These categories are mostly generic, but I will elucidate on some of my choices. I do not want this to be a bland listing. Without further ado, let's jump right into it! (This list is subject to periodic updates as I add new categories).
- Favorite Movie: Picking only one movie is an impossible decision to make, and constitutes journalistic dishonesty, but for the sanctity of this list, I will say The Godfather. The Godfather's zenith placement on my list is owed to the confluent forces of Coppola's flawless direction, impeccable and prescient casting choices, and rhythmically poetic pacing. His seminal film is an exceptional 10 out of 10, effusive embodiment of the kind of inspiring cinema that reaffirms my love for film. I also think the score is fantastic. It perfectly embellishes, and accentuates the tone of the film. The narrative is also beautifully adapted from Mario Puzo's book. Most importantly, The Godfather introduced me to the compelling gangster genre, which explains my adulation for Martin Scorsese. Finally, The Godfather helped me discover two of my favorite actors of all-time. Part one marked the sensational arrival of Al Pacino while the sequel gave us film fanatics, a legendary performer by the name of Robert De Niro—fittingly, he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. For the sake of argument, let's just agree that Coppola and Brando made me an offer I couldn't refuse.
- Favorite Director(s): Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Christopher Nolan, Stanley Kubrick, Darren Aronofsky, John Ford...don't make me choose. In order to give justice to my immense film appetite, I would have to construct a favorite director's list that consists of at least ten different names. After all, they are the custodians of cinema. I'll leave that list for a later date.
- Favorite Actor(s): Because this list constricts me from picking multiple favorites, I will say Robert De Niro: The Godfather II, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, The King of Comedy, Goodfellas, Casino, The Deer Hunter, Once Upon a Time in America, The Untouchables, Cape Fear, A Bronx Tale, etc., etc.,...you get the point. His filmography is truly awe inspiring. I have not enjoyed his recent work on quite the same level that I admired his earlier work, but since I can only pick one, De Niro gets the nod.
- Favorite Actress(es): Scarlett Johannson, Jennifer Connelly or Catherine Zeta-Jones. If forcibly pressed for a decision, I would probably say Catherina Zeta-Jones, although, this pick is a bit more tenuous than my other selections. It is born mostly out of lust. It is subject to change. If I were afforded the chance to solicit a bribe from one of these beautiful actresses, perhaps, in the vein of something seductively proposed, I'd be guilty of the same kind of unethical behavior that our politicians regrettably engage in daily. Consequently, my decision would reflect the terms of this salacious bribe (Of course, I am joking).
- Favorite Score(s): I am not trying to purposely paint myself as a bandwagon picker, but I would have to go with The Godfather. Sorry Star Wars.
- Favorite Scene(s): Wow! This is not an easy choice. I am a big fan of the classic American Western. I am also a sucker for sentimentality. Thus, I will honor my late Stepfather and choose the tracking shot/closeup introduction of John Wayne's character, Ringo Kid, in Stagecoach. He would be proud of that choice. This is the role that made Wayne famous. I love how the camera tracks in on his face as he twirls and re-cocks his rifle, and shouts, "Hold it."—the backdrop of a vacant, enormous desert landscape fills the screen. This is an iconic example of beautiful cinematography. The first time I saw this movie, this image was indelibly burned into my mind.
- Favorite Scene/Line(s) Continued: Because I like to elaborate, I will highlight some of my other favorite scenes. In an effort to simplify things, I will narrow this list down to a specific category. I am a glutton for great speeches or monologues. Therefore, my extended list will spotlight my favorites from some of the best speeches and monologues given in film history. In no particular order: Marlon Brando's "I coulda been a contender" speech in On The Waterfront. Robert De Niro's "You talkin' to me?" scene in Taxi Driver. Robert Shaw's "Indianapolis Speech" in Jaws. Matt Damon's "Of course that's your contention" debate in Good Will Hunting. Bill Pullman's "In less than an hour" presidential speech in Independence Day—as I said before, I love sentimental, nostalgic moments. This film marked the very first time I ever freely ventured into a movie theater without a parent accompanying me. Morgan Freeman's "Get busy livin" closing monologue in The Shawshank Redemption. Samuel L. Jackson's "The path of the righteous man" speech in Pulp Fiction. And finally, Ray Liotta's "As far back as I can remember" opening monologue in Goodfellas.
- Most Hated Film(s): I'll be brief. Twilight.