I’m obsessed with making to do lists. My Notes app on my phone is full of them, whether it’s to do with house projects, shopping lists, finances or study plans. For once I figured I’d do a fun list, the top 10 of my favourite movies. It actually made me realise I’d never done one before so it was quite a challenge to decide on them… and I wouldn’t be surprised if they change a few times.
10. Pearl Harbour (2001)
“You know what top secret is?”
“Yes, sir. It’s the kind of mission where you get medals, but they send ’em to your relatives.”
This automatically makes it into the top 10 purely because it used to be a favourite for my wife and I to watch together. I’m a sucker for most war movies, it had all the hype of a blockbuster and a bonus for me, Kate Beckinsale!
Based on the true events of Pearl Harbour, it packs in plenty of action with a love triangle story chucked in. I think I choked up a bit when Danny passed away just after finding out he was to be a dad!
This is also the movie that persuaded me to purchase a surround sound!
9. Lord of the Rings – The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
“You shall not pass!”
I think this movie opened the floodgates for movies to drag on for 3 hours! Now being parents, I can’t see us having that amount of free time for quite a few years yet combined with the ability to stay awake!
The ‘Fellowship of the Ring’ brought J. R. R. Tolkien’s novels into the public eye and introduced it to the younger generation (that would have included me back in 2001!) and went on to make a trilogy, concluding with ‘The Return of the King’.
8. Black Hawk Down (2001)
Bit of a random one, but again probably because it’s a war movie and I have a fascination with aircraft even though I have zero knowledge! Telling the true story of the US Army Rangers attempting to capture some top lieutenants of a Somalian warlord, all is going well until two Black Hawks are shot down. The movie then focuses on the efforts of the Rangers as they battle to get to the crash sites to look for survivors. It’s quite an intense and chaotic movie with its close quarters gunfights involving plenty of bullets, explosions and blood!
7. Transformers (2007)
“At the end of this day, one shall stand, one shall fall.”
Just like Lord of the Rings, I normally find that the original is the best of the bunch. I was a huge Transformers fan when I was younger so seeing this on the big screen got me ridiculously excited, especially knowing what the capabilities are for the visual effects! Most of the characters from the TV series make an appearance, such as Optimus Prime and Bumblebee from the Autobots and Megatron and Starscream from the Decepticons. It’s not the most amazing storyline, but it has vehicles that change into robots! What more could I want?!
6. Toy Story (1995)
“To infinity, and beyond!”
Toy Story to me was a big game changer. Coming from Pixar Studios, formerly funded by the late Steve Jobs and Apple, but now part of Disney, it was the first ever computer-animated movie and it had its audience of all ages visually amazed. Loveable characters like Woody and Buzz have made it an enjoyable film to watch over and over with all of the family.
5. Star Wars: A Force Awakens (2015)
“Chewie, we’re home!”
I’d like to say that the original Star Wars trilogy were the best with their epic storylines and characters, but visually I just can’t enjoy it as much as the modern Star Wars. Having seen the original movies I do appreciate seeing Han Solo and crew and it’s very cool to see how they’re linking the old with the new. I’m desperately waiting for the day when the boys are old enough to binge watch them all with me!
4. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
“I am Groot.”
I’m a huge Marvel fan but it would have been silly to just fill my top 10 with Marvel movies, so I picked this one as my personal favourite, mainly due to its humour content compared to the others and the soundtrack. Chris Pratt is Peter Quill aka Star Lord and has to join forces with a group of intergalactic criminals (Rocket, Groot, Gamora and Drax) to stop a fanatical warlord from taking over the universe.
3. Goonies (1985)
“Hey, yooouuu guuuuuuuys!”
This is what I refer to as my classic movie from my childhood! Who doesn’t still use quotes from this?! This was watched on a very regular basis and I remember being completely immersed in the story every time, even finding it a little scary at times. In order to save their homes, a group of kids (including Sean Astin as Mikey and Josh Brolin as his older brother, Brand) set out to find pirates treasure after discovering a treasure map in their attic only to find themselves being chased by the family of Sloth, the Fratelli’s.
2. Elf (2003)
“SANTA! OH MY GOD! SANTA’S COMING! I KNOW HIM! I KNOW HIM!”
My Christmas classic has to be this one, which has probably been watched every year since its release. I think my wife struggles to see the appeal, so it’s probably just a guy thing? 99% of Will Ferrel movies have me in constant stitches and this one is just perfect. Again, a movie that has people using quotes in every day life such as, “You sit on a throne of lies!” and “I just like to smile, smiling’s my favourite”.
1. Interstellar (2014)
“Once you’re a parent, you’re the ghost of your children’s future.”
So here is my current favourite movie, Interstellar. I never would’ve thought it would end up being a Sci-fi movie! It has quite a complicated, but very clever storyline. I remember coming out of the cinema and being completely amazed and it had my mind going crazy for days after. Like aircraft, I have a fascination with space exploration and a bit of astrology (I even dragged my wife to the Kennedy Space Centre when we were in Florida many years ago). So I’m pretty much admitting that I’m a nerd, right?
The visual and sound effects are just breathtaking and mesmerising, the two together creating the most stunning atmosphere.
Cast-wise, Matthew McConaughey is pretty much THE movie, even though the rest of the cast like Sir Michael Caine, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain were also great. McConaughey’s ability to play so many different types of characters in different movies is impressive and I feel he was the perfect choice for this movie. He is capable of making us feel so many different emotions throughout this movie, especially as a father. There is one particular scene that really got me choked up, even after watching it more than once. It’s the scene where Cooper (McConaughey) decides he has to leave his daughter, Murph, in an attempt to explore space and find a new home for humankind. Murph is upset with him for leaving so refuses to say “goodbye”. There is no guarantee that Cooper will ever make it home… so you can just imagine why the eyes start welling up, especially being a parent myself!
So there it is, my top 10 movies! That was harder than I thought it was going to be! Feel free to agree or disagree in the comments or even add your own top 10 : )