So recently [Evan Lee](user:1069707) put together an article on his 10 favourite movies of all time and suggested that the Moviepilot team should do the same. Well without further ado this is my article, in no particular order, as I honestly found it hard enough to decide on my all time flicks. So, with a little hesitance, here are the 10 movies that left that special mark on me, I'll give you my reasons why and then I'd love to hear the verdict of our community. I would really like to see more creators state their top 10 also, so let's get involved folks!
In space no one can hear you scream.
This may seem a little cliche to a few people out there but let's all be honest for a second. I watched this movie at very tender age to put it lightly and, thanks to an older brother, H.R. Giger's Xenomorph put the sh*ts up me at the age of 7. I believe that this film may actually be the soul root of my infatuation with the horror genre. Why did it leave a mark? Because Alien is one of those movies that has achieved something truly great in cinema, it has stood the withering test of time. I can't honestly remember how many times I have seen this film, but I can tell you what I do remember, which is that it was superb every single watch. For this reason the Sci-fi/horror classic makes my top 10 list, deservedly so.
Ernest Hemingway once wrote, "The world is a fine place and worth fighting for." I agree with the second part.
A film that needs no introduction, so if you happen to be in the minority that have never seen Se7en, then I strongly suggest you get that dealt with. David Fincher has proven himself to be an artisan of his craft and his stylised cinematography consistently displays that. Why did it leave a mark? Because its dark neo-noir narrative forces you to question your very own moral opinions of society. For that reason It makes my list comfortably. Fincher being a massive Nine Inch Nails fan makes awesome work of his opening credits sequence.
I read somewhere how important it is in life not necessarily to be strong... but to feel strong
Into The Wild (2007)
A truly beautiful movie based on the life of Christopher McCandless and his chosen life of solitude as the wondering Alexander Supertramp. The narrative is both inspiring and heartbreaking, and constantly shuffling between the two. You know when you remember a movie for that moment that was so heartfelt and it sticks with you, this is that movie for me. A film which is littered in the most meaningful of words and accompanied by some of the most breathtaking camera framing you'll be likely to see. From start to finish we are taken on an incredible journey of raw emotion. Aside occasionally trying to hold back tears and considering cutting up any credit cards you may have, the movie also has an amazing solo soundtrack by Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder. If you have never seen it then the second half of the trailer will surely persuade.
Sure, and while I'm at it, why don't you go climb that telephone pole and take a big steamy piss on the power lines! Look, I'm not here to twist your niblets. I'm here to save your life. But to do that, I'm going to need complete uninanonomonitity.
Me Myself & Irene (2000)
When it comes to comedy movies it really just crumbles down to the individuals sense of humour. I'm a big Jim Carrey fan and I've always thought this is one of his most amazing performances, hilarious. Slaughterd by Rotting Tomatoes (like most things), I actually love the concept of the film, a police officer with a split personality disorder on the run from the police! That role on paper just screams for the energy of Jim Carrey, and he absolutely kills it. I've gone for the infamous cow scene, and that was a light choice.
Some men aren't looking for anything logical, like money. They can't be bought, bullied, reasoned or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn.
The Dark Knight (2008)
I felt it to be necessary that I should include a superhero film in here somewhere, and I don't really think there is a better one in all honesty. One of the few movies that after seeing it at the cinema I found myself back in the line for the next showing. I was never a huge Batman fan in all honesty and I hold my hands up to that. But after seeing the Nolan franchise I was actually a little compelled by the story of a superhero with no superpowers, and his self responsibility over a hopeless city. Let's not forget one of the truly great villainous performances delivered by the late Heath Ledger.
It's not like my mother is a maniac or a raving thing. She just goes a little mad sometimes. We all go a little mad sometimes. Haven't you?
I use to have that ignorant dismissal of any film that was black & white but then I became a film student. Alfred Hitchcock is probably up there with my favourite directors, in fact, he may be the one with the best view. The pioneer of narrative plot devices like the McGuffin and the amazing cinematography technique, the vertigo effect. His film making skills were genuinely innovative and way ahead of the time, so I find it hard to pick a favourite from the Hitchcock catalogue but I'll give it to Psycho.
Are you sure, because you never know what's going on inside someones head?
The Banshee Chapter (2013)
This movie gave a me a serious case of the heebie jeebies for about four nights after seeing it. I once read a short horror story by H.P. Lovecraft called From Beyond and this movie borrows from that story, and the documented government experiments of 50s and 60s. One that slips under the radar for most people and I'm not going to try and explain it because I've already done that in a pervious post. Worth a watch if you like your horror conspiracies, personally it is more about what this movie lead me to discover rather than it being a riveting cinematic experience. I've chosen the freaky car scene for this one so enjoy.
Today I threatened to shoot a naked woman with my erection.
See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989)
My all-time favourite comedy duo Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor, and those names should be enough to sell you a view of this movie if you haven't already. A blind guy and a deaf guy on the run from Kevin Spacey and it's absolute comedy gold it really is. I always found the on screen relationship of Wilder & Pryor really fascinating, they're just so loveable throughout this movie. You have to see the clip below you really do, Pryor being blind and Wilder deaf remember.
Revenge is never a straight line. It's a forest, And like a forest it's easy to lose your way... To get lost... To forget where you came in.
Kill Bill (2003)
Inevitably I think a Tarantino movie had to find its way into my top 10, and I didn't wan't go for Pulp Fiction even though I love it. I needed a revenge movie and Kill Bill takes the genre title for me. Great cast, great plot, and a typical work of the man who made it. Everything about this movie screams over the top and that's why it is so good. I've gone for the showdown with Lucy Liu and what a scene this is, the soundtrack to this scene is incredible.
Now you're looking for the secret. But you won't find it because of course, you're not really looking. You don't really want to work it out. You want to be fooled.
The Prestige (2006)
Great performances all round from a huge cast that even has a spot for David Bowie. I really was not expecting much when I was asked to watch this movie, I was kind of thinking magicians going against each other sounds awful, I mean what could you really do with that. Wrong! An amazing movie captivating from the word go. The twist is so good that it'll make you leave the room, I will go ahead and say that this may actually be Nolan's best film, so shoot me.
Ok so there we go folks, at the request of [Evan Lee](user:1069707) , that is as close to a logical top 10 as I can give myself. As I said they are in no particularly order as I just don't think that any deserve to finish last. I'd like to see [George Foster](user:2255881) , [Kat Bacon](user:1013481) , and [Hannah McLoughlin](user:1144734) share with us their top flicks if they have not done so already. Thanks for reading through guys, I really had to rack my brain to make some decisions with this piece so I would love to see as many top 10 flick creations as possible.