I was thinking about what I would do for this weeks list. Everybody has a list of movies so I thought why not just go with the flow. How I came up with this list though is I just wrote down the first 13 films that popped into the vacuum that is my mind. Than I went back to see why I thought of them. Here they are in no particular order, for no particular reason. I've hyperlinked them to IMDb.COM (Internet Movie Database) which will open in a new window if you want more information on a particular film.
- Star Wars: In 1977 I so wanted to be a Jedi. (Today I am more Sith oriented.) I saw that film over 22 times and in some cases in back to back showings where my cousin and I would just stay all day at the theater. No obsession there.
- Superman: The first Christopher Reeves film. My brother and I were in NYC for one night in 1980 and had an opportunity to see many films but we chose Superman which we had already seen.
- Ordinary People: This film won a boatload of Oscars but I think Donald Southerland was overlooked and is underrated as an actor (some think this was his best role). Mary Tyler Moore distanced herself beautifully from her “Mary Richards” TV persona in this movie. Timothy Hutton lauched his career with this film. An excellent story about loss and family.
- Eye of the Needle: Another Donald Southerland movie. He is a Nazi spy who knows the truth about D-Day and is trying to get back to Germany. He stays with a British couple and seduces the wife of the crippled husband. He is so EEEEVILLLL in this film.
- The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Has anyone over 30 not seen this film? Does anyone not know how to do the “Time Warp”? Does anyone not have a teddy and black fishnets? (I don’t. Really! I don’t!)
- The Kentucky Fried Movie: ROTFLMAO. "This is Buttkiss, Klahn's bodyguard - he is tough and ruthless. This is Kwong, Klahn's chauffeur - he is rough and toothless.“ You may not fully appreciate the humor in this film unless you lived through the ‘70s. Some of the things they did in this film they would NEVER do in a film today. It is brought to you by the same people that did Airplane and the Naked Gun series. Warning: The Kentucky Fried Movie has nudity.
- 2001: A Space Odyssey : I actually didn't see this until after I saw Star Wars. It was still very impressive despite the freaky ending. Hated 2010 though.
- Big Trouble in Little China: Kurt Russell is Jack Burton. “Who?” “Jack Burton! Me!” Russell swaggers like the Duke in the homage to chop socky movies. It is a tradition among my friends to watch it every Chinese New Years. And it is the only John Carpenter film that I will admit liking without reservation. Carpenter has a history of letting his anti-Christian sentiment leak out in his films.
- Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan: My favorite of the Star Trek movies. Bad guys were bad guys and needed their bad butts kicked. And no one comes close to Kirk in that department.
- In the Heat of the Night: Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger made an incredible team in this film. I have more respect for it’s portrayal of race relations in the south than I do for the TV series it spawned. The TV show just oozed “PC”.
- Godzilla vs. (Just about anybody!) “OH NO! They say he's got to go. Go! Go! Godzilla!” I will always have a spot for Japanese monster flicks. They are so campy and corny, what’s not to like? I like Gamera films too!(Gamera! Gamera! Gamera is really neat! He’s full of turtle meat! We’re eating Gamera…)
- Joy Luck Club: Two and a half hour chick flick of doom! I got caught up in the scenes that took place in China. The decadence, the hedonism and Godlessness. Compelling story telling.
- The Boys in the Band: A drive-in date movie? Well that's how I saw it. It wasn't even my date. I was 10 years old and my Mom and her boyfriend wanted to see this movie. She dragged all of us along. (No babysitter for the four of us and we got in free) This was my introduction to the gay agenda. I was too young to understand it then but even so, I thought it was weird that all these men were in this house with no girls talking about loving each other. It was ground breaking. Ground that should never have been broken. Thanks Mom.
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