When I opened up Blogger, I saw Josh over at Vive le Nerd had posted his “Top Five Tuesdays” today. I don’t think it’s a meme he does per se, but it is something that I’m going to join up with. These are my Top 5 favorite movies from any genre.
5. O Brother Where Art Thou? – I hate to rank this movie 5th. It doesn’t matter where I am or what else is on TV, if I see this movie is on, I watch it. I won’t move until it’s over. This is one of those movies that I will even sit through commercials without changing the channel just because I don’t want to miss any of it. Not to mention the fact that I already have the DVD. To me, that’s the tell-tale sign of a great movie, if you’re willing to sit through commercials. George Clooney is hilarious, and so is the supporting cast. I quote this movie almost daily, especially so if I’ve seen it recently. I think I’m going to watch this when I get home tonight. “I don’t want Fop, dammit, I’m a Dapper Dan man!”
4. The Rock (1996) – You’re going to notice a pattern in my top four. That pattern is Nic Cage. I know there are some people out there that think Nic Cage is lame, and to those people I say this. Your mom is lame. The Rock is one of those thrillers that make you laugh and cringe at the same time. It also has Sean Connery, and there isn’t a lady reading this (especially you SAHMs) that can tell me they wouldn’t love him up faster than could tweet about it. I mean, right now, Sean is somewhere with a fine lady, and she’s lovin him up. My favorite quote from this movie is “Losers always whine about doing their best. Winners go home and f*ck the prom queen.” “Carla was the prom queen.”
3. Con Air (1997) – Again, Nic Cage. This time though, the supporting cast is just as big, both literally and figuratively. It’s got that fat but buff black guy, John Malkavich, Steve Buscemi, that one chick with the weird face’s brother, that one dude from Star Trek, TNG, Danny Trejo, and a Trisha Yearwood song that I happen to love. It’s funny, it’s violent, and there is a moment where you’re certain Steve B is gonna cut a little girl’s face off and dance around under the desert sky with it. There are a lot of great lines in this movie, but my favorite by far is this: “Why couldn’t you just put the bunny back in the box?”
2. Armageddon (1998) – I’m not going to lie, I still tear up every time I see this movie. This is also one of two movies in this list that doesn’t star Mr. Cage, so be thankful. Again, you have a huge supporting cast, and Bruce Willis plays the lead. It is funny and heart warming, and it made me think about whether or not I could be a hero like him, or just let Ben Affleck die. To be truthful, I’d have probably rid the world of Ben Affleck. That’s one less person on The Missus’ list, and that’s a good thing, right? No replacies? My favorite quote from this movie? “Guys, the United States government just asked us to save the world. Anyone wanna say no?”
1. Gone in 60 Seconds (2000) – I saw this movie in the theater at least 6 times during the first week it was open. It has everything. Hot chicks, (well one) fast cars, action, humor, feel good moments, and enough stunt driving to make even the safest driver consider popping a wheelie out of the theater parking lot. When I got in my car after seeing that movie, I was trying to speed shift, double clutch, and replicate everything they did in the film, and I drove an automatic. There are some things a 1997 Ford Escort just won’t do, but I tried them after watching it. It’s a miracle I didn’t die. If it’s up to me, I’d also like to say that this movie is where Timothy Olyphant got his start, and it’s also the movie that made me fall in love with both Nic and Delroy Lindo. It easily takes number 1 on the list, and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. My favorite quote from this movie is “160…180…He’s gone.”
There you have it, folks. My top five movies of all time. I don’t do “indie” crap, I don’t make my favorite movie something that others have never heard of, I don’t do “artsy,” and I could give two craps about documentaries. All those are well and good for some of you, just not for me. I like sex, I like violence, and I like funny and thrilling. That’s me, in a nutshell. I do however, have some honorable mentions.
Hoosiers (1986) – While it certainly will never be remembered as one of Gene Hackman’s or Dennis Hopper’s best performances, it is sort of the godfather of all basketball films. It is the classic David vs. Goliath movie, and it keeps you in suspense until the very end.
Anchorman (2004) – Will Ferrel, Vince Vaughn, Steve Carrol. Need I say more? I don’t think I stopped laughing through the entire movie. There are so many memorable quotes in this movie I don’t think I could list them all here, so here: ANCHORMAN QUOTES.
Tombstone (1993) – I typically despise Westerns, but this one gets a nod. Great movie, and the only movie with Val Kilmer in it where I actually like him. I think it’s probably because he dies.