It’s Sunday morning, depressingly rainy, and I sit here with Mark, watching one of his (and my) top 10 all-time favorite movies – Guardians of the Galaxy.
So, I’m inspired and decided to create a list of my top 10 favorite movies. When I look at this list, I realize what a kid at heart I am as most of my favorites are family rated movies.
The only one I would not recommend for kids is “Once Upon a Time in Mexico” as it is very graphic and gory – but well worth watching for us adults.
So, here goes…
Guardians of the Galaxy and Guardians of the Galaxy 2
In the far reaches of space, an American pilot named Peter Quill finds himself the object of a manhunt after stealing an orb coveted by the villainous Ronan. The charmingly humorous characters and the nostalgia of the 70s and 80s music create a wonderful package within which the story is told. It wouldn’t be the same without either. As is usually the case, the first of this two movie series is by far the best, but you can’t watch it and not watch the second.
A whimsical, truly funny slant on time-honored fairy tales. An amazing cast including Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, André the Giant, Christ Sarandon, Christopher Guest, Billy Crystal, Carol Kane, and Wallace Shawn. And, if you watch it and are as enchanted with the movie as we were, be sure to read Cary Elwes’ book “As You Wish” and get real insight into the cast, events and relationships involved in making the movie.
This is a lovely, inspiring, uplifting story about a failing shoe factory and the ingenious way the owner finds to create a niche market and save the factory and the jobs of his workers. Chiwetel Ejiofor is inspiring in one of the main roles, that of a transvestite who is the inspiration for the new line of ‘kinky boots’ and performs most of the music in this musical joy ride.
Pirates of the Caribbean series.
For my fourth selection encompasses the entire Pirates of the Caribbean series as it’s impossible to pick just one. Although the first two movies were by far the best, the others are still very entertaining and a ‘ton of fun’ to watch. Whenever we watch these movies, we usually end up doing a marathon and watching them all in order. No one can capture a character like Johnny Depp, who I must say is my favorite actor.
Great Scout and Cathouse Thursday
Another old classic film with a wonderful cast including Lee Marvin, Kay Lenz, and Oliver Reed. The story is about a group of men seeking revenge and compensation against a former partner who absconded with their money. Oliver Reed in particular is hilarious in his character nicknamed ‘Pox Knox’ because of his warped plan to get a venereal disease and single-handedly infect mankind by first infecting prostitutes. It may sound morbid, but is hilariously funny in this context and the way Oliver Reed takes on the character.
Once Upon A Time In The West
A classic,’spaghetti’ western starring Charles Bronson as a mysterious drifter who takes on the challenge of protecting a young widow after her entire family is killed by a band of bandits. The haunting harmonica music becomes an essential, key part of the plot.
An animated movie about Nemo, the young clown fish who has been taken from his father by deep sea divers for sale in the tropical fish market, and the absent minded fish, Dory (Ellen Degeneris), who assists in finding and rescuing him.
Once Upon A Time In Mexico
This movie is truly a departure from the family focused, humorous and/or musical movies I usually prefer. Another Johnny Depp film, I feel he is brilliant in the character of Sands, a corrupt CIA agent. Antonio Banderas plays El Mariachi who is on the trail of Barrillo (Willem Dafoe), a cartel kingpin who is planning a coup against the President of Mexico. If you can’t handle graphic violence and blood and gore, don’t watch this movie.
A truly enchanting and entertaining movie that has something for everyone in the family. Although on the surface, it has overt humor for the kids, there is more sophisticated and subtle, humorous content that the only adults would understand.
Sherlock Holmes and Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows.
Although the first of this two movie series is by far the best, they are both entertaining and well worth watching. The casting of Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock Holmes and Jude Law as Watson is brilliant. Robert Downey Jr.’s irreverant humor brings an entirely new facet to this timeless character, making it refreshing and new. Jude Law’s deadpan and somewhat humorless partner in some ways is the ‘parent’ in the situation, trying to rein in Sherlock and his antics. Sherlock, however, can’t help but be himself.