10. Titanic. Yeah, yeah, shut up, I know. But despite all the hype, media-overdoneness, and cliches (ugh, I can't write that accented E without funny symbols), it was and is a really good movie. Very historically accurate and very believable. I had never even heard of Kate Winslet until I saw this movie, and she's one of my favorite actresses now.
9. Save the Last Dance. I suppose this can be classified as a 'chick flick', but still... I can't help but like it.
8. Silence of the Lambs. Wow. Just... wow. I don't like the ending - I think it's sort of unclear and anticlimactic - but the story itself is great, very tense and very cleverly done. And it's right that Hannibal Lecter go free. I don't think we're supposed to think like that, but I would have been disappointed if he had just stayed locked up the whole time.
7. My Big Fat Greek Wedding. I just think this movie is so original and funny! We quote it all the time at my house... like the famous 'Put some Windex on it,' if someone has a bruise or something.
6. Top Gun. Despite Tom Cruise's idiotic comments of late, this movie still ranks in my top ten. Elise introduced me to it during senior year. I was skeptical at first, but not for long. I hate the love scene, and I hate that Anthony Edwards dies, but it's still a great story. (And 'Highway to the Danger Zone' is a great song!)
5. A Knight's Tale. I really like the Chaucer thread ('I should write some of this story down...') and the way they mix Middle Ages scenery and characters with modern music and traditions, i.e. singing 'We Will Rock You' before the joust.
4. Chocolat. I explained the plot of this one yesterday. And look how far up the list it moved - all the way to number 4. It's strange, because I never thought this was really my type of movie - no ships sinking or planes crashing or knights jousting or spaceships burning, just sort of normal day-to-day life - but maybe that's exactly why I like it.
3. Armageddon. Again, shut up. I know the rest of the world thinks this movie is really old and cheesy, but I still just love it. I have a sort of fascination with space which never quite died after going to Space Camp as a kid, and this plays off of that. (If you look hard at that Life List in the left-hand column, 'Go into space' is listed there somewhere.)
2. Bend It Like Beckham. I dare you to show me a female athlete anywhere who doesn't like this movie. Wonderful, just wonderful.
1. Pirates of the Caribbean. Yep, the Pirates steal the number-one spot. Three of my very favorite actors in the world are in this movie - Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, and Keira Knightley - not to mention it has one of those great complicated plots where you understand a little bit more of it each time you watch the movie. I've loved this ride at Disney World forever, and now it's got its own film - and two more coming. I can't wait for the sequels!
Honorable mentions: ET, Love Actually, The Green Mile, The Patriot, Love and Basketball, and Jerry Maguire.
Since I seem to be on a movie roll today...
Top 5 favorite actors, in order: (1) Johnny Depp, (2) Orlando Bloom, (3) Leonardo DiCaprio, (4) Heath Ledger, (5) Dustin Hoffman. (Runners-up: Mel Gibson, Tom Hanks, Robin Williams, and Tom Cruise. Tom Cruise would have been higher up, but not after all that Scientology crap he pulled.)
Top 5 favorite actresses, in order: (1) Keira Knightley, (2) Kate Winslet, (3) Drew Barrymore, (4) Julia Roberts, (5) Julia Stiles. (Runners-up: Christina Ricci and Thora Birch.)
P.S. The Jaguars not only won (by 27 points) yesterday, but they broke 30 points, which a certain journalist has been nagging them about forever, so... congratulations! A 6-3 record, and heading into a 3-game stretch (on the road) against teams that are currently 2-7, 2-6, and 3-5, respectively. Let's see some more playing like last night. Woohoo!