Sunday, October 25, 2009

My Top Ten Movies of All Time

Number 1:

The Godfather (1972)

Directed by:  Fracis Ford Coppola

Starring:  Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duval, John Cazale, Diane Keaton

Oscars (winners in bold):  11 Nominations (3 wins) - Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor (3), Best Costume Design, Best Director, Best Editing, Best Music, Best Picture, Best Sound, Best Adapted Screenplay

Ranking on AFI's 100 Greatest Movie List (2007):  2 

Review: To those who know me, this comes as no surprise.  This could, quite possibly be the perfect movie.  The writing, the acting, the directing, cinematography, editing, it is all perfect.  First of all, the storyline is poignant and timeless.  The story, although the plot points are there, is ultimately about family and how family deals with adversity.  The later movies go on to detail how power can corrupt and destroy, but this one is about family.

The story centers around how the changing climate of the 1940's is changing the mafia family run by Don Vito Corleone.  After a series of events the story then shifts to following Michael Corleone as he joins the "family business" after trying to hold off for his entire life to this point.  The movie deals with how the events that happen affect this family and Michael is led into this life and changed by it.

Based on a phenomenal book by Mario Puzo, The Godfather hits on all cylinders.  This movie is epic filmmaking in every sense of the word.  Spanning multiple themes and nailing every one, this movie could not have been done better.

Why this made the list:

Little needs to be said about why this made the list.  Often looked upon as the greatest movie of all time, there really could not be a better movie.  I saw this movie at a young age and was still captivated and it continues to do so to this day.  Any movie that can do that deserves to be on this list.

Why this is the top selection is due to the sheer prowess of the filmmaking.  This movie still finds a way to suck me in every time I watch.  I have seen this movie more times than I can count but there is something new every time I see it and it still finds a different way to affect me every time.

The movie is expertly made with a powerful story and it remains to be a prime example of excellent filmmaking.  This will remain one of the best movies of all time forever.  That is why it made the list and is my #1 movie of all time.

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