Top Ten Movies
Any top ten list can be incredibly difficult to construct. One person’s criteria won’t work for another. Even choosing a criteria that works for the person making the list is hard. In the case of movies, are they the most watched movies? The ones you can quote from the most? Has the best performance from an actor? The other issue with a top ten is almost as soon as it created, it is subject to change. It is almost a living thing, changing not only the contents but the order in which they are in.
So as of the 12th of February, 2012, and subject to change in the future, here are my top ten movies in no particular order.
The Day The Earth Caught Fire (1961)
The potential end of the world from the view point of a newspaper reporter. The two world superpowers (US and USSR) detonate the biggest nuclear tests ever, unknowingly at the same time, with the effect being that the earths rotation changes.
Where Eagles Dare (1968)
An allied commando force, parachute into Germany to rescue an American General who has been captured. This general knows when and where the ‘second front’ will take place, and if the germans get this information from him, the war will be extended by years.
Miami Vice (2006)
Two undercover Miami cops get pulled into an undercover operation that maybe over their heads. A “re-imaging” of the classic, and some might say, kitschy 80s TV show that was almost as much about pastel coloured clothes and fast cars as it was about crime. That statement does do the TV show a dis-service as the show was great in its time, its just that now it looks very 80s, and that isn’t a good look.
The Princess Bride (1987)
A classic fairy tale, with swordplay, giants, an evil prince, a beautiful princess, and yes, some kissing (as read by a kindly grandfather).
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (2001 – 2003)
The J.R.R. Tolkien tale of the courage of four small friends told in the grandest scale possible.
The three movies are treated as one movie to truly give the story justice.
Blade Runner (1982)
Perhaps the most important science fiction movie ever made and one that has inspired many more since.
Le Femme Nikita (1990)
Convicted felon Nikita, instead of going to jail, is given a new identity and trained, stylishly, as a top secret spy/assassin.
Risky Business (1983)
A Chicago teenager is looking for fun at home while his parents are away, but the situation quickly gets out of hand.
The Thing From Another World (1953)
Scientists and American Air Force officials fend off a blood-thirsty alien organism while at a remote arctic outpost.
Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
A drama critic learns on his wedding day that his beloved maiden aunts are homicidal maniacs, and that insanity runs in his family.
District B13 (2004)
Set in the ghettos of Paris in 2010, an undercover cop and ex-thug try to infiltrate a gang in order to defuse a neutron bomb.
If you are reading carefully you will count 11 movies rather than 10. See how difficult it can be!