As mentioned in a previous post I think you can tell a lot from a person based off the types of movies they enjoy. For instance if I hear someone say that Transformers 2 is their favorite movie of all time, I know they are either a moron or 5 years old (or a moronic 5 year old). So without further ado here is my top 25 list of movies. Some will have an explanation some will not.
1. Dawn of the Dead (1978): There is a lot of nostalgia when it comes to this movie. This was the first horror movie I ever saw and I watched it with my hero and best friend my Dad. My dad was deployed a lot when I was younger but when he was home there was always one viewing of this movie. I have probably seen this movie 250 times at least and have made several pilgrimages to the Monroeville Mall where it was filmed. The film itself is great, it has all of the required elements of a late 70s horror flick. I also enjoy finding new gaffs in it every time I watch it.
2. Dr. Strangelove: Probably the greatest director of all time is Stanley Kubrick the man is a F'n genius. This is another movie that I have probably seen over 100 times and it gets better with each viewing. Peter Sellers is one of the most underrated actors of all times, even if he was out of his mind.
3. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan - This is what the first movie should have been like. The flick is full of great quotes, has a great plot and is filmed and scored probably better than any other science fiction flick out there. I have loved almost 85% of all the Star Trek movies, but this one just takes the cake.
4. Mister Roberts: Another flick I have seen dozens of times that still brings a tear to my eye and a smile on my face. It takes a lot for a film to affect me good or bad and this one never fails to give me some type of emotion.
5. Evil Dead 2: Another sequel on the list that is better in my opinion than the original. While many people like Army of Darkness, number 2 is my favorite of the series. This was Bruce Campbell before he was Bruce The Man Campbell.
6. IT: As I mentioned with Mister Roberts it is hard for a movie to affect me emotionally but this one goes one step forward and has given me multiple nightmares. I hate clowns and spiders, so imagine my shock and horror to discover the clown is a spider.
7. The Shawshank Redemption: Yes I agree with the critics on this one, it is a great flick. Morgan Freeman is at his finest moment in this role.
8. Stripes: Another flick I grew up watching with my dad. Stripes was the movie that introduced me to Bill Murray which has led me to a lot of other great roles.
9. Empire Records: I hate putting this so high on the list but its just a perfect teen flick, and came out about the time I was discovering my generations teen movies. The soundtrack and plot of this movie still gets my attention every single time.
10. Mallrats: Much like Star Trek II, this flick is an embodiment of my love for all things Kevin Smith. Mallrats was the first DVD I ever purchased as well as the only Laser Disc I have ever owned. The plot is easy to follow and it introduced me to Jason Mewes who has been an inspiration to me in my writings of horror stories. He is my little stoner.
11. The Beyond: An obscure horror movie I bought by mistake that quickly became either the precursor or follower to almost every viewing of Dawn of the Dead. The flick never fails to creep me out and make me glad that I don't have a basement.
12. The People Under the Stairs: One of those movies I have only seen a handful of times but has stuck with me for almost 15 years. This was also one of the first horror movies I saw in theaters, and while it has never scared me it has served as a reminder to always treat people in a good way, you never know if they have a basement of deformed children.
13. Nightmare City: My first experience with zombies other than Romeros. I couldn't understand why they were using weapons or running but hey it was something new. First real hardcore gore not by Savini that I witnessed, sure Savini can do a great dismemberment but this movie just had so much more gore to it that it has become a comparison tool for me ever since.
14. Return of the Living Dead 1 & 2: I cannot for the life of me EVER seperate these two films. I can't watch one without the other and I will not list them without the other.
15. Eight Heads in a Duffel Bag: This movie caught me off guard, I was dragged to see it and forced to watch it but I am glad that a friend of mine talked me into seeing it.
16. Boondock Saints: Another flick I was forced to watch and after viewing it bought on DVD and have had repeated views of. The flick has everything needed to be a classic and will now have a sequel.
17. The Dark Knight: This is probably one of the best comic book movies ever made. They can stop the series now, this movie is the king of the comics.
18. Monty Python's Life of Brian: Funnies movie Python ever did in my opinion though I am a little biased being named Brian. This is classic Python to me, while Holy Grail is the more popular, LOB is the better flick.
19. The Blues Brothers: This is one of those movies people either like or hate, I love it.
20. Winchester 73': Probably one of the greatest westerns I have ever watched. Something about the sibling rivalry in this movie and the gun tricks that just make love to watch it. Don't watch it often but it gets viewed about twice a year.
21. Heartbreak Ridge: The best Eastwood movie ever. EVER.
22. Full Metal Jacket: The mandatory military movie. This flick actually in my opinion has a better second half than a first half. Saddens me most people only watch the boot camp scenes then turn it off in Vietnam. The quotes from this movie have started to annoy me, but as long as folks are watching Kubrick I don't mind.
23. Harvey: I had to watch this for an English class and never returned the VHS tape to Blockbuster. I prefer the original to the remake but that is because Jimmy Stewart is the better actor. Who knew a story about a guy with an invisible rabbit friend would be such a great movie?
24. Scream: This is the movie that rebooted the entire slasher franchises. It also pointed out the rules for horror movies and made it popular to watch the classics again and again. Not that I care much about popularity but it is easier to discuss Prom Night without being hassled for watching old movies.
25. The Breakfast Club: Judd Nelson is the man, need I say anything else?
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