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Added by The Mighty Celestial on 16 May 2009 02:03
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100 & 99 Of My Favorite Movies Ever

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People who added this item 242 Average listal rating (140 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 7.7
Marty (1955)
Marty Piletti is a simple man. And he leads a simple life.
He works a job as a butcher, he helps take care of his mother, he hangs out at the local cafe with his simple buddies on the weekend.
The only problem is, Marty lives during a time when being an unmarried man in his thirties is considered not normal. And even though he tries to live contently with the resignation of his bachelorhood, he does begin to feel from others the pressure that he should go out and find himself a beautiful bride.
However, when he finally meets someone who sparks his romantic interests, she doesn't exactly fall within the boundaries of what everyone else thinks of as physical beauty.
So now this simple man Marty must make the complicated decision between the amatory palpitations of his heart and the parochial expectations of others.

A small movie that, even though it may tend to hit you with it's easy point over the head like a hammer at times,
features engagingly warm and down to earth performances by Earnest Borgnine and crew.
People who added this item 1031 Average listal rating (593 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.6

Part of a Vengeance Trilogy of which the more well-renowned Oldboy belongs to. In my opinion, of the trio, I find that Sympathy For Lady V to more strongly emphasize director Park Chan-wook's "poetic" use of visuals (a phrase you'll probably be able to understand better once you watch it) with a story that flows much smoother into it's gritty climax that, for my money, is richly laden with an equal balance of above-the-law justice and a plausible and sensible empathy for it's unique plot-device.
So while I also recommend Oldboy as a great flick that is armed with a more in-your-face type of plot twist, I still find that my sympathies tend to lean stronger towards Lady Vengeance.

People who added this item 1034 Average listal rating (710 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.7
forget all those stupid Chuck Norris internet memes that you see running ridiculously rampant all over the world wide web. The truth is, he's nuthin' but a milquetoast martial arts mockery whose so-called brass balls could never hope to stand up against Bruce Lee's raging fists of fury.
You really want to see what badd-ass 100% kickassery looks like in it's purest form?
Exit one Texas Ranger.
Enter The Dragon.

An emotionally wrenching ending, because it's real life and not a script. I was really taken by this film mainly because of the manner that it focuses on those who are easily forgotten in our society and then brings to the surface their raw reality and all the street-life drama and engaging emotion, all at a level that the world of escapism entertainment can never really compare to.
People who added this item 966 Average listal rating (515 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.8

For me, I've always found that there's something about creating philosophical discussions on film that usually comes off as kinda arrogant. Maybe it's b'cuz I feel that any kind of communication on a philosophical level has evolved nowadays to the point where it is so individually subjective, that any talks about philosophy should leave some kind room for everyone listening to it to contribute in some fashion. And even if not all can, the space should at least be there. But when it's captured on film, that is not possible for a viewer.
But obviously, with Waking Life on this list, it is one of those rare movies that proves to be the exception.
It's is a film that is made up not so much of a linear story as it is with a line-up of philosophical musings, told with expressionistic graphics of computer-generated "paint", overlaid on top of life-action. And the end result is a visual style of discussion that emphasizes that this is piece of cinematic work that is engaging, intellectually stimulating. and of course, not a kid's film. Or for those who watch films exclusively so that they can turn their brains off.

Watching Waking Life is unique movie-enjoying experience when approached with the right frame of mind.
Ot in other words, it's a flick that I found my pimp-ass sufficiently engaged in all of it's various ideas an' sh#t.
People who added this item 2648 Average listal rating (1602 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.7
Call me simple, but when it comes to starting my day off right, I would prefer breakfast at MikkyDee's much more than at Tiffany's. Those Egg McMuffins wit' Egg sandwiches, surely, they be nought but the very food of the gods themselves.

A movie about a famous fantasy novel series that I've never read. And even though, I felt a bit lost through out certain plot elements, there was enough in this thickly layered tale of wizards, faeries, hobbits and bug-eyed emo moppets to allow me to loosely fill in the blanks to make at least, an over-all blanketed sense out of the whole damn thing.
And even though this was a great series, for me, this series suffered from what I always thought the problem would be of trying to condense such a full and detailed story-line into three movies. The story left the a lot areas for the viewer to fill in, certain ideas seem to almost come out of nowhere since there was almost no room to introduce them and there was quite a lack of hateable villains in these movies (Gollum seem to come closest in this trilogy). Now don't get me wrong, they're kick-ass looking villains and their concepts are great, but because so much is trying to be fit in the limited space of the running times, it doesn't feel to me like anyone one can really jump up and down when the good guys ultimately beat 'em.
However, all of that is still just a minor quibble. Seeing dragons and giant spiders come to life in the manner that they were always meant to, magic being blasted with the power to awe, and giant sword and sorcery war scenes with a sweeping and mythological epic quality that used to be incomprehensible for the cinema in earlier years make up for any sacrifice that was made in order to be able to fit all this stuff onto the silver screen.
Over-all, I was just really happy and satisfied that to finally see a series of the fantasy genre being adapted onto film with the respect and effort of the highest quality.

People who added this item 1712 Average listal rating (1072 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.6
Traffic (2001)
Now, I've heard and read a couple of opinions and critiques of this movie that praised it for not pointing out any specific reason for the drug problem in this country, but I have to say that I disagree with that point.
During a scene when Michael Douglas' character, judge Robert Wakefield, comes to finally accept that his daughter has a drug problem, he explains that in order to help her beat her addiction, rather than continually lecturing to their daughter not to do drugs, his wife and he were instead going to start listening to her.
I think that his statement hit the issue pretty good on point, not just on an individual level, but also on a national level too.

People who added this item 539 Average listal rating (316 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.4
With the realism of the coming of age teen life themes that the film "Kids" started, Dollhouse seems to continue. This time, the plot is fitted into a "more linear" storyline, with the intent of structuring the movie in an order that makes it more of a digestable film for general audiences, despite some of its sharp edges.

This is a hard-nosed depiction of those who are quietly and easily overlooked and who tend to make up a larger percentage of the student school population that many of us don't to or even care to notice.
People who added this item 728 Average listal rating (495 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.1
WarGames (1983)

WarGames is about the kind of troubles a slacking loner can get into when hacking into the government's military online systems. Especially when a part of it is because he's just trying to impress a girl. A teenage Cold War thriller back when computers were all dial-up, all screens were black with green fonts, and backdoors were the best kept secrets that computer hacking nerds had in their on-line arsenal.
People who added this item 1017 Average listal rating (605 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 7.8
A classic meticulous yet suspenseful thriller by Francis Ford Coppola that hardly gets any mention when discussing great films, probably b'cuz it came out the same year that FFC's other, more well-known cinema classic, The Godfather Part II was released. Otherewise, with it's quality cast and edgy direction back when Coppola had both an an edge and a direction, maybe The Conversation wouldn't be one those films constantly filed under the category of "underrated and overshadowed". It is definitely a movie that you just can't go wrong with as it's a work by a director at the height of his prime, and stars the always dependable Mr. Gene Hackman in the central role along with the late great John Cazale, an actor who in his short film career, never starred in any movie rated less than an A+.

People who added this item 741 Average listal rating (478 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.9
Get Shorty (1995)

After becoming cool again with his role in Pulp Fiction, John Travolta follows up as a gangster turned movie producer in Get Shorty.
A movie about movies in where there really isn't anybody called Shorty that needs to be "get", but the main character is a shylock called Chili Palmer, and who is also a guy that proves that you can be both a huge movie nerd and a totally hip bad-ass at the same time.
maybe I should change my screen-name here on this site to "Chili Palmer".........

People who added this item 2622 Average listal rating (1702 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8.1
Stand by Me (1986)
You guys wanna see a dead body?

People who added this item 509 Average listal rating (346 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 7
Starman (1984)
An alien being comes down to Earth, morphs into a human form in order to understand our species and then begins a race against time to meet with his star-faring rendezvous party before the government military can get it's hands on him/it. But not before he/it can get a girl pregnant.
Simply put,
this movie is E.T. for adults.
Or at least, it's for those of us whose mind's are mature enough to understand that when it comes to traffic lights, red means "stop", green means "go" and yellow means "go very fast".

People who added this item 1207 Average listal rating (774 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.4
Tootsie (1982)
Outside of When Harry Met Sally, this movie ranks as one that could easily represent the epitomy of the modern romantic comedy.
A good script, with each of the central actors approaching their roles with quality efforts, despite the lightness of the subject matter. This movie has the heart, laughs, chemistry and even a touch of satiric social commentary that matches the rest of the film's themes in the same way that a nice pair of high heels would match an elegant dress-gown.
Tootsie's end-result is that it satisfies in the manner which was always meant to be of the rom-com when the genre was first conceived.

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As someone who had no real interest in this series or it's subject matter, it wasn't until this installment that I finally watched a Harry Potter movie. And being that I never read any of the books, I was quite taken aback at the over-all consistency of balance between the fantasy element of the wizarding world and that of the personal struggles of what goes thru a young person's mind trying to deal with things like death, authority and finding one's place in the life. Compelling drama, a story-line that both successfully continues the series and yet also manages to stand on it's own, well-placed chemistry between the characters, medieval sets that visually stun, Dementors that horrify, old tree willows that whomp and even a werewolf that looks pretty damn bad-ass.
I walked into this film an indifferentiated non-fan and ended up coming out of it a hardcore Pot-head.

People who added this item 1341 Average listal rating (903 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.3
Ronin (1998)

The always reliable Robert Deniro, cool french actor Jean Reno, the ever beautiful Natascha McElhone and a kick-ass car chase, all directed by John Frankenheimer.
An action and suspense spy thriller with a MacGuffin so prominent to the story-line that I couldn't help but wonder,
what was in the case?
People who added this item 1039 Average listal rating (651 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.7
Every once in a while, a part comes around that helps to define the career of a certain actor. Popeye Doyle's was Gene Hackman's. From here on end, I always viewed Mr. Hackman's roles as a guy with a friendly smile, though with a slight slant of sinister intent.
Officer Doyle, as portrayed in this film was a guy out to do good, but is so determined to catch the bad guy, that he is willing to beat a suspect for info or haphazardly speed dangerously down a New York city street. In the end, he'll make sure the law wins, even if he has to break a few rules (and a few skulls) along the way.
Or rampage a stolen car thru rush hour traffic in a chase scene that all car chases from here on end will be measured by.

People who added this item 9876 Average listal rating (7279 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 8.7
The Matrix (1999)
Even though all the follow-ups, videos and merchandising would take the next cyber-evolutionary step in visuallly out-doing the one that started it all,
the story in this first chapter of Neo & Co. was still fresh and not yet so over-wrought with complicated ideas and all walks of philosophical influences that tended to bog down what originally started as a really cool concept in a world of monumental pixilized possibilities.
You are now entering the Matrix.

People who added this item 3071 Average listal rating (2017 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.8
A martial arts film that decides that it's not goin to be one.
Many forms of physical combat like to brag of itself as being a form of violent ballet, but Crouching Tiger Hidden dragon is one that just wants to portray it martial arts as an art tool that blends into the majesty of the story's theme of honor, love and wisdom, that this film ends up laying claim to that dance-metaphor that the other fighting films wish they could be truly worthy of.
No character in this film, no matter how small, is colored in the simple black and white colors of good and evil, and all are duty bound by a personal sense of honor. And both men and women are equally capable in either masterfully full contact engagement or scaling the walls and even the very air in gravity defying leaps that serve more to enhance the fable-like atmosphere of the story.
Intelligent, straightforward and "martially artistic", Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon is a pure fun action flick merged into a story whose simplicity is hidden behind the human depth of a group of characters who believe their respective situations to be truly epic.

People who added this item 4440 Average listal rating (2980 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.1
Blade Runner (1982)
Almost a decade and a half earlier before Blade Runner, 2001: A Space Odyssey was one the first films to successfully marry the big budget sci-fi with a genre of a different theme (that of psychological thriller) so that all the high tech flashiness of science fiction acted as a contrasting backdrop to a darker side that resided underneath all the complicated buttons and wires of futuristic technology.
Then came Ridley Scott's Alien, which did the same for the darkside of sci-film, but now more in the method of the straight-up horror genre.
He followed that up with another marriage to sci-fi, but this time in the cinematic category of film noir. Now, with this story of replicant-hunter Rick Deckard, Scott depicts what lays beneath all the flashy neon lights that decorativey symbolize the endless possibilities of the future, to tell a tale of the grit and grime layers of lost and forgotten cybo-souls that could only act as a foundation of those towering spires of technological brilliance that would allow the mortal men living in 'em to perceive themselves as gods.
Blade Runner is just as equally a visual stunner as the other famous sci-fi classic that Harrison Ford is known for, but now, instead of a distant galaxy far far away, it's in a distant future that more down to Earth.

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People who added this item 2015 Average listal rating (1406 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.7
Airplane! (1980)
Before Epic Movie, Scary Movie, Date Movie or Superhero Movie, there was this movie. The original gangsta of the "modern" take off movie.
Or to put it another way,
this is a movie about another movie but done as a spoof movie. And since I've used it nine times, here's the word "movie" just one more time, to make it an even ten.

People who added this item 1883 Average listal rating (1163 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.7
Donnie Brasco (1997)
Al Pacino in the mob, but this time, on the opposite side of the heirarchy. A low-level aging hitman who can't get no respect. One of the few times Al gets to expand his acting muscles as opposed to just flexing 'em with a loud performance, which, over the years, has sorta become his standard.
For me, a great gangster movie isn't just about "wacking" people. It's when it shows the inner-most details of how the mob works. This one goes towards the very lowest part of the totem and shows us how the "cogs" grind thru a living in hopes of someday climbing that mafia ladder.

People who added this item 5438 Average listal rating (3745 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.3
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
Tim Burton's has a great style to his movies, but for my money, not enough substance. Sleepy Hollow is the exception. The idea of this movie wasn't one that had any real appeal for me, but it turned out to have more in terms of story and character than I would've expected. I think Mr. Burton, though still considered avante garde, would be held in much higher regard if he could flesh out his stories as well as he did for this one.

People who added this item 1445 Average listal rating (988 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7.3
Rocky II (1979)

While this movie couldn't match the spontaneous quality of it's predecessor, back when this came out, it was still rare for a sequel to reach the level of both box-office and financial success that this one did. The romance between the Rock and Adrian flows wonderfully into it's next level as two people trying to form a unity based on each other's distinct personalities. Carl Withers is not forgotten as Apollo Creed as this installment enters deeper into the life of the champ who's titleship comes into question. And even Mickey manages to surprise us by revealing some of the heart that seemed hopelessly buried beneath his years-long thick crust of curmudgeon hide.
As a follow up to the the first film, the plot in Rocky's 2nd. crack at the worldbelt felt like an natural extension of the story that had begun in the first film and not just as a sequel out to cash in on the success of that initial effort.

People who added this item 1866 Average listal rating (1225 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.3
Cary Grant gets chased across America by villainous spies, government agents, and the most dastardly of 'em all, a crop-duster!
In the same manner that Psycho made me start taking baths in order to avoid the "someone-sneaking-up" factor that is the natural result of shower curtains,
this movie made me always choose dwellings within the city in order to avoid ever having to cross paths with any of these air-borne single engine bi-planal horrors.

People who added this item 2403 Average listal rating (1639 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.8
Halloween (1978)

While Texas Chainsaw Massacre introduce us the idea of an unstoppable masked maniacal force intent on making all mere mortals that it comes upon into it's chopped sushi bitch, Halloween introduced us the formula of this theme before it became formulaic. And also before the formula became stupid.
Pay attention to the handling of the characters, the situations of each victim and even the simplicity of the musical score, and you'll find that even though this film requires the usual suspension of belief that is needed to swallow the outrageousness of this genre, this film does not ask that you hide your intelligence too much behind any kind of William Shatner mask.
People who added this item 580 Average listal rating (349 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7

Some of the most breathtaking and gorgeously intricate background set designs ever in a film. So rich are the colors and exquisite details in this movie, that it requires multiple viewings just to be able to soak it all in. Once one can get passed that aspect of the film, it will become obvious that the sets are not a distraction, but an enhancement to the story. An enrichment that adds to the dialogue with an intensity that allows the ideas of what appears to be human pettiness behavior in a royal setting to be revealed as much grander in scope and concept.
And for a movie that can make someone as simple minded as myself come to a conclusion like that, that's definitely a statement to the power of it's artistry.

People who added this item 2026 Average listal rating (1366 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 6.3
Even though I find myself surprised at how much I've been consistently entertained by the majority of those movies that have been made with the handheld-cam method of film-making, I thought for sure that by this point in time, we've pretty much reached the point of exhausting the genre.
Then comes along this movie and shows that in a style of cinema that should have been drained of life by now, when entering the realm of the paranormal, there can still be some signs of activity.

People who added this item 3147 Average listal rating (2018 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.6
City of God (2002)
For me, watching this Brazilian-based film feels almost exactly like watching a documentary. In one frighteningly all-too real scene involves a young (incredibly young) kid gang member who is cornered by a much older gang leader from another troupe and then is asked to choose between getting shot in the hand or in the foot. In my opinion, it is a scene that holds more power, depth and context than most movies contain in their entirety. An incredibly eye-opening and moving picture that reveals the true grit of violence, hopelessness and poverty of the South American slums that lie behind tourist paradises such as Rio de Janeiro and the like.

People who added this item 2145 Average listal rating (1302 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.2
Chinatown (1974)
Jack Nicholson's only role as a detective in a "modern" noir film that doesn't try to be anything else other than a modern take of a noir film. It is because of this, that the 1970's sensibilities that are just a natural result of being a film of this era, along with it's "twisted" twist ending, that Chinatown comes off as being a work more layered and "edgy" than a standard mystery film. Which ends up giving this movie a much more distinctual feel that surpasses the genre in which it respectfully tries to remain faithful to.
And when you think about it, aren't those the type of qualities that usually make a classic film a classic?

People who added this item 2816 Average listal rating (1846 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.9
Knocked Up (2007)
In 2005, Judd Apatow scored big with 40 Year Old Virgin, a comedy that explores the ups and downs of trying to get laid. He followed that up with what is in my opinion, his second best film so far, Knocked Up, a film that explored the ups and downs that can come after getting laid.

People who added this item 1520 Average listal rating (970 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.7
Dirty Harry (1971)
Clint Eastwood begins his tour de force as the San Francisco cop with a 70's machismo-sized chip on his shoulder and a Smith & Wesson Model 29 in his shoulder holster. Inspector Harold Francis "Dirty Harry" Callahan is an on-the-street inspector who consistently talks thru incessantly gritted teeth, enjoys pissing off his starch-collared superiors and welds big hefty handguns like they were just a natural extension of what makes him so dirty to begin with.

In other words,
he's mad as hell and he's not gonna take it anymore, punk!
People who added this item 1120 Average listal rating (744 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.3
With the "Big One" raging over a major part of the world, and most of "our boys" overseas doing their bit, its up to the gals to hold down the fort and help keep the home front moving forward, despite it,'s lack of manpower. Even when it comes to the game of baseball, the diamond field is no exception. It's time for the ladies to jock up and step behind the plate and make sure that America's favorite pastime keeps on swinging.

In a game mostly associated with male players, it's ironic that a film which focuses on the women's first professional entry into the sport, would be the one that, for me, truly captures the feeling which best reflects of why this sport is truly an American past-time: that the purpose of a game is, no matter how the global scale of political events may be turbulently transpiring, we can all just escape for a little while by catching a ballgame. And hopefully, in the end, then return into the real world with our spirits a little higher and our perspectives a little bit clearer. Because, as we all know by now,
there is no crying in baseball.
People who added this item 3494 Average listal rating (2413 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.6
Watchmen (2009)

Now, even though I'm a comicbook nerd and I own the graphic novel, I haven't read it in years and it was only about twice that I picked up the book,
so I don't remember it clearly.
Which I think was an advantage, because since I can't really recall what would be the parts that didn't make it into the film, for me, the story felt incredibly full and tight. Since the concept of the Watchmen was a lot more intelligent than the time-constraints of the film allowed it to be, for me personally, the movie felt more like the kind that Marvel were putting out when they first started to "grow up" with runs like the Claremont/Byrne era of X-Men or Frank Miller's Daredevil (before the company sold out and reverted drastically to the immature stories of the 90's).
I really enjoyed the way this movie panned out, and from what I remember in the graphic novel, I definitely think that the film's version of the ending fit in perfectly within the context of the media in which it was told.
Really good stuff that I really found myself enjoying way more than I expected when I first walked in.

People who added this item 3069 Average listal rating (1886 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.2
Chocolat (2001)
Juliette Binoche and chocolate.
Two great tastes that taste great together.
And yeah, I know I should probably get into more detail about why I think this is such a quality romance film,
but to be honest, whenever I think about of this "charmingly light-hearted food fable",
I can't get the idea of a chocolat Binoche out of my mind.

People who added this item 2539 Average listal rating (1594 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8.1
Platoon (1987)
In 1979, Francis Ford Coppola came out with Apocalypse Now, the definitive Vietnam War movie on an artistic level.
In 1986, Oliver Stone came out with Platoon, the definitive Vietnam War movie on a more realistic level.

The perception of war is a funny thing. Whether one is a "hawk" or a "dove", the use of military combat is still a subject that seems to be very subjective to many people, whether they're a brigadier general or an average citizen watching reports of it on the TV.
Oliver Stone was said that the main reason he decide to make Platoon was to counter John Wayne's pro-militarism portrayal in The Green Berets.
Which, at first, I thought was kinda strange, since Berets was made back in 1968. Between that movie and this one, there have been other films which glimpsed into the reality of the Vietnam War. Movies such as The Deer Hunter, Coming Home and the aforementioned Apocalypse Now. And yet, despite those movies, he still felt the need to release one that would be so forthright in it's approach, that while the overall pragmatism of war may still in be question, the atrocities, from both sides, would leave little room for debate. Although the story in Platoon is based on fiction, it is a personal effort that held back no punches and took a much more comprehensive look into what really happened deep within the bushes and jungles of the "little war" that left such big scars.
People who added this item 893 Average listal rating (546 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.4
M*A*S*H (1970)
I was a big fan of the TV series, and often watched it in syndication during my tweener years, when my tastes in entertainment were just beginning to experience their own particular brand of puberty. I had heard that there was a movie from which this series was based off of, but never watched it until just a few years ago. After getting so used to the TV version, it took me a bit before I started becoming comfortable with the feel of the movie, which is more raw, not as tightly focused on "preaching" the anti-war message as it's small screen counterpart. However, once I began adjusting my viewing senses to more readily absorb the movie's integrity, it's brilliance of creativity, "war-time operating-room realism" and humor, all became more apparent. It's ability to interweave these aspects with such a spontanetic balance was not only a reminder of a director's (Robert Altman) prime, but also, why this movie is considered such a classic of the genre, particularly in the realm of it's genre of dark comedy and satire.

People who added this item 1056 Average listal rating (605 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7.1
Kids (1995)

Not only did I walk into this film not really knowing anything about it but also several minutes late into, at the scene where they kept switching between the dialogues of the two boys walking down the street and of the group of girls commiserating about sex. Because of this, my initial impression was that I was watching a documentary. That is, until I caught on to the camera work and noticed that it was obviously a movie. As someone who grew in an incredibly poor neighborhood, for me, this movie one of the "realest" depictions of "wake-up call kids" that I had seen up to this point in time.

People who added this item 3420 Average listal rating (2364 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.6
Kick-Ass (2010)
Kick Ass is a masked vigilante who decides to fight crime with no superpowers or experience,
Red Mist follows suit using dad's money and the Mistmobile,
Big Daddy shows everybody how it's done,
and Hit Girl....well, she practically steals the whole show.
A foul-mouthed fun-filled over the top action flick that's probably not for the faint-hearted.

People who added this item 1062 Average listal rating (635 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.7
When it comes to Fried Green Tomatoes, I like mine with a touch of salt and a dash of tabasco sauce. No fava beans or chianti. That's a combo that goes with something else.

But, yep.
That's how I luvs me some fried green tomatoes.
People who added this item 3513 Average listal rating (2400 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.3
Snatch (2000)
..... and I luvs me some Snatch, too

Particularly when it comes as a flim-flam flick speckled with heavily British accented wit with just a touch of over-the-pond mob humour.
People who added this item 2027 Average listal rating (1357 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.4
Contact (1997)
What Close Encounters Of The 3rd. Kind did back in the 70's, this film takes to the next evolutionary step, in terms of the actual physics and concepts of an actual meeting 'tween us mere mortals and any life-forms.

For my money, Contact contains some of the best discussions of religion and atheism in any film ever made. It's depictions of the manner that things like general fear and politics can get in the way of a true quest for knowledge is both basely intelligent and comprehendibly poignant. This film's plot does a great job treading on the subject of how our society is constantly struggling between the comfort of what we already know and the confrontational truths about our species that can be revealed as result of the discovery of what is new, especially if seen thru the "eyes" of a life-form that's a lot smarter than us.
Contact is a reminder to me that when it comes to sci-fi films, I luvs me some intelligent life-forms.
People who added this item 186 Average listal rating (114 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.4
Nobody's Fool (1995)
Living a life with just enough to get by, "Sully" Sullivan seems okay with just that despite the years piling on. When his estranged son comes to town with his own son in tow, "Sully" starts to feel the twinges of patriarchal charge towards the grandson he never knew had. Moving through the typical "atypical" happenings of his small town, Sully finds the pieces of his life starting stitch together in a way in which he must decide to either just keep crustily cruisin' by, or, to do that one thing that has always felt alien to him.... take some responsibility.

This is simply one of those movies that I really enjoy that never really gets much mention anywhere. Paul Newman, Jessica Tandy, Bruce Willis, Melanie Griffin and Phillip Seymour Hoffman are a great cast of actors playing a great cast of characters in this, a pretty great film (at least, in my opinion it is). And each one is a piece of a puzzle that, despite their sharp edges, all still fit in perfectly.

People who added this item 922 Average listal rating (608 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 8
Here's a story of Christmas that has become such a staple on the television during the Yuletide season, that I wonder if I really should waste any time to describe it. Everybody by now (and when I say everybody, that includes you.... yeah, you.... the person reading this) knows the story of Ralphie and his journey towards becoming the surest sure-shot and deadliest deadshot that ever sent Black Bart and any other forms of insensate evil towards pushin' up daisies.

Lemme tell you guys something, if Santa were to leave an official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot range model air rifle/BB gun under my tree this year, even at my current age, I'd still end up beating my chest and proclaiming to the whole world that it's a wonderful life.
And before anyone says anything,
lemme just say
"F#ck* my eye. I don't care."

*( ...and when I said that, it didn't come out as "fudge".)
People who added this item 5143 Average listal rating (3420 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.4
Memento (2000)
l]?Fashion backwards a in arranged were movie this of comments the for words the if obvious too way be it would

The future director of the Dark Knight utilizes a backwards structure for this film in a manner that was exceptionally well-thought thru, making it possible for the viewer to able to be kept on his/her toes and yet still able to follow the plot thru one's own puzzle-solving skillz.
People who added this item 1037 Average listal rating (704 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.5
Animal House (1978)
Check the "on button" to your brain at the door when entering the Animal House, pick up a handful of mashed potato, mixed greens or whatever your favorite choice of sloppy luncheon side order may be,
and then, prepare for battle.

Oh, and feel free to top this entry off by entering your own toga reference here.
People who added this item 9321 Average listal rating (6863 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.8
Forrest Gump (1994)
After watching this film, I was so inspired, that I decided, on a whim, to go running all the way across the country. However, by the time I reached the end of my block, I was so devastatingly winded, and I was weezing so desperately for air, that I thought for sure, my left lung must've collapsed in on itself.
So, instead, I just reminded myself that "stupid is as stupid does", then I went back into my house and ate an entire "box of chawk-letts".
Which, of course, is what life is kinda like.

People who added this item 3983 Average listal rating (2620 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.3
"How tall are you private?"
"Sir, five foot nine, sir!"
"Five foot nine? I didn't know they stacked sh#t that high! You tryin' to squeeze an inch in on me somewhere, huh?"
" Sir, no sir!"
"Bullsh#t! It looks to me like the best part of you ran down the crack of your momma's ass and ended up as a brown stain on the mattress! I think you been cheated! Where in the hell are you from anyway, private?"
"Sir, Texas, sir!"
"Holy dog sh#t! Texas? Only steers and queers come from Texas, Private Cowboy. And you don't look much like a steer to me so that kinda narrows it down. Do you suck dicks?"
"Sir, no sir!"
"Are you a peter puffer?"
"Sir, no sir!"
"I'll bet you're the kinda guy that would f#ck a person in the ass and not even have the godd@mn common courtesy to give him a reach-around. I'll be watching you."

To be honest, I could get into why I love Stanley Kubrick's film foray into the Vietnam War (and particularly how to relates to Oliver Stone's Platoon, which came out just a year earlier)

Oliver released Platoon just a year prior to Full Metal Jacket, Stanley Kubrick's film foray into the Vietnam War. And I remember how most critics loved Platoon but many were sorta baffled by Jacket, particularly by the second part of the movie.
The story begins shortly after a batch of "fresh faces" have been recruited into the army and the no holds barred boot camp training that follows. The next half of the story then to the neo-soldiers move to the battlefront. It's here that the more traditional movie fans tend to feel the awkward jump from the reality of the basic training to the blurred illogical nightmare of combat.

Let's be honest,
with dialogue like that, this is a movie should be on everyone's favorites list.
The Mighty Celestial's rating:
People who added this item 3539 Average listal rating (2407 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 7.3
Borat (2006)

A mockumentary that at certain times can become almost humorously scary in that it seems to interweave into actual documentary, revealing certain areas of our society that we always knew was there, but didn't want have to confront yet.
At it's heart, Borat:CLoAfMBGNoK is a cross country journey of discovery across rural America that includes a huge naked fatman running in public, anti-semitism, racism, Pamela Anderson and a chicken in a traveling bag.
And it's all for a good cause

.... not.

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One hundred & ninety-nine of my favorite movies ever.
However, let me stress that "my favorite" does not mean "the best".

Other lists by The Mighty Celestial:

My Top 60 Favorite "Horror"-Themed Movies www.listal.com/list/my-top-ten-favorite-horror

My Top 20 Female Movie Bad-Asses www.listal.com/list/my-top-10-female

Yep. When It Comes To Comicbook Movies .... www.listal.com/list/yep-am-huge-comicbook

10 Movies That Feature A Dancin' Travolta In 'Em www.listal.com/list/my-list-9158

My Top 15 Guilty Pleasure Movies www.listal.com/list/guilty-pleasures-thecelestial

WAATAAAH!! My Top 10 Favorite Martial Arts Flix! www.listal.com/list/my-list-thecelestial

My Top 50 Favorite Sci-Fi Movies.... Of Like, Ever www.listal.com/list/scifi-movies

Lists of fave films by time periods:
The 20's:

My Top Ten Favorite Movies By Year








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