Making a list like this is no cakewalk. While this list can (and most likely will) fluctuate, I am trying to make it as concrete as possible. With that being said, here is my most favorite movies of all time! (In 2017…)
10. The Tiger: An Old Hunter’s Tale
This is not a well known movie here in America. Filmed and distributed in Asia, The Tiger tells a story about a skilled hunter who meeds a god-like tiger and finds out he has more in common with it than he thinks. With well calculated cinematography and a beautiful setting, the movie delivers great performances and a surprising strong story that keeps you enticed throughout.
9. Kung Fu Panda
This is one of the few movies for me that has the perfect balance of action and comedy. The fight scenes are awesome. The humor is fun and lighthearted throughout. And there is a great message at the very end to tie it all together.
8. Treasure Planet
Not well-received by critics or even well-known amongst the general audience. Treasure Planet combines the thrills of space exploration with Robert Loui Stevenson’s novel Treasure Island. The idea of exploring space in a pirate ship sounds odd, but the soundtrack and animation effects make the adventure memorable.
7. Forrest Gump
This movie is a classic. The director did an amazing job of incorporating the main character in historic events in the 60s and 70s. Everything he does from running across the country to playing ping pong to visiting the President (again…) and the flow from each event is smooth and linear. Winning six academy awards, this movie deserved every one.
6. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
This is perhaps my favorite star wars movie (there are contenders with Rogue One and The Force Awakens). The character development is phenomenal. Seeing the relationship develop with Han Solo and Princess Leia, Luke discovering the path of the Jedi, the largest cinematic reveal in history. This movie catapulted the franchise by delivering an even better cinematic experience than the first one did. Not an easy feat for such a critically acclaimed franchise.
5. Mad Max: Fury Road
One of the best action movies of all time. Very minimal CGI, the director and crew dedicated months of hard work to doing the stunts, building the sets and shooting everything in a timely and smooth manner. From the War Boys swinging on the large poles boarding the War Rig to the guitarist shooting out flames from his guitar, you get a full two hour red bull watching this movie.
4. Guardians of the Galaxy
Like a better version of Kung Fu Panda for me, this movie had the perfect balance of humor and action. When Star Lord first lands on the planet, the tone is serious as he is searching for something. Then he puts on his old-school headphones and the tone totally changes. This sets up for a great movie filled with lovable, humorous, dysfunctional characters that you cannot help but love.
3. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
The best build up action scene in movie history. An army of 10,000 Uruk-hai facing a never before breached fortress. Never before had we as an audience seen or experienced a battle of this magnitude this closely for this long. Not only with awesome action, but the character development and the stories that are starting and progressing only set up the third installment in the perfect way.
2. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
The start to the greatest fantasy adventure ever. This movie sets the tone for the series with great action scenes, funny and intricate characters and intimate moments. With phenomenal shots of the shire and the score matching the scenery perfect, we feel the feeling like we are at home when we see this place. The plot is introduced and the story progresses in a manner that is not rushed, but paced perfectly.
1. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Yes, I am a huge Lord of the Rings fan if you cannot tell by now. This movie is phenomenal because it ties up all of the stories and gives up perfect closure. Yes, it seems like the movie ends seven times, I completely understand. However, if you think about it, that is how many stories were being told at the same time. And we saw every one of them unfold! How many other times have you seen so many characters get equal screen time, all the while feeling like the main plot is still progressing. Not only that, but throughout the franchise there were several traveling scenes giving us the feeling of progression and movement. This movie is the ultimate embodiment of cinematic climax and endings.
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