December 22, 2012

Movies To Watch Before The Mayan, Biblical Or Zombie Apocalypse (Part 4)

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.

Editor’s Note: While this last portion of Carter’s list wasn’t published until December 22nd, it should be noted that he DID submit the post for review and publishing on December 21st.

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

10. Stand By Me

Image Credit: Columbia Pictures

This movie is like the Goonies but for adults and instead of searching for treasure they are looking for a dead body. Based on a short story, The Body, by Stephen King; Stand By Me is a movie that captures innocence, innocence lost, and friendship.

9. The Dark Knight

Image Credit: Warner Bros.

This is the movie that Batman fans had been waiting for their whole life. The version of this Joker, played by Heath Ledger which would be his final role before passing, is by far the best villain in any comic book movie, and definitely the best villain in any Batman movie. The detailed storyline and plot was brilliantly done and more than just a comic book movie, this movie transcends any one genre and is just one damn good movie.

8. Goodfellas

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This is Martin Scorceses masterpiece and hands down one of the best gangster flicks ever done. It’s based on a true story revealed by Henry Hill, played by Ray Liotta, once he started spilling his guts in the witness protection program. Joining Liotta is Joe Pesci and Robert De Niro. The onscreen chemistry between all of the actors is equally superb to the story itself. Just don’t watch this back to back with Casino or you are sure to confuse the two movies.

7. Lost in Translation

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One of Bill Murrays finest roles and he was robbed, robbed I tell ya, when he didn’t win the Oscar for his performance. This comedy drama tackles the lives of two individuals and their struggle with their life while in Tokyo. The last scene of this movie is one of the most powerful ones I have seen in any drama and what makes it so brilliant is that we have no idea what Murrays character says to Scarlet Johansson’s character.

6. Psycho

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Alfred Hitchcock will forever be known as one of the greatest directors ever, in any time period, and his masterpiece Psycho is a great example of why. Filmed intentionally in black and white, the imagery, the shadowing, and the angles of the shots are all ingeniously done. The shower scene of this movie has been engrained in our society and in our minds. To this day I can’t help but think of that scene while I shower, and the shrieking violins. This movie was way ahead of its time with certain concepts as well. The opening scene showed a couple in bed together, having an affair, this was unheard of back then and the first time an adulterous couple were shown in an intimate setting. Hitchcock also wanted a lesbian kiss to be done during this movie but the studios would have no part in that, lame, so Hitchcock did his best to imply it.

What also made this movie brilliant was the swerve he gave the audience when he killed off the leading actress in the first part of this film. Here we thought the star of the movie was to be Janet Leigh, but when she was whacked in the shower it revealed to the audience that they had no idea what was lying ahead of them through the rest of the film. This in itself built the suspense for the audience, if Janet Leigh could be killed off so soon, no one was safe.

5. The Exorcist

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What a wonderful day for an Exorcism. This movie is one of my staple movies to suggest for movie night. It’s very intense and the story behind it is very creepy. I don’t really believe in this crap and you can’t convince me Santa is real either, but I do believe in evil and some sort of evil energy, that’s all I need to be creeped out during this movie. What’s funny is that when I watch this with females it’s always after one particular scene that they take a break to smoke a cigarette or get a snack, the first scene where we see the girl possessed and the demon starts reeking havoc.

I have the pleasure to say I spent a great deal of time in Georgetown, in fact it’s my favorite city, and I have seen those Exorcist steps hundreds of times. One time I even sat on them and made out with a chick after the bar let out. But even then, the steps still felt creepy.

4. The Godfather

Image Credit: Paramount Pictures

Of course you knew this movie would make the list, I have to keep my man-card after all. What makes this gangster movie so powerful is the drama behind it, not the violence. The story behind this movie is what makes it so intriguing and you feel like you’re actually watching a documentary on the mafia. Watching Pacino’s character at the beginning of this film, then seeing where he is at by the end of the film, is very powerful in itself. This is a legendary movie that has infiltrated our pop culture for decades and will continue to do so. And the final scene of the door shutting, who would have thought something so simple could mean something so powerful.

3. The Silence of the Lambs

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We all knew that Anthony Hopkins was a stellar actor, but it seems once he did this movie anything he did prior didn’t matter. The character Hopkins portrays, Hannibal Lecter, is this movie. The plot is incredible, the ending is brilliant as they give us several plot twists, but nothing is superior in this movie than Hopkins. A must see for any mystery, horror, or movie fan out there.

2. The Godfather Part II

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Rarely does a sequel outdo the original but Godfather II certainly did just that. Filled with powerful scenes and a riveting storyline this movie is the best gangster movie of all time and the best Godfather movie from that franchise.

1.  American Beauty

Image Credit: DreamWorks SKG

This movie is the number one must watch movie because it captures the essence of life. Narrated by a character who we know will die at the end of the movie, it takes us through several people’s lives who are intertwined and you are sure to relate to at least one of them, if not all of them, well except for the closet homosexual who beats his kid; don’t relate to that guy. I have never had any one movie impact my life the way this movie did and has for years. I can honestly say my life was different after watching this movie and I’m not sure there is any other movie I can say that about.

It really helps put life in perspective, makes you appreciate even the shitty aspects of life, and tells a beautiful story while doing it. This movie will have you laughing out loud, gasping out loud, and perhaps tearing up as well. But the one thing you will feel when this movie is over, life is precious and holds much beauty.

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