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.

Who Really Are The Best Directors Ever? (Part 3)

5. Martin Scorsese – One of the most humble men in cinema today has many reasons why he is at number five on my list. Martin Scorsese is usually known for directing quite dramatic pieces targeted at the older generation, but this year Scorsese blew us all away with his first children’s movie that showed us all he really is a genius. My personal favourite of Scorsese’s is of course his cult classic, Taxi Driver, I only saw this for the first time recently and I absolutely loved it, it is Scorsese’s dark twisted urban masterpiece that is loved and studied by film lovers across the globe, through every generation. Another one of my Marty favourites is another one of his starring Robert De Niro, this time he’s in a boxing ring in Raging Bull. It is a boxing phenomenon that is still bloody and brutal to this very day, despite being filmed in black and white. Raging Bull is a fascinating journey into someone’s mind and one of the greatest movies of the 80’s. Of course you couldn’t mention Marty without mentioning his brilliant gangster movie, GoodFellas, which surprisingly is another film staring De Niro, in yet another astonishing performance. GoodFellas is yet another dark twisted and brutal movie that Scorsese has beautifully made. After this year Scorsese really showed us all that he really can direct anything and it will be an absolute delight to watch.

4. Woody Allen – The hipster of all filmmakers, Woody Allen has directed some of my favourite films of all time, with his unique, awkwardly funny style in which he makes his phenomenal masterpieces. My favourite Allen movie is of course Annie Hall, written, directed and starring the brilliant Allen. It is a touching and hilarious love story with truly lovely performances that is by far Allen’s best piece that he has produced. Woody Allen does do a few comedy romance movies and no wonder he is so good at them, another rom-com masterpiece is Manhattan, it is smart and incredibly witty. Allen’s most recent movie, Midnight In Paris is also one of my favourites of his, it is absolutely beautiful, with amazing shots of Paris and phenomenal acting from Owen Wilson taking the role that Allen would have played in his earlier movies. You have to be one extremely skilled filmmaker to write, direct and star in the same movies, very few can pull it off but he can and he pulls it off so well.

3. Steven Spielberg – Well what can I say about this genius? Everyone knows how great Spielberg’s films are and that he is one of the greatest moviemakers of out generation. Shockingly there are some people out there that believe that Spielberg’s work is overrated and he is actually a poor director, well those people must be clinically insane. Spielberg has directed so many monstrous classics that I absolutely love, my favourite Spielberg film is the World War Two epic, Saving Private Ryan. I think that it is one of Spielberg’s most beautifully shot movies, I haven’t experienced a better scene in movie history than the Normandy beach landing that features in the first twenty minutes of Saving Private Ryan, I just feel as though that scene is the pinnacle of cinema. Spielberg has directed so many other great movies and I know you know them so I don’t need to talk about them all but thought I would mention a few. You can’t talk about Spielberg with out mentioning the Indiana Jones trilogy (the fourth didn’t happen!) the TRILOGY was an absolute triumph giving us one of the greatest action-adventure trilogies we have ever had the privilege to watch. The best of the trilogy is of course Raiders Of The Lost Ark, it really is a film that has it all and is splendid. Spielberg has the triumph of directing one of the greatest thrillers of all time, Jaws, a fast paced masterpiece with perfect camera placement throughout. As I said I can’t mention all of his films but you have probably grasped on the fact already that he is a phenomenal director.

2. David Fincher – Yes, this is the same David Fincher that directed the abomination that is Alien 3, but you know what? After that he started directing some astonishing movies. David Fincher first hit theatres with Alien 3 which was a huge disappointment in the so far phenomenal Alien franchise, not many people get a second chance in Hollywood but Fincher got one and really showed us that he really can direct. Fincher has directed FIVE of my favourite movies of all time, which I think is the most by a single director in my list (which will be coming soon) My favourite movie of Fincher’s is his cult classic, Fight Club, when it was first released people weren’t really fans, they didn’t know what to make of this puzzling movie but years later movie lovers around the world have fallen in love with this iconic masterpiece. Fincher also directed the drama centring on the creation of the largest social network ever, The Social Network, this is actually my second favourite movie of Fincher’s. I feel as though The Social Network is so beautiful, the cinematography mixed with Fincher’s direction is just phenomenally break taking. The Social Network is of a very rare quality that is Fincher’s most engrossing film to date. I really do love Fincher’s films, I feel as though he gives them a sense of darkness that other directors can’t do.

1. Christopher Nolan – Of course, who else would it really be? I believe that Christopher Nolan is the greatest director of all time, not just of our generation. I know Christopher Nolan hasn’t directed a plethora of films like Scorsese and Spielberg but every film he has directed I have absolutely loved, only four of his films are my favourite of all time, one less than Fincher but I feel as though Nolan is more consistent with his brilliance and it still puzzles me to this very day that he hasn’t won an Oscar. Christopher Nolan’s biggest achievement is by far what he has done to the Batman series, he has created a whole new style of superhero movie that will be mimicked in films for years to come. My personal favourite Nolan movie is of course his phenomenal Batman movie, The Dark Knight. It is not only one of the greatest comic book movies of all time, it is one of the greatest movies of all time, period. Heath Ledger delivers one of the finest performances I have ever seen in a film and I’m so glad that he won the Oscar for his role he truly deserved it. Aside from revolutionising the Batman series Nolan has directed some extremely puzzling films, from Memento to the mind boggling Inception. They are both astonishing films and really show Nolan’s power as a director. I know Nolan hasn’t done hundreds of films but he is the only director that when they bring out a new film I am, one extremely excited and two, I know it will be a stunning piece of cinema. I just can’t wait to see what this genius directs in the future as in my eyes he hasn’t made a single bad film yet and I know he will keep it that way; he is a man of perfection. To make him even better, he is British.

Who are your favourites of all time? Feel free to tell me your comments below. Thank you for reading and if you enjoyed this post please feel free to like and follow to show me some love.

New ‘Dredd’ Images

Four new images from the upcoming Pete Travis comic book adaptation Dredd. Dredd is set in the future where the world has become a violent and dangerous place so the cops have taken it upon themselves to become judge, jury and executioner. Dredd stars Karl Urban (Judge Dredd), Lena Headley (Madeline Madrigal) and Langley Kirkwood (Judge Lex). I don’t really know anything about the comics or the upcoming film but I will reserve my judgement until the trailer comes out; the thing about comic book movies is they can either go the way of Green Lantern and be a massive ball of stale cheese or go the way of The Dark Knight and be a phenomenal example of film making. Dredd is set to hit American screens on 21st September 2012 with no UK release date yet. You can check out the images below.

What do you think? I have mixed opinions on the images released but feel free to give your thoughts below. Once again thanks for reading, feel free to hit that follow button.