10 Movies You Must Watch Before You Die

Dying very soon? Are you on a death toll? Well, before you die, there are 10 great movies that you must watch first. How did I know that this is worth your time? I watched it, and so must you, to prove that I am right.

Due to boredom and got nothing else to do, I decided to have a movie marathon by myself. I went to my entertainment room and selected 10 movies that I love the most. It took me 15 hours just watching them. Here are my top 10 greatest movies of all time. I started with:

1. The Goonies – a 1985 movie that was directed by Richard Donner and a story made by Steven Spielberg. A ragtag group of young misfits are what they call the “Goonies”. These “Goonies”, who were from the “Goon Docks” neighborhood of Astoria, Oregon, started to go on an adventure to find the buried treasure of One-Eyed Willie, a legendary 17th-century pirate, hoping to save their homes from demolition.

2. Never Ending Story – is the 1984 film adaptation of the German fantasy novel by Michael Ende and the production was directed by Wolfgang Petersen.

Starring Barret Oliver as Bastian Balthazar Bux (named only “Bastian Bux” in the movie), Noah Hathaway as Atreyu, and Tami Stronach as The Childlike Empress.

The story began when Bastian started reading the book “The Never Ending Story”. And his adventure started when he started reading the book. To be able to save “Fantasia”, Bastian should rebuild the entire world through wishes and imagination.

3. Kids – a 1995 American film written by Harmony Korine and directed by Larry Clark. The film is focused on a day in the life of a group of teenagers in New York City and Disturbing, dark, low-budget independent film about teenagers growing up in poverty in New York City.

The story focuses on Telly (Leo Fitzpatrick), a teen who has a goal to de-flower as many virgins as he can. When one of his old encounters discovers that she is H.I.V.-positive, after only one encounter with a guy, Telly remains undaunted. (http://www.imdb.com/)

4. The Godfather – a 1972 crime film based on the novel of the same name, The Godfather, written by Mario Puzo. The movie was directed by Francis Ford Coppola, with screenplay by Puzo and Coppola. The Godfather was initially ranked as the third greatest film in American cinematic history. The story spans ten years from late 1945 to 1955 and chronicles the life of the Corleone crime family.

5. The Godfather Part II – is a 1974 motion picture directed by Francis Ford Coppola from a script co-written with Mario Puzo. The Internet Movie Database ranks it as the third best movie of all time with the movie’s predecessor, The Godfather, ranked as #1, and the American Film Institute lists it as #32. Considered by many, they all say that “The Godfather Part II” is the greatest sequel of all-time. This sequel is nominated for 11 Academy Awards and winning 6, including the Best Picture Award and the Best Supporting Actor Award.

It is considered by some critics to be even better than the original. The film is both a sequel and a prequel to The Godfather, chronicling the story of the Corleone family following the events of the first film while also depicting the rise to power of the young Vito Corleone, played by Robert De Niro.

6. The Godfather Part III (1990) – is the third and final film in the Godfather trilogy written by Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola, and directed by Coppola. It completes the story of Michael Corleone, a Mafia godfather who tries to legitimize his criminal empire. The movie also weaves into its plot a fictionalized account of real-life events – the mysterious 1978 death of Pope John Paul I and the Papal banking scandal of 1981-1982 – and links them with each other and with the affairs of Michael Corleone. The film stars Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire, Andy Garcia, Eli Wallach, Joe Mantegna, George Hamilton, Bridget Fonda, and Sofia Coppola.

7. Good Fellas – is a 1990 film directed by Martin Scorsese, based on the book Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi, the true story of mob informer Henry Hill. The film stars Ray Liotta as Henry Hill, Robert De Niro as Jimmy Conway (based on Jimmy Burke), Joe Pesci, who won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as the sociopath Tommy DeVito (based on Tommy DeSimone), Lorraine Bracco as Hill’s wife (Karen Hill), and Paul Sorvino as Paulie Cicero (based on Paul Vario).

8. City Of God – is an Academy Award-nominated 2002 Brazilian film, released in its home country in 2002 and worldwide in 2003. It was adapted by Bráulio Mantovani from the 1997 novel of the same name written by Paulo Lins which, both the film and the book, are based on a true story; the war between Knockout Ned and Li’l Zé is based on their real life counterparts. It was directed by Kátia Lund and Fernando Meirelles.

The film received four Academy Award nominations in 2004: Best Cinematography (César Charlone), Best Directing (Meirelles), Best Editing (Daniel Rezende) and Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay) (Mantovani). Before that, in 2003 it had been chosen to be Brazil’s runner for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, but it was not nominated to be one of the five finalists.

In October 2002, a spin-off television series, City of Men, premiered on Rede Globo.

9. Y Tu Mama Tambien – (literally “And your mom, too”, released in English-speaking markets under the original Spanish title) is a 2001 Mexican film written by Carlos Cuarón and directed by Alfonso Cuarón. The film chronicles a coming-of-age story of two teenage boys taking a road trip with a woman in her late twenties. The film is set against the backdrop of the political and economic realities of present-day Mexico, specifically at the end of the uninterrupted seventy-year line of Mexican presidents from the Institutional Revolutionary Party, and the rise of the opposition headed by Vicente Fox. The film achieved great success in its native country and received awards and critical acclaim in foreign territories.

10. Amores Perros – is a Mexican film directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu in 2000. It is an anthology film, containing three distinct stories, which are connected by a car accident in Mexico City. Each of the three tales is also a reflection on the cruelty of humans towards each other, showing how they end up living darker and more hideous lives than the dogs around them. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2001.

The film was released under its Spanish title in the English-speaking world, although it was sometimes translated as Love’s a Bitch in marketing. In a 2001 interview on National Public Radio, Iñárritu pointed out that an American English idiom, Love’s a Bitch is not a satisfactory translation of the title. (http://en.wikipedia.org)

There you have it, my top 10 greatest movies. Anyone who share same interests as mine, feel free to comment, or you could also suggest some movies that I should also watch before I die. Enjoy!

Based on a True Story

I like to watch movies based on true stories. Recently, I saw for the first time the movie, “Music from the Heart.” It is the amazing story of Roberta Guaspari who started an amazing violin program in East Harlem.

Most of the time, these kinds of movies inspire us. That is certainly the case with the movie, “Miracle,” one of my favorites. It is based on the true story of the USA Olympic Hockey Team in 1980.

But, my all time favorite is “Seabiscuit.” To watch and see the three main character’s lives change is remarkable. I love the line in the movie, which comes up at least twice: “You don’t throw away a whole life just because it’s banged up a little.”

Movies like that really can inspire us, can’t they? We think, “If Roberta could accomplish all of that she did with so many obstacles to overcome, then I can accomplish what I want to as well.”

“If the USA could beat the unbeatable Russians, then I can win and be successful too.”

“If Charles Howard could regroup after all that he went through, well then, so can I. If Tom Smith could find a new direction and purpose, so can I. If Red Pollard could let go of his past and become who he really wants to be, then so can I.”

My point is that if movies based on true stories inspire us, why shouldn’t the stories in the Bible inspire us as well? Too often, Biblical stories are dismissed as fables, myths, or, just something that somebody made up.

Movies about true stories are identified as, “based on a true story.” The records you read in the Bible are not just based on a true story; they are the actual and real true stories! No embellishment, no Hollywood additions, no adapting the screenplay was necessary to make it fit into a ninety minute time frame. What you read is what really happened.

Many of those stories have a miraculous triumph or a supernatural event in the story. Perhaps that’s why some people might just dismiss the story. They think that something like that could ever happen.

If movies based on true stories can inspire people, just think how much more the true stories in the Bible could inspire people, if they only accepted them as being true. They could really lift a person’s confidence toward God to new heights.

One of those stories is about a woman and her son who found themselves right in the middle of a famine. This was something completely out of their control. They didn’t cause the famine. But there they were with no food.

It had come down to the woman having only a little bit of food left for one more meal. She was going to prepare it for her and her son, eat the meal, and then die. That was it.

But then, God did something remarkable. The woman shared some of her last bit of food with a man of God. He then stayed with her for over a year, and during that time, that little bit of food never ran out. All around her was famine and starvation, but in her house, day after day, there was food to eat.

How inspiring is that record if you choose to believe that it really is true? How much more confidence in God does that give you in light of your own circumstances? How much more trust in God to help you supply what you need does that give you?

If He did it for her, then He could do it for me too.

On the other hand, if you choose to not believe it, what does that story do for you? Absolutely nothing, it is just entertainment.

One must wonder and ponder carefully why there are such records in the Bible. Are they there for our amusement? Are they there make the book bigger and more impressive? Are they there because someone had a wild imagination?

Or, are they divinely inspired and placed so that those who want to have more confidence and trust in a powerful and delivering God can read them, get inspired, and grow in their confidence and trust in God?

Best Movies For Best Friends

If you and your best friend are looking for a movie to watch here is a list of the best movies for best friends. These are all movies that are meant to be shared together with best friends. Together you will laugh, cry and in the end your friendship will become stronger after watching these classic best friend movies.

These are my favorite best friend movies–but they are in no particular order.

Driving Miss Daisy

Based on the Pulitzer Prize winning play, this movie tells the affectionate story of the friendship between an older Jewish woman in the 1960′s and her African American driver over a 25 year span. The kinship that develops between these two strong willed personalities is at first improbably but over time each realizes they have more and more in common. The woman played by Jessica Tandy teaches her driver, Morgan Freemen, how to read. And in return, he teaches her about growing old. The move is heartwarming and touching.

Beaches

Beaches is considered by many to be the top best friend movie ever. It is the tale of enduring friendship between two women played by Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey. Not only do we fall in love with the characters but also the bond and relationship that develops between them as friends. We see them start off as adolescents and as life unfolds they go through good times and bad, but in the end they are always there for each other. It presents a very realistic portrayal of love and complexities of female friendships. Better have lots of tissues ready for this one.

My Girl

This is a funny and moving movie that has humor, courage and wit. It is the poignant and tender story about the friendship that develops between a boy and a girl, a first love and an untimely tragic death. The movie features lots of big name stars including: Dan Aykroyd and Jamie Lee Curtis and the boy and girl, McCauley Culkin and Anna Chlumsky. When the Temptations classic song “My Girl” plays if that doesn’t move you nothing will!

Thelma and Louise

This is the dramatic story and ultimate misadventure of two women who decide to throw all caution to the wind and take a spontaneous road trip. In the movie these two are more pals then best friends. Both girls are hard working but have had a series of broken relationships through their lives. Played by Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon, these two friends encounter a few unfortunate turns during their vacation that seem to parallel the events of their lives. It is not exactly a feel-good movie, but it does look at the challenges women face through their lives with an unexpected, thought provoking ending.

The Notebook

This is a wonderful and deeply moving story of lifelong love. It tells the story of a young man and women whose romance is brought to a halt when they are separated by war. The two are reunited later in life and are given a second chance. The great thing about this movie is that it is told looking back from the perspective of the now older man reading to a female friend. The movie features Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams, Gena Rowlands and James Garner whose love with each stands the test of time.

These are my personal favorites as best friend movies. They are perfect to be shared with a best friend. There are others once you have watched these half a dozen times. Don’t miss The Bucket List, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Forest Gump, Steel Magnolias, Fried Green Tomatoes and Grumpy Old Men.