My Top 5 Favorite Movies

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Ian Anderson, Writer

Movies have shaped how I view the world from a day to day basis. This is a list of movies that have had the biggest impact on my life. 


5. Shutter Island


Shutter Island was one of the first movies I’ve ever seen and it has stuck with me ever since. The psychological thriller follows Teddy Daniels, a U.S. Marshall, and his new partner on a missing person case on an isolated island that contains insane people. As the case unfolds, Teddy has to face his past traumas and move on accepting his real identity. I love this movie because of the twist and the incredible acting by Leonardo DiCaprio and the rest of the cast.


4. The Shawshank Redemption

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The Shawshank Redemption was the first movie I ever saw with my dad and is his favorite movie of all time. The Shawshank Redemption follows Andy Dufresne who is sentenced to two consecutive life sentences for the murder of his wife and the man she was having an affair with. Andy maintains his innocence as he experiences all the troubles of prison. I love this movie because it is very emotional and reminds me of a good memory with my dad.


3. Interstellar

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Interstellar is one of the best-looking films ever, the actual plot is one of my favorite ever and leaves the viewer very emotional. In Interstellar, Earth has run out of food and NASA needs to find a new planet to live on, So, they get Cooper to fly into space to find a planet suitable for human life. The cinematography is stunning and Matthew McConaughey gives one of my favorite performances ever.


2. There Will Be Blood

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There Will Be Blood has my favorite acting performance ever by Daniel Day-Lewis who, rightfully so, won an Oscar for his performance. Along with great performances by the entire cast, the movie’s score is among my favorites ever (Done by Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead) as it adds to the chaotic atmosphere of the film. Daniel Plainview invades a town and steals all of their oil as he battles with what’s wrong and what’s right he meets a young preacher who attempts to make Daniel a good man.


1. Inception

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Inception is my second Christopher Nolan film to make the list as I view this film as perfect. This movie has it all, a stacked cast, excellent cinematography, a breathtaking plot and a perfect ending. Dom Cobb is a thief with the rare ability to enter people’s dreams and steal their secrets from their subconscious. His skill has made him a hot commodity in the world of corporate espionage but has also cost him everything he loves. Cobb gets a chance at redemption when he is offered a seemingly impossible task: Plant an idea in someone’s mind. If he succeeds, it will be the perfect crime, but a dangerous enemy anticipates Cobb’s every move.


Honorable mentions: No Country For Old Men, Se7en and Saving Private Ryan.


All of these films have had an impact on my life and I strongly advise you to watch these films and formulate your own opinion on these films.