Trick or Treat! Congratulations! You’ve been tricked because there is only one option, and that is treat. In this economy, I could only afford one of those so you will just have to deal with it. In honor of one of Halloween, one of the High Holidays of the year, I thought I’d give you all a treat! This list will consist of just my Top 10 Personal Favorite Movies (in no particular order), and I really won’t offer many explanations. Everyone has their own favorites for their own reasons and this list will celebrate that! Nothing fancy here, just sharing pure enjoyment, just like you are supposed to do on Halloween. For once, I am not being sarcastic when I say this post is completely non-controversial!
These movies aren’t necessarily the best, just the ones I enjoy the most, which means nothing I say can be wrong! Whether it be because they are easy to watch or they remind me of a simpler time, when we didn’t live in a society. I am sure everybody on the interwebs today will spam your feed with Halloween and spooky themed so this could be a refreshing break from that junk. And I love the idea that everyone will have totally different lists than I will. When you’re done going through my list, why don’t you make your own list and share it in the comments!
The Dark Knight
If you didn’t see this one coming, then I am not inviting you to my next birthday party. There is never a time when I am not excited to see this movie playing on a screen somewhere! It may be the best superhero film ever, but it is also my favorite which is definitely the more important designation.
Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith
I acknowledge that “Empire” is the better but I am a prequel Stan at heart. Yeah, some of the dialogue is a bit… awful, but dammit if the film isn’t ambitious as hell! The lightsaber fights, the genocide of children, the John Williams score! When I think of Star Wars, this is the movie I think about most.
Fun Fact: This is the film I have watched more than any other! I remember when I was 6-years-old, we got my dad this DVD for Father’s Day and by August, I had the entire script memorized. My camp counselor from that year is still my friend now, and he still makes fun of me for how adorably annoying I was saying “MOYCHENDISING!” all the time.
“If you want to have dodgeball victory, you have to grab it by its haunches and you gotta hump it into submission! That’s the only way!” – Patches O’Houlihan
“Necessary? Is it necessary for me to drink my own urine?… No, but I do it anyway because it’s sterile and I like the taste.” – Also Patches O’Houlihan
Have there ever been more impactful words uttered in film? Simply unmatched in its profoundness.
V for Vendetta
I already wrote a full review about this one, so go check that out if you want details. Just know that when you mix political revolutions, Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving, and pre-Zack Snyder DC Comics, you’ve got yourself one enjoyable film!
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
I couldn’t figure out if I like this one more than I do “Goldmember”, so I closed my eyes and pointed at one of them. Like I said, there are no wrong answers here. When I have family gatherings, the “Austin Powers” movies are the only common ground we can all agree on. It is honestly amazing that I still find them funny considering I’ve seen these movies at least 20 times each.
Tarantino films are some of my favorite, and the exploits of ‘The Basterds’ are easily the favorite of the favorites. It’s a propaganda movie about propaganda using propaganda to explain the power of propaganda! I know I’m a politics nerd and you have no right to judge me. Simply put, bashing Nazi skulls in and having a group of cunning Jews kill Hitler with the power of movies is hard to top.
I am mad at myself that I couldn’t find actual clips of “Spirited Away” on YouTube, but you’ll all have to make due with the trailer that is very much a product of the early 2000s. This is my favorite animated movie and it just makes me feel some type of way! There is magic in this movie and I know I am not the only one who feels that way!
Who doesn’t get chills when Bill Pullman gives this speech?! Or when Will Smith punches an alien in the face before smoking a cigar and cracking a one-liner?! Or when Jeff Goldblum does his whole “I’m Jeff Goldblum” routine?! It is just such an easy film to turn my brain off and watch.
This fight scene is one of the greatest productions in any movie ever! “Anchorman” is one of Will Ferrell’s best movies filled with iconic, quotable characters. You’ve all seen it, so I doubt I need to explain myself to anyone. It is just really funny and easy to watch!
And that is my list! We’ve all got our favorite movies and I would love to hear what all of yours are. Maybe we have some of the same and maybe ours look nothing alike. That’s the beauty of this Halloween treat, you can disagree with me and not be wrong!