Monday, March 18, 2013

Ninja Captain Alex's Top 10 Movies



Coming up with my top 10 for this blog hop was really tough. My love for movies extends to all kinds of genres, and mixing them up into one countdown was difficult. So I decided to think about which movies have made the biggest impact on my personally, and think about movies that I can watch over and over again...and still find something new from them.

So without further adieu, here's my Top 10 Movies of ALL TIME in descending order:

10. Saving Private Ryan (1998)...this is the first movie I got when I first bought a big screen and a surround sound system. The D-Day scene is incredible intense. Graphic, but so damn real, it's scary. And I'm sure it was more frightening in real life. One of the greatest war movies ever, Saving Private Ryan gives us just a tiny taste of what war is like.

9. Forrest Gump (1994)...I know, this movie is far-fetched and so incredibly sentimental. But I love it. I love the historical backdrop, and the loveable Forrest contrasted with the destructive Jenny. Personally, I think Lieutenant Dan steals the show. I enjoyed how episodic this movie is, and how Forrest unknowingly finds himself in the middle of so many important historic events.

8. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)...as a kid, this movie spoke to me. It had action and adventure, a touch of the supernatural, humor, snappy dialogue, some romance, plus Han Solo, um, I mean Harrison Ford. Little or no CGI here - so everything feels much more real. This is what a blockbuster should be like.

7. Gladiator (2000)...the battle scenes in the movie are epic and raw. No bullets, laser guns, or magic powers. Just a blunt instrument and strength. I loved studying Roman history, and this movie might not be historically accurate, but it does give the viewer a good sample of what life was back then. Lots of back stabbing and political intrigue, along with blood-thirsty gladiators fighting to the death. Plus, the soundtrack is astounding. Great music to write to.

6. Casablanca (1942)...Maybe it's all the quotable one liners, or the witty quips and dialogue, but I just love this movie. When I think about how to write good dialogue, I always come back to Casablanca. Every character in this film is so rich and three dimensional. It's a film ingrained in our culture, and I can watch it over and over again.

5. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966)...science fiction and Westerns are actually cut from the same cloth, and this movie just kicks ass. Clint Eastwood is the epitome of the anti-hero. The story is compelling - you've got three dudes who want buried treasure. It's a Western with fully developed characters, and it's the seemingly mundane things happening during scenes that carry the most weight in storytelling.

4. The Princess Bride (1987)...reminds me of how I feel about Casablanca. I read the book, but I love the movie more. The sword fight scene between Inigo and the Dread Pirate Roberts goes down as one of my all time favorites. At first, I was annoyed with the story arc of the boy and his grandfather, but I find it a really sweet aspect of this movie. Plus, this movie includes the late Andre the Giant!

3. The Matrix (1999)...the style, the kick ass fight scenes, the Philosophy 101 injected into it, and of course the guns akimbo and bullet time! The sequels were okay, but the first film is absolutely perfect. Lots of allegory and existentialism in the movie, but just on the surface, it's fantastic eye candy. I think I read somewhere that over 90,000 bullets were fired in this movie.

2. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)...once again, a case where the movie exceeds the book (or short novella). The acting is phenomenal, and you begin to feel sympathy for the prisoners. This is a profound movie, and it's central theme of friendship and hope are inspiring. One of my all time favorites.

1. Star Wars (1977)...this movie impacted my entire life, and it's what drove me to become interested in mythology and science fiction/fantasy. Star Wars is more than just a movie. It's impact on our culture is pretty darn amazing. I still love deep and meaningful science fiction, but Star Wars allowed us to just have some old-fashioned fun while watching a sci-fi film. The special effects industry took massive leaps during the filming of Star Wars too. Of all the movies I can think of, Star Wars is the one that served as a foundation for what I do today.

My honorable mentions in no particular order:

Seven Samurai (1954)
Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (2003)
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
The Godfather (1972)
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
Inception (2010)
Alien (1979)
Batman Begins (2005)
Planet of the Apes (1968)
Kill Bill, vol. 1 (2003)
The Exorcist (1973)
Ip Man (2008)

Check out more at Alex's blog HERE.


53 comments:

Jeremy [Retro] said...

Now that is a great strong list... Good, Bad and the Ugly... the first time I heard that theme, I was hooked.

Jeremy [Retro-Z]
Howlin' Wolf

Miranda Hardy said...

You mentioned some of the best!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Raiders made my list and The Princess Bride just missed it. (Still the best romantic comedy ever.)
Thanks for participating in my blogfest!

farawayeyes said...

Ah, Forest, Shawshank and Casablanca. Three that I didn't include but love. Great list.

Emma Adams said...

Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark made my list, too. :) All great films!

Nicki Elson said...

Shawshank! Dang, that probably should've made my list. *sigh* So many movies, so few blogfests to honor them. You've got an extra great list here - lots of classic films.

Rhonda said...

Great list, although we watch totally different movies. Even your alternate list.
Rhonda
Laugh-Quotes.com

Karen Walker said...

Shawshank REdemption made it on my list as well. I love your list. So nice to "meet" you.
Karen

Hart Johnson said...

Oh, you've got a pretty good list here. Princess Bride made my list, too. Raiders of the Lost Ark would have made my next ten.

Cindy said...

Oh..you had some on your list I didn't expect. I would have Forest Gump on my list. That is if I did the fest.

M. J. Joachim said...

Definitely some I enjoyed on this list. Nice picks, Jay!

Michael Offutt, S.F.A. said...

Shawshank sure was a good movie.

Maurice Mitchell said...

I agree that Matrix was 1,000,000 times better than the sequels. Sweet list!

nutschell said...

Great list! So glad you put an honorable mentions list. I love Ip Man and Inception!
Nutschell
www.thewritingnut.com

D.G. Hudson said...

We have several favorites in common. Good choices, including some of the Honorable Mentions!

On my list: Casablanca, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, and Seven Samurai.

Jon Jefferson said...

Casablanca and the first Matrix great ones there.

Adriana Dascalu said...

wow! A beautiful list! i've seen all of the top 10, some of the others.

Tony Laplume said...

Gary Sinise absolutely steals the movie!

David P. King said...

Yeah. I can see how all of these influenced your personality. I'm not too far behind you. :)

LynnRush said...

Life is like a box of chocolates. Just LOVED that movie. Great list!

LD Masterson said...

You're in good company. I think Saving Private Ryan is the only one on your list I haven't seen on several other blogs today. Great movies are great movies.

sydneyaaliyah.com said...

Great honorable mentions. I wish I had done that, too. It was so hard to get it down to 10.

Jay Noel said...

Jeremy: That soundtrack is legendary!

Miranda: Thanks!

Alex: You blurt any of the quotes and many people around you will giggle.

faraway: I need to see Casablanca again. It's been awhile.

Emma: You have great taste!

Nicki: So many movies! Hard to squeeze them in such a short list.

Rhonda: I will check out your list, then!

Jay Noel said...

Karen: Thanks for visiting!

Hart: I can watch Princess Bride over and over again.

Cindy: You know, I love flashy movies, but these are the ones I REALLY love.

M.J. Thanks!

Michael: It's a powerful film. That prison is so haunted, by the way.

Maurice: It's too bad, but the bar was set pretty darn high.

Nutshell: I liked Ip Man 2 also!

D.G.: I labored over how to put Seven Samurai in there....I'd put that at #10.5

Jay Noel said...

Jon: Thanks man!

Adriana: So we like the same things. Very cool.

Tony: I totally agree.

David: I love action and adventure, but underneath all of that is a romantic heart.

LynnRush: Mmmmm....chocolate....

LD: I almost forgot about that movie. I guess I like Tom Hanks.

Marta Szemik said...

Some awesome choices here! On the honorable mentions list as well!

Wendy Tyler Ryan said...

So glad to see The Good The Bad and The Ugly on this list. Too many movies to choose from!!

Trisha F said...

Loved your movie list! I'm a Tom Hanks fan so it was good to see him in here. :) Love Indiana Jones too, and the Princes Bride. And the Matrix movies. And Shawshank. Also really enjoyed Gladiator and only just recently saw Saving Private Ryan but was surprised that I enjoyed it (even though it was horrible). Of course I love Star Wars too. The only ones I haven't seen are Casablanca and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

Nick Wilford said...

Some big hitters here and I liked your thoughtful summaries. Raiders, Shawshank and Star Wars are getting lots of love today!

Rusty Webb said...

Nice list. There are so many movies I've seen already today that I'm like, "YES!" but didn't really think of when I was doing mine.

Emily L. Moir-Genther said...

When you put Star Wars that way, I guess I do have to give it it's props. I think the new ones just really ruined the series for me. They turned Darth Vader into such a whiny momma's boy.

Courtney Barr - The Southern Princess said...

fabulous list! The honorable mentions are great too!

So many good movies out there...I love how so many of us love the same ones yet here and there are peppered surprises!

Melissa Bradley said...

Fantastic list. Star Wars impacted me greatly as well. It was the first movie I ever remember seeing in the theater. I remember waiting in the line and the heat to see it with my dad. Love all your honorable mentions. There are so many great movies, it was hard to pick ten.

Samantha May said...

That is an awesome list. Saving Private Ryan is definitely one of my favorites. I watch it every time it's on tv.

Of course, you cannot go wrong with Princess Bride :)

Callie Leuck said...

I just love Forrest Gump. Always enjoy when it's on TV.

Mr. Shife said...

Great list Jay. Definitely have 2, 4 and 6 in my top 10. Star Wars would be 10 or 11. I would have to think long and hard about this one. Maybe it will inspire me to write my own list since I am running out of ideas for my March Madness. Thanks buddy.

Jay Noel said...

Marta: Thanks so much!

Wendy: I had to include my favorite Western.

Trisha: You NEED to see Casablanca.

Nick: Yup, those are the big three!

Rusty: I'm doing the same thing reading everyone else's lists.

Emily: I don't pay much attention to the "prequels."

Courtney: I love being reminded of movies I didn't think of.

Melissa: I saw Star Wars in the Philippines and in a Drive-In in the St. Louis.

Samantha: I'm assuming it's edited for TV

Callie: I have to watch it everytime it's one. I think it was one just a couple weekends ago!

Tammy Theriault said...

saving private ryan!! yes, great pick! i loved you old mixed with new feel to your picks. you rock it out jay!

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I love THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, too, but I think the movie and the novella are equally excellent. :) Enjoyed your list!

Maurice Mitchell said...

I agree with Jeremy. A very strong list you listed pretty much all my favs!

Ashley Nixon said...

Great list, Jay! My Daddy and I would watch The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly together. I love the Princess Bride, too!

Gina Gao said...

This is a really great list!

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Brinda said...

I have watched the Matrix a million times. Ok. Maybe not REALLY a million but many.

The Capillary said...

I love a lot of the movies on your list. I could watch most of them over and over again. :3

The Desert Rocks said...

Wow you've been busy. That's quite a list of blog participants. Good choices too.

Phats said...

I love to kill a mockingbird I saw Forest Gump on a first date we ended up dating for almost 6 years so it holds a special place in my heart.

Thanks for playing the bracket challenge

Kelley Lynn said...

What a great list. Surprisingly, most of these I've seen. (I'm really bad at seeing movies...)

Hope things are good with you!

HelpfulPapers said...

A great list! I love most of these movies. The only one I haven't watched is Good, Bad and the Ugly. I'm going to include it in my must-watch list.

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