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My top 10 movies (2019 edition)

Week 67.0 — 4th February '19

Having come across IMDb while. at university, I've tried to use it to rate movies I've watched. A large number fall between the 5-7 range where there average or just above but there are a few that make it in to the 8 and 9-10 clubs. Here are my top 10 movies:

1. Back to the Future (1985)

A few of these movies in this list I've seen more than a few times and BTTF is right up there. I actually really like all three movies, but the first is probably my favourite.

Synopsis:Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent thirty years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the maverick scientist Doc Brown.
My rating:9/10
Directed by:Robert Zemeckis
Stars:Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson & Crispin Glover

2. Jurassic Park (1993)

Not even into my teenage years when Jurassic Park was released. I can still remember parts of the movie I saw at the cinema. What a work of art this film is and from what I remember, most of the effects still work really well. While the recent reboots are more meh than yeah, I've only seen each of the sequels once. Something I should change, but hard to look past the original.

One of the things I think about now we see dinosaurs on TV when watching with the kids is how much more we've come to know since the movie was first release. They were feathered rather reptile like. I'm sure some of the creatures would look different if it was made today. I wonder if it would make much difference to the experience.

Synopsis:During a preview tour, a theme park suffers a major power breakdown that allows its cloned dinosaur exhibits to run amok.
My rating:10/10
Directed by:Steven Spielberg
Stars:Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum & Richard Attenborough

3. Contact (1997)

I didn't see Contact when it was first released, one of those movies that past me by. It was close to 10 years after it's release when I got the chance to see it and thought it was brilliant. Just the opening scene was enough to have me hooked.

Synopsis:Dr. Ellie Arroway, after years of searching, finds conclusive radio proof of extraterrestrial intelligence, sending plans for a mysterious machine.
My rating:9/10
Directed by:Robert Zemeckis
Stars:Jodie Foster, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Skerritt & John Hurt

4. Saving Private Ryan (1998)

Set during World War II, it's another film with a powerful opening. As we see troops approach the beaches of Normandy, the use of sound gives you a real sense of what it might have been like to be there.

Synopsis:Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action.
My rating:10/10
Directed by:Steven Spielberg
Stars:Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore & Edward Burns

5 .The Matrix (1999)

Everyone I know wanted the Matrix phone back in 1999 but I only ever saw a couple in the wild. The film that introduced us to bullet time and two sequels of varying quality, The Matrix was unlike anything I'd seen before. I have the 10-DVD box set and I really should give them another watch to see how well each has stood the test of time.

Synopsis:A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.
My rating:8/10
Directed by:Lana Wachowski & Lilly Wachowski
Stars:Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss & Hugo Weaving

6. Batman Begins (2005)

After the tragedy that was Batman & Robin, I refused to see this at the cinema. When I finally gave it the time of day it deserved, I couldn't believe how good it was. It was a true origins story that for the first time in years was worthy of the characters names.

Batman Begins seemed to introduce a new aesthetic that has taken over the superhero genre, but did it better than most. The suit, the car, the Alfred. It's going to be hard for anyone to top the origin story so here's hoping only the worthy will try.

Synopsis:After training with his mentor, Batman begins his fight to free crime-ridden Gotham City from corruption.
My rating:9/10
Directed by:Christopher Nolan
Stars:Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Ken Watanabe & Liam Neeson

7. The Dark Knight (2008)

Probably the best of The Dark Knight trilogy, and my favourite super hero movie of all time. Heath Ledger wasn't a popular choice for the role of the Joke but proved everyone wrong. A role he played to perfection. After missing out on Batman Begins, I didn't make that mistake with The Dark Knight and caught it on it's preview showing.

There have been conspiracies that the Joker was in fact a hero, and there are quite a few compelling bits of proof, but ultimately he was after chaos more than peace.

Synopsis:When the menace known as the Joker emerges from his mysterious past, he wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham. The Dark Knight must accept one of the greatest psychological and physical tests of his ability to fight injustice.
My rating:10/10
Directed by:Christopher Nolan
Stars:Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart & Michael Caine

8. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008)

Absolutely heart-wrenching story of two boys that have no business being friends. Operation Finale is an example of truth sometimes feeling like fiction, you can see why two boys on opposite sides of the fence could really have ended up like they do in this story.

Synopsis:Set during WWII, a story seen through the innocent eyes of Bruno, the eight-year-old son of the commandant at a German concentration camp, whose forbidden friendship with a Jewish boy on the other side of the camp fence has startling and unexpected consequences.
My rating:10/10
Directed by:Mark Herman
Stars:Asa Butterfield, David Thewlis, Rupert Friend & Zac Mattoon O'Brien

9. Interstellar (2014)

For me, this was a masterpiece. It was technical and scientific yet dumbed down. I've seen it twice and would happily watch it many more times.

It sometimes feels like life is only going to get harder as we push our resources to the limit. Interstellar tells the story of extreme space travel to save 'us' as a species. Not on Earth, but away from it.

Synopsis:A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in space in an attempt to ensure humanity's survival.
My rating:10/10
Directed by:Christopher Nolan
Stars:Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain & Mackenzie Foy

10. Room (2015)

Unconditional love and doing what it takes to survive. The acting is fantastic and the story heart-wrenching.

Synopsis:Held captive for years in an enclosed space, a woman and her young son finally gain their freedom, allowing the boy to experience the outside world for the first time.
My rating:9/10
Directed by:Lenny Abrahamson
Stars:Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Sean Bridgers, Wendy Crewson

Would any of these movies make it in to your top 10? @1thingaweeek.

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Quick links and commentary on interesting articles, videos and more throughout the week.

  1. 67.1 – Monday
    1. Software is eating the world, and it's only the beginning The Verge on youtube.com
    2. A printed poster that knows the weather   £104+ Oli on kickstarter.com
    3. Volkswagen's electric dune buggy concept coolmaterial.com
  2. 67.2 – Tuesday
    1. Launch Risk xkcd.com
    2. A Breath Away trailer Gravitas Ventures on trailers.apple.com
    3. maharishi Zhu Fu tee   £50 maharishistore.com
    4. The real lesson of Facebook's Apple dust-up shows why Zuckerberg's 'hacker way' is even more dangerous than we thought businessinsider.com
    5. The last time humans engineered the climate, they changed history axios.com
  3. 67.3 – Wednesday
    1. Apollo: VII - XVII   £35 $ Floris Heyne, Joel Meter, Simon Phillipson & Delano Steenmeijer on amazon.co.uk
    2. Juno's 16th passing of Jupiter NASA, Juno, SwRI, MSSS & Gerald Eichstadt on apod.nasa.gov
    3. Larry Charles' Dangerous World of Comedy trailer Netflix on youtube.com
  4. 67.4 – Thursday
    1. Full Q&A with Nick Offerman OxfordUnion on youtube.com
    2. Adobe is considering whether it wants to design its own chips axios.com
    3. Earth's 5 warmest years on record have occurred since 2014 axios.com
    4. Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman call a truce... @@VancityReynolds on twitter.com
    5. Purl: Pixar SparkShorts Disney•Pixar on youtube.com
  5. 67.5 – Friday
    1. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shows how f*cked campaign finance laws are @mattzarb on mobile.twitter.com
    2. Jeff Bezos on attempts by AMI to blackmail him Jeff Bezos on medium.com
    3. Facebook ordered by Germany to gather and mix less data bbc.co.uk
  6. 67.6 – Saturday
    1. WiT Smart e-Reading lamp   $179 blessthisstuff.com
  7. 67.7 – Sunday
    1. Will there ever be a mile-high skyscraper? TED-ed on youtube.com
    2. Cascade powerbanks   $34.99+ lander.com

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