Whenever I read someone's article on MoviePilot, I always have one question when I'm finished. What makes them tick? What movies did they fall in love with that gave them the opinions they possess? I'm sure the same has been thought about me when reading one of my articles. With that in mind, I thought I'd take some time and put together a list of my favorite movies of all time.
Honorable Mention - Tommy Boy
I can't talk about things that "make me tick" and not bring up Chris Farley. Watching this movie made me realize that I wanted to bring people joy, just like Tommy did. I may have ten movies I love more than this one, but Tommy Boy holds a special place in my heart and will forever be known as the introduction to my love affair with comedy.
10. LOTR: The Fellowship of the Ring
As great as the entire trilogy was, Fellowship set itself apart for me. The dialogue was fantastic, the acting superb, and I loved seeing the formation of the entire story. Peter Jackson did such a great job bringing the franchise to life, and I love going back to watch it all begin. Not to mention this film introduced me to one of my favorite characters of all time, Samwise Gamgee.
One of my favorite memories of high school will always be of my best friend and I sneaking into Superbad. I knew almost nothing about it, except that my friends said it was funny, and I wasn't supposed to see it. I wasn't prepared for the jokes, the awkward situations, or even the crazy scenarios these kids got themselves into. I had seen raunchy comedies before, but they were all about adults in scenarios I had never found myself in. Superbad brought all that to a level I was able to relate to. It featured two characters I completely understood, and showed me that I wasn't the only one who thought way too much about relationships. I will forever be grateful to Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg for showing me that I wasn't alone, and that high school is supposed to get weird sometimes.
8(TIE). Friday Night Lights
Playing high school football is a unique, and sometimes terrifying experience. Nothing captured that mix quite like Friday Night Lights. I remember coming home from losing our state championship, and all I could think about were the Permian Panthers. I still shed a tear each and every time I watch Tim McGraw slip the ring on Donny's finger.
8(TIE). The Breakfast Club
What I love so much about this movie is how relevant it still is today. Working with high school students, it's easy to see how broken many of them can be. Whether it's because they feel like they don't belong, or they struggle to meet expectations, they all have a trouble somewhere in their lives. This film shows us that struggling isn't just in our own lives, it's actually normal. It let's us know that we all struggle, and we're really not all that different. John Hughes captured young people in a way that no one else ever has, and it forever changed the way that I look at students.
7. Shaun of The Dead
Oh, Edgar Wright, you are a genius. I remember watching this movie for the first time and wondering how I had made it so long without it. I knew that I loved horror, and that I loved comedy. Edgar Wright showed me that, despite what my Dad always said, I can have my cake and eat it too. Besides, nothing makes me chuckle quite like hearing someone say. "You've got red on you."
The movie that showed me I can make movies too. I knew I wanted to be a filmmaker, but I thought there was no chance in hell I could ever make it happen. I'd have to go to film school, meet the right people, find millions of dollars, and maybe I could make something. Then I watched Clerks. Kevin Smith made a brilliant comedy out of some maxed out credit cards and instantly gave hope to all of us who want a future in film. Not to mention it might be the have some of the best "WTF" moments in the history of comedy.
I didn't understand that horror movies could also be great films until I saw Halloween. This movie birthed my love for horror by showing me that it didn't need a bunch of jump scares or ghosts to bring out fear. It used lighting, scenery, dialogue, suspense; everything that makes a movie great. From the moment I saw Michael Myers in the distance, I fell in love with the horror genre.
4. Toy Story
Even though I watched this movie repeatedly as a child, it wasn't until I was grown that I truly realized how much I loved it. Sitting in my college dorm room, I fell for the charm of Buzz and Woody all over again. Each and every time I see Toy Story, I'm reminded that life is short, and real friends are much harder to come by than we think.
3. Jurassic Park
I still get giddy and excited when I watch Jurassic Park. When I hear that music and watch the camera pan over the herd of dinosaurs, I forget to breathe for a moment. Between the realistic look of the T-Rex, and Ian Malcom's sarcasm, I still get sucked into this movie each and every time I watch it. It still grows on me to this day.
2. Pulp Fiction
This movie was recommended to me early on in high school, and I had no idea what I was getting myself into. My life changed when that movie ended, and my love affair with Quentin Tarantino began. I sat in front of that television screen with my jaw on the floor listening to Jules and Vince go back and forth about nothing and I remember just how shocked I was when I saw that needle dive into Uma Thurman's chest. I had never seen a movie like this one, and I realized, right then and there, that I wanted to make my own.
1. The Big Lebowski
Dude is a very common word. I hear it, and say it, on a daily basis. Each and every time I hear it I wanna turn and say, "I'm the Dude, man!" Each and every time I say it, I'm tempted to follow it up with, "Or El Duderino, if you're not into the whole brevity thing." Every time I go bowling there will undoubtedly be a point where I look back at my friends, pretend to lick the ball, and say, "Nobody f*@!$ with the Jesus!" Each and every time I meet someone named Donny, I have to resist the urge to yell at them when they try to talk. The phrases of this movie have forever become a part of my vocabulary and, to my friends and family, I'm just not sorry. In addition to its perfect dialogue, this movie is filled with my favorite actors. I started watching anything if it had Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, or Phillip Seymour Hoffman in it, just because I loved watching them here. I have probably seen The Big Lebowski over a hundred times now, and it still never gets old. This film is cemented in my memory as the movie that made me love movies, and I will abide in that for all the days I'm given.