My personal definition of a great movie is one that I love to watch over and over again without getting tired of. Therefore, this list of my favourite movies is not meant to represent anyone but myself. You can agree or disagree. Here are my favourites, along with a little bit about why I love them so much. Also note that this list is continually evolving. So here they are, in no particular order:
If one movie has defined the nineties, I'd have to say it's Clueless. Sure, it's cheesy, and the outfits are only slightly more atrocious than the acting. But that's the point! I can watch this again and again . . . in fact, I have. In terms of its importance or cultural impact, just think: without this movie, nobody would say "Whatever". Not only that, but making comparisons to Clueless was the only thing that motivated me to get through Emma without falling asleep.
Dead Poets Society
The original movie about how a teacher can inspire students, it's been copied dozens of time and never quite as well. Robin Williams is at his best in this classic about how poetry can convince a group of students to live their lives according to "carpe diem". The only thing better than the acting in this movie is the message.
I could tell as soon as I saw Almost Famous that it's one of those rare movies that really borders on greatness. I know almost the entire thing by heart and still love it as much as when I first saw it. For more details about it you can read my review. Suffice to say that it's brilliantly written, intelligently acted, and has all my favourite elements: rock and roll, moral dilemmas, and tons of heart.
In case you haven't figured it out by now, I'm a mush. I freely admit that I'm a sucker for cheesy movies. This one's got some of the most... [continues]
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