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This is a tough choice for me. I've seen a THOUSAND movies! I might not even be exaggerating there. I even had a History of Film class, so I know a lot of random movies, too. To figure out my favorite movies was fairly easy. To put them in an order? Ehhhh. But I think I did it.
The Countdown is on!
10. The Fast and the Furious - It brought us fast cars and Vin Diesel! lol It was also a surprisingly good story about a cop going a little too native to bring down the bad guy. I need to finish Tokyo Drift, then watch the next 2 movies before the new one comes out! Who knew it would become a series?!
9. Independence Day - "WE WILL NOT GO QUIETLY INTO THE NIGHT! WE WILL NOT VANISH WITHOUT A FIGHT! WE'RE GONNA LIVE ON...WE'RE GONNA SURVIVE. TODAY WE CELEBRATE OUR INDEPENDENCE DAY!" Need I say more? I know it by heart. This movie gave me a nightmare or two, and I somehow missed that it was about aliens until I went to the theatre, but Will Smith AND Jeff Goldblum? Always a plus.
8. Serenity - If you're reading this after 8:30am, Swan Princess was here until I stopped by Alex's and realized I missed one of my FAVORITE favorite movies. But anyway, I watched Serenity not knowing there was such a thing as a show called Firefly (FOX will do that to you), and within the first 15 or so minutes, I was in love with all of the characters! There's a soft spot in my heart for fractured girls and the brothers (sibling brothers not black men lol) who love them. There's an even bigger soft spot in my heart for spaceship captains who try to be mean but really aren't. And the story of the reavers! Oh, my goodness, I still cry when I get to that scene. This movie was wonderfully made, and I love Joss Whedon and the Browncoats who fought to get it done!
7. Beauty and the Beast - A movie about a weird girl who *gasps* reads and meets a beast who is really a hot prince?! What more could a girl ask for. I had the song book and the soundtrack to Beauty and the Beast when I was a kid. It's my favorite Disney movie (though oddly enough doesn't include my favorite Disney songs). I could have added a few more Disney movies to my list, but I only had 10 slots.
6. Forrest Gump - Really, do I need to say anything about this one? Okay, one thing: Once day EVERY channel seemed to be playing it. My sisters and I watched it. When it went off, we turned and started watching it on another channel...When it went off again...We watched Forrest Gump for 6 hours.
5. The Wizard of Oz - Can't beat the classics. Judy Garland had the most powerful alto voice, and this movie appeals to my escapist fantasy mindset. You're thinking of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" right now. Don't deny it.
4. The Color Purple - "All my life, I had to fight!" Every black family uses a line from this movie in their every day lives. I wish I were joking. It's the quintessential coming into yourself movie, and I cry every time I watch the end.
3. Enchanted - The spin on the fairy tale done the best way imaginable. I love this movie, and I love its poke at fairy tale movies while maintaining the fairy tale formula. Boy meets girl, they marry in the morning. When Robert, who has said he doesn't sing or dance, started singing his heart song to Giselle the first time I saw it, I teared up. It was one of the most beautiful moments of a character arc in the history of film.
2. The Matrix - The movie that changed the world...Or did it open our eyes to the real one? Think about that. Even the Backstreet Boys paid homage to this in their video for The Call (Kevin's scene). Dark dystopian world, black leather and Ray Bans galore, and the special effects and fighting were so cool. Definite Christian subtext in the whole story, which I dug even more. The 2nd and 3rd movies were kind of blah, but Animatrix was a really cool addition to this series.
1. Amelie - While my roommate had this poster over her desk my freshman year of college, I had no idea what it was until a guy I had a stalker-like crush on told me I should watch it. When I did, I fell in absolute love. I even wrote a poem (in Spanish because I don't speak French) explaining how I AM Amelie. She embodies my whole outlook on life, and I feel like I should probably try to save the lives like she did. Then, perhaps, my Nino Quincampoix will finally knock on my door when I least expect it. God, I love that movie.
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