1. The Lord of the Rings
Yes, this is my favorite movie of all time. I include all three; The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King. I love them! I think part of my love for them comes from Fellowship being the first movie I saw in the theatre after my mission. I had seen advertisements at burger king for the movie, and I remember thinking, "This looks so cool." I had never read the books, and I hadn't seen a movie in 2 years! It was only a short while after I came home that my family took me to see it. We went to an Edwards theatre in Boise, Idaho, which is stadium seating with larger than normal screens. We arrived a little late, and I walked in as Cate Blanchett's narration plays over the opening sequence. I get chills thinking about it! I saw Fellowship in the theatre 7 more times. Do the math. That's 24 hours in the theatre. I saw Two Towers in Logan with Grandma and Grandpa Call and my cousins. Grandma was passing tissue out to all of us to put in our ears. She also kept covering Skye's eyes during the battle sequences. For those of you who don't know, that's just about the entire movie. When it was over, Skye said, "That was the most boring movie I've ever seen." I also saw Return of the King in Logan, and while people around me were complaining about the multiple endings, I was bawling. I just didn't want it to end! For the next 3 years, the extended editions of each movie were my big present for my birthday or Christmas from Chrislynn. I love the cast, Peter Jackson, and I think they changed the way movies are made (particularly the way they were filmed all together).
Chrislynn introduced me to this movie shortly after we were married. It's rated R, so on our first Christmas I had it edited for her at Flicks in Logan. Yeah, yeah, I know how some of you are reacting to that. Anyway, it took me a while to realize it, but this is totally my second favorite movie! I can't watch it without smiling. And when it ends, I can't stop smiling for a long time, and I have an incredible urge to do something nice for someone! That feeling always stays with me for a while, and for that reason I have bumped it up to number 2 on my list. That and I love watching it with Chrislynn and seeing her smile when Amelie eats the raspberries and breaks the top of the creme brulee.
3. The Princess Bride
It was number 1 for so long that it couldn't drop too far down the list. I love this movie! I have a vague memory of watching this movie in the theatre when I was about 7 in Twin Falls, Idaho. I remember watching it in the conference room across from the costume shop at Utah State with Tristan and Doug Hills when I was about 10 or 11 and the Hills boys were 2 or 3. I remember quoting all the lines and giggling when Inigo Montoya says a "bad word" right before he kills the 6 fingered man. I love this movie!
4. Dead Poet's Society"I went to the woods because I wanted to live deliberately. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life. To put to rout all that was not life; and not, when I had come to die, discover that I had not lived." Henry David Thoreau
I think this movie may have had a larger impact on me than even I realize. I remember watching this movie with my cousins in Grandma Call's house when I was pretty young. I think I was sitting next to Denise, and she was very concerned about me watching Robert Sean Leonard's final scene. I also remember watching it with Tyler Fenstermaker thousands of times all through high school.
"Carpe Diem. Seize the day boys. Make your lives extraordinary."
"That the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?"
5. A River Runs Through It
I watched this movie in the theatre when we were living in McAllen, Texas. Grandpa Call had just recently taught me how to fly fish, the location reminded me so much of Logan Canyon, and the fisherman at the end reminded me of Grandpa Call. I think this is a beautiful movie.
6. That Thing You Do
We had just moved to Burley, Idaho, Molly Anderson and Aislinn Crane (who worked at Century Cinemas) got me into the movie for free, and they brought me free snacks. The movie was so much fun! It's when I decided I wanted to be a drummer instead of an actor... then I decided that would be really hard so I would just play a drummer on TV. I got the soundtrack to the movie and played it over and over again. I remember Anson dancing to it on my bed when he was just little.
This is the newest movie on my top 10 list. Chrislynn and I saw it for the first time on DVD last year, and we fell in love with it. The music is beautiful! In fact, that's how we were made aware of the movie. It won the oscar for best song in a movie, and their performance at the awards was really moving. I was also preparing for Stones in his Pockets so I wanted to watch it for research on an Irish dialect. It was one of those movie / date nights when we weren't expecting too much, and we were pleasantly surprised.
8. The Shawshank Redemption
If That Thing You Do made me want to be a drummer, Shawshank made me want to be an actor. I think if Forrest Gump (another one of my favorites) hadn't come out that year, Shawshank would have cleaned up at the Oscars. Including a best actor for Tim Robbins. This is another movie I remember watching a lot with Tyler Fenstermaker.
9. The Truman Show
So this had the most drastic drop from number 3 to 9, and it's still funny to me that it's on my list at all. I don't really know why, I just love this movie! I think Jim Carrey is excellent in it, and I think Peter Weir (who also directed Dead Poet's Society) did an incredible job of handling the potentially hokey moments and instead made them moving and touching.
10. With Honors
This probably has a lot to do with the enormous crush I had on Moira Kelly ever since The Cutting Edge. I also really like Patrick Dempsey in his pre McDreamy days, and I was a fan of Brendan Frasier. I love this movie, and I have a vague memory of my cousin Erica Vest having something to do with it.
Tom Courtney gives the best performance I've ever seen in a movie.
All 6 of them. Yes, even the 3 new ones.
The 1st 3. While I don't feel as strongly against the 4th movie as some, I don't know if I'm ready to include it on this list.
Oceans 11, 12, and 13.
If Shawshank Redemption makes me want to be an actor, these movies make me want to be a movie star. They look like they're having so much fun!
Bourne Identity, Supremacy, and Ultimatum.
I think this is the best acting in an action movie.
Back to the Future 1, 2, and 3.
Hello McFly! Gotta love Christopher Lloyd, Michael J. Fox, and Crispin Glover.
Comic Book Movies.
My favorites are Spiderman 2, The Dark Night, and Transformers. I know Transformers wasn't a comic book, but I put it in this category anyway. I have yet to see an entire comic book trilogy that I love. Spiderman 3 let me down.
Al Pacino Movies.
I love Al Pacino. My favorites are Scent of a Woman, the first Godfather, and Dick Tracy.
Johnny Depp Movies.
I really love Johnny Depp. My favorites are Edward Scissorhands, What's Eating Gilbert Grape, and yes, the Pirrates of the Caribbean movies.