CST Top 10: Kyle’s Top 10 Films

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Welcome back to the weekly Top 10 list. Each week we come up with a topic, go create our separate lists, and then come together to create a top 10 consensus. This week happens to be the week of my birthday so instead of our traditional format we decided everyone would guess my Top 10 favorite films of all time and I’d show you my list. This is a list of my personal favorite movies of all time and I can’t wait to see what everyone thinks. Here are my Top 10 Favorite Films of all time.

10. Finding Nemo

Number ten on my personal list is the only animated film to make the list in Finding Nemo. This is an underappreciated classic to me that tells such a great story in a father trying to find his son. The journey Marlin and Dory go on across the ocean is spectacular with different encounters at every turn. We see chilled out turtles, a maze of jellyfish, our characters get eaten and saved by a whale, a shark named Bruce, and much more. Not to mention the tank crew that Nemo interacts with that was sorely missed in Finding Dory. This is Pixar’s best to me and you love the journey with each viewing.

9. Ant-Man/Ant-Man and the Wasp

In at number nine are two films that go hand in hand in Ant-Man and Ant-Man and the Wasp. I know this may seem like a head scratcher, but I don’t care, I love these films. I have always viewed Ant-Man as an underdog who constantly gets overlooked by everyone. What I love about both of these films is none of the characters become superheroes because they want to fight. They become superheroes for their family. Scott just wants to be a great father, not be an Avenger. We see the introductions of these great characters in Ant-Man and their story is expanded upon in Ant-Man and the Wasp. Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lily are perfect in these roles and I wish people enjoyed these characters and movies as much as I do. Can’t wait to see Ant-Man save everyone from Thanos in Avengers 4.

8. Jurassic Park

Number eight on my list goes to the film that showed me what wonder is like in Jurassic Park. Who doesn’t like Jurassic Park? You got to see dinosaurs come to life on the big screen and it showed us that anything is possible on film. It’s not just about the dinosaurs though, characters like Alan Grant and Ian Malcolm also became iconic as part of this wonderful story. Spielberg changed my perspective on movies with many of his films, but Jurassic Park just felt like pure entertainment. While I enjoyed Jurassic World, none of the sequels have come anywhere close to the original which makes it that more special.

7. Casablanca

In at number seven is a film I came to just recently in life in Casablanca. I had always heard that this is one of the greatest films ever and it has held on as that from decade to decade. People were certainly right and I am ashamed I waited this long to see this special film. Casablanca has a magic to it that is very rare in films by telling this tragic love story. You connect with these characters from the beginning and sympathize with them. The lines “Here’s looking at you kid” and “Louie, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship” are iconic lines and ones I will always remember. I encourage everyone who is young and not yet seen this film to go watch it because it is the definition of a classic and I promise it will not disappoint.

6. Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Taking the sixth spot on my list is another Spielberg film in Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Close Encounters to me is his most underrated film because it doesn’t have that blockbuster feel that many of Spielberg’s movies have. Instead we see the journey of this father who clearly isn’t happy in his situation with his family and has been searching for something more. This is a more mature film that reflected Spielberg’s life and it is fascinating to see him transfer that onto screen. The last sequence in which there is no dialogue and just an exchange between alien and mankind through the use of music is genius and the John Williams score while this is happening just leaves you in awe. Close Encounters absolutely fantastic.

5. The Wolf of Wall Street

Starting out the top five is my only Martin Scorsese film in The Wolf of Wall Street. This might be the most entertaining movie of all time in my opinion as it did not let up from start to finish. Leonardo DiCaprio puts on a dynamic performance that both entrances and unsettles you. I was told going in at the time by my high school friends that “this is just a porno” and boy were they wrong. Was there nudity? Sure, but it was not the point of the story. We got to watch a man go from rags to riches to rags in less then three hours in a way that was not like we had seen before. We were introduced to the incredible Margot Robbie and got to watch Matthew McConaughey beat on his chest while he caws. You will not get that anywhere else.

4. Blade Runner 2049

Blade Runner 2049 takes the number four spot on my list for a variety of reasons. First off, I was a huge fan of the original Blade Runner and that film was on this list for awhile until I saw 2049. Blade Runner is a sci-fi masterpiece ahead of its time and Blade Runner 2049 is a masterpiece all together. I have never felt so sucked into a world like Blade Runner 2049 did to me and I felt every emotion possible while watching this film. From the moment this 2h 44min film ended I wanted to watch I again and again because I picked up on something new every time. It explored the question of what it really means to be human which is one we don’t generally think about. The first one became a cult classic and here we are a year later from when 2049 was released and the same thing seems to be happening to it.

3. Jaws

In at number three we have my final Spielberg film in his classic Jaws. I do not see how people would not love this movie. We all know its significance in becoming the first blockbuster and how it revolutionized Hollywood forever. The reason I love it is how it is a masterclass in acting, directing, filming, and nearly everything else involved in filmmaking. What’s even better is most of this film was made off of game time decisions due to unnatural circumstances. The shark would not work and what did they do? They decided to scare us with our minds instead of our eyes. Cue John Williams iconic theme and sharks were changed forever. Also, yes, sharks are awesome to look at on screen. This film still makes me not want to go to the beach and even though it came out in 1975, there still has been nothing like it.

2. Whiplash

Just missing out on the number one spot on my personal Top 10 list is Whiplash. Now, I do not play an instrument, nor have I ever wanted to but this film just hit me. We see a student drummer who’s drive to be the best ever along with his abusive teacher causes him to ruin his life. I have never been so blown away by what I was witnessing on screen in my entire life. J. K. Simmons puts on a haunting performance as Fletcher and Miler Teller is also severely underrated as Nieman, our main character. The abuse that takes place is hard to watch yet you can’t stop and that is a testament to how good the film is. The ending sequence of the student and teacher going back and forth with just music is incredible and a beautiful way to end the film.

1. Guardians of the Galaxy

My number one favorite film of all time is the original Guardians of the Galaxy. This film is my favorite of all time for many reasons, but mostly because it came at the perfect time in my life. I know what it’s like to have a personality but not really fit in with a certain group. To be myself when that is not the norm. Peter Quill came around and changed that for me along with every member of the Guardians. I connected with them all in different ways and that drew me in. Everyone remembers this film for its humor and action, but many forget the way this film opens. Peter watches his mom die from cancer in the first scene and I know what that feels like all too well. Then we jump into an extended sequence of Peter dancing to “Come and Get Your Love” which is such a change that works so perfectly. The soundtrack is amazing, the score is terrific, the directing, writing, and acting are all perfection. This film is the perfect blend of comedy, action, and emotion and made us care for a talking tree and raccoon. I love this film to pieces and will be amazed if anything ever comes close to this in my life.

So, there you have it! My Top 10 Favorite Films of all time. Obviously, I don’t expect you to have the same interests as me, but I hope you enjoyed reading about the films that I celebrate every chance I get. There were so many to choose from and it killed me leaving La La Land, Arrival, Thor: Ragnarok, and A Bug’s Life off this list but we only get 10 so you do the best that you can. I can’t wait to see what everyone else’s lists look like and congratulations to Jader for getting the most correct! I will see you next week with another Top 10.