas Tirith. The second reason this stays with me is because I am 90% sure this is where my disliking of spiders comes from. The larger than man spider, Shelob terrified me as a child. I very clearly remember hiding under my dad’s duvet when the scene began. Not that he would have helped me as he has a fear of spiders too.
2. Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014)
Lonely human, green alien lady, muscled out whack job, sentient tree, talking racoon. What more can you want?
I think we all have that film that when we’ve had a real s**t day, it has the power to cheer us up a little. For me, Guardians Of The Galaxy has done this many times. This comedic, feel good space opera is about a group of rather unlikable criminals that band together to save the galaxy from certain doom. Each character plays off eachother so well, they are truly hilarious. It’s also the first time that the MCU went into space and we got a very important explanation of the infinity stones too. The main reason this movie lifts my spirits is not just the humour but actually the hidden character… The soundtrack. I look at the soundtrack as it’s own character because of how big an impact it has on the movie, it completely changes the tone of every scene and is actually quite integrated into some of the plot (DANCE OFF BRO!). Not only is it important for the film but it has also shaped my taste of music. I was never that interested in music before GOTG but when that soundtrack came out, my nan bought it for me and it changed everything.
1. Jurassic Park (1993)
And we are at number 1, if you’re still reading then thank you, you must have a truly boring life to want to read about my opinions for this long. But I thank you for that anyway. You’re roarsome…
Once upon a time there was an old man who sucked the DNA out of fossils in order to bring dinosaurs back to life and create a theme park around them. But when a terrible storm hits, things start to go wrong, oh no! Jurassic Park is one of those films that is classed as ageless. I can’t see a world in which it is not relevant. When the movie came out it was praised for its jaw dropping CGI and really kick started the use of CGI in major blockbusters. The story really makes you question to what degree humans should be alowed to control life and what implications will come of doing so. Each character glues you to the plot and is memorable for their own reasons. This film has become part of the foundation for dinosaur and monster movies in general. The fear and suspense experienced in this film keeps viewers on the edge of their seats but not before pulling them into a false sense of security with all the wonder you experience when you first see the beautiful dinosaurs. Also the fact that the dinosaurs are actually only on screen for 15 minutes is a testament to the story telling of Steven Spielberg. And to make things worse, these folks had to film through a hurricane.
On a personal level this film cemented in me my obsession of dinosaurs and gives me a fuzzy nostalgia feeling every single time I watch it. See this film is rooted deep in me, it physically effects me!
I need another heading to sperate the outro from the list.
Thank you all for reading my top 10 list, I genuinely had a lot of fun writing this one. So if you want me to do something similar let me know. I may do a top 5 TV shows at some point. But if you think this sucked then that’s ok too. But I’ll probably do the TV thing anyway because that sounds fun and nobody is forcing you to read this. Unless you are being forced to in which case I sincerely apologize. Anyway, big thanks for reading.
See you later.