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"Movies touch our hearts and awaken our vision, and change the way we see things. They take us to other places, they open doors and minds. Movies are the memories of our life time, we need to keep them alive." - Martin Scorsese
Film is my passion, I have been fascinated and amazed by it my whole life. Movies are the greatest entertainment ever invented, every time you watch a movie it creates an unique experience that will change you. I have watched thousands of movies in my time. My lists are based on my own personal favorites and their true greatness from a directing/writing standpoint.
Top 10 Favorite Movies of All Time:
1. Star Wars (1977)
2. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
3. The Godfather (1972)
4. The Godfather: Part II (1974)
5. Pulp Fiction (1994)
6. The Thing (1982)
7. Goodfellas (1990)
8. The Dark Knight (2008)
9. Schindler's List (1993)
10. Scarface (1983)
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Die Hard (1988)
Casino Royale (2006)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
Top 10 Favorite TV-Series of All Time:
1. Breaking Bad (2008 – 2013)
2. True Detective (2014–present)
3. Game Of Thrones (2011–present)
4. The Sopranos (1999–2007)
5. The Wire (2002–2008)
6. Batman: The Animated Series (1992–1998)
7. Seinfeld (1989–1998)
8. Rick and Morty (2013–present)
9. South Park (1997–present)
10. Sherlock (2010–present)
Top 10 Favorite Directors of All Time:
1. Martin Scorsese
2. Quentin Tarantino
3. Stanley Kubrick
4. David Fincher
5. Steven Spielberg
6. Alfred Hitchcock
7. The Coen Brothers
8. Sergio Leone
9. John Carpenter
10. Christopher Nolan
True Detective (2014)
Alright, alright, alright...
Nic Pizzolatto created this crime drama that in the first season focuses on a pair of homicide detectives in Louisiana and a trail of murder, mayhem and mystery that spans 17 years. Featuring the music of T Bone Burnett and All the first eight episodes are directed by Cary Fukunaga, the series opens in 1995 as Martin Hart (Woody Harrelson) and Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey), are called to the scene of a gruesome, ritualistic killing of a young woman, Fast-forward to 2012, Hart and Cohle are grilled by another pair of detectives (Tory Kittles, Michael Potts) who are investigating a case that bears striking similarities to the one before. In between is a glimpse of 2002, when Hart and Cohle struggled to deal with their inner demons in separate but equally destructive ways.
Just to start of this review i have to say this. The first season of True Detective is the greatest piece of television ever produced. No but really I personally love the first season I have watched the first eight episodes four times already. But what is it that makes it so impressive, is that it feels more like a long Hollywood movie than a television show. It has such a constant tone thru out the whole season; it doesn't change writer or director which really benefits project. The A-list actors also brings something amazing and referencing. I think both Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson gave their careers strongest performance on this show and also gave us two of the best characters to ever grace the small screen. Rusty is a personal idol, his philosophical discussions and long speeches about life, is engaging and some of greatest dialog to ever appear on both television and in films.
From its horrifying storyline, that does not shy away from the horrors of life but at the same time does not give you shock for the shock value sake. Pizzolatto gives you a realistic and dark story that feels real by not giving the audience some lame explanatory dialog that give you every answer. Oh no, True Detective's beauty lies in giving you just enough information so that you can put the pieces together for yourself. On the outside it might look like cop show, but not your regular a show about cops doing police work, and police work is not all shootouts and car chases. Even though there are some big action moments in the first season, like the six- minutes-tracking-shot or the final. All the action sequences are probably some of best ever seen on TV. Regardless of these amazing action sequences, most of the show is Rust and Marty interviewing people and them dealing with their lifes. Despite both the cop drama and the terrific action in the end of the day it's about two broken men dealing with their demons.
Even though Pizzolatto's writing and storytelling is so unique and fascinating. It all comes down to the execution. I think that's what season one got right and season two got wrong. Even though i don't hate season two, and is one of the few people who actually defends season two for what it is. But by no means do i love it like i do season one. The problem with season two was that it worked as a regular television series. True Detective is no regular television series! At least not season one. Season one was one long movie an eight part movie! With the same director, writer, cast and crew! That's it biggest strength. Nic Pizzolatto did not understand this, so for the second season he used different directors for every episode, and a different crew.
But speaking of directors, now we have come down to my absolute favorite part of season one of True Detective, Cary Joji Fukunaga. It's thanks to Fukunaga the first season is gorgeous looking, all the long takes and helicopter shots that really, gives Louisiana an personality. Louisiana itself is a character in the show. Fukunaga elevated Pizzolatto already amazing scripted, by his amazing directing, also want to give a shout out to the director of photography, Adam Arkapaw. Fukunaga and Arkapaw are the ones that make True Detective's first season to the greatest piece of TV to have ever been produced. I mean much credit to all the actors in the series especially Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson they are also a huge part of the success, but in the end of the day you can replace them and the show still be great. But if you replace Fukunaga and Arkapaw, well then you get season two...
I think that's why you can with such confident say that the success lay in the hands of Fukunaga and Arkapaw. As said before i really enjoy Nic Pizzolatto writing, I have read his book Galveston (strongly recommend reading it). But by watching season two you can also feel that Pizzolatto's writing and dialog gets really confusing and stupid in the wrong hands. Season two tries to keep some of season one's tone in some aspects, but it really just feels like a cheap rip-off of Cary Fukunaga style. I think we would have gotten a very different and significantly better season two, if show runner Nic Pizzolatto had decided to keep the season one team.
To conclude this review, I only have to say this True Detective is one the most well-written show in recent times. But above all else it looks better than anything on TV! I mean Breaking Bad and Fargo have been pushing the cinematic on TV for years but i think True Detective did it the best. True detective is one of those rare shows that when you are watching it you never want it to end. I have watched the first season four times and still fu**cking love it every time.
The fourth film never happened this is the perfect final chapter in the greatest trilogy of all time.
Of all the franchises in the history of film-making, not a single one boasts a better third installment than The Last Crusade. This movie has it all: action, comedy, adventure, mystery, horror, romance, and a perfect way to end a flawless trilogy. Last Crusade also has the most depth of the trilogy. The whip cracking, Nazi fighting, archaeology adventure was still there, but with the third film, audiences were shown Indinan's origins and how Henry Jones Jr. became Indiana. The addition of Sean Connery as Indy's father gave the movie an extra dose of humor and a connection to Spielberg's inspiration for the series James Bond. Connery was initially skeptical about the role because he's only 12 years older than Harrison Ford. But being that James Bond was the original inspiration for the character, producers were set on bagging Connery. Once Connery was on board, he and Harrison Ford had instant chemistry. A lot of scenes where improvised by the actors like the one where Sean Connery says the line "She talks in her sleep." The script, by Jeffrey Boam, improves on it's previous by paying more attention to characterization. The whole supporting cast is all- around great; John Rhys-Davies is back as Sallah, funny and wonderful as ever. Denholm Elliot also returns as Marcus Brody, the lovable goof form Raiders of the Lost Ark. Alison Doody plays Elsa the backstabbing blonde bombshell, Julian Glover is the best of the Indiana Jones main villains, But the man steals the show is Michael Byrne as the Jones hating Colonel Vogel, who relishes in torturing Indy and his father. It's Spielberg's wide-eyed enthusiasm that turns The Last Crusade into the wildest and wittiest Indy of them all. His message is to stop searching for messages and join in the fun.
This movie doesn't get enough credit, the most underrated sequel of all time.
This is the dark prequel to Raiders of the Lost Ark, there are way to many haters when it comes to Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Sure, it has it's flaws and is by no means the strongest movie of the Indiana Jones series. Personally I love the whole classic trilogy and it's been a very important part of my childhood. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is a awesome sequel, I don't know why people complain so much about it. It's easy to notice that each film is downright brilliant yet refreshingly different from each other. With Temple of Doom by the far the darkest in the series. This is an amazing adventure with jaw dropping action, brilliant sets and exotic locales, and a darker story than the first film. Harrison Ford gives an strong performance as Indiana Jones, the rugged, tough talking archaeologist. Ford got comfortable with the character in Raiders of The Lost Ark, he completely perfected the character in Temple of Doom. He is one of my favorite actors gives us the greatest characters in movie history. Jonathan Ke Quan as Short Round is lovable and has amazing chemistry with Harrison Ford, Short Round is probably my favorite sidekicks of all time. The leading lady, Willie, is a typical damsel in distress, who spends the movie screaming and complaining. John Williams' music is also at it's best. He even received an Academy Award nomination despite already being nominated for his work on Raiders of the Lost Ark. The film did win an Oscar for it's visual effects instead Ghostbusters won which, when viewed today, seem a little bit outdated, while Temple of Doom on the other hand looks just as good now as when it was released in 1984. From start to finish the film is filled with tons of memorable moments. This movie is pretty much impossible not to enjoy.
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
I can watch it over and over again and never get tired of!
There is no doubt in my mind that Indiana Jones is the best movie francaise in the history of cinema. This is my all time favorite film. This is simply the best action film ever made. That will stand the test of time forever. I've seen Raiders of the Lost Ark numerous times, with no lesser joy. This film has it all: action, romance, comedy, and suspense. From the start to the end you are hooked to this movie. I just love every bit of it. Harrison Ford is one of my all time favorite actor, he brings THE greatest and most charismatic character on the silver screen in this Steven Spielberg and George Lucas collaboration. Indiana Jones is the likable, stubborn, intelligent, and determinedan archaeologist adventurer with his trademark hat, whip, leather jacket, and pistol he spends his time traveling all over the world through jungles, deserts, oceans, and caverns in search for hidden treasures. He escapes countless dangers, including fighting thugs in a busy Cairo bazaar, and hangs underneath a fast-moving truck in an exciting chase through a dusty road, just to name a few. You can't forget John William's classic score which is one of those themes that just everybody in the world knows. Steven Spielberg wanted to bring back the classic B-film adventure movies. Instead, he created one of the most revolting and loved films of all time. All three Indiana Jones stories were entertaining but this first one is still the best. I would think most people would agree with me on that. They would also agree this film has some very memorable scenes, - like the opening one with the gigantic boulder chasing Indy - to the ending scene with the Ark of the Convenant opened - that will be Hollywood classics for years to come. This will always be considered the greatest adventure film of all time.
Batman: The Animated Series (1992)
The greatest representation of Batman as well the best animated series of all time.
During an era when movie studios wanted to move away from a dark portrayal of Batman, giving the cinematic reins over to Joel Schumacher, the "Dark Deco" quality of Batman: The Animated Series raised the bar and redefined what quality superhero storytelling is. It gave us dark, complex themes, incredible art, and welcome faithfulness to the title character's crime-fighting origins. Winning the Emmy for Outstanding Animated Program, this great show combined elements of Burton's Batman with the Superman cartoon shorts of the '40s to create a timeless Gotham. Batman: The Animated Series tested how far a show could go in the kid-friendly arena of cartoons and deliver something all ages could appreciate. The stark and deliberate animation style, Kevin Conroy's gravel-lined voice and Mark Hamill's chilling Joker gave us goosebumps. And the iconic created-for-the-series villain Harley Quinn became such a breakout character that she eventually became part of the comic series and future video games. Every episode was a struggle to get made due to the Fox censorship. Bruce Timm and Eric Radomski had to fight hard and long to make every episode. But in the end it all payed off. It is widely regarded as the most iconic modern representation of the Batman characters and mythology, and also as among the most faithful animated series based on a comic book. The dynamic visual style of the series is based of the artwork of producer Bruce Timm. This show is well known and regarded, as the best animated show ever produced.
Breaking Bad (2008)
The Greatest Television Show Of All Time, Hands Down!
First up I have to say that I was a late to the party. Series 3 was complete before I decided to sit down to see what all the fuss was about, but in many ways, I'm glad I waited. Two weeks later I was done and could barley wait for the next season. For those of you out there who watched weekly from the beginning, I don't know how you managed to stand the waiting.
Breaking Bad is definitely the most brilliant shows to ever air on television. A critical and commercial success from the get go. Breaking Bad follows a underachieving chemistry teacher, Walter White as he is diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer decides to start cooking Metamfetamin to pay for the cost of his own death, but eventually finds himself in descends into a world of darkness sitting a top the criminal hierarchy as the apex predator of New Mexico's drug community. Is Walt a bad guy then or is he a good guy? Is he an antihero then? Not really, I wouldn't say he was particularly heroic at all. Then what is he? He's possibly the most complex, most human, most inspirational yet most cautionary character that might have ever graces the small screen. Bryan Cranston plays the lead character in his finest roles to date, his ability to transition from Walter White to Heisenberg is fascinating and convincing. I would go as far as to say that this is the best performance i have ever seen in both TV and movies. Even sir Anthony Hopkins agrees and you can't argue with Hannibal Lector.
I've heard people say they're not into Breaking Bad because it's too slow. Breaking Bad is slow because it takes it's time. It takes it's time to establish it's concepts, it's themes and most importantly, it's many supporting characters. But then every now and again, a sudden and unexpected act of extreme violence. Made all the better by how limited it is, how little of it happens. It's not an all-out gore fest, which desensitizes us past caring. Breaking Bad's carnage is fully earned. Death is dealt only when death is necessary.
You can do what you like with a TV show, or any scripted medium for that matter; you can throw millions at the effects, secure the finest actors and visit the most incredible locations, but if the script is sh**it the audience will smell it. That's why Breaking Bad is so phenomenal, despite everything it's effects, it's performances, it's locations it's the superior scripting that makes it contender for the top. The writers of the show definitely know what they're doing, using all the supporting characters to the maximum, especially Skyler White (played by Anna Gunn) and Jesse Pinkman (played by Aaron Paul).
As this landmark show came to a bittersweet end, the show as of now remains the greatest drama series of all time. Now, many people consider Game Of Thrones, The Sopranos, The Wire and Mad Men the greatest shows of all time. Granted they're all brilliant shows in their own right. But the cast and crew behind Breaking Bad have not only created waves in television, they have most definitely redefined the genre. Vince Gilligan created such an interesting, engaging and absolutely unpredictable show that you just can't help but be drawn into it's dark and tense atmosphere.
This is an insult to Batman, and is probably the worst thing to happen to him since Schumacher
What the fu**ck is this show, where a corrupt banker gets attached to a weather balloon and then fatally float into the heavens? That's just one of a list of dumb things that happens in this so called TV-show! There are a lot of problems with Gotham, but it's the tone of the series that is the biggest. It's what makes the show simply silly, as instead of fun or comic book-y. The way the show is going it's only going to get cartoonier - by the third episode and they have killed someone with a weather balloon, so where the hell is the series going when it hits multiple seasons? By the time Batman shows up the show will be a Joel Schumacher movie. This show comes across low budget, it's Fox, the biggest network i the US. I had expected more. The show's producers think that they are creating a dark and gritty show, but really it only comes across as dumb and ridiculous. Gotham also have the need to use every Batman character ever, if you have a good script you don't need to remind people that they are watching a Batman TV-series. Also every goddamn character spends half their time reminding us who they will become. In a series full of sh**itty ideas having a young Emo Bruce Wayne ,harming himself , listening to death metal and drawing severed heads, in every episode could be the one of the worst. Batman's tortured psychology is the least fascinating thing about the character The only good thing you can say is that Ben McKenzie as James Gordon. He's a good actor with an interesting role that keeps getting overshadowed by the stupidity around him. The rest of the cast is horrible, Donal Logue is usually an OK actor but he could not handle the complex character of Harvey Bullock. But the absolute worst, even worse than those awful child actors is Jada Pinkett- Smith. She is the worst thing about the show; the writers thought they were original when they created Fish Mooney, The creators thought they had a new Harley Quinn, but in reality they only had a bleak Eartha Kitt impersonation. A better version of Gotham would have been if it was a HBO production and it would have Gotham be on the edge of total corruption, caught in a mob war between Maroni and Falcone families. Only twice a season a Batman villain is introduced and not unrealistic ones but characters like Mr. Zsasz. Fill the rest of the series with police business and mafia intrigue. Go into the mafia families more. Have young Jim Gordon be an optimistic detective who takes on the corruption in the city. He might later side with a young, hopeful politician to clean up Gotham, and have the series be about the tragedy of that politician coming to power and betraying his friend and the city and becoming corrupt. And in every season the city gets a little worst, all this leads up to Batman. Most importantly, Bruce Wayne can't be in it. Instead in the final episode we will get a cameo by Bruce Wayne.