Reem With A View

"Names and attributes must be accommodated to the essence of things, and not the essence to the names, since things come first and names afterwards." – Galileo

Top 30 Greatest Movies of All Time

Here’s my list (retarded movie critics and film institutes be damned):

1. Titanic

2. Godfather 2

3. The Dark Knight

4. Raiders of the Lost Ark

5. Star Wars

6. Citizen Kane

7. Jurassic Park

8. The Sixth Sense

9. The Matrix

10. Terminator 2

11. 2001 A Space Odyssey

12. Gone With The Wind

13. Godfather 1

14. The Abyss

15. Forrest Gump

16. E.T. The Extra Terrestrial

17. Superman 2 (Richard Donner’s Cut)

18. Cliffhanger

19. Casablanca

20. The Jungle Book (1967 Disney version)

21. Rocky

22. The Departed

23. The Lion King

24. Silence Of The Lambs

25. For A Few Dollars More

26. As Good As It Gets

27. The Ghost And The Darkness

28. The Shawshank Redemption

29. When Harry Met Sally

30. Spiderman 2

Each of the above movies broke new ground.  Will expand to the Top 100 soon.

Foreign films have still not made it, but a chick flick and Michael Douglas did (surprisingly it isn’t Wall Street nor Romancing The Stone…guess which one was his in the above list. )

Johnny Depp? He will be there in the Top 100. So will a host of other legends and classics.

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The Dark Knight: Greatest super hero movie ever made?

I wasn’t surprised when I checked the box office stats for The Dark Knight on Monday and found it bulldozed both Spider-man 3 as well as Pirates of the Caribbean -Dead Man’s Chest  on its way to an earth shattering weekend box office earning  of $158.3 Million! (Source: NYTimes) Add International gross and DVD sales and this might become the first Billion Dollar Batman movie! Warner Bros better keep Nolan happy now.  Who knows to what heights he can take the franchise now?

This was one of greatest movies ever made and certainly the best comic book/ superhero movie ever made. There is simply NO ARGUMENT. It just is. Richard Donner’s Superman 1 – 2 (yes Donner’s, Lester just shot a few scenes), Spider-man 2 and Tim Burton’s Batman (1989) were “good” movies, no doubt. Hell, Batman Begins was good but slightly slow paced as it had to delve into the origin story. But The Dark Knight is the Godfather 2 of the comic book genre. In fact, it has risen above the genre to be a “masterpiece”… and a Best Picture Oscar contender. Nolan’s direction itself is a Best Director nominee. And then there is The Joker. The late Heath Ledger deserves the best actor Oscar…and both Michael Cain and Morgan Freeman (both Oscar winners) have said he deserves it. Christian Bale also delivers an intense performance. Gary Oldman is vintage. In fact, this could very well be the Godfather 2 of this generation. Give it the Oscars…and lets not be “snobbish” about this being a “comic book film”. Roger Ebert has given it 4 stars on 4 (same as Godfather 2)…and he knows a thing or two about films.

The film is mesmerizing…and is 2hours 30minutes of non-stop adrenalin, ‘edge of the seat’ stuff. Not one second does the pace slacken.  I don’t want to go into tiny plot details as you should see it to enjoy it. If there’s one movie you should watch this decade, it’s The Dark Knight. You will not be disappointed. And you might just go to the box office and throw in another $1000 as the movie was worth the money and more.

Go for The Dark Knight Returns, Nolan. We want to see how you morph The Penguin & The Riddler this time.

And yes, we trust you not to involve that irritating Robin and Batgirl! Batman works best, alone.

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Greatest Wimbledon Final in History

The Federer-Nadal final yesterday was so epic in scale, quality, tension & drama that it made the Becker-Edberg finals of 1988-90, the Borg-McEnroe final of 1980 and any Sampras-Agassi final look terribly “average”. These 2 guys are playing at a level, unseen in tennis history… The only sporting equivalent I can think of is Zinedine Zidane’s unbelievable level of play & ball control in the France-Brazil quarterfinal in the 2006 Worldcup and Zidane again in the 1998 World cup final against Brazil.

Yes, there is no comparison in Tennis…yet. Maybe the next U.S.Open, where Federer is again favorite (since the hard court is way faster than grass) will hopefully see a similar final.

Though Nadal won, to be fair to Roger, with the light so poor the last 4 games of the 5th set was simply a matter of luck…They should’ve stopped play. Similarly, it would have been unfair to Nadal too if he had lost the match instead of Roger. The light was terrible and not fit for professional play.

What does the future now hold for ROGER FEDERER? For starters, the grass is so slow nowadays, that baseliners will continue to dominate Wimbledon like the French Open. But Rafa Nadal, who dominates on clay, is still weaker on grass, and weakest on hardcourts. The slower the court the more dominating Nadal is. In contrast, Federer’s game becomes better & better as the courts turn faster.  This means, the only way he can beat Sampras’ record of 14 Grand Slams, is by going for the US and Australian Opens. Because Nadal will continue to win grass & clay, next 2-3 years.

But then again, Federer can surprise everyone by bouncing back to win not just the US and Australian this year, but next Wimbeldon as well… Nadal will end up with 7-8 French opens, and maybe 3-4 Wimbledons… but to me Roger Federer IS the greatest tennis player of all time. Remember, he is the ONLY player to win 3 GRAND SLAMS in the same year, THRICE.

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