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A Nerds Favorite Movies

This time around I figured I’d lay off the ranting and Hollywood-bashing for a change and bring to you my personal Top 5 movie list of all time. These are the movies that I have enjoyed watching the most and could never get tired of watching…ever. These five movies are amazing in my eyes and send chills down my spine every time I watch them. So, without further adieu, I present to you my Top 5…and no, The Godfather is not on here, so you can just kill me now. That movie seems to be in everyones top movie list, but not mine.

Number 5: The Bourne Ultimatum

Paul Greengrass blew my mind when he first brought Robert Ludlum’s Bourne series to the big screen with The Bourne Identity. He the proceeded to do it again with The Bourne Supremacy. And just when I thought I couldn’t take any more, Greengrass rolled out The Bourne Ultimatum and I witnessed my favorite action movie of all time for a couple reasons. First off, Matt Damon is easily the perfect actor to play Jason Bourne, as you can see by this performance. He brings a “bad-ass” vibe with him that fits the character perfectly. Secondly, there is so much action, suspense, and drama in this movie to keep you hooked for the entire ride. The story throughout this series is amazing and the ending to it all is shocking. I sadly do not know how it compares to the source material because I have not read any of Robert Ludlum’s books, but I know that what is shown is amazing. Thirdly, I really loved the soundtrack; John Powell did an amazing job orchestrating this. And Finally, I love Greengrass’ style of film-making. The shaky-cam style that he employs makes me feel like I am right there next to Bourne as he chases someone down or is beating the snot out of someone.

Number 4: Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

Oh Star Wars, what a classic series you are. No one can ever replace you in the hearts of nerds worldwide. And especially not Return of the Jedi which is, in my opinion, the best of the series. Now we all know that IV-VI are much better movies than I-III, but Return of the Jedi takes the cake for the whole thing overall. Lucas does a fabulous job of bringing what us nerd want: space fights, lightsaber duels, and a young Carrie Fisher in a metal two-piece. All joking aside, Return of the Jedi is an amazing piece of cinema and brings all the deeply detailed characters of the universe together for the climactic end. The story of Luke Skywalker, who is played amazingly by Mark Hamill, is an exciting and tumultuous ride. Also, Han Solo, played by Harrison Ford, becomes an even more memorable character as he does an amazing job in this movie. ON the sound side, John Williams is, as always, amazing and creates a soundtrack like no other for this film. All in all, this movie is a must for all nerds like me.

Number 3: Inception

“Your mind is the scene of the crime” I remember being at work (I work at a movie theater) and seeing this poster about 4 months before it was supposed to come out and thinking “What is this? What does this mean?” Time rolled by and eventually the movie came out and, after hearing rave reviews from my co-workers, I decided to see what this was all about. I did not expect what the next two and a half hours brought me. I clearly remember walking out of the theater saying “What the F@#! just happened?” I wasn’t mad though, I was intrigued. This movie had me going back to the theater multiple times until I had every detail worked out. I would have detailed conversations, and in some cases arguments, with my co-workers about what really happened. This is the sign of a good movie. One that keeps me talking well after the show is over. And talk I did. Christopher Nolan is nothing but a genius and the world that he created is amazing. An all-star cast, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy, Ellen Paige, and Marion Cotillard just to name a few, brings this movie to life with superb acting. The trombone-heavy score, orchestrated by Hans Zimmer, is easily one of my favorite movie soundtracks ever, creating a unique sound unlike any I’ve heard before. This movie is the whole package: action, suspense, romance…it has it all. I even chuckled at a few comedic lines. My favorite part of this movie is that you really can’t be sure what happened. Like Mal, Marion Cotillard’s character, says, “You keep telling yourself what you know. But what do you believe?”

Number 2: The Dark Knight

Before Christopher Nolan blew my mind (literally) with Inception, he took me for a spin with The Dark Knight. After a somewhat disappointing start to the reboot with Batman Begins, Nolan managed to completely turn the tables to bring this movie to the people. Now this movie is on my list for two main reasons. The first reason is that it is the best comic book movie ever created. Period. End of story. No other comic book movie can even come close the the gritty and dark world of Gotham City that Nolan had created. And the other reason is the late Heath Ledger. Never in my life had I seen such a well-developed, well played character than Ledger’s take on the Joker. This movie is his final film (I’m not counting The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus due to the fact that he died mid-production and wasn’t able to finish the film) and he does a stellar job. Ledger’s version of the Joker is my favorite movie character of all time. He made the Joker seem so real, so believably insane, that I couldn’t help but think that he WAS real. This is why this movie ranks so high. Christian Bale does a well enough job as Batman, although I just don’t care for his raspy intimidation voice he does whenever he dons the Bat suit. I can still watch this movie again and again; it never gets old.

Number 1: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Ta-da! Was this what you were expecting? Well here it is ladies and gentlemen, my number one movie of all time! The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is three and a half hours of climactic fight sequences, amazing sceneries, groundbreaking effects, and a moving story that literally had me to tears (yes, I actually cried a little the first time I saw this movie; few movies manage to do this to me). Although I have never been able to make it through J.R.R. Tolkein’s original masterpiece, Peter Jackson did an amazing job of bringing this world to life. The entire series is a beautiful one, with the crew spending multiple years in New Zealand to film it to its entirety. Not to mention this movie features the most advanced character ever created by computer: Gollum. Never before had such an intricate character been designed. Although this movie runs long, it was necessary to fit in all the finite details that Tolkein uses in his books. The cast of this movie is amazing as well, featuring Sir Ian McKellan, Orlando Bloom, Viggo Mortensen, and Elijah Wood. Now that I think about it, I haven’t sat down to enjoy this movie in a long time. This will soon have to change.

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