LITTLE ROCK, Ark — To quote High Fidelity, “The making of a good compilation tape is a very subtle art. Many do's and don'ts. First of all you're using someone else's poetry to express how you feel. This is a delicate thing.”
It’s almost impossible to pick my top ten movies of all time. But I’ve come up with a list of films that I love and find myself revisiting all the time.
To me, this is a living list and is always changing, but this is what it looks like right now.
While most would pick Jordan Peele’s debut Get Out, there’s something about Us that sticks with you long after the credits roll. It’s the perfect combination of scary, funny and thought-provoking. It’s one that you can come back to and time and time again and have a different experience. And it’s the best movie to watch with a crowd.
9. Orange County
Not every movie on this list is “great,” but Orange County is a fun and heartwarming film that doesn’t get enough credit. The characters are awesome, the story is relatable and the soundtrack kicks. It’s peak early 2000s teen comedy entertainment and deserves all the love.
8. Almost Famous
A movie about rock n’ roll and growing up, Almost Famous feels more like a biopic than it does a dramedy. Cameron Crowe puts some much love into a story that’s loosely based on his experience, but it somehow manages to resonate with others. That’s really cool for a movie about rock stars and a teenaged Rolling Stone writer.
7. Kill Bill
The epic tale of revenge has everything Tarantino fans have come to love and expect from his movies. It has homages, awesome fight scenes, a killer soundtrack and magnificent monologues. From start to finish, Kill Bill (both parts) is a roller coaster that you never get tired of riding.
6. Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse
It’s almost impossible to talk about this movie. Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse just deserves to be seen by everyone. It’s action-packed, it’s fun, it’s emotional and it is a spectacle. Not liking this movie is kind of like not liking an incredible full-course dinner.
5. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: The Last Jedi
I couldn’t put the whole Star Wars property on the list, so I settled for my two favorite installments from the Skywalker Sage. No one will disagree with The Empire Strikes Back, but there will be debate over The Last Jedi, and that’s ok. Both movies take what came before and elevate them. They challenge the fans and push the characters forward.
4. Singing in the Rain
As the kids would say, this musical slaps. Singin’ in the Rain is an incredible feat. You can see the effort and dedication that went into to making this an experience for moviegoers. The musical numbers, the long takes, the story, the acting – this movie is firing on all cylinders and you can’t help but smile when watching it.
It doesn’t get more iconic than Casablanca. This old-school Hollywood romance/noir is epic. It’s a movie that will never be touched or topped. Seriously, it doesn’t get more iconic than Casablanca.
2. (500) Days of Summer
This indie rom-com is special. (500) Days of Summer is a movie that only gets better with multiple viewings. It’s an experiment in perspective that makes you laugh, cry, dance and think. The writing, the acting, the directing, the editing, the soundtrack – everything about this movie is fantastic.
Jaws is a monster movie with heart. Steven Spielberg nails the suspense and the action, but that’s not what makes this movie so special. He’s able to tell this terrifying story, while also commenting on masculinity and what it means to be man. It’s blends it’s message perfectly into its premise. It’s a masterclass in filmmaking. There’s no such thing as a perfect movie, but Jaws comes pretty close.