#5 Greatest Movie of All Time

BOOM! We are halfway through our Top 10 Movies of All Time list! I suspect it’s only going to get better and better with each coming week as we near the cherished #1 movie. If you missed the others, here are #6#7#8#9, and #10. Are we going to see some duplicates coming? Maybe! If you want to know more about the people behind the list, take a look at the braintrust. Feel familiar? Okay, let’s go!

Kai – “The Fifth Element”

The Fifth Element is a classic good vs evil tale placed in a wild 23rd century Earth. Bruce Willis, in his classic tough cop with a heart of gold role, is responsible for protecting a “perfect being” (played by Milla Jovovich). This perfect being is responsible for saving Earth from an unimaginable evil/darkness. Similar to Guardians of the Galaxy, it never takes itself too seriously, laughing at itself with dumb aliens and hilarious characters like Ruby Rhod. The best part of the film is probably the insane variety and level of detail in the environments that make Luc Besson’s wacky vision of 23rd century Earth really come alive. It might not be the most intellectually stimulating film ever made, but it is a whole lot of fun.

Andrew – “The Notebook”

He wrote a letter every day for a year!

Sophie – “Room” (2015)

Room is one of the most heart-wrenching and outstanding films I’ve experienced. The story of a woman who is abducted and kept alone in a room then bares the child of her abductor. After seven years they escape together and transition back into the world. The narration by Jack, the boy, is a poetic exploration of the human world and the performances by Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay are profound as they explore resilience and the bonds of mother and child.

Po – “Bullets Over Broadway”

This bad boy’s definitely my favorite Woody Allen film. The writing is amazing, just outright brilliant and endlessly hilarious. Chazz Palminteri plays Cheech, one of my favorite characters of all-time, and without giving anything away just do yourself a favor and watch it. His role alone is worth it.

Randy – “North By Northwest”

This is my other 1959 picture–a suspenseful romantic drama directed by Alfred Hitchcock. North By Northwest stars Cary Grant as a New York advertising man who is mistaken by foreign spies as a CIA operative. As he is drawn in to the spies’ web then suspected of U.N. diplomat’s murder, he escapes New York on a train where he meets Eva Marie Saint who appears to be one of the spies. Grant, being an ad man, has no weapons but his quick wit and charm to defend himself against James Mason and his evil spies who are bent on eliminating him. Lehman’s script has unpredictable twists and turns and the suspense, romance and light comedy keep it humming along. Iconic scenes at the climax of the movie are shot at Mt. Rushmore and the last shot of the movie employs rather strong symbolism. The Bernard Herman score and Ernest Lehman’s script make this a top entertaining movie.

Scott – “Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back”

Hungry – “Hercules”

Everything I love in a movie and a little more. This is funny… if you know me, then you know that I can be really particular about adaptations of original work. I grew up with a love for Greek mythology, which led to my obsession with Kevin Sorbo’s Hercules. It might be my favorite live-action TV series of all time. Well, even though the animated movie is far from the much more tragic story that you find in the mythology, it’s the kinda of journey that I love.

An outcast with latent powers who needs to struggle in order to unlock his potential. An amazing soundtrack highlighted by Michael Bolton’s “I Can Go the Distance” and “I Can’t Say” that you can find in its entirety on my iPhone. I listen to it while I workout, clean the house, and drive. Disney’s Classic touch in animation and charm.

For me, it’s an amazing standalone way to tell his tale, even if it is filled with inaccuracy. In fact, because it is so inaccurate and I still can’t help but love it–just shows why it belongs so high on my list. There’s just a huge personal connection here. My father’s nickname for me growing up…. “Herc” should explain it all. 

Fit – “The Lion King”

Epic soundtrack and great life lessons, the Lion King has always been my favorite Disney movie. It teaches responsibility, honor, and the importance of family. I’ve always been drawn to animals and the eastern parts of Africa, so no wonder, this was my go-to Disney movie growing up. I remember [SPOILERsobbing when Mufasa was trampled to death and Simba was panicked and grief-stricken. These classic Disney movies still have lessons, songs, and quotes that I carry with me today. It’s a meaningful movie based loosely off of Shakespeare’s Hamlet that both adults and kids can watch. As I go through each movie in my list, I’m realizing that my ratings are based off how powerfully they make me feel. Also, how epic is James Earl Jones as Mufasa? I mean, come on. 

That’s a wrap for another great week. We’ve seen a few duplicates already! But honestly, I’m not too surprised considering the people we have making the list. Next week, we’ll be getting close to the Top 3! Are there any movies on this list that you enjoy? Tell us your favorites! And as always, stay hungry and fit!

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