Cinema Club’s Top 10 Best Movies of All Time | Monarch Media

Over the past few club meetings, the Cinema Club has been dissecting and debating the top 10 best movies of all time. Led by Senior Linhsey Covert and supported by faculty members Mrs. Moran and Ms. Larsen, the club began their debates by presenting their personal top 10 lists. Well-known movies, such as “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” and “Dead Poets Society” had appeared many times, while other films such as “Spirited Away” and “A Grand Day Out with Wallace & Gromit” made up the honorable mentions. After selecting 15 frequently mentioned films, members voted for their favorites to represent. 
Through a variety of diverse and unique films, the members of Cinema Club have crafted a top 10 list that properly represents the beauty and power of cinematography, screenwriting, acting, and everything in between. Here is the list of the Cinema Club’s Top 10 Best Movies of All Time: 
  1. “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse”
  2. “Elf”
  3. “Everything Everywhere All At Once”
  4. “Coraline”
  5. “Mamma Mia”
  6. “Dead Poets Society”
  7. “Enchanted”
  8. “Knives Out”
  9. “Lady Bird”
  10. “Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi” 

“Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi”
As the third movie of the original trilogy, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) fights against Darth Vader (Sebastian Shaw) and finishes his battle against the dark side. Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) team up with Chewbaca (Peter Mayhew), the loveable droids C-3PO (Anthony Daniels) and R2-D2 (Kenny Baker), and the Ewoks on Endor to defeat the evil empire. As an action-packed, feel-good end to the original trilogy, it is definitely worth diving into George Lucas’ mind. 
“Everything Everywhere All At Once”
In this 2022 A24 release, Evelyn Quan Wang (Michelle Yeoh), a Chinese immigrant working in a laundromat is swept into different universes, learning the value of love and family in a day meant for filing her taxes. Michelle Yeoh delivers an incredibly unique performance, earning an Oscar in the process. “Everything Everywhere All At Once” is a difficult movie to describe, and if you want to feel every emotion in two hours and nineteen minutes, this is the movie for you. 
“Lady Bird”
As the second A24 film to appear on this list, “Lady Bird” is truly a beautiful movie revolving around the idea of growing up and growing out of your old life. Released in 2017, Christine, aka Lady Bird, portrayed by Saoirse Ronan, goes through the steps of being a highschool senior: relationship issues, the college process and struggling friendships. With a simple yet powerful music score composed by Jon Brion, director Greta Gerwig crafted the perfect movie with just the right amount of nostalgia to make you cry!
“Elf”, directed by Jon Favreau, is truly a Christmas classic. As Buddy the Elf (Will Ferrell) travels from the North Pole to New York City in search of his father, viewers are greeted with the perfect mix of comedy and feel-good moments. While settling into the beginning of the holiday season, watching “Elf” is the perfect way to spread Christmas cheer (other than singing loud for all to hear).
In 2009, Laika Films released the critically acclaimed movie “Coraline,” based on the book written by Neil Gaiman. The movie used thousands of clay figurines to animate the astounding film and bring the book to life. Coraline (voiced by Dakota Fanning) is about a girl who moves into a multi-family house called “The Pink Palace.” As Coraline becomes acquainted with her peculiar neighbors, she discovers the mysterious secrets that the house contains. Every time you watch this movie, you will find new unexpected elements.

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