10 Greatest Movies of All Time
I've already made a list of my favorite movies, but I definitely would not call that list the greatest movies of all time. Here's that list.
- •2001: A Space OdysseyThis film is cinema at its absolute finest. The black monolith is a character in itself and it's mysterious. It tests our capacity to accept the fantastic. Kubrick shows us the stars and he shows us the inside of the brain of something we didn't know existed, but why do we so readily engage in it? That's the touch of a storyteller. I keep this review vague because Kubrick keeps 2001 vague and that's part of the majesty of it.
- •Citizen KaneAs many, if not more, special effects as 2001 or even Star Wars. This film invented the term "game changer." Orson Welles often claimed that the special effects were never the effect of a masterful touch, but rather ignorance. He had no idea what he was doing. This was Welles's first picture that he'd ever been involved with and the fact that he could direct, write, produce, and star in such a fascinating film is as amazing as the film itself.
- •M (1931)This is the first film about a serial killer (to our knowledge). Fritz Lang doesn't hold back with this film about a man who kills children. We see this despicable character that we begin to loath and we cheer as we get closer to catching him, but by the end we somehow switch to oddly sympathizing with him. How?? Perhaps it's Peter Lorre's great, very moving delivery of a fantastic speech from a man who is addicted to murder.
- •VertigoHere is Hitchcock at his most meta. He is aware of his usual habits and in trying to escape them he creates a film that is so tragic that it completely leaves you empty when "The End" wipes the screen clean. This is his most perfect movie, and Jimmy Stewart gives his best performance as a confused man chasing the ghost of someone he thought he loved.
- •Raging BullI saw Taxi Driver and wondered how Scorsese could ever top himself. And then I saw Raging Bull. In many ways there are distinct similarities between the two: loneliness, paranoia, trust, both star Robert De Niro, both written by Paul Schrader. But everything in this movie is better. The way the film moves is like an energized waltz. The editing in this film is probably the best ever. Not to mention we get De Niro's best performance in Scorsese's best film.
- •The GodfatherThis film is so inspiring. How Coppola can make violence seem like art is incredible. The acting, editing, cinematography, special effects, direction, everything is so perfect. This is a film that all filmmakers should strive for.
- •Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the BombDr. Strangelove sets the stage for political satire. This movie ran so many risks at the time of its release. To put out a movie that laughs in the face of Russia, bombs, and the red scare at the peak of McCarthyism in the 60's is almost absurd. Peter Sellers plays three leading roles in this Kubrick film and all three roles are just hilarious. Not to mention George C. Scott who, in my opinion, completely steals the show.
- •On The WaterfrontThis is acting at its absolute finest. Marlon Brando gave the best performance of all time here. Flawlessly acted. This movie conveys themes of conscience, potential, man vs self, and consequence. I think these are subjects that follow man through any place or time. A timeless film and certainly one that should not be forgotten.
- •Rear WindowThe story here is unparalleled. It's really brilliant how Hitch gets his audience to sit through an hour and a half of build up for a 20 minute climax at the very end of the film. But the pay off is wonderful, and the film isn't boring at all. Though, it should be. But that's the Hitchcock touch.
- •The Third ManFlawless noir. This is the Citizen Kane of noir. The entrance of Harry Lime is so shocking and makes for the best dramatic entrance in all of cinema. Tense, dark, dramatic, frustrating. This is what noir is supposed to be.