Top 10 Films Everyone Loves That John Hates

Someone told me the other day that “it takes a lot of guts” to put up a list of films that I enjoy that no one else does. Well that ain’t nothing. Today, I’m giving you a list that will REALLY make you look at me strange!

EVERYONE has a list of movies that most people love, that they hate, but are too embarrassed to say so out of fear of getting flamed. Well… my eyebrows have already been burned off… so I’ve got nothing to lose. I’ll do it… put my neck on the line… here we go.

John’s Top 10 films that he doesn’t like, that everyone else on the planet loves:

1) A History of Violence - Oh good heavens this movie sucks sucks sucks. But ohhhh… it’s directed by David Cronenberg… so you’re required to say it’s brilliant. Ya well it’s not. It’s totally inconsistent, far too 2 dimensional, VERY black and white whose only “moral” at the end is to day “Look, grey exists”. Blah. Man I hated this boring boring film.

2) Being John Malkovich - I really hated this film and thought it was a wasted opportunity.

3) Old School - Didn’t HATE this movie… but I wasn’t impressed with it. The whole movie felt like they put a leash on Will Ferrell and never really let him cut loose. Some gold moments… but not enough.

4) Fargo - Sooooo… booorrrrinnnggggg. Oh but there’s a wood chipper… so it must be good. Bleh.

5) American Beauty - You know, for all of the introspective nonsense in this film, no one seemed to bother to look up and realized they were being put to sleep. Simple simple simple ideas comunicated as if they were some sort of great societal revelations. The film spends so much time staring at its own navel that it never bother to get me attached or interested in any of their 2 dimensional characters.

6) Saving Private Ryan - The first 15 minutes of this film are total GOLD! Best war time scene in the history of film as far as I’m concerned. To bad it then degraded into nothing but pompous self moralizing and cheesy one liners that were meant to make you feel something… but you didn’t

7) Blade Runner - This is the one every film fan is REQUIRED to say you loved… or else you “just don’t get it”. Yeah well… I got it. And I didn’t like it.

8) Walk the Line - To say you didn’t like “Walk the Line” is a slap in Johnny Cash’s face! That’s how people want to make you feel. I really didn’t mind this film, but thought it was WAY overrated.

9) Traffic - If this film ever got down off it’s pulpit and just tried to tell a story, perhaps I wouldn’t have minded it. If I wanted 2 hours of being nothing but preached at I would have gone to a double feature church service. “Fighting Drugs is Stupid”

10) Pulp Fiction - Ya know… if this film just stopped TRYING so hard to be so damn “cool”, it might have been more palatable. The movie we can all blame for resurrecting the career of John Travolta. We will never forgive you Tarantino (although I like most of his other work). Everything felt so contrived that it took any magic away for me.

Well there you have it folks. My reputation suicidal list of movies everyone loves that I didn’t. Now don’t leave me hanging. We ALL have films we secretly don’t like that everyone else does. So come on! Fess up! What is YOUR list?

John’s Top 10 Guilty Pleasure Movies

Cool-As-IceOk, in day 3 of my “Top 10″ lists, I present to you my favorite Guilty Pleasure movies. Now, we should first define “guilty pleasure” here since I’ve seen about 10 definitions. For the purposes of this post, “guilty pleasure” is going to refer to movies that most people think sucks (probably rightly so) but for one reason or another I love watching. So, here we go:

1) Cool As Ice - Oh yes hommies, the Vanilla Ice spectacular. Everytime I watch this thing we laugh until we cry. “Yup yup she likes me”. “Drop that zero and git wit da Hero”. Pure cinematic gold I tell you!!! Just look at Vanilla! He’s so cool! Some would suggest cool as ice even. HAHAHA! Oh shut up.

2) Megaforce - Silver body suits never looked so good! An eliete military anti-terrorism organization that belongs to no one government equipped with all the cool new sci-fi like gadgets… oh yeah… and their leader’s name is “Ace”. YeeaaaHaaaa!

3) Oscar - Sylvester Stallone’s jump into comedy. Everyone hates this movie… but I thought it was freaking hilarious. The Kirk Douglas cameo was awesome too.

4) Death to Smoochy - What the hell is everyone’s problem?!?! I decided not to see Death to Smoochy in the theaters because almost EVERY SINGLE critic hated it… and almost all my friends who saw it hated it… so I gave it a pass. Then, about a year ago, a friend brought the dvd over to my buddy’s place and so reluctantly agreed to watch it and proceeded to LAUGH OUR BLOODY ASSES OFF!!! This film is gold! Why does everyone hate it so much?!?!

5) Moulin Rouge - It’s odd putting a film that was nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars on a “guilty Pleasures” list… but I honestly find most people didn’t like this movie. I just can’t understand why. This was a beautiful styleized film. Oh well… maybe it’s just me. But come on! Who doesn’t love a movie with a Narcoleptic Argentinian?

6) UHF - The Weird Al Yankovic film that to this day makes me spit my coke out of my nose. And before there was Kramer on Seinfeld, Michael Richards was Stanley Spadowski bitches!!!

7) Daredevil - Wow everyone hates this movie. I mean REALLY hates it. But I can’t help it… I LOVED it. Saw it in the theaters 4 times and bought the DVD when it came out. HAHAHA! Oh yeah… one of my favorite soundtracks to a movie too.

8) Rocky V - Yeah… another one I have to keep a secret. For some reason, this poorly made film has qualities that really stuck with me. I enjoyed the film… yikes!

9) Armageddon - Bruce Willis, Michael Clarke Duncan, Owen Wilson, Steve Buscemi, Will Patton, Billy Bob Thornton and Ben Affleck. Great cast… fun movie… some hilarious lines… and yes… some REALLY BAD CHEESE. But what can I tell ya? I still watch this one at least once a year.

10) Hook - The Dustin Hoffman/Robin Williams “Peter Pan” movie. I confess, I LOVE this movie. I don’t own it, but I stop whatever I’m doing and watch it whenever it’s on TV. Guilty.

So there you have it, my soul laid bare and confessions made for all to see. Now it’s your turn. What films do you love to watch, that almost everyone else hates?

John’s Top 10 List of Most Hated Films

Battlefield-EarthHey there guys. Ok, so yesterday I put up my personal favorite top 10 movies list. Today, I go in the opposite direction and list my most hated films I’ve ever seen. Remember, this is a personal list… so do with that as you will. Here they are:

1) Battlefield Earth - The single most putrid piece of cinematic crap I have ever had the displeasure of sitting through. It was one of those “When Kenedy Got Shot” moments in that it was so bad, that I still remember exactly where I was, what seat I was in , and who exactly was with me when I had the misfourtune of seeing this “movie”. In my opinion, the worst film of all time by a mile.

2) Highlander 2 - For some cocaine induced reasoning, the makers of this film decided to take everything we know about Connor and the immortals and throw it out the window. Now the immortals are actually aliens from a distant planet and are banished to earth and become immortal as some sort of punishment. Huh? On top of that, Connor and Ramirez are old friends from the old planet. Huh? Just by yelling out “Ramirez I need you”, Connor brings Ramirez back to life. What the hell?!? This movie is 15 years old and I still have nightmares about it.

3) Catwoman - Ummm… someone forgot to tell the makers of this film that Catwoman doesn’t have any superpowers. Not that it mattered… this movie was painful to watch. I think I had the runs for like 3 days after seeing it.

4) Batman and Robin - Arnold as Mr. Freeze? Bat Skates? I’m just not going to say any more.

5) The Ringer - This Johnny Knoxville piece of shit has the honor of being only the 3rd movie in my life that I ever walked out on. Sadly, I didn’t walk out until near the end. Mocking the handicapped is fun. Ug.

6) Dr. T. and the Women - Without a doubt the single worst Richard Gere film of his respectable career. The whole thing felt like the producers thought it would be a great idea to make this movie… then showed up on set… and forgot why they were there in the first place. Oh yeah… stupidest ending to a film of all time.

7) Deuce Bigalow 2 - You can almost insert any Rob “No-Talent” Schneider film in here… but this is his most wretched. What made it even worse was that the first 5 minutes were kinda funny… and made me get my hopes up for the rest of the film. Yeah… that was a bad move on my part.

8) Dungeons and Dragons - This movie had so much going for it. A wealth of potential WITHOUT a lot of fan expectations. It’s a no lose situation right? HAHAHA!!! Even the magnificent Jeremy Irons looks like a knob in this garbage. This movie is the reason why whenever a video game or comic or cartoon based movie is getting made and someone says “They need to get someone who was a fan of the comic/game/cartoon… I just laugh. Solomon was a HUGE D&D nut. Fuck getting a fan… get someone with TALENT.

9) Alone in the Dark - What list like this would be complete without at least 1 Uwe Boll flick. as one online critic once said: “the other practitioners of cinematic drivel can rest a little easier now; they can walk in the daylight with their heads held high, a smile on their lips and a song in their hearts. It’s okay, they’ll tell themselves. I didn’t make Alone in the Dark.”

10) Blair Witch Project 2 - A complete and total departure from everything that made the original interesting and fun to watch. Giant piece of junk. Did anyone else notice that when the guy is in a straight jacket in the padded room… that the padded room had a giant freaking GLASS WINDOW in it?

So there you have it folks… the 10 films that hurt my ass the most to watch. Now hit us with YOUR list.

Oh yeah… tomorrow will be my “Top 10 most Guilty Pleasure Movies”. Or “Bad movies that I love” Wheeee.

John’s 10 Favorite Movies of All Time

Ok, a lot of people have been asking me recently for my all time favorite films list. I put up an unsorted rough list about a year ago… but I’ll update it here and try to order them. REMEMBER… this is not my “Best films” of all time list… this is my FAVORITE films of all time. Big difference. So having said that… here we go:

1) Star Wars (all grouped together) - Star Wars was the very first movie my mom ever took me to, and I’ve been in love with it ever since. Yeah… the new prequels have been a let down (I still thought Revenge of the Sith was great), but it doesn’t matter. I love all things Star Wars.

2) The Shawshank Redemption - Pure story telling at it’s absolute BEST. It is the biggest black eye on the Oscars that Forrest Gump won Best Picture over this masterpiece.

3) The Lord of the Rings (all grouped together) - I contend that Return of the King is probably the single greatest achievement in movie history. Every creative and technical art used in movie making done to total perfection.

4) Life Is Beautiful - One of only 2 films in history that made me cry (mock me all you want). This film is just pure emotion of every kind. You find yourself laughing in the midst of the most tragic time of our history. Life is indeed beautiful.

5) The Highlander - This is usually the one most people look at me strange for. It’s hard to capture the pure wonder I felt watching the original Highlander (all the rest sucked total ass).

6) The Godfather - I’m baffled at how many of you have still not seen this flick. Once you do, you’ll open your eyes to just how much this single film has influenced all filmmakers since.

7) The Usual Suspects - Absolutely gripping. Before there was X-Men, Bryan Singer did this flick… one of the best ever. To this day it’s still the best ending of a film I’ve ever seen.

8) Spartacus - Before there was Gladiator… Kirk Douglas was kicking ass and taking names. I think he could still take us.

9) Ben-Hur - Whenever someone says the word “Epic”, this is the movie I instantly think of

10) Bravehart - I know a lot of people don’t like this one… just by the end of this movie, I just always feel more manly. :P

So there you have it guys. My personal and totally subjective top 10 favorite films of all time. Like it? Hate it? What’s your list?

Top Ten Cult Films

WickerMan.jpgThe latest list to appear is a good one, it’s a poll of readers from a movie magazine about what they judge to be the greatest cult movies of all time. It makes for interesting reading.

Actually I quite agree with the top three, and maybe four. I’m not entirely sure about the order, but then that really is down to personal preference and what memories are associated with the movies, but they really have nailed some of the top cult movies. From Hotdog magazine through Digital Spy:

1. The Wicker Man
2. Donnie Darko
3. Rocky Horror Picture Show
4. Freaks
5. Withnail + I
6. The Wizard of Oz
7. Plan 9 from Outer Space
8. The Crow
9. Cannibal Holocaust
10. Beyond the Valley of the Dolls

Well, what do you think? Do you agree, or is there a better list in your mind, or even a more deserving number one? What defines a cult movie anyway, and are we sure that all these fit the category…actually I don’t know why I’m really asking that as I believe they all fit it perfectly, but you may not…?

Top movie orgasm

HarryMetSally-Orgasm.jpgThis story on the best movie orgasms seems close to the real thing, but not quite there. It’s surprising to know that what you thought would be number one isn’t.

From Yes But No Yes through Cinematical…

10. Jennifer Anniston in Bruce Almighty
9. Jane Fonda in Barbarella
8. Gina Davis in Thelma & Louise
7. Ben Stiller in There’s Something About Mary
6. Woody Allen in Sleeper
5 Dennis Hopper in Blue Velvet
4. Woody Allen in Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Sex
3. Madeline Kahn in Young Frankenstein
2. Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally
1. Shirley MacLaine in Being There

Let’s say for the sake of this post that the movies produced by the Adult Movie Industry are excluded, and we’re just looking mainstream movies (as they say in the original list). Do you think these shape up as the top ten? I’m far from convinced, although I’ve not seen them all I would say that an orgasm would mean you actually reach one, (well in the acting sense anyway) so Number 2 is acceptable, but is Number 4 a stretch? What do you think, does this list do it for you?

F-Word Analysis in Films: A Great F’n List

fword.jpgHello again fellow movie geeks and film conasewers. While thumbing through the rummage on the web, I came across this article on Cinematical displaying a list of films having an excessively high usage of everyone’s favorite four letter word. You all know that word, the one that starts with the letter “F” and ends with a “UCK”. You got it; it’s “Firetruck”. But seriously, there are many many films that have plethoras of vulgarity and personally I don’t have a problem with that. When the word fuck is used tastefully it can really set the tone. Whether it’s being said by a mob boss or a lusty large breasted vixen, fuck is fun for the whole family.

This particular article is referring to a recently updated page on Wikipedia called the Fuckometer. The Fuckometer ranks a list of movies by the number of times fuck is used -pretty interesting huh-.

After reading through them all I was very surprised in their analysis. For example, Rob Zombie’s latest film The Devil’s Rejects -a better movie than you would think, give it a try- spits out fuck 560 times. Which calculates to a use of the word 5.13 times every minute, a total of one whole minute of the word fuck.

The Wikipedia page has a few other interesting tools. Such as the Fuck Record Holders, Resources and a ranked table displaying the top 56 movies that use the word fuck the most. A couple of the movies which rank high on the list are as follows:

  • 3. Casino
  • 11. The Big Lebowski
  • 17. Jarhead
  • 20. Goodfellas
  • 37. Bad Santa
  • 56. Trainspotting

Just to name a few. All by the way being great fucking movies in my opinion.

Give it a look see and let us know your thoughts. And while you are doing that, think of some other films that didn’t make the list.

graphic provided by: The F-Word

Hollywoods sexiest Mums!

DeniseRichards.jpgOh this one is important, this has to be one of the Top Lists we’ve had to date. The sexiest Mums in Hollywood!

Funnily it’s produced by BANG Media…ahem…and it’s through, yes, that’s what I said.

So who’s on the list? More importantly who’s number one? (Please don’t sing).

10. Sarah Jessica Parker
9. Gwyneth Paltrow
8. Courteney Cox
7. Heidi Klum
6. Kelly Ripa
5. Britney Spears
4. Kate Hudson
3. Angelina Jolie
2. Reese Witherspoon

Woah, just a minute, Witherspoon at 2? Spears sexy at 5?…I doubt she’s sexy at any hour of the day right now! So who is at the top spot?

1. Denise Richards

Oh yeah baby…flubber, blubber, wibble…Sorry, I have lost the use of my hands.

Top Movie Stars of all time

Star_Walk.jpgYou know top lists are about debate, there’s not a closure on them, and none of them are right and yet all of them are. Your list is right for you, mine for me, the Movie Blog’s for everyone. The fun is in debating and remembering some of those great performances you’ve seen and been touched by. So here’s another Top List, the Top 50 Movie Stars of all time.

Film Fodderare carrying the story from Premiere Magazine who, I think, have done a superb job of gathering an excellent list. See if you agree. Terry points out a few things for those statisticians amongst you…

Of the 50, 20 are currently or recently working. Of the top 20, only 5 are still making films; of the top 15, only one is still making films.

Remember too that this list is about Movie Stardom, although for me that goes hand in hand with performance. Still I think they’ve got a really good list, although I would quibble on a few points.

  • Steve McQueen should be higher
  • Al Pacino is after Sean Connery?
  • Denzil Washington should be higher
  • Peter Sellars should be higher
  • Meryl Streep should be higher
  • Wil Smith shouldn’t be so high
  • …and controversy beyond belief - Russel Crowe before Brad Pitt?

Not so sure. Go and have a look at the list and come back to discuss. Do they have the top five right? How many of your top five match, and what are your top five?

The Geek 100: the moments that drive geeks wild

Good evening Movie Bloggers and late night Interweb raiders. We here at the Movie Blog have started to collect “Top Lists”; you know, those “Best X Moments”, “Top X of all Time” or “Number X most gut wrenching things that make me want to commit seppuku” lists that we all love to agree with or smash into tiny little list. I to am a fan of the “List” and Toyfare has put together a list for those who are proud to announce their geekdom -but announce it very quietly-.

The December issue of Wizzard’s niche publication Toyfare gives us “The Geek 100: we pick the moments that drive geeks wild“, and it’s great!

In the shadows of the mainstream media lies an underground organization bigger than Fight Club. It’s bigger than Sam’s Club, almost as big as Oprah’s Book Club. It’s called Geekdom, and if you’re reading this magazine, odds are you’re a proud member.

And you should be proud. Geekdom’s touched and elevated all walks of pop culture, dominating fields like toys and comic books while also creating some of the most respected movies, novels and television of all time.

That’s what we’re honoring today: our geek-asses are counting down the hundred most definitive moments in geek history. Don’t go looking for the most *yawn* historic moments on this list, that’s not what this is all about. We’re talking the scenes and images that produce instantaneous dorkgasms, like Vader telling Luke he’s his father, Dark Phoenix’s death, Buffy killing Angel, and probably even some that are actually happy.

Veteran geeks, enjoy the retrospective. Rookie geeks, here’s a primer on the society’s secret handshakes.
The Toyfare Staff. “The Geek 100.” Editorial. Toyfare Dec. 2005: 57-76.

Here are a few items from the list:

#89. Fatal Error: 2001 when we realize that Hal can read the lips of the crew that’s plotting to disconnect him. Brrr.

#95. I ran Contra: “Up up, down down, left right, left right, B A, B A, select, start”!

#82. Jason goes to town: Horror icons Jason and Freddy finally get there freak on in Freddy Vs. Jason.

#73. Who ya gonna call: The Ghostbusters finally get the respect they deserve when they arrive on the scene to shut down Gozer and the city rallies behind them. “Ghotsbusters! Ghostbusters!”

The Movie BLog’s Top 10 Most Gruesome Movie Maniacs

Happy Halloween kiddies! That’s right it’s me, your old pal Brad, back from some brief adventures in not so sunny California. I hope you missed me; and if you didn’t; well I’m back, to push your buttons and perhaps rub you the wrong way once again.

As promised before, I was compiling a Movie Blog top 10 List: Of the most gruesome movie maniacs in film. What makes this list special is that it was tallied up based on your comments. So after a month of deliberating on the Movie Blog, here are the results.

The Movie Blogs Top 10 Most Gruesome Movie Maniacs    
10. Bruce: from Jaws
9. The Burger King: hey this is your votes
8. The Firefly Family (inc. Dr. Satan): from House and Rejects
7. Hannibal Lecter: from Hannibal series
6. Jigsaw: from Saw
5. Jack Torrence: from the Shinning

Read on for the next five…

What scares you the most in movies?

Sadako-Ringu.jpgI recorded a programme on UK TV this weekend about the technicalities of scares in movies. In the first five minutes I watched John Carpenter and John Landis talking about the things they believe scare people in movies.

Since it’s Halloween I thought it a good idea to ask you what you find scary in the movies? I don’t mean the film itself, but what actual techniques and physical things scare you? Here’s a few from my list that I thought of…

Creepy kids
Not seeing what should be seen - hidden faces, action off camera
Seeing something the character can’t
…and similar to that one, seeing something before it happens
Thick forests at night
Noises off camera

There’s a few, are some of these the ones that scare you the most? Is there anything else? What are the vehicles and devices that scare you?

Here’s an excellent quote from John Landis during the Channel 4 show exploring the scariness of movies (the show was pretty poor)…

What really scares me? People. People really scare me because people kill people. I don’t know one person killed by a vampire or a werewolf or Godzilla. I really don’t. People scare the shit out of me.

In Memory of Ailsa: Your Favourite movie animal

WestHighlandTerrier.jpgThis weekend one of my family dogs passed away, a very traumatic experience for the family as we really do treat dogs as part of the family, a testament to this is the food and titbits they receive from my parents!

Ailsa, our West Highland Terrier passed away on Sunday, quite suddenly, quite unexpected, and after a very long and we hope happy life. I’m not ashamed to say I had a little cry yesterday, and while I was thinking of finishing the Movie Blog Top Ten lists page, I thought that this would be a good way to say something for her.

So here’s to Ailsa, a dog the Brunton’s dearly loved, and here’s to Prince who’ll miss her just as much. (As soon as I get a photo scanned in I’ll put it up)

Now, with that, what is your favourite movie animal? We’ve always had trouble watching movies with animals in our house, we all get very upset when something bad happens. However there are a few I remember with fondness. Lassie, Tarka and Orca.

What movie animals hold a fondness in your heart and why?

Top 10 Animated Films of All Time

LionKing78.jpgLast week I saw no less than 3 other sites give their opinions about the “best animated films of all time”. So I thought I’d plug myself into the conversation too.

Now remember, all lists are subjective… but I am always right (lol). I should also mention that I’m NOT ranking these by technical merit. If I was, then Final Fantasy The Spirits Within would be #1. I’m ranking these by how well they performed as movies. Did they make me FEEL something, laugh, get choked up and most importantly get interested in the characters and their story.

Also, many will notice the lack of any “classic” era Disney films such at Snow White. I do like most of those films, and if my list were 20 instead of 10 you’d probably see some of them on here. Also, I have no Anime films. That’s just because most of he ones I like, I like because of their “That looks fricken cool” factor instead what I’ve set out as my criteria. It’s just a preference thing.

So without any further delay, I present to you my list of the 10 best animated films of all time!

10 - Aladdin
9 - Monsters, Inc.
8 - Charlotte’s Web
7 - Shrek 2
6 - Toy Story
5 - The Incredibles
4 - Iron Giant
3 - Beauty and the Beast (only animated film ever nominated for Best Picture)
2 - Toy Story 2
1 - The Lion King

So there you have it. Like the list? Dislike it? What would you have added? What would you have taken off?

AFI’s Top 100 Film Scores

StarWars92.jpgThe AFI list has become something I look forward to every year. Lists are great. Pure subjective fun that always starts a discussion. I’m sure this years list is no exception… The top 100 musical scores in film.

To my total delight, the #1 score of all time was John Williams’ work for Star Wars (the original, even though I thought his stuff on Empire Strikes Back was even better). Here’s the rest of your list


To see the full 100 list you can go here. Thanks to Simone for letting me know the list was out!

The Movie Blog’s Top 5 Movies From TV Shows

Untouchables_Poster.jpgI figure I could probably write a a top 200 list of the WORST movies from TV shows list… but that takes longer and quite frankly I don’t have that kind of initiative, so we’ll stick with the much shorter “BEST OF” list. A list that doesn’t even deserve to be 10… so I’m sticking with 5.

So here is the list of the 5 best films ever made that were based on a television show

5) George of the Jungle
Ok, I know it was slapstick and silly… but at the same time it was completely charming, funny and had a lot of life to it. I know that of all the movies on the list this one will probably get the most negative feedback… but it was still a fun and enjoyable flick to watch so it comes in at #5.

4) Charlies Angels
Yeah, the second one sucked stones, but the first Charlie’s Angels flick had excellent action and a lot of hard laughs along the way. Man they should have just walked away after the first one.

3) Mission Impossible
Also under the category of “They should have stopped after 1″, the first mission Impossible was not a pure action flick like many were expecting… it was more of a thinking man’s thriller with some action. Imagine that… a guy’s flick that made you think. Good stuff!

2) The Fugitive
TV show or not, this movie is killer! I have a very hard time thinking of any weaknesses in it at all. Fantastic cast, well directed, great plot twists, solid action and a very satisfying ending. This is a wicked fricking movie and has a spot in my top 50 films of all time.

1) The Untouchables
This is easily the greatest film based on a TV show ever made. Brian De Palma (who also directed Mission Impossible, Scarface and Carlito’s Way) crafted a wholly engaging story of the Capone/Ness war. Nominated for 4 Oscars (Sean Conery won best supporting actor for it). It was ROBBED at the Oscars in 1988… there is no chance in hell The Lat Emperor should have won best picture over this classic. One of the all time truly great films. “Isn’t that just like a wop… bringing a knife to a gun fight”.

So there you have it folks. How would your list look different?

Most underated films - The Frighteners?

.jpgI rank this as up with the most underated films of all time, okay maybe not top five, but definitely on that list. Now it appears with the leap to stardom of Peter Jackson it’s finally getting the release it deserves, according to DVD Times who have some details on the Region 1 release in November.

Running 2hrs 3minutes the director’s cut will be presented in 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen with English DD5.1 Surround audio and optional English, French and Spanish subtitles.

I’m really looking forward to this, it’s a wonderful mix of a movie and really entertaining, check out my review. While we’re talking about underated films, what would you say are the movies that are most underated of all time? What movies, in your eyes, are absolutely amazing and have been given the brush off when it comes to a general release?

Me, I’m plumping The Frighteners as a starter. What’s yours?

Top 10 Cars in Movies

FutureCar.jpgTop 10 lists are always fun ways of starting some discussion on any given topic, and movie related topics are no exception. In the upcoming issue of Entertainment Weekly, the magazine lists it’s version of the top 10 movie cars.

Now remember, this is just a subjective top 10 list, and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Movie Blog… so don’t shoot the messenger here folks if you don’t like the list. Ok, so here’s the top 10 cars in Movies as EW sees it:

1. The Corvette with fangs from Death Race 2000 (1975)

2. The Trans Am from Smokey and the Bandit (1977)

3. The `56 T-Bird in American Graffiti (1973)

4. The Lotus Esprit in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

5. The “family truckster” station wagon from National Lampoon`s Vacation (1983)

6. The Blues Mobile from The Blues Brothers (1980, left)

7. The time-travelin` DeLorean from Back to the Future (1985)

8. The Mustang GT from Bullitt (1968)

9. The Wagon from Kill Bill — Vol 1. (2003)

10. The titular star of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)

That’s a pretty good lists. However, I’m not sure how the wagon from Kill Bill got on there or the “family truckster”. Also, how on earth does the Batmobile and Herbie the Love Bug not make this list? Anyway, what are your thoughts? What shouldn’t be on there? What SHOULD be on there?

Directors favourite films

Projector.jpgWant to know what some of the influencial (and not so influencial) names in film making think are their top movies are? Well the Independent online newspaper through Cinematical has a story highlighting the film-makers top tens included in John Walker’s ‘Halliwell’s Top 1000′ published in June.

It’s quite an interesting read, just to see what influences the movie makers themselves. I’m just going to list all their number ones (no joke intended), go and check out the article and see what you think (you might have to cut and paste the story into something that will interpret the HTML, otherwise it’s not too readble) then come back here and let’s have a discussion about them.

QUENTIN TARANTINO: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Leone, 1966)
TIM ROBBINS: The Battle of Algiers (Pontecorvo, 1965)
PAUL VERHOEVEN: La Dolce Vita (Fellini, 1960)
GILLIAN ARMSTRONG: Citizen Kane (Welles, 1941)
BERNARDO BERTOLUCCI: La Règle du Jeu (Renoir, 1939)
JOHN BOORMAN: Seven Samurai (Kurosawa, 1954)
JIM JARMUSCH: L’Atalante (Vigo, 1934)
MILOS FORMAN: Amarcord (Fellini, 1973)
CATHERINE BREILLAT: Ai No Corrida (Oshima, 1976)
CAMERON CROWE: The Apartment (Wilder, 1960)
SAM MENDES: Citizen Kane (Welles, 1941)
LUKAS MOODYSSON: Bicycle Thieves (De Sica, 1948)
MIKE NEWELL: The Apartment (Wilder, 1960)
TERRY JONES: Annie Hall (Allen, 1977)
MICHAEL MANN: Apocalypse Now (Coppola, 1979)
KEN LOACH: A Bout de Souffle (Godard, 1959)
SIDNEY LUMET: The Best Years of Our Lives (Wyler, 1946)

Is it quite telling that looking at the dates the oldest movie is 1979? Tim Robbins gives his ten spot to Waiting for Guffman (Guest, 1996), and the most mentioned film seems to be Vertigo (Hitchcock, 1958). Good choices? Surprises for anyone? Why are there no newer movies in there, what do you think the reasons are?

Top 100 movie quotes from AFI

CinemaSeats.jpgThe AFI have run down their Top 100 Movie Quotes of all time on American TV last night, and the guys over at JoBlo are carrying the full list.

I love lists like this, firstly I’m a guy, and guy’s love lists. Secondly I love movies. Double win. I also like sitting in front of the telly with beer\wine\whisky and watching a programme that promotes debate around the room. Even if it’s just me. It sounds like this did just that too.

Here’s the top ten:

1. “Frankly, my dear, I don√¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢t give a damn,” Gone With the Wind, 1939.
2. “I√¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢m going to make him an offer he can√¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢t refuse,” The Godfather, 1972.
3. “You don√¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢t understand! I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I could√¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢ve been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am,” On the Waterfront, 1954.
4. “Toto, I√¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢ve got a feeling we√¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢re not in Kansas anymore,” The Wizard of Oz, 1939.
5. “Here√¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s looking at you, kid,” Casablanca, 1942.
6. “Go ahead, make my day,” Sudden Impact, 1983.
7. “All right, Mr. DeMille, I√¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢m ready for my close-up,” Sunset Blvd., 1950.
8. “May the Force be with you,” Star Wars, 1977.
9. “Fasten your seatbelts. It√¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s going to be a bumpy night,” All About Eve, 1950.
10. “You talking to me?” Taxi Driver, 1976.

I have to say, although the order might change a little, these are all deserving of the top ten. Can you think of any others that should be up there? It’s also interesting that there weren’t many quotes from Tarantino movies, as usual perhaps looking back from the last ten years. “I’ll be back” is number 37!

Agree? Disagree? Have a quote that should have made it? Check out the full list at JoBlo and come back and debate away!

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