Now that I'm older I have to rank the films in LEVELS. Ones that inspired me most and made me fall in love with cinema are top 4. The list can always change but the top four will always be constant for me now. And from then on other really great films that awed me. Then those that I find are great films but also personal favourites outside my top 7 or 8.
The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son. (175 mins.)
“ The Ultimate Film I watched in 2008. What a year it was for me personally when it comes to movies.... I loved the story of Michael and just how well directed this movie is. The story is so perfect and so well told. I was in awe of everything when I first watched it. It is the greatest epic in Cinema. ” - juliusyeung95
No Country for Old Men
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.)
“ No Country For Old Men was released in 2008, not 2007 in Hong Kong. And this was the first film that I watched that year that made me love movies. It was such an intense film. I realised what great storytelling and directing was with this movie. Chigurh is one of the greatest and most intimidating villains. Only one other film tops this movie's intensity and it's the film right under this one... ” - juliusyeung95
The Dark Knight
When the menace known as the Joker wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, the caped crusader must come to terms with one of the greatest psychological tests of his ability to fight injustice. (152 mins.)
“ Exceptionally well made and what's more is that this was a comic book movie. Batman and the world that he inhibits became a complex reflection of today's world in a film that was just as heart-pounding and intense as No Country. It's been 8 years and the more I watch it, the more I fall in love with this movie and realise no superhero movie has yet to top this masterpiece. Every shot and every scene tell a story that's multilayered.
This is Nolan's greatest film. And one that made me a Nolan fanboy. Another movie in 08 that made me a cinephile. ” - juliusyeung95
There Will Be Blood
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.)
“ Beautifully shot and haunting, this is another 08 movie that inspired me to be a cinephile like Godfather, No Country, and The Dark Knight. It was released in 07 but I watched it in 08.
I never watched a film this well executed and acted prior to this. Haunting visuals and incredible performances by Paul Dano and Daniel Day Lewis portraying 2 incredible characters. DD Lewis stole the show ” - juliusyeung95
A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves. (207 mins.)
“ Watched this gem for free On Demand in Korea. I remember being tired at midnight scrolling through the list of films. After reading some rave reviews on the OD site, I decided to give it a go. This was when I truly became a fan of Kurosawa.
I really have a taste of epic cinema and this is as good as it comes. Seven Samurais are asked by a bunch of villagers to defend their village from bandits. The bandits are not cartoonish and they seem more or less like a force of nature. Something that just IS in Feudal Japan. I just love the time period and the atmosphere from that period. Was highly disappointed when I watched Mag7.
It's the first of its kind but still a great watch with beautiful storytelling, amazing characters, and a payoff that's bittersweet but satisfying. ” - juliusyeung95
Lawrence of Arabia
The story of T.E. Lawrence, the English officer who successfully united and lead the diverse, often warring, Arab tribes during World War I in order to fight the Turks. (216 mins.)
“ The most beautiful film I've seen. One of my favourite moments in cinema which is just a cutaway but so beautifully done and magical/mystical. The desert is hauntingly beautiful, Lawrence is a captivating figure. The action is scarce and there's no romance but Peter O'Toole carries the movie. His performance and character are just amazing to behold. What a strange guy TE Lawrence was. And what a strange war and adventure.
Get this masterpiece on Bluray. It's a spectacle to watch. ” - juliusyeung95
2001: A Space Odyssey
Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer H.A.L. 9000, sets off on a quest. (149 mins.)
“ I really do have a thing for epic films don't I? A film that confuses and bewitches me at the same time. Another beautiful film. And just like LoA, there's no better way to watch this film than on Blu-Ray. It's about scientific advancements and what it means to us. But after that I'm not sure what this film really is about. It still captures my imagination every time I watch it. This has to be Kubrick's masterpiece. It shows just what a brilliant director he is. The film is confusing and hard to understand but it's well told enough for us to grasp certain aspects and to be bewitched by the scenery and masterful storytelling by Kubrick.
Took me years for me to really appreciate the film. One of my all time favourite movies. The film is proof that cinema is magic. ” - juliusyeung95
An emotionally self-destructive boxer's journey through life, as the violence and temper that leads him to the top in the ring destroys his life outside it. (129 mins.)
“ Wolf of Wallstreet and Goodfellas might be the more "entertaining" films of this kind (you know what I'm talking about... the Scorsese Film)
But Raging Bull is the most personal film Scorsese has ever made and you feel it, watching this movie. DeNiro starred in this movie to help Martin out and both gave their all for this movie. The passion and personal attachment of both virtuosos are felt watching this movie about a man who rises then falls.
It's much darker than Goodfellas and Wolf of Wallstreet and much better. ” - juliusyeung95
With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner. (165 mins.)
“ Tarantino is one of my favourite directors of all time. And this is currently my personal fave Quentin movie. Kill Bill, Ingourlious Basterds, and Pulp Fiction are all other personal faves of mine but I just couldn't resist putting this one above the rest. Quentin Tarantino + Westerns? Hell. Yes.
What more can I say? ” - juliusyeung95
The Big Lebowski
"The Dude" Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it. (117 mins.)
Henry Hill and his friends work their way up through the mob hierarchy. (146 mins.)
North by Northwest
A hapless New York advertising executive is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies, and is pursued across the country while he looks for a way to survive. (136 mins.)
A mentally unstable Vietnam War veteran works as a night-time taxi driver in New York City where the perceived decadence and sleaze feeds his urge for violent action, attempting to save a preadolescent prostitute in the process. (113 mins.)
A man befriends a fellow criminal as the two of them begin serving their sentence on a dreadful prison island, which inspires the man to plot his escape. (151 mins.)
The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster's wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption. (154 mins.)
The World War II phase of the career of the controversial American general, George S. Patton. (172 mins.)
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
When Dr. Henry Jones Sr. suddenly goes missing while pursuing the Holy Grail, eminent archaeologist Indiana Jones must follow in his father's footsteps and stop the Nazis. (127 mins.)
A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbours from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder. (112 mins.)
A thief, who steals corporate secrets through use of dream-sharing technology, is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a CEO. (148 mins.)
The Shawshank Redemption
Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency. (142 mins.)
“ The trilogy ” - juliusyeung95
A blade runner must pursue and try to terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space and have returned to Earth to find their creator. (117 mins.)
Following the death of a publishing tycoon, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final utterance. (119 mins.)
Saving Private Ryan
Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action. (169 mins.)
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
After the rebels have been brutally overpowered by the Empire on their newly established base, Luke Skywalker takes advanced Jedi training with Master Yoda, while his friends are pursued by Darth Vader as part of his plan to capture Luke. (124 mins.)
“ The first trilogy ” - juliusyeung95