The Ultimate Film List . . . and Personal Favorties: Part I

Things are  a little hectic for me right now, but that’s what’ it’s like to work in entertainment business.

So in the mean time I’ve cooked up a list of my favorite films and must-see movies that you may have seen or some that maybe you never got around to yet. Regardless, here are some great films broken up by genre that includes some good options and by far is not a complete best list, as there are just too many great films  to name . . . and also this list may be somewhat bias to my personal taste, but your welcome to chip in and comment and maybe I’ll post your faves on a later date. Till then here are my favorites and must see movies for your summer enjoyment.

It’s the best way to stay out of the heat!

MY FAVORITES( list in no particular order.)

  1. Lord of the Rings Trilogy                             
  2. Jurassic Park
  3.  His Girl Friday
  4. Singing in the Rain
  5. The Dark Knight
  6. Pirates of the Caribbean
  7. The Fugitive
  8. Star Wars
  9. L.A. Confidential
  10. Django Unchained
  11. Beauty and the Beast


  1. To Kill a Mockingbird           
  2. The Ten Commandments
  3. My Fair Lady
  4. Gone with the Wind
  5. Vertigo
  6. The Wizard of Oz
  7. Some Like it Hot
  8. The Birds
  9. Sunset Blvd.


  1. The Lion King
  2. Frozen
  3. Beauty and the Beast
  4. Spirited Away
  5. The Last Guardians
  6. Howl’s Moving Castle                              
  7. Coraline                                    
  8. Toy Story
  9. Shrek
  10. Ice Age
  11. Corpse Bride
  12. Brave
  13. Rise of the Guardians


  1. Blazing Saddles
  2. MASH
  3. Caddyshack
  4. Tropic Thunder
  5. Office Space
  6. Hot Fuzz
  7. Rush Hour
  8. Meet the Fockers
  9. Lethal Weapon
  10. 21 Jump Street


  1. Carrie                                                               
  2. Night on Elm Street
  3. The Shining
  4. The Omen
  5. Saw
  6. Chucky
  7. The Exorcist
  8. The Conjuring
  9. The Ring


  1. Pretty Woman
  2. Love Actually
  3. Pride and Prejudice
  4. Shakespeare in Love
  5. The Notebook
  6. Bridget Jones Dairy
  7. Sleepless in Seattle
  8. When Harry Met Sally
  9. My Best Friend’s Wedding


  1. Edward Scsissorhands
  2. Alien
  3. Harry Potter Series
  4. Minority Report
  5. E.T.
  6. The Matrix
  7. Men in Black
  8. Rise of of Planet of the Apes
  9. Indiana Jones Series
  10. Gremlins
  11. The Never Ending Story
  12. The Abyss



  1. Mission: Impossible
  2. Kill Bill
  3. Skyfall
  4. Terminator
  5. Die Hard
  6. Pacific Rim
  7. District 9
  8. Jaws
  9. Desperado
  10. Wanted
  11. Twister
  12. Gone in 60 Seconds
  13. Fast & The Furious
  14. Bad Boys



  1. Sin City
  2. Batman(Nolan series)
  3. X-Men/X-Men First Class/X-Days of Future Past
  4. The Amazing Spiderman/Spiderman
  5. The Avengers
  6. Thor
  7. Man of Steel
  8. Captain America
  9. Iron Man
  10. 300
  11. Kick- Ass


  1. Gladiator
  2. The Departed
  3. The Great Gatsby
  4. Hustle & Flow
  5.  Fight Club
  6. Elizabeth
  7. Forrest Gump
  8.  The Godfather
  9. Crash
  10. 12 Years of Slave
  11. Shawshank Redemption
  12. The Green Mile
  13. A Beautiful Mind
  14. The Silence of the Lambs
  15. Erin Brockvich
  16. The Help



  1. Chicago
  2. Les Misreables
  3. Phantom of the Opera
  4. Frozen
  5. Grease
  6. Drumline
  7. Save the Last Dance
  8. 8-Mile
  9. The Sound of Music
  10. Mary Poppins
  11. Happy Feet
  12. Sister Act











The Evolution of Disney II: Brave

The New Disney Animation

The new era of Disney 3-D Animation where girls are fearless, carefree, and fun, yet real is the new direction of the family company. Mainly moving away from the typical princess character to bolder heroines like Merida in Brave and Anna in Frozen — which I briefly discussed last time in our series. All began back in 2010 with Tangled, a few years before the smart and ballsy Brave ever appeared.

188560_1_b23_10bpub_pub16_170_R1_CMYK.jpg_rgbBrave was a departure of sorts for Disney and Pixar primarily based on the director’s and writer’s children. The plot follows princess Merida’s protest to accept her traditional role and be a lady, preferring to shoot bow and arrows and frolic in the Scottish hillside.  So she devises a plan that seems simple: use a witch to change her fate, but changing her fate is not as simple as it seems.

The film originally called The Bear and The Bow at one point is unique from previous Pixar films as it features the first female protagonist.

Overall it is a great story with excellent character development and artwork, some of which I have included below. While it never ceases to amaze me how much detail Pixar or Disney puts into their films and this carries over into everything they do, even the merchandise and parks.

Art of Brave


brave concept art

Concept Art




Concept Pixar

Here are also a few sketches from pre-production.

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Also this film is great to look at for VFX and 3-D techniques that achieve accurate realism. My favorite is Merida’s hair.








(All images copyright of Disney & Pixar)