Favorite Movies of All Time Part 3

Picks by Michelle Lynn Tackett

80: Texas Chainsaw Massacre, this movie made so many people upset with its dark tone and violence (although the movie doesn’t show a lot of violence). Over the years it has become a cult favorite among horror fans. It has some incredible scares, great acting, and some terrifying villains. Especially Leather Face, who will give you nightmares with his mask made of human skin. Do not watch this classic alone in the dark.

79: Beauty and the Beast (1991 Animated movie), this movie is pure magic. The timeless animation, voices, and story will always grip you. This is one of Disney’s best movies to date. It has aged very well when some of Disney’s past efforts have not. If you’re burned out on the current crop of Disney movies, watch this one. You’ll love it. Rating: 4 Stars

78: The Eye (2002 Asian Version), Hollywood became obsessed with remaking great Asian horror movies from the late 90s to the middle of the 2000s. It didn’t work out as the Asian version always turned out better. The Eye can be confusing if you’re not familiar with ghost stories from the East, but you don’t need to understand the mythology to know good scares. This movie has em in spades. Rating: 4 Stars

77: Superman (1979), It is hard to watch this movie now, but I would watch the heck out of this movie when I was young. Christopher Reeve embodied Superman and I have not seen any actor since come close to making me believe they were Superman. The action scenes are fun, that John Williams score is perfection, and Gene Hackman rips up the screen as Lex Luther. What a joy to watch. Rating: 4 Stars

76: Chinese Puzzle, Audrey Tautou is a gem. She will have another movie on this list, guess which one it is. She is like the modern Audrey Hepburn with her huge eyes and adorable smile. Every time she comes on the screen, she brightens it with her charm. Chinese Puzzle is a charming movie from start to finish. It is a movie about people who are trying to deal with life. A divorced dad, his ex-wife, their kids, his potential new girlfriend and more. This movie moves at such a good pace making it easy to watch. The genuine laughs and heart make this movie a winner. Seek this one out! Rating: 4 Stars

75: Secretary, oh the wonderful Maggie Gyllenhaal, she can put on some incredible performances. This movie is a perfect example of her talent. Think of this as 50 shades of Grey, only a million times better. The characters are likable, the story makes sense and the screenplay actually has a brain! This movie exposed the underbelly of people who love S&M in their relationships. The directing give it a 50s romantic comedy feel. This fits with the movie since Lee and Mr. Gray act like a 50s couple. The ending will make some feminist mad, but it shouldn’t. This is about choices, and how empowering choices can be. Rating: 4 Stars

74: Open Water. What a horror classic! This indie gem from Lionsgate is an example of film making with passion. Open Water is based on a true story about a couple who go on a trip, then things happen. The minimal use of music and wide angles gave this movie a different feel for a horror movie, and that works to perfection. The last 30 minutes will put you on pins and needles. The story is so simple, you think it wouldn’t work, but smart pacing and great directing can accomplish anything. A must watch for horror fans. Rating: 4 Stars

73: Wonder Woman, this 2017 comic book adaptation is one of my favorite comic book movies ever. Gal Gadot is a gold mine as Diana, Princess of the Amazon who finds a young man who crashes on the Island. She goes off on an adventure to help him. The story isn’t the most original, but this has a winning performance by Gal who brings warmth and kindness to Wonder Woman. Making this God seem human. That is a superpower! Rating: 4 Stars

72: American Hustle, Amy Adams is one of the best actors walking the planet. There is no other actress who can do what she can. Working with great actors like Christian Bale and Bradley Cooper who also put on sparkling performances, really gives this movie some shine. This movie crackles with energy and makes good use of some of the best modern talent. A sharp screenplay with smart characters completes this movie. Rating: 4 Stars

71: Bringing Up Baby, Katherine Hepburn+Cary Grant=Grandslam! The premise is a perfect set up for a comedy. A nerdy archeologist finds a priceless bone, and he has to get it to a location. He also has to babysit Katherine Hepburn who shines like a star. Howard Hawks did a great job with the comedy. Comedy has become a lost art, this movie shows what great comedies can be. There are times I laughed so much, I got exhausted from laughter. What a winner. I won’t give too much of the story away. Kate is on fire and Grant has better chemistry than she did with Spencer. How I miss comedies like this. Rating: 4 Stars

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Top 100 Favorite Movies of All Time Part 1

Picks by Michelle Lynn Tackett

This is gonna be a 10 part series so I will do one blog per week. My brother will do his own list, but this is mine. I am here to give you the list of my top 100 favorite movies of all time. Why not the best? Movies are objective and subjective, but can we say that 2001 Space Odyssey is better than Lord of the Rings? Both are great movies, so why not pick movies I like the most? That is better if you ask me and if you don’t agree with any picks, too bad. This is my list if you don’t like it, go make your own list. Lol, I will say that a lot of these movies are objectively great. I hope you find some movies that you haven’t seen before. You may check em out and love em.

100: Five Easy Pieces, Rating: 4 Stars

You can’t go wrong with Jack Nicholson, especially his work from the 1970s. One of my favorite movies from the 1970s is Five Easy Pieces. Jack tears up the screen as Robert Dupea, a construction worker who is fed up with his life and wants to get away. One of my all-time favorite scenes is Robert trying to get through traffic and a car is honking at him. Robert is having none of this! He yells at the driver, “Why don’t you flash us your lights and show us what else you got for Christmas.” What makes this movie great is Robert embodies a generation who felt lost. Not everyone was happy with the grind of 9 to 5 work, and Jack hits all the right notes when it comes to drama and comedy. There is a reason he is a legend.

99: The Doctor, Rating: 4 Stars

I despise dark comedies and movies about doctors, so why did I like the Doctor? It might have to do with the human heart the film exhibits. William Hurt puts on the performance of his career as Jack MacKee. A doctor who is cocky and doesn’t have the best bedside manner when he interacts with his patients. He learns there is something wrong with him and he meets a cancer patient who turns his world upside down. The wonderful human touches and comedy make this movie soar above your typical black comedy. A grand slam for sure.

98: Spiderman, Rating: 4 Stars

I still love the original Spiderman from 2002. Sam Raimi’s comic book blockbuster had so much heart and thrilling action that it was the no1 box office hit of 2002. Toby McGuire and Kirsten Dunst stole scenes and hearts as Mary Jane and Peter Parker who are one of cinema’s best onscreen couples ever. The action scenes are good and the CGI is good, but its the adorable romance between Peter and Mary that make this movie. Their chemistry is lighting, and few movies have been able to capture this kind of magic. The screenplay does a great job showing how hard it is to adjust to new powers and high school, That helped elevate the movie.

97: 500 Days of Summer, Rating: 4 Stars

One of my favorite romantic comedies of the 21st century. Romantic comedies had become a punchline by 2009 with a lot of fans thinking the genre had seen it’s best days. Until Marc Webb bought his innovative and funny as heck comedy to the screen. Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt play Summer and Tom who have a 500-day romance. Does it work out? Do they end up together? Watch and see. The movie is serious, earnest and sweet. There is not a cynical bone in this adorable movie. It shows the ups and downs of a relationship without making it predictable and boring. You really care if they make it or not.

96: X-Men, Rating: 4 Stars

Hugh Jackman became a star for his knock out performance as Wolverine in this movie that helped kick start the comic book movie revolution. Focusing more on characters instead of action made this feel like a serious attempt to take the material seriously. That is what sets this apart from other comic book movies back then. This movie made me cry and the comedy was funny. This is still a great movie, but its Hugh Jackman’s tour-de-force performance that makes this movie. He is magnetic and gives Wolverine a complex, but clear moral code. He makes Wolverine seem like a real person, not a cartoon character. When he feels something, we feel it too. This will not be the only X-Men film on my list.

95: A Few Good Men, Rating: 4 Stars

I don’t like many Tom Cruise movies, but this is one of them. AFGM is one of the best courtroom dramas I’ve ever seen. What drives this movie are the 3 principle leads. Cruise, Nicholson, and Moore are all dynamic, but it’s Nicholson and Cruise who tear the screen apart like 30 bulls in a china shop. The moral complexity and different viewpoints make the movie seem more real. This helps it rise above the typical courtroom drama. The last 30 minutes are legendary, so strap yourself in for a wild ride.

94: My Fair Lady, Rating: 4 Stars

I love musicals. You will see some in here and one of my favorites is the classic My Fair Lady. Audrey Hepburn was magical as Eliza Doolittle. Every word that comes out of her mouth is a wonder to behold. Rex Harrison is the perfect match for Audrey. The music is classic, the directing is wonderful and Audrey Hepburn puts on the performance of a generation. She showed why she is a legend in this movie. Easily one of the best musicals ever.

93: Goodfellas, Rating: 4 Stars

Normally, I hate mafia movies. They are the same crap and make the mafia look good. Until Martin Scorsese came along with this legendary film that changed that. The film is so graphic with its violence that some people left the theater. This movie did its job of making the Mafia look like the monsters they are. It made the Godfather look like child’s play. Ray Liotta was magnetic as Henry Hill who joins the mob, thinking it would be cool. Then he finds out what mafia life is like and things change. Tons of wonderful performances, especially from Joe Pesci, who was the highlight. He was terrifying, and hilarious in one movie. You don’t see many performances or films like this one. A must watch and my 2nd favorite Scorsese movie.

92: Memento, Rating: 4 Stars

The second I saw this film, I knew Christopher Nolan was going to be a star. What a knock out thriller! This movie has such an original concept and delivers it in perfect fashion. Guy Pearce perfectly played Leonard, then everyone who is trying to solve a mystery. What is this mystery? Watch and find out. As good as the performances are, it’s Nolan’s innovative structure and directing that steal the show. A movie that plays from the end to the beginning or vice versa is still innovative. Still one of my favorite Nolan movies and one of the best thrillers I’ve ever seen.

91: Silver Linings Playbook, Rating: 4 Stars

I love this movie so much. It is sweet, touching, honest and emotional. This was one of the movies to really tackle mental health that a lot of people face. Bradly Cooper was so sweet as Pat, but it’s Jennifer Lawrence who really brings magic to the screen as Tiffany. She is a real revelation, showing emotional depths, darkness and complexity in a very challenging role. This is one of my favorite comedy/dramas with a perfect cast and lots of heart to get through the darkness of feeling alone. What an honest portrayal of mental illness and how people who have mental illness are treated. This is a must watch.

There are 10 of my picks. I will be back with 10 more this weekend. I hope you enjoy reading this and if you haven’t seen one of them, check em out. You may end up liking them.

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