Film – Best & Favorites II

The Ten Commandments

Charleston Heston plays Moses in the landmark ” The Ten Commandments”. I believe everyone has at least seen parts of this one? Good movie that holds up well.

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The French Connection

Classic American Cinema.  American cop Gene Hackman and his partner try to bring down a large Heroin connection.

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Hoosiers

This is a great sports flick. I remember seeing this in like 87? This also has Gene Hackman. He is a high school basketball coach of a small school in Indiana that goes on to win the state championship. Before “Remember the Titans” there was Hoosiers!

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A Time To Kill

Good movie about about a couple scum bags that brutally attack the daughter of Samual L Jackson. He kills them both and must stand trial during a very transitional time in the south. Matthew Mcconaughey must convince the jury this indeed was a “A Time to Kill”.

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Rosewood

A story I had never heard of prior to the movie. A town in Florida called “Rosewood” was a prospering all Black community. The community was destroyed and many killed when neighboring whites accused a black male of raping a white women.

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Where The Heart Is

This is one of my wife’s dvd’s. I watched it after much resistance and can’t lie…it’s good. Not something I would normally check out but good never the less.  Boyfriend of Natalie Portman dumps her at a Walmart and she has to survive on her own pregnant.

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Cocktail

Coughlin’s law… I always did like this one. Yes it is a little corny and a guilty pleasure. You’ve seen it too so don’t front!

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Kalifornia

One of the first movies I got on DVD. This is kind of a sleeper flick. David Duchovny and his girlfriend pick up Brad Pitt and his girlfriend Juliette Lewis. They are researching serial killers and don’t even know they have one in their midst.

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My Family – Mi Familia

Nice flick about a family that comes to the states from Mexico and it’s survival. Good cast.

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City of God

Good flick about the life of some in the barrio’s of Brazil. This was on a lot of lists for top movie when it came out. You can get this for a steal on blu-ray.

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Blood In Blood Out

A great flick based in east la about three family members that have their lives go in three different directions.

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To Live and Die in LA

I saw this shortly after it came out. A story about secret service agents that try to bring down a counterfeiter. It’s a good cat and mouse cop flick. Now I haven’t seen this in a looonng time…so I am unsure of how it has aged? It is available on blu ray.

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Poltergeist II

This didn’t get the shine the original did but I find this to be the best of the first two. I have it on DVD, it looks good and holds up. This time they experience the evil spirit in physical form that was trying to take Carol Ann in the original.

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Damien Omen II

Bad things happen to everyone that figures out who Damien is and plot his demise. Damien  discovers who he is and hell works to insure his future as the anti-christ.

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Fright Night

Saw this at the movies with my dad and sisters. It was a pleasant surprise as we had no idea it was a vampire flick. For its time it was a solid vampire flick, plus it was one of a very few.

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Cloverfield

I bought this on blu-ray last year as a role of the dice. I was so happy with the purchase! Some scenes seem like someone is video taping with a personal camera. For me this kinda added a sense of realism? They keep your guessing for about 1/3 of the film. Kind of reminded me of “The Mist”.

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American Me

Story of the rise of the Mexican mafia in the California prison system. Its a hard core prison flick.

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Witness

A young Amish boy witnesses a murder in a train station in PA. Harrison Ford protects the boy and his mother and get them back home. In the process he was hurt but doesn’t want to go to a hospital as he doesn’t know who he can trust. The mom nurses him back to health all the while he has to blend in with the Amish.  This was a good flick. I saw it twice in the 80s. It is on dvd but not on blu-ray.

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The Ghost and The Darkness

This was based on a true story. Two man eating lions threatened the completion of a railroad in Kenya. I saw the actual lions on display at the field museum in Chicago. This one is on dvd only.

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Identity

I saw this one at the theater. It kept me guessing! You won’t figure out who the killer is until they show you. 10 strangers find themselves stranded at a remote motel in the middle of nowhere.  Main characters are John Cusack, Ray Liotta and Amanda Peet.

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Almost Famous

Fictional story about a quiet kid that ends up writing for Rolling Stone Magazine. He is only 15 and goes on the road with a rock band. It is a pretty good flick and you should have it in your collection.

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First Blood

My dad introduced me to this movie. We should all know about Rambo…but if you don’t this is the original movie. Its pretty simple. John Rambo is an ex-vietnam vet that went to visit a fellow vet. When he arrives at the friends home he finds out he died from cancer/agent orange. On his way back he runs into a Brian Dennehy. Dennehy is the sheriff in a small town somewhere in the pacific northwest. Dennehy mistakes Rambo for someone up to no good and tries to give him da business. Mistake.

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Top Gun

Maverick, Goose, Iceman…Kind of that summer block buster type of flick. Yet still classic with minimal cheese. I say you should have this in your collection. It’s now on blu-ray and sounds great on a surround system.

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Mission Impossible

I know, I know… another Cruise flick. You can’t front though. They actually do a very good job with the Mission Impossible brand. The sequels are also entertaining. You can check how good your monitor can reproduce black in the beginning of the restaurant/aquarium scene. I recommend it.

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Pacific Heights

This is one of my “Sleeper” picks. I highly recommend this one. Griffith and Modine get more than they bargain for when Keaton plants himself in their newly renovated Victorian house.

 

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Enter The Dragon

Classic Bruce Lee with guest Jim Kelly and John Saxon. Bruce Lee is an undercover cop in a martial arts competition on a island owned by drug lord Han.

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Malice

Cant really give details as it would give away the story. This is a nice one. This is one of my “Sleeper” flicks.

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Enemy of The State

This is my favorite movie from Will Smith. Solid action from beginning to end. Big brother is watching!

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Glory

I don’t always like flicks that deal with issues of slavery as they seem to stir up emotions of anger. That said “Glory is a good flick staring Matthew Broderick and Denzel Washington. It’s about the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. It was the first all black unit in the Army during the Civil War.

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Blade Runner (The Final Cut)

This is a sci-fi cult classic. It was visually stunning when it came out. I have it on dvd and looks great. I don’t think its a flick for everyone but felt it was worth mentioning.

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F/X

This movie didn’t age well but I think it is worth checking out. I saw this when it came out. Rollie is a master of special effects. The government comes to him to stage a fake hit on a mob guy. After its done they turn on him and it’s on.

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Back To The Future

Marty Mcfly, Doc, the Delorean and the Flux Capacitor. Classic!

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The Sixth Sense

“I see dead people”.  Its a gift not many people would want. A young kid is haunted by his gift until he realizes he can use it to help.

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Carrie

A classic horror flick. I must say the mother is really the craziest person in the movie. Carrie has special powers and when her class mates make her the butt of their joke they pay the consequences.

 

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Do The Right Thing

A classic Spike Lee Joint. Tensions rise and boil over in Bed Stuy and a pizzeria is destroyed.

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Rosemary’s Baby

Rosemary is having the devils baby. A classic from 1968.

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Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

I actually saw this on a day I took off from school! One of the biggest classics of the 80s period. Hopefully you already have this.

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Boyz N The Hood

The directorial debut of John Singleton. This was huge when it dropped. A fictional story about a senseless acts of violence and revenge. The back drop is South Central LA.

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Pulp Fiction

A Tarantino classic.  A movie uniquely all its own!

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The Wizard of Oz

Is there anything that needs to be said?

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Toy Story

I bought this for myself before I even had kids. I really got a kick out of this movie. Mr Potato and Rex were my favorites.

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Kill Bill

Revenge is a dish best served cold. I love this flick. Kill Bill was actually one flick but because of its long running time it was split in two parts. Uma is great as the Black Mamba.

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Kill Bill 2

The second half of Kill Bill.

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Die Hard

Bruce Willis is at a party for his wife when the high rise is taken over by some guys running a heist. No one knows Willis is in the building. Willis is a New York cop and picks of the opposition one by one.

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Philadelphia

One of the first movies to deal with being infected with HIV/Aids and being fired for it.

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Coming to America

This was so original. Eddie and Arsenio killed this one with all the characters they played. “Sexual Chocolate”….drops the mic.

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Trading Places

The early days of film for Eddie Murphy. I loved almost every flick Eddie did back in the day. Murphy and Aykroyd fall victim to an experiment set up by the Dukes. Then they turn the tables and pull one the Dukes. It’s classic Eddie.

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Rush Hour 2

Chris Tucker must have had a million funny lines in this movie? I played this one so many times even my kids know the lines in this movie.

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Cooley High

Let’s pour some out liquor for the brothers who ain’t here! I guess I know where that little pop culture phrase comes from?

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Fear

Mark Wahlberg and Reese Whiterspoon. This was so beyond what I expected. This ended up being a really good flick! Wahlberg is a nut stalker boyfriend that terrorizes the family of Reese Whiterspoon. This is a “Sleeper”.

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House of Games

I haven’t seen this since the mid 80s so I am unsure of how it aged? I remember liking it a lot when I figured out what was going on. It is not on blu-ray. However it is in the “Criterion Collection” on dvd. For those that don’t know…they follow a higher standard. The quality of the video and audio is top notch.

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Joy Ride

Nice suspense thriller that featured the late Paul Walker. I believe this will be a classic in the future? Its not a horror flick…it falls more in the suspense/thriller category.

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Film – Best & Favorites – I

These are quite simply some of the best I have ever seen and some of my favorites thrown in. Favorites are not necessarily the best but they touched me and I continue to watch them. These are not in any order.

Raiders of the Lost Ark

This was my favorite flick of all, from the time it came out until about 1992! Action and adventure plus a great story line.

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Misery

I wanted to reach into the screen and hit Kathy Bates. It is a classic suspense thriller.

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Bourne Ultimatum

The most action I have seen in a movie to date. This will stand at the top of its Genre for many years to come.

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Shawshank Redemption

This movie is perfect. Nothing I can add. If you haven’t seen this shame on you.

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Breakfast Club

If you are in my age bracket you know this one. “Chicks cannot hold they smoke…dat’s what it is” .

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Superman II

A childhood fav. I prefer this one to the first. Having villains with powers equal to Superman appealed more than Lex Luther. “Kneel before Zod”.

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T2 – Terminator 2

This was the first flick to take it to the next level with special effects the way we know it today! Special effects wise there was nothing before it that came close. Kinda like “Rakim”. Great movie for the time and still holds up.

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Malcolm X

I saw this one at the theater. Great flick. It is close to 3hrs. I have recently seen some negative reviews from younger viewers on various media sites. I know some folks don’t dig Spike Lee’s style of film making. This however is one of my favorite Spike Lee Joints. The story of Malcolm X is a very well known story within the African American community. It is American History and should be known by all.

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Fatal Attraction

Look…there was so much buzz around this one that my parents went together to see it. My parents never went to the movies together! This one changed a lot of peoples opinions about stepping out on their spouse.

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National Lampoon’s Vacation

“This is crazy, This is crazy, This is crazy”. Comedy classic. Chevy Chase is great in this one. The cast is perfect. I use to put this in before I went to sleep. No matter what mood I was in, when I fell asleep it was good!

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Pitch Black

This one came out around the same time “The Matrix” came out. I thought it was a hit but was over shawdowed. They crash land on an unknown planet and realize they have stumbled upon a  rare occurrence for the planet.

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The Matrix

If you don’t know about this flick you’ve been living under a rock. So many flicks have bitten from this one. Slow motion gun battles anyone? The movie seems so original until you realize in a roundabout way it’s about God and man.

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The Exorcist

When it comes to scary flicks its “The Exorcist” and everything else. For me coming up this was the most scary flick hands down. I own the DVD and have only watched it once. This deals with the very real issue of demon possession. I know some folks don’t believe there is a God or a Devil. I say keep on living! If you can, research “the making of the exorcist” and all of the crazy stuff that happened during the making.

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Basic Instinct

This movie along with “Fatal Attraction” pushed the boundaries of what was allowed in a “R” rated flick. It is a great whodunnit? But we all know who?

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Scarface

Pacino absolutely nailed this performance. He had great roles afterwards but how do you out do Face? It would be like Michael Jackson topping “Thriller” ?  Greatest drug dealer movie ever put on film. It’s about more than that but you know what I am saying!

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Schindler’s List

I have a small collection of movies my kids will have to watch while living in my house. This is one of them. I truly believe we have to know something about the struggles of all people. I know there is controversy surrounding “Schindler’s List” and the validity of it? Regardless… the Holocaust was a tragedy in world history and the movie gives us a glimpse of true evil.

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The Godfather part II

This list has got almost every exception to the “part II not being better than the first” on it. I love the back and forth of the stories on this one. Timeless! When you hear people rave about this one…it’s true!

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Psycho

My dad use to rave about Alfred Hitchcock and how creative he was. My mother in law bought this one for me Christmas of 99? I had never seen it prior. I remember it coming on TV when I was a shorty and my mom saying “you like scary movies you should watch it”. Being a kid from the 70s/80s I couldn’t get over the fact it was in black and white! Wow…should have listened to mom! This flick is an example of great film making.

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Cape Fear

If you didn’t know this a remake…I never saw the original. De Niro’s character spent about 14 yrs in jail for rape. When he gets out he’s looking for payback from the attorney that defended him and withheld evidence because of his past. I think this was the first major role for Juliette Lewis?

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Crash

Cool how the stories connect. This is a modern day classic. You can get this one for steal on blu-ray.

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American History X

Ed Norton’s character starts off as a pretty level headed guy and then becomes a skin head. Goes to prison, skin heads turn on him and his only friend in prison is a “Brother”. Story ends with a twist.

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A Nightmare on Elm Street

In pop culture I think everybody knows who “Freddie Krueger” is? This is the flick that launched the character. It has aged some…it was made in the 80s and it shows. However to its credit it is an original story. If you are into the “Horror Genre” you should check it out.

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Election

Quirky. I laughed out loud so many times on this one. It is a comedy but feels kinda dark?  The Reese Witherspoon character is an over achiever that is running for student office. Broderick is annoyed with Witherspoon and doesn’t want her to win the election. There is more but you have to watch it. Check it for your self and see what you think?

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Underworld

This is the best in my opinion of all the current Vampire / Lycan flicks. Great cinematography and cool story. This looks great in 1080p!

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Return of The Jedi

My favorite of the 6 from the Stars Wars series. You know this one, no explanations needed.

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Halloween

This one is so classic you should know this scene? I have this same picture on a large movie poster. When I am in a position to build me a home theater I will get this one professionally framed for that room. The dialogue is kinda corny but aged well. The score is killer.

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A Simple Plan

They find a ton of money and everything that could go wrong goes wrong! Get this one on blu-ray as the DVD transfer lacks.

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Cat’s Eye

This came out around the time flicks like “Creepshow” and “Twilight Zone the Movie” hit. They had like 3-4 stories that make up the one flick. This one is like that, except the cat “General” is in every story. This is a personal favorite of mine. It’s not one of the greatest of all time but reminds me of my youth. It came out in 1985, the music is dated but is still solid. Drew Berrymore is in this one. I believe this came out just before or after “Firestarter” ?

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Passion of The Christ

Personal favorite because it most accurately depicts the sacrifice of my Lord and Savior!

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Heat

“Don’t let yourself get attached to anything you are not willing to walk out on in 30 seconds flat if you feel the heat around the corner.”One of the best heist flicks of all times.

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Platoon

This is the height of Charlie Sheen as an actor in motion pictures. Covers the nature of man in war conditions and internal conflicts that arise. Holds up well and is considered by many to be one of the best Vietnam war flicks of all time.

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Point Break

The ex-presidents! I always liked this one.

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Once Upon a Time in America

I remember this was one of those 2 VHS tape sets! This is a long flick! Great story about life in a Jewish Ghetto and eventually organized crime. A great cast, good story. There are a few slow parts but overall great flick.

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Benjamin Button

The curious case…Brad Pitt is born with the characteristics of an old person. Yet as he gets older he looks younger? When he is old he looks like a preschooler and needs someone to take care of him. The movie however is really about his life in between. This is on blu-ray and you can get it for a steal. Video quality is Five star!

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Apocalypto

I saw this instead of seeing “Avatar”. This takes place during the Mayan Kingdom. The rulers of that kingdom thought they could prosper by offering human sacrifices? They conquer villages and run up on Jaguar Paws village. He is taken captive and must escape to save everything he loves. Edge of your seat thriller. A must see!

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The Game

Killer flick. This was one of the first flicks I got on DVD. Just check it out. Don’t let anyone spoil this one for you.

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No County For Old Men

Javier Bardem plays one of the illest bad guys ever. Stone cold killer. The movie is simple. Prime example of when less is more. Deserved all the accolades it received.

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Glengarry Glen Ross

Dark Comedy. The company sends a motivator to the office to tell the employees everyone will be fired except the two top sales reps. The quotes from this one are endless. This was not big at the box office… I actually never heard of it until I flipped to it on cable. Its one of those heavy dialogue flicks.

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Watchmen

Not a comic book cat. I don’t know the history of the story or the characters. I saw this as a new flick with no expectation. I loved this movie, it however had mixed reviews. A lot of the negative reviews were from hard core comic purist? Great to see it in hi def! If you have a nice set up this is a great way to show it off!

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Warriors

“Warriors come out and play”. Great cinematography. Some of the fight scenes seem tame by today’s standards. Remember this hit in 1978. It is still classic and holds up well. Get it on blu-ray.

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The Hitcher

The original not the remake. This is Rutger Hauer and C. Thomas Howell. This move grabs you from the first five minutes. It takes you on a ride that never stops. This is in my top 20 of all time. This may seem high but the movie made a big impression on me. When you see it remember it came out in 1986! It deserves to be remastered and put on blu-ray. It is on DVD but is one of the sucky early transfers.

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Frailty

Not really a horror flick…more of a suspense thriller? Original story line.  At least I had not seen anything like it. Bill Paxton and Matthew McConaughey. I actually rolled the dice and picked this up from the discount bin. Never heard anything about it prior. Really good flick.

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Tommy Boy

“I’ve seen it a hundred times”…Not that many but a lot. I know this movie backwards and forwards and still laugh. Modern day comedy classic with the late Chris Farley.

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Saw

I remember while watching this movie I felt disappointed.  It was moving way too slow and seemed like a dud. Then it happened? The last few minutes made up for everything and now it made sense. The sequels lack and simply try to cash in on what has become the Saw brand.

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Phantasm

A cult classic. I actually saw this at the movies in “78”. The flying silver sphere was crazzzzzy for the time. No CGI…pure creativity. The dialogue is corny in spots and sound effects are dated but holds a special place with me. It is worth checking.

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Collateral

With Tom Cruise either you like him or hate him. I actually like him and love him in this flick! It’s so different from any role prior for him. He makes a great bad guy and that’s what makes this movie. This also came out around the time Jamie Foxx was blowing up. He is also good in this flick. I didn’t expect it to be that good but it is.

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Stand By Me

Perfect. Nothing else to say.

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Carlito’s Way

For me this is Pacino’s third best flick behind Godfather and Scarface. Sean Penn is his lawyer that is trying to live like a gangster while Pacino is trying to get out of that life. Pacino knows the code of the street and failed to follow that code. Doing so comes back to bite him in the end.

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Casino

Based on a true story. All-star cast. Classssic!

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Goodfellas

So many Scorsese flicks are in this list. From the first scene you know this is going to be a wild ride. All the mob stereotypes are in this one. It is what it is and it’s great.

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Forrest Gump

Tom Hanks nailed this role. This is in my top ten.

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Seven

The Seven Deadly Sins, Kevin Spacey and a special delivery.

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The Dark Knight

Heath Ledger. His last role before passing. He killed the role as the Joker. It made the movie. It will forever be known because of him.

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Friday

“You got to be stupid to get fired on yo day off”. The hood comedy classic. There have been multiple sequels but none of have matched the chemistry of Cube and Tucker together.

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Weird Science

“What this boy talking bout on the telephone”. Sci-fi comedy from 1985. Corny story line like many teeny bopper flicks. This was directed by the late John Hughes. Classic of my youth. We use to quote this one big time in high school. I have it on DVD.

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The Departed

Boston Irish mob flick. Familiar story done very well. Nice twist at the end.

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Saving Private Ryan

The first 20 minutes of this flick are the most powerful of any flick bar none! Cinematography is killer.

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Full Metal Jacket

Many consider this to be the best Vietnam based war flick of all time.

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Boys Don’t Cry

Based on the murder of Brandon Teena. I didn’t know anything about the real life story until after the movie. This a really sad flick. I only saw it once but it stuck with me. Certain flicks you have to be in the mood to see…this is one of them.

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The Silence of the Lambs

You know this one. Anthony Hopkins helps Jodie Foster track down serial killer Buffalo Bill. Great cat and mouse style flick.

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Training Day

Denzel Washington played a great bad guy. Just like Cruise, he is not known for that type of role but killed it! Denzel is a dirty cop and tries to knock off his naive partner and get money to pay off the Russian Mob.

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To be continued….

My Love of Movies – Sleepers

I have always been a fan of film. It’s something about seeing a good flick. I love movies and I can see my love for movies is already rubbing off on my son. When I think about it there are three experiences that started my love for movies.

First I remember going to the movies with my cousins William and Greg when I was really young. We would go to the “Normal Theater” on 119th & Normal and “The Roseland Theater” on 113th & Michigan. It was cool because I was the little cousin hanging out with my older cousins. No mom or dad to cover my eyes when something questionable came on. As I remember theaters were pretty lacked on the ratings system back in the day? So I saw plenty of Rated R movies way before I turned 13!

Then there was the outdoor drive-in movie theater. I know for me and many others it played a role in my enjoyment of movies. We lived in the Hundreds so my dad would take the whole family out to the Halsted Twin on Chicago’s south side. Now someone reading this under the age of thirty my not know even know what a drive-in is? You park your car in a large lot with a huge movie screen next to an external speaker. You mount the speaker to your window, turn up the volume and bam! I know it sounds low tech but that’s the way a lot of folks saw movies. The only drawback being a kid was most of the time it would usually be a triple feature. That meant sitting through the first two flicks until the main feature came on. I am a sleepy head by nature so sometimes I’d miss the main feature.

Then in about 1985 or 1986 a mom and pop video store opened on 111th and Halsted called “Classic Sound and Video”.  This is around the same time we got our first VCR. Anyone old enough to remember knows that was a big deal! Now we can rent movies…it was on! This is what I think peaked my interest in film. We would rent about 2-3 movies twice a week. Some of my fondest memories of my Dad who passed away come from those days. We would roll to the store and my dad would say “okay rob go pick out something good”! A lot of times after watching a movie he really enjoyed he would say “That flick was cold”!

So in the spirit of the DJ, I want to share my love for movies. Let me start by saying I am not a movie snob. I am not really into foreign movies with subtitles, nothing against them…I did see “City of God” and liked it. They are just not my first choice. Hey if there is a flick that is from Foreign/Sub Title category and I need to see it let me know. I am open! Movies for me are like a fun pastime and I keep them in their proper perspective.  I get the biggest kick out of being put up on something I didn’t know about.  Hopefully some of you feel the same? So here is something me and my sister talk about often…”Sleepers”. Sleepers are movies that were good but never really got the press or buzz they should have. New or old, it doesn’t matter!

“Fear”

This movie totally surpassed my expectations when I first saw it. Main characters are Mark Wahlberg and Reese Whiterspoon. Mark is a psycho boyfriend and terrorizes Reese and her family. You can get this on blu-ray for $12.99.

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“Malice”

A nice sleeper flick. Its mostly about a scam being ran by Baldwin and Kidman but has a side story about a killer on a college campus. It is not yet available on blu-ray.  You can cop it on dvd for under $10. I recently saw it and it has aged well. It’s one worth adding to your collection.

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“Pacific Heights”;

This is a favorite of mine from 1990. A lot of folks know this one but it surprises me how many people don’t.  I didn’t see this one at the movies, but just shortly after it went to video.  It caught me off guard because I didn’t know anything about it. My dad rented a few movies the day before and it was sitting on top of our VHS player. I read the title, popped it in and pushed play. It was definitely a pleasant surprise. The main characters Melanie Griffin and Matthew Modine purchase a home in the exclusive Pacific Heights neighborhood in San Francisco. They rehab the place and look to get renters but pick the wrong person. If you can check it out.

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It is from 1990 so I suggest you see it on Blu Ray for the highest resolution possible.


“Frailty”

This one came out in 2002 and I didn’t know anything about it. As a matter of fact I never saw any trailers or commercials for it. If I remember correctly I saw it in a clearance bin for $10.00. I read the cover, saw it had Bill Paxton and Matthew McConaughey and picked it up. This is a fictional story and the subject matter is controversial.  This is not for kids and not for the faint of heart. It is a good suspense thriller and is another sleeper.

 

The movie was released in 2002 but I would still suggest seeing it on Blu Ray if possible.

 

 

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“The Hitcher”.

I know people are familiar with the latest remake but the original is the one. The main character C. Thomas Howell picks up a hitch hiker and his life will never be the same. It was panned by Roger Ebert as one of the worst movies of the year!  I however thought it was a really good suspense thriller. I say judge for yourself?  Keep in mind it came out in 1986, they have yet to release a Blu-Ray or a Remastered DVD version. So the picture quality in some scenes is not the best but other than that it should keep you on the edge of your seat!

 

 

 

“Frozen” a newly found sleeper

Frozen

I just ran up on this one on Black Friday. I was at a “Video Stop” in VA and saw it on blu-ray for sale at $7.50. Critics gave it some solid reviews so I picked it up. Me and my son just watched it this weekend. It was definitely worth the money. Cool thing is its only about 1 hour and 15 minutes! It works because they don’t try to make a short story into a 2 hour flick.  A lot more movies could work if they would just trim the fat…just saying. Basically two friends with one of their girlfriends snake their way onto a sky lift and get stranded. Now they have to survive the harsh weather. I know similar stories have been done. I have just never seen it on the ski slopes.

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