EYG Top 10 Man in the Mirror Movies

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It is time for the Top 10 once again.  This week’s show featured the Top 10 Man in the Mirror Movies.  What is that, you ask?  Well the YouTube description says the Man in the Mirror movies are “…anything where a character must interact with, face off against, deal with, etc, themselves.”  This topic is in honor of the release of Will Smith’s new film Gemini Man.

I did not know what I was going to do with this topic because the idea was unfamiliar at first.  This list actually has many of the same films that Matt and John had on theirs. I usually enjoy finding films that are not mentioned on the Top 10 Show, but this time, those were few and far between.  In fact, this list only has two films that John and Matt did not mention on the show.

Let’s get started…

 

Image result for 2001 a space odyssey#10.  2001: A Space Odyssey.  I actually agree with Matt on this one.  I am not a huge fan of the classic Kubric film.  It just seemed to be too much of a trip for me.  However, it definitely has its moments and I enjoy the Hal parts.  The rest feels too artsy for me.

 

 

Image result for multiplicity#9.  Multiplicity.  The comedy starring Michael Keaton and his group of clones that were originally made to help him.  However, like all clones, their existence causes trouble.  The film was directed by Harold Ramis.  I have not seen this in quite a few years but I do remember enjoying this.

 

 

Image result for back to the future 2#8.  Back to the Future Part II.  The middle of the trilogy of the Back to the Future franchise is typically the film that most people dislike the most.  I like it much more than most.  I put it behind the original and ahead of the western one.  I loved the use of time travel in this film and the explanation is one that I generally use.  The darkness of the film brought a new feel to the Back to the Future films and I felt that it worked well.

 

Image result for moon movie#7.  Moon.  The film with Sam Rockwell is a wonderful film with a great performance from Rockwell.  Rockwell is on a station on the moon, getting ready to go home back to the earth.  However, he would not be heading back to earth because he was facing a personal crisis.   The shock here was quite a shock and I am not spoiling it.  Duncan Jones was the director and Sam Rockwell gave one of his best performances.

 

Image result for x men days of future past xavier with himself#6.  X-Men: Days of Future Past.  One of the best X-Men movies that featured two Charles Xaviers.  Sir Patrick Stewart and James McAvoy brought both versions of their character- Charles Xavier- to the film.  McAvoy was exceptional here as he always seems to be.  This film deals with time travel and trying to create a better timeline for the X-Men.  Of course, they have a much better timeline now… the MCU.  This film was good, though.

 

Image result for meet the robinsons#5.  Meet the Robinsons.  This is the second of the two films that John and Matt did not talk about.  This animated film sees a young boy in an orphanage who is trying to build an invention to help him find his mother who left him at the orphanage as a baby.  This film also involved a time travel story and the young boy winds up in the future.  It is a lot of fun and, although somewhat predictable, has a great line about a T-Rex’s short arms and giant head.  And Adam West voices a character.  Lots of fun.

 

Image result for star trek 2009#4.  Star Trek (2009).  The reboot of the Star Trek universe from the mind of J.J. Abrams was a great success and led to several sequels.  The cast of this film really hit a home run.  If the cast did not hit a home run, this movie would never have been successful.  Chris Pine as Kirk, Zachary Quinto as Spock, Karl Urban as Bones, Zoe Saldana as Uhura were all so great.  And we had the face off between Quinto and Leonard Nemoy as the older Spock.  I enjoyed the new Star Trek.  Many of the fans claimed that it was not a Star Trek movie.  I thought it was great.

 

Image result for looper#3.  Looper.  Joseph Gordon-Levitt is Joe, a hitman called a looper, who would go back in time and kill someone for the mob.  However, when someone wants to close the loop, they send another person to kill the looper.  In this case, they sent Bruce Willis, who is the future version of Joe.  Looper is one of the most creative uses of time travel and the performances of Willis and Gordon-Levitt are awesome.  Even better is the performance of the child actor named Pierce Gagnon who was absolutely tremendous.  Emily Blunt is here and great too.  Looper really was a great movie.

 

Image result for Logan#2.  Logan.  The final Wolverine movie is so fantastic and Logan has to face the clone of himself, the feral version.  There is so much emotion in Logan that it is one of the best comic book movies of all time.  Patrick Stewart should have won an Academy Award for his performance as Charles Xavier.  The ending has never failed to bring tears to my eyes.

 

Image result for avengers endgame nebula#1. Avengers: Endgame.  Yes, there was the great “that is America’s ass” line from Chris Evans, but even more than the Cap vs. Cap fight, we got current Nebula and the past Nebula.  We got to see exactly what the development of the character of Thanos’s oft-abused daughter has been.  When she had to face off with her old self, we see such powerhouse acting.  Seriously, Karen Gillan gives one of the best performances in the movie.  It is just one more reason why this is such a tremendous movie.  I love Endgame so much.

 

 

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EYG Top 10 Helen Mirren Movies Re-list

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Another Re-list I am not a part of (*sob*)

So instead, I will be making my own list.  This week’s Re-list (the re re re list…buzz buzz buzz) gives the Top 10 Helen Mirren movies.  The Top 10 Show  patrons Angela Dashner, Brandon Munroe, and Kristen Smith were the minds behind this week’s choice and lists.

Now I love Helen Mirren.  I think she, and Dame Judi Dench, are a couple of the same kind of actresses.  I love them, they bring a certain gravitas to their roles, but there are a bunch of movies of theirs that I think are terrible.  The thing is… Helen Mirren is always the best part of these terrible movies.

So I did struggle to get to ten.  There are a couple films on this list that are not personal favorite films, but she is great in the film.  There are also a couple of her most well-known roles (including what became #1 on the Top 10 Re-List episode) that I have not seen.

Image result for monsters university helen mirren#10.  Monsters University.  This is one of my least favorite Pixar movies, but, even a low Pixar movie is better than most other studios’ animated fare.  I loved the original, but the sequel is, at best, okay.  Helen Mirren voiced the college dean, Dean Hardscrabble.   I am surprised that Helen does not do more voice-over work since she has a great voice.

 

Image result for woman in gold#9.  Woman in Gold.  This is not the greatest film, but, again, Mirren is great as the woman in search of her family’s art stolen by the Nazis during World War II.  She enlists a lawyer, played by Ryan Reynolds, and the pair of them have a great chemistry.

 

 

Image result for the owls of ga'hoole helen mirren#8.  Legend of the Guardians:  The Owls of Ga’hoole.  Hoot Hoot!  Hey there Owl Nation!  Here is that owl animated film that some people champions.  It was okay to me.  She voiced one of the antagonist of the film named Nyra.

 

Image result for The Debt Helen Mirren#7.  The Debt.  Helen Mirren is a retired Mossad secret agent who has to return to the world when someone claiming to be the Surgeon of Birkenau (Jesper Christensen) shows up, alive.  There are flashbacks involved here with young Mirren being played by Jessica Chastain.  It is a great cast and a solid movie.

 

Image result for 100 foot journey#6.  The Hundred Foot Journey.  I enjoyed this film where Mirren plays a restaurant owner who is suddenly threatened by the arrival of a wunderkind young chef opening a restaurant one hundred feet away.  Mirren starts a war with the young man but eventually realizes that the pair together is stronger than apart.

 

Image result for hobbs & Shaw mirren#5.  The Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw.  Making a small appearance in the spin off of the Fast & Furious franchise, Helen Mirren reprises her role as Queenie Shaw, Decker Shaw’s mother.  Her role may have been small, but she always brings her best to her parts…plus, this has The Rock.

 

Image result for Hitchcock mirren#4.  Hitchcock.  Helen Mirren plays the wife of Sir Anthony Hopkins’ version of Alfred Hitchcock.  I was always wanting to see this movie, but I missed it in theaters.  I did eventually get to see it on DVD (if I recall) and I thought it was a good film.  Mirren and Hopkins are spitting images of the famous couple.  Helen brings some power to this role and shows how much the character loved Hitchcock and how tough it was to be his wife.

 

Image result for Red mirren#3.  Red.  A comic based film, Red featured Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Karl Urban, Morgan Freeman.  And yet, Helen Mirren is the biggest kick ass of the bunch.  As a former CIA agent, Victoria was always one step ahead of everyone and was not afraid to do what had to be done.

 

Image result for trumbo mirren#2.  Trumbo.  Helen Mirren played the iconic gossip columnist Hedda Hopper and she searched for the scoop among the life of Dalton Trumbo, played brilliantly by Bryan Cranston.  This film looked at Hollywood at a time when people were being blackballed for connections to Communism, and the truth was never getting in the way.  I enjoyed Trumbo more than many other people and I think it gets a bad rap.

 

Image result for eye in the sky mirren#1.  Eye in the Sky.  Yes, the film does feature Alan Rickman, guys.  And this movie is way better than the Top 10 guys gave it credit for.  This one caught me completely off guard and I loved this drone warfare film.  I found it tense and filled with anxiety, as these characters were faced with some desperately difficult decisions.  All the while anchored by tremendous performances from Mirren, Rickman and Aaron Paul, Eye in the Sky brought up so many human questions that it was, at times, unbearable.  This was actually the first film that came into my head when the topic was revealed.  I loved this movie and recommend it to all.

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EYG Top 10 Final Battles in Movies

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This week’s Top 10 show had a cool concept behind it.  It was a Boss Hog Patreon suggestion and Matt and John counted down the Top 10 Final Battles in Movies.

Now, this was a bit of a challenge for me as many of the battles are very much one on one struggles and I did not want them to make the list.  Admittedly, there is one on here that kind of cheats, but it is such a great battle with stakes up the wazoo that I excused it.

There also may be an excess of MCU movies on the list.  Hm… I wonder if that is my personal bias.

Here we go…

 

Related image#10.  Shazam, “The Marvel Family Arrives.”  Shazam discovers that the way to defeat Sivana is to keep it in the family.  And, while there is a subtle message that the handicapped and overweight people are only important once they become strong and in fit, I do believe that they did not intend for that to be the theme.  It was a fun battle with some scary monsters and one of the better DC movies.

 

Image result for guardians dance battle#9.  Guardian of the Galaxy, “The Dance Off,” This one is included because it is a frickin’ hoot.  Star Lord challenges a completely shocked Ronan the Accuser to a dance battle as a way to distract the villain from destroying Xandar.  This all leads to a rousingly emotional scene with Peter and his teammates grasping an infinity stone together.  Ooooooh Child!

 

Image result for harry potter final battle#8.  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, “The Battle of Hogwarts.”.  The final battle in the Harry Potter series saw a ton of our favorite characters fall, and Harry Potter and his friends stand tall.  There was also a one on one final battle between Harry and Voldemort and it brought the long time series to a satisfying close.

 

Image result for avengers battle of ny#7.  The Avengers.  “The Battle of New York.”  The invading Chitauri army, led by the God of Mischief, Loki, tried to invade New York, but they were stopped because of a group of heroes who joined together to face the foes that no one else could face.  The original Avengers film was one of the greatest battles around and highlighted the individual Avengers abilities and skills beautifully.  This started a trend of fantastic Avengers fight scenes that may show up later on this list.

 

Related image#6.  Captain America: Civil War, “Cap & Bucky vs. Iron Man.”  This is the one that I have eon the list that may be a bit of a cheat.  Even Rocha removed it from his list when Matt questioned him.  I am not taking it off because this is a fantastic final battle filled with emotion and intensity.  It even had to compete with the amazing airport fight scene from earlier in the film.  Despite that being one of the best fights ever, this holds its own with such a personal struggle between a man grieving for the loss of his mother and a friend trying to save his oldest friend.  It is a beautiful end and a shake up that is not resolved until Endgame.

 

Image result for rogue one final battle vader#5. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.  What a great conclusion to this story.  Little did we know that this would be such a suicide mission.  We expected that something was going to be strange since these characters were never heard of again, but we did not know how it was going to happen.  It was a noble end to these heroes.  AND we got a kick ass Darth Vader scene as well.

 

Image result for infinity war final battle#4.  Avengers: Infinity War.  “The Battle of Wakanda.”  How many of these battles were won by the bad guy?  Well, Thanos is able to claim all of the Infinity Stones and snap his fingers, moments after taunting Thor that he “should have aimed for the head.”  Half the known universe faded out of existence in a pillow of dust including our beloved Marvel characters Black Panther, Spider-Man, Groot, Bucky, Star Lord, Dr. Strange to name a few.  Then, when the screen went to black, the feeling in the theater was unlike any I have ever felt.

 

Image result for battle of endor#3.  Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, “The Battle of Endor.”  The final battles of Return of the Jedi are fantastic.  Sure, maybe the arrival of the little teddy bears known as the Ewoks was too much, but the Luke Skywalker/Darth Vader/Emperor struggle more than made up for the cuddly Ewoks. And…come on, when that little Ewok died, you teared up…didn’t you?

 

Image result for battle of helm's deep#2.  Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.  “The Battle of Helm’s Deep.”  Two Towers was my absolute favorite Lord of the Rings film and this battle at the film’s climax was utterly breathtaking in every way.  There was no way that this group that had barricaded themselves in at Helm’s Deep was going to survive.  It was just a matter of time and you had no idea how they were going to live.  Then, Gandalf the White arrived and everything changed.  This was the best moment of the trilogy and was gorgeously shot.

 

Image result for endgame Avengers Assemble#1.  Avengers: Endgame.  “Avengers Assemble.”  I cried through this entire battle, every time I saw it.  Everything was pitch perfect.  It all started with the three main Avengers, Cap, Thor and Iron Man, facing off against Thanos.  We get the Cap is worthy moment which was one of the most epic moments ever.  Then, Cap is alone against the entirety of Thanos’s horde.  Goosebumps.  The example of why Cap is such a hero.  Then… “On your left.”  Mystic rings appearing everywhere and all the dusted heroes were back, ready to assemble.  Whoa!  When Chris Evans finally delivers that iconic line.. “Avengers…Assemble” he does it with the perfect note of grim determination.  And then all hell breaks loose ending with one of the saddest moments in the MCU… “I am Iron Man”.  This was an epic conclusion to the 22 movie franchise that started with Iron Man all those years ago.  Endgame deserved to be the highest grossing film of all time.

 

Honorary mentions:  Not too many.  Avengers vs. Ultron in Age of Ultron is one I liked more than many.  The Tropic Thunder final battle was good.  I did not love Mad Max Fury Road as much as others, but the end battle was great.  Skyfall was the best Bond in years and its final firefight was a great finale to the film.  The Return of the King had a great battle before the film ended like seven times.

 

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EYG Top 10 Pixar Voice Acting Performance Re-List

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The Re-List (RELIST!  RE RE RELIST! Buzz Buzz Buzz) is back out today with what i thought was one of the most challenging topics that I have ever made a list of since I started.  Top 10 Pixar Voice Acting Performances was the choice made by Patreon Coty Rexford, and a list from Keith Below, & Steven Anderson.

I started writing down possible choices prior to my making my actual list and there were some that I wrote down that I said to myself,  “This one is definitely on the list,” only to find out that they failed to make it.  This could have easily been a Top 20 list without any trouble.  Unlike many honorable mentions, most of the list could have been in the Top 10 for me.  There are almost none that are just there as a shout out.

I enjoyed the list quite a bit, despite the difficulties I had compiling it.  This was one of those lists that John and Matt haven’t done and they haven’t done too many like it which is very fun to listen to.  I would love to know what Matt and John would have on their lists.

Starting off…

Image result for lotso huggin bear#10.  Ned Beatty, “Lots O’Huggin’ Bear”, Toy Story 3.  He is my favorite villain in all of Pixar, and perhaps all of Disney because I understood that character and his motivation so well.  Legendary Ned Beatty provided a perfect voice for the disgruntled teddy bear.  When he betrays the group and leaves them to potentially die in the fire, Lotso cemented his place as the evilest of evil.  And I loved it.

 

Image result for coco Miguel#9.  Anthony Gonzalez, “Miguel Rivera”, Coco.  This was a performance that wasn’t on the initial list I made, however, after review, I wanted something from Coco to make the list because I enjoyed that movie quite a bit.  The performance of the lead character’s voice was excellent and the moment he sings “Remember Me” to his grandma after returning from the Land of the Dead turned me into a blubbering mess.  I considered several other voice performances from Coco (see honorary mentions), but I went with the lead protagonist.

 

Image result for marlin finding nemo#8.  Albert Brooks, “Marlin,” Finding Nemo.  Playing the desperate father who has lost his son to the vastness of the ocean, Albert Brooks brings the perfect level of anxiety and uneasiness to the role of Marlin and still is able to drive the comedy found in the film.  The story was really the journey that Marlin went on to discover the whereabouts of his son, but also to discover that it is alright to let his son grow and let him live his life without hovering over him.  Brooks handled the performance beautifully.

 

Image result for peter o'toole ratatooillue#7.  Peter O’Toole, “Anton Eye,” Ratatouille.  Ratatouille was one of the most under rated Pixar films of the early days of the studio and the performance of Peter O’Toole as the restaurant critic Anton Eye is one of the standouts of the film.  He may not have as large of a role as some of the others, but his time on screen is as impactful as any character.

 

Image result for elastigirl#6.  Holly Hunter, “Helen Parr/Elastigirl,” The Incredibles.  Holly Hunter truly brings Helen Parr to life with such a bravado that you know why we all love her.  In the first film, she was trying to find where her husband was at and her children stowed away.  The fear and desperation in her voice when she called on the radio to the people shooting missiles at their plane that, “There are children on board” really hit you in the gut.  Her performance in Incredibles 2 was really great too, but I still think her best work was the original.

 

Image result for buzz lightyear falling with style#5.  Tim Allen, “Buzz Lightyear,” Toy Story franchise.  “To Infinity, and Beyond!” will always bring people back to the Toy Story franchise, one of the most well known and beloved quotes in any animated movie (if not any movie).  This was delivered by Tim Allen himself.  The connection between Buzz and Woody is really what sold this franchise to the public.  Tim Allen may not be as huge of a star as he was when Toy Story originally came out, but he certainly will always be remembered for this role.  Falling with Style!

 

Image result for mr incredible#4.  Craig T. Nelson, “Bob Parr/Mr. Incredible,” The Incredibles.  Craig T. Nelson provided a perfect voice for the iconic super hero Mr. Incredible, while showing all of the uncertainty and the self-doubt of Bob Parr.  The shock when Mr. Incredible believes his entire family has been blown out of the sky is absolutely heart wrenching.  His joy when he learns that they survived fills everyone full of happiness.  And the line, “I can’t lose you again” cements how much he loves Helen and his kids.  Nelson’s voice is great for the heroic superhero.

 

Image result for dory#3.  Ellen DeGeneres.  “Dory,” Finding Nemo/Dory.  Ellen was not on either lists on the Relist today and I was really shocked because this is a voice that was so beautifully done and a character so epic that it spun off into its own movie.  The performance of Ellen in this movie completely revitalized her career and led her to become the classic talk show host that she is today.  Dory was such an enjoyable and creative character that I was happy to spend more time with her without the main cast of Finding Nemo.  And… she can speak whale.

 

Image result for bing bong dies#2.  Richard Kind.  “Bing Bong,” Inside Out.  Inside Out was one of the films that I had multiple voice choices to include on the list, but I only wound up with one.  Bing Bong makes the most impact on the film in the shortest period of time.  “Take her to the moon for me” he says as he fades away forever.  I just rewatched this scene seconds ago to make sure I had the quote right and I am crying right now.  It is amazing how emotional this scene of this animated creature can make an adult male.  Richard Kind’s work with this character is perfect and utterly crushing.

 

Image result for woody#1.  Tom Hanks.  “Woody”  Toy Story franchise.  “Reach for the sky!”  Woody was the absolute break out character from the Toy Story franchise and the fact that movie star Tom Hanks voiced the sheriff was amazing and put Pixar on the map.  The work of Hanks, along with Tim Allen, made this an iconic pair and led the way for three sequels that were all just wonderful.  Woody is an fully developed character with wishes and needs and desires.  Heck, he is more developed than many other movie characters out there.  Toy Story 4 felt like the end of Woody’s story and, if that is truly the case, all I can say is “So long…partner.”

 

Honorary Mentions:  Holy heck, I have a bunch of these.  Honestly, Lewis Black had originally made my list as Anger in Inside Out, but he got dropped because he is really just doing himself.  I loved that character though and he would probably be #11, if I had that number.  Billy Crystal as Mike in Monster Inc. was a great performance.  It is not my favorite Pixar movie and that probably hurt Billy’s chances.  I love him though.  Patten Oswalt‘s role as Remy in Ratatouille was career making for him.  Heck, I wrote down Ed Asner as Carl Fredricksen in Up with the intent of him making the list, but he did not make the final cut.  I had a couple of Coco choices with Benjamin Bratt as Ernesto de la Cruz and Gael Garcia Bernal as Hector, but I went with Miguel.  Keanu Reeves nearly snagged #10 with Duke Caboom from Toy Story 4, and there were a bunch of other Toy Story choices such as Don Rickles as Mr. Potato-Head, Wallace Shawn as Rex, KeeganMichael Key and Jordan Peele as Ducky & Bunny, and Michael Keaton as KenKen was a tough omission.  Jason Lee was the villainous Syndrome in The Incredibles and Brad Bird‘s work as Edna in that franchise is iconic.  The one shout out to make is for John Ratzenberger who has voiced a character in every Pixar movie so far.  I probably left off several great performances because Pixar has been so filled with quality that it makes this list really difficult.  Congrats to all of them.

 

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EYG Top 10 Brad Pitt Movies

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Welcome back to EYG Top 10 lists.  This week, John and Matt did the Top 10 Brad Pitt Movies.  They are bigger Brad Pitt fans than I am, but there were plenty of possible films to consider.  It was in honor of the release of Ad Astra this weekend, which looks as if it could crack this list.

Jump right in…

Image result for megamind brad pitt#10.  Megamind.  Animated film where Brad Pitt was the voice of the heroic Metro Man and the movie plays with the idea of how the hero and villain are connected, how that without one of them, there is nothing for the other.  It is an early idea of the Dark Knight concept with the Batman/Joker being two sides of the same coin.  This animated film surprised me and I was very pleased with it.

 

Image result for killing them softly#9.  Killing Them Softly.  I had completely forgot about this movie when Matt brought it up on his list today.  With each explanation, I kept thinking… I’ve seen that.  I have only seen it the once, but I remember liking it (at least after Matt reminded me.)

 

 

Image result for the big short brad pitt#8.  The Big Short.  A small role but a really great movie.  The way this film covered the bank crisis and made a subject that was nearly impossible to understand and made it easier to understand was fantastic.  There is an amazing ensemble cast of this film and, despite, Pitt having a small role, this film will make my list because it is so good.  It was down a bit because of the part, but The Big Short was great.

 

Image result for world war z pitt#7.  World War Z.  The zombie movie that everybody claimed was going to be a total mess and flop hard turned out to be really pretty solid, surprising everyone.  There have been rumors of a sequel for years, and, if they ever finalize the film, I will not doubt it at all.

 

 

Image result for fight club pitt#6.  Fight Club.  I had not seen this movie for years.  It was only recently that I attended a screening of the film by Fandom and I saw what most people had already seen.  This was a great movie but the twist seemed less powerful because I had seen it so many times before.  However, that is because so many other films took the twist from Fight Club.  It is one of David Fincher’s classics and is certainly worth the consideration as a classic.

 

Image result for moneyball pitt#5.  Moneyball.  The story of Oakland A’s general manager, Billy Beane and his use of sabermetrics to try to field a competitive team with a small budget against the heavyweights such as the Yankees and the Red Sox.  The story of Moneyball changed the way Major League Baseball did business for the rest of time and, though Oakland never won that elusive championship, Moneyball changed the game.

 

Image result for pitt inglourious basterds#4.  Inglourious Basterds.  “Bon Jour-No!”  I have not laughed so hard at a single line in a movie in a long time when Brad Pitt’s character, Lt. Aldo Raine, was trying to go undercover in Italy and he was his unit’s choice because he can speak Italian.  I took two years of Italian in college and when he broke out this big ole American accent and said, in his booming voice, proud and loud, bon-jour-no… I howled.

 

Image result for brad pitt 12 monkeys#3.  Twelve Monkeys.  One of those weird time travel films that really make you think and challenges your thoughts.  Then, everything you thought was happening gets all messed up and goes in a different direction.  Brad Pitt was just tremendous as the crazy Jeffrey Goines, who may or may not hold the key to the release of a deadly virus that would sent humanity underground.  Bruce Willis is sent back to take care of Jeffrey, but things get mucked up.  I enjoyed this film from Terry Gilliam.

 

Image result for brad pitt seven#2.  Seven.  This was another movie that I did not love that much on first viewing.  I did not like Seven when I saw it in the theater, but I revisited it within the last year or two and I have found a much more deeper appreciation for the film.  The anguish that Pitt gives at the end as Fincher revealed his big reveal was just palpable.  Pitt and Morgan Freeman were great together and Gwyneth Paltrow was also very wonderful as the wife of Pitt.  This film is dark and deeply disturbing.  I am glad I went back to see it a second time so I could readjust my thoughts.

 

Image result for brad pitt assassinaiton of jess ja,es#1.  The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.  That is a mouthful of a title and a fantastic movie.  This is another movie that I first heard about thanks to John and Matt on the Top 10 Show and I finally watched it this past summer.  I just found it completely compelling and fully engaging.  Brad Pitt was perfect as the outlaw Jesse James and just how mythical he was.  Some might claim the film is slow, but I found every moment engrossing and I would not change a thing.  I did not expect this one to end up at the top of my list, but here it is.
Honorable Mentions:  I don’t have a ton more.  Just a couple of mentions.  Fury was good.  Allied was a film that really went under the radar.  I was not as much of a fan of Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood as many people, but Pitt’s performance was the standout performance in the film.  I was underwhelmed.  The Devil’s Own with Harrison Ford was okay.  He had an epic cameo in Deadpool 2 of course.

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EYG Top 10 Female Action Movies Re-List

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Re-List…re…re…re-list…buzz buzz buzz.

A new Top 10 Re-list this week.  Man, I am waiting patiently to get chosen for this.  I was picked a bunch for the Thunderdome.  I sure hope my leaving the Facebook page isn’t keeping them from choosing e for the Re-List.

Any way, the Re-List this week is Top 10 Female Action Movies. Fellow Patreon members Kristin Kurtz, Daniel Chaput & Laurence Witt are the people who chose the topic and made the lists this week.  This will be the EYG list.

 

Image result for atomic blonde hallway#10.  Atomic Blonde.  I was not in love this this movie, but I put it on the list for that epic battle in the hallway.  It was certainly the best part of that movie.  Charlize Theron has proven herself to be a top notch action hero these days.  Sure this could have been a Black Widow movie, but it did come out first.

 

 

Image result for the hunger games#9.  The Hunger Games.  Katniss was one of the biggest reasons why Jennifer Lawrence became the star that she is.  Lawrence was a perfectly cast role from the novel of the same name by Suzanne Collins.  These days, when you bring up Katniss’s name, you picture Jennifer Lawrence.  The rest of the series was fine, but this first film was really strong.

 

Image result for Kill bill#8.  Kill Bill.  I have only actually seen this film once, and I am combining the two Volumes into one movie.  When director Quentin Tarantino says the film was supposed to be one story, then that is how you take it.  The Bride, played by Uma Thurman, is iconic and one of the best action heroes in movies.  This is just lower on my list since I have not seen it much.

 

 

Image result for max fury road#7.  Mad Max: Fury Road. Charlize Theron makes her second appearance on the list in a movie that is more her character, Furiosa’s, movie than it is Mad Max’s movie.  This is a great action movie and it has fantastic stunts, but I have to say that I was not as wild about this as most people were.  It was great and George Miller did a masterful job directing it, but it was short on plot for me.

 

Image result for the last jedi Rey#6.  Star Wars: The Last Jedi.  Yes, this is a controversial pick (and not my lat one) but Rey’s part of this movie was great.  I did not find the Luke Skywalker stuff as bothersome as many did.  The weak parts of the this movie was on the gambling planet and that had nothing to do with Rey.  Rey and Kylo in the throne room working together was fire.  And the film had the guts not to go the route that everybody thought it was.  I enjoy The Last Jedi much more than many.

 

Image result for rogue one#5.  Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.  Jyn was a great heroine in the Star Wars universe as they fill in wonderfully a period of time before A New Hope.  This was another epic decision by the creators when they turned the mission to claim the Death Star plans into a suicide mission.  All of the new characters bit the big one. I know people who were upset by that, but it was the only choice they had.  Big ups to them following through despite the potential popularity of these new characters.

 

Related image#4.  Captain Marvel.  Yes, this is my second controversial pick as there was a lot of hatred and vitriol over Captain Marvel.  I don’t care what any of them say, I liked this movie a lot and I love Brie Larson.  Could parts of the narrative been written or presented differently for a more effective tale?  Maybe, but you can’t argue with success.  I enjoyed Carol’s camaraderie with Nick Fury and she brought the goods in the end.  Haters are just gonna hate.

 

Image result for T2 judgement day#3.  T2: Judgement Day.  Easily the best film of the series, Linda Hamilton kicked all kinds of butt as slightly (if not more) crazy Sarah Connors.  I might have moved this down a spot or two because Sarah Connors is not really a lead character.  Certainly, Arnold is the lead character in this movie, and one could argue that Edward Furlong has a more important part, but she does her share to make this list.

 

Image result for wonder woman no man land#2. Wonder Woman.  Rocha made an argument that this may not belong on an action/adventure list because it is a comic book movie.  I kind of took offense to that comment.  What else would it be than action movie?  There is action throughout.  He did not comment about T2 or the Star Wars movies being science fiction and not action/adventure.  Gal Gadot was a perfect casting choice, despite my own (and many other people) doubting it.  And the No Man’s Land sequence was utterly thrilling.

 

Related image#1.  Aliens.  Ripley brought the power in this absolutely mind-blowingly tense action thriller.  The action here was off the chart and that was impressive considering the first Alien movie was more of a horror/thriller.  When this list was being compiled, I knew that it was “Game Over, Man” for the top spot.  Aliens is one of the most quotable movies of all time and is just kick ass from the moment they arrive at the colony.  This was the high point of the franchise here. and it never got back to this type of quality.

 

Honorable Mentions:  There are a few left.  Alien was not as much of an action movie as it was horror/thriller.  The Heat was more comedy than action, although there was certainly some action there too.  G.I. Jane was in consideration for the number 10 spot, but I haven’t seen that one in a long while either.  Did not like Salt that much but Hanna wasn’t terrible.  We can add Black Widow to this list next year.

 

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EYG Top 10 Directorial Debut Movies

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It is Thursday, but with school starting, this was as early as I could get this list done.  I still listened to the Top 10 Show on Tuesday, but life has been too busy since.  Now I have a chance and I liked this topic so I want to get my list done.  The topic?  Top 10 Directorial Debut Movies.

Matt Knost was 100% right.  This was the craziest list to put together because there were so many choices.  It is way too broad a topic that could have been for each decade.  Man it was tough going through all these movies and trying to organize them in a list.  The honorary mentions are going to be way over the top.

Much like Matt and John, I eliminated all the animated movies from the possibilities.

 

Image result for sin city#10.  Sin City.  Frank Miller debuted as the director of the amazingly stylish comic book adaptation starring Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba, Mickey Rourke, Elijah Woods, Rosario Dawson, and Michael Clarke Duncan.  The black and white, splashed with red and yellow was beautiful to look at, despite one of the most violent films around.  Sin City was a great success and worked at translating the exact splash pages from the comics to the screen.

 

Image result for cabin in the woods#9.  Cabin in the Woods.  Drew Goddard is the first time director of the great horror movie, Cabin in the Woods.  It was one of the most creative uses of the trope of the creepy cabin in the woods.  Great humor, exciting action and wonderful creatures, we get Chris Hemsworth before he was Thor.  This caught me off guard and I loved the movie.

 

Image result for 12 angry men#8.  12 Angry Men.  Sydney Lumet’s classic film about the deliberations of a jury that just can’t find an answer to a court case.  The movie was filmed basically in one room and was a complete masterful character story that looked at racism, anger, personal issues among a lot more.  Henry Fonda was in the cast of this great ensemble.  You would never believe something like this could be as compelling as it was.

 

Image result for hoosiers movie#7.  Hoosiers.  The story of the small Indiana town whose high school basketball team was now being coached by a failed college coach, played by Gene Hackman.  Hackman is a Bobby Knight-type coach whose bad temper and attitude rubs most of the town the wrong way.  However, the team responds to his style and winds up at the state tournament.  It is a great true story and is an emotional powerhouse.

 

Image result for fruitvale station#6.  Fruitville Station.  This was a powerful debut movie from the mind of Ryan Coogler.  The true story of a young man named Oscar, played brilliantly by Michael B. Jordan.  Oscar is trying to clean up his life, but he winds up in train station in conflict with the police.  The situation becomes horrible as a tragedy strikes the station.  Jordan is amazing and the film is astounding.  Coogler knocked this one out of the park and he translated this into a great Creed and Black Panther films.

 

Image result for deadpool movie#5.  Deadpool.  Tim Miller’s first film is the unbeleivable Merc with a Mouth.  Deadpool was down and out after the character’s appearance in X-Men Origins, but Ryan Reynolds never gave up.  Tim Miller was an unexpected choice to direct, but he does a fantastic job  on this.  We got the best version of the character, as well as the best version of Colossus, far and away.  It is funny and the relationship between Wade and Vanessa made this film almost a rom-com.  It was released on Valentine’s Day and it really fit.  Love Deadpool.

 

Image result for monty python holy grail#4.  Monty Python and the Holy Grail.  The pairing of the Monty Python duo, Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones, put together the best Monty Python movie ever and one of the funniest films ever.  They did not have much money to film Holy Grail, but the ensemble cast really took it onto themselves and they were brilliant.  So many amazing quotes including “It’s just a flesh wound” or “I’m not dead yet.”

 

Image result for reservoir dogs#3.  Reservoir Dogs.  Quentin Tarantino’s first movie really showed what Tarantino was capable of doing.  The violence, the dialogue, the humor.  I had not seen Reservoir Dogs for years and just recently saw the film.  It was great and I found the whole story awesome.  One of my favorite crime stories.  The group of criminals who tried to set up this heist that fell apart because of someone inside their group.  Fabulous.

 

Image result for shawshank redemption#2.  The Shawshank Redemption.  Based on a Steven King short story, The Shawshank Redemption was not much of a success when it first came out and it took a while for Frank Durabont’s movie to find its audience.  But once it did, everyone can admit that this is one of the best movies made.  The relationship between Andy Dufresne and Red carried the film and the terrible things that happened led to an ending filled with hope and life.  Truly a masterful film.

 

Image result for this is spinal tap#1.  This is Spinal Tap.  I was so happy to see this make Matt’s list so high because as soon as I saw it on the Wikipedia list that I was going through, I knew which film would be my number one.  Rob Reiner’s classic mockumentary of the loudest band ever, Spinal Tap.  This was so great that Spinal Tap, a fictional rock band featuring Michael McKeon, Harry Shearer and Christopher Guest, became a real rock band with a couple of real albums and tours.  Satire at its finest.   It was so well done that there were real rock bands who thought they were satirizing them with some of the scenes because they claimed that things like what happened to Spinal Tap had happened to them.  Turn it up to 11 and enjoy yourself!  Tap into the future!

 

Honorable Mentions:  Geez, there are so many.  Just to touch on a few…Chad Staholski’s John Wick, Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler, Josh Trank’s Chronicle, Dave McCary’s Brigsby Bear, James Bobin’s The Muppets, Serenity from Joss Whedon, Jordan Peele’s great debut with Get Out, George Miller’s Mad Max, George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead, David M. Evans’s The Sandlot, Gary Ross’s Pleasantville, Aneesh Chaganty’s Searching, 10 Cloverfield Lane by Dan Trachtenberg, Ben Affleck’s Gone Baby Gone, Allen Coulter’s Hollywoodland, and Zombieland by Ruben Fleischer.  I have never seen Orson Welles’s Citizen Kane but it is considered the greatest movie of all time by many.

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EYG Top 10 Treasure Hunt Movies

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This week’s Top 10 Show is in honor of Dory and the Lost City of Gold, which makes the topic is Treasure Hunt Movies.

Just to prepare you, there were quite a few big name movies in this topic that I have not seen.  I will list these during the honorary mentions section.

I tried to only put one film from each franchise, but broke that rule big time as I compiled the list.

Related image#10.  City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly’s Gold.  Yeah, I know this is not a great movie and it pales in comparison to the original City Slickers, but I remember liking this film when I was younger and I was happy to revisit the group of characters from the first film.  I have always been a fan of Billy Crystal and this series of films really highlighted his strength as a comedic actor.  Bringing in Jon Lovitz was a mistake, in my opinion, but the return of Jack Palance was welcomed.  I am sure that if I would rewatch this now with my critic’s eye, it may not hold up, but my nostalgic memory helps.

 

Image result for romancing the stone#9.  Romancing the Stone.  Another one that I have not seen in a long time, but hold fond memories for.   Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner were an 80s iconic pairing and they were at their best here.  Danny DeVito is great as the antagonist.  There are a ton of twists and turns and the film fits nicely into the action/adventure/comedy genre that so many 80s films tried to find.  Again, if I saw this today, maybe my opinion would be different, but for now, it is number nine.

 

Image result for curse of the black pearl#8.  Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl.  This is the best of the Pirates franchise and the best performance of Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow.   There was some debate on the Top 10 Show about whether or not this works as a treasure hunt film because they were only going after one coin, but I certainly think it fits.  There were many other coins in the film and every source I looked at included it as a choice.  You are never quite sure if Jack Sparrow is the good guy.  He seems to be doing things for a certain reason, but you can never be 100% convinced that it is not some selfish choice.  That is part of the fun of the film.

 

Image result for the rundown#7.  The Rundown.  I hadn’t considered this as a treasure hunt movie until, doing research, I found it on several other lists.  However, looking it up, there is a treasure at the center of the film that Seann William Scott is searching for and that makes this a treasure hunt movie.  That made me happy because I get a chance to include this excellent Dwayne Johnson movie.  This was one of the first films where The Rock showed that he could be more than just another pro wrestler in a movie.  Where the Scorpion King failed, The Rundown was a great success.

 

Related image#6.  Aladdin.  This is another that might be a bit of a cheat, and, while I absolutely love this movie, it is lower on this list because the treasure may not be the main driving force of the plot.  Still, Jafar has been searching for ways into the Cave of Wonders for a long time and there is a massive treasure at the heart of that.  Of course, the real treasure in the film is the Genie, voiced by Robin Williams.  This may be my favorite Disney animated movie of all time and Robin Williams is a huge reason why.

 

Image result for monty python and the holy grail#5.  Monty Python and the Holy Grail.  This is the first film on the list where the treasure being hunted for is the Holy Grail, the cup of Christ.  This is one of the funniest movies of all time.  It is totally quotable.  Moments such as “I feel much better now” and “It’s only a flesh wound” are lines that I have used in real life.  And you must be careful to know what your favorite color is if you hope for safe passage.  This is Monty Python at the height of their powers.

 

Image result for the goonies#4.  The Goonies.  A classic 80s iconic movie, The Goonies is fun, filled with adventure and ridiculous action.  Goonies never say die!  With the great cast of characters heading out to try and find the location of One-Eyed Willie’s rich stuff, the film has a ton of heart and showed the relationships between a group of friends and what they were willing to do to save their Goondocks from being sold.  Data was awesome with his James Bond type gadgets (Pinchers of Power etc.)  There were actually many emotional moments here too, which make the film more than just a fun adventure.  It is a coming of age film as well.  I have fond memories of seeing The Goonies in the theater and I have to disagree with John on this one.

 

Related image#3.  Muppet Treasure Island.  This was the first film that popped into my head when the topic came up and I knew it would be on this list somewhere.  I am a massive Muppets fan and this adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel is one of the best out there.  Kermit as Captain Smollett.  Miss Piggy as Benjamina Gunn.  Fozzie Bear was Squire Trelawney.  Sam the Eagle was Mr. Arrow.  Then, to bring the gravitas to the film, we got the classic Tim Curry as Long John Silver.  The songs were great.  The villainous crew were awesome.  Dead Pete especially was a great gag.  This is a fairly faithful adaptation, all things considered.  The Muppets have that special flare for doing these and I wish they had done more of them.

 

Image result for raiders of the lost ark#2.  Raiders of the Lost Ark.  The first appearance of the classic character Indiana Jones, played perfectly by Harrison Ford.  Raiders was a throwback to the olden days with continued serials that featured pulp heroes in swashbuckling fun.  Raiders placed Indiana Jones on a quest to find the Arc of the Covenant before the Nazis could.  There is such a joy in the movie that comes across in every moment.  When looking at the treasure hunting genre, you can look no further than Indiana Jones.

 

Image result for indiana jones and the last crusade#1.  Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.  This is why I could not just stick to one film per franchise.  I love this movie and I could not eliminate Raiders of the Lost Ark from the list because of it.  This is my favorite of the Indiana Jones franchise, as Indy and crew raced against the Nazis a second time… this time for the Holy Grail (the second appearance of the Holy Grail on this list).  The inclusion of Sean Connery as Indy’s father, Dr. Henry Jones was genius.  Harrison Ford and Sean Connery were the perfect pairing and made a great father/son (despite them not being that far apart in age).  The banter between the two of them was amazing and the tenderness, admittedly hidden beneath personal issue, was there in spades.  When Indy was apparently killed in the tank, Henry breaking down was one of the most emotional moments of the film and showcased how much these men loved each other.  I am with Matt Knost putting this as my number one.

 

Honorable mention:  I did not have a lot of other films to include here that I have actually seen.  The Mummy was one I considered.  It was number ten for a while but got bumped.  I tried to make the argument that Avengers: Infinity War was a treasure hunt, with Thanos searching for the Infinity stones, but I eliminated that eventually.  Treasure Planet and Atlantis were two animated films that I considered.  Then there was a bunch of films that I had not seen that made the Top 10 Show’s list.  They include The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The Good, The Bad and the Ugly, O Brother, Where Art Thou and Three Kings.  Just never saw them.

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EYG Top 10 Movies featuring a Professional Wrestler

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I am a life long professional wrestling fan so I am excited about this week’s Top 10 topic: Top 10 Movies featuring a Professional Wrestling.  It is in honor of Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw, which of course features The Rock and Roman Reigns.  The Top 10 Show included a guest this week.  Ryan Satin works at Collider and runs a website about pro wrestling and his knowledge brought a great deal of depth to the discussion.

Interestingly enough, I had already made this list and I almost put it on the website one week because it was a slow week.  It was the week when Dave Bautista was in Stuber that I thought this list would work.  However, I’m glad that I did not do it then, because now we can have it at the same time.

For list rules, I was specifically trying to limit the list to no more than one movie from any one wrestler.  Otherwise there would be a list full of The Rock and Dave Bautista.  I also tried to keep the part reasonably larger and not some bit part.  Some of the bit parts will be included in the Honorable Mentions.

Image result for thunderlips#10.  Rocky III (Hulk Hogan).  Thunderlips, The Ultimate Male!  Hulk Hogan has not been in a lot of great movies.  Certainly No Holds Barred, Suburban Commando and Mr. Nanny were not making this list.  And I wanted to include Hogan, despite the fact that he has been shown to be not that nice of a person recently, because he was pro wrestling for a large part of the last 30 years.  Plus, he is in the ring here with Sylvester Stallone and looks great.

 

Image result for man on the moon lawler#9.  Man on the Moon (Jerry “The King” Lawler).  The biopic on the life of Andy Kaufman included a chunk about wrestling.  Kaufman saw wrestling as performance art and embraced the kayfabe aspect of the business.  So much so that you never were sure for decades whether or not the slap to Jerry Lawler on the Letterman Show was real or part of the feud.   The movie finally revealed the truth behind the Kaufman-Lawler feud.

 

Image result for john cena blockers#8.  Blockers (John Cena). I debated about what John Cena movie I wanted because I wanted to include him on this list.  Trainwreck was considered, but he is a secondary character here. His roles in the Daddy’s Home films may have been the stand-out parts, but those movies were bad.  Bumblebee is a better movie, but Cena was not great in that film.  Blockers was able to show Cena’s funny side and his comedic timing and he was one of the main leads of the film.  The movie was very tender and had a lot of heart as well.

 

Image result for jesse ventura gun in predator#7.  Predator (Jesse Ventura).  “I ain’t got time to bleed.” Jesse “The Body” Ventura, future governor of Minnesota, was one of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s crew heading into the jungle to try and find out what was happening and Jesse got a bunch of the coolest lines.  He’s a “goddamn sexual tyrannosaurus!”  Ventura has been in a bunch of Schwarzenegger movies, but this was the one with the most substance to it.  And my friends and I LOVED that minigun.

 

Image result for ernest miller in wrestler#6.  The Wrestler (Ernest “The Cat” Miller).  Randy “The Ram” Robinson can not get the spotlight of the ring out of his blood, despite the fact that his body is breaking down and revolting against him.  He has to have one more match and who better to have that match with than his old nemesis, The Ayatollah?  Mickey Rourke is brilliant in the lead role here and should have won the Academy Award.  To me, this was one of the biggest snubs in Oscar history and I believe it is because of the wrestling bias.

 

Related image#5.  Ed Wood (George “The Animal” Steele).  Ed Wood is a fantastic movie, starring Johnny Depp as the infamous film director of such non-classics as Plan 9 from Outer Space.  George Steele perfectly played the actor Tor Johnson.  George Steele was one of several perfectly cast actors in Ed Wood.  Martin Landau as Bela Legosi led to an Oscar.  Depp was great as the titular character.  Bill Murray stole every scene he was in.  George Steele’s role may not be as large of one, but the quality of movie really pulls this one up.  This is also an interesting one because Tor Johnson was also a professional wrestler.  So you have a wrestler playing an actor who was a wrestler.

 

Image result for jumanji jungle rock#4.  Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson).  We have come to the movie that I chose as my favorite Rock movie.  There were several potential choices, which I will include in the Honorable Mentions, but this was the film that I enjoyed the most.  The Rock played the wimpy character to a tee.  I loved the “Don’t cry, don’t cry, don’t cry” line in the film.  Johnson has great chemistry with his cast mates, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan and Jack Black.  The quartet really makes this movie what it is. And The Rock was able to play off his WWE character when the video game gave him the skill of “smoldering intensity.”

 

Image result for guardians of the galaxy drax#3.  Guardians of the Galaxy (Dave Bautista).  Drax the Destroyer.  Bautista was a risky casting choice as he was coming from the world of wrestling and the movie was already seen as a huge risk by Marvel Studios.  However, Drax was one of the best parts of this movie and Dave Bautista started his path on the way to some great roles.  Bautista showed some great comedic timing with his deadpan lines throughout the film.  The character trait of not understanding metaphors was a wonderful bit that led to some funny moments.  Plus, Drax is a kick ass character.

 

Image result for they live piper#2.  They Live (“Rowdy” Roddy Piper).  John Carpenter’s sci-fi classic included an amazing turn from Hot Rod himself.  Who would have guessed that Roddy Piper would be so perfect in this role of Nada?  Everything from one of the greatest fight scenes in all of movies with Keith David to “I’ve come here to chew bubble gum and kick ass, and I’m all out of bubble gum” is just awesome.  Everybody who knew Piper knew what a sweetheart he was and he is terribly missed.

 

Image result for princess bride andre#1. The Princess Bride (Andre the Giant).  This has long been my favorite movie of all-time and Andre the Giant was the reason I wanted to see it in the first place.  Andre was so important to this movie as Fezzik, he really held everything together.  To this day, “anybody want a peanut” cracks me up.  In the original novel, The Princess Bride by William Goldman, Goldman admits to basing the character o Fezzik on Andre the Giant.  Andre brought such a warmth and charm to Fezzik that he became one of the most beloved characters in the movie.  I love The Princess Bride and Andre the Giant is, quite literally, a huge reason why.

 

Honorable Mentions:  Okay, these are some of the films I thought about for The Rock: The Rundown, Fast Five, Rampage, Pain and GainCentral Intelligence, Skyscraper, Moana, and Snitch.  I really would have like to include Fighting with my Family, the story of Paige, but, outside of a Rock cameo, I am not sure if there were any real life wrestlers in it.  I eliminated Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame because of the size of Bautista’s role in them, but I love them both.  Sherlock Holmes with Robert Downey Jr. actually included wrestler Kurrgen, but it was a small role.  Spider-man nearly made the list with Randy Savage’s Bonesaw, but the role size hurt Savage here.  I already mentioned Bumblebee and Trainwreck when considering John Cena.  I did not include any films with Tommy Lister in them which could include The Fifth Element because he only played a wrestler, Zeus, for a bit.  He did have a couple of matches though.  The Running Man has Jesse Ventura in it too, but his role in Predator was much better.  Stone Cold Steve Austin’s only possible films were The Condemned or The Expendables.  There were some documentaries like Beyond the Mat that could be considered.

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EYG Top 10 A24 Movies Re-List

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Re-List…re…re…re…re-list…buzz buzz buzz buzz

Yes, it is another Re-List episode of the Top 10 Show.  And this episode’s topic is one that really excited me because the topic has so many movies and such a variety of genres to choose from.

A24 is a distribution company that has been putting out just some tremendous films over the last 5-10 years.  Again, the variety of movies sets the company apart.  Not only the variety, but it seems as if, any time I see the A24 graphic come up on the screen, I know I am in for a quality flick.

So the Top 10 A24 Movies sounded like a winning topic to me.  The patron Lewis Barrigan chose the topic and Cory O’Connor & George Menchaca sent in their lists for John and Matt to count down and combine.

There were some interesting omissions from their lists.

Image result for a ghost story#10.  A Ghost Story.  This was a beautiful film.  The story of a recently deceased man who returned to his home as a ghost (under a bed sheet, of all things) and winds up having to watch his wife as their life unfolds in front of his eyes.  This film crosses a bunch of genres, from ghost story to romance to science fiction.  It is a strong film.
Related image#9.  Moonlight.  I almost did not put this one on the list because I wanted to include The Lobster, but in the end, Moonlight won out.  This is an amazingly touching and poignant coming of age movie about a young gay boy discovering his sexuality and finding out how it will fit into his life.  Mahershala Ali gives a stunningly memorable performance in a film where he only appears in the first act.  Famously defeated La La Land at the Academy Awards after initially being announced incorrectly.

 

Related image#8.  Hereditary.  One of the scarier films you are going to see.  The first two-thirds of that movie truly was fantastic.  I found the ending to Heredity to lose me a bit, but that does not take away totally from the positives from earlier.   Toni Collette gives one of the best performances of her storied career, but she was matched in every moment by Alex Wolff, who does not receive enough credit for his exceptional work in this movie.  A truly scary ride and a movie that will stick with you for quite a while.

 

Image result for Tusk#7.  Tusk.  I was happy to hear this one pop up on the list because it receives a lot of negative remarks despite being better than people give it credit for.  Even Kevin Smith himself makes jokes about Tusk as “the walrus movie” and puts it down.  Smith made the movie because he loved the idea and the story.  Yes, the story is weird and strange, but that is not a bad thing.  The film is filled with creativity and wildness.  It has scenes that you have never seen before or likely will never see again.

 

Image result for Locke movie#6.  Locke.  This is the one-person perspective film genre, much like Phone Booth or Buried.  This time though it is Tom Hardy in a car driving.  Sure it does not sound like much, but the conversations that happen on the phone are as compelling as any full on ensemble film.  This is an indication of how strong of an actor Tom Hardy actually is.  He carries this entire film on his words and facial expressions.

 

Image result for ex machina#5. Ex Machina.  One of the top science fiction movies of the last decade, Ex Machina features two amazing performances.  First, Oscar Isaacs is great as the CEO of a huge internet company that has invited Domhnall Gleeson (who is wonderful in his own right) to his private estate.  Once there, he meets Ava, played exquisitely by Alicia Vikander.  Ava is a humanoid robot with an AI intelligence and she turns out to be more than either of them think.  As with all good sci-fi, there are plenty of themes running through the film that deal with more than just what you see on the screen.  It forces you to think about the world around you.

 

Image result for eighth grade movie#4. Eighth Grade.  As a middle school teacher, I have rarely seen a coming of age movie more realistic than Eighth Grade.  There are moments and characters found in this film by director Bo Burnham that I have seen in the halls of my own school.  It is such a universal film that anyone who watches it will find something that reminds them of a situation or moment in their own lives.  I have said this before, but there is a scene in this movie, found in the back seat of a car, that is as tense and frightening as any scene you will ever see.  This is a great movie.

 

Image result for room movie#3.  Room.  This movie… I bawled through the whole thing.  Brie Larson won an Academy Award for her role as a mother who has been kidnapped and kept in a small room for the entirety of her son’s life.  How she makes life normal for her son in this unbelievably extreme position shows how much she loves him.  Her son is played by Jacob Tremblay, who is every bit as powerful of a scene partner as Brie was.  A hugely emotional voyage.

 

Image result for disaster artist#2. The Disaster Artist.  A wonderfully funny and poignant telling of the making of The Room, one of the worst movies ever made.  The film is mainly about the relationship between Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero, played respectfully by James Franco and Dave Franco.  James Franco is astounding bringing the enigma that is Tommy Wiseau to life that it sometimes feels as if Franco has actually become him.  You do not have to have seen The Room to understand or enjoy The Disaster Artist, but it does give you a deeper understanding of the film.

 

Image result for swiss army man#1.  Swiss Army Man.  I love this movie.  I did not expect to go into the “farting corpse” movie and love it as much as I did.  I typically am not a fart joke fellow, but this movie took the fart joke and made it more than just a joke, they made it into a part of the character.  Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe are unreal in this trippy dramady.  Radcliffe in particular had a huge acting chore ahead of him and he just dominated the performance.  The film is very weird, and I loved every second of it.

 

Honorable Mentions: There were a bunch of these.  As I said, this was a tough list to make because it seems when you see A24, the movie quality is always great.  I already mentioned The Lobster and how I almost put it at #9.  It is a weird and creative movie.  There was the recent mid90s, a film about skateboarders directed by Jonah Hill.  Patrick Stewart starred in a horror/torture porn movie called Green Room that was very well done and received.  Free Fire came up on the Top 10 Relist show and it is very deserving as it is a fun and dramatic shoot out film.  Another film mentioned on the Top 10 was It Came at Night, which was promoted as a horror movie, but it was not.  It was a very great character based home invasion film.  I was not as much of a fan of The Witch as some were, but I recognized how good of a technical movie it was.

 

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EYG Top 10 Surprising Movie Deaths

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Welcome back to the EYG Top 10 list.  This is where we at EYG give our own list of the topic that is presented by the Top 10 podcast, with John Rocha and Matt Knost.  I so enjoy listening to these gentlemen talk about movies that I want to participate in some way.

This week was a Patreon member topic, from Christopher Brockman, and it was the Top 10 Surprising Movie Deaths.  This was a fun topic and I am looking forward to filling out my list.

The key word is “surprising” so not every death in a movie would qualify.

Image result for stoick the vast#10.  Stoick the Vast (How to Train Your Dragon 2).  This was a major shock to me, especially since the character, the father of Hiccup, wound up being killed by a controlled Toothless.  I never thought that they would have one of our main heroes kill the father of the other one.  I actually thought this plot point would cause more of a problem between Hiccup and Toothless than it did.

 

Image result for I Am Iron Man#9.  Tony Stark (Avengers: Endgame).  I was kind of expecting Tony to die.  Many people thought it would be Steve Rogers, but I thought it would be Tony.  However, I have to admit, I got to the point that I beleived that Tony was making it through alive.  Then… “I am Iron Man” happened and suddenly you could see how everything was pointing to this moment since early on in the MCU.  In a movie filled with emotional beats, the death of Tony Stark put a period on the end.

 

Image result for lee abbott death#8.  Lee Abbott (A Quiet Place).  Lee was the father in A Quiet Place, played by John Krasinski.  I did not see his death coming at all, sacrificing himself to give his kids a chance to get away from the monsters that were about to kill them.  I would have bet any money that he would have survived as a family, especially after the tragic, and very surprising, death of his little son.

 

Image result for tracy mills seven#7.  Tracy Mills (Seven).  Gwyneth Paltrow was the wife of police officer Brad Pitt in Seven and he has been chasing this horrible serial killer who is basing his murders on the 7 Deadly Sins.  Little did we know, or Brad knew, she was pregnant.  They seemed to be a happy couple, but appearances can be deceiving.  And then… “What’s in the box!  What’s in the box!”  This was one of the most unbelievably shocking moments in any movie.

 

Image result for peter parker infinity war#6.  Peter Parker (Avengers: Infinity War).  Yes, I know he came back, but you cannot disagree with the shocking moment that it was.  People gasped in the theater when Peter Parker stumbles over to Tony Stark and says “I don’t feel so good.”  As he dusted in Tony Stark’s arms, Tom Holland showed why he is the best Peter Parker in the movies with is own little adlib.  Then, the memory of Peter is what eventually leads Tony Stark to figure out time travel in Endgame.

 

Image result for optimus prime's death#5.  Optimus Prime (Transformers: The Movie).  What did they do?  They killed Optimus?  No, that can not be.  They kill him early in the movie and they scarred children of my generation for years to come.  I remember not believing what I was seeing and I was pretty sure he would come back during the the film.  I mean, he had “The Touch.”  He couldn’t die. He was our main hero.  And yet, Optimus Prime did not return. He was gone, turned to grey.  And there were tears for our fallen hero, providing children everywhere their first introduction to loss and grief and death.

 

Image result for i shot marvin in the face#4.  Marvin (Pulp Fiction).  Yes, he is  minor character, but his death is as shocking as it is funny.  “Aw man, I shot Marvin in the face,” says Vincent Vega, played by John Travolta, in the most calm and deadpan manner.  Marvin was a guy Vincent and Jules were taking to Marcellis Wallace.  They were in their typical debate in the front seat when Vincent turned around and asked Marvin what he thought.  “I don’t even have an opinion” was the last words to come out of Marvin’s mouth as the gun that Vincent was unintentionally pointing at Marvin goes off and blows his head to hell, all over the back seat of their car.  One of the great moments of Pulp Fiction.

 

Image result for bing bong death#3.  Bing Bong (Inside Out).  One of those scenes that rip your heart out every time that you see it.  Bing Bong was the imaginary friend of Riley and he was helping Joy find her way around Riley’s mindscape.  When they wound up in the land where memories disappear, Bing Bong sacrificed himself so Joy could escape and find her way back to where she belonged.  Watching him fade from memory is one of the times where Pixar ripped out your heart.

 

Image result for thomas J my girl#2.  Thomas J. Sennett (My Girl). Macaulay Culkin was a big star from Home Alone, and he was a draw for the film, My Girl.  His character was a sweet, young boy, friend of Vada, played by Anna Chlumsky.  Then, we were shown the cutest scene between the two kids where they share a kiss.  And then the movie rips it away from us as Thomas J gets attacked by bees, which he was allergic to, after going back to a hive the pair had knocked down earlier, to search for her mood ring that Vada had lost.  Anna’s reaction at Thomas J’s funeral was crushing.  “He can’t see without his glasses.”  Young children should not die and this movie showed us that was not out of the realm of possibility.

 

Image result for dr malcolm crowe#1.  Dr. Malcolm Crowe (The Sixth Sense).  Bruce Willis played Dr. Malcolm Crowe, a successful child psychologist, who gets shot early in the movie by one of his patients. However, he clearly recovered from the gunshot because the next scene we see is in the future and there he was.  See , Bruce was alive and fine, out to help young Cole Sear with his problems.  The Sixth Sense created a great and mysterious world for Cole Sear, who we discover could see dead people.  The film kept going as Crowe was helping Cole and then we realize the twist.  It is not Crowe helping Cole but the other way around.  Crowe had died from that gunshot would and Cole was helping him accept it and say goodbye.  Nobody saw it coming.  It is, perhaps, one of the greatest twists in movie history.  The most shocking death is the one that you didn’t know you saw.

 

Honorable Mentions:  There are a bunch of these as well.  I almost put Rachel from The Dark Knight on the list, but I decided that I had enough comic book movies, so I left her off, but her death by explosion was shocking for sure.  General Zod having his neck snapped by Superman in Man of Steel was a surprise, but I did not like the set up.  I could see too many other options for it to work.  Marion Crane is perhaps the most famous shocking death of all time in Psycho, but when I had seen it, I knew it was coming.  If it were just a list of famous shocking deaths, she in her shower would be right at the top.  I dropped Black Widow from consideration because I already had Iron Man from Endgame, but few people thought she would die.  Spock from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is a great death and very unexpected.  Yondu‘s death at the end of The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was heart wrenching too.  After the film spent so much time building up Yondu, to see him die was unexpected.  I considered Bill Murray in Zombieland, but he was not as impactful as the rest of the list.

 

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EYG Top 10 Father/Daughter Movies

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This week’s Top 10 Show is Top 10 Father/Daughter Movies in honor of Crawl, coming out this weekend.  Strange that giant alligator monsters trying to eat the main characters inspires a list of fathers and daughters movies, but who knows.

I was surprised how many movies that could have been included in this list. The Honorable Mention section is large this week.

Actually most of my list is different than Matt and Jon’s lists and that is always cool.  I have never fully seen Father of the Bride, which was the first film I thought about with this topic, so it is not on the list.

 

Related image#10.  Gifted.  Okay, this is a bit of a cheat, but I really liked this little movie featuring Chris Evans.  Technically, Evans’s character is the uncle of Mackenna Grace’s character, but he is raising her like a father would be.  Grace’s character Mary is a math prodigy but Evans does not want to send her to a special school because he did not want to isolate her and he went to court to protect her from his own formidable mother, Lindsay Duncan.  Octavia Spencer is great as the next door neighbor and friend too.  This is the film that shows that it does not have to be blood between fathers and daughters.

 

Image result for my girl movie dan aykroyd#9.  My Girl.  Anna Chlumsky is Vada and her father, Dan Aykroyd, is Harry Sultenfuss.  He is a funeral director who wife, Vada’s mother, died in childbirth and Vada has been having a difficult time with the ideas of death and a feeling of blame for her mother’s death.  Especially since there happens to be death all around her.  Harry does not understand his daughter and he spends his time ignoring her.  The scene with Macaulay Culkin’s character, Thomas Sennett is heart breaking and helps lead to the reconnection between Vada and her father.

 

Related image#8.  Live Free & Die Hard.  Yes, I know there are a lot of haters for this Die Hard movie, but I enjoyed it a great deal.  Sure, it is missing the R rating and suffers for it, but I thought the inclusion of the John McClane daughter worked very well.  You see how much John loves his daughter, but has struggled to be in her life.  She is angry with him, but she knows that when she is in trouble, her father will be there for her.  Mary Elizabeth Winstead is McClane’s daughter.  There is actually an awesome cast here and the film has some really great moments, including Kevin Smith himself.

 

Image result for kick ass big daddy and hitgirl#7.  Kick Ass.  Hit Girl and Big Daddy stole this movie and are an insane father/daughter pairing.  Nic Cage brings his whole Nic Cage-ness to this movie and is just tremendous.  An argument could be made that Big Daddy is not a very good father, considering he has turned his daughter into a vigilante murderer.  But he loves her very much.  His final scene just before he dies, he tells Hitgirl that he was proud of her.  Big Daddy continued to inspire the heroic path of his daughter.

 

Image result for movie eighth grade#6.  Eighth Grade.  I found this movie remarkably realistic and I loved the relationship between Kayla (Elsie Fischer) and her father Mark (Josh Hamilton).   Mark is just an awesome father and I love how he is patient and listens and allows his daughter to have whatever feelings she has, but he is there when she needs him.  This film has one of the most tension filled scenes of any movies on this list, in the back seat of the car.  Mark’s reaction to this is so wonderful that it could be a bit too perfect.

 

Related image#5.  Train to Busan.  I just watched this the other day and it was unbelievable and I loved it.  Sure, the father is a jerk for much of the movie and it happens to take the dead rising to pay attention to his daughter, but I am alright with this story arc.  The little girl is just amazing with her performance.  She has to cycle through all kinds of emotions as she is afraid for her life, trying to get her father to help other people and still being worried about him.  I normally do not like reading the movies ( with the subtitles) but you truly do not even realize that you are reading after awhile because you are so engaged in the plot.

 

Related image#4.  A Quiet Place.  I love this movie and the relationship between the hearing impaired Regan (Millicent Simmonds) and her father is at the heart of the film.  She believes he blames her for the death of her brother and her guilt causes a rift between them. However, he had never given up on her and had been researching how he could help her.  The film has some of the best, most suspenseful scenes.  And the result of the father and daughter relationship is heartbreaking.  Fantastic movie.

 

Image result for taken#3. Taken.  “I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want. If you are looking for ransom I can tell you I don’t have money, but what I do have are a very particular set of skills. Skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you, but if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you and I will kill you.”
This scene tells you just about everything you need to know about Bryan Mills and his feeling for his daughter, played by Maggie Grace.  The iconic quote starts off a top of the line revenge movie for many years.  He will do anything for his daughter and he is really brutal.

 

Related image#2.  Ant Man.  This has two sets of father/daughters that the Marvel Studios film examines.  Scott Lang, just getting out of prison, is trying to turn his life around so he can be involved once again with his daughter Cassie.  The second of the pairings was Hank Pym, genius inventor and the original Ant Man, and his daughter Hope Van Dyne and they have been estranged because Hank will not be straight with Hope about her mother’s “death” and will not allow her to use the shrinking technology he had invented.  These two relationships are fully center of the heist film, as Hope shows how capable she is and Scott winds up fighting Yellowjacket in his daughter’s room.  Ant Man was a fantastic smaller film from Marvel Studios.  Michael Douglas appears as Hank, Paul Rudd is Scott, Evangeline Lilly is Hope and Abby Ryder Fortson is Cassie.

 

Image result for searching#1.  Searching.    This was one of the big surprises of the year because this felt like another movie that had come out.  How wrong I was.  This was wholly original and filled with tension.  This is the story of a father, John Cho, whose daughter has disappeared and is believed to have stole money and ran off.  He knew this was not the case and went about investigating her disappearance.  It used shots from the computer and the different online social media accounts to tell the story and build the tension as you wonder if the father is just fooling himself or if something dangerous has happened to his daughter.  There may not be much interaction between characters on screen but you can certainly feel the connection between the characters.

 

Honorable mentions.  Okay, here we go.  There is also Ant Man and the Wasp, which was another film I considered, but that has more of a connection to Janet, Hope’s mom.  There were two Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson movies I considered, Skyscraper and San Andreas.  Both were fine and just weren’t enjoyable enough for the top 10.  Southpaw features a great performance from Jake Gyllenhaal, but not the best film.  The Nice Guys has a fun father daughter with Ryan Gosling and Angourie Rice.  The American President is a fun movie with Michael Douglas that I have tried to get on one of these lists, but, in this one, the father-daughter relationship was not as big as the romantic relationship.  Arnold Schwarzenegger’s entry into zombie films was Maggie where his daughter was exposed and he fought to keep people from attacking her.  We Bought a Zoo has Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson and animals.  What more could you need?  Parenthood is an old favorite, but there are too many family members involved.  Birdman is a great movie, but again I feel the father daughter relationship is not front and center.  Avengers: Infinity War has the big relationship with Thanos and Gamora.  Yeah, I know, but I wanted to include it in this section.

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EYG Top 10 Superhero Sequels

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This week’s Top Ten Show featured a guest.  The one and only Emma Fyffe joined the boys this week to talk about the Top 10 greatest superhero sequels of all time in honor of Spider-Man: Far From Home opening today (and I will see later today!!!)

I was a little disappointed with the topic because it feels like something that they have done before and I was hoping for something different.  Top 10 Spider-man movie scenes or something like that.  However, with Emma joining Matt and John, the topic had a bit of a new feel.  And of course the show was great as it always is.

There are a lot of choices here and this will give me a chance to talk about one that has just become one of my favorite movies ever.

Image result for deadpool 2#10.  Deadpool 2.  While I did not feel that this lived up to the first movie, Deadpool 2 was a solid outing with some really funny moments and a strong interaction between Deadpool and Cable.  I had trouble with the kid who is so important in the movie, which is why I probably did not rank it as highly as the first one, but the scenes with Juggernaut were awesome.  The dialogue and quips from Ryan Reynolds was done beautifully.  Domino was amazing and the X-Force stuff was as funny as anything in any of the movies.

 

Related image#9.  Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.  Some people put this one down because there are too many jokes and, honestly, I felt that the first time I saw it.  However, after the second viewing and onward, I have not felt the humor took away from the positives of the film.  Ego, played by Kurt Russell, is tremendous.  The whole Yondu storyline is beautiful and the ending of this movie never fails but to make me a blubbering mess.  Any drawbacks it may have are overtaken by the emotional beat of the film.

 

Image result for ragnarok thor movie#8.  Thor: Ragnarok.  Marvel Studios and director Taika Waititi completely reinvigorated the character of Thor and provided Chris Hemsworth with a new take on the character of the Norse God.  This film was just crazy with so much goodness.  The Planet Hulk storyline is encapsulated here.  The Grandmaster played by Jeff Goldblum is perfection.  Loki and Thor’s relationship continues to be the most compelling relationship of the series.  There is great humor and heart.  Some complain about the lack of emotion from Thor after the death of Odin or the destruction of Asgard, but I would push back on that because it is in the film, albeit subtle and it leads to the arc of the character throughout the upcoming Avengers movies.

 

Image result for dark knight#7.  The Dark Knight.  Matt and John always have this higher on their lists than I do.  While I admit it is a great movie, I’m more of a Marvel guy.  I do love Batman and the performance of Heath Ledger as the Joker is out of this world.  I do not think the film needed Two-Face though and that felt tossed in and it undercut the main story here.  Still, the interrogation scene with Batman and the Joker is amazing cinema and the film keeps you off balance the whole time.  I appreciated hearing Emma and her thoughts on the movie as it was lower on her list than Matt and John and I actually could relate to why she placed it where she did.

 

Image result for spider man 2#6.  Spider-Man 2.  This was my favorite superhero movie for some time because I loved Spider-man and this was the best version of him up to this point.  While I believe Tom Holland is now the standard bearer, that does not take away from this classic.  Adapting the “Spider-man No More” story, Spider-man 2 is so great.  The entire train sequence with Doc Ock and the people on the train may still be one of my favorite moments in any Spidey film.

 

Image result for cap winter soldier#5.  Captain America: The Winter Soldier.  I never would have thought that anyone could do Captain America as well as he is done in this movie.  They are able to provide conflict for Cap despite of his “boy scout” image.  The relationship with the Black Widow and Cap is done wonderfully and sets up so much for later installments.  They created a spy thriller and put Cap at the center.  It brought up themes of government interference and what exactly a soldier should be.  The Winter Soldier himself was an epic payoff and had some amazing battles with Steve Rogers.  And we had a villain in the MCU played by Robert Redford, for goodness sake.  It also introduced Falcon to the series and brought us one of those iconic scenes- in the elevator.  A classic.

 

Image result for Logan movie#4.  Logan.  Easily the best X-Men film we have had yet.  Logan gives us the story of a broken down hero who is just trying to get away to spend his last years of life with his friend, safe and secure.  Unfortunately, as always, life is not going to let Logan go quietly into the sunset.  They provide a young clone of him named Laura and she turned his life upside down.  Hugh Jackman’s final turn as Wolverine is easily his best.  Patrick Stewart should have not only been nominated for an Academy Award, he should have won it for his role as the slowly degenerating Charles Xavier.  This is the most beautiful send off for the Wolverine character and the rest of the characters in his arc.

 

Related image#3.  Captain America: Civil War.  This is such an unbelievable undertaking that when the Russo Brothers pulled it off, they showed what they were capable of and set themselves up as the correct directors to take the MCU to the heights that it could reach.  This film had a huge cast that was not slighted in the least, including our first introduction to Black Panther and the MCU version of Spider-Man, but it was also a small film that focused on the conflict between two men, Steve Rogers and Tony Stark.  And it does it so well that you can relate to and connect with both of them.  Even if you are “Team Cap”, you can see where Tony Stark is coming from.  And the film never fails to feel like it is a Captain America film, which with the number of heroes involved is quite  a feat.  The action is never skimped on either.  The airport scene is one of the greatest in any movie and the Iron Man vs. Cap and Bucky conclusion brings stakes galore.  I was never fond of the comic event, Civil War, because it had characters doing things that felt as if they would never do.  That was not the case with the movie and is another reason why I love it so much.

 

Image result for infinity war cap and thanos#2.  Avengers: Infinity War.  This was such a gutsy movie from Marvel Studios.  They basically took their villain, played wonderfully by Josh Brolin, and made him the main character of the film.  What?  And the fact that the villain wins in the end is so shocking.  I remember seeing it for the first time and just the gasps of shock when the screen went to black with Thanos on his farm watching the sunset.  It was such a twist.  Still, you can understand Thanos’s motivation.  Sure what he wanted to do was crazy, but he thinks he is doing these actions as what was best for the universe and that makes him compelling as hell.  The film contained so much as well.  Spider-man and his death in the arms of Tony Stark nearly broke me.  The heroes being dusted drove the audience crazy.  The pairing of Thor with Rocket and Groot and their subsequent arrival in Wakanda is one of the best moments of the film.  The film is dark and sprawling.  And it does a brilliant job setting up….

 

Cap#1. Avengers: Endgame.  I just love this movie.  No movie has made me feel as many different emotions or made me cry as consistently as Endgame has.  I cry for many reasons too.  I am so overwhelmed with joy that the emotions come freely.  The moment Cap picks up Thor’s hammer just fills me with pleasure.  Finally hearing Cap say “Avengers Assemble” after the vortexes open to bring all the dusted characters back to the fight was so satisfying.  The film pays off the 21 previous movies in ways you never could have guessed it could.  There are so many little things that you recognize that proves that the Russos, Kevin Feige, Marcus and McFeely and all the actors made this as a love letter to the MCU and it works completely.  The time travel aspect may have been done the best in any movie ever. I worried when I heard about the time travel rumors, but it could not have gone better.  I have seen this film eight times in the theaters and I need to see it again before the July 4th holiday ends.  The idea of not being able to see it on the big screen kind of makes me sad.

 

Honorable MentionsX2: X-Men United almost made the list, but it got knocked off at the last minute.  The other X-Men film that would be in consideration was X-Men: Days of Future Past.  I almost included Avengers: Age of Ultron because that film gets a bad rap and is much better than people give it credit for.  Superman 2 was my favorite Superman movie.  The Incredibles 2 was worth the wait.

 

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EYG Top 10 Musicals Re-List

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Re-List…re…re…re…re-list!  Buzz Buzz Buzz Buzz

Hey!  We have another Re-List from the Top 10 Show and this week’s is one that I have been hoping that John and Matt would do for quite a while now.  Top 10 Musicals.  Now, I know that Matt is not a big fan of musicals and he would have some problems making a top 10 list of them.  He explained it on the show that there would not be a lot he could contribute because he might have only seen some of these once.  It makes sense, so I was happy to hear the topic on the Re-List!

Now, the Patreons involved was Topic selected:  Tyler Spotts and two lists from Robert Haley and Jeremy Metz.  Tyler laid down the ground rules that regular musicals, Broadway adaptations, originals, or music biopics could be included.  However, I am not going to do that.  I am not including anything that does not fit into the regular category of musicals.  No music biopics.  So I am eliminating  Bohemian Rhapsody, This is Spinal Tap, Walk the Line etc.

I am also leaving off the animated movies which includes Lion King, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast which all probably makes this list if included.

Okay…here we go.

Image result for evita movie#10.  Evita.  This one is a movie that is not well liked, but I loved completely.  I was never a huge Madonna fan, but I thought her performance as Eva Perón was spot on.  I also loved the work in this film from Antonio Banderas as Che.    I wore out the CD of the songs as I listened to it constantly.

 

 

Image result for rocky horror picture show#9.  Rocky Horror Picture Show It’s astounding.  Time is fleeting.  Madness takes its toll.  Rocky Horror Picture Show is a cult classic and I will always remember the first time I saw it, in the theater in Iowa City late on a Friday night.  I had already knew the songs and the parts you were supposed to shout so I did not seem like a Rocky Horror “virgin.”  Another soundtrack that I love and listen to all the time.  Everything from Science Fiction Double Feature through to I’m Coming Home.  EYG Hall of Famer Tim Curry is iconic in his role as Dr. Frank N Furter.

 

Related image#8.  Grease.  It is the word.  John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John are fabulous here with some of the catchiest movie music you’ll find anywhere.  Sure, the message of the film is one that you do not want your kids following, and it may not hold up as well in today’s society, but Grease is still one of the all time greats.

 

Image result for mary poppins andrews#7.  Mary Poppins.  The original starring Julie Andrews.  This is such a fantastic movie with some of the greatest Disney songs ever. Songs such as Chim Chim Cheree, A Spoonfull of Sugar and Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious are magical.  Magic is the key to the film and Julie Andrews, along with the marvelous Dick Van Dyke, really bring the magic out of the movie.

 

Image result for willy wonka#6.  Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.  Love this movie, even though Willy Wonka is most likely the villain of the film and did terrible things to a group of mean-spirited children.  He does it with a ton of charm and what more could you want?  Gene Wilder is a master and the film is one of the greats.  Not as many great songs in the film though with Pure Imagination being the best.

 

Image result for the wizard of Oz#5.  The Wizard of Oz.  Neither of the Re-List fellows included this, which I found shocking.  The Wizard of Oz is one of the great movies made and the music from it is unbelievable.  From the beautiful Somewhere Over the Rainbow to the If I Only Had A Brain/Heart/Nerve.  We’re off to see the Wizard, the wonderful Wizard of Oz!

 

Image result for sweeney todd#4.  Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.  Easily the bloodiest musical of all-time.  Johnny Depp does a magnificent job as Sweeney Todd, the barber who returned to London to exact his revenge on the people who sent him to prison for a crime he did not commit and ruined his life with his beloved wife, Lucy.  Along the way, Todd wound up killing a bunch of Londoners so his co-conspirator Mrs. Lovett (Helena Bonham Carter) could improve the taste of her meat pies.  Dark, moody and funny, Sweeney Todd is an epic musical unlike any others on this list.

 

Related image#3.  Little Shop of Horrors.  Another one that did not make anyone’s list on the Re-List but is one of my personal favorites.  The Frank Oz directed classic featured the arrival of Audrey II, a gigantic Venus Flytrap-like plant (in reality an alien) that survives on blood, preferably fresh blood.  he is one mean, green mother from outer space, and he’s bad.  Rick Moranis stars as Seymour, the geeky little loser who finds the plant and names it after the woman he has had a crush on, Audrey ( played by Ellen Green, who also played Audrey in the stage play).  The original ending is considerably darker than the theatrically released one, but I may like it more.

 

Image result for moulin rouge#2.  Moulin Rogue.  Above all else, this is a story about love.  Or so tells us our protagonist, the young writer who arrives in Paris looking to write the greatest Bohemian play only to fall in love with the courtesan Satine.  The film is considered a “jukebox musical” because there are lots of songs from different areas in the film.  The film uses songs from Kiss, Elton John, The Beatles, among others to weave together its music.  There is also a brilliant song called “Come What May” which is performed by the lead actors, Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor.  This is a film that never fails to bring out the emotions.

 

Related image#1.  Singin’ in the Rain.  Yes, I had thought I had seen this movie as a kid, but I did not because I watched it this morning for this list and the Doc’s Classic Movies Reviewed section of EYG and I realized that I had only ever seen the iconic rain scene with Gene Kelly and the lamppost.  I was so enthralled by the film that it flew right up into the number one slot on this list.  I loved the music, the dancing was breath-taking and the performances were something special.  The fact that this was created in 1952 blows my mind.  It is so fantastic.

Honorable Mentions:  There are actually quite a few here, but not very many of them actually had a real possibility of breaking the Top 10.  Chicago almost was there, but it got bumped when I found Rocky Horror.  The new film about Elton John called Rocketman is a magical musical for sure.  Lots of people love or lots of people hate La La Land.  I thought it was fine.  The original Annie with Carol Burnett was fun.  Mary Poppins Returns was better than it should have been.  The same with the new live action Aladdin.  Les Miserables was good too.

Interestingly enough, this was the second time I did a list of top 10 musicals.  This was prior to the Top 10 Show posts that I have done.  I did not look at this list until I was done with the Re-List.  Here is that list for comparison sake:

  1.  Moulin Rogue
  2. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
  3. Mary Poppins
  4. Sweeney Todd
  5. Little Shop of Horrors
  6. The Wizard of Oz
  7. The Muppets
  8. Evita
  9. Rocky Horror Picture Show
  10. Grease

Fascinating.  Willy Wonka dropped to #6 and Mary Poppins slipped to #7.  I had forgotten about The Muppets, but maybe they go into the animated category (kind of).  Rocky Horror stayed at #9.  Singin’ in the Rain is the only new film on the list.  The first film I mention in the honorable mention category is also Chicago. Pretty consistent I’d say.

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EYG Top 10 Jack Black Movies

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Hey.  It is time for the Top 10 list of the week.  Last week, the boys had technical difficulties with their program and wound up having to do a “Topic Thunder” episode.  I understood the issue, but I was disappointed that there was no list to copy.  The next day, the classic episode featured Top 10 Michael Caine, which I considered doing, but I had to stretch to find ten.  Then the time got away from me and so I passed on it too.  (Spoiler… The Muppet Christmas Carol was my #1).

This week, however, things are going to work out and this week’s list is one from the Patreon David Mitchell-Baker (or as Matt Knost said DMB).  The list is the Top 10 Jack Black Movies.

The rule that Matt and John set, which I follow mostly myself, is that the movie has to feature Jack Black, not just have him in a small role.  I break that rule at #10, but I wanted to include that movie.  So what it means is that there will be no Enemy of the State, despite it being higher than most of the films on this list simply because Jack Black is not in it much.

 

Image result for the muppets jack black kidnapped#10.  The Muppets.  The one film that breaks this rule is the 2011 movie with the Muppets because Jack Black’s cameo is such a funny and standout one.  The Muppets need a celebrity for their special show, so Miss Piggy and the crew head out and kidnap Jack Black to fill the void.  He gets tied to a chair for much of the final act and he is really funny.  We also get to hear his criticism of the Muppets’ barbershop quartet version of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” Very funny, as was Kermit’s reaction when he discovered what Miss Piggy, Fozzie and the others had done.

 

Image result for be kind rewind ghostbusters#9.  Be Kind Rewind.  This is a pleasant little movie where Jack Black accidentally erases all of the videos at a local video shop, Be Kind Rewind.  In order to try and help save the shop, Jack Black and Mos Def shoot shorter versions of the movies (such as Ghostbusters) which become as popular as the actual films.  This is a cute movie and has some very funny moments.

 

 

Image result for Bernie Jack Black#8.  Bernie.  This is a dark, true story of a funeral director who is a beloved figure in the town.  When he befriends a wealthy recently widowed woman (Shirley MacLaine) whom no one else in the town could stand,  it appeared a if she were taking advantage of him.  However, when she ends up murdered and shoved in a freezer, Bernie winds up arrested.  The town comes to his aid as the strange story continues.  Jack Black received many accolades for his performance in the film, showing that he could do more than what we were used to from him.

 

 

Image result for the house with a clock in its walls#7.  The House with a Clock in its Walls.  A more recent film, this starred Jack Black and Cate Blanchett.  The magical aspect of the film kind of reminded one of Harry Potter.  Jack Black takes in his nephew whose parents had recently died.  It is revealed that both Jack and Cate are magic users and that the ticking sound coming from the walls has a major significance.  There are zombies, monsters and a great villainous performance from Kyle MacLachlan.  This is better than most people give it credit for.

 

Image result for goosebumps movie#6.  Goosebumps.  This was a film that I went into with low expectations that turned out to be much better than I thought it would be.  Jack Black plays a fictional version of R.L. Stine in this film, the real life author of the Goosebumps series of books, and, when you open the original copies of his books, the monsters are able to escape.  This was a lot of fun and had a surprising amount of heart.  There were also good performances from the young stars of the film, Dylan Minnette and Odeya Rush.

 

Image result for king kong jack black#5.  King Kong.  This is another one that a lot of people poo-poo, but I found myself enjoying quite a bit. Yes, Peter Jackson’s reboot of the King King classic is too long and goes places where it shouldn’t, but there is tons of good here too.  The King Kong/dinosaur fights are worth it alone.

 

Image result for tropic thunder jack black#4. Tropic Thunder.  This ensemble film features Jack Black as an actor who is struggling with addiction and while this movie will always be remembered for Robert Downey Jr playing a white actor playing a black man, Jack Black has a ton of funny lines as well.  The scene where Jack is tied up and trying to get clean is one of the best sequences of the movie.

 

Related image#3.  Kung Fu Panda 2.  I debated about which Kung Fu Panda I wanted on the list.  I supposed I could have put both one and two on here, but I chose to just do one movie.  In the end, I think I prefer the second version to the first one, but it is very close.  There is a top notch villain in number two that trumps the first one.  I remember going into Kung Fu Panda 2 thinking that there was no way that they could pull out another good movie and coming out of it loving it.  The Kung Fu Panda trilogy is truly an underappreciated animated trilogy and should be considered one of the best and most consistent.

 

Related image#2.  Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.  Jack Black gave a remarkable comedic performance in the new Jumanji movie as a teenage girl.  He had every expression and line down beautifully.  You believed that this was really a teenage girl inhabiting the body of a middle aged man.  Jack Black got most of the funniest lines and he worked well with his talented co-stars, Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillen, and Kevin Hart.

 

Image result for school of rock jack black#1. School of Rock.  This is my favorite Jack Black movie.  Jack Black is a down on his luck musician who pretends to be his roommate, a sub teacher, to get some money.  Arriving for a long term sub job at a private school, Jack Black immediately starts turning things upside down.  When he discovers that the kids in the class have musical ability, he puts together a “class project” to help him win the Battle of the Bands.  The music here is tremendous, including the title track (which I absolutely love).  Jack Black shows all of his talents, from musical to comedy here and the kids in the class are very talented.

Honorable Mentions:  Not much left here.  I mentioned Enemy of the State earlier, and I eliminated that because of the bereftness of the role.  Kung Fu Panda 1 and 3 would also be here, since I only chose one for the list.  Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny was fun too.

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