Favorite Films of All Time – Commentary

By Paul Martin July 28th, 2002, in Editorials

This week, I am going to talk about my favorite movies, and why they are my favorites. They are hard for my to rank in order of favorite to least, because they are, when all is said and done, just movies. I’ll start with an all time favorite, and work through them. So, in no order of preference, here we go:

The Karate Kid (1984)
– Here is a movie that talks about many things and teaches you about life. It is more than just an underdog movie, and more than just a Karate movie. It’s a film that you can take to heart and learn from. It’s very well made and the morals are incredible. This is the movie that got me excited about studying Tae Kwon Do. I watched it all the time when I was young, and probably watched it as many times as I saw Ghostbusters. I have two words for this movie: Crane Technique.

Ghostbusters (1984)
– This is a movie that I still watch at least once a month. I used to watch a copy that we taped off of TV, with all of the old commercials. I probably watched it a few hundred times. When I got a DVD player about four years ago, the first DVD I picked up was Ghostbusters. I hadn’t seen it since I was very young, and was surprised by the amount of adult humor that was in it. I laughed my head off, and remembered what I used to think they meant, and think that my versions of the jokes are better. The movie is still very solid, and works even eighteen years after it’s release date.

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
– This is a movie that I had heard a lot about. I never actually sat down to watch it until shortly after my birthday in December of 1999. I got a gift certificate, and saw it on sale. Since I had heard so many good things about it, I figured that I couldn’t go wrong with it. I bought it, and late that night, around 11pm, I put it in to see what it was like. I planned on watching about ten minutes of it and then going to bed. By then it was too late. The movie had drawn me in, and I before I knew it, the credits were rolling, and I was telling myself, “that is the best movie that I have ever seen.” It drew me in and I was shocked to see that it didn’t win best picture of the year. This is a movie about hope, and it’s a strong movie that is well worth your time. It stars Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman, who are prisoners.

Ocean’s Eleven (2001)
– This movie came out of nowhere. I didn’t expect to like it as much as I do, and I love this movie. I got around to seeing it in January or February, and have played the DVD many times while I work on this website. It’s a fun heist caper, with many big stars, and they all look like they are having a great time filming it, and it comes across that way to those watching it. It’s also got moments of sheer bliss, where you sit back in awe of what you’ve just seen. A genuinely fun movie about stealing. Whodda thunk it?

Star Wars (1977, 1980, 1983, 1999, 2002, 2005)
– This is a saga that I started watching around eighth grade. My brother always watched it, but I became a bigger fan than we was. I love the series, and don’t mind Jar Jar Binks that much. People seem to hate him, while I could care less. I thought he was hilarious in Attack of the Clones, and I don’t know why. This series is very well done, and I look forward to watching all six together.

The Lord of the Rings (2001, 2002, 2003)
– At this moment, I have no doubt that this trilogy could be the greatest fantasy trilogy of all time. The story is based on the “Greatest Novel of the 20th Century” and follows Frodo Baggins and many other characters, who are fighting to save the world from the ultimate evil, which is held within a ring.

The Matrix (1999, 2003, 2003)
– Why else would I build this site? It’s symbolic to me of freedom from the sin of the world, to life as a Christian. Being “Set Free” to follow the Lord. That’s what I got out of it, and most of my friends feel the same way.

Beauty and the Beast (1991)
– This movie draws you in from the start. I have the soundtrack, and saw it at the IMAX. It’s one of the greatest animated films of all time.

The Lion King (1994)
– Yes it’s true, there was a time when I had this whole movie memorized line by line. And I was about 15. I am really looking forward to the IMAX release this Christmas. It’s going to be amazing.

The Princess Bride (1987)
– Fencing, Fighting, Torchure, Revenge, Giants, Monsters, Chases, Escapes, True Love, Miracles; what more could you ask for? This movie has wit, charm, and is a well made, labor of love for all involved.

Saving Private Ryan (1998)
– This is a moving, powerful movie, that I only watch when I have the strength to. The ending can move me to tears, even if I haven’t watched the whole thing. I left the theatre stunned after viewing it, and haven’t found a better war movie since.

Gladiator (2000)
– Best Picture, and I agree all the way. I was stunned at the ending, and loved this movie. It has it’s slow scenes, but I find them necessary for the ending to make the impact that it does.

Back to the Future (1985, 1989, 1990)
– This is a fun trilogy, but the first one is definitely the best one. A classic! This series made me want a hoverboard. Hello McFly!

Muppets (many)
– The Muppet movies are all inventive and fun. I love them all, and wish that they would release them ALL in widescreen. *hint hint, Disney*

An American Tail (1986)
– Another movie that I grew up on. I want a DVD so that if and when I have kids, I can share it with them. It’s a story of mice, immigrating to America, from Russia, and one of them getting seperated from his family. This, and Fievel Goes West, are fun movies, and friends of mine still watch them.

The Land Before Time (1988)
– I haven’t seen any of the seven sequels to this film. I really enjoyed the first one, and had a chance to see the second one, but I didn’t take it, and I don’t regret it. This is another one that I’d like to see a good DVD for.

Well, that’s all for this weeks Luminous Writings! Til next week, I am Specter. *vanishes*

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