Jacob's Top Ten

by J. R.

Created 07/16/12

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  • I had watched this movie a dozen times since I was 12, and when I found out Criterion was finally releasing it, I was ecstatic. Terrence Malick is a master at making even the ugly seem beautiful, and the beauty seem like paradise. Even with such life-like cinematography, Malick makes it feel like you're in a dream, or almost sharing somebody else's memories. The experience is divine and surreal. Hans Zimmer is also a masterful painter in this art piece. This is my second favorite film, ever. Thank you, Criterion.

  • The characters in this movie are fantastic, especially John Hurt's cold blooded hit man. The movie is both great at being a road movie and raising a lot of interesting points about death. This is one of my all time favorites, thanks to Criterion.

  • This movie is quite an experience. It's hot, bitter, gross, and sometimes disturbing, but in a completely innocent fashion. The movie brings you down to viewpoint of a child at times, and is a great testament to coming of age films.

  • This is one of the most touching movies I've yet to see and the best movie about family you can get. Ang Lee is so great at presenting these characters and breaking them down one by one at a nerve-wrecking pace. It goes to show you that no matter how distant a family becomes, they still have a love and dependency for one another. The scene where Kevin Kline carries Christina Ricci is one of the most beautiful scenes I'd ever seen in a movie, and I can't watch it without wanting to weep.

  • "DING!" This is one of those particular films that I didn't quite grasp until I had seen it more than once. And now I can say that it is one of my all time favorite movies. The plot evolves around a bunch of post-graduates who can't get away from campus life and adapt into the outside world. They're a bunch of pretentious, egotistical know-it-alls, and I love watching every one of them on screen. As pathetic as they are, it's entertaining to see these mid-90's college kids trying desperately to get over themselves, and at times, I can almost relate to these stupid characters. Also, the flashback scenes between Grover and his girlfriend are fantastic. The movie is also VERY quotable.

  • Ranked in my top 10 all time favorite movies, Harry Dean Stanton delivers probably the greatest performance of his life, probably being the only non-supporting role he's ever played. Great road movie, emotionally compelling, especially towards the end when Stanton delivers a heartbreaking 10 minute monologue. A very quiet and simple movie, and I love it.

  • This movie is fucking awesome. One of the oldest crime-thrillers, and yet still one of the most disturbing and enthralling. Beautiful black and white cinematography and an excellent pace. The movie is about a child killer in pre-war Germany, who is being pursued by the mob after they grow tired of excessive crack-downs from the police. Fritz Lang is awesome. Watch this a million times.

  • You either love or hate Tarkovsky. Nope, you love him. You just think you don't. This is one of the greatest sci-fi movies ever made.

  • I don't know what it is about this movie. It's a piece of art. Not only is this one of the greatest coming of age movies, but also one of the greatest war films. The movie is brilliantly innocent, a lot like Lee's The Ice Storm. I don't know what the main character wants throughout the movie, and I don't think he does either. He just goes along with everything. This movie has a particular aurora around it that I don't get in most movies, but the ones that do, end up in my top 10. Hard to explain without watching it a hundred more times, which I'll probably do, and so should you.

  • This movie is about being old. And it's heartbreaking. Watch it.