Thursday, September 20, 2012

My 100 movies (as of 2006 - Pre Netflix) 10 - 1

10. Spiderman   

Followed in the footsteps of X-men and also improved upon the super hero genre. The second might be the best super hero movie ever. The third was not focused - Venom shouldn't have been done if Raimi didn't like him.

Peter Parker: You don't trust anyone, that's your problem.
J. Jonah Jameson: I trust my barber.    

9. Terminator
Terminator 2 is probably the best sequel of all time. James Cameron does some amazing things that even to this day hold up. The more movies and TV shows that get created, the more convoluted the story becomes. But the first two are in a class of their own.

Kyle Reese: Listen, and understand. That terminator is out there. It can't be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with. It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead.

8. Braveheart

A long movie but every second is important. The ending is superb. The fight scenes step up any that come before it. They even build up another love interest as the movie goes on.

William Wallace: Lower your flags and march straight back to England, stopping at every home you pass by to beg forgiveness for a hundred years of theft, rape, and murder. Do that and your men shall live. Do it not, and every one of you will die today.

7. Space Balls

Star Wars parody like none before or after it. My favorite Mel Brooks movie. The jokes pretty much all hit. I got only about half the jokes the first time I watched it, so as time went on I picked up more and more.

Barf: I know we need the money, but...
Lone Starr: Listen! We're not just doing this for money!
Barf: [Barf looks at him, raises his ears]
Lone Starr: We're doing it for a SHIT LOAD of money!

6. Back to the Future

The first is a tight entertaining story. The second was always confusing to me as a kid. The third was too much of a love story that I never bought. But all three propelled everyone involved to new heights.

Marty McFly: Wait a minute, Doc. Ah... Are you telling me that you built a time machine... out of a DeLorean?
Dr. Emmett Brown: The way I see it, if you're gonna build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style?

5. Alien

The first two movies are so great. The third had potential and it was ruined by Fincher and company. The first was basically a new genre while the second was more action but just as good and hasn't been replicated to this day.

Ripley: A transmission? Out here?
Lambert: What kind of a transmission?
Dallas: Acoustical beacon. It, uh... repeats at intervals of 12 seconds.
Kane: S.O.S.?
Dallas: I don't know.
Ripley: Human?
Dallas: Unknown.

4. Monty Python- Holy Grail

Possibly my most quoted movie. Silly and even though some of the humor doesn't hit with me - it's still the greatest of Monty Python. I always hated the ending so much.

King of Swamp Castle: Please! This is supposed to be a happy occasion. Let's not bicker and argue over who killed who.

3. Office Space

A movie that I always knew would hit home. Mike Judge hits on all cylinders. It didn't do well in the theatre but it gained the cult following for great reason.

Peter Gibbons: The thing is, Bob, it's not that I'm lazy, it's that I just don't care.
Bob Porter: Don't... don't care?
Peter Gibbons: It's a problem of motivation, all right? Now if I work my ass off and Initech ships a few extra units, I don't see another dime, so where's the motivation? And here's something else, Bob: I have eight different bosses right now.

2. Lord of the Rings

I like all the changes that they made to the book. I thought this was the second best movie even before reading the book or watching the extended versions which add so much great content. The ending of Return of the King does get very long, but it's fitting.

Boromir: I ask only for the strength to defend my people!
Boromir: If you would but lend me the Ring...
Frodo: No!
Boromir: Why do you recoil? I am no thief.
Frodo: You are not yourself.
Boromir: What chance do you think you have? They will find you. They will take the Ring. And you will beg for death before the end!

1. Star Wars

The greatest fantasy story, the greatest sequel and even a great conclusion. The prequels were awful indeed, though they were still a sight. Theres a reason it's more than just art to people.

Darth Vader: The plans you refer to will soon be back in our hands.
Admiral Motti: Any attack made by the Rebels against this station would be a useless gesture, no matter what technical data they have obtained. This station is now the ultimate power in the universe! I suggest we use it!
Darth Vader: Don't be too proud of this technological terror you've constructed. The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the Force.
Admiral Motti: Don't try to frighten us with your sorcerer's ways, Lord Vader. Your sad devotion to that ancient Jedi religion has not helped you conjure up the stolen data tapes, or given you enough clairvoyance to find the rebels' hidden fortress...

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