10 Films Everyone Needs To See (In My Personal Opinion.)
A lil’ list by Jimmy.
I made an attempt to make this list a little different, I would have also listed films like Lord of the Rings, Star Wars and Harry Potter, but assumed them to be too obvious for such a list. Enjoy!
In no particular order;
- Grease (1978) - The film that kick-started my love for music, musicals and musical theatre. Grease has a very, very special place in my heart which was started due to my father constantly playing the film when I was 3 years old. Looking back, the film has a lot of faults, but I believe it to be one of the greatest films of all time, and also competes very heavily for being one of my favourites.
- The Book of Life (2014) - Probably one of the greatest animated masterpieces, along with some classic Disney and Pixar films, I’d consider this movie to be one of the best. With a beautifully constructed world and some gorgeous characters, The Book of Life is a story about a bet made on love by the spirits La Meutre and Xibulba, after seeing two young boys competing for the heart of a young girl.
- Pulp Fiction (1994) - The film poster featured on the wall of almost every film student… Just watch it already, because otherwise you’ll be badgered until the end of your life.
- Clockwork Orange (1971) - As the tag-line gives it away, this film is not for the faint of hearted. It covers very serious themes and is a very dark and gritty film. I’d consider this a film that everyone needs to see, mainly as a product to make one think and then discuss the topics arisen. On one hand, it can be considered as a film that contributes to ideology of rape culture, however I personally believe that it’s more used by Kubrick as a way to make an individual think, rather than to normalise. The film follows the teenager of Alex and his gang of misfits, and eventually the severe aversion therapy he is put under.
- Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979) - Now, I’m a fan of EVERYTHING Monty Python, but this film stands out to me as it’s the first I ever saw, and I’d never seen something so hilarious in my damn life. The majority of the comedy comes from religious satire, follow the character of Brian who is born in the stable next to Jesus, and as you can imagine, people seem to mistake him as the messiah.
- Casablanca (1942) - One of the quintessential classic films, Casablanca has definitely earned its legendary status. A truly majestic drama, with a glorious story of romance, and with a magnificent soundtrack. Casablanca follows the character of Rick who owns a nightclub in the town of Casablanca, but alas, trouble ensues when his ex-love enters the town and needs his help.
- Airplane! (1980) - One of the single greatest comedies ever made. Airplane! is a film that leaves me in stitches throughout, no matter how many times I watch it. As the crew and passengers of a packed airplane begin to fall ill, an ex-pilot needs to step up to the plate and pilot the plane to safety, but alas, hilarity ensues.
- Good Will Hunting (1997) - One of the most beautiful dramas of all time, Good Will Hunting follows the character of Will Hunting, a laborer who essentially has been hiding his genius level intellect. Due to a prosecution agreement, Will becomes the patient of a therapist of whom he eventually bonds with and opens up to.
- The Breakfast Club (1985) - A beautifully made coming-of-age drama by the legendary John Hughes. The film is essentially about a group of teenagers from differing cliques coming together for a detention, all to discover they’re not all that much different.
- The Shawshank Redemption (1994) - A gorgeously shot film based on a novel by Stephan King. The film follows the character of Andy Dufresne, who is sentenced to life and prison, and begins to bond with fellow prisoner, Red.