HELLO EVERYONE! WHAT WE’RE GOING TO BE DOING OVER THE NEXT FEW WEEKS OR SO, IS POSTING ABOUT EACH OF OUR FAVORITE MOVIES OF ALL TIME (THE TOP 5 TO BE SPECIFIC/ 1 PERSON PER WEEK) AND A BIT ABOUT WHY WE LOVE THEM. WE HOPE IT’LL LET YOU LEARN MORE ABOUT ALL OF US HERE AT STICKERFRIDGE IN DOING SO. TO KICK THINGS OFF, WE HAVE BRENT’S TOP 5 FAVORITE MOVIES OF ALL TIME!
As may be the case with you guys, my favorite movies shift around depending on when you’d ask me. There are a couple that have stuck around for years, but it’s a constantly evolving thing, changing with you over time. What you love is effectively a reflection of who you are, anyways. These are five movies I’ve loved since the first time I saw them, and have watched multiple times, taking something new away each viewing. Thanks for reading, enjoy my list!
John Carpenters 1982 science fiction-paranoia horror film didn’t get the love it deserved when it came out. In part due to opening against Blade Runner, and only weeks after the box office hit ‘E.T.’ Even many critics actively hated it, calling it ‘boring’ and ‘instant junk’. However, I’m so glad the perception has changed on The Thing, as it’s one of the most tense and disgusting horror movies ever made.
I actually didn’t see this one until later on (compared to the others on this list). I enjoyed it when I did, but couldn’t get it out of my head. The isolation of it, and the paranoia that drives a wedge between all the men of Arctic research outpost 31. The special effects still hold up to this day as some of the most inventive and grotesque I’ve ever seen in film. This is a movie I’ve rewatched countless times already and will continue to do so until aliens take over the earth.
David Fincher is a Director that a lot of people love for his films ‘Fight Club’ or ‘Seven’, but I’ll fight tooth and nail that his masterpiece is Zodiac. No other film so effortlessly puts you into a time period and a mood like this one. The movie is long, but never drags. Just like it’s central character, obsessed over this mysterious serial killer never brought to justice, I get entranced by this movie. It’s a film that feels like you’re living in it.
On top of its setting and mood, it’s incredibly well acted with Robert Downey Jr (pre-iron man) and Jake Gyllenhaal (pre-Gyllenhaalaissance). Zodiac has some of the most tense scenes in a film as I’ve ever witnessed, with multiple all-time thriller moments. I’m not a big true crime guy, but something about Fincher doing stories like these (Mindhunter included) pull me in and don’t let go until the credits roll.
When I talk about my favorite movies of all time, it’s impossible not to talk about directors (Hell, I do co-host the Director showdown, so it’s only fitting). When I was a teenager, and first getting obsessed with movies, the Coen brothers were some of my first heroes. Their dark comedy ‘Fargo’, about a crime gone wrong, is still a favorite to this day.
Whether it’s due to the pitch perfect performances of Frances Mcdorman or William H Macy, the unpredictable and increasingly messy plot, or those North Dakota accents, this movie is endlessly rewatchable for me. Some of my favorite movies are about dumb people thinking they’re smart, doing dumb things, and bad things happening to them afterward. Hell, the Coens nailed that specific type of story, and Fargo is the king of them in my book.
RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK
When I think about Spielberg’s filmography, there are multiple films that are all-time favorites of mine, but none more-so than Raiders of the Lost Ark. This is one of those formative movies that I grew up watching time and time again since I can remember. Raiders epitomizes the very best of what adventure movies can be, and directed by one of the best cinematic storytellers of all time.
There’s a reason this is the very first movie we covered on our podcast: we both completely adore it. From John Williams classic old school score to the incredible set pieces that still hold up, and are even better than many modern action set pieces today, this movie has everything you could want from an adventure film. Just like many of the artifacts in the movie, Raiders of the lost ark also belongs in a museum.
Christ, I guess I’m really going to pick two Coen bro’s movies for my top 5. I didn’t even think about it until picking my five favorites, but it really goes to show how much I love the Coen Brothers. Barton Fink is another one of those movies that implanted itself in my brain, growing and growing over time. I revisit this one probably once a year since I’ve seen it, and each time it reveals a new layer.
I’m slowly realizing that I love movies about artists, especially about people who make movies. There is no better example than Barton Fink. Barton is a struggling screenwriter who rents out a room to work on his next big script. Things take surreal, darkly hilarious turns from there, and it culminates in what is probably my favorite ending to a Coen Brothers movie. In my eyes, this one is an underrated masterpiece.
- The Departed
- Groundhog Day
- Pans Labyrinth
- School of Rock
- Truman show
- Back to the Future
- The Jerk
- Dazed and Confused
- Boogie Nights
- Blazing saddles
- City of God
- Planet of the apes (original)