Friday, June 4, 2010

Top 5 at 12:54

So I thought it might be fun as a personal journey to evaluate all the movies I've seen and own and determine which are my favorites.  I love movies and so this seemed like a worthwhile waste of my precious time. no particular order, because I can't be asked to choose just one specifically, here is the list.

1.  The Great Outdoors - John Candy and Dan Aykroyd at their best.  I love this movie so much for some many reasons but, most of all for one scene where a grizzly bear is bouncing up and down on a door that is on top of John Candy.  The man was hysterical.  The wild look in his eyes and the sweat and rain pouring down his face as he frantically tries to warn his family that "Big bear chase me!", makes me laugh till it hurts every time.

2.  The Goonies - Sean Astin, Corey Feldman, and Short Round...Enough said!  This is probably one of the first action comedies I ever saw.  I can remember thinking how much fun it would be to go on adventure with my friends and find a pirate ship.  We'd go out into the woods by our house and jump on the rope swing and yell "Hey you guys!!"  I recently told the Translator that when we have children I want to get a couple a of shirts made.  For my child "Chunk love Sloth" and for me "Sloth love Chunk".  I thought it was a great idea and I think she's given in.

3.  The Big Lebowski - Jeff Bridges will forever be The Dude, or El Dudareno, or the Duder.  This movie is just absurdly funny and for that I love it.  The casting was unbelievable.  John Goodman as the gun loving psychopath Walter is absolutely amazing and in my humble opinion this is easily the best roll he ever took.  I also really loved John Turturro as Jesus...that scene where he's licking his bowling ball has my rolling on the floor every time.  And lets not forget Steve Buscemi as the much abused Donny.  A real step away from the loud mouth characters that Steve usually plays and like every other memory of this cast he's awesome.

4.  Inglorious Basterds - I love Tarintino movies...they're very edges and hilarious all at the same time.  I'm not sure if I've seen all of his movies but, of the ones I've seen I've loved almost all of them.  Of all those movies...this is by far the best.  Yes, better then Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown.  Better then From Dusk Till Dawn and by far better then those Kill Bill movies.  Christopher Waltz was brilliant as Col. Hans Landa.  He was extremely intense and disarmingly comical throughout the movie.  Eli Roth did a great job as Donny "The Bear Jew" Donowitz.  Nothing like watching a persecuted individual beat his persecutor to death with a baseball bat.  And, of course, at the top of my list of characters is Lt. Aldo Raine, played by Brad Pitt.  Another brilliant performance given by a man whose career is littered with them.  Back in high school I never would have thought that I'd love Brad Pitt but, once I saw him punch Ed Norton in the face I was hooked.  A great actor, a great character, and a great performance...could you ask for more?

5.  Clerks - Kevin Smith...I'm pretty sure the Translator would leave me for this man, and to be honest, I can't blame her.  There's so much about clerks to love...but at the top of my list has got to the scene where Randal is calling in an order for porn while a mother looks on holding her young child in her arms.  I'm not sure where the hell Kevin found all names for that list of porn but, my hat's off to you sir.  Bravo!  This movie is just a sequence of hilarious moments...while the overall story isn't bad...its secondary to the sheer genius that is imbued into each individual scene.  Take for instance the culmination of several scenes that seem somewhat mundane up to the point when Caitlin realizes she's just had sex with a dead old man in the bathroom of the Quik Stop.  Just thinking about it makes me laugh.  I assure day when I own my own business, I'll have a big sheet in the front window with "I assure you, we're open" smeared on it shoe polish.  Oh and by the way...37!?!?

Well that's my top 5.  It was a lot more difficult to narrow it down.  I didn't even get to include any of my favorite horror movies.  I guess that's a list for another day.  Hope everyone has a good weekend.  Oh and..."Try not to suck any dick on the way through the parking lot!"  

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