Every Saturday throughout the summer, the Daily News will ask locals to give us their "lists" --their top five favourites from a variety of topics. Summer is a time of blockbuster movies, so this week, we asked people to share some of their all-time top movie picks. Check back each Saturday for a different list --and feel free to send in your own, we'll publish the best responses.
Clinton Thornley, owner of Film Buff Videos
1. Grease. "Big reason is, it's a summer blockbuster film that was released in the summer of 1977."
2. A Summer Place. "It's from the '50s, but it's one of the boldest films from the era."
3. A Moonrise Kingdom. "It's a quirky little film that went under the radar last year."
4. Treed Murray. "It takes place in the park in the summertime, and it reminds you of when you just hang out in the park 'til the daylight's gone."
5. Close Encounters of the Third Kind. "It's good, diverting entertainment, and that's what summertime is all about."
Brooke Heggie, clerk, Van Isle Video
3. Seven Psychopaths.
4. Butter. "It's random and probably not many people have heard of it,, but it's very good."
5. Looper. "(Because) they don't make a lot of very good sci-fi anymore."
Shirley Goldberg, local film festival organizer and instructor
1. 8 1/2. "Actually, almost anything by (Federico) Fellini can go on the list. It's fun to watch, but it says something."
2. Blow-Up. "Another Italian film."
3. Citizen Kane.
4. Seven Samurai.
5. The Searchers. "With John Wayne. A western, but it's a great film."
Jacqui Kaese, actress and acting coach, Spotlight Academy
1. Snatch. "The one I watch every summer without fail, because it's full of British humour."
2. Diary of a Wimpy Kid. "We're studying it as an exercise (at the academy)."
3. Gladiator. "I'm a big fan of epic movies, so Gladiator is one of my all-time favourite movies."
4. Anne of the Thousand Days. "My favourite historical film."
5. Quadrophenia. (Kaese appeared in the film). "I got to appear alongside Sting and members of The Who."
Susan Allen, president and CEO, Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce.
1. Pretty Woman.
2. Casino Royale. "Loved it."
3. Life is Beautiful.
5. Starbuck. "It's a French-Canadian film and it's awesome." "When I lived in the Okanagan, I was part of a film society and they had great films."
Bill McKay, Nanaimo city councillor
1. The Sound of Music. "It's a family favourite."
2. Indiana Jones. "The whole series."
3. Gran Torino.
4. Moneyball. "I really like it. But you've got to watch Moneyball and Trouble With the Curve with Clint Eastwood. Two different perspectives on baseball scouting."
5. The Hunt for Red October.
Mike Gogo, musician
1. Step Brothers. "The unedited version, if you can imagine Step Brothers being any better." 2. Blazing Saddles.
3. Sling Blade.
4. Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (director's cut). "Another one that I love."
5. Duck Soup. "I like the Marx Brothers, That whole era blows me away. They started off in Vaudeville, then moved to Broadway, then to film."
Jenn Houtby-Ferguson, destination development officer, Tourism Nanaimo
1. Top Gun.
2. Pretty Woman.
3. Little Mermaid.
4. Forrest Gump.
5. The Silence of the Lambs.
Julie Chadwick, Daily News reporter, entertainment editor
"Having two kids and a lot of hobbies, I don't always have time to watch movies or keep on top of what's current. "However here are some that - while not necessarily political or intellectual films - capture that heady, steamy, wild feeling of summer for me."
1. Into the Wild. "I really resonated on a deep level with the premise of this film, based on the Jon Krakauer article, and then book, about the tragic backto- the-land real-life ambitions of Christopher McCandless. Additional bonus is the haunting original soundtrack by Eddie Vedder."
2. Blue Valentine. "An underrated pic that unfortunately flew under the radar because of a ridiculous NC-17 rating. So beautifully and authentically captures the initial swells of a wild romance, and the challenges it faces when crashing up against the wall of marriage, working life and kids."
3. Death Proof and Whip It. "Both of these are fantastic female-centric movies with strong characters and great dialogue and camaraderie. Aussie Zoe Bell actually started out as a martial arts expert and stuntwoman who graduated to film star. Her stunt car scenes in Death Proof are mind-blowing."
4. Across the Universe. "A movie that, conceptually, could have been awful - a musical that interprets what virtually the Beatles' entire discography as the backdrop of a romance between a rich blond American and a poor working-class Brit. Not really gritty or realistic but one of those endearing films you can watch with your 13-year-old."
5. Natural Born Killers. "This movie was one of my all-time favourites in my nutcase early- 20s, though it seems a little juvenile now and the message about the celebrity status of serial killers little blurry.
"However the music is fantastic, the visuals good-time psychedelic, and a hardcore Juliette Lewis doing her crazy thang like no one else can is always a treat."
Darrell Bellaart, Daily News reporter
1. Apocalypse Now .
2. The 40 Year-Old Virgin.
3. Wedding Crashers. "It was frickin' hilarious."
4. Four Weddings and a Funeral.
5. Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
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