Images from some of our favorite films. From left to right: Fantastic Mr. Fox, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Spirited Away, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, The Taste of Tea.

The Introduction

As a production studio and creative shop, we’re naturally curious and always learning, using what we see in television and film in an attempt to answer our creative questions. At the same time, film forms and shapes us, and in some ways big and small, make us who we are. The first film I ever remember watching was The Sandlot, when I was probably around three years old. We had to rent it from Hollywood Video, and I watched it every single day we had it. It took a handful of repeated rentals until my parents finally broke down and bought it on VHS to keep. The second film I remember seeing was The Sound of Music at my grandma’s house. She had maybe five things on tape total: The Sound of Music, some specials from late comedian Red Buttons, and some Johnny Carson program. And while I don’t necessarily think much about watching that film there, every time I watch it now or see it somewhere in the world, I’m reminded of my time there – when we would pick fresh fruit and vegetables from her garden and cook them for lunch before sending me to nap when her “stories” came on.

The Lists

So, personal anecdotes out of the way, please enjoy the Pixel Bakery team’s Top 10 Films of all time.

Tony

No Country for Old Men

2001: A Space Odyssey

Goodfellas

School of Rock

Psycho

Inglourious Basterds

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Toy Story

There Will Be Blood

It’s a Wonderful Life

Honorable Mentions: Apocalypse Now, Ratatouille, Magnolia, The Social Network, Casablanca

Karley

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

The Dark Knight

Into the Wild

Mad Max: Fury Road

O’Brother Where Art Thou?

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Wild

Toy Story

A Quiet Place

Call Me by Your Name

Jordan

Children of Men

Spirited Away

The Brave Little Toaster

Blade Runner

Wind River

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Moonrise Kingdom

Full Metal Jacket

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Oldboy

Josh

The Departed

Spirited Away

Dead Poets Society

The Taste of Tea

Me, Earl, and The Dying Girl

Slumdog Millionaire

WALL-E

The Dark Knight

The Royal Tenenbaums

(500) Days of Summer

Honorable Mention: Howl’s Moving Castle, There Will Be Blood, The Martian, The Shining, Inception

Elaina

The Iron Giant

The Emperor’s New Groove

The Road to El Dorado

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Atlantis: The Lost Empire

Spirited Away

Treasure Planet

How to Train Your Dragon

Serenity

Fantastic Mr. Fox

The Takeaway

There is a decent amount of overlap between lists, but that wasn’t really too unexpected. Overall, we are products of the era we grew up in, and like most people forced to make lists, have a fair amount of an availability heuristic thing happening (only 10 of our collective 60 movies came out before 1988). It’s clear which films we grew up watching and remember fondly (90% of Elaina’s list, Toy Story, The Brave Little Toaster) and how highly we hold acclaimed films that have premiered in the last 10-15 years as we grew up and our tastes matured.

Questions

How is our diversity? Writers/directors/stars of color? How well are female artists represented?

Where’s The Godfather franchise?

How was Karley able to choose only one Harry Potter film?

Is it time for IMBD to kick The Shawshank Redemption from its number one spot on their list?

Do I finally need to see Spirited Away?

And what we’re all wondering: whose list is best? Let us know so we can fight internally.