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September 16, 2012 / milesandhisfavorites

MAHF Top 15: Movies

Movies are awesome.  From old classics like The Wizard of Oz to modern epics like Avatar, movies are without a doubt the greatest form of entertainment.  And this is a top fifteen list of my favorites!  This is MAHF Top 15: Movies!

#15. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.  With a budget of almost a billion dollars, the third film in the highly successful Pirates of the Caribbean franchise is my personal favorite of the four, though all of them are really great movies.  It’s emotional, funny (Tell me you don’t like Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow.  I dare you.), the score is great, and it contains one of the best final battles ever.  Savvy?

#14. The Muppet Movie.  Really, what’s not to like about this movie?  The puppetry is great, the message about following your dreams is there, but not shoved in your face, and of course, the music is top-notch, one of which even appeared on the American Film Institute’s Top 100 Movie Songs list.  However, this is only my second-favorite Muppet movie.  My favorite will appear later on, fear not, but for now, a little banjo.

#13. The Incredibles.  This movie is, in my own humble opinion, Pixar’s finest movie.  Why?  Simple: it was Pixar’s attempt at doing an action movie, and it paid off big time.  What’s not to love about superheroes, family drama, mid-life crises, vengeful fanboys, French terrorists, killer Magic 8 balls, and of course, freezing spit in midair.  I absolutely adore this movie, every explosive second of it.  Including Edna Mode, because WHO DOESN’T LOVE EDNA MODE?

#12. Labyrinth.  Jim Henson, when not doing crazy stuff with puppets, was doing crazy stuff with puppets that was sort of artistic.  Labyrinth is the shining example of that, with a fun score, well-done puppetry, fantastic visuals, and Jennifer Connelly in her first acting role.  Oh, and David Bowie.  I know from a critical standpoint, it isn’t anything monumental, but from the standpoint of a crazed Muppet fan like me, it is a masterpiece.

 #11. Rango.  This will be the first of several shocking additions to this list, but let’s face it, Rango is just awesome.  The music is great, the computer animation is great, the story is great, the villains are great, the characters are great.  It’s just an all-around spectacular movie, though be advised, it’s not one to take the little ones to.  It’s dark, there’s some minor cursing, but overall, it is just a fantastic adventure.  Oh, and Clint Eastwood’s in it.  Sort of.

#10. The Great Muppet Caper.  This is my favorite Muppet movie.  It has thrills, it has laughs, and it has some of the best musical numbers in Muppet history.  I will happily say that “Happiness Hotel” is better than “Manha Manha”, and I refuse to turn in my Muppet fan badge for that statement.  Seriously, though, it’s the music that makes this movie, with big, bombastic Broadway-style numbers that make for one seriously entertaining experience.

#9. Avatar.  Few movies, to me, really qualify as more of an experience than a movie.  Avatar is one of those movies.  Groundbreaking effects that look gorgeous on the big screen, a new twist on what tends to be a dry, overused concept, strong characters and some serious drama, and one of the most awesome villains ever.  And here’s the best part: it’s all completely (well, almost) possible.  Real science and inspiration from the real world was used to create the wildlife and culture of Pandora.  This is James Cameron’s hands-down magnum opus, and one that I guarantee you’ll never forget.

#8. Captain America: The First Avenger.  What’s not to enjoy about this movie?  While Captain America isn’t exactly my favorite Avenger (I’m no patriot, to say the least), this movie was probably one of the most fun films that I saw in 2011.  It’s a period piece that while loyal to the original character, actually comes close to satirizing it, because let’s face it, singing patriotic tunes and knocking out poorly drawn Nazis is something to poke fun at.  But it has some strong (if cliched, but this is a comic book movie, so I’ll forgive that) and enjoyable characters, an excellent recreation of the 1940s, and it’s an overall action-packed throwback to the campy nostalgia of the war years.  It’s on Netflix, too, so check it out.  You won’t be disappointed.

#7. Wargames.  Some people say Matthew Broderick’s finest role is Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.  In my opinion, his best is Wargames.  Okay, he’s not the best actor in the film, but it’s still a fantastic movie!  Broderick plays a high school computer whiz with, having nothing better to do, inadvertently almost causes World War III!  Riddled with suspense, creativity, and intrigue, Wargames is a surprisingly realistic image of what our tax dollars are really being used for-supercomputers named after Burger King dishes.  No, really.

#6. To Boldly Flee.  And just in case you have no idea what in the name of Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret I’m talking about, To Boldly Flee is the fourth-anniversary fan film made by the cast of Thatguywiththeglasses.com, which is just about the greatest website ever made.  No, seriously, check it out, it’s hilarious (Though it’s extremely inappropriate).  Anyway, To Boldly Flee follows the motley crew of reviewers as they try to defeat the Plot Hole, as well as the evil Executor, and General Zod, and Terl from Battlefield Earth.  Funny, crazy, and oddly emotional, To Boldly Flee sums up everything I love about the site, and so much more.  And I’m sort of cheating, since it was released in parts, but don’t judge me!

#5. Tron: Legacy.  I could go on and on and on and on about what I love about this movie, but it comes down to the visuals, the villains, the soundtrack, and the minor characters in general.  If I were to describe it in 140 characters or less, it would be: Tron: Legacy has something for everyone, and it’s an adrenaline rush from start to finish.  Count ’em, that’s less than 140 characters.  I might do an entire post about what I love about this film, but it’s just plain fun.

#4. The Avengers.  Oh heck yeah, this movie is AWESOME!  Why?  Two reasons.  One, it’s absolutely hilarious, from start to finish.  Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man is just fantastic in his role, and he’s having a ton of fun, along with the audience.  And two, the action is awesome, just plain awesome.  There is not a single bad action scene in this movie, and there are quite a few.  The entire third act is just a thrill ride, and it easily earns its place as the third highest grossing film of all time.

#3. Jurassic Park.  While not as popular as the Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings movies, Jurassic Park is my favorite book adaption film.  Why?  If I were to sum it up in one word, it would be: majestic.  And while some of the CGI is a tad dated, the T-rex and especially the Brachiosaurus still look fantastic to this day.  Couple that with a fantastic score and a certain sense of wonder that’s hard to describe, and you have one of the few movies that’s actually better than its source material.  Just, wow.

#2. Casablanca.  If you read my review of Labyrinth, or follow me on Twitter, than you would probably expect this to be number-one. But it isn’t, for one reason: that would be too easy.  But that’s not a discussion for right now.  Casablanca succeeds as one of my favorite movies (and one of the greatest movies of all time, according to the American Film Institute) because it draws you in.  The city of Casablanca is at once a utopia of culture, and at the same time a corrupt and crime-ridden wasteland.  The setting is what works in this film, more than even the characters, fantastic as they are, especially refined baddonkey Rick (I use the term baddonkey because the alternative would upset the kid-friendly nature of this blog).  Overall, it’s just a near-flawless film.

And my favorite movie of all time, my pick for ultimate cinematic masterpiece is…

#1. Inherit the Wind.  This is just a dramatic, emotional, fantastic x10000000 movie.  Based on the play, which was very loosely based on a real historic event, Inherit the Wind centers around a town torn apart by a man put on trial for teaching evolution, due to a law that prohibits it.  The result is one of the finest displays of acting EVER.  Gene Kelly as E.K. Hornbeck is a ton of fun, and everyone else pulls off a great performance as well.  The raw emotion as the defense questions the prosecution is palpable, and the film itself is almost Shakespearean in its story of conflict, love, and tradition versus evolution (literally).  Plus, it has the male counterpart of Margaret White from Carrie, the Reverend Jeremiah Brown.

And those are my favorite movies of all time!  It’s getting late, so see you soon!

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