I have not been lucky enough to see the entire Star Wars film. In fact, I only saw Episode III (the original trilogy), which was released in 1977. But I know from personal experience that watching all of the Disney/Lucasfilm films (excluding the final original trilogy) is one of the best things about being a Star Wars fan. The special effects, the costumes, and especially the music are all great. And even though I am a primary Shroder Fan, there are some movies that are more accessible than others. Here are my top 10 recommendations for movie recommendations that will take you back to before you knew what a theater was (or wasn’t).
Star Wars (1977)
The original trilogy of Star Wars is perhaps the most iconic and recognizable series in all of cinema. However, the releases of subsequent Star Wars movies (Episodes II through IV) are less well-known, and certainly less desired, due to their later date. However, Star Wars is a living, breathing series, and it is still seen as one of the greatest ever made. In fact, it has yet to be surpassed in popularity. Every major movie in the series has been very well-received, including the first three (Episodes I-VI). The only blemish on this list is that the original trilogy is almost completely unknown outside of the Star Wars universe. Instead of a sequel or series, the original television series was released on the Cartoon Network, and it quickly became an instant classic.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
hobbitinqu Dare I say it? Yes, you must see the first three Hobbit episodes before you get to the movie. They are the best things about the series, and all three are very easily the best of all time. As the only other great fantasy series to come out of the war, there is no denying the influence of George R.R. Martin’s books on the script and storyboarding of This Side of Bethlehem. The movie follows the relationship between Bilbo and his friend Aragorn as they journey through Middle-earth. While Martin’s book is much more fantasy-focused than the real-life Hobbit series, the movie has a lot in common with it, especially in the relationship between Bilbo and his stepson, Sam.
## A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol is a classic, and so is the remake. Its inspiration is the novel, but its leading lady is Maria St. John, who starred in classic silent movie comedies like Side Show and The Mask ofCHA. The story is about a family who come together to celebrate Christmas, and A Christmas Carol is a great representation of the family unit. The movie takes place in the year 2014, and we see the earnest, happy-go-lucky members of the St. John family as they decorate for the holidays. The movie also features the few and brief appearances of Bill Murray, Harold Nightingale and Laura San Gielmo, so you have the ability to get used to the idea that this isn’t full of exposition and silly action.
## Dark Knight Rises
chief among all the Dark Knight rises is the opening scene. We see the Dark Knight rise from the dead, and the world is suddenly and thoroughly bathed in the red light of celebrity. The Knight of the Rising Sun has long been a fan-favorite, and the success of the film heavily influenced the casting of the New York City Marathon drug runner as the Joker in the Joker Directorial. The plot follows the rise of the Dark Knight, and the interactions between Batman and Robin. There is so much fun and charm in this film that it positively Transfers to the Next Gen.
## The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle Earth
The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle Earth is the classic example of a film that can remain as relevant as it was in its day. The fantasy elements of the trilogy are still very much in evidence, but The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is the movie that defined the new “satire” movie. The best lines in the trilogy are “I have powers that you don’t have,” “Now you are mine,” and “I will break your heart.” The battle for Middle Earth is the most talked about movie in the trilogy, but there are many others that are equally or more impactful. The first film is perhaps the best depiction of faithful and uncompromising allegiance to the Source.
The original season of Game of Thrones, based on George R.R. Martin’s books, is absolutely the best TV show ever made. The Minus 5 crew are the unsung heroes of Game of Thrones, and they are only brought to life in a variety of roles. The main character Grey Worm is based on actor Jon Ridley, and the first season features a number of his appearances. The central characters in GoT are characters that have been in your head for years, and the first season brings them to life. There are many memorable moments in the first season, especially when Daenerys Targaryen finds favor with the Sentinels of the Great Snake and when she returns to Dorne with fire and lightning.
## Southland Tales
While The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture was a trilogy, Southland Tales is a single-issue fantasy novel. The first part of the novel is about a group of misfit kids from a small New England town, who go on a summer vacation to the exotic, magical land of Eorzea. The second part of the novel is set in the same world as The Lord of the Rings, and it is a great contrast to the drab, industrial/monopoly-heavy third part of the series. The book is very much a part of the family, and you will see two of your favorite characters – Meri, who is 12, and her friend Nisha, who is 10 – in the first two parts.
## Home Alone 2: Lost in New York City
Yes, it is a very important part of the Star Wars legacy, but the Home Alone series is just as important. The first Home Alone movie is perhaps the most famous and successful non-Star Wars movie in the entire genre. The film follows a group of kids who, much like in The Lord of the Rings, travel to a fictional city in New York to put their skills to the test against the toy company Rawling Industries. While there is a lot of fantasy in this movie, there is also a lot of reality, particularly in the way that the kids function as a family, manage their own money, and survive.
## The Incredibles
The Incredibles is probably one of the most iconic, and most followed, Disney characters of all time. The Incredibles is a family film that is essentially about four generations of the Incredibles. The direct-to-video sequel, Incredibles 2, is not only a great follow-up, but it is also a modern-day satire of corporate America and the ways in which it is being run by a corporate-controlled government. The film follows the cruopoly of doctor, wife, and toddler, whose only true protection is the popular fire of inventiveness and technology. The Incredibles is a family film, and you will see the entire family in their various roles.
## Shrek Forever After
Yes, Shrek is perhaps the most recognizable and popular Disney character. However, Shrek the Third, released in 2002, is even more memorable as a cautionary tale. The movie follows the adventures of Shrek as he learns to drive, discovers what really makes him tick, and faces off against a powerful enemy. The final installment in the Shrek series is perhaps the most empathetic of all, showing how even the most devoted family can be overcome by the adversities that befall all. Shrek is a very relatable, humanized character that you will see in many different forms.
## Big Hero 6
This is another Disney phenomenon that is very much a part of the family. The first film in the series follows the misadventures of a young boy, Hiro, as he fights to protect his planet from an ancient threat. The second film, Big Hero 6, takes place in a different world, but still shares many qualities with the first film, such as real-time communication and an art-rich soundtrack. This is a family film, and you will see the whole family in their various roles. The Big Hero 6 team is led by Dr. Henry Tetch, played by the ever-so-edgy