Friday, January 4, 2008

Top Ten Movies of All Time? How About Some Top Fives

Someone at work asked me what my favorite movie of all time is. I stopped and said Empire Strikes Back. It's always my go to movie, it's been my favorite for years, why not? Then I was trying to come up with a top ten list of all time and realized what a fucktastically impossible task it is, at least for me. My tastes have changed so much over the years. I had my liberal artsy-fartsy years, my binge-drinking-movie-seeing years and I also had my all U.S. movies suck so I'll stick to foreign movies years which I'm currently getting over right now. But I will probably go back to since the U.S. will only produce crap, remakes or movies with a number after its title. So why not break it down into categories? Inspired by High Fidelity, I will give my top fives of all time.

Foreign Division

5. No Mans Land
4. Run Lola Run
3. Kung Foo Hustle
2. The Chorus - The one and only French movie I've ever seen.
1. Das Boot

Sports Drama Division

5. Wind
4. Chariots of Fire
3. Shoalin Soccer - Same maker as Kung Fu Hustle
2. The Natural
1. Hoosiers

Dumb Comedy Division

5. SuperTroopers
4. Orgazmo
3. Airplane II
2. Tapeheads - Early Tim Robbins and John Cusack, before they developed soapboxes on their feet.
1. Naked Gun

"I Can Only Watch This While Drinking" Movies

5. BASEketball
4. From Dusk Till Dawn
3. Beerfest
2. Aqua Teen Hunger Force
1. Animal House

Classic Comedy Division

5. Young Frankenstein
4. Airplane
3. A Night At The Opera
2. Blazing Saddles
1. Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Best Cohen Brothers Movies Division
Our lord and saviors of film, the Cohens. Note: I have not seen No Country for Old Men yet.

5. The Big Lebowski
4. Barton Fink
3. Raising Arizona
2. Fargo
1. Millers Crossing

Animated Movies Division

5. Renaissance
4. Animatrix - Series of shorts revolving around the Matrix
3. Final Fantasy
2. Heavy Metal - Remember this movie?
1. South Park

War Movie Division

5. Full Metal Jacket
4. Patton
3. Black Hawk Down
2. Glory
1. Saving Private Ryan

Sci Fi Division - Expanded Since I'm a sci fi geek

10. A Scanner Darkley
9. The Matrix - "Whoa"
8. 2001: A Space Odyssey
7. Terminator
6. Aliens
5. Spaceballs - Ummm......err.....why not?
4. Alien
3. Star Wars Episode IV
2. Blade Runner
1. Empire Strikes Back or Star Wars Episode V

Movies That Double as Soft Core Gay Porn

5. Bound
4. Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King
3. Brokeback Mountain - Didn't like the movie all that much, but it fits here.
2. Heavenly Creatures
1. Top Gun

John Cusack Division
Again, before growing soap boxes on his feet and thinking he's some sort of political genius.

5. Eight Men Out
4. One Crazy Summer
3. Better Off Dead
2. High Fidelity
1. Gross Pointe Blank

Sports Comedy Division

5. Slap Shot
4. Mean Machine
3. Caddyshack
2. Bull Durham
1. Major League

Action Division

5. Sin City
4. Boondock Saints
3. Braveheart
2. The Wild Bunch
1. Fight Club

Best Adaptation From A Novel(s)

5. Fight Club
4. A Scanner Darkley
3. Lord of the Rings Series
2. Blade Runner (Book was titled "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep")
1. Could quite possibly be No Country for Old Men, but since I haven't seen it...The Thing (Originally titled, "Who Goes There!")

Horror Division

5. Evil Dead II
4. Night of the Living Dead
3. Psycho
2. The Thing
1. Freaks - Only because of the last scene where all the freaks are coming after Venus - Just creepy.

British Division

5. Snatch
4. Shaun of the Dead
3. Layer Cake
2. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
1. Hot Fuzz

College Movies Division
Movies set in college.

5. Dead Poets Society
4. Back To School
3. Animal House
2. Rules of Attraction
1. Revenge Of The Nerds

Gangster Movies Division

5. Gangster No. 1
4. Donnie Brasco
3. Eastern Promises
2. Casino
1. Goodfellas

Drama Division

5. The Pianist
4. Pulp Fiction
3. American History X
2. Shawshank Redemption
1. The Usual Suspects

Stephen King Division

5. The Green Mile
4. Misery
3. Stand By Me
2. The Dead Zone
1. Shawshank Redemption

The Oscars Actually Got It Right! Division

5. Schindlers List
4. Chariots Of Fire
3. The French Connection
2. Patton
1. Amadeus

The Oscars Got it Wrong! Division

5. Forrest Gump
4. Gladiator
3. Million Dollar Baby
2. Crash
1. tie - Titanic/Shakespeare In Love

Best Remakes Division

5. Insomnia
4. The Ring
3. Reservoir Dogs
2. Solaris
1. The Italian Job

Note: Had no idea the Departed was a remake of a Japanese movie.

I could go on and on. But I need to get started preparing for the OSU/LSU game.

No comments: