What are your top three films?
Tell us what you think.
1) To Kill A Mockingbird - Though it's fiction, it draws upon real characters from the author's
childhood. It's the only movie I've watched once a year since I was a child; 2) Groundhog Day - The
idea of this movie has been copied a lot since then, but it was such an original idea. Bill Murray
is at his funniest, and it's great to see him progress from his experiences; 3) The Killing Fields -
A true story, this one is heart-wrenching; prepare to feel devastated after it's over. However, the
filial love is powerful. Sad that the actor who plays the main character was murdered in L.A. years
after the movie.
three of my favorite flims of are :
3. philadelphia- specfic reason
How the director truly captured the american society and cooperates worlds thoughts and feels on
homosexuals in the workforce and how it showed ton hanks and antino banderas love for one of other
beyond sexual just in a normal relsantionship showed.
2.the roots - eventho it was partly fiction it truly captured how hard black people a.k.a
african americans had to struggle in the south from africa in order to make it in this country in
order to survive and unforunately alot of the struggle is still going on .
1. ray- eventho ray charles was blind he had achieved alot in his lifetime and with his
blindness he was still able to make great music and make a life for himself.
1. Schindler's List
...because I had never been that affected by a movie before. Schindler's List showed me that art
has the power to change people's consciousness, and that lesson became the inspiration for my life
2. Say Anything
...because Lloyd Dobler captured my imagination like no on-screen character had since I was a
little girl and saw Annie 10 times in the theater. Because there's always been something about
Cameron Crowe movies that just resonated with me; I finally figured it out when I watched the DVD
commentary for Say Anything and he said that the story he was trying to tell was about optimism as a
revolutionary act. I love that, and it's a sensibility that underlies almost all of his films. Plus
he's just an excellent storyteller.
3. The Big Chill
...because it's about growing up without losing what's important to you...because it captures an
era...because it's just so well-crafted (the use of music is perfect)
I have to cheat and share a few runners-up:
-Hedwig and the Angry Inch
(I clearly need to watch some older movies...)
And I have to give a shout-out to comedy. Comedies may not top our lists, but a good comedy is just
as important and no easier to make than a more serious film. 2 films that consistently crack me up
are Meet the Parents and Flirting with Disaster.
They Might be Giants
Justin Christopher Ayd
Picking a top three is a very hard thing to do.
I just saw a film which was truly amazing and a masterpiece -- I don't throw that word around
often, I consider this movie to be the Best Picture of the Year (2004) and even The Picture of the
Decade (I've never said that before until now).
I've never left the theatre with an emotional impact and I've never been so emotionaly drained (in
a good way) as I had when I left this picture:
1) Million Dollar Baby
My 3 favorite films of all time: Hiroshima Mon Amour, for its poetry
Bicycle Thief,even the great Arthur Miller loved it; and this is painful to stop at number 3,
but .."In the Mood For love," sexy,smart and sophisticated
My top 3 favorite movies would be
2001 A Space Odessey
Believe me, making a list of your top three favorite movies isn't easy. I try to to enjoy every
movie for what it is. The list of the moves I enjoy watching frequently is really long, and that's
where I chose these three. These three movies are a few of the ones I could watch at any time, even
if I already saw it an hour ago... even 2001!
The Motocycle Diaries
Tootsie - I laugh every time when Bill Murray walks in the room to see Dustin Hoffman dressed
as a woman and utters "slut."
The Farmer's Wife - What can I say? I'm a farm girl from Minnesota so it resonated with me
and my family.
Red Sorghum - I'm afraid to see it again because the first time I saw it it just blew me
away. Can it be that beautiful screening it again? I hope so.
I'm choosing pivotal films, because it's almost impossible to choose just three of the best:
Walkabout by Nicolas Roeg
One of those films that stays with your forever because of the mood, authenticity of the acting,
the beautiful visuals and story of humankind and nature.
Fast, Cheap & Out of Control by Errol Morris
Made me realize that documentaries can be not only informative but quirky and entertaining. Plus,
Morris uses music in the most creative way.
The Unsinkable Molly Brown by Charles Walters
Ok, it's a musical starring Debbie Reynolds and it rocked my world when I was just six years old.
Sitting in the Egyptian Theatre, a movie palace on Hollywood Blvd, I came to realize the magic of
the movies on the big screen.
1)PASSION OF THE CHRIST
2) THE BEAUTIFUL MIND
this is a good mix on a rainy day...
The Last Emperor
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
King Kong-original.. it resonated with the Black American experience in my young mind.Master
of his world,chained and taken from it,persecuted for his wanting the American Dream. The
Battleship Potemkin...it boldly laid down the very meaning of the cinematic story, Star
Wars,episode 4,for sweeping us into the promise of the future which will be sadly like the past.
Long Island, NY
The 400 Blows
The Motorcycle Diaries
ALL TIME FAVORITE: Grey Gardens.
For the pop culture junkies out there
Not necessarily faves but definitely worth seeing (IMHO):
Cleopatra Jones: Razors + afro = brilliant. Blaxpoitation is an underrated genre.
Elephant: the slowest fastest movie I've ever seen. Van Sant is out-of control
A Woman Under the Influence: Cassavettes and Rowlands - what else?
THE MOTHER AND THE WHORE - The fabulous French film from 1973 directed by Jean Eustache with
Jean-Pierre Leaud. It is the ultimate black and white, new wave, chain-smoking, whiskey-drinking
sexy French film of all time!
REAR WINDOW - Every Hitchcock is great but this is the perfect movie, from A to Z.
CRISS CROSS - Robert Siodmak's sexy L.A. film noir with Yvonne DeCarlo, Burt Lancaster and
Dan Duryea is my pick for the best noir ever.
Director of Programming, Mill Valley Film Festival
Man with a Movie Camera (preferably with the Alloy Orchestra playing their brilliant score --
Days of Heaven
Living in Oakland, originally from Salt Lake City
Choosing three favorite films is much harder than it sounds. But here it goes, in no particular
- Dangerous Liaisons, by Stephen Frears: because it's a nasty, devilish
story and I love it!
- Matador, by Pedro Almodovar: because it's a dark, twisted story with
some beautifully dark, twisted cinematography -- the best of his early
- Yojimbo, by Akira Kurosawa: because it's one of the first films to
really make me understand what a great filmmaker can do, and it's highly entertaining to boot.
"East of Eden"
"All About Eve"
"Requium For A Dream"
My faves all revolve around topics and genre only.
I couldn't possibly pick my all time 3 favorite films!
Here are my all time favorite films from my pre-teen years:
The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh (starring Stockard Channing!)
Bugsy Malone (starring Scott Baio and Jodie Foster!)
Rocky (a family favorite!)
- Run Lola Run
* In the Mood for Love (Wong-Kar Wai)
Harold & Maude
Raise the Red Lantern
and I have to throw in Napoleon Dynamite!
Strange, depressing and hilarious!
Harold and Maude
Waiting for Gufman
The Third Man; The Big Lebowski; Ed Wood (Casablanca wants to be in this list, and
probably would be on another day, as well as a dozen other films, depending on my mood ;)
San Francisco, CA
Three favorite films (at this moment) are:
WALKABOUT, Nicolas Roeg
THE THIN BLUE LINE, Errol Morris
THE AMERICAN FRIEND, Wim Wenders
Singin' in the Rain, Now, Voyager, Gallipoli? That was really hard, cause
there's no such thing as only three....
San Francisco, CA
difficult to impossible to choose, but here goes...
ikiru (to live) by akira kurosawa
the thief of bagdad by michael powell (?)
british, color, '30s, not the b/w silent one w douglas fairbanks sr
shadow of a doubt by alfred Hitchcock
Mountain View, CA
The ones I can watch again and again and again are: Amelie, The Virgin Suicides and Ma Vie
FANNY & ALEXANDER
the film that most immerses me to another world
a recent favorite
NOWHERE IN AFRICA
IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE
great writing! (except for the very last line)