Myong’s Fab 5 films of all time

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Along with writing movie reviews, I’ll occasionally be offering commentary on the movie industry, covering film festivals and running my Fab 5 films in different categories. I thought I’d start off with my Fab 5 films of all time. These are films I really love and consider to be my all-time favorites.

So what do you think? Agree? Disagree? What are your favorite films of all time?

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johngarcia
johngarcia moderator

Great stuff, Myong @honhiguy! Need to check out True Romance. Doesn't sound like my type of film, but with that description, it sounds like a winner. Thanks again for sharing!

I_Am_N8
I_Am_N8

I prefer Notting Hill to Pretty Woman. It still has Julia Roberts, but it has some quirky British humor.

WillL
WillL

"Driving Ms. Old Lady"? For real is that what you said, LOL? "True Romance", wth? If Tarantino then go with Reservoir Dogs or Pulp Fiction, no? Any, everyone has their own quirky Fab 5. Mine (off the top of my head):

5. My Cousin Vinny

4. Die Hard

3. A Few Good Men

2. The Paper Chase (obscure move based on Scott Turow's 1L)

1. To Live (love Yimou Zhang movies with Gong Li)

nonstopmari
nonstopmari moderator

3 of ur top 5 films of all time feature violent gunplay... well, one of my all-time faves is 'unforgiven' by clint eastwood, which works on so many levels and is filled w/ allegory: the eager, untested bounty hunter who can't see, the sheriff building a crooked house...

'hannah and her sisters' is also up there, for me the most accessible woody allen, ensemble story lines interwoven w/ woody allen's own love story w/ new york city, w/ great music.

MyongChoi
MyongChoi

Thanks Annoddah Dave. So I'm assuming that means you enjoyed Snow Flower and the Secret Fan? Because most reviews I read didn't give it a good rating. And yes, a Fab 5 Foreign Films list is definitely coming. I might even break it down by countries (Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, etc.) or by regions (Asia, Europe, etc.).

Annoddah_Dave
Annoddah_Dave

MyC: Good list. Cannot say that they are on my list of all time greats but still a credible choice. Can't wait to hear about your list of foreign films. Just saw Snow Flower and the Secret Fan and did not agree with most of the reviews.

MyongChoi
MyongChoi

@I_Am_N8 Notting Hill is also great. The hardest part was narrowing the list down to just 5!

MyongChoi
MyongChoi

@WillL Pulp Fiction almost made this list but it doesn't have the "re-watch" factor for me as the other films I listed. All the films in your Top 5 are also great and to be honest, Die Hard just missed the cut.

MyongChoi
MyongChoi

@nonstopmari Hannah and Her Sisters was a great film and I'm not even a Woody Allen fan. You liked it better than Annie Hall? ^_^

WillL
WillL

@MyongChoi@I_Am_N8 Impossible to narrow it down to 5. You also have The Matrix, Old School, Christmas Vacation, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Forrest Gump, Life Is Beautiful, E.T., Field of Dreams, Planes Trains & Automobiles (I could watch all day), Dumb & Dumber, Saving Silverman (underrated, LOL), etc. etc.

WillL
WillL

@MyongChoi Oh man I was so amped from watching Die Hard. It was such a good movie the first time (my senior year in HS).

WillL
WillL

@MyongChoi@I_Am_N8 Oh, I know you'll probably do a war movie list one day, but how could we pass up Full Metal Jacket? I'll bump a movie off, that goes onto my Top 5 list. So does Apocalypse Now. Man, this is hard.

WillL
WillL

@MyongChoi@I_Am_N8 oh man it was one of the few films that get you literally ROFL. Jack Black and Steve Zahn were da best!!!

nonstopmari
nonstopmari moderator

@WillL@MyongChoi what abt 'story of qiu ju' w/ gong li? loved that one, saw 'to live' but it doesn't stay w/ me.

also, has anyone seen 'twilight samurai'?

nonstopmari
nonstopmari moderator

@WillL@MyongChoi 'midnight in paris' now on my list.

re 'hannah and her sisters,' liked it a lot better than 'annie hall.' ah was too one-dimensional diane keaton for me. 'hannah' felt like a maturing of woody allen, a realization that life and its characters are not one-dimensional. plus i was living in nyc at the time of filming, and this movie has always seemed like the ultimate ode to a great city from a man who knew and loved it.

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