Today is the Top 10 Movies countdown hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh, and these are my top 10 movies (of the moment anyway, who knows how I'll feel tomorrow?). They're in no particular order 'cause there's no way I could pick one single #1 favourite.
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure - this movie takes me back to childhood. It's so cheesy and silly but it's also totally bodacious, dude, and though I hardly ever watch it anymore, I still smirk with delight anytime I see it in my DVD collection. Gotta love Miss of Arc and "Bob" Genghis Khan.
The Lion King is probably still my favourite Disney movie, though I love most of them. But The Lion King has real sentimental value for me. I saw it in high school and quickly became obsessed. The irony is that my friends and I were more obsessed with this little movie they showed before the feature. It was about a little sheepish lion called Lambert. We sang the Lambert song more than any actual Lion King song.
Robin Hood: Men in Tights stars Cary Elwes, and I had to pick at least one movie he was in from my two favourites (the other being The Princess Bride). I opted for this one because it's another silly yet awesome one. But of course j'adore the other as well, with equal fervour. Men in Tights is another that never fails to give me a giggle, whether I'm actually watching it or not.
Blade Runner is a classic that I was first exposed to in high school days, when I studied it in English class. Later during university I was again able to study it, and I even wrote about it in my honours thesis. I think it's just a classic view of a very dingy, depressing future that nonetheless makes me wish I could be alive to see that future unfold. ;)
Cast Away stars Tom Hanks and, more importantly, a very special volleyball a.k.a. my beloved Wilson. I love this movie because it's dramatic and inspiring but also because it's not utterly swamped down with swells of dramatic music. In fact, the whole time Hanks's character is on the island there is no music, and this actually has a profound and unique effect. I think it's a really well done movie. And I still love Wilson.
The Wedding Singer probably doesn't need any defense as a choice. But let's just say I love the '80s, and this wasn't even made in the '80s, but it did the '80s oh so much justice. This movie is made of pure genius and it doesn't hurt that the soundtrack rocks too. Plus, Billy Idol's in it!
Jurassic Park is another movie I first saw in high school - my entire year went on an excursion to Underwater World (I think) and finished the day off with a movie. My friends and I sat in the very front row (which, you know, sucked, but it didn't make the movie suck) and I remember being so excited to see this groundbreaking new movie with its purported amazing special effects. Well, watching the movie now, it still looks damn good - better than a lot of CGI crap I've seen.
28 Days - no, I don't mean the zombie one, I really do mean the Sandra Bullock one. I have watched this movie over and over again and it always makes me cry at the same parts. I won't give spoilers away but suffice to say it's not a typical Bullock rom com or action flick. I guess it could be seen more as a work of women's fiction? I dunno. But I do know it's one of my faves.
The Sixth Sense is one of those movies that once you've seen it the first time, you're never going to be able to watch it the same way again, due to the gasp-worthy twist near the end. So really it's a one-time deal. And yet I have watched it numerous times and I still think it's amazing. I love Bruce Willis's role in that it's so unlike any of his other stuff that I've seen. And though now whenever I hear Haley Joel Osment's name I think of Supernatural (heh), I still think he was incredible in the movie too. He put the Harry Potter kids to shame. ;)
Speed also stars Sandra Bullock of course, and Keanu Reeves (yeah, I like the guy - so sue me!) and I just reckon it's a super sexy exhilarating ride. It's definitely a movie I can watch and re-watch, though I do tend to give it myself a good amount of time between viewings. This one never gets old for me.