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Perfect Movies: 10/10

in alphabetical order
  • BabeLocked proves that children's movies can be worthy of Oscars. It is a simple tale, told perfectly. Each character is alive (something that one often cannot say about most Hollywood movies).
  • Dead Man Walking: the storyline is simple. The acting is superb. The message is powerful.
  • Life is Beautiful: It is. This movie proves it.
  • The Lord of the Rings
  • Secrets & Lies: I've watched this movie many many times; each time, I see something new. There is a 7 1/2 minute still camera shot; only these brilliant actors could get us not to notice it. Mike Leigh deserves credit for noone else could have made this gem.

Great Movies: 9/10

in alphabetical order
  • Adaptation
  • Almost Famous
  • Amadeus
  • Amelie
  • Bullets over Broadway: Funny. Very funny.
  • Casablanca
  • The Cider House Rules
  • Dead Man: Strange. Very strange. I love the soundtrack.
  • Dog Day Afternoon: Pacino's finest hour.
  • Dr. Strangelove
  • A Fish called Wanda
  • Goodfellas
  • Grave of the Fireflies: If you see it, be prepared: While it is an animated film, it is also one of the most depressing films of all time.
  • Groundhog Day: This extremely funny story also gives a good message about what it means to live.
  • Hero (Ying xiong): a beautifully filmed and coreographed legend.
  • In the Bedroom
  • The Incredibles: I like Saturday morning cartoons and James Bond movies (at least most of them). If you do too, you will like this movie. It managed to pay homage to those before it, yet still be original. Instead of just lampooning those conventions, it also saw the good in those conventions. That's very hard to do.
  • Kolya: is a simple story of how a little boy change a man. In its simplicity, lies its greatness.
  • Little Miss Sunshine
  • Little Voice
  • Lost in Translation
  • Man on the Moon
  • Mephisto: Would you sell your soul to the devil? Would you serve the devil? What if the offer was good?
  • Monster
  • Monster's Ball
  • Much Ado about Nothing: My favorite Kenneth Branagh movie, Much Ado is the best executed Shakespeare movies I've seen.
  • My Life as a Dog
  • Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?
  • One Flew over the Cukoo's Nest
  • The Pianist
  • Priscilla (Queen of the Dessert): "That's just what this country needs: A cock, in a frock, on a rock."
  • Pumpkin: A brilliant dark comedy.
  • Ragtime: A truly disturbing movie. No matter which philosophy you prescribe to, there is no perfect answer. Milos Forman and company put together a complex and real portrait of their character. I was in a minor depression because of this movie.
  • Ratatouille: With The Iron Giant and The Incredibles already to his credit, Brad Bird establishes himself as the preeminent animation director of our times with this one. Both his take on animation cinematography and story are a league above the rest. I came pretty close to giving this one a 10. Even if he quit here, Bird would have to be mentioned along the likes of Miyazaki as one of the greatest animators of all time.
  • The Remains of the Day: The movie starts. Two hours later, it ends. Nothing happens in between. Emma Thompson and Anthony Hopkins give textbook-acting performances.
  • Run Lola Run
  • Serenity: I love Joss Whedon. I wish they'd let him make more movies, more TV shows, more speeches...more everything.
  • Spirited Away: This is perhaps the most gorgeous movie of all time. Each frame is a treasure. Plus, you have to love the morals.
  • Taxi Driver: Robert DiNero is the 'Taxi Driver.' This movie integrated social commentary into modern movies. I don't think everyone will enjoy this movie (in fact, I know people who thought it was boring and useless), but I think all film-connoisseurs recognize this as one of the defining brilliant movies ever. Martin Scorcese should probably have received the Oscar for this one.
  • The Tin Drum: It's a really messed-up film. It finds a way to comment on World War 2 through the guise of a child who doesn't age. Brilliant.
  • Trainspotting: Sure, it's a cool movie, but it also is a very inventive one. The toilet-bowl and the drug-overdose scenes are classics. The universe is clearly askew as it should be.
  • Valmont: This hilarious film, like the book, comments on a sub-society that has become so bored that they have to play high-stake games just to have a life. In contrast to the Glenn Close / John Malkevich film, these characters are actually sympathetic and thus the commentary is on the society.
  • Wit: All you need for a great movie is a great script plus Emma Thompson to carry it out.

Some Observations

  • With Amadeus, One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest, Man on the Moon, Ragtime, and Valmont, Milos Forman has directed the most amount of movies on the list. Lasse Halstrom, Martin Scorcese, and Brad Bird each have two on the list.
  • Both Emma Thompson and Brenda Blethyn show up in three different movies. The edge would go to Thompson, since Blethyn only has a bit part in Pumpkin.