Top 10 Movie List Which Turned into 8

Well, I’ve not really been one for memes, but it’s been a while since the last one and this one looks like fun. As you probably guessed from the title I have to post my top 10 movies.

First the rules. 1. List your top ten favorite films (in no particular order). 2. If you are tagged, you have to post and tag 3–5 people. 3. Link back to the one who tagged you, in my case it’s Nick Gray and because it took me so long to get it out, Jesse Anderson.

I’ll also add my own disclaimer, my descriptions of the film will be minimal as I don’t want to spoil it for those who have yet to see them.

The Green Mile

This is one of those films that I can watch over and over. Tom Hanks stars as a jailer on death row, he receives a new in-mate who has to be the largest guy ever. He’s also not guilty. He has, for want of a better word, a “power” that lets him take away people’s ailments, but unfortunately his desire to help lands him on death row.

It’s an excellent film, that my description doesn’t do justice to. All I can say is be prepared to cry at the end. Yes, I had a little tear in the corner of my eye. No, I’m not ashamed of it.

The Shawshank Redemption

Another prison based film, the Shawshank was one that slipped by me until last year. A bargain bin DVD picked up on a whim, something I’m very pleased to have done.

It’s one of those films that’s easy to watch because it’s engrossing. I’ve watched it several times in the last year and although it’s long it’s often one of those DVD’s I stick on when I’m going to bed and not feeling excessively tired.

The Matrix

Well it kinda had to be there. I’ve got the trilogy box set but only the original makes it to this list. I first saw it on DVD with my parents when the video store didn’t have the dvd we wanted to watch. I got it straight away and have been a fan ever since. I think it kind of hooked into my faith a little bit with the whole religious imagery aspect that’s been done to death. An excellent film that’s well worth a watch.

The Usual Suspects

My cousin bought me this one on video one Christmas. I’d never really heard of it (I’m not a big film buff) but I’m pleased he bought it. Is it a bit worrying that 3 of the first 4 films are crime based?

I like the way this all slowly slots into place, I notice new things every time I watch it. The angle the story is told from is interesting and clever, which is what makes the film for me. You need to concentrate on it, but it’s not one that takes a lot of effort to watch. Along with Shawshank, it’s one of those late night films in my collection.

A Beautiful Mind

I think by now your getting the picture that I like films that need to be watched and thought about. This is another of those. I was engrossed in this the first time I saw it and even now it amazes me. Each time I watch it, and yes it’s another one I stick on if I’m not tired, it gets me caught up in a roller coaster of emotions. An inspiring film.

Spirited Away

This one is a bit different. I’m not a big Anime fan, but I enjoyed watching this one. I’ve watched it a few times now and each time I’m engrossed and caught up in the story. It’s not just the story that I like in this one. Being from an arty/designy background I really appreciate the imagery in this. It’s interesting and different to something you would normally be exposed to, well if like me you aren’t into anime.

Ratatouille

Now really there had to be a Pixar movie in here. It was a difficult choice but Ratatoiulle won. There aren’t many films I will go and buy on DVD the day it’s released but this was one of them. Again I like the imagery that comes with it, but also the story. I was caught up in it from the moment I saw the first trailers, and since it came out in the UK a full 8 months after the US it was a long wait.

An excellent film if you need a laugh and a smile, or you like food!

The Passion Of The Christ

This is perhaps an unusual one to be in someone’s top 10 movies. It made it into mine because it’s so powerful and humbling. As a Christian I find watching it really helps me understand the enormity of Christ’s death on the cross. It really captures, or at least allows us to glimpse, the pain which Jesus went through as he carried His cross.

It is as it was.

As the Pope says.

Now, you might call this a bit of a cop-out. But I’ve not been able to come up with 2 more films which I feel are worthy of my Top 10. I’ve seen a lot, and I nearly plumped for some obvious ones like the Back To The Future’s or the Star Wars films. Even LOTR could arguably take the place. But I didn’t want to just plump for those. Hopefully I will come back and fill in the remaining 2 movies. But til I find 2 I actually want to put in that’s it for now.

As far as tags go I’ll pass it to Aidan, Nils and Glenn.