Andy over at Fandango Groovers Movie Blog recently started a blog project called A Life In Movies. The idea is that you pick your favourite movie from every year since you were born. I thought it sounded like a neat idea, so here's my list. No runner-ups, no honourable mentions, no mercy.
Star Wars - Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (Richard Marquand)While I'm certainly no major Star Wars fan, the original trilogy are really fun movies. Contrary to most, Return of the Jedi has always been my favourite of the series. It brings a satisfying end to the struggle between the rebels and the empire, closes out the various characters' personal story arcs, and does it all with a nice helping of action to boot. Plus, I've always been fond of the Ewoks.
This Is Spinal Tap (Rob Reiner)Hilarious and highly quotable, this lampooning of heavy metal tropes is still the quintessential mockumentary. A comedy classic with a rocking soundtrack.
The Quiet Earth (Geoff Murphy)This New Zealand post-apocalyptic flick, about a man who wakes up to find that he's seemingly the last human being on Earth, deserves more recognition than it tends to get. It developes into an intriguing tale about the nature of man, sometimes bizarre, but always thought-provoking. Great atmosphere too.