I know I write a lot about movies on here. But today I’d like to discuss some of my all-time personal favorite films. Please note that these are my personal opinions. I do not expect any of you to have the exact same views on these movies as I do, and that is ok. As another note, I will be excluding most Disney films, as they deserve their own separate post.
I’d like to start with my all-time favorite bar none, without a shadow of a doubt, movie. The movie that takes that honor is Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas. Yes, I know I said I’d be excluding Disney films, but technically Nightmare Before Christmas was not originally a Disney film. It was written by Tim Burton and directed by Henry Selick. Disney acquired the rights to the movie years later. Tim Burton had the idea originally for this, as he put it, “anti-Grinch” character. In other words, a creature that loves Christmas instead of loathing it. It definitely shows through in the film. The film’s protagonist, Jack Skellington, discovers Christmas Land and falls in love with it. He tries to bring the holiday to his own holiday world, Halloween Town. Of course, it doesn’t go as planned and the whole idea goes up in flames…literally. Halloween is probably my favorite holiday, and I think it is due in part to my growing up watching this timeless gem of a film. Hell, I love Nightmare Before Christmas so much I actually have a tattoo of Jack Skellington on my outer leg. Talk about dedication…
Another film I love is Boondock Saints. Boondock Saints is a great movie about two brothers in Boston that kill people who cause trouble, i.e. criminals. Willem Dafoe plays a gay FBI agent that is conflicted as to whether the brothers should be arrested or if he should let them go. I am not going to give the ending away. You’ll just have to watch the movie for yourself.
My 2nd favorite movie of all time is The Crow. The Crow stars Brandon Lee, son of martial arts legend Bruce Lee. Oddly enough, Brandon Lee plays a man who comes back from the dead to avenge his death as well as his fiancé. Why is this odd? Well, this was Brandon Lee’s final movie. He was actually shot and killed while filming the movie. Another film about killing for the “right” reasons, the movie is based on a graphic novel and is beautifully shot. I love that film and never tire of watching it. Plus, it has one of my all-time favorite quotes, “It can’t rain all the time.”
I do also like Room, which is a film adaptation of one of my favorite books by Emma Donoghue. Room is actually kind of a dark movie. Brie Larson plays a girl named Ma. Jacob Tremblay plays Larson’s five-year-old son, Jack. Ma is a kidnap victim that was raped by her kidnapper and had her son, Jack. Ma does everything in her power to keep Jack away from the kidnapper. Eventually, Jack and Ma escape. Now while I love the movie, I think the book is a lot better, as is usually the case.
So those are among some of my all-time favorite movies. Have you seen any of these movies? What are some of your favorite movies? Thanks for reading!