EYG Top 10 Best Mothers in Movies

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It has been a bit since I did one of these lists and that is for a couple of reasons.  I do not want to go into it, but let’s just say that I left the Top 10 Facebook group.  I have also been very busy so it has been tough to do the lists though I have enjoyed the Top 10 shows that have gone with them the last few weeks.

Anyway, this past week, the Top 10 posted a Relist episode on the Top 10 Dads in movies and, since tomorrow is Mother’s Day (Happy Mother’s Day to all the Geek Mommies out there), I figured I would do a Top 10 Moms in Movies.

Having said that, I found way more moms in movies that were bad moms or mothers that were evil.  I did not include the Norma Bates or the Manchurian Candidate’s Eleanor Isein no matter how iconic they were or how great a performance it may have been. Mu list is good mommies and only good mommies.

Even with that caveat, there were a bunch of choices and I had to narrow my list considerably.  I also flip-flopped on my list a couple of times with my choices.

Image result for molly weasley#10.  Molly Weasley (the Harry Potter films.)  A last second addition, mother Weasley was the mother to a whole horde of children, but she never turned away poor Harry when he needed a place to be.  She provided lots of love for her gaggle of children and brought lessons of magic in the world with her.

 

 

Image result for ramonda black panther#9.  Queen Ramonda (Black Panther).  You get an actress the caliber of Angela Bassett, you make her a queen.  Mother of both T’Challa and Shuri, Ramonda show great strength and willpower during her children’s tough times.  She was grieving her dead husband, yet she was there for her son as he became king, helped save his life after Killmonger arrived and nearly killed him, and did it all with an air of regal nature.

 

Image result for Mrs jumbo#8.  Mrs. Jumbo, (Dumbo).  All she wanted was to be with her newly born baby, but those creeps at the circus just would not leave little, big-eared Dumbo alone.  It nearly cost her dearly.  Thankfully, Dumbo turned out to be more talented than anyone ever believed and she was able to return to her son.

 

 

Image result for Ma Room#7.  Ma (Room).  I fell in love with Brie Larson after this movie.  Room was such an emotional film with two stand out performances that it wrecked me throughout.  And Ma did everything she could to try and give her son as normal of a life as she could in the most abnormal situation.  How well he adapted to the horrible situation tells you how great a mother she was.

 

Image result for holly gennero punches reporter#6.  Holly Gennero (Die Hard).  Don’t put Ms. Gennero’s children in danger or you just might take a right cross to the face.   Mrs. McClane is a force of nature and you can see that in both Die Hard and its sequel when dealing with either Richard Thornburg or Hans Gruber.  We do not get that many scenes of Holly with her children, but you know she is a mother who would do whatever for her children.

 

 

 

Image result for Ma Kent diane lane man of steel;#5.  Ma Kent (Man of Steel).  Martha….WHY DID YOU SAY THAT NAME????  Sorry, lost my train of thought there a second.  Despite her infamous use in Batman v Superman, Diane Lane made a great Ma Kent.  Man of Steel provided Kal-El with one sane parent (sorry Kevin Costner) and brought some life into Superman’s earthly mother.

 

Image result for frigga#4.  Frigga (Thor movies/Avengers: Endgame).  Frigga was great in the first two Thor movies, especially with some of her scenes with Loki (Tom Hiddleston), but what truly propelled her up the list was her surprise cameo in Avengers: Endgame and her talk with her son from the future.  Never before had Frigga felt like such an awesome mom as she did here, and she wanted Thor to eat a salad.  How motherly!  Plus, Rene Russo is epic as the All-Mother.

 

 

Related image#3.  Lynn Sear (Sixth Sense).  All she wanted to do was to help her son, Cole, who was going through something that she did not understand.  He would not open up to her, but she never gave up on him.  Her patience and her love allowed Cole to tell her his secret… he sees dead people.  And she accepted it.  Sure, at first she thought he was exaggerating, but she was convinced and her love was unwavering.  She did not look at her son differently and the scene of her with Cole in the car at the end of that movie was wonderfully moving.  Toni Collette rightfully received an Oscar nomination for this role.

 

Related image#2.  Helen Parr (The Incredibles).  Elastigirl loves her children.  You can tell from the desperate message she cries across the radio, “There are children on board!” before the missiles blew her plane from the sky.  She was able to keep Violet and Dash alive, and reunited them with their missing father.  She also stepped out as a working mom to help bring supers back to prominence in the Incredibles universe.  Helen is a mom who can really stretch.

 

Image result for sarah connor t2#1.  Sarah Connors (Terminator 2).  Okay, sure…Sarah Connors is bat-shit crazy.  Really you can’t blame her.  She has been told that the robots were coming and that only her son could save humanity.  Oh and that judgement day was coming.  All that Sarah Connors cared about was getting John safe, prepared and protected.  She went to all kinds of coo-coo lengths to do it, but wouldn’t everybody?  I tried to not put Sarah at number one, but when I looked at the list, she was the only one who fit the spot.

 

Honorable mention:  There were a bunch of others.  Erin Brockovich was at #10 for awhile before getting bumped off.  Mary from E. T. the Extra-Terrestrial was a nice choice.  The Blind Side‘s Leigh Anna Tuehy, played by Sandra Bullock was a great football mom who was not afraid to expand her family.  Annie Sullivan from Field of Dreams would probably make the list of great wives for her support of her crazy ass, voice hearing husband.  The crew from Bad Moms would have been an ironic addition to this list.  Rose Byrne’s Ellie from Instant Family is a great foster mother for sure.  Mrs. Gump (Sally Field) did so much for her son, and told us that life was like a box of chocolates.

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EYG Top 10 Super Hero Movies

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There are just a handful of hours before I will be in the theater watching Avengers: Endgame.  I absolutely cannot wait!  And in honor of the upcoming end of the 22 film saga, John Rocha, Matt Knost and, special guest, Jason Inman picked their top 10 super hero movies.

Now it was not just MCU films, but all super hero movies.  Of course, I just watched the entire MCU list of movies (except Captain Marvel), this past weekend as a way to prepare for the Endgame.  So this list… I am ready to go.

Related image#10.  Spider-man 2.  My favorite character.  Spider-man 2 was right near the top of my list of favorite movies for quite awhile, but with the renaissance of super hero movies, this one has slipped down the list.  The train sequence is still one of the greatest super hero moments of all time and just about as pure of a Spider-man scene as you will ever get.

 

Image result for spiderman homecoming washington monument#9. Spider-man: Homecoming.  The MCU version of Spider-man is just slightly ahead of Spider-man 2, although I can see these two flip-flopping over the years.  In my MCU rewatch, Homecoming was really great.  The performance of Tom Holland as our new Spidey is so pitch perfect that you wonder why you never knew what you had been missing.  And the Vulture became one of the best Marvel Cinematic Universe villains as played by Michael Keaton.  He made the “old man” Adrian Tooms understandable and relatable to the audience.  The scene with Keaton and Holland in the car is as menacing of a scene in the film.  Seriously great.

 

Image result for spiderman into the spider verse#8.  Spider-man: Into the Spider-Verse.  The third straight Spider-man movie and a fantastic animated movie. Honestly this is a piece of art.  Gorgeously drawn and animated, Spider-verse brings together a group of alternate reality Spider-mans in an idea that simply should not work.  I mean Spider-man Noir? Spider-Ham?  Penny Parker?  They should have failed.  It should have been hopelessly confusing.  Yet it was not.  It was beautiful.  It was amazing characters in a great story.  We meet Miles Morales and he is charming and fun.  There is so much awesome here.  Heck, it won an Academy Award.

 

Image result for the dark knight#7.  The Dark Knight.  Not a Spider-man movie.  This is my lone Batman movie on the list.  I loved The Dark Knight like everyone else because of a brilliant performance of the Joker by Heath Ledger and a strong story involving Batman and the other side of the coin that is the Joker.  I am not a huge fan of the Two-Face story, but there is so much goodness with the Joker the Two-Face stuff does not ruin anything.  Dark Knight was the peak of the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy. One could only wonder what could have happened had Ledger not died.  Just a great film.

 

Image result for captain america winter soldier elevator#6.  Captain America: The Winter Soldier.  This movie is really one of the first times when the MCU started messing with the super hero genre.  Fact is that The Winter Soldier is more of a political thriller than a super hero movie.  Plus, they changed their universe dramatically by revealing that Hydra had infiltrated SHIELD for years and was plotting inside the organization.  Agents that we had known and met turned out to be Hydra agents.  Then, Cap’s old friend, Bucky Barnes, believed to have died in WWII, turned out to be an assassin known as the Winter Soldier.  Oh, and Robert Redford.

 

Image result for guardians of the galaxy#5.  Guardians of the Galaxy.  This one and The Winter Soldier could flip spots too depending on the day.  They both came out in 2014 and they were my co-number one movie of the year.  GotG should not have worked.  There is a talking raccoon.  There is a talking tree that says three words and three words only.  Yet, Marvel Studios made this a huge hit with characters that even your typical comic book geek were unfamiliar with.  James Gunn brought  wonderful humor, feeling and emotion to the film and it spawned a sequel and is expected to finally get back with GotG Vol 3 as well.  Oh, and great music, too.  Oooga Shaka, Oooga Oooga Ooga Shaka…

 

Image result for Avengers 1#4.  The Avengers.  The first Avengers movie was so great.  It brought together Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, The Hulk… each who had just had their own solo movie, with Black Widow and Hawkeye and Nick Fury… to face off against Loki and his army of Chitauri aliens in an attempt to get their hands on another infinity gem for Thanos.  We see Thanos for the first time here in a post credit scene.  There is just so much awesomeness in The Avengers that you forget how much of a risk it was for Marvel Studios to try and pull this off.  It worked and billions of dollars later, it is still preparing to break records.

 

Related image#3.  Logan.  The best non-Marvel Studio comic book movie in my opinion is the brilliant Logan.  It is a bit of an adaptation of Old Man Logan from the comics, but the film was even more emotional because the actors we had become so connected to were here.  Hugh Jackman in his final appearance as Logan, Patrick Stewart returning as a broken down Charles Xavier, but we add the young Laura (Dafne Keene) as the “daughter” of Logan.  The emotion of the movie is off the chart and the tears flow fully.   It is a movie about family.  It is a Western.  It is a road movie.  It is a tragedy.  It is amazing.

 

Image result for capt amer Civil war#2.  Captain America: Civil War.  This had so many emotional moments between Cap and Iron Man that you never are sure who you are rooting for.  This movie had so many things that it had to do, including setting up the new characters Black Panther and Spider-man, break up the Avengers, provide enough screen time for the bunch of characters while keeping it a Captain America story.  And the Russo Brothers do it beautifully.  Whether you were Team Cap or Team Iron Man, you should be Team Civil war.

 

Image result for avengers infinity war the snap#1.  Avengers: Infinity War.  The snap.  Thanos, the Mad Titan, had just gotten his hands on the final Infinity stone, but Thor’s new axe, Stormbreaker, was buried in his chest.  It looked like Thanos was going to come close but not succeed.  However, Thanos told Thor that he should have aimed for the head, and he snapped his finger.  And half of the universe dusted away.  We watched our favorites such as Black Panther, Spider-man, Bucky, Falcon, Star-Lord, Drax, Doctor Strange disappear into dust.  The audience could not believe what they were seeing.  I remember the gasps when the characters started dying and when Thanos ended up at the end of the film on his farm.  Amazing.  This film was so successful that it has set up Avengers: Endgame to potentially be the biggest film of all time.  I cannot wait.

 

Honorable mention:  There are a bunch.  We’ll start with Iron Man, the film that started the MCU train a rolling.  Captain America: The First Avenger is one of my favorite of the first stand alone films.  Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has some flaws but it never fails to make me cry at the ending.  Doctor Strange has a great ending.  I enjoy the smallness (pun unintended) of Ant ManBatman Begins and Batman ’89 are both solid Bat flicks.  Wonder Woman‘s film has a weak third act, but the No Man’s Land scene is one of the best in comic movies.  I had a heck of a good time with Shazam too.  X2 is probably my favorite X-Men team movie… or Days of Future Past.  And The Incredibles should be considered as well.  I could actually go on and on.

 

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EYG Top 10 Movies Based on Graphic Novels

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Welcome back to the Top 10 list of the week.  There was a great podcast this morning with Matt and John and I was excited to get the list written.  Then I had a long day at work so it is much later than I intended it to be.

This week, in honor of this weekend’s return of Hellboy with David Harbour, the guys made their list of Top 10 Movies based on Graphic Novels. I was already ready to dismiss The Dark Knight because it was not based on a specific graphic novel and then I heard the idea come up during the podcast.  I had to laugh at that.

I am also ruling that Edge of Tomorrow is not on this list either as it was classified as a light novel, and it says, not to be confused with a graphic novel.  So I kept it off the list.

 

Image result for 300 movie#10.  300.  This was John’s number one, but I was never a massive fan of this movie. It was fine, but I would not put it above number 10.  This is one of the greatest violent battle films around but there needed to be a bit more for me.  There is no denying that the movie looks absolutely fabulous and beautiful.  One of Zack Snyder’s most visually appealing films.

 

Image result for hellboy#9.  Hellboy.  I just recently saw the first Hellboy and I enjoyed it for the most part.  There was good humor and I really liked the performance of Ron Perlman.  The touch of Guillermo del Toro is all over this movie.  I was not a fan of the first part of the movie but I really thought it picked up as the film carried on.  Hellboy’s wit was what carried the film.

 

Image result for Kick Ass#8.  Kick Ass.  I loved this movie and I did not expect that it was going to be that great.  Nicolas Cage brought every last bit of the cheesiness of Nic Cage to his role as Big Daddy.  And, of course, Hit Girl, played by Chloe Grace Moretz, stole every scene.  Aaron Taylor-Johnson was great as the titular hero who is sort of not really a hero.

 

Image result for from hell#7.  From Hell.  I have always loved Jack the Ripper… that may not have come out right.  I have always liked the mystery of Jack the Ripper and From Hell takes a specific look at the Jack the Ripper mythos.  Johnny Depp is Inspector Fred Abberline, a drunken and high detective determined to hunt down Jack.  The theory tossed out by From Hell is out there, but it actually has had some traction.  From Hell is of course what was listed on one of the letters that Jack reportedly sent to the police to taunt them about his murders.  Some believe that the From Hell letter is the only real letter.  I enjoyed this movie quite a bit.

 

Image result for scott pilgrim vs. the world#6.  Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.  This movie should have been a massive hit, but, for some unknown reason, it just never found its audience.  Those who have seen it, love it, but the film did not find its wide audience.  There is a great cast with Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Brie Larson, Chris Evans, Kieran Culkin, Anna Kendrick, Bill Hader, Brandon Routh, Jason Schwartzman, Aubrey Plaza among others.  Fun.

 

Image result for snowpiercer#5.  Snowpiercer.  Here is the second appearance of Chris Evans on this list as the sci-fi classic, Snowpiercer, makes it way onto the list.  Chris Evans really showed that he could be more of a star than just Steve Rogers.  The film was extremely high concept science fiction with the train that traveled continuously through the dangerous cold temperatures of the dystopian future.  I have only seen this once, but I really should revisit it since I know that this is the type of movie that you are going to see things that you missed the first time.

 

Image result for kingsman#4.  Kingsman: The Secret Service.  This was another surprise and I really found this movie to be fun.  The young Taron Egerton and Colin Firth have unbelievable chemistry as mentor -student.  And the church scene, with Lynyrd Skynryd’s Freebird playing behind it, is one of the greatest and most violent movie scenes of all time.  Fantastic.

 

Image result for Watchmen#3.  Watchmen.  Who watches the Watchmen?  Well, not as many as you thought.  I always enjoyed Watchmen and I did not understand the negative responses to the movie.  I had not read the classic Frank Miller graphic novel before seeing the movie and that might have kept me from finding the negatives others could see.  I loved Rorschach.  I loved Dr. Manhattan.  The film looked great.  I thought the story was awesome.

 

Image result for v for vendetta#2.  V for Vendetta.  Remember, remember the fifth of November.  The gunpowder treason and plot.  The film that created a new fascination with Guy Fawkes.  The introduction of V and his monologue is one of the great moments of the movie.  Of course, the creator of the graphic novel, the legendary Alan Moore, was not a fan of the movie and rallied against it.  Even still, I thought it was tremendous.

 

Image result for sin city marv in electric chair#1.  Sin City.  One of the best adaptation of a graphic novel to the screen, there are scenes taking exactly from the page of Frank Miller’s classic graphic novel.  The story is told in several parts with a fantastic cast that included Mickey Rourke as Marv, Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, Clive Owen, Powers Boothe, Michael Clarke Duncan, Benicio del Toro, Elijah Wood etc.  Sin City is as stylish as any film you’ll see with great use of black and white and comic book-like coloring.  And a classic quote…”Is that the best you can do, you pansies?”

 

Honorable Mentions:  There were several others that I considered, but honestly, they were all fighting for that final spot.  The Mask was one that I thought about, with Jim Carrey.  Brandon Lee’s The Crow nearly sneaked on the list.  There was Wanted and Red which kind of blend together in my head (though Wanted is another Chris Evans movie).  As I said, I had placed Edge of Tomorrow down once, but decided to eliminate it on principal.  And John and Matt had cut out the animated films or else we could include The Dark Knight Returns Part One and Two, the adaptation of the classic mini series.  I had not seen Road to Perdition in a long time and is probably one that I want to see again as a re-watch.

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EYG Top 10 Michael Keaton Movies

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The final episode of The Top 10 show with John Rocha and Matt Knost on the Schmoes Knows feed before the boys head to their own feed on April 2nd arrived today with a Top 10 Michael Keaton movies.  This is in honor of Michael Keaton’s appearance in Disney’s live action Dumbo coming out this weekend.

I love Michael Keaton, but, honestly, there are a bunch of his films that I have not seen.  It was also one of the rarer lists where I made quite a few changes to the first draft of the list.  It was very interesting.

 

Image result for toy story 3 ken and barbie#10.  Toy Story 3.  Yes, he has a small part, as he voiced the character of Ken.  However, I love this movie.  It is one of my absolute top favorite animated films of all time.  Ken and Barbie’s story was one of the funnier parts of Toy Story 3 too.

 

Image result for multiplicity#9.  Multiplicity.  How many Michael Keatons are too many?  Who knows, but the science fiction comedy, directed by Harold Ramis, puts that to the test.  The clones of Michael Keaton develop considerably different personalities and wacky things ensue.  Multiplicity is not a great film, but Keaton has great comedic timing and he can shine through even the bad stuff.

 

Image result for the founder movie#8.  The Founder.  The man credited with bringing McDonald’s to the world, Ray Croc, is the focus of this biopic.  Michael Keaton is fantastic in this movie, which may not have been the greatest film ever, but it was very entertaining.

 

 

 

Image result for batman returns#7.  Batman Returns.  This film was not bad, but it felt as if it was too much of the Penguin’s movie than Batman’s movie.  Catwoman, Michelle Pfeiffer was amazing and, Michael Keaton is one of the best Batmans that we have ever had.  This is one of the most stylish Batman movies we have had.  They took a real risk with this movie, and it worked for the most part.

 

Image result for birdman movie#6.  Birdman.  This was on last week’s list and it returns this week.  This was a great Keaton comeback film and you were never sure if this was Keaton’s real life story being told or if it only seemed to be close to it.  Keaton is spectacular here and the shots are amazing.  The cast is top notch and Birdman deserves all the praise that it received from the Academy and the rest of the critics.

 

Image result for batman 89#5.  Batman.  I remember where I was when I saw this movie for the first time.  I remember standing in line to see it.  This was such a transcendent movie that it reinvigorate the character of Batman and helped welcome in the world of comic book movies.  Sure Batman and Robin then killed it later, but you had no idea that was going to happen.  “Did you ever dance with the devil in the pale moonlight?”  Jack Nicholson was perfect as the Joker, and we never would have guessed that he wasn’t always going to be considered the standard bearer for the Joker role.  I’m Batman! Damn straight you are!

 

Image result for spotlight keaton#4.  Spotlight.  I loved this movie but the movie’s subject matter was one of those massively uncomfortable subjects that almost makes you take a shower after seeing it.  The power of Spotlight is you see this great cast playing these journalists whose job it was to uncover such horrid truths as the sexual abuse scandal of the priests in Boston.  Thank goodness these men and women are there doing their jobs.

 

Image result for johnny dangerously#3. Johnny Dangerously.  You fargin’ icehole!  One of the funniest spoofs you are going to see.  In the vein of Airplane and Naked Gun, Johnny Dangerously focuses on the mob and gangsters of the 1930-40s.  Michael Keaton plays Johnny, a gangster that everybody loves and who seemingly could do no wrong.  Imminently quotable, I watched this movie with my father once…once.  “Weird Al” Yankovic performed the theme song, entitled “This is the Life” and that is a big time plus for me.

 

Image result for spiderman homecoming keaton#2. Spider-man: Homecoming.  In my first draft of this list, I had Homecoming at number one, but I had to drop it down because Michael Keaton is not the focus of the film.  Matt Knost said the same thing today on the Top 10 and I had to, regrettably, agree.  So I dropped it to #2.  Keaton playing the Vulture is fantastic and the scene where he is in the car with Peter is just as tense and anxiety-filled as any scene you are going to see.  Michael Keaton brought a level of apprehension as he slowly put together the truth of Peter’s alter ego and his measured response was just as terrifying.  The role of Adrian Toombs is forever connected to Keaton.

 

Image result for beetlejuice#1.  Beetlejuice.  Speaking of being forever connected… Nobody could have played this role but Michael Keaton.  Beetlejuice.  Beetlejuice.  Beetlejuice.  The character is charismatic enough that you feel as if he were the hero of the piece, but you would be wrong.  Beetlejuice is the antagonist and, perhaps even, the villain.  There is so much in this movie that makes it one of the greatest movies to never get a sequel (although rumors abound that Keaton may be ready to become Beetlejuice once again).  The whole “Banana Boat Song” is one of the great scenes involving music in movies.  As I said, I almost had this at number two, but I think I finally got this list correct.

 

 

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EYG Top 10 Best Picture Winners of the 21st Century

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The Top 10 guys arrived back at the L.A. area from their world traveling and they did a Patreon suggestion today.  It was the Top 10 Best Picture Oscar Winners of the 21st Century.  At first, I was wondering if I would have trouble filling out a ten because there are several Best Picture winners in the early part of the century that I did not see.  It has only been the last several years that I have been seeing all of the nominees.

In fact, my list wound up with a bunch of films that are typically considered the lesser of the winners.  And I am fine with that.

Image result for Moonlight#10.  La La Land.  The musical that…huh?  wait.  I mean… Moonlight.  Couldn’t resist this joke.  Moonlight won the Oscar a few minutes after La La Land had been announced as the winner.  The film focusing on the life of a young boy who is discovering his sexual orientation.  Mahershala Ali won an Academy Award for the role.  He really only was in the first act of the film, yet he stood out so much.  The film was beautifully shot and written.

 

Related image#9.  The Artist.  The silent black and white film from a few years ago was one of my favorite films of that year.  I haven’t seen this in several years and this is one of those films that a lot of people dislike.  I remember being very impressed with the level of work from the actors, especially form Jean Dujardin.

 

 

Related image#8.  Chicago.  Here is another of the Best Picture Winner that no one ever cares about or remembers.  Chicago is a great musical including some classic songs, especially “All That Jazz,” “Cell Block Tango” and “Razzle Dazzle.”  Catherine Zeta-Jones also won an Oscar as Best Supporting Actress.

 

 

Image result for gladiator#7.  Gladiator.  Russell Crowe and his classic role of Maximus in one of my favorite epic Roman swords and sandals films ever.  I should rewatch this film since I haven’t seen it in a while either.  I have not been a huge fan of most Roman epics and this one was the exception for sure.

 

 

Image result for the shape of water#6.  The Shape of Water.  I was really shocked how much I enjoyed this film.  I mean, it was the fish sex movie.  There was not one misstep for me, except maybe that dance routine, in this film.  I absolutely loved the story, the acting, and the connection between Sally Hawkins and the Amphibian Man.  Great job from Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro.

 

Image result for Argo movie#5. Argo.  Here is another one of the winners that a lot of people dismiss and dislike.  I was on the edge of my seat during the entire film.  I thought Ben Affleck was great as the lead, but the film was really stolen by John Goodman and Alan Arkin.  I liked this way more than most people seem to.

 

Image result for birdman oscar movie#4.  Birdman.  I loved this movie.  I loved how it seemed to shoot long continuous scenes in single takes.  And the film had a remarkable cast, led by Michael Keaton.  Including Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Zach Galifianakis, Naomi Watts.  It feels a bit like a biographical pic about Michael Keaton, who turned down a third film as Batman, much like the character who turned down Birdman.  This was smart and fabulous.

 

Related image#3.  Million Dollar Baby.  The Clint Eastwood directed boxing film was a film I just saw this past year and it was so great.  I found the whole story of the young female boxer played by Hilary Swank who has taken on Eastwood as her over-the-hill trainer Both Swank and Eastwood are amazing, as is Morgan Freeman.  There were some major shocks in this story and I was so engaged in this whole film.

 

Image result for spotlight movie#2.  Spotlight.  Another great movie starring Michael Keaton.  The true story is one of the most disturbing as well as the film dealt with the Boston Globe’s attempt to break the story of the Catholic Church child sex scandal.  The way they showed these journalists and their efforts to get the story was great.  This has a wonderful cast as well, with not only Michael Keaton, but also Mark Ruffalo (who is just unbelievable),  Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci and more.

 

Image result for return of the king#1.  Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.  While Two Towers is actually my favorite Lord of the Rings film, this film is an amazing conclusion to the massive trilogy from Peter Jackson.  The film takes all of the huge stories and storylines going on and paid them all off.  The fights are next level.  The CGI is mostly awesome.  I loved the character of Gollum and his arc with the Hobbits is wonderful.  The rivalry and jealousy between Samwise and Gollum is so well done.  And sure there are too many endings and it became somewhat comical, I was still fully in.  This Oscar was surely as a reward for the entire trilogy, no matter what the Academy may say.

 

Honorable Mentions:  Not too many more.  12 Years a Slave just about made the list though it is a film that I will never see again.  It affected me as I watched it.  Slumdog Millionaire is another one that I considered.  I did like Green Book as a film, but I was really cheering for Black Panther this year.

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EYG Top 10 Movies of the 90s by Year

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Back once again.  I did not do the list from last week with John and Matt playing the live show from London where they did the following:  American actor in British films.  I liked the category, but I did not want to do the research for the list and the Wednesday classic episode about Morgan Freeman was a good one, but I did not have time to do that one either.  So I was exited about this week.

Then they did the Top 10 movies of the 90s by year.  This was hard.  There are so many great choices that ended up not on my list.  The rule was you could only pick one movie from each year 1990-1999 and then order them by preference.  There were a couple of years that I really had to debate.

I will be adding the runners-up at the end of each number.

Here we go…

Image result for scream 1996#10.  Scream (1996).  This was the hardest of all of the years because there were three films that I listed and I had a hell of a hard time choosing one.  This is number 10 because I struggled to choose between the three of this year’s films.  I love this horror/comedy film featuring Ghostface that reinvigorated the slasher genre by deconstructing the genre.  Runners-Up:  The Birdcage, Fargo (these were the other two that nearly made this list.

 

Image result for big lebowski#9.  The Big Lebowski (1998).  I only just recently saw this and that is the reason for it being lower on this list.  Actually, I had avoided this because I am not a big fan of stoner films and I thought this one would be like that.  However, I found it incredibly funny and I enjoyed it completely.  The Dude is one of the iconic characters of all time and I wish I had seen this way before I did.  Runner-Up:  Enemy of the State

 

Image result for apollo 13#8.  Apollo 13 (1995).  I love this Ron Howard directed film.  It tells an unbelievable true story of the greatest failure ever from NASA.  Starring Tom Hanks as real life astronaut Jim Lovell, the late, great Bill Paxton plays Fred Haise, Kevin Bacon plays Jack Swigert and Gary Sinise plays the “still-not-sick” Ken Mattingly.  This film grabbed me at the start and I was totally on board the entire time.  It was awesome to see smart people dealing with crises with intelligence.  Apollo 13 was one of my favorites of the 1990s.  Runner-Up:  Toy Story

 

Related image#7.  Misery (1990).  Another tough choice as there were quite a few possibilities on this list, but the Stephen King adapted film with an amazingly creepy performance from Kathy Bates just makes this a huge winner for me.  The scene with the sledgehammer is as uncomfortable of a scene as there has ever been.  It is as cringe-inducing as you will ever find on screen.  Runner-Up:  Die Hard 2

 

Image result for dr richard kimble#6.  The Fugitive (1993).  Dr. Richard Kimble’s wife had been murdered by a one armed man, or so he claims.  Unfortunately for Kimble, the police did not really buy that story, arrested him and convicted him of murder.  One bus/train accident later, Richard Kimble was on the run as the fugitive.  And what makes it worse… Tommy Lee Jones was a U.S. Marshal was after him… and he did not care that Kimble was innocent, or so he claims.  The Fugitive was an epic film.  Runner-Up:  Schindler’s List

 

Image result for shawshank redemption#5.  Shawshank Redemption (1994).  What an amazing film.  Andy Dufresne and “Red” Ellis Boyd have one of the top friendships in movie history and there was so much drama surrounding all of the prisoners.  Had I done that Morgan Freeman list that I nearly did, this one would have placed at the top.  Freeman is perfect in this role and you are completely engaged by him.  Runner-Up:  Pulp Fiction.

 

Image result for Terminator 2#4. Terminator 2 (1991).  The classic Arnold action film where we see the return of the Terminator, only to discover that he is back to save Sarah Connor and John from a brand new (and downright freaky) Terminator, the T1000.  It really seemed as if nothing was ever going to stop the T1000 from accomplishing its mission to kill John and Sarah and that brought serious stakes to the film.  It really was a tremendous movie.  Runner-Up:  Silence of the Lambs

 

Image result for the fifth element#3.  The Fifth Element (1997).    Leeloo Dallas multipassChicken, GOOD!  This is one of my favorite Bruce Willis movies that sneaked under the radar.  The Fifth Element was such a fantastic science fiction film by director Luc Besson.  There is so many classic moments and scenes that I could not do it justice.  I do the “Chicken, good” line to this day.  This is full of excitement, drama, humor, a great relationship between Leeloo and Korbin Dallas, a star turn from Chris Tucker, a blue diva singing opera unlike any opera you’ve ever seen, and NEGOTIATIONS!  Creative.  Original.  Perfect.  Runner-Up:  Good Will Hunting.

 

Image result for a league of their own#2.  A League of Their Own (1992).  Another brilliantly quotable movie.  Everybody remembers “there’s no crying in baseball” but there are some I remember even more than that.  When Jimmy Dugan asks the umpire, “Anyone ever tell you that you look like a penis with a little hat on?”, I absolutely die, but what was even better was Dugan said “You misunderstood me!”  LOL.  Then, the quote “It’s supposed to be hard.  If it wasn’t hard everyone would do it.  The hard is what makes it great.” is on my classroom wall.  I love this movie and it may be my favorite baseball movie of all time.  Runner-up:  Aladdin.  

 

Related image#1.  The Sixth Sense (1999).  I never saw the twist coming.  And I am really good at sniffing these things out and when it caught me off guard, it took a decent film and, for me, transformed it into a brilliant one.  Haley Joel Osment is utterly spectacular as Cole, the little boy who saw dead people.  Bruce Willis gives a wonderful performance, understated and subtle, way more than we were used to seeing him give.  Toni Collette gets forgotten some times, but she was amazing here too (Oscar nominated).  Even with the twist revealed, you can still watch this movie by looking for the clues that were sprinkled through the film by M. Night Shyamalan.  They’re there.  It is a wonderfully written, acted and shot film.  Runner-Up:  The Matrix

 

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EYG Top 10 Bradley Cooper Movies

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This week’s top 10 comes from a patreon sponsor in honor of a birthday.  My birthday was just a week ago.  I didn’t get a list.  😦

Top 10 Bradley Cooper movies is the topic chosen and I found something interesting.  Bradley Cooper has been in a ton of movies that would be considered ensembles.  He hasn’t been the lead in a lot of movies…let me specify… he hasn’t been the lead in too many good movies.  So many of these are not necessarily straight “Bradley Cooper” movies.  He is a main role in all of these though.

Image result for the mule eastwood and cooper#10. The Mule.  The most recent Clint Eastwood vehicle had a Bradley Cooper character who was the federal agent who was chasing the drug running elderly man.  Sure, Cooper did not really know that Eastwood was the mule he was after, but that is really irrelevant.  The Mule was a decent film, but it is no higher than 10.

 

Related image#9.  American Hustle.  This is the first ensemble on this list.  Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Jeremy Renner, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Robert DeNiro, Michael Peña, Jack Huston.  This was a hugely popular film among critics, but I thought it was fine.

 

Image result for american sniper#8.  American Sniper.  Another Clint Eastwood film, American Sniper is a true story about Chris Kyle, a U.S. Navy Seal sniper who became one of the most lethal and pinpoint shooters in Iraq.  Kyle struggled when he was back from the war because the world was a different place.  American Sniper was a huge hit and Bradley Cooper was very strong in the film.

 

Image result for limitless bradley cooper#7.  Limitless.  This one was fun and light movie.  Bradley Cooper finds a drug that increases his mental acumen and helps make him a star in the financial markets.  Limitless was changed into a TV series (which Bradley Cooper appeared on as well).

 

 

Image result for the hangover#6.  The Hangover.  Now here is a movie that was extremely funny.  I remember laughing so hard that I was crying.  And then, there were two sequels that were some of the worst movies ever made.  I so hated The Hangover 2 and 3, but the first movie is fantastic.  The group (of the ensemble) had great chemistry and worked so well together.

 

 

Image result for infinity war rocket thor#5.  Avengers: Infinity War.  This movie is one of my all-time favorites and would be much higher on this list of we were just doing favorite films. However, Bradley Cooper was not a huge part of the film as Rocket.  Rocket was certainly a highlight of the movie as the “sweet rabbit” with his pairing with Thor.  He also had a huge scene with the dusting Groot.  Rocket is now one of the biggest characters in the MCU and the voice Bradley Cooper provides for him is perfect.

 

Image result for rocket vol 2#4.  Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.  This is the second appearance of Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon on my list.  I think there may be one more yet to come.  In Volume 2, Rocket is matched up with Yondu for a chunk of the time as Rocket was trying to find who he truly was.  The relationship between Rocket and Star Lord was looked at as well.  This movie was more about the group and the characters even though they were fighting a living planet.

 

Image result for silver linings playbook dancing#3.  Silver Linings Playbook.  This was an unexpected film to love as much as I did.  Who knew that a film about a dance competition could be so compelling.  Sure there was more to it than just that, but that dance finale was tremendous and it really helped rocket Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence into superstar status.  I loved the work from the two of them and this is one of the best rom coms you are going to find.

 

Image result for a star is born#2.  A Star is Born.  There is no way that, after a fourth time being remade, that A Star is Born would be any good.  An yet, this is fantastic.  And Bradley Cooper is a huge reason why.  He sings.  He plays guitar.  He makes out with Lady Gaga.  He pees himself.  He drinks.  Bradley Cooper not only does all of those things, but he also directs the film.  And it was his feature film directorial debut.  He deserved every bit of recognition for this movie as he placed it on his shoulders and carried it to a massive success.

 

Image result for rocket raccoon guardians one#1.  Guardians of the Galaxy.  Yes, this is an ensemble, but it was one that had no business succeeding as it did.  Bradley Cooper was voicing a talking raccoon who hung around with a walking tree that could only say three words.  These were characters that even some long time Marvel Comics fans did not know well.  And yet, Guardians of the Galaxy was a massive hit and cemented that Marvel Studios really knew what they were doing.  Rocket Raccoon may have been the heart of this movie and was perhaps the break out character.  Rocket was more than just a talking joke.  He was a deep and important character that anchored this movie from start to finish.  Everyone loved Rocket.

 

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EYG Top 10 Culturally Important Black Movies

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February is Black History Month and in honor of the month, Matt and John had a new topic that they were a bit uncomfortable with so they brought in a third.  African American Chris Burns was brought in as the “specialist.”

They chose to do the Top 10 Culturally Important Black Movies.

Before I start, I will immediately say that I have not seen Do The Right Thing so it will not be making my list.  Of course I know the significance of the film, but I have not seen it so I cannot include it.

Here I go…

Image result for spider-verse#10. Spider-man: Into the Spider-Verse.  Miles Morales makes his debut in this Sony animated movie and becomes the first Black/Puerto Rican Spider-man.  The best part of this fact is that there is absolutely no mention of the fact about this.  It is not an issue, of race at all.  Anyone can wear the mask.  Miles immediately becomes one of the top characters to all young African American children.

 

Image result for malcolm x movie#9.  Malcolm X.  I have only seen this movie once when I was much younger which is why it is so low down the list.  Denzel Washington is amazing as the historical figure of Malcolm X.  Malcolm X was a controversial figure in the sixties, but he developed his opinions over the years.  The movie does a great job showing about this complex man.

 

Image result for in the heat of the night movie#8.  In the Heat of the NightThey call me Mister Tibbs.  Sidney Poitier was one of the biggest African American actors in Hollywood and the film played on the tense racial divide alive fully during the 1960s.  In the Heat of the Night was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.  Sounds as if it fits on this list.

 

Image result for moonlight movie#7.  Moonlight.  The debut feature film from Barry Jenkins pulled an upset in the Oscar race by knocking off La La Land.  Moonlight is a beautiful coming of age story of a young black teen coming to grips with his sexuality as a gay man and how the world around him shaped his life.  Mahershala Ali won an Oscar for the film despite only appearing in the first act.  It is beautifully shot and written and extremely tender in many ways.

 

Image result for guess who's coming to dinner#6.  Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.  The second appearance of Sidney Poitier on this list, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner dealt honestly and straightforwardly with the issue of mixed marriage and how difficult of a life it could be during the uncertain times of the 1960s.  In the film, Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn are meant to be progressive people, but they showed a side that their daughter did not expect when she brought Sidney Poitier home for dinner as her fiance.  I loved how the question of race was dealt with so head on.  That is a lesson we could all learn.

 

Image result for black k klansman#5.  BlackKKlansman.  Spike Lee’s most recent film featuring a story of an African American cop who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan by getting on the phone and talking to the people in charge.  He even talked to the leader of the Klan, David Duke himself.  This true story found a great performance from Denzel’s son, John David Washington, as the police detective, and Adam Driver, as another police detective who had to play the part of the black detective when meeting the Klan face to face.  This is more of a political film than some on this list, as there are clear hints toward the Trump America.

 

Image result for the hate U give#4.  The Hate U Give.  I found this movie unbelievably powerful and impactful.  Just the scene where actor Russell Hornsby had to sit his children down to explain to them how they needed to act when they were pulled over by the police… it was shocking to me.  I am sure it is a scene that has been played over by black families all across the country and that is just tragic.  This is a wonderful story of overcoming the hatred and the expectations to become something special. Amandla Stenberg played Starr and she was absolutely amazing.

 

Image result for get out#3.  Get Out.  Jordan Peele’s horror masterpiece really took a new look at race relations and turned it upside down.  In his directorial debut, Peele tells the story of a young black man who goes with his white girlfriend to visit her family and strange things begin to happen.  The film is frightening and funny.  It deals with deep themes that you may miss upon first viewing.  It dives deep into the racism that exists in the world and it takes no prisoners.  Great performances and thrilling storytelling make Get Out one of the most original films of any year.

 

Image result for coming to america#2. Coming to America.  I wasn’t going to include this on my list at first, and then Matt, John and Chris made it their number one film.  Because of this, I figured it was okay to include it on my list. Coming to America is Eddie Murphy at the height of his powers.  This is one of the best comedies of any decade and it brings a message of true love as well.  I am also concerned with the talk of a sequel to this movie, but no matter what happens with that, this film is always here to enjoy.

 

Image result for marvel studios black panther#1.  Black Panther.  Wakanda Forever!  There is no denying the cultural importance of this Marvel Studio film.  Black Panther, a character who is well known in the comic book community, but not necessarily among typical movie going public, absolutely crushed the box office last year, crossing $1.3 billion worldwide, which included over $700 million domestic (which beat even the juggernaut known as Avengers: Infinity War).  Not only did this show a black super hero (the first black super hero form the comics), but also showed how the black community was successful and more advanced than any place on the earth.  This was a film about black success, not about black failure, but there is also another side to the film.  With Killmonger coming to Wakanda with the message of why Related imagedid Wakanda let other black people suffer, turning a blind eye to the world.  Black Panther is deceptively deep and a wonderfully acted film.  It became the first ever super hero movie to be nominated for an Academy Award and will certainly bring some Oscar back to Marvel Studios on Oscar night.  It is such a culturally significant film that Congresswoman Maxine Waters gave the Wakanda Forever crossed arms salute at Aretha Franklin’s funeral.  Wow.

 

Honorable Mentions:  I don’t have a ton of these, but I considered Dope, which was a really good film, but may not be that culturally important.  I liked If Beale Street Could Talk, but it is another one that may not be that impactful.   I saw 12 Years a Slave and that effected me a great deal, but it is certainly not a film I want to go back to revisit.  The story of Selma was interesting as was the true story of Detroit, the last one not very successful of a film though very powerful.  Straight Outta Compton got bumped at the last cut.

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EYG Top 10 Best Actress Winners

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Another snow day here in Iowa gives me the opportunity to listen to and write up this week’s Top 10 early.  I wondered what this week’s topic was going to be and I really liked the one they came up with.  Top 10 Best Actress Winners at the Academy Awards is topical, with the Oscars coming up in the next few weeks, and it is a topic that they have not done.

There are a ton of performances that I have not seen.  Most of the actresses on my list are more recent because these are the films that I have seen.  There were many choices on my list as well.  It was interesting how some of the greatest actresses of all time were left off my list simply because they won their award in a film I did not see.

And, by the way, there is an epic…absolutely EPIC… argument at the end of the episode with John and Matt over placing their lists.  Amazing.

 

Image result for helen hunt as good as it gets#10.  Helen Hunt, “As Good As It Gets” 1997.  This was up against a second performance and I had to bounce back and forth between them.  In the end, I was more of a fan of As Good As It Gets than the other one.  I love the character of Carol Connelly, who feels so realistic and original.  She was a great mother who loved her son and she had chemistry with every actor in the film.  Her straightforwardness is refreshing and so much fun.

 

Image result for k hepburn guess who's coming to dinner#9.  Katharine Hepburn, “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” 1967.  Joanna Drayton is a free-thinking white woman whose daughter has arrived with her new fiance, John Prentice, a black man.  Katharine Hepburn is one of the classic actresses of all time and she is wonderful in this movie as the barrier between her daughter and Spencer Tracy, her husband, who seems to be having concerns.

 

 

Image result for brie larson room#8.  Brie Larson, “Room”, 2015.  I loved this movie.  I sobbed the whole film and Brie Larson is unbelievable in this role.   She has a remarkable relationship with her movie son, Jacob Tremblay and her performance is as emotional as you are going to get.  Plus, Brie was one of the key components in the argument at the end of today’s episode.  I love Room (not THE Room, by the way).

 

Related image#7.  Julia Roberts, “Erin Brockovich” 2005.  I have never been a huge fan of Julia Roberts, but this is easily my favorite film of hers.  I love the story of the woman who, looking for a job, winds up with a lawyer and they fight for a gigantic lawsuit involving a cover-up of poison water.  Erin has a down-to-earth charm that you wouldn’t think someone like Julia Roberts would be able to portray, but she does a fantastic job.

 

Image result for julie andrews mary poppins#6.  Julie Andrews, “Mary Poppins”, 1964.  I love the movie, Mary Poppins and Julie Andrews is perfect as the magical nanny who appears to help the Banks children by way of helping Mr. Banks.  She sings and dances and does it beautifully.  Mary Poppins is most likely the most iconic role on this list.  I remember a teacher in elementary school put the word “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” on a spelling list.  She is transcendent. (and another one of the triggers for the Rocha-Knost throw down)

 

Image result for hilary Swank million dollar baby#5.  Hilary Swank, “Million Dollar Baby” 2004.  I was late coming to this movie.  It had never appealed to me that much, but I watched the film on one of the binges and I was astounded how great it was, and the biggest part of the film for me was the performance of Hilary Swank as Maggie Fitzgerald, a female boxer trained by Clint Eastwood.

 

 

 

Image result for fargo mcdormand#4.  Frances McDormand, “Fargo” 1996.  Marge.  Aw geez.  I so love me some Margie.  Oh ya.  Marge is the heart of this dark and unsettling film.  She is what gives Fargo its connection to the audience.  We love her and her exaggerated accent.  The two sides to Fargo is shown through the great performance from Frances McDormand.  Darn tootin’.

 

Related image#3.  Louise Fletcher, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” 1975.  One of the more disturbing characters on the list as Nurse Ratched, Louise Fletcher plays brilliantly against Jack Nicholson.  She is so compelling, sinister, and frightening as this psychiatric nurse who does what she wants to do.

 

 

Related image#2.  Jodie Foster, “The Silence of the Lambs” 1991.  Jodie Foster has her absolutely best performance as FBI Agent in training Clarice Starling.  She is brought into the case trying to capture the serial killer, Buffalo Bill.  They want Clarice to go talk to the captured serial killer, Dr. Hannibal Lecter (played by the fellow Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins) because it is believed that Lecter has some insight into Buffalo Bill.  The work between Foster and Hopkins is what brings this movie to life.  She carries the rest of the movie on her shoulders.

 

Image result for kathy bates misery#1.  Kathy Bates, “Misery” 1990.  Kathy Bates is the most frightening, most imposing figure on this list.  Her performance as psycho fan Annie Wilkes is amazing.  She saves the life of her favorite author Paul Sheldon after his car wreck, but there was more than that.  She kidnapped Sheldon and forced him to “fix” the problem that he had done in the last novel.  And the scene with the sledgehammer was horrendous.  Kathy Bates put the FAN in FANATIC.

 

Honorable Mentions:  The actress I was debating between at number 10 was Jennifer Lawrence from Silver Lining Playbook.  I like that movie a lot, but I went with Helen Hunt instead.  Halle Berry in Monster’s Ball is very powerful.  I enjoyed Emma Stone‘s singing in La La Land, though nowhere as much as Scott Mantz did.  Cher is Moonstruck made my extra list, but there was no way she was going to make the list.  Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side is good.  I was also amazed that Meryl Streep was not on the list, but her winning roles were not my favorite or I had not seen them.

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EYG Top 10 Movies in the Snow

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This week there was quite a wait for the Top 10 Show.  Apparently there was some kind of problem with their servers and, for me, I did not get to hear the show until Wednesday morning.  Coincidentally, we got out early from school yesterday because of a winter mix of weather and this week’s show was Top 10 Movies in Snow.

As always, the show is worth the wait.

The show this week is in honor of the upcoming Liam Neeson film, Cold Pursuit, a film that Matt Knost ha had a lot of fun with the generic title.  Still, early reviews have been positive, so who knows.

One rule that was put into place on the show, and I will follow as well, was that there would be no Christmas movies considered.  That makes sense.  While I came up with a long list, a lot of them felt like cheats or films where the snow was not that important to the story.  I’ll mention some of those in the honorable mentions.

Strangely enough, there are some of the most iconic and gruesome scenes in all of movies in these films.

And, no The Snowman is not here.

 

Image result for fargo 1996#10.  Fargo.  Okay, I was never a big fan of this movie, but I loved the TV show.  This should have been a film that I did in the binge watch from a couple of weeks ago where I gave a film a second chance because my bet is that I would enjoy this Coen Brothers film much more than I did the first time.  It is a dark comedy and I love those and the performance from Frances McDormand is iconic.  And.. wood chippers will never be looked at in the same way again. I need to see this one for a second time.

 

Related image#9.  Alive.  Another one that I have only seen once years ago that could use a rewatch.  The topic itself is a tough idea.  What would you do to survive?  If you had to resort to eating the dead, would you?  Could you?  Based on a true story, this plane crash story is compelling in that question alone.  Ethan Hawke is one of the stars of this film.

 

 

Image result for frozen disney movie#8. Frozen.  Sure, there is a lot of hate for this movie, but I do like it.  It may not be my most go-to Disney movie, but as a snow film… I mean, come on.  There is a singing snowman.  Again, while lots of people hate on the music, I actually enjoy the songs.  Yes, most of the soundtrack got overplayed (which has led to the hate), but that does not mean that it is bad.

 

Image result for hateful eight#7.  The Hateful Eight.  Tarantino film featuring a great cast and a cabin in a snowstorm.  Then there is a ton of blood, violence and remarkable dialogue.  Matt Knost talked about not liking the first part of the movie, but I enjoyed that part tremendously.  I found the dialogue between Sam Jackson and Kurt Russell to be smart and snappy.  Yes, the film goes to another level when they reach the cabin, but I do not want to dismiss the first act of the movie.

 

Image result for wind river#6.  Wind River.  I loved this movie.  Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olson are wonderful in these roles as they were involved in the mystery of a dead teen’s body found in the snow.   I was gripped by the film from the very start and I loved how the setting really informed much of what was going to happen.  The brutal snow and cold made everything more difficult to handle.  Great performances by our two Avengers here as they took themselves out of their famous roles and teamed together once again.

 

Image result for snowpiercer#5.  Snowpiercer. Another Avenger appearing here as Chris Evans stars in this amazing apocalyptic science fiction film that deals with live on a train after the world froze over.  As with great science fiction, Snowpiercer is about more than the surface level story.  This dives into the world of class and the wealthy and what they believe they deserve.  Snowpiercer is brutal and hard to watch in many instances, but you are completely enthralled in the film.  Another amazing performance from Tilda Swinton as well.

 

Image result for The Thing snow#4.  The Thing.  What else needs to be said about this John Carpenter masterpiece?  It is one of the best science fiction movies of all time and one of the best performances of Kurt Russell’s career. The Thing is as exciting and thrilling as any movie around as you really feel the claustrophobic feeling brought on by the blizzard outside.  The practical effects still seem to work even after all these years.  A fantastic movie.

 

Related image#3.  Misery.  The snow caused the car crash.  The snow was the backdrop allowing Annie Wilkes to pretend that she could not call for help for the injured Paul Sheldon.  And here come Misery.  Kathy Bates gives one of the most frightening performances in film as the obsessed fan who was holding all the power.  And let’s face facts, that scene with the ankles… wow!  This is one of my favorite Stephen King adaptations around.

 

Related image#2.  Die Hard 2.  Icicle through the eye.  One of the coolest and most cringeworthy moment of any movie.  Die Hard 2 gets under rated by a lot of people but I find it extremely enjoyable. John McClane at an airport, in a snowstorm facing off with terrorists once again.  It also has a twist with the John Amos character that I did not see coming.  The ending with the fire trail is one of the best endings in the franchise as well.

 

Image result for the shining jack frozen#1.  The Shining.  This was the first film that popped into my head when the topic came up and it was my favorite when the list was compiled.  Jack Nicholson does an amazing job of taking the sad sack author who, because of the cabin fever caused from being stranded in the Overlook Hotel, goes mad, becoming homicidal.  Sure the place was haunted as well, but the real horror of this film is that this could happen to anyone.  All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.  The one thing that the Shining is not, is dull.

 

Honorable mentions:  I considered several films but they did not have snow as a major aspect of the film.  Something like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind nearly made the list but I dropped it because the snow was not that important.  Groundhog Day was another that fit that mold.  Same with X-Files: I Want to BelieveInsomnia almost made the list thanks to a great villainous turn from Robin Williams.  The Revenant was considered but most likely was not making the list.  Eddie the Eagle was a good story but I did not love it as much as John Rocha did.  Last one I considered was Hanna.

 

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EYG Top 10 Movie Death Scenes

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It is cold here.

I mean, cold as a dead body.  Heh heh.  No, really, we are in an Arctic blast right now and it is going to be under zero for the next couple of days with a wind chill around -50 tomorrow.  So I am off school and have a great chance to listen to the Top 10 Show unencumbered.

And this week was the Top 10 Movie Death Scene, hence the awful pun from earlier.

This was a tough list to compile because there were so many great choices and from all kinds of different genres.  Not only different genres but different feelings/reasons/emotional responses.  From shock to sadness to joy.

Oh, and of course…I should say that this contains all kinds of SPOILERS if you have not seen these movies.  You have been warned.

Image result for bing bong inside out#10.  Bing Bong (Inside Out).  I thought of this one but I wasn’t going to include it because Bing Bong was not actually alive and did not actually die (he just faded away-forgot) but then John Rocha included him on his list and that was all I needed, because this was one of the saddest, heart-wrenching scenes I can remember.  Inside Out is one of my favorite Pixar movies and animated movies, and Bing Bong was a huge reason why.  I decided to only place this at ten because of the questionable aspects of the “death” because otherwise, this might be considerably higher up the list.

 

Image result for kane alien chest#9.  Kane (Alien).  I had about five or six deaths fighting for this final spot, but the little details that Matt Knost told today about the other actors not knowing about what was going to happen as to be able to film their actual reactions helped propel this death onto the list.  Imagine the horror of seeing this and not expecting it.  To make sure this is what I wanted, I pulled it up on YouTube and the reactions of everyone around poor John Hurt was astounding.

 

Image result for marion crane#8.  Marian Crane (Psycho).  The famous shower scene from Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho is one of the most iconic death scenes in any movie ever.  The idea that Hitchcock took the character who seemed to be the movie’s main protagonist and biggest star and killed her off in the first half of the movie was unbelievable and groundbreaking.  It is a scene that has been copied and parodied countless times and never fails to provide the necessary horror that Hitchcock was trying to find.

 

Image result for logan death in Logan#7.  Logan (Logan).  One of the greatest comic book movies of all time ends with the amazingly poignant and saddening death of its main character.  Logan, played for the final time by Hugh Jackman, was a character we had seen for years and many movies, and this swan song was as beautifully done as any film.  It was only made more stunning by the work of young Dafne Keen. The father-daughter aspect of the scene brought even more gravitas to the movie and made sure that I was emotionally spent by the end.

 

Image result for satine moulin rouge death#6.  Satine (Moulin Rouge).  Here was another one that hurt.  The musical was a romantic story of a young writer falling in love with a courtesan at the house of ill-content known as the Moulin Rogue.  It led to a great, sweeping romantic story that was destined to end in tragedy.  In this case, Satine, was felled by tuberculosis and died in her love’s arms.  Played perfectly by the lovely Nicole Kidman, you could feel the anguish displayed by Christian (Ewan McGregor).  In the end, this was a story about love.

 

Image result for quint eaten by jaws#5.  Quint (Jaws).  Oh boy, did this scene scare me as a youngster.  Watching Quint struggle to try and avoid the gigantic shark’s jaws was frightening enough, but you hoped beyond hope that the old sailor would find an escape.  Unfortunately, Quint finally succumb and the imagery of him being eaten by the shark was one that would stick with me forever.   We had connected to Quint in such a personal way with his story of his time on the Indianapolis that this death was even more difficult.  Jaws was one of the best movies ever made and this scene is a huge reason why.

 

Image result for mr stark i dont feel so good#4.  Peter Parker (Avengers: Infinity Wars).  “Mr. Star, I don’t feel so good.”  And with those words, Peter Parker began to fade away from the snap.  Peter Parker, Spider-man should not have been the one to go, but his death (however temporary) brought such an emotional wallop to the Infinity War that I can’t imagine it without that scene.  Seeing this young kid grasp the fact that he was going to die and not want to go, with those adlibbed words from Tom Holland, never fails to break me up.  I love Peter Parker.  He is my all-time favorite fictional character in any medium and seeing him dusted was wrecking.  This was actually the first name that popped into my head when considering the list.  These top four were all possibly switchable.

 

Image result for hans gruber fall#3.  Hans Gruber (Die Hard).  What a great end to one of the greatest villains of movie history.  Dropping from out of the window of the Nakatomi Plaza and falling to his death, the brilliant Alan Rickman did not know he was being dropped.  Apparently, they released him on two instead of three and the reaction of Gruber was the real fear shown by Rickman.  Hans Gruber was the perfect foil for John McClane and their dynamic made Die Hard one of the greatest Christmas movies around.

 

Image result for mufasa death lion king#2.  Mufasa (The Lion King).  Damn that Disney, making us all grieve the loss of parents.  Not only did poor Simba have to watch his father trampled to death by the wildebeest, but he had to know that he died trying to save him.  The guilt drove Simba away from the kingdom for years, allowing evil Scar to take the throne.  The Shakespearean connection was apparent, but the emotional stakes of the scene were off the charts.  James Earl Jones provided the voice for the heroic king of the jungle and his loss is one of Disney’s finest parental deaths.

 

Image result for count rugen death#1.  Count Rugen (The Princess Bride).  “I want my father back, you son of a bitch!” Unlike all the other deaths on this list, this one was cheered in the theater.  Count Rugen, the Six-Fingered Man, had killed Inigo Montoya’s father when Inigo was just a young boy of 11.  Inigo dedicated his life to searching for hi revenge.  And when he finally gets it, there is such a joy.  The Princess Bride is my favorite movie of all time and I absolutely love this scene.  It gives me goosebumps every time.  The performance of Christopher Guest as the evil Count and Mandy Patinkin as Inigo Montoya brought such a passion, a realism to a scene that is inside the silliest comedy around.  You could feel the pain of Inigo and, first, the arrogance and then the fear of Rugen and that really packed in the emotion that led to the release of cheers from the crowd.

 

Honorable mentions:  Man there are a lot.  I mentioned about the ones that I debated about putting at #9. Those included Ellie (Up), Brooks (Shawshank Redemption), Spock (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan), Charles Xavier (Logan), William Wallace (Bravehart) and the Wicked Witch of the West (The Wizard of Oz).  Any of those could have made a great #9.  Others I listed included Apollo Creed (Rocky IV).  King Kong who died for the beauty.  James Gunn says that Groot died in the original Guardians of the Galaxy and the Baby Groot is his off-spring and, if that is the case, makes the scene with Groot’s sacrifice all the more tragic.  All the heroes of the SNAP from Avengers: Infinity Wars was considered, but Parker was easily the standout there.  Darth Vader‘s redemption at the end of Return of the Jedi was special.    Bonnie & Clyde and their death in a hail of bullets was a possibility.  Thomas J died off screen in My Girl, but that did not mean that his death was less tragic.  Little kids weren’t supposed to die.  Mickey form Rocky III was tough to handle as well.  Gollum falling into the lava in Return of the King, Cesar and his final death in War of the Planet of the Apes, Toht and his face melting in Raiders of the Lost Ark, Blain who did not have time to bleed in Predator, Vizzini and his laugh in The Princess Bride, Bubba from Forest Gump, Dr. Malcolm Crowe in The Sixth Sense were all great death scenes too.  Oh, and Bambi’s mom… damn you Disney!

 

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Top 10 Revenge Films

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This week, John and Matt dropped their Top 10 Movies of 2018.  I have recently posted my top films of the year, so I hoped that the classic episode on the Patreon would be one that I could do.  And it turned out to be Top 10 Revenge Movies, which I have never done.  This was going to work well.

Then I started doing the research and I found a list of a lot of movies.  However, there were no major standout films for me.  Number one was tough to choose, and there are some movies I liked that did not make the list.  There is at least movie that I love so much and it is one that I never considered a revenge film, but it was on a bunch of the lists so I am including it.

 

Image result for wrath of khan#10.  Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.  Ricardo Montalban comes back to Star Trek as one of the great villains of all time, Khan.  And this is the greatest Star Trek movie ever made. The final scene between Kirk and Spock is as emotional as any film you are ever going to see.

 

 

Image result for inigo montoya#9.  The Princess Bride.  Here is the film that I had not ever considered a revenge film, but it was on several lists that I saw during research and The Princess Bride is my absolute favorite movie.  I placed it at number 9 only because the revenge is only part of this epic movie.  “Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya…you killed my father… prepare to die.”  Inigo lets us know as well that the reason he works for Vizzini is that there is not a lot of money in revenge.  And yet, he found that villainous Count Rugen and his six fingers on his right hand and took care of business.  This is my favorite film on this list, but, since it was only partially a revenge film, I dropped it down.

 

Related image#8.  The Crow.  The Crow is a fantastic film featuring the final appearance of Brandon Lee, as he was accidentally killed during the filming of this movie.  This has some wonderful violence and, unfortunately, was unable to ever recapture the magic after the loss of Lee.  Still, I loved this heroic vigilante.

 

 

Image result for django unchained#7.  Django Unchained.  Quentin Tarantino created this wonderful western with the most brutal racial tone and imagery filled with violence and blood.  The film has a ton of brilliant performances from Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Don Johnson.  Django is as compelling of a film as Tarantino has ever done.

 

Image result for cape fear#6.  Cape Fear.  Another film that features the antagonist as the person who is seeking revenge, Robert De Niro is just amazing as the ex-con Max Cady, who has returned to seek retribution from his lawyer, Sam Bowden, played by Nick Nolte, for his failure to get him off years before.  And this goes crazy.  The final confrontation on the boat is just tense as can be and features some of the best work from these actors.  Throw in the great Jessica Lange and we got an awesome movie.  Director Martin Scorsese brought us this remake of a film from 1962 and truly created some magic.

 

Image result for sweeney todd#5.  Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.  Johnny Depp appears as the crazy barber who returns to London after being railroaded to Australia for a crime he did not commit, by the evil Judge Turpin.  Turpin’s lust for Benjamin Barker’s wife, Lucy, drove the judge’s decisions.  When Barker returned under the guise of Sweeney Todd, he set out to find his revenge and maybe meet his daughter Johanna.  However, the daughter is not really what Sweeney Todd is interested in.  What better way to seek revenge than to bake your enemies into a meat pie?  Great music.  Great tone.  Very suspenseful.

 

Image result for taken#4.  Taken.  Liam Neeson is not the dad you want to piss off.  And when he tells you on the phone that you had better give him his daughter back, you had better give him his daughter back.  This was a fantastic movie that has, admittedly, been tarnished by the terrible Taken 2 and Taken 3.  Still, Taken has one of the most iconic moments in any revenge movie with that phone call scene. I found it extremely brutal and very fun.

 

Image result for V for vendetta#3.  V for Vendetta.  This film was based on the classic graphic novel by Alan Moore of the same name, despite the fact that Moore was a huge critic of the movie version of his work.  V for Vendetta is the story of a future society in England trying to avoid seeing its population riot and overthrow the government.  The push is lead by V, a man who was turned into a monster by the very government in a project.  V has a list and he works on filling that list for the whole movie.  Remember, Remember the Fifth of November…

 

Related image#2.  John Wick.  I mean, they killed his dog.  John Wick was such a surprise and a renaissance for Keanu Reeves.  John wick just wanted to be left alone.  He was out of the life and did not need to kill anyone any more, but, after his wife dies of cancer, the world he left behind pulled him back in.  They killed his dog!  One of my favorite lines in this movie is when the head bad guy discovered that the car that his dimwit son had stolen once belonged to John Wick and he was completely in shock.  His simple response of “Oh” told you all you needed to know about who John Wick was and what was about to be unleashed.

 

 

Related image#1.  Unforgiven.  The Clint Eastwood Oscar winning western featuring Eastwood as a killer trying to not kill again, but having the people around him not leaving him to his retirement.  In this case, there is a prostitute who has been disfigured by a john and has come to William Munny for help.  Unable to resist, Munny tries to do what needed to be done without becoming the monster he used to be.  Unforgiven also stars Gene Hackman as the wicked Little Bill Daggett, the sheriff who has abused his power for years, and who is looking to prevent the spread of vigilantism in his land.  Unforgiven is one of the best westerns I have seen and is probably the best Clint Eastwood movie made.

 

Honorable Mentions.  There are a bunch of these.  Kill Bill Vol 1 and 2 are films that I have only seen once, years ago, but I remember liking them.  They just did not make the list.  Payback from Mel Gibson is a great film.  Christopher Nolan’s creative film, Memento, is another good addition, but another movie that I have not seen in years.  The Revenant is the film that the classic Top 10 show was honoring this week.  The bear scene was one of the best in the film.  All I really remember in Inglorious Basterds is the ending with Hitler and Brad Pitt’s hilarious I-talian accent.  The remake and original versions of True Grit are top notch, starring John Wayne and Jeff bridges respectably.  Gladiator and Braveheart are “historical” revenge stories that could always make a list like this.  They were both on Matt and John’s list.  Stephen King’s original Carrie found that you had better not drop pig’s blood onto a powerful telekinetic if you want to survive prom.  Darkman is another hero/vigilante film that was fun to watch.

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When I pulled up the PodcastOne website, I did not expect to see a new Top 10 show ready to be watched.  This is Monday night and they never drop their show this early.  I was so happy because this was going to work out so much better for me.  Tomorrow is going to be quite busy so tonight was a great chance to listen to Matt and John.

The show this week was the Top 10 American Remakes of a Foreign Film in honor of the Kevin Hart/Bryan Cranston film, The Upside.  I was doing some research as I was listening to the show (By the way, John was ridiculously funny during his story about his car troubles at Christmas) and I was able to compile the list.

 

Related image#10.  The Ring.  The remake of the Japanese film, Ringu, The Ring was a great concept and one of the truly scary horror movies of the early 2000s.  Most of the sequels or remakes of this did not reach the level of this film.  This scene of the woman crawling from the television is iconic and sincerely frightening.

 

Image result for vanilla sky#9.  Vanilla Sky.  The weird Tom Cruise future film is a remake of the Spanish film, Abre los ojos.  Cruise rejoins his director of Jerry Maguire, Cameron Crowe, for a psychological thriller that keeps Cruise, as well as the audience, off balance for what exactly was happening.  Cruise and Penelope Cruz are great in the film and it is a great film.

 

Image result for 3 men and a baby#8.  Three Men and a Baby.  You have Tom Selleck, Ted Danson and Steve Guttenberg with a little baby girl in a fun comedy directed by Leonard Nemoy.  Three Men and a Baby is a remake of the French film, Trois hommes et un couffin.  Selleck, Danson and Guttenberg are great together and play off each other with amazing chemistry.  The story is a bit cheesy, but it is funny and it is engaging and you can forgive some issues.

 

Image result for the girl with the dragon tattoo#7.  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.  This film features Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander and Daniel Craig as Mikael Blomkvist.  This was a remake of a Swedish film called Man som hater Kvinnor.  Many people believe that the Swedish version is better (I have not seen that one) but I did enjoy the American film.  Rooney Mara was strong as the vengeful investigator with trust issues.

 

Image result for some like it hot#6.  Some Like It Hot.  One of the classics of American cinema, Some Like It Hot was a remake of the French film, Fanfare d’amour.  Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon are a perfect pair in this movie that is very funny.  Marilyn Monroe is in this movie as well and I was impressed with her work.  I have not seen a lot of films with Monroe, but she was very solid here.  She and Curtis worked well together.  1959 film was directed by Billy Wilder.

 

Image result for insomnia movie#5.  Insomnia.  Robin Williams in a role that was unlikely at the time.  The chaotic comedian became the cold and calculating villain of the movie.  Insomnia is a remake of a Norwegian film also called Insomnia.   Al Pacino and Robin Williams work very well together and Hilary Swank balances them out.

 

Related image#4.  Godzilla (2014).  Another movie that many people did not like, because they thought that there was not enough Godzilla.  I did not agree, but I can understand the thought because everyone agrees that the last half hour of this movie was unbelievably awesome with Godzilla monster fights.  This is, of course, the remake of the classic Japanese film, Gojira, and has lead into a new series of monster movies.

 

Image result for 12 monkeys movie#3.  Twelve Monkeys.  The great Bruce Willis movie featuring time travel and confusion over what exactly was happening or when it was happening.  Twelve Monkeys featured a wacky performance from Brad Pitt.  Twelve Monkeys, directed by Terry Gilliam, is a remake of the French film, La Jetee.

 

Image result for the birdcage#2.  The Birdcage.  Of course, this is a remake of the Franco-Italian film, La Cage aux Folles.  This features the wonderful pairing of Robin Williams and Nathan Lane as a homosexual couple who have to try and cover up their lifestyle to help out their son with his soon to be in-laws, the conservative senator Gene Hackman and his wife.  The movie was very funny and it had a lot of heart.

 

Image result for beauty and the beast#1.  Beauty and the Beast.  This might be a bit of a cheat, but, in my research, I found that there was a French film in 1946 called La Belle et la Bete and that a lot of the parts of this animated classic was taken from this and not just the fairy tale it is based on.  And Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorite animated Disney films of all time.  I love the music.  The characters are great.  Gaston is one of the best Disney villains around.  Beauty and the Beast is just such a tremendous movie.

 

Honorary MentionsTrue Lies, Fatal Attraction, Magnificent 7 (2016).  (I never saw the original).  

 

 

EYG Top 10 Mel Gibson Movies

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This week Matt and John decided to do the Top 10 Mel Gibson movies in honor of Mel’s birthday this week.  This being the first weekend in January, there is not much coming out (Escape Room being like the only wide release) and there are not many choices for a list.

Related image#10.  Chicken Run.  Animated voice from Rocky the Rooster.  I had fun with this movie and watching the rooster’s attempts to escape from the farm to avoid the chicken pie-making machine.  The animation is great with the stop motion animation style that is always fun to watch.

 

Image result for forever young mel gibson#9.  Forever Young.  Mel is a pilot who undergoes a experimental process to put him into suspended animation because his girlfriend has slipped into a coma.  The problem was it was meant to be just one year, but it ended up lasting for 53 years.  When he finally was brought back, things start to happen.  Elijah Woods is the kid with him in the future

 

 

Image result for lethal weapon 3#8.  Lethal Weapon 3.  The great franchise of Lethal Weapon’s third installment is weaker than the first two, but it still shows you how great of a pairing Mel Gibson and Danny Glover are together.  Rene Russo joined the franchise here and added to the strength of it.

 

 

Image result for payback mel gibson#7.  Payback.  A great version of a revenge flick with Mel Gibson going after money that he earned from a theft.  He did not receive his cut because it seemed as if he had died.  Mel came back and took care of business.

 

 

Image result for what women want#6.  What Women Want.   A rom-com with Mel Gibson gaining the power to hear what women are thinking.  Mel uses the power to search for his feminine side and he winds up with Helen Hunt.  The film is funny mostly because of how funny Mel Gibson is in the movie.  I know some do not like this as much but the idea of someone as “manly” as Mel Gibson showing a different side of his personality really appealed to me.

 

Image result for the road warrior mel gibson#5.  The Road Warrior.  This was my first exposure to the franchise of Mad Max even though it was the second film in the series.  The Road Warrior was an awesome piece of futuristic dystopian future.  The battle over little things like gasoline was hard for me as a younger kid to understand but the action was wonderful.  Plus…Lord Humongous is there too.

 

Image result for ransom mel gibson#4.  Ransom.  “GIVE ME BACK MY SON!”  That intensity and anxiety really connected with me as the father tried to convince the kidnappers to return his kidnapped son.  Ransom might be a bit over-the-top, however, I found this gripping and amazing.  The kidnappers were given some personality as well and we have a strong performance from Gary Sinise.

 

Image result for lethal weapon movie#3.  Lethal Weapon.  The original film with Mel Gibson as the suicidal cop Martin Riggs, whose wife was killed, is an awesome and creative new idea.  The buddy cop movie really shows the connection between Riggs and Roger Murtaugh.  They clash at first as Murtaugh realizes that Riggs is legitimately suicidal and potentially crazy.

 

Image result for lethal weapon 2 movie#2.  Lethal Weapon 2.  However, my personal favorite of the franchise is Lethal Weapon 2 with the addition of Joe Pesci and the connection between Riggs and Murtaugh is much stronger.  The toilet scene is a perfect example of how this relationship has formed.  While I enjoyed the conflict between them in the first Lethal Weapon, I really love the bond shown between the two of them in the second movie.  They were family here, plus the whole storyline with the truth of Riggs’ wife’s death factoring in helped make this my top choice of Lethal Weapon movies.

 

Image result for braveheart#1.  Braveheart.  This was the easy choice.  Braveheart may not be that accurate in historical facts, but it is one of the best stories you will ever hear.  The emotions stirred up when Mel screams out about his “freedom” are just unbelievable.  There are so many iconic scenes in this film, directed by Mel himself.  It had to be a massive undertaking with the scenes focusing on all of the armies, being the lead actor as well as trying to direct the film.  It is an incredible success.

 

EYG Top 10 Christmas Villains in Movies

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Merry Christmas.

On the Top 10 Show today, they do a Christmas theme, which I figured they would, but I was not sure what the topic would be.  I was hoping it would not be just Best Christmas movies.  However, the pair came up with a clever idea (thanks to a patreon) in Top 10 Christmas Movie Villains.

Of course, as soon as I heard this idea, I thought, “How many villains could there possibly be?”  One popped in my head immediately, but I wondered who else could there be.  Then I did some research and I found 13 that worked for me.  I was shocked and so it was considerably easier than I thought it would be.

Mr. Potter does not make my list because I have never actually seen It’s A Wonderful Life all the way through.  I have seen parts of it, but I have never sat down and watched the whole thing.  I thought about throwing him on the list at #10, but I decided against that.

Top 10 Christmas Movie Villains

Related image#10.  Stripe (Gremlins).  It has been a long time since I have seen the Gremlins, but the Top 10 brought this up on their show and I agree.  Gremlins was a film that was ahead of its time and Stripe was scary.

 

 

Related image#9.  Krampus (Krampus) The myth of Krampus was from Alpine folklore providing a creature that was basically an anti-Santa.  Krampus was a horned beast who punished naughty children at Christmastime.  No word if he checked his list twice.  Krampus has been picking up steam over the last several years and the character could become even greater down the road.

 

 

Image result for bad santa#8.  Willie (Bad Santa).  Billy Bob Thornton was such a jerk as the titular role in this movie.  Bad Santa smoked, drank, screwed around, and showed off his poor attitude throughout the movie.  And, he really did not change his ways…at least not too much.  The second movie was not as great, but there is no doubt that Billy Bob knows how to play an a-hole.

 

Image result for harry and marv#7.  Harry & Marv, the Wet Bandits (Home Alone).  It is amazing that Harry and Marv, played by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern, were able to survive the Home Alone movies because that kid did things to these villains that should have killed them multiple times.  The cartoon aspect of these two (aka Wile E Coyote) dropped them down the list a little but they are iconic.

 

Related image#6.  The Duke Brothers (Trading Places).  How can you ruin the life of a man over a bet for $1?  Mortimer and Randolph Duke can do it.  Played by Don Ameche and Ralph Bellamy, the Dukes are the epitome of rich, pretentious jerks.  They went out of their way to ruin Louis Winthorpe’s life by framing him as a drug dealer and replacing him with Billy Ray Valentine for no other reason than a social experiment.  The fact that they get their comeuppance at the end is great, and we get them in cameo appearances in several other movies such as Coming to America.

 

Related image#5.  Frank Cross (Scrooged).  I thought about not including him because he was basically Scrooge, but he has a different name, and so is a different character.  Bill Murray is absolutely epic as Frank in Scrooged.  I hadn’t seen this film for years and when I finally sat down to watch it, I loved every second of it.  Frank is really a bad dude as this film starts and his redemption is the thing of many Christmas villains.

 

Image result for oogie boogie nightmare before christmas#4.  Oogie Boogie (The Nightmare Before Christmas).  I just recently watched this movie and this character was one of my favorites.  Oogie Boogie tried to eat Santa Claus!  A cool character design, Oogie Boogie gave plenty of children nightmares, I am sure.  A representation of the classic Boogeyman, Oogie Boogie is a burlap sack filled with insects and a snake for a tongue.  I saw him and I thought about Thrakkazog from the animated The Tick TV show.

 

Image result for how the grinch stole christmas cartoon#3.  The Grinch (How the Grinch Stole Christmas).  This is the animated TV version, though I did consider the Benedict Cumberbatch version (not Jim Carrey!).  The classic Boris Karloff was the narrator/the Grinch in this cartoon that has never been surpassed in all the efforts to try to create a film from the Dr. Seuss character.  You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.

 

Related image#2.  Hans Gruber (Die Hard).  I considered putting Hans at number one because I think he is one of the greatest movie villains of all-time, but I placed him at number two because I think there is a more iconic Christmas movie villain than Hans.  Alan Rickman’s first movie role solidified him as an amazing actor and helped make Die Hard such a perfect action film.  Had there been another actor cast as Hans Gruber, there just would not be the same feel or the same love of this movie.  Smart, classy, and brutal, Hans was willing to do whatever he had to for what he wanted, and despite his gentleman-like ways, Hans was a monster in his own right.

 

Image result for scrooge actors michael caine#1.  Ebenezer Scrooge (Muppet Christmas Carol).  Scrooge was the first name that popped in my head and Micheal Caine’s version in the Muppet Christmas Carol is my favorite version of the movie.  I mean, sure there are more serious version with actors such as George C. Scott, Patrick Stewart, Alastair Sim, Jim Carrey, Christopher Plummer etc. but I think Caine captures the intricacies of the old miser in a way that none of the others accomplished.  And he sang songs with mice.  I watch this movie every Christmas and it never fails to bring a tear to my eye.  When Caine delivers the line, “Not Tiny Tim” you can feel his own heartbreak at the situation.  He does the best job of showing Scrooge’s transformation across the entire film.  One of my criticisms of some of the versions is that Scrooge does not show his change until the graveyard scene at the end, but Michael Caine starts showing his changing philosophy immediately.  Love this version.

 

Honorable mentionsArthur Shaw (Tower Heist), Jack Frost, The Martians

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