Top 5 Movies I’ve Always Wanted to See- The Rachel Edition

Written by Rachel Ganzewinkel July 30, 2012


There are always those movies that you intend to see either because you’ve heard they’re amazing, it’s a classic, or just from personal interest despite “meh” reviews. I have a list that far exceeds 5 movies (far far exceeds) but these following movies are ones near the top of this crazy-long list. Whenever I finally do get around to wanting to weep like a child who can’t find their mom in a supermarket or bored to tears waiting for an ending that’s totally worth it-that’s when I’ll get around to watching at least a couple of these films.

5. “Life is Beautiful” (Roberto Benigni, 1997)

Apparently this movie is quite the tear-jerker. It’s about a Jewish man with an amazing imagination and a great sense of humor who builds a wonderful life for his young family, only to have everything ruined by WWII and well…the Nazi’s that go with it. Movies that deal with the Holocaust are most certainly some of the hardest to watch. I have never met a person who has not cried while watching this-and that’s precisely why I haven’t seen it. When a man is trying to protect his son from the horrors of the concentration camp they are in, to be witness to such spirit only to know pretty much how shitty and heartbreaking everything is and will turn out to be, then that just sounds like a total day-ruiner. Not in a bad way, I feel it would make me more thankful for the life I live, but I’ll be really gosh darn depressed in the meantime.

4. “The Godfather I, II, III” (Francis Ford Coppola, 1972, 1974, 1990)

These have been on my list for forever. Apparently they’re slow but the tension and drama that surrounds the Corleone family is supposedly worth it. The slowness is what has kept me from tuning in for years (also the fact that apparently the third one is garbage). But still, these films have lasted for years and are considered classics in the mob genre so I guess I should see them if for nothing more than to say, “yeah, I’ve totally seen “The Godfather” trilogy.”

3. “Pulp Fiction” (Quentin Tarantino, 1994)

To be fair, I’m not really a fan of Tarantino. His style is just not really for me (also he’s totally kind of creepy, what with his foot fetish and all). But then after seeing the gloriously glorious “Inglorious Basterds” I figured I should give his stuff another try. Since this one is a classic, I figured I should definitely watch it. I bought it, it is sitting on a shelf not 10 feet from me, yet I have never seen it.

2. “Die Hard” (John McTiernan, 1988)

I’ve seen all of the “Lethal Weapon” movies, I’ve seen, “Robocop”, “Rambo”, all of the “Terminator” movies, “Predator”, and all of the “Alien” movies as well. I only mention this because, for me, not having seen “Die Hard” is a travesty. Action movies from the 80’s is a total guilty pleasure of mine (even though they’re hardly guilty of being anything but awesome), and “Die Hard” just seems to have slipped through the cracks. Such a shame…

1. “Punch- Drunk Love” (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2002)

Adam Sandler pisses me off, he is not funny, at all. But when he’s not in his annoying man-child role and takes on actual character roles like in “Spanglish” and “Reign Over Me”, he is quite endearing and relatable. And in movies with romance, Sandler always ends up being the schlub you want to see happy at the end of the movie. Also, Paul Thomas Anderson is the UFC fighter of the directing world because he kicks so much ass, so frequently. Anderson has never done wrong in my eyes, his movies are awe-inspiring works of art and if you don’t believe me you need to watch “Magnolia”, “There Will Be Blood”, or “Boogie Nights” and get back to me.



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About Rachel Ganzewinkel

Rachel loves movies and writing and has found the perfect amalgamation in writing movie reviews for We Eat Films. In between movie watching and the real-life world of work, she enjoys tea, reading, writing, and wearing over-size sweaters (while occassionally doing some of these simultaneously).

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