Monday, November 23, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

In the spirit of Thanksgiving I have decided to leave one last blog for everyone to ponder while I am gone! As the holiday season I think of my childhood memories of sitting around the television and watching movies (Well some of us. Others were sleeping). I will try to give some explanation, but these are what I think the top ten movies of all time are.

10. The Wizard of Oz, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
When you think of a classic movie that has been passed down from generation this is the movie that comes to everyone's mind. This classic tale of Dorothy and her trip down the yellow brick road started with my parents watching it all in black and white and now it has been spread on to further generations. Including the memorable "Somewhere Over the Rainbow", "Ding Dong the Witch is Dead", and "Follow the Yellow Brick road", the Wizard of Oz leaves an impact on every viewer that teaches the message that there is "No Place Like Home".

In tenth place I thought that I should include a comedy about a crazy story also. Monty Python follows the knights of the round table on their quest to find the Holy Grail. With comic legends taking us on this journey they run across many barriers including the knights who say "NI", killer rabbits, and British police. However dumb this movie may seem it is truly a sensation that began comedy movies for future generations. It is really a hilarious movie with no message at all except to sit back and enjoy yourself.

I really felt that this movie deserved some respect on my part. Since I put a musical and a comedy in tenth place I thought that I should include a drama of epic proportions. This movie covers the life of Benjamin Button who is born an old man and dies as a child. During his period of adult he falls in love with a beautiful woman who lives a normal life. I do not want to ruin the ending, but it is very sad and it reminds you that even the small stuff is important and do not take any minute for granted. It is an emotional movie with great special effects. This is a must see movie.

9. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
This is an epic movie! This last weekend I watched every movie in one day and I must tell you that I think that this was one of the toughest choices because each movie is so great. This one rises above the rest because the journey to destroy the ring finally comes to its end. For the first time I watched this on blue-ray and I must admit that it was slightly disappointing in the first movie as effects looked very fake, but Return of the King is spectacular. Following the books of Tolkien, these movies enforce the powers of good versus evil and what effects they can have on any world.

8. The Lion King
Now some people are looking at this choice and saying you are insane Tyler for putting this movie in the top ten, but I full heartedly believe that this is one of the top ten movies of all time. Those same people that are in disbelief are also thinking of a song in their mind. Whether it is "The Circle of Life" or "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" I know that everyone has wanted to scream out of the top of their lungs one of these songs. Also I know that one time in everyone's life they are been emotionally touched by the relationship of father and son in this movie. "He lives in you" is a song from the Broadway musical that simply identifies with everyone. We have all lost a loved one at one time and it is important to remember the legacy they left and that a little part of them stuck with you.

7. Psycho
Until this recent Halloween I would have never thought to talk about this movie as a top placing. That's when I watched this 1960 classic of a woman who tries to steal money and run away to find her true love, but instead meets up with a psycho. After a few more death people start to catch on to a killer and it is a really intense murder mystery thriller. You have to love this Hitchcock classic that helped start the production of "Scary" movies. I must say that I really enjoyed this movie as it was one of the first Hitchcock films I have ever seen. It is really a movie that transformed entertainment and everyone should watch it.

6. Forrest Gump
I must tell you that this is one of the very first movies that I can remember actually watching as a child. "I love you Jenny" is a line that has and will be passed down through the ages. I think this movie is important for this generation in many aspects as Forest recounts his life. Each story he tells has a lesson and while I will not take time to go through each one, I think it is important that you watch this movie.

5. Dark Knight
I don't know if this will be too high of a placing or too low of a placing for Austin, but this movie is extremely amazing, which is why it needed to be in the top five. This movie a lot of hype and it did deserve it. After the death of Heath Ledger this movie left his legacy as the Joker. This action movie follows a carefully developed plat with all of its twists and turns. It also includes some emotional impacts but it includes a great plot and a dramatic ending. If you have not seen this movie yet then you are missing out. Check this movie out on Blue-ray and you can see some of the IMAX footage. If you haven't seen this movie then it leaves the question "Why so serious?"

4. Singin' in the Rain and Slumdog Millionaire
"I'm singing in the rain, just singing in the rain, what a glorious feeling...I'm happy again!" If this movie does not make you extremely happy then I think you need to go to the doctor. I have seen the show on a stage too and I must say that it is one of the most entertaining movies I have ever seen. It is not all about the singing either it is about the lesson it tries to teach. It is about being honest and true to yourself. The film follows the movie making industry as it goes from silent films to the talkies. What happens to the actress with the most annoying voice in the world, the woman with a beautiful voice, and the love triangle that follows. Find out in the Hollywood classic "Singin' in the Rain".

"Just a humble slumdog sitting in the chair of a millionaire. What will I go home with in the end?" Hugh Jackman asked that at the awards and the answer was that it won 8 Oscars. This movie that follows the story of an unlikely hero as he goes on another country's version of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?". Following his life from the very beginning, you see Jamal as he grows up in the slums and runs away. While it is a very simple movie, it is one of the best movies that I have ever seen through its story. A true masterpiece for this generation. If you have not seen it make sure you see this inspirational story, but make sure that you are not eating during it.

3. V of Vendetta
I had not seen this movie until last year, but as soon as I watched just a few minutes I realized that it was terrific. This movie follows a rebellious mystery man named V who does not like the power that the government has taken over the country he lives in. He does not take the most legal action, but neither does the government. While the movie is not really pointed to a particular audience, I think that it's important lesson is that we should all question our government officials and make sure they are doing the job the right way and not using their power the wrong way. While V's actions appear to be over the top, I think that it is important that you take away the message that the movie conveys. The movie is magnificent in many ways and I hope everyone takes time to watch the movie at least once.

2. Shawshank Redemption and Up
This is an amazingly terrifically great movie. It was the toughest decision that I have ever had to make, but it does rise to the top in movie history. I love the movie and the story that it tells. If you have not heard about the movie (which I had not seen until last year), it follows the story of Andy Dufresne as he is taken to Shawshank prison after he is announced guilty for the murder of his wife, which he did not do. While in prison we learn many lessons about life as Andy befriends many of the prison inmates, guards, and warden. I do not want to ruin the movie for you, but this movie is really rich with a great plot and great acting. It is a must see that I watch about once a month because it is just that good. Also Morgan Freeman is in it so it must be good. Fear can hold you prisoner. Hope can set you free!

Wow! Don’t get me wrong that the classic Disney movies are heartwarming and humorous, but Disney/Pixar’s most recent release “Up” caught me by storm. When I say storm I don’t mean showers I mean tsunami and hurricane reaction. For those of you who do not know the whole story, “Up” follows the life of Carl, the typical grouchy old man, but as you find out in the movie has an eye for adventure. He fills several balloons and flies away from the busy city to go on an adventure. Along his journey to find paradise Carl meets up with a Boy Scout who ends up teaching him lifelong lessons as they adventure into the wilderness after a terrible storm. While the trailers for this film made the movie look quite cheesy, the actual motion picture is excellent. Throughout the film I find myself crying like a baby and then a few seconds later laughing hysterically. As the friend I went with said, “It is an emotionally draining movie.”This is an excellent movie and if you thought Nemo was good then you have a whole new thing coming to you. It is a must see and if you are not an animation person, then look at it as a true story because the lessons it teaches and the themes it covers are meaningful. Overall it is a must see movie and is one of the best that is out there!

1. The Departed
And here we are at the best movie of our time and my personal favorite. It might not be the best movie in awards view or in weekend profits, but I believe that that is not what the best movie is suppose to have on its resume. As I sit here with the poster behind me I know that it does include the f word way too many times, but you just have to forget about it. Directed by Martin Scorsese, this movie is full of great actors Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen, Alec Baldwin, and many more. Since this is number one I will include a full description of the movie: Years ago, a powerful Irish mafia figure placed a small selection of his youngest, brightest men into the Massachusetts State Police Academy as cadets. Their purpose is to eventually rise within the prestigious ranks of the state police department, to serve as the eyes and ears of their boss. While somewhere else, a young cadet was assigned with an equally dangerous task: infiltrate the Irish syndicate headed by the man sending in his own to the Massachusetts State Police. Now, one cadet is an up and coming police official with a torn allegiance to his job and to the criminal mastermind that put him there. While the other cadet is the trusted number two of that man, only finding his professional duties are becoming blurred with his current state. But new clues have lead to unfortunate discoveries, when both sides realize they're being watched by the enemy. In the end we see action, murder, and many twists and turns. It is an excellent movie that tests good and evils and who knows what will happen when there are two rats and everyone is dying. You need to watch this movie as soon as you can because it is excellent.

The additional movies honors group includes: Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Prestige, Gran Torino, Back to the Future, Braveheart, Million Dollar Baby, Finding Nemo, Toy Story, and Star Trek. If I did not list your favorite movie let me know. If you have not seen one of these then you should run to your local movie store and check them out to watch during Thanksgiving Break. Hope to see you while I am home. I will probably visit the schools on Wednesday, attend the Kelsey Mikel Memorial Walk/Run Thanksgiving morning, NorthWood Tennis Team Reunion Movie Night, and many other events. Try to catch me at one. Stay Classy Nappanee/Muncie!

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