Some of My Favorite Movies

Just some of the movies I personally love, good or bad; not in any particular order or format, just a plain list. (Expect updates as I get around to seeing more of the films I've been meaning to see...)
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1.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Scott Pilgrim must defeat his new girlfriend's seven evil exes in order to win her heart. (112 mins.)
Director: Edgar Wright
“ Great humor, great direction, great performances, great effects: this is essentially the movie that made me love movies (I was one of the few that saw it opening weekend). ” - theamazingwaffleman76
 
2.
Whiplash (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A promising young drummer enrolls at a cut-throat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student's potential. (107 mins.)
Director: Damien Chazelle
“ A tense atmosphere, great performances from the leads, and a third act that blew me away: the movie that set me on not only indie movies, but award-winners as well. ” - theamazingwaffleman76
 
3.
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.3/10 X  
Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency. (142 mins.)
Director: Frank Darabont
“ A seemingly bleak, yet surprisingly hopeful tale of freedom in the least free place on Earth, and one that sold me on the gold mine of older films I had yet to dig into. ” - theamazingwaffleman76
 
4.
Fight Club (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
An insomniac office worker, looking for a way to change his life, crosses paths with a devil-may-care soap maker, forming an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more. (139 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
“ I'm no part of Gen. X, but I still love the dialogue, atmosphere, performances, action and overall dirty and gritty nature of the film. And I'll be damned if the twist doesn't make this film near-perfect. ” - theamazingwaffleman76
 
5.
Kids (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A day in the life of a group of teens as they travel around New York City skating, drinking, smoking, and deflowering virgins. (91 mins.)
Director: Larry Clark
“ An experience like few other films can create; this story of two teens doing everything your parents told you not to do was engrossing, brutal and entertaining yet haunting to observe. No wonder very few trust teens... ” - theamazingwaffleman76
 
6.
The Road Warrior (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
In the post-apocalyptic Australian wasteland, a cynical drifter agrees to help a small, gasoline rich, community escape a band of bandits. (95 mins.)
Director: George Miller
“ The eccentric characters, wild stunts and even just the idea of this universe has kept a solid grip on me since my first viewing, and still hasn't let go. ” - theamazingwaffleman76
 
7.
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A woman rebels against a tyrannical ruler in postapocalyptic Australia in search for her home-land with the help of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshipper, and a drifter named Max. (120 mins.)
Director: George Miller
“ Tom Hardy is a spot on Mel Gibson stand-in, Charlize Theron was the ultimate badass in Furiosa, and I can't say anything that's already been said about the spellbinding action and practical effects. ” - theamazingwaffleman76
 
8.
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his children against prejudice. (129 mins.)
Director: Robert Mulligan
“ Gregory Peck does not simply play Atticus Finch: he is Atticus Finch. The rest of the cast, especially Mary Badham as Scout, are magnificent in their own right, but Peck absolutely stole the show. ” - theamazingwaffleman76
 
9.
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
“ Easily the most mature kids film I've seen, and not just for the guns or smoking, but for the themes and characters that are as endearing as they are entertaining. The perfect intro to the style of Wes Anderson. ” - theamazingwaffleman76
 
10.
Blade Runner (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
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.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ A grimy future. A noir atmosphere. Four humanoid robots. Han Solo. Questions to our humanity. Effects better than some CGI of today. What's not to love? ” - theamazingwaffleman76
 
11.
Wet Hot American Summer (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Set on the last day of camp, in the hot summer of 1981, a group of counselors try to complete their unfinished business before the day ends. (97 mins.)
Director: David Wain
“ While my summer camp experience was nowhere near as comedic nor titillating, the humor, characters and sense of truly being at camp with the counselors and kids sold me almost instantly (I've easily watched it nine times in August of 2015 alone). ” - theamazingwaffleman76
 
12.
The Blues Brothers (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Jake Blues, just out from prison, puts together his old band to save the Catholic home where he and brother Elwood were raised. (133 mins.)
Director: John Landis
“ Easily one of the greatest comedies of all time: the chemistry of Belushi and Aykroyd, the soundtrack and the jokes are some of the best the genre has seen to this day. The climax is also one of the best ever, not just comedy-wise. ” - theamazingwaffleman76
 
13.
Locke (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Ivan Locke, a dedicated family man and successful construction manager, receives a phone call on the eve of the biggest challenge of his career that sets in motion a series of events that threaten his carefully cultivated existence. (85 mins.)
Director: Steven Knight
“ An exercise in minimalism and character study that works completely: Tom Hardy portrays a man that simply wants to do right, even if it means abandoning the toughest job he's seen yet. They just show you the man, not telling you to like or hate him, but to choose how you feel. ” - theamazingwaffleman76
 
14.
Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
The Looney Tunes search for a man's missing father and the mythical Blue Monkey diamond. (91 mins.)
Director: Joe Dante
“ My ultimate guilty pleasure: it killed me when I was a kid, and it still kills me now, with an energy and humor that really does bring about the spirit of the characters, at least in my opinion. ” - theamazingwaffleman76
 
15.
Her (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
In a near future, a lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with an operating system designed to meet his every need. (126 mins.)
Director: Spike Jonze
“ A soft and restricted film, Spike Jonze weaves a drama that I can only describe as loving: its characters, performances and soundtrack all reflect this warm feeling that entrances me upon viewing. ” - theamazingwaffleman76
 
16.
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a Wookiee, and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire's world-destroying battle-station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader. (121 mins.)
Director: George Lucas
“ (This entry encompasses the series) A trilogy I worshiped as a kid through video games and cheap card games, its an epic sci-fi adventure from start to finish with classic characters and action that sucked me in as a kid, and does to this day. ” - theamazingwaffleman76
 
17.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
When Dr. Henry Jones, Sr. suddenly goes missing while pursuing the Holy Grail, eminent archaeologist Dr. Henry "Indiana" Jones, Jr. must follow in his father's footsteps to stop the Nazis from getting their hands on the Holy Grail first. (127 mins.)
“ ( " " ) The other trilogy I worshiped as a kid. Entranced enough to go as Indy for Halloween when I was 9, this series is a more grounded yet still exciting companion to Star Wars, with equally great humor, performances, and action in its own right. ” - theamazingwaffleman76
 
18.
American Beauty (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter's best friend. (122 mins.)
Director: Sam Mendes
“ A peek into suburban life in the 90's like no other. The chronicle of Lester Burnham, his family, and their "friends" was humorous, dark and heartwarming, as we see him give up everything for what some would call nothing, loving every minute of it. ” - theamazingwaffleman76
 
19.
City of God (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Two boys growing up in a violent neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro take different paths: one becomes a photographer, the other a drug dealer. (130 mins.)
“ Though I'm not as well versed in foreign films as I am domestically, this was still a gripping, ruthless glance into lives consisting of drugs, guns, death, and through it all, a lone photographer who never looked back.
UPDATE, 9/11/16: I rewatched this film recently and I love it even more! Check out the video "City of God: The Open World Movie" by Channel Criswell on YouTube for more, but upon that second watch, I really began to pick up on the subtle nuances hidden here: the shaky cam that keeps you involved, the equal importance of the characters, and the dangerous, yet oddly-adventurous atmosphere of this movie make it truly incredible. ” - theamazingwaffleman76
 
20.
Hot Fuzz (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A skilled London police officer is transferred to a small town that's harbouring a dark secret. (121 mins.)
Director: Edgar Wright
“ A great satire of American action movies, and a hilarious comedy, with great writing, action, and visual humor. This can also count for Shaun of the Dead and The World's End, as the entire Cornetto Trilogy is worth it. ” - theamazingwaffleman76
 
21.
Thank You for Smoking (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Satirical comedy follows the machinations of Big Tobacco's chief spokesman, Nick Naylor, who spins on behalf of cigarettes while trying to remain a role model for his twelve-year-old son. (92 mins.)
Director: Jason Reitman
“ Sharp writing, pitch-perfect acting, and the ability to show usual heroes and villains switch places make this Jason Reitman production worth a watch. Also: Nick Naylor is among the best movie protagonists, in my opinion. ” - theamazingwaffleman76
 
22.
Dazed and Confused (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The adventures of high school and junior high students on the last day of school in May 1976. (102 mins.)
“ My all-time favorite teen movie: whether it's the rampant drug use, hilarious lines, lifelike performances, or the rockin' soundtrack that I keep coming back to, each element comes together to make one entertaining night. ” - theamazingwaffleman76
 
23.
Animal House (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
At a 1962 college, Dean Vernon Wormer is determined to expel the entire Delta Tau Chi Fraternity, but those troublemakers have other plans for him. (109 mins.)
Director: John Landis
“ There isn't a moment that goes by without a laugh, and given how many times I've seen this movie, it never gets old. Shows you how timeless John Belushi and Co. still are... ” - theamazingwaffleman76
 
24.
Ex Machina (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A young programmer is selected to participate in a ground-breaking experiment in synthetic intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breath-taking humanoid A.I. (108 mins.)
Director: Alex Garland
“ An enthralling look into the possible future of artificial intelligence; Gleeson, Isaac, and Viklander all turn in wondrous performances of Alex Garland's intriguing story, all set to some of the most breathtaking shots I've ever seen on film. ” - theamazingwaffleman76
 
25.
The Big Short (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Four denizens in the world of high-finance predict the credit and housing bubble collapse of the mid-2000s, and decide to take on the big banks for their greed and lack of foresight. (130 mins.)
Director: Adam McKay
“ It's a enough of a feat to make the housing/stock market crisis of 2008 the least bit understandable, but to do so in an intelligent and hilarious manner with awesome performances and direction makes a film that is more than worthy of two hours of your time. And all from the director of Step Brothers... ” - theamazingwaffleman76
 
26.
Trainspotting (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Renton, deeply immersed in the Edinburgh drug scene, tries to clean up and get out, despite the allure of the drugs and influence of friends. (94 mins.)
Director: Danny Boyle
“ This is one movie that really took hold of me: something about it makes it stick to my mind, much like its ear-wormy theme song, "Lust for Life" by Iggy Pop. The incredibly fun and memorable characters, the brilliant direction of Danny Boyle, the rollicking soundtrack, and the careful balance of dark humor with painfully miserable/shudder-worthy moments really stuck with me. And, following a week's worth of thinking and quoting, as well as a second watch, I can easily say it's not leaving my thoughts anytime soon.
Also: there's a sequel, and it looks cool as *beep*. Check it out! ” - theamazingwaffleman76
 
27.
The Lobster (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
In a dystopian near future, single people, according to the laws of The City, are taken to The Hotel, where they are obliged to find a romantic partner in forty-five days or are transformed into beasts and sent off into The Woods. (119 mins.)
“ I saw this film in a near-empty theater at a second-hand cinema, and I could not be more glad that I did. The beautifully-handled cinematography and soundtrack underscoring such a bleakly demented outlook on a society where love is regulated not only makes for a great film, but the first I've seen all year that I have deeply thought about. Combined with chillingly muted performances, small details throughout that build this film's world perfectly, and an ending shot that will stay imprinted in your mind long after the credits roll, The Lobster is achingly beautiful in its ugliness, and hands-down the best film of 2016, as well as of this decade so far. ” - theamazingwaffleman76
 
28.
Growing Up Smith (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
In 1979, an Indian family moves to America with hopes of living the American Dream. While their 10-year-old boy Smith falls head-over-heels for the girl next door, his desire to become a "good old boy" propels him further away from his family's ideals than ever before. (102 mins.)
Director: Frank Lotito
“ Family films can be a snooze more often than not for me, but this film was so genuine, heartwarming, and fun that I couldn't help but love it! I saw this at a film festival with my family last year, as the screenwriter/lead actor Anjul Nigam was a friend of my mother's since high school, and he does an incredible job channeling his own childhood experiences into the character of Smith, so much so that I was hooked from the first line to the last shot. I cannot wait for the wide release! ” - theamazingwaffleman76
 
29.
Everybody Wants Some!! (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
In 1980, a group of college baseball players navigate their way through the freedoms and responsibilities of unsupervised adulthood. (117 mins.)
“ Richard Linklater struck that Dazed chord so well with this wonderful indie comedy, applying the loose structure, character-driven misadventures, and troubles of growing up perfectly. Every character is lovably played, every line sticks in your mind, and almost every detail perfectly builds this early 80's atmosphere so well, from the clothes and props to the wonderfully diverse soundtrack, that repeat viewings are nothing short of a must. Truth be told, I've seen this film seven times, and I don't regret a single one of those watches. ” - theamazingwaffleman76
 
30.
Black Dynamite (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Black Dynamite is the greatest African-American action star of the 1970s. When his only brother is killed by The Man it's up to him to find justice. (84 mins.)
Director: Scott Sanders
“ This film is one of the best comedies ever made, acting as both a sharp satire and a lovingly-crafted send-up of the 70's blaxploitation genre so well that anyone only watching in passing would be fooled. Between intentional continuity errors, action scenes that are cheaply flamboyant, a ridiculously hilarious plot, wholly-dedicated performances, catchy music that's chuckle-worthy on its own, and some of the most quotable lines of recent memory, it would be hard not to love this movie, even if you're unfamiliar with the genre being mocked. Eternally awesome and forever dumb, this comedy is very much worth your time. ” - theamazingwaffleman76
 
31.
Vertigo (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend's wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her. (128 mins.)
“ Alfred Hitchcock's library is essentially a Film 101 curriculum: despite some effects that have aged poorly, his body of work is so utterly well-planned, constructed, thought-out, and performed, that anybody with even the slightest interest in film bows down to him. This thriller of his from 1958 only exemplifies these points, as it is one of the most hypnotically-engaging films I have ever seen: the performances, the score, the use of color, the twisted plot, the minor details, the shot composition, the beautiful views of San Francisco, that dream sequence! Everything comes together in an airtight and delectable manner, and, as conceded as it sounds, you have not truly seen a film until you have seen Vertigo. ” - theamazingwaffleman76
 
32.
Half Baked (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
The story of three not so bright men who come up with a series of crazy schemes to get a friend out of jail. (82 mins.)
Director: Tamra Davis
“ "You have smoked yourself retarded." ” - theamazingwaffleman76