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MY TOP 10 FAVORITE FILMS OUTSIDE THE HORROR GENRE
I love horror films. It’s a simple fact that deserves an equally simple statement. But just because I love horror films doesn’t mean that I want to watch them on a constant basis. I’d go even more insane than I already am. So, for your reading pleasure; at least I hope it’s a pleasure; I present to you my top 10 favorite films outside the horror genre. You may agree or disagree with my choices. If you agree, hey, that’s fantastic. If you don’t then make your own list of your own favorite movies of all time. Enjoy. Commentary for each film is below the trailer.
Rumor has it that Paul Thomas Anderson wrote most of the script for Magnolia after stepping out of friend William H. Macy’s Vermont cabin and seeing a snake. Afraid to go outside, he chose to write instead. Look how far we’ve come in 2000 years. Eve saw a snake and mankind was screwed; Paul Thomas Anderson saw a snake and made a masterpiece.
THE DARK KNIGHT
With Batman Begins Christopher Nolan showed us how a superhero film could be made. With The Dark Knight he demonstrates how they should be made. Heath Ledger gave the performance of a lifetime as The Joker. Brave, bold and full of bluster, it never once loses its human element.
Do you want proof that The Godfather may very be the greatest movie ever made? Just listen and you will hear someone, somewhere making a reference to it either in parody or in reverence. It’s been that way for years and it’s never going to change. If you disagree I’ll be glad to send you some oranges.
If The Godfather was the saga of life in a mafia family, then Goodfellas is life in the mafia, period. Martin Scorsese does what he does best here and that is to make the world’s greatest movies.
THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION
You know what I believe defines a great movie? It’s when you’re surfing channels and you catch the movie in the sights of your remote and no matter how many times you’ve seen it you stop surfing and start watching. I bet there are a lot of people out there who are guilty as hell of that when it comes to The Shawshank Redemption.
Clint Eastwood took everything he learned from Sergio Leone and those spaghetti westerns and came up with what is arguably his greatest film as a director. The western isn’t dead; it just needed a swift kick in the balls from good ole Clint.
Paul Thomas Anderson resurrected the career of Burt Reynolds, made the world stand up and take notice of Julianne Moore and Philip Seymour Hoffman and made a star out of Mark Wahlberg. Marky Mark has made some great movies (The Departed) and some not so great movies (The Happening), but he will never be as electrifying as he was as Dirk Diggler in Boogie Nights.
It’s hard to notice through the performances of Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster and Cybil Shepherd that director Martin Scorcese and writer Paul Schrader make the city of New York a character all to it’s own. De Niro’s greatest role, bar none.
Loosely based on the life and crimes of Charles Starkweather and Caril Fugate, Badlands introduced us to an amazing new talent in Terence Malick. Incidentally, Bruce Springsteen’s song of the same name and the opening lines from his song Nebraska were directly inspired by this film.
You know, every time I watch this film it’s the highlight of my day. It’s a cinematic masterpiece, enough said.
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