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Today’s Tuesday Top Ten Greetings

— Posted by John Campea

Today’s Tuesday Top Ten

Greetings all (by all I mean the other people who post to this blog, and the people who stumble here because of typos) and welcome to the first of what I plan to include as a weekly feature, the Tuesday Top Ten.

Basically, we’re looking at a top ten list of whatever I happen to be thinking of at the time. And so, enjoy our first entry.

Top Ten Movies You Should Really See If You Haven’t Already

1) The Godfather.

Basically one of the greatest movies ever made, and the originator of almost every mafia stereotype that exists today.

2) 2001: A Space Odyssey

Okay, so it’ a little slow, and more than a little confusing in parts, but still a masterpiece film based an a truly inspired book. A far cry from any science-fiction movie you’d see today, there are no laser-fights and all the science actually makes sense.

3) The Royal Tenenbaums

You’ll either love this movie, or hate it, but I guarantee you’ve never seen a movie quite like this before.

4) The Mystery Men

An excellent cast is what really fuels this story of a team of wanna-be super heroes trying to make it into the big leagues. If you ever read comic books or watched super hero cartoon, you’ll get the jokes.

5) The Fifth Element

A nice unique movie with more style than a room full of stylish people at a style convention. Watch this movie, I command it!

6) The Iron Giant

One of the greatest animated movies ever made, some really bad marketing on behalf of Warner Bros caused this gem to just quietly fade into the background. One of those movies you can get for the kids to watch, and enjoy it yourself on an entirely different level.

7) Kelley’s Heroes

If you enjoy heist movies, this could appeal to you. Clint Eastwood, Telly Savalas and Donald Sutherland are all in the U.S. Army during WWII. Turns out there’s a bank full of Nazi Gold (and any of my friends know I love a movie with Nazi Gold) just behind enemy lines, and they’re just the soldiers to liberate it. Think something more along the lines of Ocean’s 11 than Three Kings.

8) Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrel’s

The first Guy Ritchie film I ever saw, something very similar to Snatch. In fact, the two movies share a lot of the same cast. While this film did not have the budget or star power of Snatch (aka Brad Pitt), the story does a much better job of weaving together independent storylines into a single plot. Definitely grittier, more crude and violent than Snatch, yet somehow creates a more believable feel for London’s less friendly circles. Be warned, this is a British film intended for British audiences, and it can take two or three viewings to get accustomed to the accents and cockney slang.

9) Heat

Cops, thieves, Al Pacino and Robert Deniro. That’s all you need to know. Go see this movie.

10) One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

An incredibly powerful movie. One of my all time favorites, yet I can rarely bring myself to watch it, because it’s just emotionally exhausting. Jack Nicholson plays Randle McMurphy in a performance I don√¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢t think he√¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s ever topped, though that’s a matter of personal preference. If you’ve never seen this movie, or read the book, then you should go out today and buy, beg, borrow or steal a copy of this movie and watch it.

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  • Simone

    “The Godfather” at the top of the list made my day John. *winks*

    Too bad I missed this post back in 2003, I am indeed making up for lost time!

    I havent even seen half of what you put down on this list, it’ll be in my films to rent or to buy.

  • David Terry

    I liked the top ten tuesday John, what ever happened to it? Bring it back!

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