Steve’s 100 Movies

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Steve’s Tentative Top Ten

When someone recommends a movie to you, how do you respond?  It seems to me that you need to know that person’s taste in movies in order to know how to judge the recommendation.  For instance, I know that I almost always agree with Roger Ebert’s reviews, so I trust his recommendations.  So, here is a tentative top ten list of my favorite movies to help you get a sense of where I am coming from in my recommendations.  The list is tentative because there are so many movies that I love that limiting a list to only ten is nearly impossible.  I decided to try to make this list a fairly good representation of the movies that move me the most.  As I was thinking about what to include I came up with so many movies that I’m planning to add a list of 100 movies sometime soon, so come back to look for that.  In the meantime, I’d love to hear about a couple of your favorites, so feel free to comment.

Here they are (in no particular order):

Wizard of Oz (As it was for so many, this is the movie that first turned me on to the magic of movies.  It is simply perfect!)

It’s a Wonderful Life (It’s a wonderful movie!  Could you hand me a kleenex? Or two? Or three?)

Taxi Driver (Scorsese and DeNiro!  Discovering the power of movies that explore the dark side of life.  You talking to me?)

The Big Lebowski (The Coen brothers could have filled at least half of this list by themselves…Blood Simple, Raising Arizona, Miller’s Crossing, Fargo, O Brother, No Country for Old Men…possibly True Grit, but I’ll have to see it again to be sure.)

Inglourious Basterds (I confess, I love Quentin Tarantino.  Such style, but also more substance than he is given credit for.  Yes, extremely violent, but also an unflinching examination of such things as the seductive and deadly desire for revenge.  This spot could also be filled by Pulp Fiction.)

Field of Dreams (How’s this for a change of pace from Tarantino?  Such a delightful movie, so much more than a baseball movie, revealing the power of giving oneself for others.  Pass the kleenex again!  If you show it, I will watch!)

High Fidelity (A movie set in a record store!  {I love music almost as much as movies} Featuring Top Five lists! {As you can see, I love lists} One of the best movies about navigating the treacherous waters of relationships.  John Cusack’s best performance.  Jack Black’s too.  From the book by one of my favorite authors, Nick Hornby.  About a Boy, also from a Hornby novel, could also easily be in this list.)

Hannah and Her Sisters (Most people list Annie Hall as Woody Allen’s best, but this is the one that I love.  The entire cast is great, but Michael Caine is incredible!)

Caddyshack (Such over the top characters, so many great quotes.)

Casablanca (Yes, it is a classic in every sense of the word.  Bogie could also be represented here with The Maltese Falcon.)

Star Wars (Wonderful in so many ways.  Either New Hope or Empire Strikes Back could fill this spot.  Return of the Jedi comes close, but I was never quite sure about those Ewoks, a bit too cute and a sign of bad things to come.)

Toy Story (Childhood, friendship, loyalty…oh, heck, just pass the kleenex again.)

Platoon (Works great as a Viet Nam war movie, but even more so as an examination of the battle of good vs. evil around us and within us,  although I’m not sure I’ll ever enjoy it quite as much ever again…thank you, Charlie Sheen!)

The Sound of Music (Is there a better movie musical?  And, yes, this one also requires a hanky or two.)

The Fisher King (A great movie on sin and redemption.  I love Terry Gilliam’s wild directing style.  Jeff Bridges and Robin Williams are marvelous.)

I could go on and on…Big Fish, Magnolia, and so many others…consider this a preview of the list of 100 coming soon.