I had an interesting question from my son a few days ago and wanted to share:
He asked what do you think is the best movie ever...
My first response was without thinking TheGod Father..The Good the Bad and the Ugly and I think I kind of revealed my age here 🙂
He is a little bit over 18 so he added a twist to the tale and said No: Only after 1995,
I started mentioning movies not all after 1995 by the way:
So i thought I will ask: what is your favorite movie
And feel free to add categories as well and of course, the date is not that important 🙂
Looking forward to your thoughts
I have to say The Duke is my favorite. And my favorite is the cowboy movies and not the army.
1. Big Jake
2. Spoof - Blazing saddles, Space Balls ( you have to have an off sense of humor for these)
3. The Cube
4. The Shining
5. The new Wonder Woman
6. Red Sonia
7. Resident Evil
And you can mix up the order. Truly it depends on the day to what my answer will be. There are so many great ones!
This is such an impossible question to answer because I have so many based on my moods. My Top5 are movies that changed the way I viewed cinema like no other:
1. Miller's Crossing
2. Raiders of the Lost Ark
3. Saving Private Ryan
4. Pulp Fiction
5. Shawshank Redemption
...and about 100 movies fill in spots 6-10
After 1995 would be really tough!
Overall my favorite movie is 1983 Robert Duvall's Tender Mercies. What a beautiful movie.
Now there are certain movies if I come across I will stop what I am doing and watch them, no matter what:
1. Dirty Dancing
2. Rush Hour
3. Wedding Singer
4. White Christmas
Not sure they make the "favorite" list; that I reserve for Tender Mercies.
Here are a few post-1995 favourites off the top of my head:
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010): Hilarious and very, very geeky. Directed by Edgar Wright of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World's End fame.
L.A. Confidential (1997): Amazing noir crime movie that I've watched so many times I've lost count.
The Dark Knight (2008): Probably my favourite comic book movie.
Sicario (2015): Fantastic thriller by Denis Villeneuve who later did Arrival, Dune and Blade Runner 2049.
V for Vendetta (2005): Probably my second favourite comic book movie.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018): Funny and just incredibly cool. It won the Oscar for best animated movie.
It's really really hard to say, but I definitely like classics like Dirty Dancing, Pretty Woman, Footloose... these movies I loved the early days.
But let me share that I recently read the book "The Help" and by coincident I found out that there is also a film [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Help_(film)]... I really loved that story and also the political background in the US around 1962/1964!
Anyone read or seen this?
Topspot for me is a Classic Hitchcock, "Vertigo", a movie that has a plot in a plot with an early twist and then someting else going on ... Watched it many times in a cleaned (digitally mastered) version and I always found something new to focus on. Spot 2 and 3 are more recent movies ...
Dedi (et al):
At first glance, this sounds like one of those "security" questions, like what was your third-grade teacher's name, except the answer might be transient, as what my favorite is now is different than when I was in third grade (that would have been one of The Marx Brothers movies, probably At The Opera).
But digging back in my memory, I have watched many, many movies. When Netflix was running a social site in their rental platform, I not only rated every movie I watched from them, I screen-scraped them into a spreadsheet with thousands of rows. I started a once-per-year list of my favorite movies. When that platform shut down I moved those posts to a blogging site. For 2021, I will probably have 2 best-of lists, for reasons to be revealed later.
Picking 2010 at random, my favorite movie that year was Inception.
Per my notes, I saw Inception 3 times that year.
Well, I know it falls slightly out of the time frame of "later than 1995", but my all time favorite film is "Dances with Wolves" which I've seen multiple times including the loooong directors cut since it came out in 1990.
Apart from that, I also really like The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter series which I consider very good adaptations of the respective books.
On the other hand, it has been "ages" since I last watched a movie ...
Here's at least some after1995:
2. The Sixth Sense
And a few before:
1. Ordinary People (Robert Redford's first film as director)
2. Splendor in the Grass (Warren Beatty's first movie and a breath-taking Natalie Wood)
3. Bonnie and Clyde (Warren beatty again and a radiant Faye Dunaway in one of the best New Hollywood productions)
So hard to say “favorite” - favorite what? Best what? With such subjective choices it’s hard to say but my all time favorite is Casablanca (1942), one that speaks to me “professionally” Pump up the Volume (1990) but to choose a post 1995 one I would say Hackers - which I think was supposed to be thriller/drama but it’s so much more or how about Johnny Mnemonic ?