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.

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Why So Many Sequels And Remakes?

This is a little rant that is little overdue. Why Hollywood do you feel the need to constantly spew out remakes and sequels till your heart contents? I know that remakes and sequels have been done for years but recently it has felt as though we have been completely overwhelmed by this overload of sequels and remakes. Now that Oscar season is long gone we should expect to see lots more of these pieces of garbage that will mount up a monstrous pile of cash.

Hollywood are making these sequels and remakes for one simple reason, they make lots and lots of money. It seems as though Hollywood have given up on making great films and all their focus is on how much money they will make. Three films last year became part of the ten highest grossing movies of all time, all three of those movies were sequels. Fair enough the highest of the three was Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2 which is a book adaptation and is the final in a long line of films so I don’t have anything against that movie. The other two I do have problems with, first off Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is the fourth instalment in the Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise. This is one of those franchises that released another movie just for the simple fact of scrapping in as much money as possible; in the third Pirates Of The Caribbean film it came to a climactic end of what everyone thought was the trilogy. But because two out of the three Pirates Of The Caribbean films made the top 50 highest grossing movies of all time, Hollywood thought it would be a great idea to release a fourth film into a franchise that everyone thought was over. Finally Transformers: Dark Of The Moon, which is the third in the franchise of Transformers movies. Everyone knows that these films are extremely poor and are just made to make money and give viewing pleasure to people who like explosions. I understand that the third was going to be the last film that Michael Bay was going to direct, but wait, what is it now? Michael Bay is returning to direct a FOURTH Transformers movie. Why? Three were bad enough we don’t need even more.

I wouldn’t mind all these sequels and remakes if they were actually decent, for example this year The Dark Knight Rises is being released which is a sequel to the last Christopher Nolan Batman movie. Everyone knows that this film will be great and this is a sequel that people want to see. Admittedly some sequels are necessary, for example, Lord Of The Rings, they were all adapted from a book and they stuck to the amount of the books and didn’t add anymore unnecessary movies, they are also amazing films and people actually wanted the sequels, but what seems to be the case these days is that the people don’t want any of these sequels and remakes.

Remakes on the other hand I very rarely find a good one, the most recent remake I can think of is Straw Dogs which was a completely needless and painful remake that never should have been funded. There has been some shocking news recently that Alfred Hitchcock’s Suspicion is planning to get remade, now tell me why would anyone want to do that? This film is a classic for a reason, it is made by one of the greatest directors of all time and a film like that should be cherished as classic movie making and not be remade because stupid people don’t like old films and want to watch it in colour. There are some films that should NEVER EVER be remade and this is one of them.

If you think that we have seen too many sequels and remakes we have much more to come this year and the years to come. Recently they have decided they are going to do EVEN more Fast And Furious films, I maybe a bit bias when it comes to this franchise seeing I hate all the films. Anyway I feel as though they have made way to many of these films and really need to move on and make something else. They have decided that they want to do up to seven Fast And Furious film, why? They are all the same, just more films with needless violence and no depth of character or storyline.

I think the problem is though is that the big Hollywood companies can’t think of any new ideas, a lot of the best films last year came from independent companies that have creative and brilliant minds behind their films and thats exactly what Hollywood don’t have. I can just see Hollywood completely overstepping the mark and deciding to remake such a classic cult movie like Taxi Driver which would be an absolutely absurd idea and if anyone ever decides that they will remake it they deserve to be shot. Below is my list of films/franchises that should NEVER EVER be remade or get sequels.

Please No Remakes

Harry Potter – I along with many other people absolutely love this franchise and if I ever saw it get remade I would not be a happy person. This is one of those franchises that would not be the same and would be no where near as good. The only problem with the Harry Potter series is the acting but that isn’t a good enough reason for Hollywood to think it should be remade. I was young when Harry Potter was first released and I have grown up with these films and they have become my childhood and if that were to get remade in twenty odd years it would leave me feeling a bit pissed off, so please don’t even think of a remake.

Back To The Future – Even though I wasn’t brought up in the 80’s I still grew up with these films, since Iwas really young me and my dad watched these films all the time and it was these films that made me fall in love with movies and if they were to remake this trilogy just like the Harry Potter franchise I would not be happy one bit. It would also be an extremely big struggle to remake this film as we are  living in the future that this film is set in, so I hope on that basis Hollywood think it can’t be remade and should never even think about it.

Taxi Driver – I only recently saw Taxi Driver for the first time a few weeks ago and absolutely loved it which is surprising seeing I wasn’t brought up around the time the film was released or set and I struggle to see how people would love this film if it was released now. I also couldn’t imagine this movie being directed by anyone that isn’t Martin Scorsese, or starring anyone who isn’t Robert De Niro and Jodie Foster. I know Hollywood aren’t even stupid enough to remake this cult classic.

Fight Club – Another cult classic on my list that shouldn’t be touched under any circumstances. Fight Club is such a 90’s movie that wouldn’t really fit or make sense in any other generation, hopefully that will be enough to keep Hollywood away. With Fight Club being one of mine along with many others favourite film of all time it would be a huge disappointment if this one got remade, along with the rest of the films on this list, the remake could not surpass the original let alone live up to it.

Psycho – This is the greatest horror movies of all time, I’m not a huge horror fan, I hate most of them but this is one of, if not the best I have ever seen and it is another one of Hitchcock’s classics that should most certainly not be remade. This is a classic black and white horror that when remade wouldn’t seem at all scary in the modern day but it’s the fact that it’s a classic that makes this one of the greatest pieces of cinema ever.

I just hope that Hollywood think that all these films are such classics that they would never ever think of remaking them.

I would just like to say I’m sorry for my absence for the last few days I have been seriously preoccupied with work that I got behind on but don’t worry I’m back. Thank you for reading this post and I hope you agree with the excess of these sequels but you can tell me your thoughts in the comments below. If you enjoyed this post please feel free to hit that like and follow button to show me some love.

‘Star Trek’ Sequel In Production

Just a small piece of news here; J.J. Abrams has said that he has officially begun work on a sequel to 2009’s Star Trek. This is great news seeing the first one was brilliant this one is guaranteed to leave you in pure amazement. The film is set for a 17th May 2013 (USA) release with no word yet on a UK release date. Tell me in the comments below what you think of this news. Are you excited? Fed up of sequels? Or just hate Star Trek?