I have watched a lot of movies. Even if you only counted the movies I have rented through netflix (I have been a member since june of 2000), you would arrive at a number that boggles the mind (834). Of course, the real number, including films I have watched in theaters and on TV would probably hit upwards of 4000.
When I say I love movies, I am NOT kidding. I like a great many movies that most people dislike (Hudson Hawke) as well as movies that are universally loved (Old Yeller), but when it comes to my list of films I believe are the “best evah,” I simply picked films that are entertaining and examples of what the medium could be if all filmmakers took the time to care.
What film is my favorite? Which film do I consider the best film ever? Without a doubt, it is…
01. Blade Runner – It would be too easy to say I love this film because it is the most modern version of Film Noir there is. It is a detective story, dark, dirty, and features a femme fatale who may or may not want to pull one over on our hero. But the fact that it is a modern film noir is only part of it. The acting is first rate, the story fully realized, the characters motivated, but above all, it is visually stunning. I was a fan of Phillip K. Dick long before Ridley Scott chose Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep as the basis for Blade Runner, but you can add that to the list of reasons why this is my favorite film of all-time. I still pull this movie out (the director’s cut, not the theatrical version although even that version is good) when I am alone and looking for something to watch (I am pretty sure my gf thinks the movie is boring). It satisfies me on levels I can’t even begin to express.