Anyone who knows me moderately well knows that movies are easily my favorite things on this earth. And so, in no particular order, these are some of my favorite films with brief descriptions of why I love them.
Lord of the Rings
If you're a person who has any sort of liking for the fantasy genre, it's hard not to like LOTR. Not only does it literally define the genre, but it has what every successful film franchise requires: its own unique aesthetic. These films, more than any other, have a special feel to them; they transport you to another world filled with incredible and endearing characters and creatures.
Field Of Dreams
As a person who has never had any interest in watching sports and only a mild interest in playing them, this one is surprising. But baseball, as a sport and as a bigger fan base and concept, somehow captures an ideal image of patriotism in this film. This quote from James Earl Jones' character captures it neatly: "The one constant through all the years Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It’s been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game, is a part of our past, Ray. It reminds us of all that once was good, and that could be again".
The Truman Show
Jim Carrey is a delight and, while he's incredibly silly and funny, he shines and connects strongest when he's playing a more serious role, as he does here. Also the film generally has a really cool concept that is capitalized upon with equally well done characters and writing.
I love superheroes. Plain and simple. And this movie captures the epitome of the excitement and old fashioned adventurism that comes along with them. Also, this film introduced to the world the awesome concept of the cinematic universe, something that sounds so obvious but hasn't been overly done before. I'll never forget what it was like the first time I saw this movie.