The Cynical Optimist – 5/11/08


I’ve had the pleasure of discovering an artist named Tom Whalen who seems to illustrate, beautifully and vividly, everything I love. Whalen deals mainly in the geek universe of pop culture, dealing out poster prints of classic movie monsters, super heroes, Star Wars and Sci-Fi film characters – you name it.

I saw his series of Universal Monsters prints and simply had to have them. You can check out Tom’s work at his blog, Strong Stuff and Deviant Art space. Here’s what I’ll soon be displaying on my walls:

Fletch over at Blog Cabins posted his Top 50 favorite films and challenged other blogs of cinematic persuasion to do the same.

Well, here we are. Arranging a Top List of my favorite films is a daunting task. The list constantly changes as new films are constantly released, and I’m consistently watching older films for the first time. Not only that, but I digest old favorites after multiple viewings and sometimes my opinions on them change. This list contains films that are most meaningful to me, movies that reflect something inside myself. I hate pretentious Top 50 lists that might as well be pulled off of IMDB’s Top 250, or AFI’s 100 All-Time Greatest Films.

Anyway, I decided it was futile to actually rank each film from 1 to 50 – it’s just too painstakingly pointless really. Instead, I listed them in the order in which they entered my mind. Take that for what you will.

Star Wars
The Empire Strikes Back
Return of the Jedi
The Shawshank Redemption
Almost Famous
Big Fish
Dark City
American Beauty

Good Will Hunting
Raiders of the Lost Ark
The Orphanage (El Orfanato)
King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters
L.A. Confidential
The Dark Knight

The Sixth Sense
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Saving Private Ryan
Batman Begins
Pan’s Labyrinth (El Labertino del Fauno)
Donnie Darko
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

The Mist
Office Space
The Exorcist
The Fountain
The Creature From the Black Lagoon
Dumb & Dumber
The Thing

The Dangerous Lives of Alter Boys
The Crow
The Day the Earth Stood Still
King Kong
Pulp Fiction
The Matrix
The Green Mile
The Sandlot

There you have it. There are so many movies that I love that aren’t on this list, strangely enough, but there’s only so much room. Where’s “Predator,” “Beetlejuice” and “Adventures in Babysitting” or comedies like “Clue” and “Caddyshack” – I have no idea. “Tremors” was #51, sadly. Honestly, I could probably put five or six more Spielberg films on the list, I just love the guy.

I suppose a Top 100 would be enough to fit all of those into, not that any of this really matters to anyone. For those who know me, they know this list will reflect who I am – though my sense of humor doesn’t seem fairly represented, I don’t suppose it ever has here on the blog anyway.

I encourage you to make your on Top 50 list, if for anything to figure out for yourself what your favorite movies are and why – what constitutes a favorite movie to you?

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