Now I am sure that this is not going to be a complete list because in a few days I will want to add and take away, but for now… these are my favorite movies of all time. They are also not in order of importance.
I know this movie gets a lot of heat because quite a few people didn’t like it and I probably would not have picked Matthew McConaughey to portray the main character but I still really enjoyed it. One of the biggest things for me is if I can guess the ending from the trailer and be correct, I am not going to like the movie. I thought that this was going to be just another space movie *cough* Gravity *cough*, but when my brother came back from seeing it and told me that it was incredible I had to go against my gut and I am really glad that I did. If you don’t know I am a huge space and science theory fan and this movie was a combination of both.
This movie takes place on Earth in the future. We have destroyed the planet and everyone’s main goal is farming and survival, but everything on Earth is slowly dying and the harsh weather conditions make it harder each year to grow crops. Things like the military and NASA were defunded and everything was put on water and food. However, NASA was secretly operating underground because in order to save the human race is to leave the planet Earth. Then the movie dives into numerous theories about black holes, wormholes, parallel universes, time relativity, and a ton more. Basically, it is a nerd’s wet dream.
This is my favorite superhero movie of all time. Take that Marvel! Seriously, though this movie is amazing. These 3 high school friends go to a party and wonder off into the woods where they find a massive hole in the ground and decide to go exploring. The stumble upon this huge alien rock thing, they never really talk about what it is. The next day weird things start happening to them and they go back to where the hole was to try and figure out is happening and the whole area is tapped off and is being investigated.
Throughout the movie, these three guys learn how to use their new telekinesis powers and slowly become more powerful. One of the boys who was abused by his father every day finally gets stressed to the max when his dying mother can no longer afford her treatments ( I can’t remember if she actually dies or just gets worse). Anyway, he turns to “the dark side of the force” and starts using his powers to create utter destruction. His former friends are the only ones that can stop him and one of them dies in the process. Finally, the evil friend is killed by the other and we are left seeing the last friend in the mountains finding inner peace.
It is really a roller coaster from start to finish and to be honest I have not seen it in awhile so some of the details I provided could be a little off. Nevertheless, it is an outstanding movie that I obviously need to watch again.
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10 Cloverfield Lane
This movie actually just came out last year and it was the best movie of the year in my opinion. When the trailers started rolling out I think everyone (including me) thought that it was going to be a continuation or somehow connected to Cloverfield. As far as I know it is not, but I am sure there is a theorist out there who has an awesome explanation for how they are connected. Anyway, like Chronicle, this movie was a roller coaster from beginning to end. This movie takes place in a small town and we are introduced to our main character who is driving down a lonely road and suddenly gets into a car crash.
Before we go any further, let me tell you something about this car crash. I saw this movie in theaters and I was not ready for the PTSD to kick in when this car crash ensued. I was in a car crash with my best friend and honestly, we were lucky to have survived, but that is a story for another time. Anyway, when this car crash happened it was so loud it scared the complete crap out of me… so bad I was having war flashbacks. I got a rush of adrenaline and felt like I needed to collect insurance information afterward. Ok back to the movie.
After the car crash, the girl is taken by Sully from Monsters Inc. ( the guy who voiced him). She wakes up and finds that she is basically being held prisoner with another guy in Sully’s underground bunker. They are told that the world is ending and the air is so toxic that your skin will burn clear off and you will die. Well, the entire movie you are trying to figure out if this is actually the truth or if Sully has simply lost his marbles. No one really knows what is happening, but Sully predicted that there was a nuclear war and that is what the earth was now toxic.
One day or main character sees a bird outside and teams up with the other guy who was captured to try and get away from Sully. They make a hazmat suit as a precaution, but regardless Sully is insane and they need to get away from him. So their plan half works because Sully kills the guy and then our main character tries several times to kill Sully and eventually does… finally.
However, she also makes it outside and discovers that the air is not toxic, BUT the Earth is infested with aliens who are trying to kill off the human race by spraying a gas into the air, like bug spray. The movie ends with our main character driving away from Sully’s house (address 10 Cloverfield Lane) and listing to the radio for an emergency broadcast. She finds out that humans are winning the war against the aliens and heads toward the city where the military base is so she can fight the aliens too.
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron
So believe it or not, a Disney movie is not of my all time favorite childhood movie. When I was younger I loved horses (you know that one weird girl who loves horses too much… that was me) and so when this movie came out I had to see it. In fact, I saw it 3 times in theaters. I had my family buy me all the merchandise they could including model horses, stuffed animals, pj’s, color books, computer games, and anything else you can think of. This is still one of my favorite movies because it was such a big part of my childhood. Plus its got a kick ass soundtrack.
Now I haven’t seen this movie in a very long time so bare with me. This movie takes place out west when the Indians still controlled most of the west and white people were going out there to settle. Our main character, Spirit, is a wild mustang who finds himself exploring a cowboy campsite at night.
The cowboys wake up and try to wrangle Spirit with no luck. So Spirit takes them on a wild goose chase that eventually leads to him getting captured and taken to horse training facility the cowboys have made. It’s more like an equestrian military base. There they try to tame Spirit with no luck and this is where Spirit meets his Indian friend. The two escape together and in the process they let all the horses go free. The Indian takes Spirit back to his camp site where they too try to tame him, but like Miley Cyrus, he can’t be tamed.
The whole story is a really good at showing how the west was settled and the influence that white people had on the environment and the Indians. Plus, all of this is through the eyes of a horse. This movie is beautifully animated and the artwork was outstanding.
Struck By Lightning
I was not expecting to like this movie because I was just scrolling through Netflix and looking for something to watch. I saw this movie and recognized a few of the main characters on the cover and decided it was worth a watch. It has since turned into one of my favorite movies of all time.
This movie focuses on a high school boy who is known for caring too much and does not want to settle. He is working hard to follow his dreams and get out of his dead-end town, but literally, everyone in the movie tells him to lower his standards. Everyone finds his efforts and intense drive to succeed annoying and thus he does not have many friends. All this boy wants to do is become a writer and throughout the movie, you see how his life around him falls apart and yet he defies the odds.
My favorite part of the movie was listening to him describe his passion for lightning. He described it as “being struck by lightning.” Then at the end of the movie when he is facing his biggest challenge and you think that he is going to give up, you see him heading to his car and then all of the sudden he is struck by lightning and killed.
His body was not found until school started after the weekend was over, and all these people started coming out of the woodwork saying how he was a good person. People that hated him were expressing how he was nice. It would be like if you died and your worst enemy came out and was “sad.” You know they are not really sad, so that part is aggravating, but I wouldn’t change a thing because that is exactly what would happen. The saddest part is seeing his real friend suffer and she started watching all the old clips of him she had filmed… it is a really sad and inspiring movie.
The Best of the Best
Each of these movies has a special place in my heart and I love each and every one of them. The one thing they all have in common is they all have a deeper meaning and they don’t have a typical ending. To me storytelling is about not only taking your characters on an adventure, you have to take the reader/ watcher with you. If you are able to predict the ending the story becomes boring, but it is not just about the surprise ending. I need my emotions to go on a rollercoaster ride. Each of these movies has moments in them that will make you generally laugh and ball your eyes out and/or scare you. I want to feel what the character feel and to do that your characters have to be relatable and your story has to be believable. That is why these are my favorite movies of all time!