Thursday, January 18, 2024

Top 103 Favorite Moves: #19 - 11

We're getting closer to my favorite all-time movie. But today we're doing #19 - 11.

The previous post with the movies are;

103 - 90

89 - 80

79 - 70

69 - 60

59 - 50

49 - 40

39 - 30

29 - 20

So, here we go on the penultimate countdown blog:

19: On the Waterfront (1954)

A movie about corruption in the longshoremen's unions. Very well made and shows how the unions kept control. Someone threatens to go to the authorities, and a load "accidentally" falls on him. Has the classic scene with Marlon Brando: "I coulda been a contender." A very good movie that you should watch. Available on YouTube, Apple TV, and Amazon Prime Video (all paid).

18: The Lives of Others (2006)

You probably haven't heard of this movie. Made in Germany about life in the Communist East Germany (German Democratic Republic), this is a powerful film. A writer wants to write about what's happening, but of course, the government won't even allow him to have a typewriter. So, one is smuggled in for him and he has to hide it when he's not using it. Lots of little subplots (a singer is being raped regularly by a party official). This builds and builds to a powerful climax. I should watch this again soon. Available on YouTube, Apple TV, and Amazon Prime Video (all paid).

17: Citizen Kane (1941)

Considered by some as the best movie ever made. It's a little slow by modern standards, but it is still very good. Orson Wells wrote and stared in this picture, based on the life of newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst. Contains the classic exchange between Kane and his wife: "The people will think…" "What I tell them to think." Wells does a great job of both playing Kane and directing. Look for a young Agnes Moorehead (Bewitched) as Kane's mother. "Rosebud." Available on YouTube, Apple TV, and Amazon Prime Video (all paid).

16: Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

This movie is huge. Desert vistas and big battles scenes. The story is about an Englishman who helps out the Arabs during World War I to unite and fight the Turks. The train wreak scene is worth the price of admission. Peter O'Toole plays Lawrence. I need to watch this again. Available on Sling TV.

15: The Godfather (1972)

14: The Godfather Part 2 (1974)

I've decided to treat these two Godfather movies as one (they pretty much are one movie). These are among the best films ever made, if not the best. The story of the Corleone mafia family from the 1910s to the 1960s. Al Pacino plays Michael who is determined to stay out of the family business, but then is sucked into it by his need for revenge.  Watching his descent into crime and callousness is fascinating and heartbreaking. You have to watch these movies at least once in your life. Available on Paramount+

13:  Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

I thought about treating the Lord of the Rings movies as one movie, but decided not to. The Two Towers is the weakest of the three LOTR films. (I thought the book was the weakest of the three books, too.) Huge battle sequences (with a lot of CGI but you don't care because it's done so well), but also the story of Frodo and Sam as they try to get to Mordor to destroy the ring with Gollum in tow (sometimes literally). The extended version is a little better, but still, this movie runs a bit slow even for the massive battle at Helms Deep. The movie strays a bit from Tolkien, too, which isn't good. Available on Max, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video.

12: Toy Story (1995)

Speaking of CGI: this as the first completely computer animated feature film. Quite an accomplishment. But in addition, it has a great storyline with an evil next-door kid (Sid; and we all knew a Sid growing up), a competition between toys for the affections of the child who plays with them, and a fun climax. This was Pixar's first movie and one of its best. Available on Disney+

11: The Incredibles (2004)

When I was a kid there was an animated show called "Jonny Quest." It could never be made today due to being politically incorrect. But The Incredibles reminds me of it so much. This is Pixar's first film where people die (bad guys, mostly). People with superpowers are in hiding after being sued and banned for the damage they cause while saving people. But Mr. Incredible (aka, Bob Parr) is tired of it and when an invitation comes to be super again, he grabs at it. That's when the adventure starts. Available on Disney+

Coming up next week, my top 10 favorite movies.

What do you think of my list? Let me know in the comments below.

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