Part 4 of My Top 100 Movies of All Time

Picks by Michelle Lynn Tackett

Let’s pick up where I left off why don’t we?

70: Wizard of Oz, Some people may think this is low, but it’s not. I just have 69 movies I like better. What else is there to say about this classic? Gorgeous cinematography, lovable characters, charming story, and wonderful music will make you feel like a kid again. If you haven’t watched this movie with your kids, do it now. This is a must-see movie that no cinephile should miss.

Rating: 4 Stars

69: Batman Begins/The Dark Knight, Nolan’s Batman movies are great, (let’s forget about The Dark Knight Rises), and The Dark Knight isn’t this top 10 be all masterpiece, but it is a great example of what comic book movies can be. Batman Begins is one of my favorite Nolan movies period. The dark tone, crisp look, and great acting keep both movies humming along nicely.

Rating: 4 Stars for both.

68: Serenity, from the legend, Joss Whedon is one of my favorite Sci-Fi movies of all time. Firefly was a great show, and this movie was a great follow-up that answered a lot of questions for fans of the series who were left hanging. Nathan Fillion is priceless as the Han Soloish Captain Malcolm Reynolds, who leads his ragtag group of members across the galaxy trying to get by. The special effects are glorious for a 30 million dollar movie, and the dialogue is spot on. Not a false moment for the characters. Whedon is a master of dialogue and storytelling. A must see for any fan of sci-fi.

Rating: 4 Stars

67: Patriot Games, Harrison Ford is STILL Jack Ryan to me. Other actors have tried, but Ford pulls off the role with ease. What a smart political thriller, with great action, intense moments and great characters. This is the best of the Jack Ryan series, with the screenplay focusing on family drama instead of some convoluted plot. This makes the stakes personal, that helps us identify with the characters and their plight.

Rating: 4 Stars

66: Pulse, there are a lot of Asian horror movies on my list. There is a good reason for that. Instead of focusing on cheap jump scares, Asian horror focuses on the atmosphere and the character’s facial expressions to tell a compelling story. It works in this gem of a movie. I don’t want to give too much away, but you will be in for a wild ride. A cheap, American remake tried to capture the greatness of this movie, but it failed. Watch this gem instead. Great build up to some unforgettable moments. Bravo.

Rating: 4 Stars

65: The Fountain, I don’t care what anyone says, this is a classic darn it. The incomparable Hugh Jackman plays 3 parts to perfection in Darrin Aronofsky’s brilliant bravura ode to life, death and the search for immortality. The striking visuals and emotional depth raise this masterwork to another level. I have seen this movie a lot, and it gets better with each viewing. I highly recommend this movie to anyone looking for a deep movie with an ambitious vision.

Rating: 4 Stars

64: The Muppet Movie (2011), I grew up on the Muppets, so it was good to see them come back to the big screen with this adorable, and funny movie. How can it go wrong with Jason Segel and Amy Adams in a movie? Throw in Kermit, Gonzo, Fozzy, and Miss Piggy, what else do you need? This movie was a return to form for the Muppets after a few disappointments. Lots of cute puns, heartfelt moments, and Amy Adams is heavenly in this movie! She is so cute you want to reach through the screen and hug her.

Rating: 4 Stars

63: Pride and Prejudice (2005 version), I usually don’t like remakes or retellings, but I love this movie. Keira Knightley sparkles as Elizabeth Bennett in this classic story. A very gentle, sweet movie with a perfect cast and a delightful tone. Not a cynical or mean bone in this movie. Lush cinematography, wonderful directing and a tight script make this a classic. It is Knightly who shines. She runs through the screen with elegance and charm as few others can.

Rating: 4 Stars

62: North By Northwest, I don’t like Hitchcock as a person, but he was an incredible director. Gary Grant is perfect as the every-man on the run. The tension is palpable, and the scenes are legendary. This is one movie I recommend for anyone who wants to know the difference between a good movie, and a bad movie. Well, this is a great movie, definitely one you should not miss out on.

Rating: 4 Stars

61: Sabrina, Audrey Hepburn is magical in this charming 1954 Billy Wilder comedy. William Holden and Humphrey Bogart are also good, but it is Hepburn who outshines them all. Her smile, stunning outfits, and charm will have you rooting for her. The delightful jokes, charming tone, and gorgeous scenery make this an instant classic, what a wonderful movie experience. I like this movie more, every time I watch it.

Rating: 4 Stars

Next week will be part 5 of my series. Stay tuned.

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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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Avengers Endgame Reviews Are In! It’s A Hit!

The reviews are pouring in for Avengers Endgame and they’re great for the most part. The movie is setting on a 98% on Rotton Tomatoes. That could change as more people see it, but early fan and critic reviews are calling this one of the best, if not the best comic book movie ever. Looks like Box Office records will be breaking this weekend.

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Link: https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/avengers_endgame