Friday, June 27, 2008

Jonesing for a movie!

It's Friday and normally this would be a time to catch one of the fantastic summer movies that are out. Unfortunately Senor Wallet is telling me I cannot this close to payday and with a big weekend coming up that I need to save for.

In light of that, I thought I'd think about past movies, and then I found this meme on someone else's post. Big thanks to Chris for helping me down a memory lane of movies. Entertainment Weekly listed the top 100 movies from the past 25 years.

- Bold the movie if you’ve seen it
- Put asterisks next to the movies you’ve seen and liked it. (this is where I change the rules a bit, if it’s bolded I saw it and enjoyed it, if it’s bolded and Red I saw it and hated it.)
- and of course... my comments ('snarky' or not)

1. Pulp Fiction 1994
2. The Lord of the Rings trilogy 2001-03
3. Titanic 1997 (although I saw it 3 times in one week... that's 9 hours invested....ugh)
4. Blue Velvet 1986 (WTF was that about??)
5. Toy Story 1995
6. Saving Private Ryan 1998 (I saw this and had to sit on the front row... Death and destruction 25 feet high... overwhelming at times!)
7. Hannah and Her Sisters 1986
8. The Silence of the Lambs 1991 (I saw this immediately after seeing "Sleeping with the Enemy. I was tense for days!)
9. Die Hard 1988
10. Moulin Rouge 2001 (took me a couple of times to like it, but it was appreciable for it's use of modern music)
11. This Is Spinal Tap 1984
12. Matrix 1999
13. GoodFellas 1990
14. Crumb 1995
15. Edward Scissorhands 1990 (when we first saw the chunky Anthony Michael Hall. When I was at Clemson a friend of a friend was dating AMH. They received an invitation to the Oscars. AMH told his girlfriend "No, I'm not going. I'm not going until I'm nominated for one".... still waiting there are we???)
16. Boogie Nights 1997 (not liking it too much may have had to do with the fact that my car was being broken into as I watched it.)
17. Jerry Maguire 1996
18. Do the Right Thing 1989
19. Casino Royale 2006 (Interesting Prequel set in modern day...)
20. The Lion King 1994 (I remember first seeing the trailer for this in the Disney Store where I worked. If you know me, you know the sap I am for movie emotions,
21. Schindler’s List 1993 (I didn't know how long this movie was going to be before I went and kept wondering how they were going to end it when we were close to the 2 hour mark. It was a bit long, but damn well worth it! The little girl in the red coat was creepy as all get out!)
22. Rushmore 1998
23. Memento 2001
24. A Room With a View 1986
25. Shrek 2001
26. Hoop Dreams 1994
27. Aliens 1986 (This movie was pretty cool, but not sure it quite met the oomph factor of the first one. In the first Alien the first birth scene still gives me the willies! I remember reading that the cast knew SOMETHING was going to happen in that scene, but they were never told exactly what and only John Hurt knew what was coming. After reading it I couldn't believe they'd be that dumb or could realistically react. But, if you watch Veronica Cartwright's reaction, she is truly horrified. Very cool!)
28. Wings of Desire 1988
29. The Bourne Supremacy 2004 (This wasn't so much dislike as it was a "...meh" been there done that. Much like the Rocky movies... yeah yeah yeah.... what's next, The Bourne Geriatricy?"
30. When Harry Met Sally… 1989
31. Brokeback Mountain 2005 (Being the lone southerner in my office when that came out my coworkers were always asking me to do the "I wish I could quit you" line.... of course I paraphrased and obliged)
32. Fight Club 1999
33. The Breakfast Club 1985 (ahh the quotes and memories from that one. "Does Barry Manilow know you raid his wardrobe?")
34. Fargo 1996 (Oooh, yah, I liked that one dontcha know?)
35. The Incredibles 2004 (Disney always amazes me how they can entertain kids and adults with 2 different sets of humor in one movie)
36. Spider-Man 2 2004 (really? this was listed as best movie?)
37. Pretty Woman 1990
38. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 2004
39. The Sixth Sense 1999 (I liked this as the gist of the movie was a nice twist that people caught at very different times. Sadly, M. Knight Shyamalan's movies never had quite the same impact because everyone knew something was coming. I did like how he put himself in one or the other. I remember in Signs, when M. Knight's character told Mel Gibson he was going to the lake because the aliens seem to avoid water I thought... "Mel, he WROTE the movie.. do what he says!"
40. Speed 1994 (good movie... not to be at all confused with the second Speed. Don't fault Sandra for that movie... she couldn't help herself)
41. Dazed and Confused 1993
42. Clueless 1995
43. Gladiator 2000 (They never showed the gladiator that Russel Crowe killed with a hotel room telephone)
44. The Player 1992
45. Rain Man 1988 (I shouldn't say I disliked this movie. But I remember being exhausted and wanting to kill Dustin Hoffman when it was over. I guess that's a testament to his acting and pulling off that part so very well)
46. Children of Men 2006
47. Men in Black 1997
48. Scarface 1983
49. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2000
50. The Piano 1993
51. There Will Be Blood 2007
52. The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad 1988
53. The Truman Show 1998 (although it was still "Jim Carrey as...." do we not see this about him and Tom Cruise?)
54. Fatal Attraction 1987 (I like me some Glenn Close, but leaving Ann Archer for her... not so sure. Maybe it was the hermaphroditic child they'd born that made him go looking elsewhere)
55. Risky Business 1983 (While the movie was alright.. I detest that it was one of the launching pads for the Tom Cruise machine. he's the same guy there that he was in Jerry Maguire.)
56. The Lives of Others 2006
57. There’s Something About Mary 1998 (I saw this at a theater with 2 60+ year old women sitting next to me. Not too bad until the masturbation scene... ugh! But they laughed harder than I did!)
58. Ghostbusters 1984
59. L.A. Confidential 1997
60. Scream 1996
61. Beverly Hills Cop 1984 ("Yes, I am Johnny Wishbone from the isle of St. Croix")
62. sex, lies and videotape 1989 (one of 3 movies in my life I got up and walked out on)
63. Big 1988 (who DOESN'T want a trampoline in their 4,000sqft loft???)
64. No Country For Old Men 2007
65. Dirty Dancing 1987 (The first movie I ever paid $5 for.. I thought I'd die. If I went tonight I'd pay $11.. hence my staying home tonight!)
66. Natural Born Killers 1994
67. Donnie Brasco 1997
68. Witness 1985
69. All About My Mother 1999
70. Broadcast News 1987
71. Unforgiven 1992
72. Thelma & Louise 1991
73. Office Space 1999
74. Drugstore Cowboy 1989
75. Out of Africa 1985
76. The Departed 2006
77. Sid and Nancy 1986
78. Terminator 2: Judgment Day 1991 (Better with Ahhnuld as a good guy. The kid was whiny though. Didn't he go to jail for something?)
79. Waiting for Guffman 1996 (this troupe is always funny in that way that you either completely get. Completely DON'T get, or you get it here and there, but different spots each time you see it.
80. Michael Clayton 2007 (It was OK, but I didn't see what all the Oscar buzz was about. I do like Tilda Swinton though even though she was uber frumpy in this movie)
81. Moonstruck 1987
82. Lost in Translation 2003
83. Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn 1987
84. Sideways 2004
85. The 40 Year-Old Virgin 2005 (you have to give props to an actor as hairy as he was for having a real hair wax on his chest. Kudos Steve Carell. Just wish I enjoyed "The Office" more)
86. Y Tu Mamá También 2002 (What about my Mama???)
87. Swingers 1996
88. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery 1997 (although I did like the following two)
89. Breaking the Waves 1996
90. Napoleon Dynamite 2004 (didn’t see it, and still don’t like it.)
91. Back to the Future 1985
92. Menace II Society 1993
93. Ed Wood 1994
94. Full Metal Jacket 1987 (an old roommate was military and i ended up seeing far more military movies than I ever thought. I have to say this one was pretty good)
95. In the Mood for Love 2001
96. Far From Heaven 2002 (Dennis Quaid has held up very well into his 50's. I wish I'd known back in my 20's to be more healthy....)
97. Glory 1989 (Morgan Freeman can do no wrong. Excellent movie)
98. The Talented Mr. Ripley 1999
99. The Blair Witch Project 1999 (I lived in Southern California when this came out and I got to see it on one of those weekends where "the lucky ones" get to see it before it's released nationally... aka, before the world knew it was a hoax... and it was far scarier than most people who saw it later would have thought.)
100. South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut 1999 (yes, it's vulgar, childish and sophomoric... but it was also funny as crap and musically... bravo for brilliance!)

I may tell Senor Wallet to kiss my butt and go to the movies anyway!

Have a great weekend everyone!


cb said...

YOur senior wallet can fork up matinee cost to go see Wall-E this weekend.

YOu NEED to- so far reviews have been RAVES!

cb said...

OH and I've seen 86 of the 100 films listed

Lea in SC said...

I can't believe you didn't like LA Confidential! And I DID see Napoleon Dynamite...thankfully on DVD so I could stop the damn thing and say WTF was I thinking????

Bunny said...

If you thought Dustin Hoffman was annoying in Rain Man, try living my life! My autistic son is much higher functioning than Raymond Babbit, but can be just as frustrating.