Wednesday, September 19, 2012

My 100 movies (as of 2006 - Pre Netflix) 20 - 11

20. Ghostbusters

The planets aligned when this movie came out. Looking back at the cast - it was almost impossible for it to fail, especially with Murray and Ackroyd at the top of their games. Weaver never looked better. The sequel is very watchable though not on the same level.

Winston Zeddemore: Ray. If someone asks if you are a god, you say, "yes!"

19. Evil Dead/Army of Darkness

Scary comedy has never been done better. Sam Rami and Bruce Cambell came out with these three movies about Ash who gets his butt kicked by his friends who turn into ghouls/zombies before laying the smacketh down.

Ash: Good. Bad. I'm the guy with the gun.

18. Southpark Bigger Longer Uncut

This is a nod to south park in general. Still on the air after all this time. It's gone through ups and downs. The movie was excellent and the songs made it.

[Kenny has just died in the hospital]
Cartman: I bet him he couldn't do it. I bet him a hundred dollars.
Kyle: It's not your fault, Cartman.
Cartman: Dude, I know, I'm just fuckin' stoked I don't have to pay him.
Kyle: Oh, that's real nice! He was your friend, you fat fuck!

17. Fight Club

The movie with a twist. You had to keep it spoiler free for anyone who hadn't seen it. I heard the book was even better. Brad Pitt and Edward Norton do such an amazing job though.

Tyler Durden: Fuck off with your sofa units and strine green stripe patterns, I say never be complete, I say stop being perfect, I say let... lets evolve, let the chips fall where they may.

16. Kevin Smith Movies - only the good ones

The six interconnected movies, or at least re-occuring characters. I always found Jay and Silent Bob interesting how they could pull characters from all these movies together where it meant so much more if you saw them all. Clerks though is Smith at his best.

Randal Graves: Which did you like better? "Jedi" or "The Empire Strikes Back"?
Dante Hicks: "Empire".
Randal Graves: Blasphemy.
Dante Hicks: "Empire" had the better ending. I mean, Luke gets his hand cut off, finds out Vader's his father, Han gets frozen and taken away by Boba Fett. It ends on such a down note. I mean, that's what life is, a series of down endings. All "Jedi" had was a bunch of Muppets.

15. Karate Kid

Classic underdog story. High school kid transfers schools and gets beaten up by the karate team? I ranked this prior to the Jaden Smith Kung Fu kid which also has good moments, but doesn't hold a candle to the original. That goes for the sequels, though I like the return of the Cobra-Kai in the third one.

Daniel: Friend? Oh, yeah, those guys.
Miyagi: Problem: attitude.
Daniel: No the problem is, I'm getting my ass kicked every other day, that's the problem.
Miyagi: Hai, because boys have bad attitude. Karate for defense only.
Daniel: That's not what these guys are taught.
Miyagi: Hai - can see. No such thing as bad student, only bad teacher. Teacher say, student do.

14. Rocky

Speaking of underdog movies - this is probably the first one of my generation. Only Rocky 5 was a bad movie, though 6 came out too late. I always liked Rocky winning at the end of 2, but I'm probably missing the point. 3 and 4 were classic for their own reasons.

Mickey: You're gonna eat lightnin' and you're gonna crap thunder!

13. Batman

I made this list just as Batman Begins came out - no Dark Knight. Batman and Robin was inexcusable, though Batman Forever did enough to be good. The original was by far the best, though Begins is close behind.

Vicki Vale: You're insane!
Joker: I thought I was a Pisces!

12. Matrix

Everyone doesn't like the sequels - and for good reason. There are so many cool scenes in all three movies though even if the story falls apart in the later chapters. Revolutions had some awful parts, but also had it's share of fun things.

Morpheus: We don't know who struck first, us or them. But we do know it was us that scorched the sky. At the time, they were dependent on solar power. It was believed they would be unable to survive without an energy source as abundant as the sun.

11. X-men

This is before Wolverine and First Class. It's biggest fault is it became the Wolverine show when the best thing about the X-Men is the interaction between Cyclops. By basically neutering him in the last two movies they really missed something. Magneto was awesome though and almost all the casting was great.

Magneto: Are you a God-fearing man, Senator? That is such a strange phrase. I've always thought of God as a teacher; a bringer of light, wisdom, and understanding. You see, I think what you really fear is me. Me and my kind. The Brotherhood of Mutants. Oh, it's not so surprising really. Mankind has always feared what it doesn't understand. Well, don't fear God, Senator, and certainly don't fear me. Not any more.

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