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 1)

This is a list of MY top fifteen directors, obviously everyone has different opinions but these are my personal favourites. So lets get started.

15. Brad Bird – Now I know what you are thinking, yes Brad Bird hasn’t directed a lot of films – only four feature lengths – but two of those four are among my favourite movies of all time. Before last year the only films Brad Bird had directed were all animated movies and the best of animated movies, Pixar movies. Brad Bird’s directorial debut was the amazing cartoon The Iron Giant that is a movie that I seriously loved when I was a child. It is an intelligent and playful which is completely charming. This film was the first time I got a glimpse of Brad Bird as a director and I loved every second of it. He then went on to direct one of the best and most exhilarating Pixar movies, The Incredibles. This is one of my favourite Pixar movies because this was the first Pixar film that really drifted away from the typical Pixar formula and Brad Bird made that happen. Next he directed another one of my favourite Pixar movies, Ratatouille. Bar Toy Story Ratatouille is my favourite Pixar film; it is just a complete joy. As always with Pixar the animation is phenomenal along with amazing voice acting and astonishing script writing, it is just an overall masterpiece. Finally Brad Bird directed what I would say his greatest masterpiece, not because it’s his best but because it shows that he really can direct. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol is my personal favourite of the whole franchise and Brad Bird made it that. This was Bird’s first live action feature length movie and what an amazing job he did. We may need a few more films to just see how great Bird really is but we can expect great things from him.

14. James Cameron – This guy has directed a few more films than Brad Bird with two of his films being the highest grossing movies of all time. James Cameron has directed some truly brilliant films, one of which being The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day, both of these films really are masterpieces but it is obvious that The Terminator is the better of the two. The Terminator is the greatest sci-fi violent action movie of all time; it is a true monster of a movie with a monster of a character. Both Terminators are among the greatest sci-fi films of all time, these films really made the genre popular to people who weren’t nerds. Cameron also directed the sequel to Ridley Scott’s Alien, Aliens, which is also one of the greatest sic-fi movies of all time. Aliens is a dark, gritty and simply terrifying piece of cinema. As you can see Cameron likes the science-fiction genre that didn’t stop with Aliens he also directed the highest grossing movie of all time, Avatar. I loved Avatar, it may not be one of my all time favourites but it was truly awesome. James Cameron made me believe that 3D can be used to benefit the engagement of a film and I thought that would never happen. Another great momentum from Cameron was of course the second highest grossing movie of all time, Titanic. It has been said that Titanic is the greatest love story of all time, but I disagree. I wasn’t personally a massive fan but I have to admit it was a brilliant piece of cinema that has been beautifully shot with great shots throughout that only James Cameron himself could have done.

13. Francis Ford Coppola – The director of the so-called “greatest movie of all time” The Godfather is at my number thirteen spot. Coppola has made some breathtaking films in his career, my personal favourite of Coppola’s has to be Apocalypse Now, it is one of the greatest war movies ever made. It is a disturbing vision of the effects and shocks that continue to haunt people about the Vietnam war. I actually prefer Apocalypse Now to The Godfather, it was when people actually began to speak the word of Coppola as being one of the greatest film makers of all time. Coppola showed us all with The Godfather series how a gangster film should really be done, he then changed gangster films forever with most gangster films after The Godfather mimicking the beauty and style of Coppola’s films. The films Coppola directed have collectively won 22 Oscars that is an awful lot, of those twenty-two Coppola has won five for himself. I love Coppola’s films I feel as they are all so complete and are all utter masterpieces.

12. Peter Jackson – It seems that Peter Jackson was born to make The Lord Of The Rings he did such a perfect job and was better than anything I could have ever imagined.  The Lord Of The Rings is the best trilogy ever created; all three movies are some of the finest examples of perfection I have ever seen. Lord Of The Rings are what most people know Peter Jackson for and that isn’t necessarily a bad thing, to be honest he hasn’t really done much else apart from King Kong. He directed The Lovely Bones which didn’t get very good reviews and I really didn’t like it. The reason that Peter Jackson isn’t higher on my list is because I feel like he can only make Lord Of The Rings related films but it’s because those films are so amazing that he is on this list. The only film that isn’t Lord Of The Rings that I love that Peter Jackson did was King Kong; I thought it was brilliant if a little slow. It was a great testament to the original King Kong, it felt like the perfect remake that no-one asked for but still loved. I think I need to see more evidence of what else Peter Jackson can do before I completely fall in love with him because I think he has great potential to be phenomenal.

11. J.J. Abrams – This is another director on my list who hasn’t done a plethora of films, J.J. Abrams is probably best known for his direction/production of the Lost series. It’s a shame he is because he has done so much more since that series. My personal favourite movie of Abrams’ so far has to be his new take on Star Trek; I thought it was absolutely astonishing. I’m not usually a large Star Trek fan but when I saw Abrams take on the franchise I fell in love with it, he really sparked a whole new lease of life into that franchise. Super 8 is another brilliant film that has been directed by Abrams and yet again I loved another one of his masterpieces. After watching Super 8 it confirmed what I was thinking of Abrams, he really is just like a young Steven Spielberg, you can really tell that when watching Super 8 and its resemblance to E.T. Mission Impossible 3 is the first film that Abrams directed and it was my favourite in the series until Brad Bird’s fourth installment came along. I feel that Mission Impossible 3 is different from Abrams’ over films; it’s a lot more explosions and action centered whereas the other two are more beautifully shot. I just know that Abrams will grow up making more and more amazing pieces of cinema that I will cherish forever. Abrams says he grew up admiring Spielberg and that really comes through in his films and I reckon in twenty years we will be watching Abrams films thinking that this is the second Spielberg. 

The second part of my list of best directors will be out on Thursday of next week. What do you think of my list so far? Who are your favourite directors? Feel free to tell me all your thoughts in the comments below. Thanks again for reading, and if you enjoyed this post please feel free to hit that follow and like button to show me some love. Don’t forget to check back on 1st March for part 2.