MY 25 FAVORITE MOVIES

These are my favorite movies...listed alphabetically since many of them have been my #1 at one time.
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    ALIENS
    One of the greatest sequels ever! Ridley Scott directed the first Alien movie to horror perfection. James Cameron decided to go into more of an action direction. Now normally, this would be a disaster, but this is the exception. Ripley awakes from a 52 year cryo sleep having barely survived the first film, only to find out that LV-42 (where they encountered the original Alien) has been colonized. She joins a team of marines to investigate. Perfect blend of action, sci-fi and horror.
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    ARMY OF DARKNESS
    Bruce Campbell is a master at physical comedy, and the character Ash is one of my all time favorite movie characters. He's heroic and capable ("Good, Bad? I'm the guy with the gun."), but he's also a bumbling Everyman. He's not a badass Navy Seal, he's an average guy who works at S-Mart (a Walmart equivalent) who rises up to take on the army of the dead. "Hail to the King baby!"
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    BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA
    A pattern you will see multiple times on this list, Kurt Russell & John Carpenter teaming up to bring us awesome! Jack Burton, like Ash, is not a military commando, he's an average Joe. Teaming up with his buddy Wang Che, and the mysterious Egg Shen, Jack goes deep into the Chinatown underground (literally) to face off with the evil Lo-Pan and the three storms Thunder, Rain, & Lightning. The running gag is Wang Che is the main hero and Jack Burton is the sidekick, and doesn't know it.
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    BLADE RUNNER
    Almost the polar opposite from The previous 2 films, Blade Runner isn't fun and whacky...its dark & deep. Harrison Ford, in one of his greatest performances ever, plays Rick Decard, a "Blade Runner" for the LAPD in 2019. His job is to hunt down artificial humans called "replicants". Ridley Scott's vision of the future was so revolutionary, that it has been imitated numerous times. A futuristic film noir, staring Harrison Ford, directed by Ridley Scott...how can you go wrong.
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    BLAZING SADDLES
    The greatest comedy ever made. Be warned, they say the "N word" a lot. However, the gag is that everyone who shows prejudice towards Bart are all made to look foolish. Cleavon Little plays Bart with the perfect mix of innocence, wit, mischief, and heroism (he's basically Bugs Bunny). Gene Wilder as his sidekick "The Waco Kid" an old drunk gunslinger past his prime, is comedy gold. Mel Brooks is my favorite comedy director, and this is his crowning achievement. Satire at its best!
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    CASINO ROYALE
    Best James Bond movie ever! I was not happy with the casting of Daniel Craig as 007. However, after the opening scene of Casino Royale...I was not only convinced he was a great choice, but he immediately became my favorite Bond actor (sorry Sean Connery). This movie really gives us everything we want from a Bond movie; amazing action scenes, great locations, a compelling story, my favorite Bond girl (Eva Green as Vesper) and one of the best Bond villains. Poker has never been so interesting.
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    CLUE
    Who dunnit? Based on the famous board game, this film is the representation of one thing Hollywood has lost...the PG rated comedy. Dark humor, Cold War politics, murder, blackmail, and adult innuendo are are abound....and yet, so cleverly written that the whole family can watch. The script is amazing, and the cast....pure genius! Christopher Lloyd, Michael McKean, Madeline Kahn, Eileen Brennan, Martin Mull, Lesley Ann Warren, and Tim Curry (in my favorite of his numerous roles).
  8. 8.
    THE DARK KNIGHT
    Why so serious? The movie that proves that a comic book movie can be psychologically deep. Christopher Nolan directs with perfection. Christian Bale continues to add deep layers to the character of Bruce Wayne beyond just being a guy who dresses up like a bat. And then there's Heath Ledger as The Joker. One of the greatest performances ever!!!! A stunning supporting cast consisting of Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Aaron Eckhart.
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    DIE HARD
    Hands down, the greatest action movie ever! The first movie to feature the whole, hero happens to be where the terrorist take over, and has to take them on all alone. However, in a era where Arnold, and Sly were the Herculean hero, Bruce Willis came along and gave us a more down to earth, Everyman hero. McClane is a cop trying to save his failing marriage. He is a blue collar cop up against a very sophisticated white collar villain Hans Gruber, played brilliantly by the late Alan Rickman.
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    DJANGO UNCHAINED
    "I get to kill white folks and they pay you for it...what's not to like?" Quentin Tarrentino is a genius in my opinion. He never does the same movie twice. Here he decided to do his take on a spaghetti western. Jamie Fox plays Django, a freed slave who becomes a bounty hunter. With Christoph Waltz as his mentor, they breeze through the south looking for Django's wife. They find her in the hands of Calvin Kandy played brilliantly by Leonardo Diccaprio. It's violent, irreverent, & so badass!
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    THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
    I know George Lucas created Star Wars, but director Irvin Kirshner & screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan perfected it. Empire took everything that Star Wars did, and made it bigger, badder, & better. Whenever anyone makes a sequel and try to make it bigger then the first one, this is how you do it! The spiritual journey that Luke takes while training with Yoda. The epic chase between The Empire and The Millennium Falcon. John Williams' score makes Darth Vader & The Empire much more menacing.
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    ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK
    Kurt Russell & John Carpenter created one of the greatest characters ever, Snake Plissken is the ultimate anti-hero. The year is 1997, the United States has become more of a police state, and New York is now a walled off prison. When the President crash lands in New York, the government sends in the greatest outlaw Snake Plissken in to rescue the President. Snake Plissken is the ultimate representation of sticking it to the man, bucking authority, and just being an all around badass.
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    FORREST GUMP
    Ok, I know there's been a lot of hate towards this movie because it beat Pulp Fiction (which I also love) for Best Picture. I love this movie because it's the story of a simple minded man who only wants to be with Jenny, the love of his life. But in his journey he finds fame and fortune...but doesn't think much of it, what Forrest most treasures is love and friendship. We go with Forrest through life, witness his highs and lows, success and loss. Also, an amazing performance by Tom Hanks.
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    GHOSTBUSTERS
    What can I say about Ghostbusters that hasn't already been said. The cast is perfect, the directing is perfect, the premise is perfect. So many one liners that everyone will recognize. Four scientists form technology to catch ghosts. They become paranormal exterminators. Bill Murray, Dan Ackroyd, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, Rick Moranis, and Annie Potts make up an amazing cast. Plus, any movie that ends with 4 blue collar guys battling a pagan Goddess is a great movie!
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    INGLORIOUS BASTARDS
    Quentin Tarrentino does it again! This movie is so brutal...and I love it! Brad Pitt and his crew of "The Bastards" go behind enemy lines ahead of the Allied invasion of Europe. Their mission, is psychological warfare. Brutally kill Nazis, so that the other Nazi soldiers fear them. The brutality is more acceptable because the victims are Nazis I think. You can tell Brad Pitt is having a ton of fun playing Lt. Raine. Christoph Waltz as the charming/diabolical Col. Landa. Ending = amazing!
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    JAWS
    This movie created the summer blockbuster as we know it. The premise is simple, an unstoppable 3 ton great white shark comes to Amity Island during the 4th of July vacation season, and keeps eating people. The Sheriff, an oceanographer, and a salty sea captain have to kill it. Director Steven Spielberg had problems with the mechanical shark which benefitted the movie because he held back on showing the shark. Also, the scene where Robert Shaw talks about he USS Indianapolis is brilliant.
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    LA CONFIDENTIAL
    A murder mystery during the golden age of Hollywood, as investigated by three different detectives. Kevin Spacey plays a detective who loves the spotlight, Russell Crowe plays a detective who isn't above using police brutality, and Guy Pierce plays a detective who'll do anything to get ahead. The three of them must work together to solve a series of crimes that are more then they appear to be. Writer/director Curtis Hanson recreates Los Angeles in 1953 perfectly.
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    LAWRENCE OF ARABIA
    Many people might find this movie boring, and I can actually understand that. So, why do I love it....a story of a larger than life man, played to perfection by Peter O'Toole, directed by the amazing David Lean, and shot in the middle of the desert. The story of TE Lawrence assisting the Arabs in World War I. Today, you couldn't make this film...they would have the actors in front of green screen the whole time. The visuals, the performances, and the story define what is a cinematic epic.
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    PACIFIC RIM
    This movie is not going to win any Oscars, nor was it trying. This movie is about pure fun! A portal has opened up at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean where giant Godzilla-like monsters called "Kaiju" (Japanese meaning giant monster) come through and destroy our cities. So humanity builds Giant mechs called "Jaegers" (German meaning Hunter) to battle them. Directed by Guillermo Del Toro, this film makes me feel like A kid. Giant mechs battling giant monsters...hell yes, sign me up!
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    PREDATOR
    "If it bleeds, we can kill it." My all time favorite line. This movie is almost perfect in every way. The pacing is perfect, the characters are awesome, the mystery behind the alien presence, and the action is top notch. Directed by John Mctiernan (director of Die Hard) does what Spielberg did in Jaws...waits to show us the Predator, creating suspense and anticipation. An elite squad of Special Forces are being picked off one by one by an unknown killer. My favorite Arnold movie.
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    RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK
    George Lucas and Steven Spielberg wanted to pay homage to the old serials they would see every week at their local cinema. This gave birth to the greatest hero cinema has ever seen, and an adventure series by which all media is compared to. The Nazis are after the Ark of the Covenant and the US government asks archeologist Indiana Jones to find it before they do. Harrison Ford at his best, the action and stunts are top notch. Because of this film, I proudly own and wear a fedora.
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    THE ROCK
    "Welcome to 'The Rock'." Another amazing action movie. There once was a time that Michael Bay could direct an awesome movie. A disgruntled General and his team of ex marines take hostages on Alcatraz and threatens to launch a chemical weapon attack on San Fransisco. The FBI sends in a team of Navy Seals with Nicolas Cage as an FBI chemical weapons specialist, and Sean Connery as the only man who broke out of Alcatraz to stop. Non stop action, witty one liners, and great story.
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    TERMINATOR 2: JUDGEMENT DAY
    "Haste la vista, baby." Just like with Aliens, James Cameron directs another amazing sequel that is better then the original. The evil AI system Skynet that is battling humanity sends the deadly T-1000 back in time to kill John Connor, the future leader of humanity when he's just 10 years old. Humanity sends back a reprogrammed T-800 to protect him. Robert Patrick's portrayal of the T-1000 is still one of the creepiest performances ever. The Special effects still hold up.
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    THE THING
    John Carpenter & Kurt Russell part 3. This movie scares me more then any other. Because it has 2 things that terrify me...confinement and paranoia. At a research lab in Antarctica, an alien being has come into contact with an American team of researchers. The scariest thing...this alien can infect anyone or anything, and perfectly imitate them. You never know who is infected, you can't trust anyone...and you're stuck in the research station in Antarctica in the winter.
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    THE USUAL SUSPECTS
    This movie proves that you don't needs a huge budget if you have a great director, an amazing script, and a perfect cast. A crime heist has gone horribly wrong, the only survivor is Verbal Kint (Kevin Spacey) who tells the entire story of what happened leading up to the night of the heist. 5 criminals have a chance meeting in jail, and all decide to pulls heists together. They're very successful, and then a legendary crime lord hires them to pull a job...and shit goes horribly wrong.