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Movies I love

by Robert Joseph
This isn’t a list of the greatest films of all time- I would never argue that Tombstone is a greater Western than Stagecoach, or that 2001: A Space Odyssey is less ambitious science fiction than Serenity. Rather, this list is comprised of films that I simply love. Some are childhood favorites that I think hold up particularly well upon revisit (the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), some were personal gateways into a more mature world of film as a teenager (here’s looking at you, There Will Be Blood), and some are ones I have come across and appreciated as an adult (Three Colors: Red, to name one). There are even a few guilty pleasures… Read more

This isn’t a list of the greatest films of all time- I would never argue that Tombstone is a greater Western than Stagecoach, or that 2001: A Space Odyssey is less ambitious science fiction than Serenity. Rather, this list is comprised of films that I simply love. Some are childhood favorites that I think hold up particularly well upon revisit (the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), some were personal gateways into a more mature world of film as a teenager (here’s looking at you, There Will Be Blood), and some are ones I have come across and appreciated as an adult (Three Colors: Red, to name one). There are even a few guilty pleasures that made it through, though if anyone has no problem with Mel Brooks but would scoff at the inclusion of Step Brothers, they seriously need to reconsider their attitude towards comedies.. Movies or films, highbrow or lowbrow, I tried to keep the pretension down as much as possible (key word is TRIED). The only criteria for making the list was whether or not I loved watching it.

Rather than try to rank them all, I simply listed them chronologically. Edgar Wright did this, and it gave his 1000 films list a sweeping historical quality. This also avoids any “shock value” comparisons that come with older, respected films being listed next to relatively young upstarts (I can’t imagine listing Step Brothers next to The Passion of Joan of Arc; it’s just too jarring to my film snob sensibilities). I’ll likely update this as I think of and see more films that particularly resonate with me. For now, I hope you enjoy.

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