Part 5 of My Top 100 Favorite Movies of All Time

60: The Little Mermaid, I know this is a glossed over version of the horrific fairy tale, but I don’t care. I still love the Little Mermaid. Catchy songs, wonderful characters and glowing animation light the screen up like the 4th of July. I’ve seen this movie over 30 times and I don’t get tired of it no matter how many times I’ve seen it. A family classic for all.

Rating: 4 Stars

59: The Cell is an underrated cult classic that deserves more respect. Some people are put off by the dark subject matter. I love this movie for being daring. It is chock-full of wild images, and it was one of the first movies to dig into the mind of a killer. It asks the audience to care about a killer. Jennifer Lopez is sparking as the protagonist giving a human touch against the darkness. I admit this movie is not for everyone, but if you give it a chance you may like it. The directing is on point and the actors are game. An original and terrifying movie. This is one of the most original and horrifying movies I’ve seen.

Rating: 4 Stars

58: Working Girl, Harrison Ford, you were my schoolgirl crush. His charm and sarcasm make him appealing for comedies. He adds greatly to this classic comedy. Weaver knocks it out as the ice boss, and Griffin is charming as the title character. An adult comedy that is a grown-up look at relationships how the workplace treats women and how sexism still rears its ugly head. A winner.

Rating: 4 Stars

57: X2: X-Men United is one of the best comic book sequels of all time. X2 stars the incredible Hugh Jackman who runs through every scene like 20 bulls in a china shop. The X-Men contend with 2 villains this time, Striker and Magneto. The incredible scene of Nightcrawler at the white house and the police standoff are just a taste of the greatness this movie has to offer. X-Men was great, but X2 took the series to another level.

Rating: 4 Stars

56: LA LA Land, Yes I love movie musicals. Wonderful charm, sweetness, and bright colors make me want to dance in the street. Emma Stone is perfect and Ryan Gosling is charming their chemistry comes off the screen. The cinematography is gorgeous and the songs are toe-tapping perfect. La La Land will put you in a good mood it does me. A glorious return to old school musicals.

Rating: 4 Stars

55: My Neighbor Totoro, my goodness, this is one of the best-animated movies I’ve ever seen. This isn’t the only Japanese Anime movie you will see on my list. What a thrill ride of joy, innocence and how children deal with a sick parent. The gorgeous images and adorable characters will make you fall in love with this movie.

Rating: 4 Stars

54: The Shinning, Kubrick’s gorgeous horror movie is one of a kind classic. It easily makes my top 5 favorite horror movies of all time with great scares and great directing. The stellar performances and the innovative directing make this an instant classic. Some people gripe (cough Stephen King), this isn’t like the book. WHO CARES! Shelly Duvall carries the heart of the movie, Jack Nicholson is terrifying and the cinematography is simply stunning. Kubrick’s use of wide-angle lenses changed horror movies.

Rating: 4 Stars

53: Dr. Strangelove, Another Kubrick masterpiece. The quintessential cold war comedy that still has a bite. Peter Sellers is the best comedy actor of all time. I dare anyone to find an actor with a better resume of movies and performances. Kubrick’s stark black and white colors pop, the pacing is incredible, and the music soars. I know a lot of people who haven’t seen this movie, what are you waiting for? Check out this perennial classic now.

Rating: 4 Stars

52: The Abyss, James Cameron, you really know how to direct great movies. This is one of his best movies. Abyss was overlooked at the box office when it came out. Thankfully, it became a hit on home video. Ed Harris and Michael Bein put on great performances. The Abyss is like an 80s version of Close Encounters of the Third Kind the last 20 minutes are simply stunning. Cameron is a master of visual and emotional storytelling.

Rating: 4 Stars

51: Night of the Living Dead, this still the best of Romero’s zombie opus. This classic dealt with subjects like racism and classism. Romero’s directing gives you a claustrophobic feel the characters are real and relatable which helps the scares matter. A bulls-eye for horror movies. Still the best zombie movie I’ve ever seen. This is based on the original version, not the disaster of a remake.

Rating 4 Stars

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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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