We wanted to give you all a feel for who we are, so each of us put together a list of our top 10 favorite movies. These aren't necessarily the movies we consider to be the best, but rather those that we most love.
There is no way we could rank these, so all movies are listed in no particular order.
First up, Jaime's Top 10
I took into consideration the movies that I will put on and get sucked in on any given Saturday; and those movies that I will stop to watch if they're on TV.
Guardians of the Galaxy: "Guardians" is clever, funny and full of action. I don't know how many times I've watched it, whether it be all the way through, or just for a half hour when I had a little bit of time. Plus it has spawned a rebirth in the "Guardians" comics that I love.
Arrival: There were some great movies in 2016 (Captain America: Civil War and Deadpool to name a couple) but "Arrival" was my favorite by far. The general concept is brilliant: a non-linear language leading to a non-linear experience of life.
Resident Evil: The first in the franchise series, this movie had a great soundtrack and fun effects. Alice was still just sort of a badass in this one, rather than some superhero. The final shot, panning out on Alice in the middle of a destroyed Raccoon City, is one of my favorites.
The Crow: When I was younger, this was easily my favorite movie. Tons of action, and an amazing soundtrack.
Dark Knight: Heath Ledger was amazing, which just added to what was a great movie on its own.
The Fifth Element: One of the few movies I probably wore out the DVD. The performances were brilliant, everything was over-the-top and the action was fun.
Donnie Darko: A cleverly done movie dealing with a sort of time travel and alternate timelines. The director's cut with a little more detail/explanation actually adds to the movie.
Inception: Just a brilliantly done movie. This was groundbreaking in the concept and in the visuals.
Shaun of the Dead: This one has a special place in my heart. Not only is it hilarious, it was my first date with my wife. But getting away from the emotions, not only is this a good comedy, it's also a great zombie movie.
The Force Awakens: I struggled to pick a "Star Wars" movie for this list. I'm giving the edge to "The Force Awakens" because from a rewatchability standpoint, I'm able to watch this over and over. I love Daisy Ridley and Adam Driver in their roles. We'll have to see how this holds up throughout this next trilogy, but as of now this has to be on the list.
Paranormal Activity: I watched this a few weeks ago, and even knowing how it ends, this movie still made me jump and had me anxious by the end.
The Avengers: This list didn't feel right without including The Avengers. I struggled not having this on the Top 10, but it could be there on any given day.
Milo and Otis: One of my childhood favorites. I can still watch this today, and I will continue to watch it until my DVD wears out.
Next, Carlos' Top 10
Here are my top ten 10 favorite movies of all time! This list will be slightly different each year, but it should give you a good idea about my taste in movies. These are the movies that remind me most of why I love movies. If I could only take 10 movies with me to a deserted island, these would be them (besides the “How to Survive on a Deserted Island” instructional movie).
The Shawshank Redemption: This is a GREAT movie, maybe the best of movies, and no great movie ever dies. The Shawshank Redemption is on most people’s favorite movie lists and for good reason too. It graciously portrays a microcosm of some of humanity’s most beautiful and harshest attributes, from which the strongest of all emerges: hope.
Jaws: In 1975 Steven Spielberg first made his legendary presence known and it was to the sound of two terrifying musical notes by the god, John Williams. Jaws is truly timeless. You can still watch it today and be swept away by how it perfectly balances both biting suspense and rushing adventure.
The Dark Knight: For many, myself included, this movie changed the way we appreciated superhero movies (and all movies for that matter), and the way we defined a hero. Christopher Nolan accomplished this through his masterful storytelling of the compelling battle for Gotham's soul between the iconic hero and his ultimate antagonist.
Dances with Wolves: Kevin Costner’s first ride as director showcased his great skill behind the filmmaking reins. This is a journey through the open ranges of both the American frontier and one's soul. John Barry’s score is hands down my favorite of all time.
Jurassic Park: No movie instills a greater sense of wonder in me than Jurassic Park. After creating the first blockbuster in 1975 with Jaws, Spielberg reinvented the blockbuster again in 1993 with this gem. He took the imagined and made it believable. When you watch Jurassic Park, you believe it is all real: the science, the dinosaurs, and the characters.
Inception: In a period of repeated reboots and sequels, Christopher Nolan crafted one of the most original movies of all time and reminded us all to dream a little bigger. This movie leaves both your mind and heart in a trance.
2001: A Space Odyssey: Every shot in a Stanley Kubrick film has deep meaning and purpose, especially so in 2001: A Space Odyssey. The visuals and concepts transcend space and time. This is existential poetry in motion.
Se7en: David Fincher’s engaging directing style was the perfect choice for this dark mystery thriller. The closer the detectives get to capturing the murderer, the deeper they descend into the ugliness of his mind and their own society. What’s in the box?!
Heat: The ultimate clash of the titans! Pacino vs De Niro! The interactions and relationships between characters in this heist movie are just as thrilling as the action. Michael Mann's stylish realism is at its hottest!
Good Will Hunting: An intelligent story about an intelligent man’s moving growth in wisdom and peace. This movie wonderfully captures the feel and soul of both Boston and its characters. I’m fascinated. I’m in.
A River Runs Through It: A hauntingly beautiful and poetic story about brotherhood and family.
Warrior: This modern champion bombards you with non-stop blows full of heart and fury.
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring: The enchanting first tale of one of the most epic trilogies of all time!
Ok ok ok, I know we said we were only allowed three honorable mentions, but I HAVE TO make a shout out for Psycho, Empire Strikes Back, and Braveheart!
lastly, Julia's top 10!
Iron Man: The best movie to start the Avengers’ franchise with Tony Stark’s developing from a 2 dimensional character to the amazingly witty (Billionaire) superhero.
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Speaking of avengers, do you ever wonder what a Victorian era version would look like? Well look no further. From the invisible man, Dorian Grey, Jackal/Hyde and many more fictional characters, this movie has a good story and lots of plot twists.
XXX: Surprisingly got a sequel recently (XXX: The Return of Zander Cage) the original caught my attention because it wasn’t your typical spy movie. I like it because it’s easy to watch even if you catch it on TV half way through.
About Time: While I do like the occasional rom-com, I always go back to About Time. It has a guy, who discovers all the males in his family have the ability to time travel, and he uses his ability to get the girl he fell in love with, but he finds time traveling has consequences. It’s quirky and has a great cast.
Second Hand Lions: This was the movie that made me realize how much I enjoyed listening to, and telling, stories. As the main character hears the tale of his uncles past it is hard not to get wrapped up in it yourself and start imagining the wind story.
Galaxy Quest: Every nerds dream of having their favorite fictional TV show come to life. I like how this movie makes fun of itself and yet can still be heartwarming.
Interstellar: In reading about interstellar before it came out I was intrigued to learn that the director wanted to keep the movie as grounded in realistic science as possible, even going to physicists to estimate what a black hole would be like. On top of amazing visuals I liked that the characters seemed very normal even though they were flying though space. (And TARS’s Humor setting was just the best).
Avatar: I know some people will say that this movie’s plot is just be a copycat of Ferngully, but it’s hard to say that I enjoy just watching this movie purely for the visuals. Whenever I watch this movie I end up deeply caring about the characters and their struggles. (It’s also interesting to me that Sigourney Weaver’s character smokes on a planet that has limited breathable air).
Underworld: Unlike Twilight, this movie made me become obsessed with vampires and werewolves in my teens. While the many sequels can be a little “much” in the vampire/werewolf universe, the first movie in this series has always been my favorite due to the awesome action scenes and good story.
The Martian: The quote “I’m going to have to science the shit out of this.” Pretty much sums up why I love this movie. The movies’ realistic science and great casting make it a good watch.
Big Fish: Ewan Mcgregor did a great job in this crazy/weird story.
The Road Warrior: I prefer this to the original of this series, and to thunder dome. I’m still not sure how I feel about the latest movie with Tom Hardy.
Howls Moving Castle: I’m a big fan of Miyazaki films, I had to include one somewhere.
So that's it! Hopefully this gives you some insight into what we love here at The Fresnerd!