Philthy’s Movie Lists

My Top 10 Favourite Movies (subject to change without notice).

UPDATED: January 16th 2015.

1. Goodfellas (1990)

I had spent a lot of my teenage years being a dick and thinking I was an intellectual because I went to dinner parties dressed as a causal bum and interrupted the dinner table conversations with my thoughts on the lastest trends and social cultural influences. In one particular sitting, I stunned my friends with a 60-second monologue about why Wayne’s World was a brilliantly written and acted metaphor for youth (of the early 90’s) and why it shamed so many other  more serious films in it’s message. The conversation at the dinner table moved away from movies after that indiscretion, and I don’t think I ever saw those friends again.

Then my girlfriend (at the time) and I went to see Goodfellas on the big screen and within 15 minutes I realised I had wasted my life. This was the only movie I had ever seen in the cinema that truly took my breath away and introduced me to what movie-making is all about. After 146 minutes I walked out of that cinema (at Knox City Shopping Centre, Melbourne) and understood that I had just seen the benchmark for which I would judge every other movie I ever see. Beautifully scripted and shot, Goodfellas is Scorsese’s finest cinematic accomplishment and should be in every movie-lover’s Top 10.

2. The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

3. Inception (2010)

4. Alien (1978)

5. The Insider (1999)

6. The Dark Knight (2008)

7. Taxi Driver (1976)

8. Chopper (2000)

9. Hellboy (2004)

10. Wonder Boys (2000)

(special mention to Gladiator, the Thing (1982), Ronin, Black Hawk Down, The Social Network and Fargo).

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My Top 5 Australian films

1. Chopper

2. Proof

3. Romper Stomper

4. Mad Max

5. Lantana

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My Top 5 Comedy films

1. Airplane

2. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

3. The Big Lebowski

4. Horrible Bosses

5. Stripes

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My Top 5 Comic-Superhero adaptation movies

1. The Dark Knight

2. Hellboy

3. Watchmen

4. X-men

5. Thor

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My Top 5 movie directors

1. Sir Ridley Scott

2. Martin Scorsese

3. David Fincher

4. The Coen Brothers

5. Christopher Nolan

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My Top 5 Ridley Scott movies

1. Alien

2. Black Hawk Down

3. Gladiator

4. Blade Runner

5. Robin Hood

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My Top 5 Martin Scorsese movies

1. Goodfellas

2. Taxi Driver

3. Raging Bull

4. The Departed

5. Casino

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My Top 5 David Fincher movies

1. The Social Network

2. Fight Club

3. Se7en

4. The Game

5. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

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My Top 5 Coen Brothers movies

1. Fargo

2. The Big Lebowski

3. True Grit

4. Millers Crossing

5. Burn After Reading

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My Top 5 Christopher Nolan movies

1. Inception

2. The Dark Knight

3. Memento

4. The Prestige

5. Interstellar

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My Top 5 Actors

1. Robert De Niro

2. Christian Bale

3. Russell Crowe

4. Eric Bana

5. Al Pacino

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My Top 5 Actresses

1. Cate Blanchett

2. daylight…

3. Helen Mirren

4. Frances McDormand

5. Marion Cottilard

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My Top 5 “Friday night, beer and pizza” movies

1. The Thing (1982)

2. District 9

3. The 40 year old Virgin

4. Horrible Bosses

5. Snatch

4 responses to “Philthy’s Movie Lists

  1. Hey Philthy, what about Carlito’s way? Don’t you love the scene where Laling is talking to Carlito in the upstairs office?

    • “I can’t walk and can’t hump… you know…” Classic scene from the wheelchair-bound Aragorn. It’s a great film, no doubt and I love Sean Penn’s performance. But like many other titles I just couldn’t get this one into the Top 10.

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