Director (Monsters Inc., Up, Inside Out, Soul)
|Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
|It's a Wonderful Life
|The Station Agent
|Raiders of the Lost Ark
|My Neighbour Totoro
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Disney’s first feature, and still the best. You can feel Walt’s passion and innovation in every frame. It’s still beautiful, funny, and emotional 85 years later.
"Paper moon" is like a poem, with each choice in writing, acting, and cinematography carefully and intentionally chosen. And it’s a blast to watch.
It's a Wonderful Life
Makes you glad to be alive.
The Station Agent
I love all of Tom McCarthy's work, but I especially admire the understated, reserved nature of this film and the wonderful relationships.
Raiders of the Lost Ark
This movie is great filmmaking from beginning to end. Great action, great pacing, and characters.
My Neighbour Totoro
When I first saw this film I figured it’d be all about the Totoros - who are indeed cute and just the right amount of scary - but the real reason to watch is the amazingly well-observed animation of the two kids.
The brilliance of this film is that it's both a showcase for great "business" (clowning around) by the amazing Charlie Chaplin, and at the same time a genuinely emotional love story.
There were rumours that Walt Disney never liked Dumbo, because it was done on the cheap compared to his other films. But it delivers like no other on humour, charm, and emotion. Dumbo visiting his mom in prison gets me every time. And it’s always satisfying to see the little guy succeed against all odds.
I've watched this film dozens of times and still catch something new every time. The performances and cinematography are top notch. And I swear, there’s just a sense that everyone in this movie loves being together. It’s a movie to watch if you want to restore your faith in humanity.
One Froggy Evening (1955) and Feed the Kitty (1955)
Okay, this is two films, but they’re each 7 minutes so I’m hoping Sight and Sound might let it slide. Director Chuck Jones and story man Michael Maltese at the top of their game. Top notch story, design, acting, and great animation.
I only get ten?!?
Obviously "favorite films" is a slippery designation, and one that seems to shift depending on how I feel that day. But here’s what showed up for me today.