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I had an epiphany after watching Toy Story 3

June 22, 2010

About a month ago or so I was up late and thought I would make up a list of my top 10 favorite movies.  Many hours later I ended up with a top 100 list.  I realized it’s so hard to even put them in order starting with what you consider to be the best, that I ended up listing the movies by year.  After seeing Toy Story 3 tonight I have now added another to the list of my favorite films.  When I finished my list of top 100 movies it was around 6 am and I told myself I had to go to sleep.  I wonder how long of a list I can actually come up with of movies that I can consider to be in my “top 10”.  You can’t categorize movies as a whole by listing them starting with number 1, this is why I listed them by date.  Something I asked myself was that 100 years from now are people going to be watching Toy Story 3?  Are they going to be talking about it, referencing it, etc?  I started my list from around the beginning of movie making because I can never have a number one.  If you haven’t seen some of these I suggest you do.  I know they’re old, black and white and may be boring now but at one point in time they meant something to a generation of people.  I was talking to my friend Josh Drucker tonight about how we grew up on Toy Story.  In 1995 when it was first released it felt like the first “real” cartoon to me, something was different and my  8 year old eyes knew it!  For the past 15 years Pixar has came up with so many eye-candy-life-like-stories that people can relate to.  When I think of  the generation of kids today and what they’re watching I can only think of Twilight.  Me and my friend discussed how the kids of 2010 at 8 years old will never experience how we felt when we seen Toy Story for the first time.  As the years progressed not only did the characters grow up, so did we.  Toy Story 3 gave me so many thoughts and emotions about life that I never thought I would grow up to feel, see or write about from viewing a movie.  I know I’ll never be able to feel or experience exactly how it felt when people saw the films on my list decades before I was born but I won’t be stubborn and will give each movie their opportunity to live in my life.  One of my favorite quotes from the film A Bronx Tale is “The saddest thing in life is wasted talent”, but I also think the saddest thing in life is missing out on a great movie that could have taught me something in life.  It’s weird how movies can make you feel – they’re good, bad, happy, sad, boring, entertaining, and in the end just a movie but isn’t life just a movie?  We’re only alive for a handful of decades and it depresses me that so many movies will go unseen by generations of lives.  So live your life and watch a good movie whenever you can because it might make you realize something about your life that you need answered.  Below is my top 101 Films as of today 6/21/2010.

To me a good movie goes beyond the cast and crew, hollywood and the stardom.  All the aspects of movie making put together with a good story make the perfect movie.  Spoiler Alert – There was a flashback scene in Toy Story 3 where it shows a group of 3 characters staring through a window looking in on their kid owner “Bonnie”.  As one of the toy characters looked in (I think it was the baby), you could see the face and rain drops falling down the window expressing the sadness of the scene.  I immediately thought of the film In Cold Blood from 1967 where the main character “Perry”, played by Robert Blake is staring out a window and the reflection from the rain appears on the face of the character.  In this scene the visuals are crying for the character while on camera the actor is playing the role with little emotion.

I believe this is the first time rain was used as a visual reflecting a characters emotion in this way, so when I saw a similar thing in Toy Story 3 I was blown away.  I don’t know if this was intentional or how many other films to date have done this but it goes to show that at one point in movies there was something that hasn’t happened before.  So many things go unnoticed or missed by viewers because as the history of movie making progressed with time so did future generations of understanding.  Little things like this mean so much to me when watching a movie that I think having the knowledge of the past makes for a better future in viewing movies.  No one can ever know or notice every little detail but I thought I would point this one out.  I don’t have the image of the Toy Story 3 scene I’m talking about but I will post it if I can get it.  Over on the SlashFilm website they posted an article called Toy Story 3 Easter Eggs.  They reveal many things that slipped my mind when watching the movie and its a great read to checkout if you’ve seen the movie.  You might not want to read it if you haven’t seen the film yet and don’t want anything to be spoiled!  I watched Toy Story 3 in IMAX 3D and will have to see it again but maybe this time in 2D.  I can’t wait for when it comes to DVD so I can watch all 3 movies continuously.  I think this is one of the best trilogies in movie history!

7 Comments leave one →
  1. June 24, 2010 10:09 am

    I have to add “Enter The Dragon” (1973) to the list too!

  2. June 24, 2010 10:26 pm

    The list is really small and it makes it hard to read, high res anywhere?

  3. June 25, 2010 12:15 am

    Here’s the list

    Birth of a Nation (1915)
    The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
    Metropolis (1927)
    City Lights (1931)
    Scarface: The Shame of a Nation (1932)
    Baby Face (1933)
    It Happened One Night (1934)
    The Wizard of Oz (1939)
    Gone With The WInd (1939)
    Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
    The Women (1939)
    Dark Victory (1939)
    Of Mice and Men (1939)
    Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)
    Stagecoach (1939)
    Wuthering Heights (1939)
    The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)
    The Letter (1940)
    The Great Dictator (1940)
    The Maltese Falcon (1941)
    Citizen Kane (1942)
    Casablanca (1942)
    Mildred Pierce (1945)
    The Stranger (1946)
    The Big Sleep (1946)
    The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
    Monsieur Verdoux (1947)
    The Bicycle Thief (1948)
    Rope (1948)
    White Heat (1949)
    The Third Man (1949)
    Sunset Blvd. (1950)
    All About Eve (1950)
    A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
    Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
    Roman Holiday (1953)
    On The Waterfront (1954)
    Rear Window (1954)
    Rebel Without A Cause (1955)
    The Killing (1956)
    12 Angry Men (1957)
    The Ten Commandments (1956)
    Touch of Evil (1958)
    North by Northwest (1959)
    400 Blows (1959)
    Rio Bravo (1959)
    Breathless (1960)
    The Apartment (1960)
    Psycho (1960)
    Jules and Jim (1962)
    Lolita (1962)
    Love with the Proper Stranger (1963)
    Charade (1963)
    Dr. Strangelove or: How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
    The Chase (1966)
    Death of a Salesmen (1966)
    Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967)
    2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
    5 Easy Pieces (1970)
    A Clockwork Orange (1971)
    The Godfather (1972)
    American Graffiti (1973)
    Enter The Dragon (1973)
    The Godfather 2 (1974)
    Barry Lyndon (1975)
    The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
    Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
    Netowrk (1976)
    The Shootist (1976)
    One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
    New York, New York (1977)
    Annie Hall (1977)
    Raging Bull (1980)
    The Shining (1980)
    The Elephant Man (1980)
    Scarface (1983)
    Rumble Fish (1983)
    Amadeus (1984)
    The Breakfast Club (1985)
    Blue Velvet (1986)
    The Untouchables (1987)
    Cinema Paradiso (1988)
    Rain Man (1988)
    Big (1988)
    Dead Poets Society (1989)
    Goodfellas (1990)
    Miller’s Crossing (1990)
    Boyz N Da Hood (1991)
    Juice (1992)
    Reservoir Dogs (1992)
    Kalifornia (1993)
    Pulp Fiction (1994)
    Heat (1995)
    Casino (1995)
    Toy Story (1995)
    Titanic (1997)
    The Devils Advocate (1997)
    Saving Private Ryan (1998)
    American History X (1998)
    SLC Punk (1998)
    Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
    American Beauty (1999)
    Magnolia (1999)
    Fight Club (1999)
    Any Given Sunday (1999)
    The Green Mile (1999)
    Being John Malkovich (1999)
    Requiem For A Dream (2000)
    Blow (2001)
    A Beautiful Mind (2001)
    The Man Who Wasn’t There (2001)
    Crash (2004)
    The Notebook (2004)
    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
    Sin City (2005)
    The Departed (2006)
    The Science of Sleep (2006)
    The Last King of Scotland (2006)
    Goya’s Ghosts (2006)
    No Country For Old Men (2007)
    I’m Not There (2007)
    American Gangster (2007)
    Synedoche, New York (2008)
    The Wrestler (2008)
    Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
    Inglourious Basters (2009)
    The Hurt Locker (2009)
    Avatar (2009)
    Moon (2009)
    Toy Story 3 (2010)

  4. June 25, 2010 12:27 am

    Also checkout these Toy Story 3 Video Interviews over on Pixar Talk

  5. July 11, 2010 3:41 pm

    Watching a movie and realizing… how the hell did I leave out Jurassic Park! This is why I can never make a “top 10” list. Steven Spieldberg has so many good movies too that could be considered in this list too.. there can never be a top 10!

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