All-Time Top 5 Favourite Movies
Now, I have often struggled with making up my mind about a Top 5 anything, let alone a specific list of movies, one of my greatest loves in this world we call Earth.
Now this won’t be a very long article, probably not well written either, but I felt like writing it anyway.
Here is my list, in no particular order; I haven’t mastered that part of the top 5 yet.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
This movie is, to my knowledge, very well liked by most people. However, there are those who do not like it, perhaps for the man in lingerie, perhaps fans of Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein who believe this is a cheap, contemporary rendition of a classic, or perhaps because it’s just so goddamned weird! I love it, since the first time I saw it, it has been in my Top 5. It was actually the first official movie in my Top 5. It made me look at films that I usually found weird or unimpressive and think about them and try to see everything not just what was plainly shown. It also unleashed a desire to fill the list with 4 other burning favourite that would be etched in stone, forever, never changing with the times or eroding, or simply fading away. It represented the need for something permanent.
I had heard much about this movie from people who had enjoyed it before me. I had the bar set quite high, and within the first 30 second, I had made my decision. “Did I listen to pop music because I was miserable? Or was I miserable because I listened to pop music?” By the end of that opening monologue it was firmly wedged into my Top 5 list, firmly wedged. Now, I have still not had the pleasure of reading the original novel of high Fidelity by Nick Hornby, I have however, had the audacity to go so far as to say that the movie, on this rarest of occasions, may surpass the source material. I still look forward to the day when I will sit down and absorb every word and letter on the pages of the novel, but until then I shall forever enjoy the movie.
If somebody, anybody in the world says they don’t enjoy Goodfellas, they’re lying; it’s as simple as that. When I first saw Goodfellas I was intrigued because everybody had told me how good it was and I was hoping everybody was right. I wasn’t really into gangster movies at this point, the only one I had ever seen was Casino which I had watched the previous week. Another reason I was anxious to watch Goodfellas was that I was confused, not being into gangster movies I was confused with the Godfather, I am quite embarrassed by that now as watching Goodfellas sparked an innate desire to watch all thing gangster, mob and mafia related. I have extended my viewing to such classics that include, but are not limited to, The Godfathers, Scarface, Carlito’s Way, The Road to Perdition AND Once Upon a Time in America. This movie turned me to gangster movies, video games, novels etc. all forms of media. I don’t need to express how much I love this more than previously stated, needless to say it will keep a clawed hold on my list forever.
Now here’s where it gets tricky, I called this my Top 5 list, which is still true; however, it is not completed. I have many, many movies that I love and would love to put on the list but, alas, they do not feel like Top 5 movies.
Top contenders are, at the moment;
Shaun of the Dead ****
Gone in 60 Seconds ***
I Love You, Man ****
Never Back Down ****
Talladega Nights – The Ballad of Ricky Bobby ***
The Transporter ****
I will update every time a contender moves up a star or if any movies make it onto the list.
Thanks for reading, Jordan Grant