November 15: Movie Freebie — top ten all time favorite movies
This week is all about movies. I like movies with twist or strange endings. Stuff that gets me thinking, and sometimes movies that allow me to not think at all! That’s what entertainment is all about. I’m going to go with my top ten movies of all time instead of trying to pick out a category. My tastes differ way too much to choose 10 of a particular genre! So here goes…
After setting up my favorites, I realize that I really, really like Sci Fi! I thought this was a new thing but my favorite movies shows that maybe no, not so new! This is the reason us readers should go out of our comfy, or what WE think our comfy zones are. We may find new favorites!
1) Contact: Dr. Ellie Arroway, after years of searching, finds conclusive radio proof of intelligent aliens, who send plans for a mysterious machine.
I remember seeing this movie when it was out in theaters. My daughter and I got to watch it at a drive in which was amazing! Watching this under the stars is definitely the preferred way of watching it.
Of course, now she doesn’t even remember seeing this! We talked about it the other day and she said something to the effect of, oh yeah that space movie. The look on my face. I am sure it was priceless because I cannot even believe she said that! She’s getting this for Christmas now.
2) The Martian An astronaut becomes stranded on Mars after his team assume him dead, and must rely on his ingenuity to find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive.
3) Edge of Tomorrow A soldier fighting aliens gets to relive the same day over and over again, the day restarting every time he dies.
I have something to admit. I have an obsession.
This story intrigues me so much. What’s strange is, it isn’t even a new concept. We have all seen Groundhog Day with Bill Murray (fabulous also) but there is something about this that makes me want to watch it over and over and over and over again!
I can’t say much more about it because spoilers but just trust me when I say, this is good. This is great! I really hope they make a part two.
4) The Matrix A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers. (136 mins.)
Most of us have seen The Matrix by now so many times that we may not remember the first time. I only remember being fascinated with the imagination and the fantastic use of CGI. It’s incredible but the story holds up over time and still makes me think about life and what else could be out there.
My hubby has not seen these and what little he has seen he isn’t impressed by. He love Sci Fi but isn’t into science and thinking about life, if that makes any sense at all. The man is a conundrum. I really need to get him to sit down with me and watch the entire thing. Any of you NOT fans of this?
5) Event Horizon A rescue crew investigates a spaceship that disappeared into a black hole and has now returned…with someone or something new on-board.
Yet another though provoking story of a crew that slowly goes a bit crazy as the movie goes along. This is Sci Fi but also has some seriously horrific scenes. Being a horror lover I am so happy with this but I can only imagine if I jumped at a few scenes how people that do not enjoy horror will react.
Sam Neil’s acting in this is beautiful. All of the actors did a phenomenal job of portraying the psychological thrills but his performance was spot on! If you haven’t seen this yet I recommend, just be aware of the scare factor!
6) The Fifth Element In the colorful future, a cab driver unwittingly becomes the central figure in the search for a legendary cosmic weapon to keep Evil and Mr Zorg at bay.
Now this is one that I CAN talk to my daughter about! We have both seen this movie probably 100 times. I feel like maybe that’s an exaggeration but thinking back over the years I may be under exaggerating. If you can imagine!
This is such a fun story, again Sci Fi but with a lot of fun twists. I’m really surprised they never made a part two and I’m always surprised when I think of the beloved Gary Oldman being in this! Another fantastic story with great actors!
7) Guardians of the Galaxy A group of intergalactic criminals are forced to work together to stop a fanatical warrior from taking control of the universe.
I debated putting this on my list of top ten but I love it. The way I made this list is by thinking of the movies that I could watch over and over again. This is definitely one of those.
The characterization is so delightful. Every character is colorful and stands out. The comedic relief as well as the plot is simple but effective. It starts out with a bang and kept me on the edge of my seat. I love it more and more every time I watch. There would be more Marvel movies but then I would have just a top ten of Marvel so this is my number one fav Marvel movie.
8) A Knight’s Tale
Oh how bitter sweet this one is. Again, I thought about this quite a bit before adding due to the love hate relationship I now have. I love many of Heath Ledger’s movies but they all make me feel the same way, that we lost such a great actor long before we should have. As a fan it fills me with sorrow but instead of burying myself under a rock I love the movies we did get and watch them again and again. This is my favorite of his but all of his work was magnificent.
9) Pirates of the Caribbean Blacksmith Will Turner teams up with eccentric pirate “Captain” Jack Sparrow to save his love, the governor’s daughter, from Jack’s former pirate allies, who are now undead.
Being a Disney fan, I was so excited when this came out. The ride has been one of my favorites and would be my top favorite if Haunted Mansion wasn’t so awesome! I could not wait for this and still love how they were created. This one is especially exciting because it introduces the characters in such a unique way.
10) Lord of the Rings A meek Hobbit from the Shire and eight companions set out on a journey to destroy the powerful One Ring and save Middle Earth from the Dark Lord Sauron.
Lord of the Rings. Even saying it I get chills. I have to admit to not having read the books. I did read The Hobbit, which is lovely, but have not ventured into the full story, YET. This movie allows the watcher a glimpse into the lives of these characters and really allows us to get to know who they are and why. At least until I crack open the actual book, I have these and the wonderful story. The music is not so bad either.
What are your favorite movies? Do you watch them over and over again?