My Favorite Movies (So Far)
My Favorite Movies (So Far)
By Phil Martin
Feb. 16, 2013
Watching The Dark Knight on TNT with two of roommates Wednesday evening inspired this post.
To make it more interesting, I decided to rank my top five favorites. You’ll find that I like classic and action movies.
A few friends, seven days ago, inspired me to apply these rankings. We dined at PizzaPapalis, a Chicago-style pizzeria in downtown Toledo, Ohio, after volunteering at Cherry Street Mission. While diving into the cheesy pies of goodness, one of my friends asked each of us our top three movies.
Note that I’ll probably have to update this list and adjust the rankings. I may have forgotten movies I like. A lot of un-watched movies also remain in my life.
I’m not really a fan of black-and-white movies, but I cannot leave out this 1946 classic.
Goerge Bailey, the main character, discovers how valuable his life is to himself and his loved ones. The movie can give you hope when your life seems hopelessly winding down hill, as Bailey’s life was at the film’s start. Good thing his guardian angel showed him how much more miserable life would be like without him.
Traditionally, NBC shows the movie on Christmas Eve.
2. Okay, I could not decide which of the following superhero/action movies were the best of the two. I just couldn’t. I feel that both Marvel and DC comic companies have equally impressive characters and stories. Sorry to disappoint if you’re an avid superhero fan.
I saw the movie only twice, both in early May 2012. First, at the local midnight premiere with friends from my campus church. Second, nearly a week later with my family. Both showings impressed me.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve never been to a movie showing where the audience has ever been more active. The audience joked and applauded throughout both showings. Because I had never experienced that at any movie showing in my life, I have to place this movie up very high.
P.S. Thor is my favorite Avenger. Also, Disney did a stellar job creating a Stan Lee masterpiece.
In my opinion, this is the best of the Christopher Nolan trilogy of Batman movies. You have arguably the best story of good versus evil in all of DC Comics — Batman vs. the Joker. Although The Dark Knight Rises is also good, I don’t believe it lives up to its prequel.
From 1939, here’s my final classic favorite. I remember CBS used to show this once in prime time annually when I was much younger.
P.S. I can’t wait to see this movie’s prequel later this year — Oz the Great and Powerful, starring James Franco.
I only saw this movie in my philosophy class nearly 12 months ago. The film asks if we can determine our fate or whether our fate is already fixed. Go check it out!
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