Martin Scorsese's crime epic explores three decades in the life of real-life gangster, Henry Hill, showing his glamorous lifestyle and the consequences of crime. This is Marty at the peak of his powers, using all of his filmmaking techniques. The result is a movie masterpiece.
The Godfather Part I and II-
Yeah, I'm including both 'Godfather' films, mainly because they can be viewed as one epic masterpiece split in two parts. What's that? There's a Part III? Yeah, I know, I like to think that Parts I and II is the actual story, and Part III is the optional epilogue... and let's be honest, it's not as good as the first two.
The solemn, somewhat Shakespearean tale of a young man taking his inevitable place as the new head of his mafia family. Iconic, tragic and ever so powerful, 'The Godfather' is one of the most influential films of all-time.
The Godfather Part II:
The greatest sequel of all-time. In my opinion this is the superior 'Godfather' film. Michael is now head of the Corleone family and has come a long way from the shy innocent son of the first film. He rules his empire with an iron fist, and is out to get those who threaten his family, but at what cost?
Wes Craven uses the slasher formula established by John Carpenter's 'Halloween', but takes it to another level by adding a supernatural plot. I was so fascinated by the idea of this movie. The killer comes back from the dead and claims his victims from within their own dreams. This is genius! It allows for some pretty amazing scenes where the line between dreams and reality is blurred. Nancy is a great heroine, and Freddy is one of the best ever villains. He is a unique creation.
The true story of boxer Jake La Motta's rise, and self-destructed fall. What sets it so very far apart from other biopics is the focus on La Motta's paranoia and insane jealousy. His personal demons are punctuated by the brutal boxing scenes. It's about how a man can be his own worst enemy, and Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro's collaboration is what amplifies the story to a tremendous degree.
After Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale restored Batman's reputation with the brilliant 'Batman Begins', they returned for a beefed up, epic sequel in 'The Dark Knight'. The first movie was all about exploring Batman's past, taking it slow to establish character. This sequel is a crime-epic of massive proportions. It's more intense and thrilling than its predecessor, with Heath Ledger's Joker stealing the show. He even outdoes Jack Nicholson's famous version, playing him very sadistic and conniving. One of the greatest cinematic experiences I've ever had.
While I love all three 'Lord of the Rings' films, if I had to choose my favourite it would be 'The Return of the King'. Frodo must get the ring to Mordor before Sauron and the orc armies take over Middle Earth. It was very satisfying to see the story conclude with its epic climax. Perhaps the most thrilling movie I've ever seen.
When 'Toy Story' was released way back in 1995, I was just amazed. I became completely obsessed with this movie. I had everything: the toys, a giant framed movie poster on my bedroom wall, pencil cases etc. I was really taken by the 3D computer animation (it was the first full length film of its kind), the characters and the story. It's a rare family film which actually appeals to the entire family. My favourite film of my childhood, and it still has a special place in my heart.
One of the most entertaining movies in existence. Three stories (a night out with the boss's wife gone wrong, retrieving a gold watch and a coffee shop hold-up) intertwine cleverly as we are presented with three brilliant films in one. Disturbingly violent yet comical in its snappy dialogue, crazy characters and ridiculous circumstances, Quentin Tarantino had written and directed (and cameoed in) one of the all-time greatest pieces of cinema ever. It's a film for movie lovers. Great music too.
A Terminator is sent back in time to destroy the future resistance leader, John Connor, while another Terminator is sent back to protect him. Another sequel which outdoes the original in almost every aspect. Everything about this movie is perfect. It's pure escapism while also serves as a social commentary. The previous film was a low-budget, gritty and raw slasher/actioner, while this one ups the ante in action, plot and scope. The special effects are groundbreaking and still impresses to this very day. A beefed up heroine, a brilliantly frightening villain, and a touching father/son relationship between a boy and his protector. Arnie has never been so cool.
Martin Scorsese is the king at character-studies, and this is the best one. He really delves into the psyche of this lonely man whom struggles to cope with his crippling mindset. Robert De Niro is absolutely amazing as Travis Bickle as he really encompasses the role. The plot raises the question to what society considers a hero, but it's the character study that I found most fascinating. It's a masterpiece.
Most cinephiles have a list of their favourite movies, so here's mine. I could list a lot more, but I think I'll just give my top 10. These aren't necessarily the "greatest" ever films (although there are a few on here that could be considered as such), but they're the ones I love the most. So, I present to you, my top 10 favourite movies of all time.