Before video services like Netflix brought a nearly endless stream of content into the lives of those with Internet connections, I had a pretty big collection of my favorite movies. Similar to my tastes in music, I’m a fan of wide range of movie genres and time periods.
The Little Mermaid
One of my favorites, The Little Mermaid is the 1989 animated Disney classic that was widely credited for ushering in the Disney Renaissance, a period of time that introduced audiences to now-classic movies such as Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and The Lion King. The Little Mermaid, which was created for children but has appealed to wider audiences, was a critical success, winning Oscars for Best Original Song and Best Original Score in 1990. The film also received acclaim at the Golden Globe awards and various other competitions. Loosely based on a Hans Christian Andersen story, the film and music is still popular today, and has been re-imagined as a Broadway stage musical.
Another favorite from the1980s, The Goonies featured a host of stars and soon-to-be stars on a search for a pirate’s lost treasures. Released in 1985, The Goonies won a Young Artist Award for Sean Astin and an Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Supporting Actress Award for Anne Ramsey. Jeff Cohen, Corey Feldman, and Martha Plimpton also earned award nominations for their parts. Its story, written by Steven Spielberg and turned into a screenplay by Richard Donner, proved a particular hit with younger audiences, and the movie has remained a cult favorite.
Quentin Tarantino’s Films
Quentin Tarantino is an auteur whose debut film, 1992’s gruesome crime caper Reservoir Dogs, made him an instant legend. His filmography includes a number of cult favorites and critically acclaimed works, including Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill Volumes 1 and 2, and most recently, the award-winning Django Unchained. Tarantino has won two Golden Globe Awards, two Academy Awards, the Palme d’Or, and several other awards over his career. His films often feature stylized violence and refer to cult-classic movies and television shows, which has earned him a sizable following.
The X-Men Franchise
When I was younger, I really enjoyed drawing and particularly loved drawing the X-Men. So when the first X-Men film debuted in 2000, I became a huge fan. Since the first X-Men movie, six additional films have been released, including this year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, which I’ve been looking forward to for a while.
The movies appeal to a wide variety of people because, while based in a comic book mythology, they also tackle serious subject matter. The first film earned 11 award wins and 23 nominations, and the latest earned the highest gross of any movie in the series, which has taken in more than $3 billion in all.
The Lego Movie
One of the most surprisingly good movies I’ve seen lately is The Lego Movie, which came out in early 2014. Featuring characters from numerous other franchises, including Batman, Han Solo, and Gandalf the wizard, as well as a star-studded cast of voice actors, the movie caught on with audiences and critics alike on the strength of its humor and warm message. I hadn’t originally planned on seeing the movie, but some friends convinced me to see it, and it absolutely blew my mind with how funny and good it was.