Jul 1, 2010

Top Ten Revisited

Today's top ten (I'm in a 'what could i watch over and over' mood)

In no particular order:
Jaws (near and dear to my heart in so many ways)
Die Hard (because it's a repeater)
Pulp Fiction (because it is indisputably one of the best ever)
Pride and Prejudice (Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth; again a repeater)
Back to the Future (I don't mind  the sequels as much as some folks I know, but they don't come close to the glory of the original; speaking of sequels, well you'll see...)
Star Wars (original trilogy; it counts as one as far as I am concerned)
The Burbs (one of the funniest movies; still makes me laugh)
Apollo 13 (I love NASA!!!!!)
Amelie (romantic, but not in a sappy, annoying way; great filmmaking style)
The Royal Tennenbaums (see above)

Barely missing the cut for today were:
The Godfather I and II (here's a teaser for the article I am writing about sequels...)
Jurassic Park (Samuel L. Jackson,  "Hold on to your butts." Fabulous.)
The Goonies (no one loves this movie more than my sister; I'll have her write a guest post)
Fight  Club (I'd switch this with "Pride and Prejudice" if this were a top ten just plain amazing, when I saw it I didn't know what to do with myself, list)
The Matrix (sequels article to come...)
The Swiss Family Robinson (never gets old)
The Lord of the Rings (all)

I'm starting to ramble. Get me your top tens.


  1. In no particular order, here's where I am at the moment:

    • Worth Winning
    • In the Mouth of Madness
    • Wilder Napalm
    • Kuffs
    • uh

    JUST KIDDING. Here's my real list:

    • Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
    • Donnie Darko
    • Terminator 1 & 2 (I follow your one-movie precedent!)
    • The Decalogue
    • The Shining
    • Ferris Bueller's Day Off
    • Blue Velvet
    • Fargo
    • Time Indefinite

    Honorable mentions: Big, Goodbye Solo, The Wicker Man (original), Hoop Dreams, Royal Tenenbaoums, Aguirre, Groundhog Day, Ace in the Hole, Lebowski, Christmas Carol (George C. Scott), Christmas Vacation, Miracle on 34th Street, Band of Outsiders, Hausu (dir. Nobuhiko Obayashi), Last House on the Left, American Psycho, Pulp Fiction, Say Anything, Die Hard, Michael Apted's UP documentaries, The Apartment, Karate Kid (original), Godfather I & II, Magnolia, Silence of the Lambs, Alien/Aliens, Back to the Future, Dial M for Murder, Pee-Wee's Big Adventure, Cloak & Dagger, Animal Crackers, and I gotta stop.

    For extra credit, here are some of the movies I've been most disappointed by:

    • Event Horizon
    • Crocodile Dundee III
    • Both Matrix sequels
    • Me Myself and Irene

  2. Oops I only gave you nine. Please upgrade GOODBYE SOLO to the top ten and add ALI: FEAR EATS THE SOUL to my honorables.

  3. CRAPP I completely forgot all my favorite Atom Egoyan movies!!! These three are all hiding in the nooks and crannies of my top 10, too:

    • Next of Kin (1984)
    • Speaking Parts
    • The Adjuster

  4. Robocop and Total Recall gotta get mentioned too.

  5. and I forgot "Lost in Translation"

  6. Here's my top 10. I call these my top 10 because I could watch them over and over.

    1. Groundhog Day
    2. Sword in the Stone
    3. No Country for Old Men
    4. The Wire - I know this is television, but come on its amazing
    5. Free To Choose - Documentary series. Amazing.
    6. Cheaper by the Dozen - 1950 version
    7. The Fifth Element
    8. The Road - I cannot say enough about how awesome the film and the book are.
    9. Inglourious Basterds
    10. Million Dollar Hotel - still haunts me after all these years.

  7. I guess I will have to see "The Road" now, though I may take a break from post-apocalyptic for a while after having just seen "The Book of Eli."

  8. These are 10 movies I could watch over and over again in any mood:

    1. Bridget Jones's Diary
    2. Moulin Rouge
    3. A River Runs Through It
    4. Being John Malcovich
    5. The Breakfast Club
    6. Dream a Little Dream
    7. The Wedding Singer
    8. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (no judgement, lol)
    9. A Christmas Story
    10. Notting Hill

    "Goonies" and "Heathers" get honorable mentions, but I have to be in the right mood to watch them.

  9. I love the range of your list. And I could never make fun of Harry Potter, though none of the movies has been quite what I hoped. I am sensing a slightly irreverent sense of humor, in which case you might like Super Troopers, if you haven't seen it. It is pretty raunchy, but good laughs throughout.

  10. Thanks . . . I always think my range isn't large enough - e.g. I've never seen Pulp Fiction even though we own it. Jon has asked me several time to watch it. Perhaps I will finally give in this weekend and do just that.

    I never know what people will think with HP. I have to admit I was so judgemental about the series before I was finally convinced to start reading the books last summer. Now of course my favorite books of all time are those of the HP saga. I agree that none of the movies were what I hoped either, especially when watching them immediately after finishing the books. I believe my affection for the HBP, however, has more to do with my infatuation with Rupert Grint and my obsession with R/Hr relationship. If you take those two factors out of the equation, the movies drops in my rank by about 20 or so.

    I just looked up Super Troopers on imdb. I'll have to watch it. Thanks for the tip.


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