My Top 300 Movies :: 246-250

246. All About Eve Oh Bette Davis, how I love you in this film (and so many others). I adore the quick dialogue, both witty and snarky, something I LOVE in both film and television. This movie never loses its punch, and is such a delightful and devastating look into Hollywood. “Fasten your seat belts,…

My Top 300 Movies :: 211-215

211. Milk  An emotionally-charged, phenomenal bio-pic, this movie belongs on a list of movies that make me cry my eyes out. Amazing performances by Sean Penn, James Franco, Emile Hirsch, James Brolin, Diego Luna and Alison Pill – among others – directed by one of my favorites, Gus Van Sant. This is the kind of…

My Top 300 Movies :: 191-195

191. Joe vs. the Volcano A journey of self-discovery taken when the worst is expected, when the clanging chimes of mortality are ringing in the distance, or when the mundane and the miserable are just too much to take anymore, whatever fuels it, that rebellious, brave and maybe crazy desire to just go and really live…

My Top 300 Movies :: 181-185

181. The Way Way Back I love the unexpected joy of discovering a movie you know nothing about ahead of time and having it be one of those movies that you just get, and that just gets you, and it soon becomes one of your all-time favorites. This has so many things I love in it:…

My Top 300 Movies :: 171-175

171. The Avengers A band of misfits and outcasts, all with special talents and broken souls, who become an unexpected family, and within their story I found myself transfixed, and devoted. There is humor here, and heart, and a heaping dose of humanity within a story of super humans — there is so much going…

My Top 300 Movies :: 166-170

166. The Big Lebowski Stories in Los Angeles, unexpected character connections, and the wit and dark comedy of the Coen Brothers are some of the elements of this film that I love. There is something more, too – maybe it is the actors (so many in this that I love), the music connections (see if you…

My Top 300 Movies :: 161-165

161. 500 Days of Summer Each time I watch this film I respond differently, and find myself switching between who I relate with more. The ending, a once “hopeful” misread is now something I see more as a “repeated behavior” blindness, as much as we hope Tom learns from his relationship with Summer, in as…

My Top 300 Movies :: 156-160

156. Ruby Sparks I was attracted at first to this film because it is about a writer and an unexpected/unconventional “love” story, but honestly, there is so much more to this film than just a writer’s love story. This film contains one of the most soul-crushing, painful scenes I have ever watched, but it also…

My Top 300 Movies :: 151-155

151. The Philadelphia Story The plot is complicated in ways that do not always make sense to me, especially when it comes to Tracy’s (Katherine Hepburn) life choices, but I still love the details and witty writing that get us through the story. Without a doubt, my favorite moment is between an inebriated Macaulay (James Stewart)…

My Top 300 Movies :: 136-140

136. Playing By Heart Ensemble storytelling at its finest, underrated and almost anthology-like in its pace and characterization, catching you at tiny moments by surprise as the connections between everyone are revealed. A raw and real look at so many relationships, from new lovers, married couples, siblings, parent and child, and everyone’s relationship with love. Joan…

My Top 300 Movies :: 131-135

131. Chungking Express Anthology storytelling done right gets me every time, and in this case it gets me and then some with all the breathtaking visuals and characters who stick and stay in me so long after the first viewing. This is one of those movies that I have bought for people who mean a lot…

My Top 300 Movies :: 126-130

126. 9 1/2 Weeks Trying to explain why I love this movie so much is a tricky one, as I am not necessarily a fan of the relationship portrayed in this, especially since I think there are so many aspects that needed to be flushed out and were instead replaced by tons of sex scenes. That…