The Best 100 Movies Challenge

Woohoo! I found another excuse to make a list…and I do so love lists.
This guy had a challenge thing: http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2013/01/the-best-100-movies-challenge.html

so yeah my top 100 favorite movies. They are sort of ranked but I love them all a lot.

1. The Lord of the Rings- The Return of the King
2. The Lord of the Rings- The Two Towers
3. The Lord of the Rings- The Fellowship of the Ring
4. Moon
5. The Brothers Bloom
6. Jane Eyre(2011)
7. Pride & Prejudice(2005)
8. Mulan
9. Lilo & Stitch
10. Wall-E
11. Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade
12. Star Wars: A New Hope
13. Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back
14. Chicken Run
15. Silverado
16. Inception
17. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo(2011)
18. The Road to El Dorado
19. Singin’ in the Rain
20. Chicago
21. The Fall
22. Skyfall
23. The Avengers
24. Good Will Hunting
25. X-Men
26. Star Trek(2009)
27. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
28. Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix
29. Star Trek: Voyage Home
30. How to Train Your Dragon
31. Amelie
32. Notorious
33. Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist
34. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
35. The Emperor’s New Groove
36. Spirited Away
37. A Knight’s Tale
38. Stardust
39. Little Miss Sunshine
40. Princess Bride
41. The Bourne Ultimatum
42. The King’s Speech
43. Serenity
44. Shakespeare in Love
45. 3:10 to Yuma(2007)
46. Slumdog Millionaire
47. To Have and Have Not
48. Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl
49. L.A. Confidential
50. Gladiator
51. Pan’s Labyrinth
52. Stranger than Fiction
53. Back to the Future
54. Fievel Goes West
55. Persuasion
56. Love Actually
57. Sherlock Holmes
58. Iron Man
59. X2
60. X-Men: First Class
61. Super 8
62. Morning Glory
63. A Series of Unfortunate Events
64. Cowboy Bebop- Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door
65. Fullmetal Alchemist- The Conqueror of Shamballa
66. Howl’s Moving Castle
67. Whispers of the Heart
68. Hugo
69. Third Star
70. The Decoy Bride
71. Atlantis: The Lost Empire
72. Princess Mononoke
73. Coraline
74. Live Free or Die Hard
75. The Dark Knight Rises
76. Bridget Jones’ Diary
77. Seabiscuit
78. A Little Princess
79. The Secret Garden
80. Someone Like You
81. Becoming Jane
82. Atonement
83. Michael Clayton
84. The Matrix
85. The Birdcage
86. Hot Fuzz
87. Blood Diamond
88. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
89. Seeking a Friend at the End of the World
90. Memento
91. The Prestige
92. The Illusionist
93. America’s Sweethearts
94. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
95. Looper
96. Everything is Illuminated
97. Road to Perdition
98. Away we Go
99. Pheobe in Wonderland
100. Duck Soup

100 movies I love! and yeah I can’t say I love Duck Soup less than Little Miss Sunshine or something so maybe ignore the numbers a little bit?

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15 Gorgeous Songs from Film

I was debating writing some deep post about religion and then I said fuck it I will do one of my favorite things: make a list.

We all love music, its easy to make a list of my favorite songs and put the obvious stuff like Adele or Florence + The Machine but I find so many people say they like classical music or movie soundtracks and they don’t know half the good music that’s out there. And…I really like recommending music.

And I should add all of these songs have no words.

1. Bible Study- Marco Beltrami
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVtJDGeBweU
From the soundtrack of 3:10 to Yuma(a really great movie by the way). The song is exciting and builds and captures the spirit of a dark western.

2. Building the Crate- Harry Gregson Williams & John Powell
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p81dM2URI-0
who knew kazoos could be exciting right? From the soundtrack to Chicken Run. I like my exciting songs and this one is fun and peppy and makes you feel like having your own cool montage to do something.

3. Buckbeaks Flight- John Williams
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RR9kT8PL6ZA
I know with Harry Potter everybody loves Hedwig’s Theme but this franchise produced a lot of good music besides that. This one from The Prisoner of Azkaban is really rousing and inspiring.

4. A Motley Crew-Raphael Beau
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjdaWyM4WgU
Every good list needs an obscure French song. It’s from the movie Micmacs. The whole soundtrack is worth a listen. Blending many elements including a Stomp-like use of sound effects. This one has a nice melody and when its gets big its quite bombastic.

5. Test Drive- John Powell
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5N3q68e7OQ
How to Train your Dragon was another movie with a KICKASS score. If you love the celtic sound its especially fun. This was a big exciting song that makes me feel like flying.

6. Beethoven’s 7th Symphony 2nd Movement
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydk9WBianNw
Not technically from a soundtrack but it was prominantly featured in two fabulous films. The Fall and The King’s Speech. I have heard many arrangements but the way it sounds in The Fall is my favorite (The King’s Speech edits some good parts out). A slower pace which adds a lot of weight to the big moments.

7. Frankensteins Monster- Henry Jackman
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8JcNiBrrcg
X-Men: First Class had some great highlights. One of which was Magneto’s theme. Here it starts soft and builds to a very menacing (and awesome) crescendo.

8. Enterprising Young Men- Michael Giacchino
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qu0QO1za64E
I love a lot of Star Trek music and I love what Giacchino did with the 2009 Star Trek reboot score. For fun also check out the End Credits where he finally pulls out the big guns with the themes and makes a great musical suite.

9. Romanian Wind- Hans Zimmer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmrN-nWVtmM
I cannot describe how much I love this song or how many times I have listened to it. I dare you to try and sit still for the entirety of the song. It’s weird strings and gypsy style music. But it also reminds me of Kleizmer. Call it a fun hodge podge if you will.

Up is Down- Hans Zimmer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJFgwHmOMW8
Debate the quality of the films but The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise had some really fun music. This is a favorite of mine from At World’s End. A little wacky and very exciting.

10. Road to Chicago- Thomas Newman
Thomas Newman is an interesting composer. One of the few I can usually spot just by listening. This is a really haunting number from the fascinating film Road to Perdition

11. The Letter that Never Came- Thomas Newman
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZNTWDUrWiI
A Series of Unfortunate Events was actually a very awesome movie and it featured Newman at his most inventive and playful. I recommend the whole soundtrack but this is a quieter number that is quietly hopeful. When I am in the right mood it will induce weeping.

12. The Great Eatlon- James Newton Howard
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6iiNjQDPrws
I make no claim to M. Night Shamalan being a talented film maker(especially of late) but his collaborations with James Newton Howard often create some magical music. This one is from Lady in the Water and it’s gorgeous.

13. The White Tree- Howard Shore
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYczhIzrsgg
No list of music is complete without some Lord of The Rings. Those films feature nine hours of beautifully crafted score. This is my favorite from The Return of the King. Just shut your eyes and soak it in.

14. One Last Message- Andrew Lockington
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-_13Z-r5m4
The film adaptation of City of Ember might have been way off the mark but the music was fun and exciting. The final song on the soundtrack is a real highlight.

15. Cloud Atlas End Title- Tom Tykwer & Johnny Klimek & Reinhold Heil
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7AWFWkyeq8o
Cloud Atlas was widely debated for it experimentation and format. But the music was actually lovely in its simplicity. It only featured a few main themes which are used and twisted and used again. (I think the pitch on this has been tweaked slightly because of youtube but you get the idea)

P.S. if you happen to listen and like anything leave me a comment and let me know. It would make me very happy