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My Favorite Films of All Time

  1. ahashmat
  2. zain

I am passionate about movies. My dream is to become a filmmaker and create stories for the world to see. This is my list of my favorite films of all time. NOTE: the top ten are in order and the rest are not.

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Inception 2010,  PG-13)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2003,  PG-13)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
It started as one book: "The Hobbit". J.R.R. Tolkien thought of a world that would sweep the reader of their feet. We would all experience a beautiful, horrible, and extravagant world unlike any other. It was all based in one book. Then years later, Tolkien started another series. But not just another series, it was all based in the same world (Middle Earth), but he thought of a more larger and broad view of his world that he created. Then he imagined war, love, friendship, fear, pride, greediness, and care. Then he thought of a ring. These ideas and emotions soon became the biggest and greatest books, films, video games, and entertainment creation ever. It was called: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

The Return of the King is the final installment in the Lord of the Rings franchise. It is the third book out of three, it is the third movie out of three, it is the final chapter. Frodo and Sam have already gone halfway on their journey to destroy the ring with a little help from Gollum. They will soon travel through dark areas of Middle Earth and meet unexpected creatures while trying to protect themselves from dangers in front and behind them. Aragorn, Gandalf, Pippin, Merry, Gimli, and Legolas must protect the city of Minas Tirith with the help of the Rohans. But the once ruler of Gondor is now becoming helpless and the City of KIngs needs a king. So, Aragorn must become the King and help destroy the Orcs that have been let out by Saruman. Throughout all this chaos, Frodo must control himself from the urge of the Ring and destroy it.

The Return of the King is far more expansive than the first two. The film has more beautiful views and amazing scenery. We get to see more of Middle Earth's characters, creatures, and landscapes. The thing that I think everyone has enjoyed the most is the landscapes. They are vast and extremely large and beautiful. Sure, some of it is green screen but the most was shot on location. The giant mountains and plains that stretch out for miles and miles are all real and are on this Earth. I was just amazed at how much effort the film was put into to find the right areas around the world for this film. The visuals were amazing also. There were pretty great special effects for the early 2000's. You could tell that a lot of effort was put into making this film. There were thousands of extras, giant expensive sets, and a very large plotline that couldn't have been done without very hard work and effort. It was all forth it by the end because The Return of the King became the most beautiful and breathtaking film of our time.

The characters and acting were brilliant. Unlike the other two movies, this film had an important story for each character and they all played an important part in the finale. Each character got their time to shine, not just Frodo or Aragorn. The best acting came from Sean Astin as Samwise Gamgee. Throughout the entire series Sam protects Frodo from different horrible creatures and no matter how much Frodo begins to be immersed in the ring, Sam doesn't let go of their friendship and his promise to take care of Frodo. The emotion that Sean has put into this character is incredible. I actually saw the suffering from his character and all the care he had for Frodo. Sam is nearly tortured to death trying to protect Frodo, but he still goes on trying to take care of him even when Frodo refuses. Sam is framed, brutally hurt, emotionally suffered, and completely drained out by the end. But that doesn't stop his oath to protect Frodo no matter what. That's why Sam and Frodo's plotline is the best although there is not much action or complications in their adventure.

Peter Jackson does an incredible job directing this movie. He imagined the Lord of the Rings movies to be vast, beautiful, and a gigantic project to show the world. He imagined the trilogy differently than anyone else. No one would dare bring this franchise to big budget filmmaking because it wouldn't be possible. The world of this series was too large and it seemed like hard work to create the series. But Peter Jackson did it. With humungous, impossible to reach locations, over 20,000 extras, the latest and greatest visuals, and a very high budget to make this movie, he created one of the greatest movies of all time. Peter Jackson wanted to make something big, and he accomplished it in the best way anyone could.

The Return of the King was a great critical and box office success. It gained over one billion dollars and became the third most grossing film of all time. It won an Oscar for everything it was nominated for tying with Gone with the Wind and the Titanic. It also won for best picture and director and writing. You can't get better than that. But it did. All the actors became instant superstars and they moved on to much more fantasy/action flicks. This franchise started the great fantasy movie genre.

The Lord of the Rings trilogy is an amazing creation that J.R.R. Tolkien will always be known for. That man created a world unlike any other and Peter Jackson embraced it to something much more greater.. The hard work of the cast and crew made this franchise a remarkable success that no one would have seen coming. We will always remember this franchise and no one could have done better. The Return of the King is greatest finale to the greatest entertainment creation of all time.
Schindler's List 1993,  R)
Jurassic Park 1993,  PG-13)
Saving Private Ryan 1998,  R)
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope 1977,  PG)
Lawrence of Arabia 1962,  PG)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail 1975,  PG)
2001: A Space Odyssey 1968,  G)
The Dark Knight 2008,  PG-13)
The Dark Knight
The Dark Knight is what filmmaking is all about. Great acting, amazing script and a complicated, yet, enjoyable plot. Although The Dark Knight didn't get nomminated for Best Film in 2009, this film won for the viewers and many critics.The Dark KNight is a film about the life of Batnman in a very politicaly and enviromantaly troubled Gotham City. This film tells the tale of Batman's struggles on how to keep Gotham safe, yet, let the people know that he is not the hero. But, a problem with the new face of evil (a makeup filled, scarred smiley-faced clown) has entered town. This is when Gotham needs all the heros it can get, not only the black caped superhero. Bruce Wayne and a very trustfull district attorney (Harvey Dent), and the government of Gotham work together to try to keep the city of Gotham safe and secure. But, they realize that the Joker is not one to take lightly. The film goes through sacrificing deaths, truthful words from the characters, and epic explosions,all while trying extremely hard to shopw who the true heroes are.. The Dark Knight does not fail in any way a superhero movie can fail in. The acting is brilliantly excecuted by the actors. Christian Bale plays Bruce Wayne but, he is a little dry in his character because there is nothing special to his character. Batman is just the hero without any special uniqness or true power. Batman is just there to save the day while the other characters form the film's perspective together. Now, to the supporting actors. Aron Ekhart does a fantastic job of keeping the emotion in the film. His character was well thought out. A lawyer whose job is to show Gotham's citizens that the real heroes are the ones without powers or super gadgets. Harvey is the chatacter who keeps the balance between good and evil. He shows that you can be good, but evil always lurks into your life and you become a part of it. But, there is a reason to why you are overwhelmed by evil: emotion. That's what Aron does. He brings emotion into the film, he brings the realism of sacrifice and anger of losing something to losing everything. Aron executes his character with uneven balance of who to turn to: the dark or the good. This is what takes on the most truthful fact: most peole with a life that has not been chosen decided will mostly turn to the dark. And by the end of the film, we realize that even the most powerful and trustworthy people we know, always have little bad inside thier heart.That is why Harvey is part of the film. Finnaly, The Joker. His character is played by Heath Ledger, the man of the film. Heath has done a remarkable job of his creepy, enjoyable character. He ensued all his struggles and his troubles into his acting and has done a brilliant job. His character has an eery feel and a an evil feel put together with the creepy happiness of this character.That's how a joker should be. This is the character that no one will ever forget in a film. His character is person who keeps the film intersting and each time he comes on screen, no matter how boring other people might think the film is, his time to shine is the time to watch. His acting is done with the shaking of his body, the stuttering of his words, and the stare that's like looking into someone's soul is the best anyone could ever do the Joker. And Heath Ledger's death right after the filming of the film truly meant that the Joker character was for him and him only and that's how it should be. The characters were brilliantly crafted and created thoughtfully and fitted perfectly into this drama. Every scene was thought out with such patience and detail that the suspence and exhiliration of the film never stopped. The complicated story plotline was never attempted on a film but, this film worked out perfectly. the idea of "what if the superhero was part of the political government and part of the government police?" was very original and it came out as a film of "the real hero". The film was overall amazing and this movie makes you think about people and who is really there for you and who can really protect you. The first ever superhero/political/emotional/action /very dark film was the most thrilling experience ever. And i can't wait to once again feel that experience in THE DARK KNIGHT RISES. The greatest superhero movie ever and one of the greatest movies ever. The Dark Knight "puts a smile on your face". :)
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button 2008,  PG-13)
The Social Network 2010,  PG-13)
127 Hours 2010,  R)
There Will Be Blood 2007,  R)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 2011,  PG-13)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2
 Harry Potter was the boy who lived and the one that changed cinema and literature history. For 13 years, the books of the Harry Potter series has been selling millions of copies and has become the most celebrated literature series in the world. Now, for exactly ten years, the Harry Potter film franchise has been going on. It has been lasting for a decade. And let me tell you, this has been a remarkable decade. The biggest film franchise in the history of movies is coming to a close. Here is my review for the finale of the Harry Potter franchise.
 Harry Potter is an amazing young boy. He was the boy who lived.He was the boy who found the SORCERER's Stone  He was the boy who  destroyed the Chamber of Secrets. He was the boy who became friends with the most dangerous murderer in the world : Sirius Black. He was the youngest boy who entered the Triwizard tournament. He was the boy that led Dumbledore's Army. He was the boy that became Albus Dumbledore's best friend before the great wizard died. He was the boy that nearly killed Lord Voldemort. He is the boy that will risk his life to save the world. He is Harry Potter.

  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 is an amazing film. It had full on action, emotional scenes, smart idea, and it concluded the HP series with such amazement. Everything about this film is great. Great visuals, acting, direction, and story ending. The HP finale was everything any HP fan would have dreamed of.
  David Yates truly ended the series in the best way possible. David directed the first part of the movie with emotional parts, broken hearts, and suspenseful adventurous scenes. But, he directed the second one with non stop action, and edge of your seat suspense. He split the book into to two parts, each one having so much emotion and action that no one thought possible. But, I believe that Harry Potter part 2 was the best. He directed with such difference. It was totally different than any other movie of HP's. It was an emotional action ride. No HP movie has ever been like that. Every character from the entire series had their own spot in the light. Every single character became such an importance in this film that we all became to realize just why JK Rowling exactly highlighted those characters in her books. David's creation for the flashback of Snape was so heartwarming and sad that I couldn't help but cry. The shots and score for that sad scene fit perfectly. David did a great job, and after this, he will be high in the Hollywood industry.

  The writing was great. Steve Cloves didn't leave any bit out of the book. The entire  battle at Hogwarts wasn't shortened or changed or expanded. It was all true to JK Rowling's book. The dialogue was superb, with quotes from the book itself and original words from Steve that made the film more wise and special. No one will forget the words of Dumbledore, Voldemort, and Harry because they said the most true things. Steve knew exactly how to write the film before anyone else.  

 The technological aspect of the film was truly amazing. The visuals were spectacular. The castle of Hogwarts was completely destroyed and the whole castle was still amazing even after the destruction of the school. That just made me go in awe. The editing and cinematography was great also. I loved how each character had an individual shot, showing their expression and how they looked and felt during that certain scene. The long shots around the destroyed castle during the battle of Hogwarts was so amazing, it was nearly like a ride. The best editing was during Snape's memory. It was all so confusing because all these images and clips were just scattering around in the scene, but somehow, we understood what really happened during the memory.this kind of editing and directing is the best kind out there.  

 The acting was so great. Every single character was so professionally acted. Not just Daniel, or Rupert, or Emma. I mean every single person that had an importance to the series. But, I have to say, Alan Rickman, Daniel, and Ralph Fiennes were the true acting stars of the film. Alan, who played Severus Snape was amazing. During his back flash, he nearly made me cry. Who knew that Severus had such a heart? Who knew that Alan could play a grumpy, angry man for 10 years and then finally let all his emotions come out for his character. The back flash nearly made me cry and gasp in surprise and joy. Alan did an amazing job of his character and he portrayed him so well, he will certainly become the best part of the film. Ralph kept so much anger and scariness for Voldemort during the film, and by the ending, you find that Voldemort truly has the joy of death. I was really scared by Voldemort in this film, in the others he was just creepy, but after this I actually knew that Voldemort was evil and Ralph was the man that helped work that out. After ten years, Daniel has finally understood how his character is, a confused boy who doesn't want other people to die for him, but he doesn't want to die either. Daniel carried out fear and bravery throughout the entire film and series. He has matured from an amateur to a great film actor. After ten years, Daniel was truly Harry Potter.

  13 years of books and movies has led to this. We have experienced laughter, joy, sadness, fear, love, and most importantly care for the series. The books and movies teach us about life and how the ones you love the most, will protect you always. That when you come together, nothing can stop you. We learned that your friends and family will make sacrifices for you, and one day, you will also. It has been about a decade for the series to reach it's true conclusion. And the true conclusion was perfect. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is the epic conclusion to the greatest entertainment franchise of all time.
Million Dollar Baby 2004,  PG-13)
Million Dollar Baby
Its no lie that Million Dollar Baby rightfully deserved its win for the Academy Award Best Picture. This film had heart, it had soul, it had evrything that a great movie needed. Anyone that has seen this movie knows excactly what I'm talking about. Million Dollar Baby is about a boxing coach who tries to teach an amatuer girl how to be a proffesional boxer. Yep, that's all what this movie is about. Now, how can such a dry plotline that has been done millions of times fit into a Oscar winning film? Well, that's not what this film is excactly about. This film is about one poor, mistreated girl's dream to become the best boxer that is out there. And an excellent boxing coach is not willing to teach her, but her persistence and sad-sap life gives him the heart to teach her to be the best that she can be. Now, I'm not going to tell you about the entire film or else it'll ruin the enjoyment and surprise of the film. But i will tell you this, the film has been created to the saddeest point any film can have, and by the end of the movie, this film isn't about boxing, it's about love, care, support, and making the hardest decisions for the people you love the most. This movie reaches out to the viewer and says "Imagine, what if you were in Maggie's shoes. Would you give up? Or would you fight till end?" And both of those decisions are made in this film. The acting is done superbly. Esspecialy from Morgan Freeman and Hilary Swank. Morgan's old look connects with his wise words and soothing acting in the film. Hilary's acting is done amazingly. Her innocence really shines in the film. But, her muscles and tough girl act never leaves her either. Clint's acting is not that good though. In my case, Clint could have done a little better. Throughout the entire film, Clint acts as if he is reading his lines from a script infront of him. His facial expressions never change, and that's what bothers me. You get so used to his still frown that during his happy moments in the film, you just want to laugh at his smile. The score was excellent, but it didn't seem like the music was supposed to be in a movie like that. The music came in the wrong places as well; like when there was a sad part, sort-of happy, joyful music was placed in. The directing was the best from Clint Eastwood. He's never put so much heart into a film ever. OVerall, this film was amazing and heart-warming. When you see this movie for the first time, you'll end up crying at the end of the film. That's what i did. When the movie reaches out to you, you'll reach back.
The Lion King 2011,  G)
The Lion King
instant classic, true inspiration, and has the mixture of horror, comedy, action, music, and heart. There is no denying that this movie completely destroys any other disney classsic.
Apocalypse Now 1979,  R)
Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981,  PG)
The Silence of the Lambs 1991,  R)
The Silence of the Lambs
 Now, I'm really scared of cannibals. Silence of the Lambs is a very scary, well thought out, magnificent film. It has great acting and good character development. It's writing is pitch perfect and the directing is very good. Silence isn't really a horror, it's more of a smart thriller. And that's how every "horror" should be like.

 FBI agent Clarice Starling is working on an assigned case during her training years. She is appointed to work with the Buffalo Bill case. Buffalo Bill is a homicide murderer who skins his victims after he kills them. To get to the murderer, Clarice has to confront a man named Hannibal Lector. Hannibal, as ironic as it is, is a homicide murderer who eats his victims. I know,Coincidence right? So, with clues and some deals with Hannibal the Cannibal, Clarice has to set out to investigate and find Buffalo Bill before his next strike. Get ready for one really scary movie.

   You can't have a horror movie without gore, sex, and a lot of cursing right? Wrong. Silence of the Lambs doesn't even have most of that stuff. All it has is suspense and some really good acting that makes up for all the normal horror movie stuff.  Director Jonathan Demme and writer Ted Tally do a magnificent job of mixing in suspense and phsycological mayhem which creates a horror film. With horrible yet emersing screenplay that gives the characters a creepy feel with their dialogue, Ted gives the movie a scary push. Jonathan Demme takes the words and makes them even more frightening by quiet and slow scenes.    (spoiler).     These scenes seem like a jump out and scare you moment, but, actually there is nothing that really happens and the temptation and wait grows even stronger in you. 

 The cinematography is fantastic. I loved the parts in which Hannibal and Clarice are talking to each other face to face one last time, and they are talking about the Silence of the Lambs. There are slow and steady close ups on each of the characters during that scene which makes it more scary because it seems like Hannibal isn't looking at Clarice, it seems like he's looking at you. It was that scene which won the film for Best Picture. All, thanks to the great cinematography and directing. 

 The acting was incredible,  especially from Anthony Hopkins. Hopkins was the star of the show, he was the man who made that film so famous. His creepy, ambitious talk and horrible, soul seeing stare all made his character come to life. Without him, Silence wouldn't have been anything special. Jodie Foster did an excellent job also. Her frightening acting and bravery mixed together and made a tough, yet innocent character, exactly how Clarise should have been. Her fright and worried act made every suspense scene even more scary. The acting was the highlight of this film, unlike most Best Picture winners. 

 This film made me scared, frightened, worried, and freaked out. All the emotions a person should feel during a horror. But, after the film,I wanted more. I wanted more of the characters and at the ending, there was one scene where it left me confused on weather or not I should be thinking about the ending or leave satisfied. They gave you no meaning or clues at all for the ending unlike Inception, so this part made me feel dissatisfied. But I mostly enjoyed the film. Great story, great acting, and an OK ending. I didn't see the rest of the films after this because I knew they sucked and I'd lose the feel of this great movie. So, do what I did and watch only this film and end the film satisfied and enjoyed.     
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 1975,  R)
Fight Club 1999,  R)
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly 1966,  R)
No Country for Old Men 2007,  R)
500 Days of Summer 2009,  PG-13)
3:10 to Yuma 2007,  R)
3:10 to Yuma
The western is a very unique genre. I think the thing that makes this genre so great is the world that's been built. The world is realistic and was part of history, but so many different stories and characters have come out of this world that the genre has created. Stories that are fiction, nonfiction, biographical, and historic. This world is filled with so many possible stories and characters that could be created that it's endless. That is saying, there are amazing epic stories and quite a few mishaps in the western genre. The western genre doesn't really know its footing, is it a dramatic world, a romantic world, or just a mindless action world? This genre isn't really definitive of what types of stories they're trying to tell, and for who. But, we all know, that the films that get it right, they truly are amazing. The 2007 remake of 3:10 to Yuma gets it right.

3:10 to Yuma (we'll just call it Yuma for the time being) is an amazing western and a great film. It's the story about a rancher who helps to capture and take an outlaw to a train which will take him to prison. The story has great characters (especially Ben Wade and his little crew, they're really interesting and fun to watch).The story is actually very layered with a lot of themes of fatherhood and loyalty. Ben Wade (Russel Crowe) is one of the biggest and baddest outlaws in the West and he is captured by Dan Evans (Christian Bale) a small time rancher just trying to get by with his family. When Dan takes Ben to the sheriff their plan is to take him on the train to Yuma. They ask Dan for help and if he helps then he'll get a large sum of money. Thus, the crazy adventure begins.

I'll start off with the acting and characters. I think the acting is great in his film. Christian Bale and Russel Crowe shine in this movie and their chemistry really works with one another, even though they're supposed to hate each other. Christian Bale's portrayal of a weak and safe Dan Evans is really believable. Russel Crowe's is really sinister and evil in this film, and also a little charming. He really steps outside of his comfort zone from his other films and really lets out a creepy villain in this movie. I wouldn't really say he is a villain though. I think the great thing about the two lead actors' roles in this film is that you root for both of them. You go for Dan's character because he is the good, innocent underdog, while you also root for Wade's character because he's so cool and charming. Logan Lerman's acting is great in this film also. Although i usually dislike his acting in most of his movies, he really does a great job in this movie. He's emotional, believable and you really care for his character. You really care for all of these characters in the movie. The development, the chemistry and the events these characters go through help a lot in the love you make with these characters.

The writing and directing is great in this movie. The direction by James Mangold is flawless. He mixes fast pace with slow emotional integrity in the movie which truly makes for a wild ride. Plus he keeps a little dark feel into the film which makes for a western, eery mood. The screenplay is fantastic. The banter between Dan and Wade is funny and also emotionally investing at the same time. Plus adapting an already highly acclaimed film must have been a crazy task for the three writers involved in the movie.

The cinematography is beautiful in this movie. It looks gorgeous and you're really swept up into anew world when you see this movie. The music is brilliant and deservedly got an Oscar nomination for Best Score. The editing is really good, it doesn't cut quickly during action scenes like most movies. It draws out each shot letting us take in the moment and really experiencing the film.

Overall, 3:10 to Yuma is a brilliant western with great character development, amazing acting, spot on directing, and witty writing to make for a fabulous and emotional ride into the west. 3:10 to Yuma is one of the greatest Westerns of all time and one of my favorite films of all time.

Recommendation: Yes! Even the western haters won't be able to dislike this movie!
Avatar 2009,  PG-13)
James Cameron wowed audiences and critics alike with the Titanic 16 years ago. It was a critical and box office success gaining 11 Oscars (a feat only accomplished by Ben Hur) and being the highest grossing feature film of all time. It was the first movie ever to hit the billion dollar mark and with all the huge blockbusters coming in the next decade it was still never beaten. That was until James Cameron's next movie AVATAR came twelve years later and hit the 2 billion dollar mark being the first to do so. Avatar was also a critical and box office success with it being nominated for 9 Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director. It's crazy how the top two highest grossing films of all time are from the same master filmmaker James Cameron. Although it was universally acclaimed by audiences and nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars, Avatar was not very well received by critics in the next few years or so. A lot of critics praised the groundbreaking visual effects but disliked the already done plot. To those critics I say "F*CK YOU". This fil was great in every way and I'll tell you the reasons right here and right now.

Avatar is the story of Jake Sully, a crippled Marine sent to the moon Pandora to replace his dead twin brother on a mission to help take over the minerals the densely inhabited moon. There is a group of species called the Na'vi that live on the moon. These species aren't really happy with the humans coming over and taking their land, but without the well-developed technology, they can't really do anything to fight back. The Na'vi are considered a huge threat and the government us e the military to keep them away from the mining and usually use harsh treatments to leave their homeland. Jake at first is not very interested in the Na'vi and dislike them at first just like every other soldier. But when he has been given a task to find out the location of a huge mass of unobtanium but becoming friends with the Na'vi, the begins to have a relationship and feelings toward these species. This is when everything goes downhill. He is torn between doing his job and letting the military kill all these species or protect his family he has become a part of. Giant epic battles and emotional catastrophes ensue, and we're in for the most enthralling adventure we've ever seen in film.

Acting is wonderful in this movie. Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington put a lot of effort into their roles and thier chemistry is really believable. Sigourney Weaver is really fun to watch playing the tough scientist. She's going back to her old roots from the Alien movies. I think Stephen Lang is the best in this film playing Colonel Miles Quaritch. He's scary and though and extremely serious and just a joy to watch. Jake and Netryi's characters are fully fleshed out and your feelings toward these characters grow more and more throughout the movie.

James Cameron's direction in this movie is spot on. He is one of the only directors out there that can carry a crazy sweeping epic action film and incorporate emotional character development and care for the characters. The story and dialogue is nothing special, but the world that Cameron created is breathtaking and original. The visuals are beautiful even if they are 99 percent CGI. Although the story is very Dances with the Wolves like, the message still comes out beautifully.

AVATAR is a beautiful world with interesting characters and a good story and an emotional a visual depth that will stay with you forever. No one will ever forget this film as long as they live, whether they like it or not. AVATAR deserves a spot on my list of favorite movies of all time.

Recommendation: Everyone should definitely see this at least once in their life, it's a movie for film lovers and he average movie goer.
Network 1976,  R)
The 70's was a crazy decade in movies. Most would argue that it's the greatest decade in film (I think that the 60's was, but that's just my opinion). There were some great movies in the 70's such as ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST, STAR WARS, JAWS, TAXI DRIVER, THE GODFATHER PART 1, PART 2, APOCALYPSE NOW,THE FRENCH CONNECTION,CHINATOWN, THE EXORCIST, A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, and much much more. Those films I just mentioned have been celebrated in film for years and years. But there is also one film i forgot to mention that deserved to be in that elite list.It's a film that's been celebrated for decades but has been forgotten recently. It was nominated for 10 Oscars, winning four. The film is in AFI's Top 100 and it's in IMDB's top 250. It's been mentioned in Aaron Sorkin's speech for winning his Oscar and it's George Clooney's favorite movie of all time.With this crazy of a reputation, does it truly live up to all the hype and excitement about the movie? Is it really the greatest film with the most amazing acting ever done in cinema ever? Or is it a plain, political satire which is trying to hard to be an important film? After watching the movie, I'm glad to say it's not the second description.

I think the best part about Network is the script. The dialogue in this films is brilliant. Although most of it is business talk, Network's dialogue is interesting and it keeps you engaged throughout the entire film. Plus it has one of the most memorable quotes in film history, "I'M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!". The acting is great and Sidney Lumet's take is very subtle and careful in directing this film. He doesnt keep you engaged in the movie with crazy music and out of this world cinematography. He lets the dialogue and the actors take the scene, almost like a play, and it comes out beautifully. The film is a metaphor on media and how it is corrupt and that people dont know what they want in televison (or anything for that matter). People are interested in crazy stupid things that they have nothing to do with when it comes to television. This is more relevant in modern times really, with all the reality TV and dumb news networks AKA Fox News and CNBC. Its just a matter of time before things in this film actually start happening in reality. Plus the film symbolizes religion and how TV can end up making us beleive in what they tell us just like how we believe in things from what religion has told us (there is an amazing scene where i think a a man is supposed to be Playing God and another man is playing a prophet). Media is corrupt and what goes on behind it is crazy enough that people might even get hurt, and thats what Newtork is about: the craziness of American media and the greed behind it. All this makes Network one of my favorite films of all time.

Recommendation: Yes, it will entertain everyone, from TV lovers to movie lovers.
Take Shelter 2011,  R)
The Pianist 2002,  R)

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