As a starting off point for this site, we figured we would give you, the readers, a bit of insight into some of our favorite films. There are plenty of things we probably disagree on, but one thing we have in common is our raging love for movies.
Every movie fanatic has his or her Top Ten List. But rather than the traditional “here’s my top ten,” we decided to go about it a bit differently: we chose 5 different genres and then selected each of our two favorite movies within each genre. That way, we can avoid individually having a top ten of just comedy or action movies. It brings some diversity into the mix.
The five genres we chose are as follows: Comedy, Animated, Action/Adventure, Drama/Thriller, and War/Epic. While many films can be considered cross-genre films, we decided which movies fit best into each of the genres, and then selected our movies appropriately. We’ll start with comedies and work our way through to the war/epic genre, giving you a snippet of why the film is so dear and beloved to each of us.
Let the journey begin!
1. Dumb and Dumber
This could possibly be the #1 on my overall list. This is a benchmark and a sort of standard of comedy for my brothers and I (and most of America, for that matter). Slap stick comedy. Jim Carrey. What more do you want?
2. Billy Madison
Adam Sandler is one of the kings of comedy, whether you like to admit it or not. This is my favorite part that he plays, because it’s basically himself. Similar to Happy Gilmore and Big Daddy, this is classic Adam Sandler and the cameo by Chris Farley is one of the best supporting roles and most memorable lines from a supporting actor in a comedy. RIP Chris.
1. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
The Monty Python troupe is famous for their many comedic television specials and movies, but Holy Grail is their crowning achievement. It is uproarious and over the top from beginning to end, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
2. Office Space
Likely one of the most underappreciated comedies during its initial release, Office Space has developed somewhat of a cult following over the years. It is hilarious in many ways, and just about anyone who has worked in an office can both attest to the nature of cubicle boredom and wish they knew guys like Peter Gibbons.
1. The Lion King
My first great experience in a movie theater, and my mom cried. My mom never cries at movies. This classic has everything: action, suspense, comedy and drama. This is the king of animated movies. Mufasa! Ooooohhhhhh.
2. Emperor’s New Groove
Could’ve been included in the comedy section, but all animated films cannot be in any other categories. This flick and the character of Kronk are hilarious! He even makes up his own theme song. I mean come on!
1. Toy Story
In my mind and many others, as the best animation company in the film industry, Pixar’s first outing is still its best film and greatest achievement. Its technology is truly ahead of its time, and despite Pixar’s recent successes, the original Toy Story has the best combination of storytelling, filmmaking, and art of any animated movie to date.
2. Monsters, Inc.
Just behind Toy Story on my list is another Pixar entry, Monsters, Inc. Another knockout story by the Pixar team with one of its most memorable characters in Mike Wazowski, Monsters Inc. is one of the most entertaining joyrides in an animated film, again showcasing the originality and depth of the entire team at Pixar.
1. The Dark Knight
I am a huge Batman fan, but I will try to remain as unbiased as physically possible. This is the best action/adventure/drama/thriller/epic/comic book adaption/movie ever. Well, it was worth a shot. I can’t wait for the final installment of the Christopher Nolan trilogy.
2. Raiders of the Lost Ark
This and Star Wars are quite possibly two of the greatest action films ever. Not having one of these two in a list of favorites is some sort of crime. I have seen this movie countless times; even though I can’t wait to see how it ends, I don’t want it to.
1. Back to the Future
Do yourself a favor and watch the Back to the Future trilogy as soon as you can. I honestly cannot recommend it any more. It’s a fun ride from beginning to end, but the first film is the best and sets the stage for the second and third acts. The kicker: it’s a time travel story that actually works.
2. Star Wars
One of those rare movie trilogies where acts one, two, and three (or in this case, “IV, V, and VI”) are all strong and seemingly equal, but again I have to give credit where credit is due. Empire is great, but I just can’t call it better than the original Star Wars. Plus, the 6 Oscars speak for themselves.
Possibly the best film in 2010, one of our favorite directors Christopher Nolan brilliantly put together this dream of a film with action, adventure and mindf*&#. If Leo Dicaprio didn’t prove it before, he is no longer just a heartthrob; he is a bona fide action star.
Liam Neeson is a badass. This thriller/revenge story showcases that masterfully as an estranged father fights back to get his kidnapped daughter. Neeson’s characters have trained Bruce Wayne AND Obi Wan Kenobi. I don’t know any action star that can top those two facts alone.
1. The Shawshank Redemption
The Shawshank Redemption preaches profound themes, ones that all of us can take refuge in: undying hope and friendship. With superb acting across the board, outstanding direction and filmmaking, and an amazing story that all can relate to, it just doesn’t get any better than this. This is the crème de la crème of film.
2. Pulp Fiction
You could come up the names of each and every genre of film, and Pulp Fiction would fit into just about all of them. Tarantino’s master craftsmanship and writing is on full display, with his seamless weaving of characters’ stories and how he turns drivel into interesting dialogue. Disturbing. Funny. Outrageous. Thrilling. Recommended.
1. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
This may sound crazy with this film receiving the least amount of Oscars of any of the LOTR films, but I love The Two Towers as a film and as a book. The Helm’s Deep scene could not have been captured much better as it was adapted by Peter Jackson in the second installment of this award-winning trilogy. I cannot wait for The Hobbit to come out this year! Let’s see if it can top the trilogy.
2. Saving Private Ryan
This movie has probably affected me the most out of any. This is such a vivid, real depiction of D-Day and the events leading up to and that occurred after that day. I am proud to call myself an American after what these soldiers did and I am glad to have seen films such as this and to know just a little bit more about how terrible and tragic war really can be.
“Here’s looking at you, kid.” I’ll just leave it at that.
2. Schindler’s List
Likely Spielberg’s finest and easily the most affecting movie I have ever watched, Schindler’s List tugs at your heartstrings from beginning to end. It’s one of those movies where it’s okay, expected even, to say, “This movie made me cry.” Interesting fact: Spielberg refused to accept a salary for this film, saying it would be “blood money.”
Now obviously, there are tons of great movies left off these lists. In our discussions about our favorite movies, a lot of others came up: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Fight Club, Transformers, 300, Lethal Weapon, To Kill a Mockingbird, Memento and so many others could have easily been put on these lists that including a list of honorable mentions would mean typing up about 200+ more movie titles. That’s how much we love movies. These lists are just meant to give you a taste of, well, our respective tastes in films.
One caveat: We are not film experts. Neither of us has studied film or worked in the industry. But we each have a passion and a shared love for what movies can do. They can export you to a different time, a different city, a different world, and that’s why we’ve decided to create this blog. So, now that you can see a bit of our tastes in movies, hopefully you have a slightly better idea of who we are and what we are going to do here, and we encourage you to join us for the ride.