Is There Such Thing As A ‘Greatest Movie Of All Time’?

Citizen Kane? The Shawshank Redemption? The Godfather? Star Wars? Which one of these great movies is the ‘greatest movie of all time’? Well the correct answer is none of them, I don’t believe there is such thing as a ‘greatest movie of all time.’ Yes you can have a favourite movie of all time but does that make it the greatest? It is impossible for people to agree on what is the ‘greatest movie of all time,’ it’s so hard to choose one because their isn’t one.

One of my favourite movies of all time is The Dark Knight, there are many things that make this one of my favourites movie. This is the movie I watch at home on rainy days, on Christmas, when I’m ill or when I just need cheering up, this movie means everything to me, that is what a favourite movie should be like. Now I know most of you out there won’t agree with me, we all have our personal favourites, a lot of peoples favourites might be absolutely terrible in my eyes but to them it is everything they want out of a movie and that is all you can ask.

Movies really shouldn’t be given the title of the ‘greatest movie of all time’ because it adds a lot of pressure to first time viewers of that film. Not too long ago I watched Citizen Kane for the first time and all I could think throughout the movie was that I have to like it, this is supposedly one of the greatest movies of all time, unsurprisingly this ruined my enjoyment of the movie. I like to go into every movie with a wide open opinion but I already had the perception that I was going to watch the ‘greatest movie of all time.’ You know what, going in with that expectation the film fell short of what I was expecting leaving me to feel underwhelmed. There shouldn’t be any pressure for audiences to think that a certain movie is the ‘greatest movie of all time,’ people have their own opinions and they can think what they want about movies.

There are only a few movies that I watch for the first time and think to myself, this is one of my favourites, when I first watched The Dark Knight in the theatres I loved it, but it wasn’t until I watched it at home five months later that I realised just how much I loved it and the more I watched the more I fell in love with it. I feel as though in this modern day of remakes and sequels there are only a few directors that I know could make my next favourite film.

In IMDb’s top 250 of all time they place The Shawshank Redemption at the top, this doesn’t make it the ‘greatest movie of all time,’ the list is controlled by the publics ratings, it just means that The Shawshank Redemption is the most popular peoples favourite. I can tell if a movie is very well made but that doesn’t mean I will enjoy it. One example being Schindler’s List, I can tell that it is a beautifully made movie with astonishing acting but for some reason I just didn’t enjoy it. I just feel that people should have their own favourites no matter on the quality of the movie, whether it be White Chicks or American Psycho people are free to like what they want to and they shouldn’t be forced to like what are considered the ‘greatest movies of all time.’

The movies should be an experience and not a competition.

I would love to hear what some of your favourites are in the comments below. I will be producing a list of some of my favourites (in no particular order) soon so look out for that. If you enjoyed this post please feel free to like and follow my blog. Thanks for reading.

Top 5 Joseph Gordon-Levitt Movies

Today is Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s 31st birthday so I thought I would make a quick list of my personal favourite films he has done so far.

5. 10 Things I Hate About You – There’s nothing better than watching a film with two amazing actors playing off each other, this film has exactly that. A film with Joseph Gordon-Levitt himself and the late phenomenal Heath Ledger is a recipe for perfection. 10 Things I Hate About You is a film based on Shakespeare’s play The Taming Of The Shrew but set in an American high school. This makes for a great romantic comedy but with some flaws but that doesn’t stop this film from being smart and beautifully excited. This film obviously isn’t for everyone as it is a rom-com but this is a film perfect for teenage girls but that shouldn’t stop it from being loved by everyone else.

4. The Lookout – Another astoundingly acted film by Levitt himself. The Lookout centres on Chris (Levitt) who experiences a savage road traffic accident which turns his life upside-down, then attempting to live a normal life Chris finds himself caught up with the wrong people and into a planned bank robbery. This is a great thriller that really shows the many talents of Levitt giving an extremely strong lead performance. The Lookout does have some flaws, one of them being the ending. A great thriller heist movie that is filled with great dialogue and even better performances.

3. (500) Days Of Summer – This film is my favourite romance movie, it is just amazing how truthful this film really is. (500) Days Of Summer focuses on Tom (Levitt) and his search for true love, which leads him to find Summer (Zooey Deschanel) who doesn’t believe in any such thing as “the one.” This is one of very few romance films that Hollywood hasn’t chocolate covered and instead just shows us the gritty truth of what a relationship is really like. The acting from both Levitt and Deschanel is this film is astonishing, they have electric chemistry between them making for some extremely romantic moments. This film isn’t necessarily laugh out loud funny, what makes it a comedy is the fact that you feel like you have been there before and how easily you can relate to everything Tom and Summer do.

2. 50/50 – This is by far Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s greatest performance, he delivers a humorous and extremely moving performance of cancer patient Adam. The film centres on Levitt’s character and how he deals with his diagnosis of cancer followed by his struggle to beat the disease. When first hearing about this film a comedy about cancer didn’t seem like it would be the most sensitive of films but 50/50 manages to pull it off perfectly. 50/50 contains some seriously emotional scenes, the most being the scene just before he goes in for sugary, that had me and everyone else in the theatre in tears. If you haven’t seen 50/50 I highly recommend it, but if you’ve had someone you know die of cancer then that will make this film that bit more emotional and meaningful.

1. Inception – This isn’t really much of a surprise that this is number one, I know Levitt isn’t in a lead role here but it is still his best film. It’s not necessarily his best performance, that goes to 50/50 but this truly is a masterpiece. Inception is about a group of people who try to carry out Inception – putting some into a dream state and putting an idea into their head – it is quite difficult to explain but you can click on the picture below to check out the trailer. This is abother film which contains a phenomenal performance from Levitt with great chemistry between him and Tom Hardy. I would recommend Inception to anyone, it is one of my favourite movies, another masterpiece by Christopher Nolan. 

Happy birthday Joseph! So what is you favourite Levitt film? Feel free to tell me in the comments below. Thanks again for reading. If you liked this post, feel free to hit that follow button to keep up to date with movie news and review.

Monthly Blu-Ray Update – February

I have decided that I will record my growing blu-ray collection and share it with you, my faithful readers every month. I will tell you which blu-rays I bought this month with a brief review on the blu-ray and then tell you which one I recommend helping you build your own collection. So without further ado lets get started.

This is my current blu-ray collection:

I know I have a few crappy films in their but try and find me a single person that doesn’t have a single bad movie in their collection. Some that I recommend you don’t buy are; From Paris With Love, The Mechanic, Arn – The Knights Templar, The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragons Emperor and Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps. In my opinion they are pretty poor movies and I really don’t think they are worth buying unless they are seriously cheap.

Now onto the movies that I have in my collection you should most definitely buy; I obviously can’t suggest all of them but I will tell you my top ones, they aren’t necessarily my favourite movies but they are good films that really flaunt your home cinema system. This is not specific to my collection but you should most definitely purchase any Pixar movie, the best in my collection is Toy Story 3 I personally think it is very hard to choose a favourite Toy Story movie but number three is defiantly the best looking blu-ray out them all; this is a film that you need to buy if you really want to show off the picture quality of your brand new television.

My next recommendation isn’t a film exactly it is the Band Of Brothers HBO series; this is a seriously good series that has been beautifully transferred to blu-ray with phenomenal picture quality and amazing sound as the soldiers enter battle. This isn’t just a series that will just test your system to the max but it is also thoroughly enjoyable with amazing acting from Damien Lewis. This is a must buy and as it is a couple of years old you should be able to find it cheap.

Another worthy mention is the breathtaking Dark Knight, this is by far one of the best Batman films of all time, with great performances all round especially from the late Heath Ledger playing the villainous Joker. If you do not have this in your collection already I demand you to stop reading this and go to your local record store to pick this one up. This is another film that truly maxes out the capabilities of your home cinema system. This blu-ray also comes with a large extensive range of extras branching from behind the scenes to the deleted scenes.

My final recommendation is of course the Harry Potter 1-8 Collection this is a must buy for anyone who is a Harry Potter fan, if you hate the films (I don’t see who would) then this might not be the purchase for you but I seriously think it is worth every penny. From the very first to the last they all look stunning in high definition and beautiful sound; the only downside of this collection is that there are only a smidgin of extras for the first 5 films.

What did you think of the idea of a monthly blu-ray segment? I hope you enjoyed it, please give me suggestions in the comments below. Thank you very much for reading.