Top 30 Favourite Movies of All Time

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The Green Mile 1999,  R)
The Green Mile
In my opinion, one of the best films in history, alongside 'The Shawshank Redemption'. No doubt the film is long, but it is needed to let the characters sit well within the audience's heart, making them love and care for the characters on-screen before the tragic ending. A perfect recipe for a tear-jerking ending. Michael Clarke Duncan (may he rest in peace) was darling in this film. Tom Hanks, Barry Pepper and the others were great too. Thomas Newman's subtle score was very heartfelt and warm, and potentially tear-jerking in parts as well. This and 'The Shawshank Redemption' are two of the three best Stephen King film adaptation, thanks to Frank Darabont, the other being 'Misery'. And Stephen King is one of my favourite writers in the world. Overall, a great film.
The Shawshank Redemption 1994,  R)
The Shawshank Redemption
In my opinion, one of the best films in history! I say that perhaps because I have a thing for prison films, especially really good ones like this. 'The Green Mile' is also another great one. Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins and the rest of the cast are phenomenal, and Frank Darabont's direction is great. Thomas Newman's score is spine-tingling. I feel this film much better than 'Forrest Gump', under whose shadow this film was lingering. I nearly cried at the end of the film. It is one of the greatest example of great film-making. Now whenever I think of this film, my goosebumps will never fail to stand in its honour. Overall, a subtle and engaging film.
A Beautiful Mind 2001,  PG-13)
Forrest Gump 1994,  PG-13)
Donnie Darko 2001,  R)
American History X 1998,  R)
American History X
This is perhaps one of the best movies I have seen in my life, alongside Green Mile, Shawshank Redemption, A Beautiful Mind and Primal Fear. Edward Norton's Oscar-nominated role as the pissed-off-Nazi-loving-skinhead-turned-to-good-boy is simply amazing. I guess that is what made me like this fiilm very much. Change. And a hell lot of racist commentaries and conflicts and some hard-ass copulation (feeling obliged not to write the 'F' word here). It's basically a tale of how this one youth, Derek, affected by the death of his father who died in the hands of a Negro, turns into a Skinhead and becomes extremely racist. Soon his brother, Danny wishes to follow in his brother's footsteps just when Derek is sent to jail. It is from then on that Derek wishes for his brother to turn away from it all. It's quite a good morality story, I will have to say.

On the technical side, Anne Dudley has also provided a wonderful score for this movie as well. Honestly, I was half-expecting mostly heavy metal, punk, hard rock sort of soundtrack, something which I would usually hear from most skinhead movies, but instead, I got well-written orchestral music bursting from the speakers as the images played by. The cinematography is okay, using black & white mode to depict events from the past and colours for those in the present time. The screenplay is also well-done, inserting small bits of simple everyday humour effectively into the dialogues. The plot may have been quite predictable, but the film makes one fall in love with the characters so much (especially Edward Furlong's and Edward Norton's characters) so much so that, even if one were to have foreseen what was coming in the end, one would still feel emotionally affected by it. At least, I was.

Overall, this is an excellent film which has a good story coupled with high production value. It will definitely be one of my top 5 favourite films of all time.
Jurassic Park 1993,  PG-13)
Jaws 1975,  PG)
The Land Before Time 1988,  G)
The Lion King 2011,  G)
The Pianist 2002,  R)
To Kill A Mockingbird 1962,  Unrated)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 2011,  PG-13)
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events 2004,  PG)
Ben-Hur 1959,  G)
Schindler's List 1993,  R)
Amadeus 1984,  R)
The Silence of the Lambs 1991,  R)
Singin' in the Rain 1952,  G)
The Sound of Music 1965,  G)
Life Is Beautiful (La Vita bella) 1997,  PG-13)
The Dark Knight 2008,  PG-13)
Atonement 2007,  R)
I have never really had the chance of watching this film when it first came out. After years of waiting, I have found the novel and then the movie. I watched after reading a large portion of the book, unable to contain my patience. Joe Wright has produced a very faithful adaptation and a great one too. The film even follows the format of the story in terms of sections and scenes. The acting is exemplary. For someone so young, Saoirse Ronan is over the top. James McAvoy and Keira Knightley are excellent together as well. McAvoy was definitely robbed at the Oscars, not even earning a nomination, which he had in the Golden Globes. The love story is the usual tragedy but what got me to love this story is how the innocence, naivety and overconfidence of a mere child can cause so much devastation to an innocent couple. Ian McEwan himself (the author of the novel) has laid out the story pretty well in the novel, so there is no surprise that the movie would turn out wonderful. The cinematography is excellent and the visuals stupendous, especially during the Dunkirk scene. The ending is well edited and so emotional. The highlight of the whole movie is definitely Dario Marianelli's score, which prominently features running piano melodies and a typewriter.

Overall, this is a fine example of excellent film-making. I enjoy this film much better than 'Titanic' (maybe because 'Titanic' is just another tragic love story with nothing much to tell).
American Beauty 1999,  R)
American Beauty
I will definitely remember this film for a really long time. This Oscar-winning comedy drama truly deserves the Best Picture win it got back then. It's impressive, well-acted, well-paced and sexy. Well, it's a film which discusses sexuality and freedom and life, so yeah, there are a few scenes here and there that are pretty suggestive and graphic. Kevin Spacey is pretty good as Lester and Mena Suvari as Angela is just spot-on sexy. In fact, the whole cast is simply amazing. Thomas Newman's score is sublime and subtle. His use of percussion instruments is innovative and beautiful. The plot is pretty fresh. There are a reasonable amount of surprises and twists here and there, which keeps the viewers engaged... and in stitches.

Well, overall, the film discusses some of issues in our society today. I will not discuss them here for it would have turned into an essay. So, in a nutshell, impressive film-making. Two thumbs up!
Black Swan 2010,  R)
The Dark Knight Rises 2012,  PG-13)
The Dark Knight Rises
This is one of the best films I have watched this year. The beginning is definitely slow, but necessary. The script works fine and the visuals are excellent. Acting-wise, it's not bad. Tom Hardy as Bane is scary. Even with the mask on, he is able to convey such a convincing performance. The film score works very well in this film as well. Unlike another superhero film of the year 'The Avengers' which is the ultimate collage of spectacular computer graphics and incredible yet preposterous and ridiculous feats, this film ventures into the more emotional plot and more scientifically accurate feats as well as gadgets. It also has hints of political issues as well concerning democracy and aristocracy. Overall, a wonderful film and a great finale to the epic Dark Knight Trilogy.

Screw the remake!
Batman Begins 2005,  PG-13)
Inception 2010,  PG-13)
The Godfather, Part II 1974,  R)
Beasts of the Southern Wild 2012,  PG-13)
Beasts of the Southern Wild
This is the most beautiful film of 2012. It's a morality fantasy drama of a little girl named Hushpuppy and her life out on the Bathtub. Everything about the film was so jagged and flawed and muddy, and that led to its perfection! Quvenzhane Wallis was astounding as Hushpuppy. So good was she that even the Academy Awards nominated her for Best Leading Actress. She is currently the youngest Academy Award nominee for Best Leading Actress at the age of 9. The rest of the cast was awesome as well. The minimalist film score was excellent. This film isn't just about a father-daughter drama. It has other global messages to it. Overall, a gorgeous and heartfelt film!

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