Thursday, July 28, 2011

"Impressive. Most impressive. Obi-Wan has taught you well. You have controlled your fear. Now, release your anger. Only your hatred can destroy me."--Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back"

You know, since I’ve started this blog, I’ve made it blatantly clear that I’m a movie fanatic.  However, I have not shared what some of my personal favorites are….and yes, favorites is plural, because it is absolutely impossible for me to pick just one favorite.  So, since my blog titles have been movie quotes for some time, I thought I’d let you into my mind a little bit and list what some of my favorites are and why.  I have a feeling I will need to have similar posts like this to convey a lot of movies I consider to be a “favorite”.

In no particular order….

“The Shawshank Redemption”—This movie is actually based off of a book.  I haven’t had the pleasure in reading this one, and I have only seen the movie.  It is absolutely fantastic!  If you like Morgan Freeman, you will like this movie.  He and Tim Robbins portray their characters so well; they make you feel what they feel, and think how they think.  It’s a must-see for sure!

“American History X”—Edward Norton is one of my favorite actors.  He is extremely versatile, just like my other favorite actor (he will be revealed later J).  If you’ve seen Edward Norton in other movies, then you know he is usually a scrawny little dork of a guy, like in “Rounders.”  Not in this movie…he is a buff bad ass.  You will hate his character in certain parts, but then love his character in other parts.  It’s such a strong, emotional, and controversial movie.  I.  LOVE.  IT.

“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest”—My ultimate favorite actor, Johnny Depp, stars in this one as the famous Captain Jack Sparrow.  I really like all three of the movies in this series (I have yet to see the newest one, but I heard it’s not up to par with these) but “Dead Man’s Chest” is my favorite one.  I love how they did the Davy Jones character….everything seemed pretty authentic.  Not to mention, Johnny Depp is a brilliant actor and does an amazing job in this role…and all roles he’s cast as in movies.

“Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back”—I’m sure you’re all sick and tired of me talking about “Star Wars.”  Well, tough! J  I love all of them (the older ones at least).  They bring out the true sci-fi dork in me, and I love every bit of it!  This is the best “Star Wars” installment out of all six in my opinion.  I really like movies that end on a downer for some strange reason.  I just think it’s sometimes more realistic….life isn’t always flowers and unicorns, you know?  Plus, this one is jam packed with Chewbacca, which is awesome!

“Lord of the Rings: Return of the King”—Ok, so I know that this installment of LOTR is very, very long…and it has 3 or 4 possible ending moments….but all of that doesn’t change the fact that this is ONE BRILLIANT MOVIE!!  All three of these movies are incredible, but this one stands out just a little more for me.  The battle scenes are unreal; the concepts are great…this movie is fantastic!

“Harry Potter and” ….crap, I can’t pick just one—I can’t pick just one of these, because I love all of them for different reasons.  They started out childish and innocent with a few dark moments, and ended with no childish and/or innocent moments and had a very dark demeanor about them.  I don’t have to choose a favorite, because this is my blog and I say I don’t have to pick…. J

“The Dark Knight”—Please don’t call me a sell out for this one!  Heath Ledger’s portrayal of the Joker is what makes this movie great.  That’s all I really need to say…..

“Father of the Bride Part 1 AND 2”—These movies are my quilty pleasure.  I have seen each one dozens of times, and they never get old.  They are hilarious in a tender sort of way.  The way Steve Martin’s character relates to his daughter makes me look at the relationship I have with my own dad….they are similar in certain ways.  These are movies that are an easy kind of entertaining, which I really enjoy on some days.

Well, that is where I will leave this post for now.  I will do this again sometime, because if you know me at all, you know that this doesn’t even scrape the surface of movies I enjoy, and consider a favorite.  When I think of what movies could be my favorites, I go with the ones that I think of immediately.  The way I look at it is, I thought of those first for a reason, so there ya’ go.

Have a good Thursday night all, and thanks for reading!!

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