Being the weekend, it’s time to take a break from high-minded philosophical/metaphysical discussion, and discuss something a little more light-hearted: favorite movies!  In no particular order, my current top ten and a brief explanation of why:

High Fidelity (2000) – I enjoyed the simplicity of the high-honesty, low-self-awareness narrator/character and found the character development very interesting.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) – This is a movie about Cameron, not Ferris, and the composition and raw fun of the movie was great.
Garden State (2004) – I really identified with the main character and found the movie represented grief and finding one’s purpose reasonably well to me.

Love Actually (2003) – I have a thing for British accents, the actors were totally amazing, I really enjoy interconnectedness and I’m a sucker for a good love story (and there were many in this movie!)

Serendipity (2001) – The romantic comedy that I think I identify most with (interconnectedness again).

The Matrix (1999) – Really solid from end to end, well performed (even you, Keanu Reeves) and well written, great rewatchability.

Primer (2004) – One of the few low-budget films I really enjoyed (I guess I am a sucker for visually engaging), all about time travel which I devour up, and well acted.

The Shawshank Redemption (1994) – I think Stephen King writes really well, and this is the best story-to-screen I’ve seen.  The pacing, the mood and the characters are all spot on.

Hot Fuzz (2007) – Really funny, enjoyable to watch, and also a great action movie (part of which is intentional parody, but which I felt Shaun of the Dead [which parodies a different genre] failed to get right for me)

Fight Club (1999) – The exploration of character in this movie is still one of my favorites, the cognitive dissonance it sets up and executes well, and it is very well put together.

Honorable mentions: Brick (2005), Memento (2000), The Goonies (1985), Grosse Pointe Blank (1997), Zombieland (2009)