What are your top 5 Movies and why?

In an attempt to get back into the swing of things, I have shortened my current pieces to include aspects of my top 5, which in this case centers around movies. Thanks to those of you who liked some of the older posts in my absence and others who have chosen to join the blog. Welcome! Currently, I am trying to regain that sense of playful naivety that children seem to possess so that I can continue work on the aforementioned novel, new poems and WordPress articles.

So, in an attempt to get some of my old energy back and keep those fingers tapping, I ask you one simple question. What are the top 5 movies that you have enjoyed and why are they special to you?

My top 5 includes:

Beachesbeaches was one of the first movies I remember getting into, on an emotional level. It had a huge impact on me, so much so, in fact that I can remember having one really great friend during primary school, secondary school and college. I’ve grown since then though, but I’ve always wondered what it was that caused me to identify so strongly with those characters. Whether it was the script, the music or even my confusion about knowing someone who had also died from cancer. Nevertheless, I have never forgotten the ability of a good story to move the viewer.

Jane Campion’s The Piano was another extraordinary film with two great female leads. Holly Hunter gave a phenomenal performance, as the mute woman, Ada as did Ana Paquin playing her daughter. What I liked besides the connection between Ada and her piano was how the landscape also played a major role into getting us into the setting and its effects on the characters.

the piano 2

rent 2Rent – I knew nothing about the Tony Award winning musical, and got into this piece solely because of the director, Chris Columbus. What I liked about this movie was the strength of its ensemble cast: Taye Diggs, Wilson Jermaine Heredia, Rosario Dawson,  Anthony Rapp, Adam Pascal, Idina Menzel and Tracie Thoms. Most of whom were Bohemians in the East Village of New York, struggling to find love and fight AIDS, and have an impact on America.

Howl’s Moving Castlehowl's moving castle by the master Hayao Miyazaki is nothing short of dynamic. The major plot-line reads: When an unconfident young woman is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch, her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a self-indulgent yet insecure young wizard and his companions in his legged, walking home. What I love about Miyazaki’s animation is that he allows the viewer to experience the entire movie. To see various points of view.

Rudy – This 1993 movie, made me fall in love with the underdog. Told he was too small to play college ball, Rudy overcame the odds and fulfilled his dream of playing ball for Notre Dame through sheer determination and encouragement from friends. Thus began my need for story and love of the tale.

 

rudy

What’s your top five?

My list ends here. I leave you with enough room to write your own. As always, thanks for reading and have a great mid-week. Until next time keep reading, writing, and blogging.

5 thoughts on “What are your top 5 Movies and why?

  1. The Lord of the Rings, Labyrinth and The Neverending Story – I think for their creativity and imagination, the epicness, the landscape, the themes. Rat Race is my fave comedy. The Proposal is my face chick flick. And at the moment I like Now You See Me.

  2. I applaud all your choices. I loved all those movies. Mine, however, would be Now Voyager, Boys on the Side, You’ve Got Mail, Working Girl and Overboard. Pretty light fare, but all really well done and films you can watch dozens of times, as I have. The world is harsh enough. I watch films for enjoyment and escape. Does anyone else like these movies??? Judy

  3. 1. Predator. My first pick because I’m superficial, like sf with average acting and it kept me on the edge of my seat when I was stressed out in residency.
    2. Gone With The Wind. Because my wife has forced me to watch it so many times over the last 35 years that I’m starting to appreciate great acting, good writing and war movies without war.
    3. Alien. It felt like my first real trip into space.
    4. Terms of Endearment. The acting and writing were so good that now, half the things I say are quotes from that movie. Half? Well…
    5. A Few Good Men. The writing and acting were amazing. To this day I keep thinking about Jack Nicholson’s character’s perspective and coming up with excuses for him that I then argue with myself about. What? No, I’m perfectly normal. 😉

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