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Top 20 Favourite Films of All Time Version 1

Here’s my list! Short & Sweet! 
Going to do another list probably at the end of the year since it will probably change…
List created – 05/04/2017


#20) La Vie d’Adèle or Blue is the Warmest Color (2013)
Dir: Abdellatif Kechiche
DoP: Sofian El Fani
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#19) Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Dir: Michael Gondry
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#18) The Breakfast Club (1985)
Dir: John Hughes
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#17) The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
Dir: Wes Anderson
DoP: Robert D. Yeoman743e7cf3acb64c4fd83354224eb6b518.jpg


#16) The Prestige (2006)
Dir: Christopher Nolan
DoP: Wally Pfister
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#15) Prisoners (2013)
Dir: Denis Villeneuve
DoP: Roger Deakins
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#14) Shame (2011)
Dir: Steve McQueen
DoP: Sean Bobbitt
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#13) The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
Dir: Martin Scorssese
DoP: Rodrigo Prieto
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#12) Inglorious Bastards (2009)
Dir: Quentin Tarantino
DoP: Robert richardson
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#11) Trainspotting (1996)
Dir: Danny Boyle
DoP: Brian Tufano
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#10) Interstellar (2014)
Dir: Christopher Nolan
DoP: Hoyte Van Hoytema
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#9) Drive (2011)
Dir: Nicolas Winding Refn
DoP: Newton Thomas Sigel
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#8) Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
Dir: Stanley Kubrick
DoP: Larry Smith
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#7) Schindler’s List (1993)
Dir: Steven Spielberg
DoP: Janusz Kaminski
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#6) Blue Valentine (2010)
Dir: Derek Cianfrance
DoP: Andrij Parekh
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#5) La La Land (2016)
Dir: Damien Chazelle
DoP: Linus Sandren
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#4) The Master (2012)
Dir: Paul Thomas Anderson
DoP: Mihai Malaimare Jr.
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#3) The Social Network (2010)
Dir: David Fincher
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#2) Her (2013)
Dir: Spike Jonze
DoP: Hoyte Van Hoytema
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#1) ロストイントランスレーション or Lost In Translation
Dir: Sofia Coppola
DoP: Lance Acord
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Top 10 Most Anticipated Movies of 2017



Some Films that almost made the list : War For The Planet Of The Apes – Okja – The Beguiled – Mary Magdalene – Bright – Spider-man:Homecoming – Alien: Covenant – Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2 – Thor: Ragnarok – Logan – Wonder Woman – Kong: Skull Island – Hostiles – Murder on the Orient Express – Suburbicon – God Particle – Untitled Detroit Riots Movie (Kathryn Bigelow) – Based On A True Story  (New Polanski movie) – The Killing Of A Sacred Deer – The Dark Tower – Ghost In The Shell


Here’s my list, short and sweet…

#10) “The Shape of Water”     Director: Guillermo Del Toro
Plot – A fantastical love story set in America during the Cold War.
Stars – Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Doug Jones, & Octavia Spencer
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#9) “Annihilation”     Director: Alex Garland
Plot – A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition.
Stars – Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Oscar Isaac, & Gina Rodriguez
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#8) “Blade Runner 2049”     Director: Denis Villeneuve   Blade Runner 2049 Trailer
Plot – Sequel to Ridley Scott’s sci-fi classic, picking up thirty years on from the events of the original.
Stars – Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright, Jared Leto, & Mackenzie Davis
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#7) “Song to Song”     Director: Terrence Malick
Plot – Two intersecting love triangles set against the music scene in Austin, Texas.
Stars – Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, & Michael Fassbender
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#6) “Mother”     Director: Darren Aronofsky
Plot – A young couple receive some uninvited guests in their home.
Stars – Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Domhnall Gleeson, Michelle Pfeiffer, & Ed Harris
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#5) “Molly’s Game”     Director: Aaron Sorkin (Directorial Debut)
Plot – A former Olympic skier establishes a high-stakes international poker game that brings her to the attention of the FBI.
Stars – Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Michael Cera, & Kevin Costner
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#4) “T2:Trainspotting”     Director: Danny Boyle   Trainspotting 2 Trailer
Plot – Sequel to “Trainspotting” that follows up on the lives of Sick Boy, Spud, Begbie, Renton, and Diane twenty years on.
Stars – Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Johnny Lee Miller, Kelly MacDonald, & Ewan Bremner
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#3) “Star Wars: Episode: VIII”     Director: Rian Johnson
Plot – Rey continues her journey with Finn, Poe, and Luke Skywalker in the next chapter of the saga.
Stars – Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie & Daisy Ridley
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#2) “Untitled PTA Fashion Drama”     Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Plot – Drama about a fashion designer in London in the 1950s.
Stars – Daniel Day-Lewis
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#1) “Dunkirk”     Director: Christopher Nolan   Dunkirk Trailer
Plot – The story of the Dunkirk evacuation in 1940.
Stars – Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, & Harry Styles
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Well, there’s my list! There’s so many great films to look forward to in 2017, I can’t wait!

 

Top 10 Movies of 2016


Here’s my list, short and sweet.

Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) and Mia (Emma Stone) in LA LA LAND.


Honorable Mentions: – Don’t Breathe – Midnight Special – Deadpool – The Witch – Lights Out – Everybody Wants Some – Star Trek Beyond – The Jungle Book – Swiss Army Man – Hell or High Water – Manchester By The Sea – The Nice Guys


#10) Sing Street
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#9) The Neon Demon
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#8) Green Room   My thoughts on Green Room
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#7) Rogue One   

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#6) Moonlight   My thoughts on Moonlight     Moonlight

#5) Jackie
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#4) Nocturnal Animals   My thoughts on Nocturnal Animals
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#3) Hacksaw Ridge   
My thoughts on Hacksaw Ridge
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#2) Arrival
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#1) La La Land   My thoughts on La La Land
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That’s my list! Hoping 2017 gives us more great films!


My thoughts on La La Land

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“Beautiful”


I absolutely adored this film! ‘La La Land’ hit all the right notes – phenomenal performances, impeccable cinematography, terrific writing, and an incredible soundtrack. After watching the film, I wanted to listen to the soundtrack over and over again. The pacing was fantastic too, there was never a dull moment and I was hooked from start to finish.  Another thing that I wanna point out is how aesthetically pleasing the color palette is, very vibrant. In terms of the story, it’s truly wonderful and its very inspirational.  thumb-1920-780126.jpg
Alright in terms of the negatives, I got literally none. It was such a joy to watch all throughout! The entire cast and crew did such an incredible job and created something really special. It’s one of the best films of the year and it’s my pick for best film of the year. It’s definitely a must-see on the big screen! It’s gonna be nominated for a bunch of awards and win a ton too, and deservedly so. Instant classic.

Thank you Damien Chazelle.

Rating – ★★★★★

PS: That ending…….

My thoughts on Moonlight

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“Truly Phenomenal”


Moonlight is filled with breathtaking performances, a beautiful score, an engrossing powerful story, stellar visuals, and its directed to perfection.  I was just blown away while watching the film and I was in awe afterwards. I highly recommend you watch the film and just sit back and relax and enjoy the story of Chiron. I have seen the film twice now and it gets even better on a second viewing. Each shot conveyed so much emotion. It’s just so brilliant in every way. The performances really blew me away too.
20151024_Moonlight_D09_C1_K1_0303.jpgAll the three actors who played Chiron, Naomie Harris as Chiron’s mom, and Mahershala Ali deserve a ton of awards and the film itself deserves all the praise its been getting. In conclusion, its one of the best films of the year and I highly recommend you to check it out. Once you watch the film, you’ll realize why everyone’s been raving about it. It’s directed to the crisp by Barry Jenkins, gorgeously shot, very well written, and filled with incredible performances. The film will 100% be a contender for this years Academy Awards and it should get nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali, and Best Supporting Actress for Naomie Harris and win a few.

Rating – ★★★★★

My thoughts on Manchester By The Sea

 

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“Fantastic”


I did not cry while watching this film like most people did but I did tear up a bit. It’s a very well done film and its emotional pull isn’t forced or manipulative. It’s a story about a man dealing with depression. I don’t really know what else to say without spoiling anything but the film is stellar and it has real characters dealing with real situations. It’s fantastically written and although the film is very sad, emotionally draining, and heart-wrenching, there are surprisingly a lot of funny moments throughout the film.
MANCHESTERBYTHESEAExclusive_MichelleWilliamsandCaseyAffleck_Cred1471628165.jpgOne of the things I absolutely adored about this film was the performance by Casey Affleck. There are numerous scenes in the film that involve his character that just floored me. The whole cast delivered great performances with the standout being Casey. Casey delivers one of the best performances of the year as a man haunted by his past trying to confront it. Overall, the film is brilliantly written, directed, and acted. It’s a solid film that I highly recommend you watch. I think Manchester By The Sea will definitely be getting some Oscar nominations such as Best Actor for Casey Affleck, Best Director, Best Supporting Actress for Michelle Williams, and Best Picture.

Rating – ★★★★

My thoughts on Hacksaw Ridge

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“Thoroughly Superb”


I usually don’t get emotional when I watch films, but I literally had tears streaming down my face all throughout “Hacksaw Ridge.” The film had me go through a series of emotions such as anger, fear, and sadness. The battle sequences are very well crafted and just absolutely stunning! The impeccable cinematography made you feel the intensity of the battle and the eerie atmosphere of Okinawa.
hacksaw4 Every soldier, whether friend or foe was disposable. With this in mind, while watching the action sequences, I was genuinely afraid and scared for every soldier that was on screen at any given moment. The way the action was directed was perfect (thank you Mel). It was relentless bloody chaos from both sides, and it was brutal to watch but it was necessary in order to show the true horror of war, the loss of human life in a blink of an eye. The film did not glorify war whatsoever. hacksaw5In terms of the acting performances, the whole cast did a terrific job and the stand-outs are Andrew Garfield playing Desmond Doss, and Hugo Weaving playing the father, Tom Doss. I was a bit worried about Vince Vaughn but he killed it every time he was on screen as Sergeant Howell. In conclusion, “Hacksaw Ridge” is one of the best films of the year. It’s directed to perfection, thanks to Mel Gibson and is beautifully shot, and filled with great performances all around, and a fantastic riveting story. Watch it!

Rating – ★★★★★