Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Top 100 Movies: Part 6: 50-41.

Half way through the Top 100! As I progress further towards the end of the list, more of the movies will be much more fan oriented picks, because those are the ones that I will watch and re-watch for years to come. Also I plan to eventually review all of the films on this list if I have not already. Here is the list.

At Number 50: Braveheart
Despite winning the Oscar for Best Picture, Braveheart's general opinion is often mix, you either love or hate, obviously I love it. It is such an inspiring movie and manly film, it makes you want to standup against tyranny and fight for "FREEDOM!" The famous speech is utterly bone chilling and epic, probably the best movie speech ever filmed. Sure it may have little resemblance with actual history, but it is a fantastic film and that what matters in the end. "They can take our lives. But they can never take our Freedom!"

At Number 49: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is a revolutionary western in terms of the way it was made, yet it has never been copied. The humorous and witty dialogue between Butch and Sundance is hilarious and Redford and Newman deliver it with perfection. Also the movie is surprisingly historically accurate compared to most other history based movies, particularly westerns.

At Number 48: Ghostbusters
"If there's something strange in your neighborhood Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters!"
From the classic theme song to the hilarious memorable quotes there is so much to like in Ghostbusters. Bill Murray's humorous dead pan performance and comedic timing is perfect. Despite the rather absurd concept, Ghostbusters has an unexpectedly clever plot and makes it work well.

At Number 47: Vertigo
Often considered Alfred Hitchcock's best film, Vertigo has the best pure mystery element in any of his films that I have seen. James Stewart's performance was reliably fantastic and Kim Novak was excellent as well in her role. Vertigo is one of the most mind bending movies ever made, it challenges your intellect and has so many plot twists and turns it almost leaves you dizzy, despite the slow plot pacing. If you enjoy having a movie mess with your mind, just watch Vertigo, it is truly amazing!

At Number 46: Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl
Who knew that a movie based on a Disney world ride could be so good but Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl definitely succeed against all odds. Johnny Depp stole every scene he was in as the likable Captain Jack Sparrow. Not since The Adventures of Robin Hood has a film been packed with this much swashbuckling action adventure but Curse of the Black Pearl is just pure entertainment and escapism, savvy?

At Number 45: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon completely took me by surprise, I never expected it to have such amazingly choreographed action scenes and a epic story. I have always been a fan of great fight choreography and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is two hours of visually stunning fights, yet has an excellent plot. I watched the English dub version of the film, which was much better any other English dubs I have seen, although I assume the subtitled is good as well.

At Number 44: Kelly' Heroes
Out of all the films on this list, Kelly's Heroes has probably been seen by the fewest people. Kelly's Heroes is an unconventional war film because it is more of a comedy, but does have some fun action scenes throughout. Donald Sutherland's character Oddball is hilarious! He really steals the show and Clint Eastwood is awesome as always in as Kelly. There is some great satire in the film of Clint Eastwood's westerns and war films in general.
Kelly's Heroes Review

At Number 43: Inglourious B------
Please excuse the language on this poster.
Inglourious is the first and currently only Quentin Tarantino film I have seen, but it certainly will not be the last. The dialogue is sharp, witty, and full of tension, with some well time humor and fantastic performances from the ensemble cast. Inglourious is not for everyone, but it might just be my favorite war film ever made.

At Number 42: Batman Begins
The first chapter in Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy started from the beginning, with Batman's origin. One of the most underrated aspects of the movie is Gary Oldman's character Commissioner Gordon, who was the most real and believable character throughout the trilogy. 
*Spoiler* Here's an interesting plot hole, which I might elaborate more on later, Ra's al Ghul used a microwave machine type to evaporate Gotham's water to release Scarcrow's toxin. Humans are made up of mostly water, thus everyone around the weapon would therefore be turned into a mound of microwaved goo. The military has actually made weapon grade directional microwave weapons, which boils the brain and other organs and obviously causes death. Just a fun fact at the writer's lack of scientific knowledge, that is particularly noticeable in Nolan's supposedly "Realistic" take on the character, although it does not detract from the overall enjoyment. *End Spoiler. 


At Number 41: Gladiator
Gladiator, one of Ridley Scott's many amazing films and possibly his best. Why are there not more films set during the Roma period? There was so much fascinating history that filmmakers should use to create more movies. Oddly enough, Gladiator is one of the few Best Picture winners that should be considered an action movie, because the action is awesome. Gladiatorial battles have always been so fascinating to men and Gladiator uses that setting to great effect.
 Are any of these your favorites as well? Please comment below.
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  1. Great list, I like several of the movies on here - I agree, Pirates of the Caribbean is hilarious(and the first one is best, in my opinion), and Batman Begins was an awesome film. That's really interesting about the plot hole, I can't believe the directors/writers didn't catch that.
    A lot of these movies that I haven't seen look pretty good! :D

  2. Gladiator, Inglorious Basterds and Ghostbusters are some of my favorite films.


  3. I've seen a cleaned version of Braveheart; it was good but it wasn't my favorite movie ever. I totally get why guys really like it though. :)

    Ghostbusters was also a good movie, a real classic!

    PIRATES! :D That movie was so much fun; they all were though. I'm not sure if I like the first one more of the the third one, though....

    I've seen Kelly's Heroes! Oddball was hilarious!

    Batman Begins; I love that movie so much (although I could care less about the parts that don't take place in Gotham.) Also, I hadn't really thought about the whole microwaving water plot hole, that's kinda of an 'ouch' there for the directors but like you pointed out, it doesn't ruin the movie for me.

    And I still haven't seen Gladiator! Man, I need to see that movie soon!


  4. @Shena Tokala: Agreed, the first Pirates is best. :) I know, it so obvious and hard to miss! But I suppose Nolan is not the best with science. :D

    @Buddy2Blogger: Thanks for the comment B2B.

    @Jamie: Thanks, yeah, it is much more of a guy than anything. :)

    Good, you decided to watch Ghostbusters!

    Wasn't a fan of the third one, the plot was a little too everywhere but it was still fun.

    Wow, you have actually seen Kelly's Heroes!? Glad you liked it as well!

    Yeah, it is so obvious I am not sure how they missed that.

    You need to see Gladiator, you will surely enjoy it, although it is a tad slow.

    Thanks for the long comment!


  5. Brave heart and Gladiator are two of my ALL time favorite movies. Especially brave heart.. That movie.. Good lord it's awesome.

  6. At last we are getting to more movies that I know of, though maybe have not see so it's a bit more enjoyable for me. :)
    I haven't seen Braveheart, nor do I really want to, except the parts where the Irish guy is in it. 'It's my Ireland,' I haven't even seen the movie and I know a quote. :D
    And according to my Mum it is very dodgy. My brother Saxon wants to watch it so much though. :)

    Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, it is just so witty. And funny 'You've seen a ship with black sails....' Meanwhile Jack is just conventionally slipping on board the Dauntless (I think its the Dauntless) :) It is my favourite out of the entire 3 (I don't like the 4th very much.

    I so want to watch Batman Begins! And see what Batman is like!

    I haven't seen Gladiator but I have heard of it and I agree, they should have made more movies in the Roman era.

    God Bless,

  7. @Alana: Awesome! I know, Braveheart has some much awesomeness in it, "FREEDOM!"

    @Vellvin: Braveheart is not the type of movie I believe you would enjoy, except for the part. :)

    I think you are right, it was the Dauntless, that scene was so funny! :) I agree the 4th one was not that good, the first is the best by far.

    Hope you enjoy Batman Begins, it is great!

    Glad we agree, and you would probably enjoy it.

    Thank you for the long comment and God Bless. :)


  8. I love Braveheart it is certainly the pinnacle of Mel's career. Rob Roy is a very similar movie with Liam Neelson, maybe a little more sexually graphic and a smaller story, but still great movie on the same subject.

  9. @Steve: Agreed, Mel's best. I remember watching Rob Roy not long after watching Braveheart, good movie too, although it almost felt like a second rate Braveheart.



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