Michael's Top 25 Favorite Movies of All Time

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Blade Runner 1982,  R)
Blade Runner
Review coming soon.
Schindler's List 1993,  R)
Schindler's List
It's films like Schindler's List that remind me why I watch movies.
A Clockwork Orange 1971,  R)
A Clockwork Orange
"I was cured, alright!"

If you couldn't tell already, A Clockwork Orange is one of my favorite films. And rightly so!
Inglourious Basterds 2009,  R)
Inglourious Basterds
"Y'know something Utivitch? I think this might just be my masterpiece."

If I had to pick a single film to demonstrate the raw power of the entertainment industry and filmmaking itself, then Inglorious Basterds would most definitely be my first choice. I've heard a lot of people complain that Basterds is "historically inaccurate", "offensive", and even call the film out as "Jewish propaganda". This film, like any great film, has a lot of its substance up for interpretation, as an impressionist may have with a painting of his that is considered a masterpiece. It's a very sad matter that many people nowadays take things in film too seriously, and don't bother to scope out a film's true subject matter. This is the case for Inglourious Basterds - I feel that many people don't "get" the film in a certain context. However, it is one of my favorite movies of all time, and I'll tell you why.

Right off the bat while watching this film you'll notice something isn't particularly "normal" about this film - real-life figures are caricatured into cartoonish versions of themselves, waltzing around .....
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 2001,  PG-13)
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Review coming soon.
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 2002,  PG-13)
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Review coming soon.
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2003,  PG-13)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Review coming soon.
The Dark Knight Rises 2012,  PG-13)
The Dark Knight Rises
Review coming soon.
X-Men: First Class 2011,  PG-13)
X-Men: First Class
"Peace? Peace was never an option."
Requiem for a Dream 2000,  R)
Requiem for a Dream
Review coming soon.
Eyes Wide Shut 1999,  R)
Eyes Wide Shut
Review coming soon.
Cloverfield 2008,  PG-13)
"People are gonna want to know...how it all went down."

I love Cloverfield. It's one of those movies I can return to from time to time and it will still be as exciting and thrilling as ever. Many people may be turned off by the filming style (it's a found footage film) but if you give it a chance, it's one hell of a ride. Drew Goddard pins the script in such a way that it manages to be funny, clever, and disturbingly realistic all tied together like a nice bow on a present below a Christmas tree. The ambiguity and mysteriousness of the concept develops in such a way that the film just becomes more and more intriguing. What Cloverfield has that many movies lack is pure style, but mixed together with a realistic setting which benefits the film in ways almost impossible to describe. Whether it be a drawn carriage with an amok horse trotting plainly through what seems like a battlefield, paper falling down like snow through a destroyed city, or a severed Statue of Liberty head, there'll be unique and terrific visuals at each turn. There's tons of secrets waiting to be deciphered throughout the film like some sort of enigmatic puzzle, and it just adds to the intrigue. On a side note, all the actors are great in the film (my personal favorite is T.J. Miller as Hud) and there's not a bad one in sight, which is quite often rare for most found footage films. Don't pass this movie up, folks.
Inception 2010,  PG-13)
Review coming soon.
2001: A Space Odyssey 1968,  G)
2001: A Space Odyssey
"My God, it's full of stars."

2001: A Space Odyssey is my favorite film and possibly the greatest movie of all time. What proof do I have that backs up this bold claim? Absolutely nothing. You'll have to go watch the film - you'll be glad you did. 2001 isn't just, by definition, a movie; 2001 is more of an experience, a story told without words. It's as if Kubrick wants you to question everything you see on screen, and find out what is symbolic or metaphorical about what you witness. The only real flaw I can find with 2001 is its abysmal pacing, which makes the film a colossal bore if you're not on its philosophical wavelength. The movie is backed with a superb classical score which includes "The Blue Danube Waltz" and the instantly iconic "Also Sprach Zarathustra", which enhances the experience to a maximum effect. Every shot, every detail is so vividly captured by Kubrick's camera it's a wonder what cinema would be like without him. The visuals are still superb 44 years later, and even outmatch modern cinematic visuals. 2001's greatest accomplishment, however, isn't its visuals, or score, or even fantastic direction - it's the sheer thought-provoking nature of the movie itself, and how it still pushes us even nowadays to think about humanity's future, evolution, and meditation on technology. I cannot stress enough how much of a testament this film is to the art of film-making or how important it is general. A Space Odyssey was originally billed as "the ultimate trip" and still retains that title with all its magnificence and sheer power. The provocativeness of 2001 is infinite, and for over fourty years it has been able to captivate its audience with its intelligence and emotional power, which in my opinion, makes it the greatest science fiction film of all time and one of the greatest films of all time.

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