Julia’s Great™ movies
I watched a lot of movies this weekend. (Guardians of the Galaxy, Gravity, and The Internship – if you were curious.) This got me thinking it was about time to resurrect the old Oxide classic: the Great™ movies blog post.
As Adam explained in his list awhile back, “a Great movie is one that you would watch right now.”
Now, I tend to really enjoy fantasy and/or sci-fi films – and Shakespeare adaptations. You’ll see many such films below. While I recognize that these movies may not be universal favorites, they’ve brought me much joy over the years, and I highly recommend them.
Fantasy | Sci-Fi | Horror
- Lord of the Rings Trilogy (2001-2003) – These films are epic and amazing and everyone should see them.
- Willow (1988) – Fun to watch.
- Underworld (2003) (the first one) – This movie gets a lot of bad reviews, but I love it. Solid story, decent special effects, good actors, great soundtrack.
- Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) – This is how fantasy films should be.
- Blade Runner: The Director’s Cut (1992) – Classic sci-fi. Make sure you don’t accidentally watch the 1982 theatrical release.
- Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) – One of the funniest movies of all time.
- The Evil Dead (1981) – Campy and scary and Great.
- Cabin in the Woods (2012) – Generic horror film turned “¦ not. It’s wonderful.
- The Princess Bride (1987) – My all-time favorite movie. Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles “¦ it speaks for itself.
- World War Z (2013) – Super-suspenseful. Just don’t go in expecting it to be like the book.
- The Goonies (1985) – A classic.
- Alien (1979) – Sigourney Weaver is a badass.
Animated Kids Movies
- How to Train Your Dragon (2010) – Toothless is adorable.
- Up (2009) – The only movie that ever triggered tear production.
- Rango (2011) – I enjoy the Hunter S. Thompson references.
- Beauty and the Beast (1991) – A childhood favorite.
- The Lion King (1994) – Another childhood favorite.
- Shrek (2001) – Comical.
- Benny & Joon (1993) – Johnny Depp and The Proclaimers.
- Much Ado About Nothing (2013) – I grew up watching the 1993 Kenneth Branagh version. Joss Whedon’s is refreshing.
- Love Actually (2003) – Always an enjoyable watch, especially at Christmastime.
- 10 Things I Hate About You (1999) – Probably the best teen movie ever.
- The Last of the Mohicans (1992) – Daniel Day Lewis plus amazing soundtrack and cinematography.
- The Patriot (2000) – Jason Isaacs is the ultimate bad guy.
- Titanic (1997) – Sorry about this one.
- The Piano (1993) – The soundtrack is really good.
- Lawrence of Arabia (1962) – Thanks, Dad.
- 300 (2006) – Entertaining.
- Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) – Gotta love Indiana Jones.
- Romeo + Juliet (1996) – Does like Baz Lurhmann do.
- Newsies (1992) – I was all about this movie in grade school.
- Silver Linings Playbook
- Run Lola Run
- Girl, Interrupted
- Tropic Thunder
- Jurassic Park