Top 10 Movies
1) The Princess Bride
A young boy is less than thrilled when his grandfather arrives to read him the story of The Princess Bride, a swashbuckling tale full of fencing, fighting, giants, monsters, and rodents of unusual size! He is very surprised when the story comes to life before his eyes. A fairy tale movie that is far more suited to grown-ups than kids.
2) Raising Cain
Carter Nix, a respected psychologist and loving husband, decides to take a year off to help raise his daughter. His wife is pleased to have him home at first but nothing prepares her for the emergence of her husband’s multiple personalities. John Lithgow, an excellent actor any day of the week, puts in is best ever performance in this psychological thriller.
3) Independence Day
Mysterious spaceships appear in the sky and satellite communication systems cease to work. The population at large is unaware of the visitors’ hidden agenda. Only one man knows what’s really going on. Big-budget science fiction missive from the team behind Stargate. It was never going to win an Oscar, but it is incredibly good fun, and the special effects raised the bar in Hollywood.
4) The Paper
Henry Hackett is the editor of a New York City tabloid. He is a workaholic who loves his job, but the long hours and low pay are leading to discontent. Also, publisher Bernie White faces financial straits, and has hatchet man Alicia Clark, Henry’s nemesis, impose unpopular cutbacks. Henry’s wife Martha, a hugely pregnant former reporter of his, is fed up because he has so little time for his family. He is therefore considering an offer from Paul Bladden to edit a paper like the New York Times, which would mean more money, shorter hours, more respectability…but might also be a bit boring for his tastes. But a hot story soon confronts Henry with tough decisions.
5) Oceans 11
Ocean’s Eleven improves on 1960’s Rat Pack original with excellent casting, a slickly updated plot and Steven Soderbergh’s expert directon. Soderbergh reportedly relished the opportunity “to make a movie that has no desire except to give pleasure from beginning to end”, and he succeeds on those terms, blessed by the casting of George Clooney as Danny Ocean, the title role originated by Frank Sinatra. Fresh out of jail, Ocean masterminds a plot to steal $163 million from the seemingly impervious vault of Las Vegas’s Bellagio casino, not just for the money but to win his ex-wife (Julia Roberts) back from the casino’s ruthless owner (Andy Garcia). Soderbergh doesn’t scrimp on the caper’s comically intricate strategy, but he finds greater joy in assembling a stellar team (including Brad Pitt, Elliott Gould, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle and Carl Reiner) and indulging their strengths as actors and thieves.
6) War Games
This 1983 cautionary fantasy stars Matthew Broderick as a teenage computer genius who hacks into the Pentagon’s defence system and sets World War III into motion. All the fun is in the film’s set-up, as Broderick befriends Ally Sheedy and starts the international crisis by pretending while online to be the Soviet Union. After that, it’s not hard to predict what’s going to happen: government agents swoop in, but the story ends up at the mercy of machines talking to one another amid an array of flashing little lights and anonymous grey boxes named after hamburgers (or was it visa versa).
7) Prom Night
When an innocent game of Murder results in the accidental death of a young girl, the remaining children involved vow never to tell anyone what happened. Seven years pass and the children are now teenagers, preparing for their Senior Prom. Celebrations are cast aside, however, when each person receives a phone call from someone who witnessed the event all those years ago…
8.) Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Kahn
Inspired by the “Space Seed” episode of the original series, the classic swashbuckling scenario of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan was much more of a success with fans than the somewhat turgid drama of Star Trek: The Motion Picture. The film reunites newly promoted Admiral Kirk with his nemesis from the earlier episode – the genetically superior Khan (Ricardo Montalban) – who is now seeking revenge upon Kirk for having been imprisoned on a desolated planet. Their battle ensues over control of the Genesis device, a top-secret Starfleet project enabling entire planets to be transformed into life-supporting worlds, pioneered by the mother (Bibi Besch) of Kirk’s estranged and now-adult son. While Spock mentors the young Vulcan Lt. Saavik (Kirstie Alley), Kirk must battle Khan to the bitter end, with a climax which demonstrated that William Shatner can actually act when he can be bothered. Unlike the first film, Star Trek 2 had it all – a solid plot that linked back into the original series with continuity of actors, spectacular special effects, a great villain (thanks to Montalban’s splendidly melodramatic performance), and a deft combination of humour, excitement, and wondrous imagination.
9) The Abyss – The Director’s Cut
A team of civilian divers working on a prototype underwater oil-drilling rig are coerced by the US Navy into helping them look for a lost nuclear submarine. Whilst in deep water the Navy supervisor has paranoid ideas about what they’ve found in the Abyss. The director’s cut only restores around 10 minutes of material, but it completely changes the tone and the storyline, both for the better of the movie. Suddenly it makes more sense, as well as becoming far more shocking and sinister.
Based on the book Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi, Goodfellas follows the career of an ambitious school boy who joins the Mob and becomes a member of the inner sanctum. Full of his own success, he kills the wrong guy and begins to deal in drugs.