My Favourite Films

These are, by no means, in order of importance. Films grow on you, lose/gain their impact as time progresses...but they are nevertheless amongst my favourites...somewhere in time, somewhere in the vast aura of cinema.
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1.
Grand Hotel (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A group of very different individuals staying at a luxurious hotel in Berlin deal with each of their respective dramas. (112 mins.)
Director: Edmund Goulding
 
2.
The Dark Knight (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
When the menace known as the Joker wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, the Dark Knight must come to terms with one of the greatest psychological tests of his ability to fight injustice. (152 mins.)
“ I have not seen such a superbly furnished second installment since The Godfather: Part II. The Dark Knight is climactic wonderment, with Zimmer and Howard’s score panning out as a powerfully fierce accent to Nolan’s behemoth blockbuster. The score is arguably the most effective element of the film, challenged by Ledger’s encroaching and ecstatic performance as The Joker . The thrill, the excitement is unparalleled. Something so commercial is rarely ever this well done and in those rare instances, it takes years…sometimes even decades. ” - like_a_rolling_stone65
 
3.
Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A man robs a bank to pay for his lover's operation; it turns into a hostage situation and a media circus. (125 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
“  Lumet is explosive. His momentum is uncanny, from the "sweat it out" drama of 12 Angry Men to the staggeringly climatic thriller that is Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (not to mention the slew of masterpieces in between -- The Fugitive Kind, Serpico, Network, Deathtrap ). Dog Day Afternoon ” - like_a_rolling_stone65
 
4.
A Star Is Born (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A young woman comes to Hollywood with dreams of stardom, but achieves them only with the help of an alcoholic leading man whose best days are behind him. (111 mins.)
“ You know there's magic in a film that has been remade twice (and, reportedly, will be made for a third time, by Clint Eastwood himself). I must confess, I have only seen this 1937 version...but something tells me I don't need to see the rest. The Technicolor copy of A Star Is Born is magnificent, nearly transcendant to the Technicolor prints of John Ford's. The fragility of Janet Gaynor's Esther Blodgett works wonders against the rugged charm of Fredric March's Norman Maine. This kind of story soothes the soul and is so pure. Spellbinding cinematography and Adolphe Menjou sure do make cinema come alive. This stands as one of the greatest films about film! ” - like_a_rolling_stone65
 
5.
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a war room full of politicians and generals frantically try to stop. (95 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ Delve into the magic that is Peter Sellers with Kubrick's - Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. Seldom does a black comedy become so enthusiastic because it's challenging to poke fun at serious subject matter. But Strangelove would be the start of Kubrick's deviation into the unpleasant, the uncompromising. His works would define him as the ultimate provocateur and push envelopes censors dared to go near. Strangelove houses an excellent ensemble cast, with such fervour: Hayden as convoluted Brigadier General Jack Ripper, Sellers in both deliciously evil and comical roles and Scott as hard boiled General 'Buck' Turgidson. One of the great comedies of our time. True brilliance. ” - like_a_rolling_stone65
 
6.
Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
An urbane fox cannot resist returning to his farm raiding ways and then must help his community survive the farmers' retaliation. (87 mins.)
Director: Wes Anderson
 
7.
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
An estranged family of former child prodigies reunites when their father announces he is terminally ill. (110 mins.)
Director: Wes Anderson
 
8.
Citizen Kane (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Following the death of a publishing tycoon, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final utterance. (119 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
 
9.
The Godfather (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.2/10 X  
The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son. (175 mins.)
 
10.
The Godfather: Part II (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York is portrayed while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on the family crime syndicate. (202 mins.)
 
11.
Galaxy Quest (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The alumni cast of a space opera television series have to play their roles as the real thing when an alien race needs their help. (102 mins.)
Director: Dean Parisot
 
12.
Guys and Dolls (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
In New York, a gambler is challenged to take a cold female missionary to Havana, but they fall for each other, and the bet has a hidden motive to finance a crap game. (150 mins.)
 
13.
Into the Wild (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
After graduating from Emory University, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters that shape his life. (148 mins.)
Director: Sean Penn
 
14.
Midnight Cowboy (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A naive hustler travels from Texas to New York to seek personal fortune but, in the process, finds himself a new friend. (113 mins.)
“  Schlesinger creates such a heartfelt portrait of faith, failure and friendship, that Midnight Cowboy is so very poignant, its themes are searing and precious. Jon Voight's performance remains one of cinema's most treasured marvels and Dustin Hoffman gives us a revolting, yet warm and inviting performance as shyster Enrico Rizzo. Midnight Cowboy uses such an eclectic approach, I oft reflect on its message, its power, its presence... "You know what you can do with them dishes...and if you ain't man enough to do it for yourself, I'd be happy to oblige...I really would" .... ” - like_a_rolling_stone65
 
15.
A Serious Man (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Larry Gopnik, a Midwestern physics teacher, watches his life unravel over multiple sudden incidents. Though seeking meaning and answers amidst his turmoils, he seems to keep sinking. (106 mins.)
 
16.
No Country for Old Men (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and more than two million dollars in cash near the Rio Grande. (122 mins.)
 
17.
There Will Be Blood (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A story of family, religion, hatred, oil and madness, focusing on a turn-of-the-century prospector in the early days of the business. (158 mins.)
“  There Will Be Blood is exactly the reason why 'career' and 'ambition' are very, very bad words...even though that's all anybody cares about these days. The tagline really caught my attention ("When Ambition Meets Faith") because God's will is the single-most important element in the leading of a Christian life...and your own ambition can be quite selfish to that (as you see in Daniel Day Lewis' performance). In turn, Christians themselves don't make the Christian life all that desirable (as you see in Paul Dano's performance...who clearly got screwed out of an Oscar nod). Paul Thomas Anderson makes ambition & career look like Bonnie & Clyde, something that looks beautiful and is easy on the eye but prone to cruel, psychopathic tendencies. I guess that's why I appreciate this film. I just want people to know that words like ambition and career aren't all they're cracked up to be...and why should they be? because people want fulfilment out of life? it's how you look at the glass, sirs. ” - like_a_rolling_stone65
 
18.
Scarface (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
An ambitious and near insanely violent gangster climbs the ladder of success in the mob, but his weaknesses prove to be his downfall. (93 mins.)
“  Hollywood's Pre-Code era marked the birth of some of cinema's most daring and compelling pieces...like this 1932 spectacle that accosted organized crime, labelling it a plague upon the nation. Scarface  ” - like_a_rolling_stone65
 
19.
The Social Network (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg creates the social networking site that would become known as Facebook, but is later sued by two brothers who claimed he stole their idea, and the co-founder who was later squeezed out of the business. (120 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
“ Betrayal has been a central theme in the plot lines of cinema for at least 80 years. This fact, however, does not deter the emotional impact of Jesse Eisenberg as Mark Zuckerberg in confrontation with Andrew Garfield as Eduardo Saverin. Hats off to Aaron Sorkin for his mammoth, socially commentative script (he made efficient use of Ben Mezrich's book). Amongst an urgent topic, comes a totally pertinent dialogue for the times we encounter today. Time and time again, David Fincher, with nearly impeccable direction, creates sweeping epics out of the most challenging of subject matters. That Red One camera really works wonders. ” - like_a_rolling_stone65
 
20.
Up in the Air (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Ryan Bingham enjoys living out of a suitcase for his job traveling around the country firing people, but finds that lifestyle threatened by the presence of a potential love interest and a new hire. (109 mins.)
Director: Jason Reitman
“ Jason Reitman's disheartening, yet ultimately uplifting depiction of human companionship and the woes of workaholism. ” - like_a_rolling_stone65
 
21.
Milk (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The story of Harvey Milk, and his struggles as an American gay activist who fought for gay rights and became California's first openly gay elected official. (128 mins.)
Director: Gus Van Sant