There is something to be said about watching a good movie. Making the popcorn, dimming the lights, curling up with a blanket - it makes for a great tradition. Below you will find some of my favorites, and those movies, whether classic or just entertaining, will make for one hell of a movie night.
Almost Famous (2000): This Cameron Crowe directed Classic tells the story of a very young Rolling Stones reporter following a band across the country on a tour. This is my choice movie for pretty much everything. Starring Kate Hudson, Patrick Fugit, Billy Crudup, with additional perfomances by Frances McDormand, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, and Jason Lee - this movie is a hit of a script backed with brilliant performances. A tale of coming of age in a world most of us couldn’t really imagine living. Also, the music is incredible.
2. Forrest Gump (1994): The brilliance of this movie is in how it makes you feel everything. It looks like a bright and happy sentimental trip, only to shock and amaze with its moments of darkness. A movie that can present both of those in the same scene and at times in the same shot. The delicacy of the director is felt through out the whole film, and it is riveting from start to finish.
3. Mean Girls (2004): The mother of all teen movies, Cady Heron moves from Africa to the suburbs of Illinois and experiences high school for the first time. The antagonist of the movie Regina George, played by Rachel McAdams, is the subject of Cady and her friends plot to dethrone her. This is a joy to watch and no matter what there will be a quotable line of dialogue for every occasion of your life. So Fetch!
4. The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001-2003): I’m going to explain it this way: the extended editions of the movies clock in at about 11 hours and 20 minutes; I have completed that movie marathon in a single day, three times. They are that good.
5. Good Will Hunting (1997): the feels, Robin Williams, a young Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, but mostly all the feels. Be warned, you will cry. The movie follows the story of Will Hunting, a young man with genius level IQ who works as a janitor at MIT. After a professor puts a difficult math problem on a public board, everyone is shocked to find it solved the next morning. When they discover Will solving another problem, and after a few other events, Will ends up at the math faculty at MIT, but required to see a therapist. It takes a while but when he meets Sean Maguire, played by Williams, he finds someone who gets him. The movie ups the ante as characters pasts are revealed and an emotional catharsis is made. As I said before: thou shalt cry, a lot.
6. The Breakfast Club (1985), Never Been Kissed (1999), & Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986): Because we all need to go back to high school every now and then. Metaphorically speaking that is.
7. Monty Python & the Holy Grail (1975): To be clear every Monty Python movie is a hit, but this particular one is my personal favorite.
8. The Princess Bride (1987): This is a classic. It has it all: rescuing princesses, kidnapping, revenge, pirates, sword fighting, witches and medieval settings.
9. Spirited Away (2001) & Pan’s Labyrinth (2006): Both international films, both incredible in their own rights. Spirited Away tells the story of a girl lost in a spirit realm - from Studio Ghibli, this animated feature won an Oscar for Best Animated film. Pan’s Labyrinth was directed by Guillermo del Toro, and tells a story of a girl who is connected to the fairy realm, and her life trying to return there from World War II era Spain - it was nominated for multiple Oscars, winning cinematography, production design, and makeup.
10. The Lion King (1994): As Jack Whitehall said it best: “Just a kid's film?!? Yeah, just a kid's film with an IMDB rating of 8.5, 2 Academy Awards and 2 Golden Globes, that's been adapted into THE most successful West-end musical of all time, generating a gross profit of 8 million pounds and counting. "But maybe it's just a kid's film because it doesn't deal with any mature films" said fucking nobody ever. The Lion King is the greatest anthropomorphic assault upon the theme of mortality that Western culture has ever produced. It is so complex that your tiny, shriveled, and scrotum of a brain wouldn't dare to fathom it. So no, it is not just a kid's film, it is Shakespeare with fur!“
Honorable Mentions: Bohemian Rhapsody (2018), Back to the Future (1985), The Godfather (1972), Casablanca (1942), Toy Story (1995), ET (1982), Gladiator (2000), The Dark Knight (2008), Ready Player One (2018), DC Universe Animated Original Movies (2007-present), The Social Network (2010), All the President’s Men (1976), and Chaplin (1992)