Top 5 Christmas Movies
Because I celebrate Christmas, here is my Top 5 list of my favorite movies about the holiday.
A Christmas Story
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Emmett Otter’s Jugband Christmas
A Muppet Christmas Carol
Top 5 Haunted House Movies
To qualify for this list, a film’s ‘villain’ or antagonist must be the dwelling or location from the film. So, something like Psycho doesn’t qualify, because although the horror elements take place in one primary location – they are perpetrated by a human, not the house, or motel, itself.
Paranormal Activity 3
The Devil’s Backbone
Haunting in Connecticut
Top 5 Traditional Animated Films
This list is purely for Traditional 2D Animation.
Alice in Wonderland
How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
Ghost in the Shell
The Iron Giant
Beavis and Butthead Do America
An American Tail
South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut
Special Mention for The Land Before Time, written by my screenwriting professor (and one of the best teachers I’ve ever had) at USC Stu Krieger.
Top 10 Movies About Redemption
To qualify redemption had to be a serious theme. No last minute redemption (Sorry Return of the Jedi). No minor character redemption. And no failed redemption.
A Clockwork Orange
American History X
It’s a Wonderful Life
On the Waterfront
The first film I saw where I was not only blown away – but thought to myself, ‘Hey, I think I can do that.’
I am a Long Island Irish (and Italian) Catholic boy and can relate to Ed Burns, more so than Aronofsky – who is also a NY’er. Burns grew up in a similar environment as me, and in fact we share common friends (although I’ve never met him). The ability to take an ultra-low budget, financed by donations from family and friends, and turn it into an indie hit spoke volumes to me when I first realized that I wanted to follow a path in film. Brothers and Pi were the two most influential films for me at the onset – which is odd because of their two very different styles. I think I’ve seen each over 50 times now. I found Burns’ film to be tightly edited and shot well, two things you don’t find often in indie films. The subject matter of the film really hit home and I thought each storyline was accessible.
Cost a lot more than the other two, but it was so simple and executed so well. It came at a time when indies were all trying to be Tarantino rip-offs, Wes Anderson breathed some life into the indie landscape – and created an avalanche of rip-offs of his style.
The perfect combination between blockbuster and arthouse masterpiece.
To me, the best blockbuster ever made. How can you not be inspired after seeing this movie?