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Top 10 Movies Of All Time

Before I actually write this article, I want it to be known that anybody who replies with crap like “OMG [movie] MOVIE SUCKS!” can go to hell. This is my opinion, I like these movies and what you say will not affect it.

Here are my favourite ten movies in no particular order:

Drop Dead Fred (1991) (BUY: play.com amazon.co.uk)

Rik Mayall (Fred) plays the imaginary friend of a young woman with psychological problems. She starts interacting with this friend that she hasn’t had since childhood after her overpowering mother and womanising husband cause her to stress. This movie is very funny and probably Rik Mayall’s best movie, not including his fantastic TV shows (Young Ones and Bottom) and stand up shows (Bottom Live!)
Memorable quote: “Morning. Who’s for snot flicking?”

Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987) (BUY: play.com amazon.co.uk)

This is a very funny movie about Del (John Candy) and Neal (Steve Martin) trying to get back to Chigaco for thanksgiving by any means possible. After their plane gets redirected, their train breaks down, they hitch their way back across America to be with their famaoies. John Candy plays an overpowering shower curtain ring salesman and Steve Martin plays an irritable marketing fellow who doesn’t like his new found friend’s company.
Memorable quote: “Neal: Those aren’t pillows!”

The Naked Gun Trilogy (1988,1991,1994) (BUY: play.com amazon.co.uk)

Naked Gun was the defining brand of Leslie Nielson’s career which was a police spoof (starring Leslie Nielson). Naked Gun’s Lt. Frank Drebin (Nielson) is a clumbsy cop with a sharp sense of humour, yet his intelligence wouldn’t fill a smartie. Drebin sucesfully foils plots to kill the Queen, a kidnap of a scientist and set off a bomb as the academy awards.. somehow.
Memorable quote: “Frank: Wilma, I promise you; whatever scum did this, not one man on this force will rest one minute before until he’s behind bars. Now, let’s grab a bite to eat.”

Short Circuit (1986) (BUY: play.com amazon.co.uk)

The government create 5 experimental robots and plan to turn them into controlable weapons of mass destruction but “Number 5” escapes accidently and ends up at the home of Stephanie (Ally Sheedy). Number 5 learns how to speak, move, cook, dance and eventually teaches itself to love. However the government are trying to track him down to cover their secrets.
Memorable quote: “Number 5: Bird. Raven. Nevermore.”

Donnie Darko (2001) (BUY: play.com amazon.co.uk)

Donnie is a teenage with mental imagery of a psychopathic rabbit who orders him to commit crimes during his sleep. Often Donnie has to wake up and face the consequences of these deeds but Donnie can’t ignore the rabbit, because he saved his life after an airplane engine fell from the sky crushing his bedroom after the rabbit ordered Donnie to sleepwalk. This movie is very complex and at times tense and almost scary, but directed in such a way you can make your own mind up on what the movie means.
Memorable quote: “Donnie: Why do you wear that stupid bunny suit? Frank: Why are you wearing that stupid man suit?”

Romeo + Juliet (1996) (BUY: play.com amazon.co.uk)

Baz Luhrmann came from nowhere to direct this fantastic adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” with a modern twist. Swords have been replaced by guns, complex Shakespearean dialogue downplayed and music to convey every emotion which you can not feel in the book. Romeo (Leonardo Di Caprio) actually plays an amazing part, much to my suprise and the beautiful Juliet (Claire Danes) is portrayed exactly how she is described in the book. Internal conflict in the city of fair Verona between the Montagues and Capulets result in bloodshed and death of two star crossed lovers. Five stars.
Memorable quote: “Romeo: Did my heart love ’till now? For swear at sight, I never saw true beauty ’till this night.”

The Lion King (1994) (BUY: play.com amazon.co.uk)

Disney movies post 1980 lost their magicalness. However Lion King didn’t follow their modern trend of crap. This movie is magical in every way. Simba the lion cub is tricked into believing he killed his father from his evil uncle who wants to own the Lion empire. Simba runs away and meets new friends and learns a lot about himself and returns to defend his late father’s pride. Lion King is beautiful and emotional, and the only animation in my top 10 list.
Memorable quote: “Timon: Let me get this straight. You know her. She knows you. But she wants to eat him. And everybody’s okay with this? DID I MISS SOMETHING?”

The Shawshank Redemption (1994) (BUY: play.com amazon.co.uk)

Based on a Stephen King book called “Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption”, Frank Darabont made this into a masterpeice by simply putting an innocent man in prison and giving him hope. Andy (Tim Robbins) is an innocent man who was imprisoned for killing his wife and affair and meets Red (Morgan Freeman) who teaches him how to survive prison life and shares Andy’s dream for the future. Andy’s patience is rewarded eventually, but I won’t give it away. This movie is rated the second best movie of all time on IMDB.
Memorable quote: “Andy Dufresne: Here’s where it makes the most sense. You need it so you don’t forget. Forget that there are places in the world that aren’t made out of stone. That there’s a – there’s a – there’s something inside that’s yours, that they can’t touch.”

Pulp Fiction (1994) (BUY: play.com amazon.co.uk)

Tarantino has become a love/hate figure in recent years. Pulp Fiction encapsulates everything an action movie should be. The storyline of Pulp Fiction has about 4 sub-plots, however all 4 are cleverly tied together. Tarantino flips between each sub-plot back and forth to give you an idea of the whole spectrum of the story. Vincent (John Travolta) and Jules (Samuel L Jackson) are two gangsters who have to collect a large sum of money from a “client”, however they are caught in another sub-plot of Pumpkin (Tim Roth) holding up a Diner.
Memorable quote: “Marsellus: I’m prepared to scour the the Earth for that motherfucker. If Butch goes to Indochina, I want a nigger waiting in a bowl of rice ready to pop a cap in his ass. ”

Léon (1994) (BUY: play.com amazon.co.uk)

People in the USA may know this as “The Professional” with edited out scenes. Léon (Jean Reno) is a professional hitman who befriends a young girl Mathilda (Natalie Portman) after a drug related gang kill all of her family. Mathilda is only 12 but falls in love with Léon, becomes his friend and decides to become a contract killer so she can kill the people who killed her little brother. This film is smartly executed and very entertaining.
Memorable quote: “Léon: Ey. What about the ring trick. You know that one?”

That’s it. My top 10 movies. On reflection, half of them are from 1994! Maybe it was a good year for directing or maybe all moderm movies completely suck

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