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Top Ten...

A conversation in theater with a fellow student sparked the following question:

What are your ten favorite movies and why?

Well, I've decided to try and figure this one out. Mind you, they are only numbered in order to count, not given in order of preference. I can say these are my favorite movies, but I can't tell you which is my favorite of all.

1.</b> Chasing Amy. This is simply the best romantic movie of all time. Realistic, funny, touching and up-front, I could watch it a million times and still laugh and cry where I'm meant to. That's because it truly delivers emotion. The only thing missing is the sap and unconvincing dialogue, and that is not actually missed by anyone. Definitely Kevin Smith's best work.

I love you, I always will. Know that. But I'm not your fucking whore.

2. Fight Club. Original, powerful, and intriguing. Fight Club is a movie where, even if someone spoiled the twist for you, surprises you in the end. Some of the most interesting cinematography, too. Completely not the movie it was advertised to be, Fight Club is a refreshing punch in the face.

How much can you know about yourself if you've never been in a fight?

3. American Beauty. A film that deserved its Best Picture Oscar. Some of the most twisted but undeniably believable people ever on screen, and a movie where the last five minutes actually matter. It's just...wow.

And I can't feel anything but gratitude for every single moment of my stupid little life.

4. A.I. A lot of people didn't like this movie. Those people just don't get it, obviously. I didn't even mind dealing with child actors in this one, it has such powerful messages. A movie that is about more than just a little robot boy. A stunningly poetic, yet cynical, film. If you didn't like it the first time, try it again...and this time, think.

My brain is falling out.

5. Dancer in the Dark. Bjork does more than sing in this film which manages to be a musical without truly being a musical. Rather, it was a great movie with amazing music in it. And it's all for a very good reason. Not a film to watch if you're not in the mood to be depressed, but if you're up for it, you will be thoroughly moved.

All walls are great if the roof doesn't fall.

6. Dark City. The forgotten favorite of 1998. This movie truly explores some very interesting ideas, and does it in an enchantingly dark way. Like a far more intelligent and in-depth Matrix, this film plays with its actors and its audience alike. Roger Ebert's choice for best film that year, and one of my all-time favorites as well.

But you wouldn't understand that, would you, Mr. Whatever-your-name-is.

7. Grave of the Fireflies. The most depressing film EVER made, and the only animated film on my list. Touching, delicate, powerful and heart-wrenching, this film about two children orphaned after WWII is one of the finest animated movies ever made. I recommend it not only to anime fans, but to anyone looking for a high caliber film with a few tears.

September 24, 1945. That is the day I died.

8. Casablanca. A classic for good reason. Sharp dialogue and a great concept pull this movie into my top ten. A close second for great romantic movie, but it has a wonderful, personal story of a world at war and true heroism interwoven to make it more than just romantic. There are so many quotable quotes from this movie because the lines are just THAT GOOD. If you haven't seen it, you really are missing out.

Oh, he's just like any other man, only more so.

9. Seven Samurai. You knew there had to be a Kurosawa film on the list. A fantastic film about war that doesn't glorify war, about samurai that doesn't glamorize an ideal, and about human nature without being pretencious. Find yourself a good translation (notably, the Criterion Collection's DVD) and be awed by Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune at their best.

You welcomed us as you would a plague. But when you heard the alarm, "Oh Samurai!" you turned to worship us.

10. A Hard Day's Night. The movie that proved musicians can in fact act. Hilarious, yet amazingly similar to a real "day in the life" of The Beatles, the most cynical of critics at the time couldn't help but admit it was a really good film. Hell, I've done research on the film and it's critical analysis, and the only thing one can find out there is positive things from both then and now. Musically and comidically, John, Paul, George and Ringo never miss a beat. A highly worthy film.

We know how to behave! We've had lessons.

Feel free to send in your submissions! I'd love to know what movies other people like and why, because, well, I'm just that sort of person.
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