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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Why Is Anime So Popular?

In the 21st century, Japanamation (or Japanese Anime), has exploded in popularity. Names like Miyazaki, Hosoda and Shinkai mean as much to animated fans as Pixar does. What is causing this? Let’s take a look!

Different Style

Anime has a distinct style that allows bigger facial expressions and over the top humor that wouldn’t work with western style animation. This can lead to bigger for audiences and it can convey different story telling methods to the audience.

The Forgotton Hollywood Category, Drama.

Let’s face it, Hollywood don’t do good dramas anymore. Some independent movies can do it well, but big budget dramas are almost dead. In Anime though, it’s alive and well. You feel the pain the characters do, movies like Kiki’s Delivery Service, Your Name and Ponyo will have you in tears when they feel pain, and cheering when they are happy. Drama when it’s done right can be so rewarding.

Less Cynical

Aren’t you tired of cynical movies? Don’t you want movies with real heart and sincere emotions? You get that a lot in anime. Wolf Children is a great example of a loving family who works to stay together and you really know that the family loves each other. It is real and the characters don’t wink at you to let you know it’s a game. This makes you more invested in the story and the characters.

Great Escapism

When you turn on TV or go to You Tube, you can come across so much harsh reality. We all need to deal with it, but too much can bring you down. Watch a sweethearted anime movie. You can see relatable characters overcome obstacles and hardships. You’ll see lots of gentle stories like the Secret World of Arrietty. What a sweet story about a loving family who happen to be small and how they deal with it. You’ll feel so good after you watch it. Forget your problems for over 2 hours and enjoy. There are other movies like The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and Ponyo that will make you feel great after watching them.

Imagination

Oh the things you can do with animation. Spirited Away is a great example of this. You’ll see creatures you’ve never seen before and a world that will make your sensors go wild. Howl’s Moving Castle and My Neighbor Totoro are packed with imaginative images that will fill your mind with gorgeous colors, character designs and weird creatures which will blow your mind. You’ll feel like you are on cloud nine seeing all of these incredible images.

Diversity

Anime has a lot of different sub-categories. Some are wild sci-fi, sexy, some are dark and some are wonderful family movies. You don’t get a lot of adult animation in the west (adult swim used to, but not now), anime knows there are fans who crave adult animation. Vampire Hunter D, Death Note and Akira are great adult animes that are smart, dark and edgy for older . Then you got cute and wholesome animes like The Castle in the Sky and Summer Wars that are great for the whole family.

Relatable Characters

No matter how wild the images or creatures, anime gives you very relatable characters. Taki and Mitsuha from Your Name, are typical college kids who are trying their best to get by. Working jobs, going to school and trying to balance their home life. Who can’t relate to that? Even though there is a sci-fi element, the movie never forgets to give us characters we can relate to and care about. Wolf Children is another great example of this. Hana, Yuki and Ame are a typical family. Yuki is a regular housewife who is trying her best to raise her kids on her own. This makes the drama real and we feel for them when something happens. No matter how outrageous the story.

Traditional Animation

Remember when Disney did movies like Aladdin, the Little Mermaid and the Lion King? Nearly all western animated movies are CGI now. Don’t get wrong, I love CGI, but there is something about hand drawn animation that is appealing. The colors are brighter, the textures pop and there is a quiet charm about it. Princess Mononoki, Your Name and A Silent Voice can stun you with beauty in ways CGI can’t. The gorgeous colors that will make your eyes do somersaults and the fluid movement that will cause your brain to work overtime. Hollywood has forgotten that a lot of people still prefer hand drawn animation to CGI. Anime is one of the few places where someone can get that nowadays.

Final Thoughts

For all of the reasons above, Japanese Anime is gathering a huge following in western Countries now. It isn’t just movies or tv shows either. Video games as well are showing a growing interest in anime. Games like Persona 5 and Xenoblade Chronicles 2 both have sold over 2 million copies. America is taking notice. JJ Abrams is remaking Your Name, (please let it turn out to be good), and stores like Walmart are carrying more anime. This is great! If you haven’t checked out anime, do yourself a favor and check some out. There is something for everyone. Long live Anime!

Links to some of my favorite anime:

https://www.amazon.com/Your-Name-Blu-ray-Michael-Sinterniklaas/dp/B074R4KSTM/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?crid=14AP5PSLP62RF&keywords=your+name&qid=1556481013&s=gateway&sprefix=your&sr=8-3

Links to Anime becoming popular:

https://www.google.com/amp/s/comicbook.com/anime/amp/2018/05/03/anime-overseas-popularity-study-released/

https://www.infoplease.com/us/arts-entertainment/manga-and-anime-japanese-invasion

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