Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Alex Schopp's Top 10 Films of All-Time


Well, I guess it's finally time to get this up and running. Since we're still waiting on an official setup for this site and how we want to compose everything, I'm just going to start with some basic background on myself - and hopefully the other writers will follow suit and each start things off with a similar post. Movies have always been one of my biggest passions. Even when I was very young, my younger brother (Andy, who will also help out with this site) and I would stay up late on the weekends watching MonsterVision with Joe Bob Briggs, USA's Up All Night, and TBS's Dinner and a Movie. We watched so many movies that we technically shouldn't have been watching, and, for better or worse, those movie nights went a long way in shaping the person I am today. I've been hooked on cinema ever since, and I'm thankful to finally have a place to talk about something I love talking about.

In my opinion, one of the best ways to really know who a person is: a Top 10 List of their all-time favorite films. So that's what we're going to do today. But before we jump in, a quick preface to my system and construction. Number One: Star Wars was intentionally left off this list. I love the Star Wars movies and always have - and yes, even the newer ones; as a composite, all six work for me. Among our group, we've always left them off our lists out of pure respect and fanboydom (it's a word. Don't worry about it). And while we do still love those movies very much, over the years the line between our obsession over them and our laziness in ever changing our ways has become quite gray. Do I still truly believe the original Star Wars movies outshine all else on my Top 10 right now? Who can be certain, but in all honesty, probably not. I just know I definitely don't want to mess with it at this point. If out of nothing more than nostalgia, I think I'll always keep the routine.



Number Two: You must always remember that there's a very unique and specific criteria we use to rank and appreciate movies (see: Rating System). Remember, we want you to enjoy movies. Your favorites should be the movies that you pop in time and time again without hesitation. The below list isn't comprised of the films I necessarily consider the "best" of all-time, simply my favorites. Regardless, I can assure you that much thought and analysis was put into these choices.

So without further ado, My Top 10 Movies of All-Time...

There were of course plenty of difficult sacrifices that had to be made when composing this, but that's the tragedy of it. Fringe films (or, Honorable Mentions, if you'd like to call them), include the likes of "Remember the Titans", "The Patriot", "The Shawshank Redemption", "Bull Durham", "Network", "True Grit", "Wet Hot American Summer", "The Royal Tenenbaums", and "Moneyball", just to name a few. Some of those have previously found themselves in my Top 10, and I wouldn't be surprised if any of them make their way onto this list somewhere down the road. But for now:

1. The Big Chill (1983)
2. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
3. Jurassic Park (1993)
4. Boogie Nights (1997)
5. The Social Network (2010)
6. Dazed and Confused (1993)
7. Rounders (1998)
8. A Beautiful Mind (2001)
9. Good Will Hunting (1997)
10. Halloween (1978)

If there's anything on this list that you've never seen, go watch it immediately.