The career I chose is no mistake. I’ve been a big fan of movies ever since I can remember.
While other kids watched movies passively I was trying to figure out how they shot it, why they shot it that way and how I could do it. I have been influenced by many great films and directors, that’s why it’s hard to pick a few as my favourite. What I ended up with was my top ten. Below are the reasons they made it on the list.
Forrest Gump (1994) Robert Zemeckis
If I had only one movie to watch for the rest of my life, it would be this one. I’ve probably watched this movie more times than any other. It’s one of the most heart warming and intricate journeys of any character on the silver screen. A beautifully shot film, supported by amazing performances by an amazing cast. This movie was the reason why Tom Hanks became one of my favourite actors.
Annie Hall (1977) Woody Allen
A film by one of my idols, Woody Allen. It changed the romantic comedy genre forever. One of the wittiest and most well written scripts and the dialogue continues to make me laugh no matter how many times I watch it. A smart film with a quirky personality that echoes the talents of the director. I feel like I enjoy this movie more and more the older I get. Not all people may understands Allen’s comedic references, but this is quickly solved with 4 years of college, studying psychology, philosophy, and/or media communications.
Pulp Fiction (1994) Quentin Tarantino
If any film was the definition of cool, this would be it. Quentin Tarantino’s cinematic style and dialogue are often imitated, but never replicated. The film is able to turn everyday banter into on-screen poetry. The overall story is simple, but it’s complexity lies in it’s ability to give each character a significant voice and role that uniquely drives the plot. In the end, you really enjoy the time spent with each character on screen as Tarantino intertwines numerous sub plots into one singular narrative. This is underscored with an awesome soundtrack and one
of the coolest dance scenes in cinema.
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) Wes Anderson
Rushmore (1998) Wes Anderson
My favourite director in terms of cinematic style, there isn’t a movie I don’t enjoy made by Wes Anderson. Every aspect of the film works perfectly in harmony. The plot, cast, characters, soundtrack, costumes, sets, cinematography, and direction, all play a critical role in creating a distinctly unique reality. I could go on and on about every aspect found in his films, but there is always something special about Wes Anderson’s style – something that makes his films his. Though the world he creates often gives the sense of perfection, harmony, and uniformity, plots and characters are typically complex, depressed, and/or ironic. But for some reason no matter how bleak, awkward, or depressing the plot plays out, there’s always an underlying sense of humour or light heartedness that resonates throughout the film. A balance that is really mastered by Anderson. You learn to love and care for the characters and, in the end, you hope it all works out for everyone (as it often does).
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) Michel Gondry
An incredibly interesting and original story, the film answers a number of intriguing questions. If you had the opportunity to erase the memories of a past love, would you do it? Would forgetting the bad times and the heartbreak be worth forgetting the good times? Would we want to erase people and/or experiences that have defined us? And if we did erase these memories, could we run away from the past, could we run away from who we are, who we love, and how we feel? It’s definitely a movie anybody can relate to. But what makes the film really special is Michel Gondry’s genius in direction, especially during the “memory” scenes. Using some of the most creative in-camera techniques and tricks, in combination with VFX, Gondry takes you to a dream like reality that can only be defined as surreal.
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) Mel Stuart
A film that carries a strong nostalgic value for me, growing up it always seemed to play on TV during the holidays. As a connoisseur of candies, I wished the Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory actually existed. The world created in the film was magical, and I often wished I was one of the five lucky kids with a golden ticket. The story, adventures, and characters (especially Willy Wonka himself), will always have a place in my heart – and the film will continue to be a timeless classic.
Duck Soup (1933) Leo McCarey
Easily my favourite movie from the Marx Brothers, this film will always be a comedic classic. The three brothers, Harpo, Chico, and Groucho are on point. Each bringing his own unique comedic style. With a blend of slap stick physical comedy, quick witted banter, and clever word play, it is no surprise that the Marx brothers are some of the most influential comedians ever. There iconic styles have inspired some of the great comedic filmmakers, actors, and writers of today, such as Woody Allen and Larry David just to name a few.
Saving Private Ryan (1998) Steven Spielberg
A historical film based in WWII, it is my favourite war movie of all time. Steven Spielberg brings you on a cinematic adventure as you follow a group of soldiers from D-day to their final mission of finding and saving Private James Ryan. Not only do you feel like your fighting side-by-side with the soldiers during epic action scenes, but the film really lifts the fog of war as you dive into the personal struggles and realities of being a soldier in WWII. The realism of the film allows you to really connect with the characters and story, as well as gain further admiration and respect for the men who fought in that war. This of course if all done through beautiful cinematography, amazing sound design,realistic visual effects, attention to historical detail, and superb acting performances.
Good Will Hunting (1997) Gus Van Sant
Matt Damon not only stars in the film, as the rough, under privileged, and defiant kid who is discovered as a mathematical genius, but he also wrote the Academy Award winning screenplay with co-star Ben Affleck. The dialogue and characters seem real, and are extremely well crafted and believable. The film didn’t have a large hollywood budget, nor does it have any flashy special effects or plot twist – but what it does have are unbelievable performances, particularly by Matt Damon and Robin Williams. It’s a coming of age story that is driven not by
a particular plot, but by the lives, emotions, and experiences of those on screen. Like most of the films in this list, you really connect to the characters and are emotionally invested in the outcome of the film.
Stay tuned for the next “Movies that Inspire Us” Silverpoint blog in the following weeks.
*All movie information was taken from IMDB, thank you for always being a valuable and reliable movie source.