Monday, April 25, 2011

50 of My Favorite Films to Watch...25-21.

     Round 6....getting ourselves closer to the top 20.

#25     Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

"How did your uneducated kind ever take Jerusalem?"

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Classic Alan Rickman as the villain.  One of my top movies to be able to quote while watching it.  Another opportunity for some Sean Connery impersonating.

#24     Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

"I don't know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve."

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I was trying to think of some things to say to explain my love for this movie.  I have come to the conclusion that it's all about the story.

#23     The Godfather

"Leave the gun. Take the cannoli."

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Mario Puzo, you're a terrific writer.

#22     Ghostbusters

"Gozer the Traveler. He will come in one of the pre-chosen forms. During the rectification of the Vuldrini, the traveler came as a large and moving Torg! Then, during the third reconciliation of the last of the McKetrick supplicants, they chose a new form for him: that of a giant Slor! Many Shuvs and Zuuls knew what it was to be roasted in the depths of the Slor that day, I can tell you!"

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Comedic genius.

#21     Star Wars: A New Hope

"They didn't, but we are meant to think they did. These tracks are side by side. Sand people always ride single file to hide their numbers."

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As I stated above, "I was trying to think of some things to say to explain my love for this movie.  I have come to the conclusion that it's all about the story."  (okay, I can't help but think of this line being said by Kevin Spacey as Walter Matthau for the part of Obi-Wan Kenobi)

Stay tuned for the next installment of my favorite films to watch...20-16.
*Movie quotes come from the individual movie pages found on

Friday, April 15, 2011

50 of My Favorite Films to Watch...30-26.

     Round 5...Round 5.

#30     The Hunt For Red October

"When he reached the New World, Cortez burned his ships. As a result his men were well motivated."

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Great cast.  Great "Cold War" story.  Scottish Sean Connery attempting a Scottish Russian accent.

#29     Jurassic Park

"I don't believe it! Hah! I don't believe it! You're supposed to come here and defend me against these characters and the only one I've got on my side is the bloodsucking lawyer!"

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 Incredible score.  Incredible story.  The audience clapped when the lawyer got eaten.

#28     The 13th Warrior

"Deception is the point! Any fool can calculate strength. That one has been doing it since we arrived. Now he has to calculate what he can't see."

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This movie is based on the book Eaters of the Dead by Michael Crichton.  Do you like action movies? Do you like sword fights?  This is one for you.

#27     The Final Countdown

"I'm talking about the classic paradox of time. Imagine, for example, I go back in time and meet my own Grandfather. Long before he got married, before he had children. And we have an argument, and I kill him. Now if that happens, how am I ever going to be born? And if I can never be born, how can I go back in history and meet my very own Grandfather?"

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This is another one of those movies that I probably ended up watching on tv when I was a wee little lad and loved it.  I dig time travel paradoxes as well as anything doing with World War II.  This is both.

#26     Tombstone

"Why Ike, whatever do you mean? Maybe poker's just not your game Ike. I know! Let's have a spelling contest!"

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Tremendous movie.  Serious.  Action.  Sarcastic and witty (aka Doc Holliday).  Val Kilmer when he had a neck.

Stay tuned for the next installment of my favorite films to watch...25-21.
*Movie quotes come from the individual movie pages found on

Sunday, April 10, 2011

50 of My Favorite Films to Watch...35-31.

     It is time for round 4! Dun dun dun!

#35     Monty Python and the Holy Grail

"Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government.  Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony."

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Every guy understands the hilarity of this movie.  Perhaps not every gal understands.  I don't know if I have ever seen so many comedic sketches all rolled up into one.  One word.  Brilliant.

#34     The Matrix

"There IS no spoon."

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Dodging bullets.  Stopping bullets.  Oh. Yeah.

#33     Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

"Who's scruffy-looking?"

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I wasn't born yet when this came out in the theater (1 year shy) but you bet I grew up watching THE trilogy.  For the longest time, this one was my least favorite of the three.  It was probably because as a kid, I didn't really appreciate or understand character development and story lines.  I also didn't like it when there was the sense of loss with Han being frozen.  As I have gotten older, I have come to appreciate this one more and more.  It still saddens me some at the end, but I always look ahead to the ensuing victory.

#32     Road to Perdition

"There are many stories about Michael Sullivan. Some say he was a decent man. Some say there was no good in him at all. But I once spent 6 weeks on the road with him, in the winter of 1931. This is our story."

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 This would not be your classical mobster movie.  There are four things about this movie that are terrific.  Great cast.  Filmed in Chicago.  The cinematography is astounding.  The music is amazing (Thomas Newman, same one that did Shawshank).

#31     National Treasure

"The secret lies with Charlotte."

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I know, I know.  Nicolas Cage.  Him in the movie doesn't outdo my love for American history, no matter how fictional it may be.  This movie revolves around the Declaration of Independence.  It takes place in the historical cities of Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, New York City, and Boston.  I love it.

Stay tuned for the next installment of my favorite films to watch...30-26.
*Movie quotes come from the individual movie pages found on

Thursday, April 7, 2011

50 of My Favorite Films to Watch...40-36.

     Here goes round 3!!!

#40    Oceans 13

"Nuff said."

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There is just something about Danny Ocean and his gang being in Vegas that makes it soooo good.

#39     The Patriot

"God save King George!"

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I saw this in the theater the summer it came out in 2000.  Listening to John Williams' score from the movie can really get the patriotic blood in me flowing.

#38     Batman

"This town needs an enema!"

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This is my favorite of the Batman movies.  There is just something about it.  Wanna know what the fellas at the Grizzly Bear Egg Cafe have to say about it?  Listen here.

#37     Star Trek

"Green-blooded hobgoblin..."

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 I was not sure of what to expect.  My Trekkie friend Ian had his doubts too, but it was really good.  Abrams did a terrific job and the cast was well-selected.  I am looking forward to the sequel.

#36     The Fugitive

"If they can dye the river green today, why can't they dye it blue the other 364 days of the year"

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 I. love. Chicago.  Every time I see this movie, it always makes me want to go to Chicago.  When I finally got to go in the summer of 2005, the Chicago Hilton was one of the first places I wanted to see.

Stay tuned for the next installment of my favorite films to watch...35-31.
*Movie quotes come from the individual movie pages found on

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

50 of My Favorite Films to Watch...45-41.

     Here goes round 2!!!

#45     The Bourne Ultimatum

"If you were in your office right now we'd be having this conversation face-to-face."

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I was glad to find out where and how it all began. I know Jason was glad too.

#44     Back to the Future Part II

"Roads? Where we're going, we don't need roads."

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I remember seeing this movie in the theater and it was hard for me to wait for the third one.

#43     Hook

"Firefly from hell."

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Great movie.  LOTS of people in this one, especially for my game.

#42     Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure

"Deacon, do you realize you have just stranded one of Europe's greatest leaders in San Dimas?"

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This movie makes me wish that I had a phone booth that could go through time.  It would be great for my world history classes that I'm teaching.

#41     Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

" Excuse me, sir! Can you direct us to the naval base in Alameda? It's where they keep the nuclear wessels."

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As a kid, this was one of my favorites of the series because most of the movie was not in the future, but the present.  Also, this one in the series was the comedy relief.

Stay tuned for the next installment of my favorite films to watch...40-36.
*Movie quotes come from the individual movie pages found on

Sunday, April 3, 2011

50 of My Favorite Films to Watch...50-46.

     I am taking the idea from my pro-blogging wife (she's more of a pro than I am).  Over the next several weeks, I will be releasing a list, five at a time, of my 50 favorite films to watch.  The bottom 40 will be in no particular order.  The top 10 will be in the order of...a top 10 countdown.  Now to get under way...

#50     Die Hard

"Welcome to the party, pal!"

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This is one that you can watch year round, even during Christmas!

#49     Explorers

"Way to go, stupid!"

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Not sure what it was, but this movie caught my imagination.  I thought that being able to make a spaceship out of junk was awesome!

#48     Muppet Treasure Island

"Off to Zanzibar, to meet the Zanzibarbarians!"

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I just watched this the other day.  I love the story of Treasure Island and I love the Muppets.  Sometimes you just need to put the two together.

#47     Twister

"Ha Ha! It's the wonder of nature, baby!"

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Uh, I live in Oklahoma, what did you expect?  Also, Van Halen on the soundtrack.  Twice.

#46     Wayne's World

"A gun rack?...a gun rack. I don't even own *a* gun, let alone many guns that would necessitate an entire rack. What am I gonna do... with a gun rack?"

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I like to sing in the car when I go places, just ask my wife.  A little Bohemian Rhapsody?  I think so!

Stay tuned for the next installment of my favorite films to watch...45-41.

*Movie quotes come from the individual movie pages found on