Favorite Movies of All Time Part 7 40-31

By Michelle Lynn Tackett

We are getting up there now. Here come some beloved classics and hidden gems.

40: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Jack Nicholson delivers a performance for the ages as Randle P Murphy, who is living in a mental institution with other colorful characters. The abuse some of the patients take at the hands of nurse Nurse Ratched is painful to watch. One of the best movies ever made.
Rating: 4 Stars, this is a magical experience.

39: A Touch of Evil, Orson Welles was a master filmmaker, and this movie was a perfect example of that. Top-notch performances and great plot twists elevate this movie to another level. Wells’s ability to craft a twisting story with innovation is legendary. Watch this movie, you’ll love it.
Rating: 4 Stars, a must-see cinematic experience.

38: A Nightmare on Elm Street, not the best horror movie I’ve seen, but it’s one of my favorites. Robert Englund steals every scene as the maniacal Freddy Kruger. Wes Craven gives us kids to root for, not kids who we don’t care about. Imaginative special effects and perfect direction make this a classic.
Rating: 4 Stars, one of the best horror movies ever.

37: The Fugitive, the legendary Harrison Ford. He is so underrated. This movie shows why. Ford’s ability to play every person is perfect. We root for him to clear his name and fear for him when he’s in danger. The script is tight, the action scenes are thrilling, and the performances are perfect. A classic that still holds up.
Rating: 4 Stars, a thrill-ride that never gets hold.

36: Roma, Netflix made the best picture of 2018 with this stunner. You know you have a winner when the characters live a boring life, but you’re still fascinated. Each character is fully developed, the story is intriguing, and the directing is stunning. The gorgeous cinematography and glorious music are icing on the cake.
Rating: 4 Stars, you have to see this movie! It’s that good.

35: Wait Until Dark, one of the most influential thrillers of all time. Alan Arkin laid the groundwork for action villains with his performance as Harry Roat Jr. Audrey Hepburn in her last Oscar-nominated performance is priceless. Some may complain about the slow pace but have patience. The last 15 minutes are a rocket.
Rating: 4 Stars, a nail-biting thriller with great acting.

34: A Fantastic Woman, the best movie made about someone being trans. Daniela Vega is electrifying as Marina, who faces prejudice from her lover’s family. The subject is handled with subtle care. Beautiful directing and cinematography give it an otherworldly feel. This is how you do a movie about trans people.
Rating: 4 Stars, a touching masterpiece that will make you think.

33: What About Bob, Bill Murray is a gem. He has comedic gold for timing. What About Bob could’ve been a disaster in the wrong hands, but Murray saves the day. The ending divided people, but I loved it. This is how you do a good comedy.
Rating: 4 Stars, one of the funniest movies I’ve ever seen.

32: Wall-E, my favorite Disney movie ever made. Nothing comes close. What a magical movie with an adorable robot as the lead, and his adorable love interest Eva. Gorgeous animation, adorable characters, great storytelling, and a timely message make Wall-E a classic.
Rating: 4 Stars, the best movie Disney has ever done.

31: X-Men Days of Future Past, the second-best X-Men movie. The story is engaging, the performances are great, and the action scenes are mind-blowing. Hugh Jackman plays Wolverine to perfection. This is one of the best comic book movies I’ve ever seen.
Grade: 4 Stars, this is a must-see for comic book fans and non-comic book fans alike.

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100 Favorite Movies of All Time Part 6 50-41

I took time off so I could really try to pick the right picks on my list. This is where the movies that I treasure are and it is so hard to pick one over the other. I will try my best, so let’s get started.

50: The Secret World of Arrietty, a problem I have with so many big movies now is how cynical they are. Here is a wonderful anime that is the antithesis of that. What a wonderful, charming, sweet and heartfelt movie without any cynicism whatsoever. This is a wonderful children’s fable with adorable characters. The animation takes it to another level.

Rating: 4 Stars. This puts big Hollywood blockbusters to shame when it comes to sweetness and real emotion.

49: While You Were Sleeping, I know, this movie isn’t original and it is very glossy, but I love the charm and lack of cynicism. Sandra Bullock is positively adorable and shines like a star. She really makes you want to see Lucy succeed. Goofy? Yes, but charming and good natured as well. I have seen this movie over twenty times. Any time I need a lift, I put this movie on and I feel a lot better.

Rating: 4 Stars. I miss old fashioned charmers like this. Nothing original, but made with such loving detail and acted to perfection. This is a classic charmer.

48: Prisoners, probably the best thriller I’ve ever seen. Prisoners stars the one of a kind Hugh Jackmanas a father (Keller Dover), whose child is kidnapped. The story sounds cliche on the surface, but it’s the execution that makes this a masterwork. This is a deep, dark journey, it is not for the faint of heart. One of the many times Jackman should’ve won an Oscar, but for some reason, he didn’t. The ending will send chills up your spine and the tension is palpable. A real must see.

Rating: 4 Stars, you owe it to yourself to see this masterwork of film making.

47: Halloween, the Carpenter masterpiece that never ages. Much better than the 2018 version. Jamie Lee Curtis is at the top of her game in this movie. The directing is taunt, the writing is not the best, but the scares are phenomenal! Take notes Hollywood, this is how you do a horror movie. The movie that put independent movies on the map.

Rating: 4 Stars, still a classic that holds up well.

46: Raiders of the Lost Ark, the first Indiana Jones movie is still the best. I love Harrison Ford in this movie. It is such a classic when it comes to action scenes, comedy and special effects. One of the better Spielberg movies.

Rating: 4 Stars, an all-time classic that you need to watch.

45: Spirited Away, simply one of the best animated movies ever. Miyazaki is at his best creating a wondrous world filled with imaginative creatures and gorgeous images. The story of a strong willed girl trying to find her parents will touch your heart. Once again, a movie lack of cynicism that chooses to have warmth and sincerity to give us characters we can care about. A once in a lifetime movie experience.

Rating: 4 Stars, just see it. You’ll thank me later.

44: The Last Detail, one of the best Jack Nicholson performances and movies. He takes a young man to prison, but befriends him along the way. What a raw, emotional and funny movie with an honest look at what life is like for people in the military.

Rating: 4 Stars, what a masterwork of film making and heart.

43: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, what a charming slice of life story that centers around a young woman who can travel back in time. The time travel idea is used brilliantly and the characters are likeable and flawed. The animation is gorgeous with bright colors and stunning visuals. Movies like this show why I love anime so much. The gentle stories you can tell with stunning visuals and great facial expressions.

Rating: 4 Stars, a wonderful, quiet and gentle movie that you don’t see much in Hollywood anymore. See this movie, it’s a must watch.

42: Breakfast At Tiffany’s, I know, Micky Rooney, but that aside. This is one of the best romantic comedies of all time. Pure charm, elegant film making and great characters make this an unforgettable movie experience.

Rating: 4 Stars, sweet and funny to a tee.

41: Heat, I will make this short and sweet. Al Pachino and Robert DeNiro have a scene together. Is there anything else I need to say about this movie? It is a sparkling crime thriller, with lots of great action and incredible family drama.

Rating: 4 stars, a must see.

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Who Are the Best Actors Working Today? My Top 10 Actors Today

Here is my criteria, range, believably, power, consistency, charisma, emotion and longevity. This is a lot of my favorite actors, but who are the best.

10: Angelina Jolie, you want to talk about range? She has it in spades! From action heroes as Lara Croft, to a troubled young girl in Girl Interrupted. Angelina can play a wide variety of roles doing it with piazzas.

Best performance: Girl Interrupted.

9: Leonardo DiCaprio, a veteran who proved the naysayers wrong. Leo has been in huge blockbusters to art house favorites. Leo is going to have one heck of a long career. He can play so many roles. He isn’t the best at comedy, so that hurts his range a bit, but he can nail it when it comes to drama.

Best Performance: The Revenant 

8: Daniel Day Lewis, the Oscar darling. He has put on some great performances, but some that weren’t so good. His range was also a bit limiting. His Lincoln wasn’t as good as the academy made it out to be. Still, he had one heck of a career with some great performances.

Best performance: There Will Be Blood

7: Kate Winslet, her recent roles haven’t been up to her older roles, but when she was at her peek, Kate was arguably the best actor working. She has depth and range that few have. Let’s hope she gets back on the right track.

Best Performance: Revolutionary Road

6: Johnny Depp, I know some might think this is low for him, but his current work hasn’t been as good. He excels at weird performances, but falls flat when playing a relatable character. His personal life has taken a toll on his work, so he may fall further in future lists.

Best Performance: Edward Scissorhands.

5: Frances McDormand, she is still putting on great performances and showing what kind of roles women can play. Versatile and powerful. That is how you describe Frances. She portrays strong women who have deep flaws and quirky flaws. She makes it seem natural, which is the best complement an actor can get.

Best performance: Fargo.

4: Christian Bale, like him or not, he is one heck of a talented actor. From American Psycho to Vice, Bale can tear through a part with ample intensity. Bale could’ve done better as Batman, but he has been one of the more consistent actors of the 21st century.

Best Performance: American Psycho

3: Nicole Kidman, class, elegance and charm to spare. Kidman is a legend in the making. She is the new Katherine Hepburn, yes you can quote me saying that. She can play a struggling housewife, a cold hearted nun, a mother who has lost her mind, etc,. all with ease. Kidman is a rarity and a national treasure.

Best Performance: Killing of a Sacred Deer

2: Amy Adams, easily the best actress working today. Adams has range, talent, charm, personality and intensity. Adams is so cute, but she can also be cold and intense. She can change at the drop of a hat, and we believe it.

Best Performance: American Hustle

1: Hugh Jackman, he can sing, dance and act like no other entertainer before him. Jackman is this generation’s Jack Nicholson. He can play any role. He can do musicals, family movies, play a father loosing his mind and play a super hero in the blink of an eye. Why on earth this man has never won the Oscar is beyond me. He has no equal when it comes to range and pure talent.

Best Performance: Logan

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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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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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