League Assignment – Top 10 Movies

Brian from Cool & Collected came up with yet another great topic for this week’s League assignment.  Top 10 movies.

He asked, What are your Top Ten Movies?”.  But it doesn’t have to be a typical top 10 movies of all-time list, which is nice.

For more clarity…

“Note, this list can be your top ten all time favorites, or your top ten in a given genre–go ahead and make up your own qualifiers! Google loves top ten lists, so make sure to use those words in your title and watch your traffic soar.”

I went with what my 10 favorite movies are these days.  But I did exclude holiday titles like, “A Christmas Story” and “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, “Planes, Trains & Automoibiles”, “Halloween” etc., because, while these movies are great, and a good watch every time, they just hold more meaning to me during their respective holidays.

It was very hard to narrow the list down.  I came up with a list off the top of my head that was 14 titles long.  This was already more than enough, so I stopped there and had to cut 4 titles from the list.  Those being, “Gremlins”, “Back to the Future”, “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and “Grandma’s Boy”.

This list could be different next week, but most of these have long been favorites of mine.  So let’s get to it!

10.) The Karate Kid

I used to watch the hell out of this movie when I was kid(among others, some of which are on this list)!  This is the classic underdog tale.  There is so much to like about this movie.  And even though it’s a bit embarrising to say, I really like the soundtrack.  I’ve never seen the remake(and don’t plan to), as I don’t want to tarnish what a great movie the orignal is.

9.) Pulp Fiction

I was introduced to this movie by my older brother back in 1997.  I was blown away!  The intertwining stories were great.  The acting was phenomenal, as was the casting choices.  Pulp Fiction is extremely quotable(as is the rest of the list), and after watching it, Quentin Tarantino became one of my favorite directors.

8.) The Crow

For many years, this was my absolute favorite movie.  In my opinion, this is the finest movie ever made that was adapted from a comic book.  Brandon Lee was great in this, and actually died during the filming(it’s a sad story, and a real shame because his star was on the rise).  It has a feel similar to Batman, in that it’s dark and gritty.  There were a few other movies made based on The Crow, but none of them come close to the original.  If you haven’t seen it, I can’t urge you enough to give it a watch.

7.) GoodFellas

The greatest gangster movie of all-time!  I’d also say that this is Joe Pesci’s career performance.  While most of Martin Scorsese’s films are really good, this was is his best.  The acting of everyone involved is top-notch, complimenting Scorsese’s direction.  The fact that it was based on true story, makes it just that much more compelling.

6.) Dumb and Dumber

This is one of the funniest movies I have ever seen.  I know a lot of the humor in this movie is kind of childish, but I think that’s what makes it so funny(to me anyway).  The title is most fitting, as it will have you thinking frequently, “are they really that dumb?”.   Jim Carrey had a lot of great movies in the nineties, and this is no exception.  This is another highly quotable movie, and I have many favorites.  I couldn’t choose just one, so here’s the full list from IMDB.

5.) Spaceballs

Before we had all of the parody movies like Scary Movies, and the “Not Another(insert movie genre here)”, we had Mel Brooks.  I’m no expert on Mel Brooks’  movies, but Spaceballs is an exception.  I loved this movie since I first saw it back in 1987-88.  My step brother was into sci-fi and horror movies big-time, which in turn got me into those genres as well.  This movies spoofs every sci-fi movie from Aliens – Star Wars, and does it well!  The subject matter and John Candy make for a winning combination. If you’ve never seen it(which I would find hard to believe), get on it!

4.) Clerks

Kevin Smith’s first and finest work.  This movie details a day in the life of 2 store clerks, Dante and Randal.  If you have ever worked in the retail sector, most of this movie will hit close to home.  I for one, have worked in a convenience store as well as a video store, so I can relate to some of it.  There’s a slim possibility for some of the stuff that happens in the movie would ever happen in real life, but it also seems like some of it legitimately could happen.  The film is in black and white, and I feel that that’s a good thing.  There is nothing to distract you from what is going on.  Kevin Smith worked at the store he filmed at, and most of it was filmed at night when he wasn’t working.  In the movie, Dante arrives at work to find that someone jammed gum in the shutters’ locks(“Bunch of savages in this town.”).  I can go on and on, so I’ll just leave it at see this now!  If you haven’t already.

3.) Beetlejuice

This was released in 1988, and I remember when my dad rented it as a new release(’88-’89?).  Directed by Tim Burton and scored by Danny Elfman(who have done numerous projects together), and featuring an all-star cast(not all of them were legit stars at this time), this movie just screams win!  It has the feel of classic Tim Burton, which it is(I’m not saying that the movies he’s made in the past 15 years is bad, but, in my opinion, his stuff in the 80’s through the early nineties is flawless).  I can’t say that I’ve seen anything like it, and that’s the main reason why it’s #3 on my list.  The movie spawned an animated series, as well as a line of action figures(I’m a huge fan of both btw).  I think I’m going to watch this again at some point this weekend.  🙂

2.) The Goonies

If you have a pulse, I’m sure all of you have seen this movie, and love it as well.  If yuo first saw this movie as a child, you’d be lying if you said you never wanted to be a Goonie(Goony?).  Some of the cast has gone on to bigger and better things, while some of them just kind of fell off the map(no pun intended).  It’s got humor, action and suspense, so there’s something for everyone.  This was one of the first movies I could recite word for word, and it didn’t take long because this was one of the movies me and my brother would regularly choose to watch whenever we were home and wanted to watch a movie.

1.) Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure

This is the movie I think that I’ve seen more than any other movie.  Just like The Goonies, this is another of the first movies I learned to recite word for word.  This is Tim Buton’s feature-length directorial debut, as well as the beginning of collaborations of Burton and Danny Elfman.  If you’ve been reading my blog long enough, you know that I am a huge Pee-Wee Herman fan.  Co-written by the late, great Phil Hartman(along with Paul Reubens and Michael Varhol), this is a tale about a man(boy) and his quest to get back his most prized posession…his bike(and what an awesome bike it is!).  This was the beginning of my fandom for Tim Burton and Pee-Wee Herman.  There isn’t a single thing I would change about the movie(although I would have liked to have seen more of the inside of his house in the movie), and I don’t think it ever has, or ever will be out of my top 3.  But I’d say it’s been my #1 for 10 years or more.

For now, these are my top 10 movies.  And while the order may change slightly from time to time, I don’t think any of these would ever fall out of my top 20.  But that’s a subject for a later time(this was tough enough as it was).

 

Check out Shawn’s Top 10 Favorite 80’s Villains over at Branded in the 80’s

Brian “goes ape” at Cool and Collected

Colbey mixes it up with an eclectic list over at Random Toy Reviews

 

 

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16 Responses to “League Assignment – Top 10 Movies”

  1. “Raspberry. There’s only one man who would dare give me the raspberry: Lone Star!”

    Oh how I love Spaceballs. I just barely missed my top 10!

  2. Sounds like a lot of those movies are nostalgic for you :). I’m younger than you so my parents watched a lot of those and it became a “not again….” Type of thing lol..but I definitely loveee space balls..I just watched it the other day with my kids actually. Beetlejuice I like, but it always creeped me out as a kid, probably due to my mom making me watch the exorcist a million times. I’d have to add kill bill and the first matrix to that list…there’s too many others for me to even think of.

    • Yes, most of these are sentimental choices, but they are movies I watch on a semi-regular basis. Kill Bill and The Matrix are both really good movies, just not top 10 for me. If I did a top 100, I’m not sure what would end up on there. It was pretty difficult to do 10, and choosing their rankings was even harder.

  3. […] Jason Vorhee’s Blog chimed in immediately after Lefty Limbo with Goodfellas on his list! Double winner! https://jasonvorhees.wordpress.com/2012/06/09/league-assignment-top-10-movies/ […]

  4. My single favourite movie of all time is Hook starring Robin Williams as Peter Pan and Dustin Hoffman as Captain James T. Hook.

  5. no Back to the future?? You should be a shame of yourself!!! GHostbusters??? hmmm??? lol nice list but I would have picked Goonies as #1 from the ones you mentioned! This is our time! :p

    • Back to the Future is probably in my top 15. Ghostbusters, top 30. The problem is, is that I like so many movies, it’s hard to put a number on them.

  6. I cannot believe that there are some people who actually do not like The Goonies. I had a friend once, who told me he thought it was sophomoric. . .

    We are no longer friends . . .

  7. Valerie Says:

    If you love Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, you will probably appreciate this article. I believe it explains the magic behind that movie:

    http://kylebstiff.wordpress.com/myth-myth-myth/the-occult-framework-of-pee-wees-big-adventure/

    • Pretty good article. But I’m not sold on this being how the film was written. Kind of like Dark Side of the Moon and The Wizard of Oz in a way.

      • Valerie Says:

        I guess I could see it being like Dark Side and the Wizard of Oz, except the tarot is more universal than the Wizard of Oz. Really, any work of fiction could fit in with the tarot. It’s just kind of cool how Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure does it near perfect order. I feel like I’ve read somewhere that Paul Reubens dabbles in occultism. If that’s true, maybe all this is his influence and not necessarily Tim Burton’s master plan. Either way, a damn good movie.

      • Absolutely! A damn good movie!

  8. I watched the Goonies so many many years ago, I barely remember the characters or the plot!
    But I do remember Spaceballs. Its tittle was translated for Latin América as “SOS Hay un Loco en el Espacio”. (“SOS There’s a Nutty in Space”). I watched it in early 90’s and found it freakin’ funny. My favorite was the Helmet guy, of course!!!! 😀 😀

  9. […] Jason Vorhee’s Blog chimed in immediately after Lefty Limbo with Goodfellas on his list! Double winner! https://jasonvorhees.wordpress.com/2012/06/09/league-assignment-top-10-movies/ […]

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