Recommended Films from a Group of Indie Creators


Steve’s Top 5

1)   Blade Runner

The neo-noir sci-fi film depicts a dystopian future in which genetically engineered androids, appearing indistinguishable from humans, are created for the sole purposes of menial, dangerous work on off world colonies. Any android that defies its ‘sole purpose’ by returning to earth is  ‘retired’ by Blade Runners. The plot focuses on a group of defiant androids and a Blade Runner who reluctantly agrees to take on the assignment. Deemed as culturally, historically and aesthetically significant by the Library of Congress, Blade Runner is hailed for its production design and thematic complexity.

Starring: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos

Director: Ridley Scott

Genre: Science Fiction, Drama, Neo-noir



2)   Apocalypse Now

The screenplay is inspired by the novel, A Heart of Darkness, that turns the fable into a 20th century epic war film about neocolonialism. The story depicts some political issues, such as pressures that took Western nations into Afghanistan and Iraq, and the assault on Abbottabad are found in the narrator’s journey.

Starring: Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen, Dennis Hopper, Robert Duvall, Harrison Ford, Laurence Fishburne

Director: Francis Ford Coppola

Genre: Drama, Adventure



3)   Forrest Gump

If you haven’t already seen it, this award winning film is defiantly on the must-watch list. Awarded Best Picture in 1995, the film follows the heartfelt life of a slow witted, good natured and exceptional athlete Forrest Gump. The story takes place between 1944 and 1982, as the protagonist experiences, and occasionally influences, some of the defining moments in America’s latter half of the 20th century.

Starring: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinsie

Director: Robert Zemeckis

Genre: Drama, Comedy



4)   Pulp Fiction

If it wasn’t for the release of Forrest Gump, this striking film would have taken home Best Picture. The highly stylized story is unlike anything done before. Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, the film connects intersecting storylines of Los Angeles mobsters, fringe players, low-life criminals, and a mysterious briefcase. The title, Pulp Fiction, refers to the mid 20th century pulp magazines and hardboiled crime novels. The paperbacks were known for their graphic violence and terse dialogue, as is the film.

Starring: John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, Tim Roth, Uma Thurman

Director: Quentin Tarantino,

Genre: Drama, Crime, Black Comedy



5)   Predator

If you ever have been exposed to a meme, than you’ve probably seen one of Arnold Schwarzengger wrestling an alien predator. Predator begins with a special elite team sent on a rescue mission to retrieve an American diplomat from the South American jungle. However, the film takes a twist as they end up dueling to the death with a ‘predator’ from outer space.

Starring: Arnold Schwarzengger, Shane Black, Carl Weathers, Kevin Peter Hall

Director: John McTiernan

Genre: Science Fiction, Horror



Mackenzie’s Top 5

1)   Star Wars – A New Hope

Released in 1977, the Sci-Fi series was not only renowned for its box-office success, but had won over its audience with its screenplay and epic special effects. Star Wars is something of a landmark for Sci-Fi film making, with its comical characters, allusions, and spectacular show of space travel, crafts, and galactic adventures.

Starring: Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill 

Director: George Lucas

Genre: Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure, Thriller, Fantasy



2)   The Hobbit – An Unexpected Journey

The pre-quill to Lord of the Rings, the screenplay is a fantastical show of special effects, animation and adventure. The tale tells enormous lessons from little hobbits, using an exciting storyline with themes of friendship, the humbleness of home, and greed for wealth - the Dragon Sickness.

Starring: Orlando Bloom, Cate Blanchet, Christopher Lee, Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Richard Armitage

Director: Peter Jackson

Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Action



3)   Lord of the Rings – Fellowship of the Ring

Since JRR Tolkien’s original novel published in the 1950s, its influence has been notorious in pop-culture. Through interesting characters and a visually fantastical screenplay, the story eloquently tells tales of greed and the corruption of power, heroism when facing adversity, and the humility of hobbits.

Starring: Orlando Bloom, Cate Blanchet, Christopher Lee, Andy Serkis, Ian McKellen, Viggo Morttensen, Elijah Wood, Liv Tyler

Director: Peter Jackson

Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Action



4)   A Princess Bride

The quirky, cheesy fairy tale pokes fun at many of the classic ‘love at first site’ stories. More of a parody than a fairy tale, the film will either spellbound its viewers or make them laugh with epic sword play, madcap adventures, and humorous dialogue.

Starring: Carry Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Wallace Shawn, Chris Sarandon

Director: Rob Reiner

Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Adventure, Comedy



5)   Avatar

As I’m sure you’ve heard, the sci-fi film takes a twist from the usual ‘invasion, apocalypse’ with humans being the so called 'aliens.' A truly beautiful and epic screenplay, the film explains how humans have destroyed the natural beauty of their own plant, and now seek to mine Pandora. Cameron succeeds in making his viewers truly loath the human race, siding with the indigenous species, Na’vi, as they fight to save their home.

Avatar is worth a watch not simply because of its storyline, but was a marker for 3D special effects. Since its debut, the film took animation to a whole new level.

Starring: Zoe Saldana, Sam Worthington, Stephen Lang, Sigourney Weaver,

Director: James Cameron

Genre: Science Fiction, Action, Adventure



Chris's Top 5

1)   Top Gun

A dramatic and action impact film, we consider Top Gun to be one of those infinitely re-watchable movies. An eye for amazing action shots, the cinematic masterpiece features some of the most notable and impressive aerial footage.

Starring: Tom Cruise, Meg Ryan, Val Kilmer

Director: Tony Scott

Genre: Drama, Action



2)   Days of Thunder

The team that produced Top Gun reunite for another action packed film. Recycling the same cinematic elements, Days of Thunder’s talent lies in its ability to capture powerful action footage.

Starring: Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Robert Duvall, Cary Lewis

Director: Tony Scott

Genre: Sport, Drama



3)   Star Wars – Return of the Jedi

The final of the trilogy brings the series to a triumphant close. As with a New Hope, its special effects and galactic adventures make it worth the watch.

Starring: Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill

Director: George Lucas

Genre: Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure, Thriller, Fantasy



4)   Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

A teen comedy, high school wise guy Ferris takes a day off school and gets himself into a couple sticky and humorous situations. Great dialogue and wit, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is an enjoyable, feel good movie.

Starring: Mathew Broderick, Mira Sara, Charlie Sheen

Director: John Hughes

Genre: Comedy



5)   Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Upping its game, the sequel has a more comprehensive storyline and notable effects. Judgment Day won four Oscars for groundbreaking technical and special effects, such as Best Visual Effects, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, and Makeup.

Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Robert Patrick

Director: James Cameron

Genre: Science Fiction, Action