In honour of the ResChallenge 24 Hour Film Fest, we decided to ask our Residential Leaders what their favourite films are. We chose the first ten and apparently the early 2000’s is where it’s at.
1. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
What happens when an assassin, an enhanced raccoon, a tree, a ball of anger and a space cowboy walk into a bar? INSTANT GOLD. With it’s retro soundtrack, phenomenal special effects and witty banter, Guardians of the Galaxy saved the Marvel Cinematic Universe from dying a bleak, broody death and became an immediate sensation so it’s no surprise it made it to the top of this list.
PS Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is in cinemas now!
2. Kill Bill Vol. 1 (2003) and Vol. 2 (2004)
Okay, so these are technically two movies, but this is our list so we’ll do what we want. Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill series is a bloody, violent and thrilling story of an assassin seeking vengeance for her murdered family. Its beautifully choreographed fight scenes, intriguing characters and compelling story line make it one of Tarantino’s most iconic films.
3. Shawshank Redemption (1994)
This one is a no-brainer. Not only does it star Morgan Freeman and have awesome plot, it also won seven Oscars. Covering a span of 19 years, Shawshank Redemption follows Andy Dufresne, a banker that has been sentenced to two life terms for the murder of his wife and lover. Shawshank may be a tough watch, coming in at 142 minutes, but we promise that it’s worth it.
4. Good Will Hunting (1997)
Good Will Hunting is the brain child of real-life friends (and I guess talented actors/directors/producers… but the friends part is the most important) Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. Starring Damon, Affleck, Robin Williams and Stellan Skarsgard, Good Will Hunting is the story of Will Hunting, a man with a genius-level IQ and a troubled past working as a janitor at MIT. The film deals with serious subject matter, but doesn’t treat the audience as stupid. The nuanced performances of Damon and Williams makes the audiences really feel the story and cemented it’s place in film making history.
5. Coach Carter (2005)
The age old argument of athlete vs academic comes to the forefront in Thomas Carter’s Coach Carter, starring Samuel L. Jackson. After returning to his hometown, Ken Carter (the director really wanted everyone to know this was his film) begins to coach the school’s basketball team. As is stereotypical for athletes in movies, the grades of the team begin to suffer. Just like that, Coach Carter closes the gym and ends their championship season until they pick their game up outside of the court. If there’s a lesson to be found in this film, it’s not to piss of Samuel L. Jackson.
And, you know, to keep studying.
6. Hercules (1997)
When you think of Hades, I really hope you think of a wise-cracking, perpetually angry guy with flaming blue hair. If not, you’re missing out. Hercules has got it all – musical numbers, #strongfemalecharacters, a flying horse and a heartwarming message. What more could you want?
7. American Beauty (1999)
American Beauty is the tragic, yet hilariously absurd, story of Lester Burnham. Lester is a man that is unloved by his daughter, ignored by his wife and, frankly, feels like a loser. After falling for one of his daughter’s classmates, it’s easy to draw comparisons to Lolita, but don’t be fooled! This film is about power, respect, and yearning for youth and beauty and freedom more than it is about a creepy infatuation.
8. Shrek (2001)
Somebody once told me that Shrek was a gift to cinema. On some level, they might be right. It’s had 5 sequels, multiple spinoffs, video games, a musical and many, many memes have been created because of it. And everyone knows: memes = success. I’m not even going to tell you what this movie is about, because honestly, you should’ve seen it already.
9. The Notebook (2004)
This is the love story everyone dreams of. Boy meets girl, they fall in love, they fight literally all the time and then the girl moves away. They meet again, years later, and have an iconic kiss in the rain and that’s it! That’s where the movies ends, it’s not sad at all and you don’t cry thinking about it.
10. Surfs Up (2007)
When this movie appeared in this list, I thought “Wow, Surf’s Up… I honestly thought I dreamed that.” I didn’t and you didn’t either. Surf’s Up is about a teenage penguin named Cody (voiced by Shia LeBeouf) that leaves his home in Antarctica to become a famous surfer. Honestly, this movie is a bit of fun and Jeff Bridges voices a character that is basically the penguin version of himself. What a dude.
And guess what? There’s a sequel.
Special mention to Dead Poet’s Society (1989) that got left off the list because of Surf’s Up. What a time to be alive.
What are some of your favourite movies? Let us know in the comments!