My Top 10 Movies

This is my public service act for the week. Not only am I giving you my complete biased opinion, I'm also giving you a list of awesome movies you can now go watch.

Note: Though my number 1 on my list is my favorite movie of all time, numbers 10-2 are interchangeable; they could all be my number 2.

10. The Prestige is one of those movies that makes it onto this list for one reason - the ending.  Sure, everything else is great, too; the Nolan brothers write an intriguing story about two rival magicians, choose great actors and direct it very well.  But that alone doesn't guarantee a spot on my Top 10 list.  The ending had me staring, open-mouthed, at the screen halfway through the credits; it changed everything you thought about the movie, the characters and it never gets old no matter how many times you watch it.

9. Steven Spielberg is one of the greatest storytellers of the past century, no doubt. And ET: The Extraterrestrial is evidence for that. The story of a stranded alien who befriends a young boy is heart-warming, funny and intriguing. Even though I own the copy that has the alien as a puppet, rather than CGI, it doesn't take away from the magic of this film. This will, without a doubt, stand the test of time.

8. You remember those movies you grew up watching as a kid and you watch them now and they suck? Well, The Lion King is not one of those movies. This is a film you can watch over and over again no matter who you are. It has everything a great Disney movie needs: catchy music, a great hero, a cool villain and comedy. (And it's told with lions so, that's a plus.) Watch this with your kids, your mom, dad, grandfather, whoever. The point is: WATCH IT.

7. The Lord of the Rings is a legendary film trilogy all around but, I think The Return of the King is the best. Grand, epic battles, a ghost army, Gollum, great speeches, some great girl power, Gollum, Legolas and Gimli's banter, Gollum.  All of it rolls into one giant, three hour DVD of awesomeness. Be sure you have free time when you decide to watch this. Don't worry, though; it's totally worth sacrificing your time.

6. Star Wars was considered the greatest saga of all time before a CGI crap-fest, Jar-Jar Binks and Haden Christianson . And, The Empire Strikes Back was considered the best. With a darker, more desperate tone, witty dialogue and great character development throughout the movie, it's great, exciting entertainment. Darth Vader is also better in this installment; no Grand Moff Tarkin to steady his hand now. And, of course, the biggest cinematic bomb-drop of the 20th century: "I am your father." Dramatic, exciting and sporting some of the greatest characters of all time, Empire will go down in history ("like George Washington!")

5. Christopher Nolan is the one of the best directors that Hollywood has seen in decades. And, in 2010, he gave us one of the greatest movies we've seen in decades; Inception wowed audiences with its physics defying scenes, intrigued the world with it's original premise and blew minds with its incredible climax and ending. Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and the rest of an incredible cast carry this life-changing experience of a film.

4. Pixar is the king of CGI movies. But, honestly, what's the best one? Well, seeing as how I'm a superhero nerd, The Incredibles, duh! Not only does it have great action and comedy, it includes a great, original story, a relatable inner conflict with Mr. Incredible and a huge mythos they could totally exploit. (Hint, hint Brad Bird. Give us a sequel.) The characters are unforgettable, the villain is great and it's just one of those films you can watch no matter what age you are. Definitely worth checking out.

3. I'm a superhero nerd, as I said before and what is the ultimate superhero film? Let's say it all together now: The Avengers. After 4 years (since Iron Man), Marvel finally confirmed all the rumors we'd heard for years. Iron Man (the Smart-Alec), Thor (nobody's favorite), Captain America (my favorite) and Hulk (a good one, finally) getting together and fighting off a generic army of aliens headed by Loki is just as cool as it sounds. This is every nerd's dream come true and puts ALMOST all of DC to shame.

2. The Planet of the Apes is not my favorite movie. In fact, I kind of dislike it. But, whoever came up with this insane idea gave us Rise of the Planet of the Apes. It not only has one of the longest titles of all time, it's also one of the best sci-fi movies of all time (certainly the best I've seen in years). It's got great characters, great action, and a way better origin story than "Conquest". With the ingenious Andy Serkis as the protagonist, a CGI ape (yes you read that right), this movie leads the charge in a new line of Planet of the Apes movies that are sure to wow audiences. Piece of advice: go see Dawn of the Planet of the Apes this summer.

1. Batman will always be the greatest superhero of all time (remember when I said the Avengers put ALMOST all of DC to shame?) And what happens when you put the greatest superhero of all time into the hands of the greatest director of the 21st century? The Dark Knight happens, that's what. While the Avengers is the ultimate superhero film, I don't consider The Dark Knight a superhero movie; it's an awesome movie that just happens to be about Batman. With great direction, a great script, a great soundtrack and the greatest Joker incarnation of all time, The Dark Knight is the greatest movie I've ever seen and will probably remain so for quite a while.


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