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Bailey’s Favorite Movies (As of Right Now)

When you review movies, strangely, the question that comes up the most isn’t “What have you reviewed lately?” Nope. It’s “What are your favorite movies of all time?” Personally, I think that’s a difficult question to answer. In fact, I tend to react the same to that question as I do when asked whether a movie was “good” or “bad.”

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You see, there’s technically no such thing as a “good movie.” Yes, you read me correctly (and you’re probably thinking, Well, that means your reviews are worthless). When you review movies, you learn to assess film on so many different levels that it’s hard to label a movie strictly good or bad. Every movie has good and bad elements (even that godawful Movie 43). What matters, I suppose, is the quantity of those good and bad elements.

There are certain guidelines that make a movie look and feel good (e.g., acting, directing, cinematography, tone, plot, score). Not to mention, each genre has its own criteria for what makes it “good.” An example of that would be One Direction: This Is Us, which would be terrible if it wasn’t supposed to be a documentary specifically for the 1D fans. That’s because likability weighs into the equation more than you think. Take Zero Dark Thirty, for example. It has great acting and directing, but I’ve never once said, “Let’s watch Zero Dark Thirty again!”

I assume that’s why people ask the “What are your favorite movies of all time?” question. Because it’s easier than debating what makes a good movie. Also, it’s a quick way to gauge how I perceive movies—and whether or not it aligns with their personal movie preferences. So, without further ado, I’m going to list my favorite movies (as of right now) categorized by the major genres. Because I love you (kind of).

ACTION

1. Kill Bill Vol. 1

1. Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2

2. The Avengers

Hawkeye, Captain America, Black Widow

3. Raiders of the Lost Ark

3. Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark

4. Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl

4. Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl

5. Watchmen

5. Watchmen

ANIMATION

1. Corpse Bride

1. Corpse Bride

2. How to Train Your Dragon

2. How to Train Your Dragon

3. Despicable Me

3. Despicable Me

4. Wreck-It Ralph

4. Wreck-It Ralph

5. Finding Nemo

5. Finding Nemo

COMEDY

1. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

1. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

2. Galaxy Quest

2. Galaxy Quest

3. Spaceballs

3. Spaceballs

4. Young Frankenstein

4. Young Frankenstein

5. Airplane

5. Airplane

DRAMA

1. Pulp Fiction

1. Pulp Fiction

2. Amadeus

2. Amadeus

3. Silver Linings Playbook

3. Silver Linings Playbook

4. Inglourious Basterds

4. Inglourious Basterds

5. The King’s Speech

5. The King's Speech

FANTASY

1. Lord of the Rings: Return of the King

1. Lord of the Rings: Return of the King

2. The Princess Bride

2. The Princess Bride

3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

4. Interview with the Vampire

4. Interview with the Vampire

5. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

5. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

HORROR

1. Poltergeist

1. Poltergeist

2. Aliens

2. Aliens

3. The Shining

2. The Shining

4. The Conjuring

4. The Conjuring

5. Halloween (1978)

5. Halloween (1978)

MUSICAL

1. The Producers (2005)

1. The Producers

2. Mary Poppins

2. Mary Poppins

3. Moulin Rouge

3. Moulin Rouge

4. Singin’ in the Rain

4. Singin' in the Rain

5. Kiss Me Kate

5. Kiss Me Kate

ROMANCE

1. French Kiss

1. French Kiss

2. Love, Actually

2. Love Actually

3. Warm Bodies

3. Warm Bodies

4. Casablanca

4. Casablanca

5. Sense & Sensibility

5. Sense & Sensibility

SCI-FI

1. Jurassic Park

1. Jurassic Park

2. Star Wars IV: A New Hope

2. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

3. Independence Day

3. Independence Day

4. Star Trek (2009)

4. Star Trek (2009)

5. The Fifth Element

5. The Fifth Element

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Looking over my own list, I’m noticing a few interesting things.

  • There are three Quentin Tarantino (favorite director) films and two Mel Brooks (second favorite) films.
  • I have a Star Wars film and a Star Trek film, as well as a Star Wars parody and a Star Trek parody.
  • The majority of my favorite horror movies come from the ’70s-’80s.
  • None of my romance favorites are Nicholas Sparks movies (Thank god).
  • Orlando Bloom, Steve Carrell, Helena Bonham Carter, Johnny Depp, Chris Evans, Colin Firth, Harrison Ford, Jeff Goldblum, Hugh Grant, Samuel L. Jackson, Keira Knightley, Brad Pitt, Bill Pullman, Alan Rickman, Geoffrey Rush, Emma Thompson, Uma Thurman, Sigourney Weaver, and Patrick Wilson all have more than one movie in my list.

What do you think? Let’s talk movies in the comments! I would be happy to defend my choices.

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