December 19, 2012

Movies To Watch Before The Mayan, Biblical Or Zombie Apocalypse (Part 2)

The apocalypse is very trendy now; people are eating away at the idea of a Zombie apocalypse, others are getting ready for the Mayan apocalypse, and let’s not forget the OG; the biblical apocalypse. Now I don’t believe in any of these, but if you do; then you need to start taking it seriously and start making some important decisions. Like the last movies you will ever see. Let’s face it, if you are a Mayan apocalypse believer then your time is running out rapidly. Don’t spend your last days with friends and family, watch a movie and escape reality a little, because reality must suck right now for you.

And if you believe in the zombie or biblical apocalypse, that could happen at any moment. So say the right words to God, or stock up on ply wood and fire; but make sure you see some key movies before you are whisked away to the sky, or before you are eaten.  Over the next couple of weeks I will be counting down all the way to number one.

This is not necessarily a thirty “greatest of all time” list, although some movies fit that bill too, but this list is far better. Example: Citizen Kane may be a superior movie than the Princess Bride, technically speaking, but the Princess Bride is way more entertaining to watch.

I will make sure that the list is completed by 12/21 just in case.

The Top 30 Must Watch Movies before dying in an apocalypse (continued)

25. Identity

Image Credit: Columbia Pictures

This movie is truly original. As I first watched this movie I thought it was just a poorly done horror movie with cavernous holes in the plot. But when I finished the movie and saw the climax and the reveal; I was very impressed. I immediately watched it again after first finishing it and I recommend it often to friends. The twist at the end is very Hitchcock-esque and explains all of the gaps that I thought were originally missing from the plot. It brings everything together nicely. The cast also brings the story to life and John Cusack does a phenomenal job.

24. Chinatown

Image Credit: Paramount Pictures

Roman Polanski directs this crime story and brilliant performances by Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway helps formulate this movie into a complete package. A private detective takes on what seems to be a simple case of adultery and turns into a case of municipal corruption, murder, and incest. A must watch for any Nicholson or mystery fan.

23. Iron Man

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Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark is one of the best casted roles for any comic book movie. The dialogue is brilliantly filled with sarcastic wit, and of course the Iron Man himself is amazing. Plus Tony Stark is a man after my own heart with his playboy lifestyle. He reminds me a lot of me, except I don’t have an awesome suit of armor with rockets, and I don’t fight crime, and I don’t have a billion dollar empire, or Gwyneth Paltrow; but I do have Bombshells.

The plot is compelling, the cast strong, the cinematography is awesome, and all of these ingredients help create one of the best comic book movies ever.

22. The Avengers  

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What’s better than Iron Man? Iron Man with Incredible Hulk, Captain America, and many more heroes forming the team of the Avengers. Nonstop action from beginning to end fills this movie along with intriguing and clever dialogue. The directing is very well done and the cinematography is amazing.

21. V For Vendetta

Image Credit: Warner Bros.

I love this movie for the same reason I loved the comic, its Guy Fawkes meets Orwell’s 1984; WIN. Plus the movie gives us a bonus that only the big screen can give, Natalie Portman. She delivers a performance in this movie arguably as well as any performer in any movie. This movie transcends the comic book movie genre, and delivers a well thought out, inspirational, and powerful story.

And the character Portman plays, Evey, is beautiful inside and out.

“I shall die here. Every last inch of me shall perish. Except one. An inch. It’s small and it’s fragile and it’s the only thing in the world worth having. We must never lose it, or sell it, or give it away. We must never let them take it from us.” – V

20. The Watchmen

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By far my favorite and best comic book movie, The Watchmen is a must watch. The storyline feels very real, because the characters feel real. Many of the “heroes” are more “anti-heroes” and broken individuals. It shows a more realistic look of what it would actually take to make a super hero/crime fighter. They wouldn’t necessarily be the most balanced individuals in society; considering what they have witnessed, lost, and endured through. Not to mention the desires they usually have to give up or that fail, like relationships.

The strong character development, which is the only reason I can repeatedly watch this very long movie, mixed with an intriguing plot creates a total package of cinema entertainment. The setting taking place in the 80’s, but in a Nixon ran presidency, is brilliant. Equally brilliant is the opening sequence to the tune of Bob Dylan’s Times They Are A Changing. Through a superb direction of sequences matched with the poetry of Dylan, a powerful story is told before any dialogue starts.

19. One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest

Image Credit: Fantasy Films

A very powerful and legendary movie that blurs the line of good and bad, right and wrong; this film delivers an equally powerful performance by Jack Nicholson as it does a script. Parts will have you laughing, parts will have you challenged, and parts will have you in tears.

18.  Pulp Fiction

Image Credit: A Band Apart

Just when we thought John Travolta’s career was down and out (which it might be again) this movie came along and took him to legendary status. It also made a superstar out of Samuel L. Jackson and the director, Quentin Tarantino. This story is told in a very unique way, leaping around a variety of stories, and then intertwining them altogether. So many memorable moments and quotes fill this movie from beginning to end and keeps the viewers wanting to watch it again, and again, and again.

“Oh I’m sorry, did I break your concentration? “- Jules

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