Considering this is my first post, I thought I'd do something personal so that you guys would get a better feel for what kind of content I want to put out. This is going to be a simple top 5 list for my favorite movies of all time. This'll be based on quality, rewatchability, and content (in that order of importance). So without any further ado, let's get on with the show, shall we?
5) The Imitation Game (2014)
For those of you who don't know, The Imitation Game is a recently released film about Alan Turing, an unsung World War II hero who cracked the Enigma code. The Enigma code is an encrypted code that is sent, received, enciphered, and deciphered through the Enigma machine. The Enigma machine also changes the code daily, so each and every day is a race against the clock to crack the Enigma code for that particular day; however, instead of working with his assigned team, Turing takes it into his own hands to create a machine that will crack the daily Enigma instantly.
This movie isn't just about Alan Turing's quest to crack Enigma, though. In fact, this movie has so many more layers to it. It covers his past, his future, love, deception, Turing's sexuality. This movies got more layers than an onion (shoutout to Shrek)!
And to top it all off, the writing is incredible. I found my self captivated throughout the whole of the movie. At one point my jaw actually dropped, and I don't think that I've experienced that with any other movie. The only lul that I experienced was about an hour and half into the movie when I started to remember that I was watching a movie. The only reason that this movie isn't higher on the list is because I only got the chance to watch it once, but I'm dying to go back and watch it again. If you enjoy finely crafted films that keep you enthralled and thinking even after it ends, then this is for you.
4) The Avengers (2012)
Marvel's really made a name for itself in the movie industry over the last couple of years. They've become a movie juggernaut, and The Avengers is partly (if not mainly) responsible for that. Before The Avengers, we'd never seen a movie crossover on that scale or such an expansive cinematic universe. Marvel had been working toward The Avengers for 4 years by dropping Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, and Captain America: The First Avenger (and boy did it pay off for them). And to wrap it all together, they released this movie.
If you somehow haven't watched it yet, The Avengers is about a group of superheroes who band together with a government operation known as S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division) to stop a demigod/tyrant and his army of aliens from taking over the Earth. On it's head, it doesn't sound that captivating, but the way Joss Whedon and his cast of actors carries this movie out is unlike any film you've ever seen before. You go into the movie expecting a Michael Bay-esque action flick that you don't really think will be anything special, but you leave it having been pulled into this world of technology and mythology and science-fiction glory, and you feel as though you've experienced these events firsthand. The action, the story, and the comedy are all perfectly balanced in this way.
I must have watched this movie about 4 times in total, and each and every time I watch I experience something new, but I get the same feeling of awe. The only reason that this movie is so low on the list is because it's unique. I wouldn't want to compare this to any of the other higher-up movies on this list because they would be two separate things. The Avengers is phenomenal for what is.
3) The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
The premise of this movie is pretty simple. Andy Dufresne (Time Robbins) is sent to jail for the murder of his wife and her secret lover. He's given two life sentences for each of the lives that were taken, and the movie follows the 20+ years that he spent in Shawshank Prison. While in the prison, Andy makes friends, makes enemies, and deals with corruption in the system.
Least to say, the rewatchability factor in this movie isn't great; however, it's quality and content are like nothing you've ever seen. Even 20 years later, this movie still holds up, and out of every movie I've ever watched, never have I seen a story so intricate and interesting as this one's. This is not only attributed to the writing, but it's also due to the direction. Every scene in this movie is just so well thought out and it moves so smoothly. It's kind of like cooking food. Throw some chicken, spices, and herbs into a bowl, mix 'em together, and fry that shit up. Vuola! You've got a beautiful masterpiece that just comes together so perfectly.
And much like cooking, it all relies on chemistry. Not only between actors, but also between direction and writing and sounds.
2) Inception (2010)
After the success of The Dark Knight in 2008, Christopher Nolan needed to do something big. Inception is the result. I'll try and explain Inception to the best of my abilities. In order to pull off a grand reverse heist, Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) must assemble a team of highly trained professionals and enter the mind of a man who recently inherited a company left to him by his deceased father. That's the main premise, and I don't think that I can/should go into it any further.
During their first viewing, many people found this movie very confusing. They couldn't follow along with what was going on, and for them, this made the movie less enjoyable. For whatever reason, as a 9 year old watching this in the theatre for the first time, I understood it completely. And not only did I understand it, I loved it! So much so, that as soon as it came out on blu ray, I forced my mother to buy it for me. I remember being so excited when it came in the mail, that I just watched it over and over and over again.
One of my favorite things about this movie is that every time I watched it, I found more and more stuff that I didn't notice before, and I became so excited when I found new stuff. Also, being able to understand more about the movie created a new experience every time I rewatched it. The movie itself is kind of like a puzzle. As you progress, you start putting together more pieces and you start to see the bigger picture. But it's not only the complexity that makes this movie great. The story is incredibly captivating, and the writing is out of this world. This was my favorite movie at one point until I got to see the last movie on this list which I just found more entertaining over all.
1) Pulp Fiction (1994)
Much like Inception, Pulp Fiction was hard to follow for some audiences; however, this did NOT turn them off from this awesome fucking movie. This movie mixes several different stories and wraps them all in a neat little bow. Pulp Fiction follows many different character including Vincent (John Travolta) and Jules (Samuel L. Jackson), two thugs who work for Marcellus Wallace (Ving Rhames), Mia Wallace (Uma Thurman), the wife of Marcellus, and Butch (Bruce Willis), a boxer who's just run out of options. That's only the tip of the iceberg!
The rewatchability factor in this movie is perfect. I've watched it over and over again and had the same laughs, the same looks of awe, the same tenseness. And, just like Inception, every time I rewatch this movie, I find new things that I didn't notice before which only make the movie better. UGH THIS MOVIE IS GREAT! The story is captivating, the dialogue is perfect, and the McGuffin.
The reason that this movie is at the top of my list is because of how well it mixes intricacy and story telling and directing with vulgarity and comedy and just all around craziness.