Indie Birds – 10 Movies You Must Watch Before You Die
Dying very soon? Are you on a death toll? Well, before you die, there are 10 great movies that you must watch first. How did I know that this is worth your time? I watched it, and so must you, to prove that I am right.
Due to boredom and got nothing else to do, I decided to have a movie marathon by myself. I went to my entertainment room and selected 10 movies that I love the most. It took me 15 hours just watching them. Here are my top 10 greatest movies of all time. I started with:
1. The Goonies – a 1985 movie that was directed by Richard Donner and a story made by Steven Spielberg. A ragtag group of young misfits are what they call the “Goonies”. These “Goonies”, who were from the “Goon Docks” neighborhood of Astoria, Oregon, started to go on an adventure to find the buried treasure of One-Eyed Willie, a legendary 17th-century pirate, hoping to save their homes from demolition .
2. Never Ending Story – is the 1984 film adaptation of the German fantasy novel by Michael Ende and the production was directed by Wolfgang Petersen.
Starring Barret Oliver as Bastian Balthazar Bux (named only “Bastian Bux” in the movie), Noah Hathaway as Atreyu, and Tami Stronach as The Childlike Empress.
The story began when Bastian started reading the book “The Never Ending Story”. And his adventure started when he started reading the book. To be able to save “Fantasia”, Bastian should rebuild the entire world through wishes and imagination.
3. Kids – a 1995 American film written by Harmony Korine and directed by Larry Clark. The film is focused on a day in the life of a group of teenagers in New York City and Disturbing, dark, low-budget independent film about teenagers growing up in poverty in New York City.
The story focuses on Telly (Leo Fitzpatrick), a teen who has a goal to de-flower as many virgins as he can. When one of his old encounters discovers that she is HIV-positive, after only one encounter with a guy, Telly remains undaunted. ( http://www.imdb.com/ )
4. The Godfather – a 1972 crime film based on the novel of the same name, The Godfather, written by Mario Puzo. The movie was directed by Francis Ford Coppola, with screenplay by Puzo and Coppola. The Godfather was initially ranked as the third greatest film in American cinematic history. The story spans ten years from late 1945 to 1955 and chronicles the life of the Corleone crime family.
5. The Godfather Part II – is a 1974 motion picture directed by Francis Ford Coppola from a script co-written with Mario Puzo. The Internet Movie Database ranks it as the third best movie of all time with the movie’s predecessor, The Godfather, ranked as # 1, and the American Film Institute lists it as # 32. Considered by many, they all say that “The Godfather Part II” is the greatest sequel of all-time. This sequel is nominated for 11 Academy Awards and winning 6, including the Best Picture Award and the Best Supporting Actor Award.
It is considered by some critics to be even better than the original. The film is both a sequel and a prequel to The Godfather, chronicling the story of the Corleone family following the events of the first film while also depicting the rise to power of the young Vito Corleone, played by Robert De Niro.
6. The Godfather Part III (1990) – is the third and final film in the Godfather trilogy written by Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola, and directed by Coppola. It completes the story of Michael Corleone, a Mafia godfather who tries to legitimize his criminal empire. The movie also weaves into its plot a fictionalized account of real-life events – the mysterious 1978 death of Pope John Paul I and the Papal banking scandal of 1981-1982 – and links them with each other and with the affairs of Michael Corleone. The film stars Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire, Andy Garcia, Eli Wallach, Joe Mantegna, George Hamilton, Bridget Fonda, and Sofia Coppola.
7. Good Fellas – is a 1990 film directed by Martin Scorsese, based on the book Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi, the true story of mob informer Henry Hill. The film stars Ray Liotta as Henry Hill, Robert De Niro as Jimmy Conway (based on Jimmy Burke), Joe Pesci, who won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as the sociopath Tommy DeVito (based on Tommy DeSimone), Lorraine Bracco as Hill’s wife (Karen Hill), and Paul Sorvino as Paulie Cicero (based on Paul Vario).
8. City Of God – is an Academy Award-nominated 2002 Brazilian film, released in its home country in 2002 and worldwide in 2003. It was adapted by Bráulio Mantovani from the 1997 novel of the same name written by Paulo Lins which, both the film and the book, are based on a true story; the war between Knockout Ned and Li’l Zé is based on their real life counterparts. It was directed by Kátia Lund and Fernando Meirelles.
The film received four Academy Award nominations in 2004: Best Cinematography (César Charlone), Best Directing (Meirelles), Best Editing (Daniel Rezende) and Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay) (Mantovani). Before that, in 2003 it had been chosen to be Brazil’s runner for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, but it was not nominated to be one of the five finalists.
In October 2002, a spin-off television series, City of Men, premiered on Rede Globo.
9. Y Tu Mamá También – (literally “And your mom, too”, released in English-speaking markets under the original Spanish title) is a 2001 Mexican film written by Carlos Cuaron and directed by Alfonso Cuaron. The film chronicles a coming-of-age story of two teenage boys taking a road trip with a woman in her late twenties. The film is set against the backdrop of the political and economic realities of present-day Mexico, specifically at the end of the uninterrupted seventy-year line of Mexican presents from the Institutional Revolutionary Party, and the rise of the opposition headed by Vicente Fox. The film achieved great success in its native country and received awards and critical acclaim in foreign territories.
10. Amores Perros – is a Mexican film directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu in 2000. It is an anthology film, containing three distinct stories, which are connected by a car accident in Mexico City. Each of the three tales is also a reflection on the cruelty of humans towards each other, showing how they end up living darker and more hideous lives than the dogs around them. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2001.
The film was released under its Spanish title in the English-speaking world, although it was sometimes translated as Love’s a Bitch in marketing. In a 2001 interview on National Public Radio, Iñárritu pointed out that an American English idiom, Love’s a Bitch is not a satisfactory translation of the title. ( http://en.wikipedia.org )
There you have it, my top 10 greatest movies. Anyone who share same interests as mine, feel free to comment, or you could also suggest some movies that I should also watch before I die. Enjoy!
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