Saturday, 28 January 2023

Mal's 5/5 Movies He's Seen

Here's a list of my 5 out of 5 movies I've seen
- my all-time favourites.

Any film that leaves a long-lasting emotional response/impression, is a sign of great film-making. And yes, I've watched and enjoyed them all repeatedly.

I know, I know... as soon as you make a "list", it's always open to debate! That's OK though, as everyone's tastes are different and individual.

I caught my mum's passion for appreciating the art of movie-making... she was like the Bill Collins of the Blue Mountains.

Are any of yours on this list?
What are your favourites?
Why's that?

► Here's a list of the 950+ DVD movies I've got... there are plenty of 4-1/2's and 4's on there, too! I don't watch much TV at all these days, hence all these DVDs.

  • A Hard Day's Night  (1964) - The Beatles: What made a million kids pick up a guitar and want to play in a band.
  • Amadeus (1984) - Tom Hulce: Visually-stunning portrait of a misunderstood genius.
  • Amelie (2001) - Audrey Tautou: a near-perfect film.
  • Cast Away (2000) - Tom Hanks: When he breaks the 4th wall right at the end...
  • Chicken Run (2000) - Dreamworks (Prod.): When you care about chickens...
  • Das Boot (The Boat) (1981) - Wolfgang Petersen (Dir.): Comradeship par-excellence.
  • Dead Poets Society (1989) - Robin Williams: "Dare to dream"; for many years, I could not re-watch this film again, as the opening sequence features the father, and I just... well, powerful film-making 100%.
  • Dr Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) - Peter Sellers: Perfect serious absurdity.
  • The Father (2020) - Sir Anthony Hopkins: WOW! Experience this performance -  emotionally shattering!
  • Fawlty Towers (1978-1980) - John Cleese: THE most-perfect TV comedy ever created, bar none.
  • Harvey (1950) - James Stewart: Harvey is REAL! Jimmy Stewart is at his best.
  • Inception (2010) - Leonardo Di Caprio: Great mind-bending concepts.
  • The Incredibles (2004) - Pixar (Prod.): THE perfect Pixar creation. Elastic Girl [thinks]: "Does this make my butt look big?"
  • Jo Jo Rabbit (2019) - Roman Griffin Davis: there are no words... it's THAT good!
  • The King's Speech (2010) - Colin Firth: Friendship despite... plus the greatest improv ever: "Tits!"
  • Life Is Beautiful (1997) - Roberto Benigni: Words cannot do justice to this work of art, on an impossible subject.
  • Life of Brian (1979) - Monty Python: Brilliantly-written absurdism at its best.
  • Life of Pi (2012) - Ang Lee (Dir.): When visual and mental delight meet.
  • Lincoln (2012) - Daniel Day-Lewis: A jaw-droppingly amazing performance.
  • Lost In Translation (2003) - Bill Murray: Perfectly, we don't know what he whispered into her ear - it's just between them - as it should be.
  • Mrs Doubtfire (1993) - Robin Williams: I'll never forget watching this on a bus/coach, and the entire bus laughing at the scene when [he] sets his breasts on fire...
  • Patch Adams (1998) - Robin Williams: Thinking outside the square... but that unexpected twist is just...
  • The Pianist (2002) - Adrien Brody: Surviving the Holocaust - visually and emotionally challenging.
  • Rear Window (1954) - Jimmy Stewart, Alfred Hitchcock (Dir.): Hitch at his best, and Grace Kelly is GORGEOUS.
  • Saving Private Ryan (1998) - Tom Hanks: That first 20-minute sequence... you are ON the beach... I had to stop watching at that point and get some 'air', the first time I experienced it; no wonder Vets don't want to talk about their experiences...
  • Schindler's List (1993) - Liam Neeson: The scene when the children almost get put on a 'train' - I jumped up and almost punched the screen! Then there's the "Girl in the Red Dress"...
  • Shoah (1985) - Claude Lanzmann (Dir.): A marathon, but a rewardingly-challenging viewpoint of The Holocaust.
  • The Sixth Sense (1999) - Bruce Willis: What can I say, without giving things away?
  • Steel Magnolias (1989) - Sally Field: The perfect portrayal of female friendships.
  • True Lies (1994) - Arnold Schwarzenegger: Thank gawd Hollywood doesn't always take itself too seriously.
  • Unforgiven (1992) - Clint Eastwood: I don't enjoy 'Westerns' at all, but this... this is masterful.
  • Wall-E (2008) - Pixar (Prod.): These guys KNOW how to tell a story, with virtually no dialogue!
  • Whiplash (2014) - J. K. Simmons: Humiliated to succeed, a musician's lament.
  • Young Frankenstein (1974) - Mel Brooks: Perfect Brooks' farce - and perfect in black-and-white to boot.

💥  Some other notable titles include: 💥

  • Lord Of the Rings - Fellowship of the Ring (2001) - Elijah Wood
  • Lord Of the Rings - The Two Towers (2002) - Ian McKellen
  • Lord Of the Rings - The Return of the King (2003) - Viggo Mortensen
  • Rango (2011) - Johnny Depp
  • Vikings (Series 1-5) (2013-18) - Travis Fimmel

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Peas be with ewe 


  1. I agree with 12 Monkeys- it is under-appreciated and always reveals a new complexity. And Castaway with Tom Hanks- very clever and amazing solo performance for most of the story; Sixth Sense- still makes me cry. Blazing Saddles still makes me absolutely cack myself laughing- so silly!! Lawrence of Arabia was the first super-wide screen film I ever saw and the whole experience is embedded deep in my brain. I remember that the whole school went to see it and so many of us were super-impressed and read the history of what happened with new understanding. The only history I ever appreciated at school- refused to take it after Form 2. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest was quite interesting to me as I was studying psychopathology at the time. I recognised the moster that was McMurphy as a real sociopath with anger problems and what was called a "conduct disorder" at the time. Basically he didn't give a shit about anyone and had no brakes on his own behaviour,all made worse by alcohol - which he really enjoyed! An arsehole no one would want to meet. Ever. The mixture of people with different mental health issues all tossed in together to make each other worse was very typical of most mental hospitals and still can be, esp. in rural areas. They were NOT places to find mental health. In Australia, most ECT units were run pretty conservatively, although private hospitals were another kettle of fish- and still can be if they don't have a good supervisor. Obviously that movie still makes me think a lot! Also, it makes me look after myself so I can avoid the fateful words "I think you need admitting for a few days"! Sorry I raved all over your blog!! Find s some more movies to talk about!

    1. Thanks Kay... Great movies, oh yes!!!
      Yes, I agree that mental health facilities are not always the best these days; altho my experience with the ones I've been in have been all positive.

  2. Glad to see The Good, Bad & the Ugly made the 'also' list at least. I will also mention one that's stuck with me over the years - 'To End All Wars' and a doc called 'On My Way to School'. Thanks Mal!

    1. Thanks! I'm not familiar with those... I will definitely check them out.

    2. Thanks. Just finished watching "To End All Wars"... deeply moving. Thank you.