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?
► 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 Beautiful Mind (2006) - Russell Crowe: great twist, and adaptive survival.
- 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.
- The Beatles: Get Back (2021): perfect documentary-making.
- Blazing Saddles (1974) - Mel Brooks (Dir.): Inspired lunacy.
- 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...
- Dances With Wolves (1990) - Kevin Costner: A pure-visual delight.
- 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.
- Empire Of the Sun (1987) - Christian Bale: "I learnt a new word today: Atom Bomb".
- The English Patient (1996) - Ralph Fiennes: Wow... just - wow!
- 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.
- Forrest Gump (1994) - Tom Hanks: "I miss you, Jenny..."
- Good Will Hunting (1997) - Robin Williams: "It's not your fault..."
- 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?"
- The Intouchables (2011) - Omar Sy: Real friendship overcomes all.
- 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!"
- The Last Emperor (1987) - Peter O'Toole: A delectable visual/sensual feast.
- Laurence of Arabia (1962) - Peter O'Toole: "Who ARE you?"
- Letters From Iwo Jima (2007) - Clint Eastwood (Dir.): The 'enemy' were normal people, too.
- 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...
- Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) - Monty Python: "There are those that call me... Tim".
- One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) - Jack Nicholson: Yes it really IS like that in those places...
- 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.
- To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) - Gregory Peck: One man stands for justice, through his daughter's eyes.
- True Lies (1994) - Arnold Schwarzenegger: Thank gawd Hollywood doesn't always take itself too seriously.
- The U.S. and The Holocaust (2022) - a gruelling, harrowing documentary on an unfathomable subject
- 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.
- 12 Monkeys (1995) - Bruce Willis: What IS real?
💥 Some other notable titles include: 💥
- Band of Brothers (2001) - HBO (Prod.)
- Big Fish (2004) - Ewan McGregor
- Bridge to Terabithia (2007) - Josh Hutcherson, AnnaSophia Robb
- The Death of Stalin (2017) - Armando Iannucci (Dir.)
- Django Unchained (2012) - Jamie Foxx
- Edge of Tomorrow (2014) - Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt
- Fried Green Tomatoes (at the Whistle Stop Cafe) (1992) - Kathy Bates
- The Good the Bad and the Ugly (1966) - Clint Eastwood
- Gravity (2013) - Sandra Bullock
- Interstellar (2014) - Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway
- Leon: The Professional (1994) - Jean Reno, Gary Oldman, Natalie Portman
- 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
- Made in Abyss (three seasons 2017, 2020, 2022)
- Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003) - Russell Crowe
- Pan's Labyrinth (2006) - Guillermo del Toro (Dir.)
- The Party (1968) - Peter Sellers
- Predestination (2014) - Ethan Hawke
- Rango (2011) - Johnny Depp
- Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) - Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell
- The Truman Show (1998) - Jim Carrey
- The Two Popes (2019) - Anthony Hopkins, Jonathan Pryce
- V for Vendetta (2005) - Hugo Weaving
- Vikings (Series 1-5) (2013-18) - Travis Fimmel
- What Dreams May Come (1998) - Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding Jr.
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