EYG Top 10 Movies from 2009

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This week’s topic was a weird one for me.  As it popped up on YouTube to watch, the topic said Top 10 Movies of 2009 and I thought, “That’s weirdly generic.”

John and Matt then told about the idea of doing a top ten list for a certain year and they said they used a random generator, so it turned out that the generic comment was right on point.

So 2009… and as I was looking through the list of movies, I was struck with a couple of ideas.  One, mainly, was that I had trouble deciding on a number one.  Nothing jumped out at me as an obvious answer.  To me, there were around three or so that I could consider but none of them truly distanced themselves from each other.  Usually when I do these lists, the number one is obvious and the rest of the list may fall as it may.  Many times I have more issues with the middle of the list because there are times when the film at four or five feel like it is too high, but there are other films to fit there.

It is also interesting that there is no MCU film.  Iron Man started in 2008 and then the next films of the franchise came in 2010.  This was the last time that the MCU has not had at least one film in the calendar year since 2008 (although 2020 is pushing that chance).

I had not started writing movie reviews for EYG yet as of 2009, but I had seen several of these on DVD.  I remember writing a couple of movie reviews on these films from their DVD releases.  It was really 2011 that I made my big move to watch more films in the theater.

Either way, here is the Top 10 Movies of 2009.

Monsters vs. Aliens' 3-D effects win big | City Pages#10.  Monsters vs. Aliens.  This film just made the list last week on the Re-List for Top 10 Dreamworks Animated Movies.  I really enjoyed the film with some of the great new characters that are based on old time monster movies.  There were some great voice acting going on here from Reese Witherspoon to Seth Rogen to Stephen Colbert to Hugh Laurie.    It was extremely fun.

 

Review: 'Hangover' needs a few shots of 'Old School” – East Bay Times#9.  The Hangover.  This is one of two films on this list that has been damaged by how terrible the sequels were.  The second and third Hangovers were just terrible, but the first one was so good.  I remember just laughing my head off at this movie.  It should have stuck at the first film only.

 

Moon streaming: where to watch movie online?#8.  Moon.  This is one of those movies that I only watched because I heard it on the Top 10 Show.  Matt Knost raved about it so much that I felt that I needed to see it.  He was right.  It was really a strong, sci-fi film with a great performance from Sam Rockwell.  It has a great twist and it is amazing that this film sneaked by me at the time.  It was just under a decade after it was released before I actually saw it.

 

Taken Speech: Revisiting the Liam Neeson Movie After 10 Years ...#7.  Taken.  Here is the second film on this list that was damaged by the sequels that followed it.  Taken 2 & 3 literally makes me think less of the original movie, which may not be fair, but it is how I feel.  I remember watching Taken without any expectations and finding it to be such a gem.  Liam Neeson was so believable in a role that you never would have believed he would have been good at.  The quote on the phone is so iconic and perfectly delivered that it will always be remembered as one of the greatest lines of all time.

 

Inglourious Basterds (7/9) Movie CLIP - Buongiorno (2009) HD - YouTube#6.  Inglorious Basterds.  Quentin Tarantino has made some great films and I loved this World War II farce.  I say farce because of the controversial ending with Tarantino killing Hitler in a manner that challenged the history buffs in the audience.   Then, I do not remember laughing out loud quite as much as when Brad Pitt says “Bon Journo” after he claimed to be able to speak EYE-talian.  That is so subtly brilliant.

 

Will We Ever Get to See a District 9 Sequel?#5.  District 9.  I have not watched this one much, but I can remember being amazed at how great this film turned out.  Noah Blomkamp’s direction was fantastic.  The story has levels unlike few science fiction movies.  It not only features action and sci-fi beats, but also deals with racism, political thrills, and intelligence.  District 9 is creative and epic.

 

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: great special effects ...#4.  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.  A solid Harry Potter movie with a couple of major story developments at the end.  There is more featuring the ever brilliant Alan Rickman as Severus Snape than previous installments.  You can see the development of the young actors here into the strong performers that they would become.

 

JJ Abrams' Star Trek Reboot Revisited 10 Years Later – /Film#3.  Star Trek.  The 2009 reboot from J.J. Abrams of the classic science fiction series turned out better than it should have ever done.  The casting, which was probably the single most important part of this reboot, was truly nailed.  These new actors were amazing and embraced their characters without doing imitations of the originals.  This set up the franchise perfectly to continue adventures moving forward without being stuck to the previously told stories.

 

Amazon.com: Watch Sherlock Holmes (2009) | Prime Video#2.  Sherlock Holmes.  Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock Holmes was a great surprise.  I did not know that I was going to love these movies.  The chemistry between Downey Jr as Sherlock and Jude Law as Watson is one of the true reasons to watch this movie.  Guy Ritchie, which seems as if it would be an odd choice for the director’s chair here, knocks this out of the park.  All of the little Guy Ritchie film traits really fit in well with this film.

 

Zombieland (2009) starring Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma ...#1.  Zombieland.  As I said, I had a heard time choosing which of these films would be number one.  I finally decided that it would be Zombieland.  I remember the experience of watching this movie in our small local theater and just leaving the theater desperately looking for someone to talk to about it.  I wound up at my friend’s house and wanted to talk about it, but he had not seen it yet, so I could only rave about it.  Everything about Zombieland was just fantastic to me, from the great performances of the four main leads to the unbelievable cameo from Bill Murray to the rules appearing on the screen.  Everything worked for me.  It also makes me want to have a Twinkie.

Honorable Mentions:  I really wanted to include the George Clooney movie Man Who Stared at Goats at #10, but, sadly, I had to bump it. I enjoyed Coraline, but I haven’t seen it in awhile.  I have to rewatch it soon.  Up has a beginning ten minutes that totally destroyed the viewers.  The Blind Side was good, but somewhat overrated.  The Fantastic Mr. Fox was a great animated movie that was just outside the top 10.

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EYG Top 10 DreamWorks Animation Re-List

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It is time for another Re-List (Re-List… re re re Re-List.  BUZZ BUZZ BUZZ)

This week’s Re-List features the topic of Top 10 DreamWorks Animation Movies.  This was an interesting list this week, chosen by Andrew Nally, with lists by Brandon Munroe, & Thomas Drufke.  John and Matt are on video since the COVID-19 virus is out there and they are streaming from their own homes.

I liked this topic and when I did a little research, there are some great animated films that are in this studio’s oeuvre.

There are a couple of major franchises that I either have not watched or did not like.  Prince of Egypt is one that I have not seen as of this moment.  I know Matt and John had comments about that on this week’s episode.

I also chose to only include one film from a franchise/trilogy.  I will pick my favorite of the series, though there would be others from that franchise that could be in the top ten.

 

Penguins are the best in “Penguins of Madagascar” - Highlander#10.  Penguins of Madagascar.  This is the fact.  I have never seen any of the full Madagascar movies and I have not been a fan of them.  However, I did enjoy this little spin-off from a few years ago.  It was cute and clever and I liked the different penguin characters.  Putting them in a spy style movie was a fun way to go.

 

 

Turbo Trailer #2 Official 2013 Dreamworks Movie [HD] - YouTube#9.  Turbo.  A very fast snail.  A snail that had dreams of winning the Indianapolis 500 auto race, which is a real challenge, since he is only a snail.  Ryan Reynolds voices Turbo, the snail with the big time dreams.  The story may be for kids, but it won’t cause parents to wish they were somewhere else.

 

Puss in Boots (2011) review by That Film Guy#8.  Puss in Boots.  This may be a cheat from my one-in-the-franchise rule I set down at the beginning, but I consider this a spin-off from the Shrek series into its own franchise.  Puss in Boots, voiced by Antonio Banderas, was the breakout character in Shrek 2 and his own animated film was fun and funny.

 

Abominable - Plugged In#7.  Abominable.  This was just released and it was a sweet movie.  It may not have been the greatest film I have ever seen, but it was solid.  The film tried to bring the magic of Disney to this movie as they tried to return a lost yeti to its home in the Himalayas.  Though it may come up just a tad short, it is still a good time and has beautiful animation.

 

Review: Mr. Peadbody and Sherman Has Muttzpah by Richard Corliss ...#6.  Mr. Peabody & Sherman.  This one hit all the right notes for me when I first saw it.  I grew up with Mr. Peabody and the Way-Back Machine.  I loved those animated shorts as a child so the nostalgia brought this one home for me.  In retrospect, I may have over judged this at the initial viewing, but I still had a good time with it.

 

Megamind' Animated Movie Focuses More on Villain Than Hero - The ...#5.  Megamind.  This one surprised me.  I really enjoyed this film, that featured the tale of the villainous Megamind and what happened when he finally is able to defeat his ultimate enemy, Metro Man.  It tells the story about what a villain does when there is no hero to do battle with him.  Will Farrell does a solid job as the voice of Megamind.

 

Monsters vs. Aliens (2009 Movie) - Behind The Voice Actors#4.  Monsters vs. Aliens.  I loved this movie.  It is such a silly film, but I find it absolutely hilarious.  When Susan become a giant, she is taken to be with the other monsters used by the government.  This film has that old style 1950’s monster movie feel to it and includes an absolutely off the chart appearance by Stephen Colbert as the President of the United States.  The monsters are charming and clever, they have a great chemistry among them and they are designed in honor of the old monster characters on which they are based.

 

Shrek Movie Review#3. Shrek.  This is the original film.  I found this film just about as wonderful as you can imagine.  Mike Myers and Eddie Murphy are amazing together as Shrek and Donkey, Cameron Diaz does not make Princess Fiona just a damsel in distress and John Lithgow does an unbelievable job as Lord Farquad, one of the most clever villains to come around.  The film weaves such an intelligent script in with the fantastic animation.

 

Kung Fu Panda - Plugged In#2.  Kung Fu Panda.  This is a tough one to choose, since all three of these films are really well done, but I chose the first one again.  The story of a panda fighting against all odds to become the Dragon Warrior.  And the battle with the villainous snow leopard Tai Lung is the best of the series.  Po shows that, though hard work and effort, you can accomplish anything.  The voice cast of Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, Lucy Liu, Seth Rogan, and Ian McShane is wonderful.

 

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) - IMDb#1.  How to Train Your Dragon 2.  One of the best animated trilogies of all time.  I chose number two because it is the one that beings the most emotion to me.  The death of Hiccup’s father, killed by a mind controlled Toothless, is one of the most powerful and painful moments in any animated movie.  You also get the return of the long-believed deceased mother of Hiccup (voiced by Cate Blanchett).  It is a beautiful story with animation that cannot help but amaze you.

 

Honorable Mentions:  A few to mention.  Home was an average film, but it has a great voice performance from Jim Parsons.  Antz was the first one of the studios’ animation division.  Chicken Run is one that stuck out to me.  Of course all of the other films in the Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon franchises.

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EYG Top 10 Sandra Bullock Movies Re-List

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Still waiting for a Re-List.

I see this week’s episode is Top 10 Sandra Bullock films.  I had to stretch to do this list, but I was able to get to ten. There are a couple of well known Sandra Bullock films that I have never actually seen.

One of these days, I will be involved in a Re-List.

 

Image result for while you were sleeping sandra bullock#10.  While You Were Sleeping.  I have not seen this one in quite awhile, but as a number 10 on this list, it works.  This was one of the most charming of her performances.

 

 

 

Image result for ocean 8#9.  Oceans Eight.  This was another one of the films on this list that was fine.  I did not love it as much as many people did.  This worked well with the female cast.  It was a success at the box office and worked well.

 

 

Image result for the blind side#8.  The Blind Side.  Sandra won an Oscar for this role, which was a bit of a stretch, but she does very well in the film.  She does a great job as the football mom and brings a powerful mom-bear type of character that goes out of her way to help her children.

 

 

Image result for our brand is crisis#7.  Our Brand is Crisis. This is a fun movie about a political strategist who came out of retirement to help the political campaign of a Bolivian presidential candidate.  She has to battle against her longtime nemesis, Billy Bob Thornton.  Some of the dirty tricks both of these people do show how nasty they can be.

 

Image result for bird box#6.  Bird Box.  The Netflix movie that features the monsters that attack you when you look at it.  It came out around the same time as A Quiet Place and built on the same kind of idea.  The tension that this film built was real and the suspense is powerful. The scenes in the boat are very impressive.

 

Image result for demolition man sandra#5.  Demolition Man.  A futuristic cop movie featuring Sly Stallone vs. the crazed Wesley Snipes.  Sandra Bullock was there with her goody-two-shoes future cop who follows all the rules and helps guide Stallone through the odd future that he found himself in.  This showed how charismatic Sandra Bullock could be.

 

Image result for a time to kill sandra#4.  A Time to Kill.  I really like this movie, but it really is more of a Samuel L. Jackson movie than it is a Sandra Bullock movie, which kept it out of the top 3.  Her character is a supporting role to Matthew McConaughey.  However, the scene in which she is attacked by Kiefer Sutherland is very powerful.

 

Image result for the heatsandra#3.  The Heat.  This is a great buddy cop comedy with Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy as the lead characters.  Bullock showed some tremendous comedic skills, especially on screen with McCarthy.  Playing the more straight-laced cop, Bullock is able to go more ridiculous and play against type.  The Heat was really fun.

 

Image result for Gravity sandra#2.  Gravity.  Sandra Bullock probably should have won the Oscar for this role.    The power of being lost in space and dealing with the dangers that go along with that and the struggles to try and return to earth are astounding.  The film looks absolutely brilliant, one of the greatest technological achievements in movie making of the past decade.

 

Image result for speed sandra#1. Speed.  This was one of my favorite action movies of the 1990’s and I loved Sandra with Keanu Reeves.  Sandra Bullock does not take a back seat to Keanu in this movie, despite the fact that he was the main character.  Sandra drove that bus and kept it above 50 mph.  The reason this movie worked as well as it did was the chemistry between Keanu and Sandra and without them both, as we see in the sequel, this may have been too campy.

 

Honorable Mention:  I don’t really have one, but I never saw The Net or Miss Congeniality which would be noticeable absences from my list.  The only other one I considered was Minions, which I did not like very much.

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EYG Top 10 TV Actors Turned Movie Stars

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This week’s Top 10 list is an original topic that has a TON of possible choices.  The topic is the Top 10 TV Actors Turned Movie Stars.  I sat down and started making my list and I just ripped off nearly 20 actors.  I had to reorder #3-10 a couple of times.

I was a huge TV guy before I started watching as many films as I did, even though it has flipped since.  Some of my choices may not be as big of stars today, but they were huge in their time.

In order to be considered a TV actor, the actor needed to be a regular on a show.  Guest starring appearances will not be considered.  And it does say Movie STARS.

Image result for michael j fox mcfly#10.  Michael J. Fox.  Michael does not do much any more because of his health situation, but it cannot be denied that he was one of the biggest stars of all time thanks to his Back to the Future trilogy.  Coming from Family Ties, Fox exploded into the past with Doc Brown.  Fox had other fun movies but none ever struck the same cord as Marty McFly in Back to the Future, considered by some to be a perfect movie.

 

Image result for hemsworth thor#9.  Chris Hemsworth.  This might be a bit of a cheat, but I wanted to include Hemsworth.  He appeared on the Australian soap opera Home & Away before coming to the states and becoming our God of Thunder, Thor in the MCU.  Hemsworth actually started in Cabin in the Woods, but delays caused that film to come out after Thor.  Hemsworth has shown his overall skills as Thor, both comedic and serious.  He has not yet found that second major film franchise, but what else do you need?

 

 

 

Image result for travolta pulp ficiton#8.  John Travolta.  Starting off on Welcome Back Kotter as Vinnie Barbarino, John Travolta has been in some of the best movies of the last thirty years.  Pulp Fiction, Michael, Phenomenon, Saturday Night Fever, Grease, The General’s Daughter, Primary Colors, Get Shorty, and Look Who’s Talking.  Unfortunately for John, he has been in some of the worst of the decade too.  Still, he is charming and always engaging and deserved of a spot on this list.

 

Image result for eddie murphy beverly hills cop#7.  Eddie Murphy.  One of the only actors on this list from SNL, Eddie Murphy was one of the biggest stars ever for a stretch of time.  48 Hours, Trading Places, Beverly Hills Cop, Coming to America were just a few of his early string of massive hits.  Murphy went away for awhile, but he returned this past year with a vengeance in Dolemite is my Name.

 

Image result for ryan reynolds deadpool#6.  Ryan Reynolds.  Appearing on Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place, Reynolds became a huge star in the movies.  His ultimate claim to fame in this space was his work as Wade Wilson, Deadpool.  Deadpool does not get made without Ryan Reynolds’ dedication and perseverance.  Reynolds was the perfect actor to bring the Merc with a Mouth to the big screen and I truly hope they find a way to bring both Deadpool and Reynolds into the MCU.

 

Image result for denzel washingotn]#5.  Denzel Washington.  I never watched St. Elsewhere, but I have huge respect for Denzel from the movies.  He is one of the best actors of our generation and never fails to be at his very best.  Even if the movie is subpar, Denzel is giving it his all and is always the best part of the film.  Remember the Titans, Inside Man, Crimson Tide, Philadelphia, Malcolm X, Unstoppable, Flight, Fences, The Bone Collector would be just some of his classics.

 

Image result for will smith#4.  Will Smith.  Will Smith, the Fresh Prince of Bel Air, has maybe not had as many huge hits as some of the others on this list, but he is one of the most likable actors around.  And it is not as if he has not had his share of awesome films such as Independence Day, Enemy of the State, Aladdin, Men in Black, Bad Boys for Life, Ali, Concussion, Hancock, I Am Legend, The Pursuit of Happyness, Seven Pounds, and Spies in Disguise.  Again, sure he has had his stinkers, but Will Smith is such a star that you still love him despite After Earth or Gemini Man.

 

Image result for tom hanks#3.  Tom Hanks.  I loved Bosom Buddies.  I was excited to see Tom Hanks make the move to the big screen.  He had several low level films to start, but Big made Hanks a superstar.  Now, there are few actors in Hollywood today more respected than Hanks.  He is another actor who you know will bring his best no matter what the film is.  Two-time Academy Award winner, Hanks has played real life Captain Phillips, Fred Rogers, Walt Disney and Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger.  From Forrest Gump to Woody to Jim Lovell, Hanks has created iconic characters in all kinds of different films.  Hanks was the number one actor on the Top Ten list, but I do have two that are more conencted to me than he is.

 

Image result for moonlighting willis#2. Bruce Willis.  Bruce Willis was on one of my all-time favorite TV show, Moonlighting.  I was obsessed with Moonlighting, desperate to see it each week when it would come out.  Then, he starred in one of my all-time favorite movies, Die Hard.  Those two projects alone would secure him a spot on this list for me.  However, Willis has had a ton of other great movies too including The Sixth Sense, Pulp Fiction, Sin City, Unbreakable, Glass, Bandits, The Fifth Element, 12 Monkeys, and Looper.  Sure, Bruce has a reputation for phoning in a performance if he is not interested and he may be difficult to work with, but he will always be David Addison and John McClane for me and that is enough.

 

Image result for robin williams#1. Robin Williams.  “I am Mork from Ork, nanoo, nanoo.”  Mork from Ork appeared first on Happy Days and then was spun off into his own show, Mork and Mindy.  I absolutely loved Robin Williams.  Mork and Mindy was one of my favorite shows and would still be in my top 10 TV shows list.  The energy of Robin Williams exploded off the screen.  It was clear that the small screen would not be able to handle him.  Robin Williams may have had his share of clunkers as well, but he was such a beloved figure and he was so hectically funny that you always came back for more.  From Good Morning Vietnam to Mrs. Doubtfire, from his villainous turn in One Hour Photo and Insomnia, from his dramatic work in Good Will Hunting, and his iconic voice-over work as the Genie in Aladdin, Robin Williams was an unbelievable performer and actor with an unexpected range of talent.  His death hit me harder than any celebrity death I can recall.

 

Honorable Mentions:  There are a bunch.  Johnny Depp made the original version of my list at ten, but he got bumped in the final copy.  Morgan Freeman has been in so many classic films.  Leonardo DiCaprio is an amazing actor, but I am not a huge fan.  Melissa McCarthy was under consideration.  Bill Murray was another one that made the original list only to be bumped in the end.  Clint Eastwood had a great career in movies, both as an actor and a director. George Clooney was huge on ER and only went bigger after leaving.  John Goodman on Roseanne was one of the best characters on TV but he never became a leading star.  He was always excellent though.  Jim Carrey is another one whom I like but do not love.

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EYG Top 10 Movies Featuring Dogs Re-List

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The Re-List has arrived.  I have been wishing to be a part of the Re-List for a long time now.  Unfortunately, there has been some talk about replacing this show and that makes me sad.  Still waiting….

This week’s Top 10 Re-List is nicely timed with the release of the CGI-messed film The Call of the Wild with Harrison Ford.  I did not love that movie, but there are plenty of movies featuring dogs to make this list.

Image result for lady and the tramp disney +#10.  Lady & the Tramp.  This is the new live-action remake of the animated classic.  This is one of the two films appearing as originals on Disney + that made this list.  I did enjoy this version more than I thought I would and the talking dogs were not a deal breaker as it sometimes is in these live-action films.

 

Image result for Isle of Dogs#9.  The Isle of Dogs.  Wes Anderson’s animated film about the removal of dogs from Japan after an outbreak of a sickness believed to be spread by the dogs.  Another one that was not my most favorite film, but that I enjoyed enough.  The animation is good and the voice acting is above the line.

 

Image result for the shaggy dog 1959#8.  The Shaggy Dog (1959).  The original classic from Disney, The Shaggy Dog has been remade multiple times but has never reached the same level as it did with this Fred MacMurray vehicle.  Silly comedy that was done extremely well.

 

 

Image result for mr peabody and sherman#7.  Mr. Peabody and Sherman.  This was a film that when I saw it the first time, I loved it, but it slowly became lesser upon reflection.  I still have some great nostalgic feels for Mr. Peabody as I can remember watching his animated shorts on Bullwinkle and Tennessee Tuxedo shows.   Maybe I should revisit this one and see how much I like it the second time.

 

Image result for john wick dog#6.  John Wick.  I would not have thought about this one without listening to the Re-List on the Top 10 this week, but it absolutely works in the topic. The entire film gets going because of the death of John Wick’s dog.  So much so that it has become an iconic joke.  This film is down the list a bit because the dog is not involved in the movie more than as the inspiration for John Wick’s return to the life.  This movie was one of the great surprises and this moment with the dog is absolutely crushing and 100% relatable.

 

Image result for sandlot the beast#5. The Sandlot.  Another one that I may not have thought about without the Re-List episode, but The Beast is a major driving force with this movie about baseball.  The presence of The Beast struck fear into the boys’ hearts and the attempt to reclaim the Babe Ruth signed baseball leads to a ton of great character moments for the boys.  The Sandlot is a lot of fun and the film would not have been near as wonderful without the mythical Beast.

 

Image result for togo#4.  Togo.  Here is the second of the originals from Disney + to make the list and this is the example that the new The Call of the Wild should have followed.  Sure there is some CGI in Togo, but it is used only when the dogs are needed to do something dangerous or something that they cannot do.  Otherwise, the dogs here are alive and real and help create a connection between the audience and the characters.  Willem Dafoe is great here and Togo is shown as a massive hero.  I loved this movie.

 

Image result for old yeller#3.  Old Yeller.  A film from my childhood that I only somewhat remember.  Of course, the part of the film that I remember is the ending that absolutely rips you apart as a viewer.  Powerful and poignant, Old Yeller showed the love between a boy and his dog and the hazards that go with them.  That end scene is utterly devastating and heartbreaking.

 

Image result for best in show#2.  Best in Show.  The awesome mockumentary from Christopher Guest featuring a group of people at a dog show.  The topic is ripe for satire and the ensemble cast put together the film in a way that you are constantly amazed by because they do not have scripts.  Just background information on their characters and a healthy knowledge of improvisation.

 

Image result for frankenweenie#1.  Frankenweenie.  The brilliant animated film featuring a boy and his zombie dog.  Well, maybe more like a Frankenstein’s monster dog instead.  The film, directed by Tim Burton, is a beautiful piece of art that speaks to the connection between a boy and his dog and the lengths that he may go to to maintain that relationship under any circumstances.  The film has a ton of fascinatingly original characters and some of the best art design of an animated film in a long time.

 

Honorable mention:  Some of the other films I considered included Scooby Doo.  Admittedly, there has never been a really great version of the detective mutt, but this was as close as it has come so far.  I love the character of Scooby Doo and I hope this year’s new animated Scoob! will find its place at the top of this list.  101 Dalmations, the animated version, is a Disney classic that fell just a little short for this list. It has one of the great Disney villains ever in Cruella de Vil.  The Peanuts Movie has Snoopy starring and was a really strong adaptation of the comic strip.  Another animated film featurign a dog is John Travolta’s Bolt.

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EYG Top 10 Jim Carrey Movies

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Welcome back to the EYG Top 10 list.  This week’s show, in honor of the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog movie, is the Top 10 Jim Carrey Movies.

I have never been a giant fan of Jim Carrey and there are some definite “big” ones that I do not like.  I am not a fan of any of the Ace Ventura films.  I have never seen the Truman Show.

Image result for batman forever#10.  Batman Forever.  This is right on the borderline of films.  The role of the Riddler was okay for Jim Carrey, but the Tommy Lee Jones Two Face was terrible.  This was a film that started to head Batman back toward the camp and away from the darkness.  Still, this was not the worst of the Batman films.

 

Image result for bruce almighty#9.  Bruce Almighty.  This one is fine, but another one that is not my most favorite films ever.  Jim Carrey and his interactions with “God” Morgan Freeman is fun and creative.  This one displays Carrey’s skills well and has a good message.

 

 

Image result for A christmas carol carrey#8.  A Christmas Carol.  The animated version features Carrey as Ebeneezer Scrooge as well as several of the other characters of the classic story of Charles Dickens.  This was one of the first films using the motion capture use.  Some of the characters had a really weird look to them, but the CGI was interesting.  I liked this version.  It was dark and creepy.

 

Image result for jim and andy documentary#7.  Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond.  This is a documentary on Netflix and it tells the behind the scenes story of the filming of Man on the Moon and how Jim Carrey basically became Andy Kaufman.  There are some unbelievable footage shot featuring Jim as Andy.  We saw Andy’s parents reaction to Jim playing their son.  It was surreal.

 

Image result for dumb & Dumber#6.  Dumb & Dumber.  I am not a huge fan of this movie, but I recognized that it is one of Jim Carrey’s classic films.  I don’t hate Dumb and Dumber, but there are some things that I just am not entertained from it.  The connection between Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels is the strength of the film for me.

 

 

Image result for series of unfortunate events carrey#5.  Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.  The movie adaptation of the book series featuring the Baudelaire orphans being chased by Count Olaf, who was hoping to take their money.  Jim Carrey does a brilliant job as the evil actor.

 

 

Image result for liar liar#4.  Liar Liar.  Jim Carrey is a lawyer whose son has made a magic wish that does not allow Carrey to lie.  Hilarity ensues.  There is actually a lot of heart in this movie and the court scenes in the film are extremely funny.

 

 

Image result for The Mask cuban pete#3.  The Mask.  Stanley Ipkiss finds the mask of Loki and becomes a trickster super hero.  Jim Carrey is off the wall in the movie.  The Cuban Pete song is one of the best moments in the film.  The Mask includes the first appearance of Cameron Diaz.  And the dog was a scene stealer.

 

Image result for man on the moon jim carrey#2.  Man on the Moon.  Jim Carrey plays Andy Kaufman in a biopic about his life.  We see Andy becoming the celebrity and how he acted as if he was simply playing a prank on everyone.  The world in pro wrestling with Jerry Lawler is fascinating.  The whole Andy gets sick story is ironic and painful.  Jim Carrey totally embraces the role and kind of disappears.  Love Man on the Moon.

 

Image result for eternal sunshine of the spotless mind#1.  Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.  This film is one of the greatest and most original films of all time.  The love story with Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet was amazing.  The visual imagery of the movie was beautiful and the story of the erasing of of memories allowed some real character development.  Jim Carrey provides some of the best work of his career.  I just recently saw this movie and I am so glad that I did.

 

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EYG Top 10 Female Superheroes in Movies

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Fun show this week.  The Top 10 Show featured the Top 10 Female Superheroes in Movies and Matt and John were on fire.

I wanted to put some of the Agents of Shield or Jessica Jones on the list because I love them, but, unfortunately, they were not in movies.

SO… it’s the characters that appear in the movies.  There are several really bad ones though too. Sadly, some great comic characters were bombed massively in movies.

I will be doing this just like Matt and John did.  I have the character listed and the film where they are at their best.

Image result for dafne keen"#10.  X-23, Logan. She was basically called Laura during the film and you have to listen closely to hear the name X-23.  Played by Dafne Keen wonderfully, Laura was a complex character with a little girl who you didn’t know could talk for much of the movie.  Dafne brought a ton of heart into this amazing film.

 

Image result for shuri"#9.  Shuri, Black Panther.  Shuri was one of the biggest, most pleasant surprises from Black Panther.  Shuri, sister of T’Challa, was sweet and clever and turned out to be one of the most intelligent characters in the MCU.  Shuri is played by Letitia Wright and could have a great future in the MCU.

 

Image result for gamora infinity war"#8.  Gamora, Avengers: Infinity War.  The scene with Gamora and Thanos on Vormir was seriously amazing.  There was a surprising amount of emotion in the scene as Gamora first found the irony in the situation only to realize how her father truly felt about her.  There was also a great scene when she thinks that she has killed Thanos  in Knowhere and Gamora started to break down.

 

Image result for nebula endgame"#7.  Nebula, Avengers: Endgame.  Karen Gillan was amazing in Avengers: Endgame.  Nebula was one of the strongest performers in the film and her character arc was tremendous.  Her scenes with Tony Stark at the beginning was tender and funny.  She played two versions of Nebula, her 2014 self as well as the present version.

 

Image result for captain Marvel"#6.  Captain Marvel, Captain Marvel.  I like this movie more than a lot of people.  I have always enjoyed Brie Larson and I think she did an exceptional job as Carol Danvers.  I believe that she will only get better and better as the movies continue to build.

 

 

Image result for evangeline lilly wasp"#5.  The Wasp, Ant Man and the Wasp.  Evangeline Lilly is one of my favorite actresses and I am happy to see her as Hope Van Dyne.  Her relationship with Scott Lang is epic and she is simply bad ass.  Some of the scenes in Ant Man and the Wasp were really fun and she dominated the action.

 

Image result for Valkyrie marvel"#4.  Valkyrie, Thor: Ragnarok.  Tessa Thompson was a great find and one of the standout of the great Thor: Ragnarok.  Valkyrie had great chemistry with Chris Hemsworth’s Thor and the Hulk.  The scenes with Tessa fighting Hela are beautiful.

 

 

Image result for wanda maximoff  infinity war killing vision"#3.  Wanda Maximoff, Avengers: Infinity War.  She has never actually been called Scarlett Witch yet in the MCU, but she has become a personal favorite consistently each and every time she shows up.  I am anxious to see the WandaVision show upcoming.  I considered making the movie choice Endgame instead because Wanda was so epic in her fight with Thanos.  However, she had a great arc in Infinity War and her pain as she struggled to save and eventually kill Vision was palpable.

 

Image result for natasha romanoff endgame"#2.  Black Widow, Avengers: Endgame.  Scarlett Johansson has been great as Natasha Romanoff every time she appears on screen (except maybe Iron Man 2), but her self-sacrifice in Endgame was heartbreaking.  This film really brought the character through so many troubles and it was a perfect arc.  I am very excited to see her solo movie.

 

Image result for wonder woman"#1.  Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman.  I thought about not putting her at number one because I am such a Marvel fan, but I had to admit that Wonder Woman was a fantastic film.  While I was not a fan of the third act, the No Man’s Land scene was one of the greatest in comic book movies.  Although I doubted the casting, Gal Gadot made a believer of me with her performance of the Amazon.  Not only beautiful, but completely kick ass and thoroughly entertaining.  I hope Wonder Woman 1984 continues the momentum for her.

 

Honorable Mentions:  A few more to mention.  Hitgirl from Kick Ass is the best part of those movies.  Mantis from Guardians Vol 2 was funny and she has a great connection with Drax.  Okoye from Wakanda was another surprise from Black Panther.  I really considered Agent Peggy Carter because she is king of a spy like Nick Fury.  I mentioned Agents of Shield earlier with Agent Melinda May and Jenna Simmons and Quake because they are awesome.  So was Jessica Jones.  I hope these women find their way into the MCU movies.

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EYG Top 10 Movies About Making Movies Relist

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Re-List… re re re re-list!

It has been awhile since I have done one of these, but with this week’s Re-List, Movies About Movies, sounded fun.  I am still hoping to get the call to participate in the actual Re-List one of these days, but until that happens, this will be my work.

I had a lot of films on the list here.  I was surprised that there were a couple that made my list that did not make either of the two list read on the show.  One in particular, my number two, that I was shocked was not there.  I’m sure Matt would agree with me.

Image result for tropic thunder"#10.  Tropic Thunder.  This film was higher on the Re-List list than on mine.  I liked this one, but may not have loved it.  Robert Downey Jr. was amazing here and the introduction of the “fake” trailers was wonderful.  Tom Cruise’s cameo in the film was another major stand out.  It is not a movie that I have gone back to much.

 

Image result for me and earl and the dying girl"#9.  Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.  This is one that I have only seen once, but I loved it when I saw it.  It was such a heartfelt movie and done brilliantly by the young actors involved.  Olivia Cooke, Thomas Mann and RJ Cyler were amazing in the roles.  There are emotional moments in the film and the movies they made were very funny.

 

Image result for get shorty movie"#8.  Get Shorty.  John Travolta is a mobster who has found his way to Hollywood in an attempt to make a script made.  There are a lot of inside jokes here, including great roles from Danny DeVito, Gene Hackman and Rene Russo.

 

 

Image result for shadow of the vampire"#7.  Shadow of the Vampire.  The fictional story of the filming of the silent movie, Nosferatu.  Willem Dafoe gives a stunning performance as the title “vampire” who turns out to be more real than anyone knew.  John Malkovich played the director who knew the truth but continued on in order to get the most realistic film possible.  It is a horror film and a good one.

 

Image result for boogie nights"#6.  Boogie Nights.  This is one that makes the list although it may not be one that I watch as much as some of the others here.  There are great performances in the movie from Mark Wahlberg to Burt Reynolds.  I don’t love this one as much as some, but there is no denying that this fits in this category as well as many other films.

 

 

Image result for dolemite"#5.  Dolemite is my Name.  Eddie Murphy is back big time with this awesome Netflix film based on the life of classic blaxploitation director Rudy Ray Moore.  Dolemite is My Name is hilarious and there are great performances from not only Eddie, but also Wesley Snipes and Da’Vine Joy Randolph.

 

Image result for saving mr banks"#4.  Saving Mr. Banks.  The story of how the Walt Disney company made the Mary Poppins movie and how they got the rights away from author P.L. Travers.  Tom Hanks is great as always.  Emma Thompson is exceptional as Travers.  The songs fit nicely where they used them.  The backstory was better the second time I saw it.

 

Image result for disaster artist"#3.  The Disaster Artist.  I loved this movie.  It was the telling of how The Room was made.  The Room, one of the worst movies ever made, but that became a cult classic, was the passion project of one of the most enigmatic figures in movies, Tommy Wiseau.  James Franco is excellent in his portrayal of Wiseau.  The Disaster Artist was extremely funny, but it was funny because it took the relationship between Wiseau and his friend and co-star Greg Sestero seriously and not as a joke.

 

Image result for ed wood movie"#2.  Ed Wood.  This is the main one that I was shocked did not make any of the Re-List lists on the show.  The biopic on the life of filmmaker Ed Wood, who made some of the worst movies of all time including Plan 9 from Outer Space.  This movie is great top to bottom, including a great performance from Johnny Depp as Ed Wood and a transcendent performance from Martin Landau as Bela Legosi.  There is also a hilarious cameo from Bill Murray that really makes this movie even better.

 

Image result for singin in the rain"#1.  Singin’ In the Rain.  I just watched this for the first time last year and I was transfixed by it.  It was so remarkable and filled with movie magic that I loved every second of it.  Gene Kelly is amazing.  Donald O’ Connor is amazing.  Debbie Reynolds was amazing.  The musical numbers were engaging and entertaining.  Not just the music, but also the dance routines.  I loved the story of the film making.

 

Honorable Mentions:  There were a bunch of films for this section.  Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood I did not love as much as most, but I admit the scene with Leonardo DiCaprio and the little girl was astonishing and, most likely, the best scene in the movie.  7 Psychopaths was a lot of fun and is underrated.  I thought about including Hollywoodland, but I am not sure it was about anything more than the making of the TV show Superman with George Reeves.  The making of Psycho was the backdrop for the biopic Hitchcock.  I lied Argo more than some, and the parts with John Goodman and Alan Arkin are some of the best in the film.  The silent, black and white The Artist is one that most everyone has forgotten about but I had enjoyed it a lot.  This year, we have added Kevin Smith’s Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, which is more emotional than I expected.

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EYG Top 10 Comedy Ensemble Movies

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It is Tuesday and that means the Top 10 Show is here to entertain.  It was interesting because you could see here the beginning of John Rocha’s illness that played such a huge dramatic role in the Schmoedown Spectacular this past weekend.  Feel better Outlaw!  We love you!

Anyway, John and Matt were talking this week of Top 10 Comedy Ensemble Movies in honor of the upcoming Jumanji: The Next Level this weekend.  The last Jumanji film was such a pleasant surprise that I hope this next one can live up to it. I have heard some initial positive word of mouth so here’s hopin’.

Comedy ensembles can be a challenge.  Especially when I do not like Will Ferrell or Adam Sandler.  Spoiler…neither of those two wind up on this list.

So…let’s move along…

Image result for moonrise kingdom kiss#10.  Moonrise Kingdom.  The Wes Anderson film that included a bunch of his normal crew of actors (Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray) telling a coming of age story and a sweet tale of young love.  Honestly, though it comes across sweet, it seemed as if Anderson got away with quite a bit having these young kids in their underwear kissing.  I would be lying if I didn’t say that I felt a little awkward at first.

 

Image result for fargo movie#9.  Fargo.  A dark comedy from the Coen Brothers.  An amazing performance from a great ensemble cast, including Frances McDormand as the pregnant police officer Marge Gunderson, William H. Macy as car salesman Jerry Lundegaard,  Jerry sets up a complicated plan to kidnap his wife to extort money from her wealthy father.  And then, all manner of problems ensue.  Ah, jeez.  Fargo was a film that I was not fond of the first time I watched it but on a reviewing, I found myself much more engaged with the dark humor.

 

Image result for dogma kevin smith#8.  Dogma.  My favorite Kevin Smith film is Dogma.  I have a figurine of Buddy Christ.  Such a wonderful story that sure rubbed many people the wrong way.  But I love the story of Loki (Matt Damon) and Bartleby (Ben Affleck), two angels who had been expelled from Heaven but who had found a loophole to return that could prove God fallible and thus bring down the world as we know it.  Pushing the envelope in a very funny way, Kevin Smith had a tremendous cast here including the ever brilliant Alan Rickman.

 

Image result for a mighty wind#7.  A Mighty Wind.  Christopher Guest films are always funny because of the talented cast that he assembles.  They have to be talented because most of the dialogue in the film is ablibbed.  A Mighty Wind is a love letter to folk music by looking at the strangest group of characters you will ever see.  And the music is always great as well.  Who could guess that these comedians were such talented musicians.

 

Image result for big lebowski#6.  The Big Lebrowski.  Again, I have just recently watched this and I usually am not a fan of stoner comedies, but I found that I loved The Big Lebrowski.  Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Julianne Moore, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Elliott, and others made this a great ensemble cast.

 

Image result for monty python and the holy grail bridge#5.  Monty Python and the Holy Grail.  What is your name?  What is your quest?  What is your favorite color?  Sounds easy right?  You would think.  But do you know the capital of Assyria?  And what if your confused about whether your favorite color is Blue or yellow?  Who knew these would be important questions when looking for the Holy Grail?  And Monty Python’s best movie is always hilarious.

 

Image result for young frankenstein#4,  Young Frankenstein.  A perfect satire on the old Universal Monsters and monster movies.  Gene Wilder is a great descendant of Victor Frankenstein and his comic timing is amazing.  This Mel Brooks film is shot in a beautiful black and white and each amazing actor in this ensemble brings something unique and funny.

 

Related image#3. Ghostbusters.  One of my all time favorites movies.  Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson became an icon quartet and their epic battle with Gozer in the form of the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man simply blew my mind.  Ghostbusters is endlessly quotable and the dialogue is some of the smartest and funniest you will find.  They have never quite found the recipe for the Ghostbusters since this first movie, but it is a classic.  Make sure you do not cross those streams.

 

Related image#2.  This is Spinal Tap.  The mockumentary from director Rob Reiner looks at an aging heavy metal band named Spinal Tap who are past heir prime but holding on with everything they have.  Like A Mighty Wind, the music here is meant to be a joke, but it is actually great.  I have all of the Spinal Tap albums.  Michael McKean, Christopher Guest and Harry Shearer make a great team and the story in this mockumentary is surprisingly emotional.  Turn it up to 11 and watch this movie.

 

Image result for princess bride#1.  The Princess Bride.  The greatest comedy of all time.  Another Rob Reiner film, The Princess Bride has a cast filled with amazing actors such as Mandy Patinkin, Robin Wright, Cary Elwes, Andre the Giant, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, Chris Sarandon, Carol Kane, Fred Savage, Peter Falk.  Scene after scene from this movie are better than the last.  One of the most quotable movies of all time, all it takes is someone to say the word “inconceivable” and everyone knows to what you refer.  The Princess Bride, a masterpiece of comedy and film making.  No other movie like it.

 

Honorable Mentions:  I thought about Airplane, a film I loved as a youth, but honestly, I have not seen it in decades and I am not sure it would hold up.  The first Hangover movie was funny, but it was tainted forever by the second and third one.  The classic comedy Clue has a great cast (Michael McKean too, who is in two other films on the list).  Since this was in honor of the new Jumanji movie, perhaps the last Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is a option though it feels less of a comedy than an action/adventure.

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EYG Top 10 Famous Actors with Actor Parent(s)

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It is a new Top 10 list this week and it is an interesting twist. The Top 10 Famous Actors with Actor Parent(s).  There were way more than I thought as I scrolled through the long list of possibilities at IMDB.

Oh, I am also going to list the parents’ names and choose one film that I would consider my favorite of the oeuvre of that actor.

 

Image result for bill skarsgård it#10.  Bill Skarsgård,  (Stellan).  It.  Pennywise himself kicks off the list at number 10.  His father is Stellan Skarsgård, who appeared int he MCU.  Bill Skarsgård had huge shoes to fill when he took over for EYG Hall of Famer Tim Curry as Pennywise the Dancing Clown and he hit it out of the park.  Even though It Chapter II was not quite the awesome film that I hoped it would be, Bill was not the issue.  I am excited to see what else Bill has up his sleeve.

 

Image result for jamie lee curtis halloween#9.  Jamie Lee Curtis (Tony Curtis/Janet Leigh).  Halloween.  The original John Carpenter horror classic, Halloween saw the debut of the wonderful Jamie Lee Curtis. She has had a great career after this, and I almost considered Trading Places as the film that I liked best from her.  Her return in the new version of Halloween was probably the best part of that film.

 

Image result for emma thompson mr banks#8.  Emma Thompson (Eric Thompson/Phyllida Law). Saving Mr. Banks.  Emma Thompson as another actor whom I had some difficulty picking a favorite film because, no matter how the film may be, she is always great.  I wound up picking Saving Mr. Banks, a Disney movie where she played the original creator of Mary Poppins, P.L. Travers.

 

Image result for sean connery dr jones#7.  Sean Connery (Jason Connery).  Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.  He was James Bond.  He was Indiana Jones’ father.  He was Alan Quartermaine (okay, that one was not so great).  Sean Connery was always tremendous.  I picked his role as Dr. Henry Jones Sr. because I love that movie so much.  I considered The rock too, but Last Crusade just is one of my all time favorites.

 

Image result for josh brolin Thanos#6.  Josh Brolin (James Brolin) Avengers: Infinity War.  Thanos himself.  Josh Brolin has made me a fan of him with his performance as the Mad Titan.  And of course, Avengers: Infinity war was Thanos’s movie.  He was legitimately the protagonist of that movie… and he won!  Who would have ever guessed that they would allow that to end one of the largest in scale films the MCU had ever produced?  Brolin was amazing in the film and should have been considered for more awards than he was.

 

Image result for jeff bridges lebowski#5.  Jeff Bridges (Lloyd).  The Big Lebowski.  Jeff Bridges is one of the great actors of our time.  He has been in so many unbelievable movies and he is always fantastic in all of them.  I picked what was probably his most iconic role and one that I just saw for the first time this past year.  The Big Lebowski was great and Jeff Bridges was a special performer.

 

Image result for russell the thing#4.  Kurt Russell.  (Bing Russell).  The Thing.  Here was another actor that caused me to go to IMDB to look for exactly which of his long list of films would be my favorite.  And while my favorite of his may be Guardians Vol 2, I chose The Thing because of how iconic it is.  Another John Carpenter film that is just as brilliant now as it was back in 1982.

 

Image result for leia#3.  Carrie Fisher.  (Debbie Reynolds/Eddie Fisher) Star Wars.  Our Princess.  Leia herself is in at number three.  Carrie Fisher had a tough life but we all loved her so much because of this movie and this movie trilogy.  Leia developed over each one, whether it be her relationship with the scalawag, Han Solo or her learning of a long lost twin brother in Luke, Princess Leia never faltered.  Another EYG Hall of Famer, Carrie Fisher’s loss will definitely be felt in The Rise of Skywalker.

 

Related image#2.  Michael Douglas.  (Kirk Douglas).  War of the Roses.  Michael Douglas is always great.  I considered Ant Man in this role for his perfect portrayal of Hank Pym, but he is more of a secondary character there and in The War of the Roses, he plays a perfect jerk that both loves and hates his wife, Kathleen Turner.  This film showed both Douglas’s skill at drama, but also dark comedy.  His timing was perfect.

 

Image result for rdj tony stark endgame#1.  Robert Downey Jr. (Robert Downey Sr.).  Avengers: Endgame.  Thank you RDJ.  Without you, the MCU may never have been successful.  And then, you decided to tear our hearts out in Endgame with your final scene.  Few characters can be said to be cast to perfection, but Tony Stark is someone who I cannot imagine anyone else ever playing.  Always remember, Robert that we love you 3000.

 

Honorable mentions:  There were a bunch of them.  I almost put Kiefer Sutherland on the list from Stand By Me.  I found out that the one and only Dr. Strange Benedict Cumberbatch fit into this category.  Domhnall Gleeson is an actor who may see more of in the future.  Matthew Broderick was perfect as Ferris Bueller (and Matt put him on his own list because of Ferris).  Ben Stiller‘s Mister Furious had me considering him too.  I was not sure if his father Jerry was a movie star or more of a TV star.  I loved Laura Dern too, but I was not sure which film I would have chosen for her.  Another star of the future is John David Washington, son of Denzel and star of the great BlackKKlansman.  

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EYG Top 10 Single Location Movies

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It is time for the Top 10 once again.  This week, Matt and John do a Patreon viewer’s choice of list by doing the Top 10 Single Location Movies.

The rules for this week’s list is that the action of this movie must be exclusively or near exclusively in one location.  There are a few films that I eliminated because they had too much time outside of the one locations.  For example, as I did research on this topic, I saw some people include Reservoir Dogs as a single location film, but I thought that one had too much time outside of that warehouse.  Another one that had too much time away was Castaway, even thought the bulk of the time was on the island.

For me, the top 3 was easy and after that, the list morphed a couple of times.

Image result for setting for Clue the movie#10.  Clue.  I wanted to keep Clue at number ten despite the fact that some films flip flopped around it because I wanted to keep the flavor of the “classic” film.  I use quotation marks, for those who do not know, because John had a big to do about Clue last year.  Of course, the film was set in a Gothic Mansion and it had three endings available.  It was a fun and humorous board game adaptation.

 

Image result for the lighthouse movie#9.  The Lighthouse.  I added this one at the last minute because I wanted it on this list.  The Lighthouse was a tremendously artsy film this year featuring one of the year’s best performances from Willem Dafoe as well as a fantastic performance from Robert Pattinson.  The film is shown in a beautiful black and white that helps create the mood.  And there are so many weird and downright bizarre events that one has to wonder what they are watching at times.

 

Image result for Buried movie#8.  Buried.  Another one that I debated with.  I almost put Snowpiercer here, but I loved the idea of Buried on the list and there is no better example of a single location film than having Ryan Reynolds buried inside a coffin.  The film takes some amazing twist considering you would think it would be fairly limited.  And Ryan Reynolds gives one of his most underrated performances.

 

Image result for breakfast club#7.  The Breakfast Club.  This one bounced around the top 10 list, starting as high as 4 and then dropping a bit after some reordering.  I like this movie, but having it that high on the list just did not seem right.  The dialogue in this film was just excellent and helped propel these characters through their story.  There just seemed to be too many examples of mean-spirited interactions for me.  It is also a movie that I have liked more now than when it originally came out.  A great cast however.

 

Image result for lifeboat movie#6.  Lifeboat.  The Hitchcock film that I searched out to watch because of the Top 10 show last year.  This location is on a lifeboat (obviously) after the sinking of a ship during World War II by a German submarine.  There are both British and American passengers on the ship and the conflict begins to rage when they find a couple of injured Germans and bring them into the lifeboat.  Hitchcock was truly a master of suspense and psychological thrillers and this was a prime example.

 

Image result for phone booth movie#5.  Phone Booth.  This was one I considered excluding because there are some moments outside of the phone booth, but most of the film takes place there and I enjoyed this movie a great deal, so I let it slide as a possible cheat.  Colin Farrell plays Stu, a big time jerk agent who gets caught on a phone with Kiefer Sutherland, who claims to have a gun pointed at him.  Through the threat of danger, Stu is able to find the depth of his own selfishness and make amends.  Farrell does some great work inside that phone booth bringing credibility to a film that could use some.

 

Image result for Misery movie#4.  Misery.  This is another one that could be questionable, but Matt included it on his list, so I am keeping it on mine.  Misery is a fantastic psychological thriller featuring the ultimate movie psycho-fan.  Kathy Bates won an Oscar for her role here and the scene with the sledge hammer is, still today, one of the most disturbing scenes in movie history.

 

Image result for die hard movie#3.  Die Hard.  One of my all time favorite films, wound up at three only because there were a few too many scenes that did not take place at the Nakatomi Plaza.  However, the bulk of the film takes place in this building and I absolutely love this movie so I am including it.  Bruce Willis was, at the time, an idol for me and Alan Rickman created one of the best villains ever.

 

Related image#2.  Rear Window.  The argument that the action did not take place in Jimmy Stewart’s apartment was a silly one.  All you have to say is that the one location is in the complex where Jimmy had his apartment.  But even if you do not consider that, everything was coming from Stewart’s perspective and certainly allows this to qualify.  This is a great movie, the second Hitchcock film on the list.  Rear Window brings the audience into the helplessness of Jimmy Stewart’s world and makes them feel as trapped as he does.  It really is a special movie.

 

Image result for 12 angry men\ movie#1.  12 Angry Men.  This is a great movie that is a perfect example of this topic.  I have more favorite films on the list but you cannot argue that this is the quintessential example of a single location movie.  Everything takes place inside that jury room and the drama is as compelling as you are going to find.  The dialogue and character development drives this film and Henry Fonda is at the heart of this magnificent cast.  Sidney Lumet directed the movie and adapted it from a teleplay by Reginald Rose.

 

Honorable Mentions:  Well, as I mentioned earlier, I nearly had Snowpiercer on the list but changed it at the last minute.  Chris Evans is great in this post apocalyptic thriller.  Moon is another that almost made the list, mainly on the strength of the great Sam Rockwell’s performance.  I enjoyed the reboot of Dredd with Karl Urban, but I have only ever seen it once.  Locke is another good to great film that featured Tom hardy in a car.  I liked the recent film Free Fire too.  The third Hitchcock film, Rope, nearly made my list as well.

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EYG Top 10 “Rule of Two” Star Wars Acting Performances

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Two of these in one day?

When listening to the Top 10 this week, John and Matt promoted an appearance they made on the Collider show The Rule of Two, a Star Wars show hosted by Mark Reilly and Marc Fernandez.  The Top 10 Show has returned to the Collider network and, in celebration of that, they guest starred on the Rule of Two and they did the top 10 Star Wars Acting Performances.

The four man debate was a great show and enjoyable to listen to.  Go listen to the show if you are a Star Wars fan.

Top 10 Star Wars Acting Performances.

Image result for kylo ren#10.  Adam Driver as Kylo Ren.  The son of Han Solo.  The villain of the new trilogy.  Adam Driver is an amazing actor and he is good in just about everything.  The new trilogy is laying a lot on Adam Driver.  He is truly growing into the character.

 

 

Image result for qui gon jinn#9.  Liam Neeson as Qui-Gon.  He only made it into one movie, but he was perhaps the one good thing about Episode I: Phantom Menace.  We should have seen more of Qui-Gon and his relationship with Obi-Wan.  Liam Neeson should have been around more.

 

 

Image result for obi-wan kenobi#8.  Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan.  McGregor is always great.  He could have been one of the franchises greatest actors if only the sequels were written better.  I agree with John Rocha who said on the Rule of Two that those sequels should have been Obi-Wan’s story , not Anakin’s.  I am excited to see more of Ewan on Disney Plus down the road.

 

Image result for james earl jones vader#7.  James Earl Jones (& David Prowse) as Darth Vader.  Without the voice of James Earl Jones, would Darth Vader have been such an iconic villain?  What about that scene where Vader admits to Luke that he is his father?  Can you hear anyone else ever utter those words?  They are burned into your head and that is because of Jones.  I added David Prowse, the physical aspect of Vader, out of respect for the actor and for the Rule of Two guys who brought that up.

 

Image result for carrie fisher leia#6.  Carrie Fisher as Leia.  This list has to have a princess.  The EYG Hall of Famer is more than just a stunningly beautiful woman in a metal bikini.  She is the heart and soul of the rebellion.  She stood face to face with Vader and did not blink, and she was nobody’s damsel in distress.  Her relationship with Han Solo was beautiful and it is truly sad that they never really were able to give her character the send off she deserved.  Even with the oddball “Mary Poppins” moment in Last Jedi, Carrie Fisher is unmatched.

 

Image result for the emperor palpatine#5.  Ian McDiarmid as Palpatine.  The Emperor himself.  Appearing originally in The Return of the Jedi, Palpatine became a huge villain in the prequels and in the Star wars mythos.  Just his laugh in a trailer for The Rise of Skywalker made everyone lose their minds.  He was always pulling the strings and it is fascinating to wonder if he still is.

 

Image result for frank oz yoda#4.  Frank Oz as Yoda.  He’s just a puppet, you say.  except, that puppet and the performance of that puppeteer truly makes The Empire Strikes Back work.  If the character of Yoda does not work, then that whole movie suffers.  Instead, Frank Oz creates an iconic character that everybody knows about.

 

 

Image result for alec guinness star wars#3.  Alec Guinness as Obi-Wan Kenobi. Alec Guinness is an amazing actor that immediately brought credibility to the film.  And Obi-Wan’s role in Star Wars: A New Hope is as vital as anyone’s.  He showed us the Jedi mind trick, trained Luke and sacrificed himself to Vader to become stronger than ever.  And we believed every last minute.

 

Image result for mark hamill star wars#2.  Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker.  Luke was the main protagonist of the first trilogy and the story continued to be about his family and his life through all nine episodes.  Mark Hamill has grown into such a unbeleivable actor that his performances got better with each Star Wars film.  His anguish and pain in Empire when he discovered the truth about Vader was just devastating and his arrival at Jabba the Hut’s palace in The Return of the Jedi showed yet another side to the Jedi.  Mark Hamill created one of the most iconic characters in the history of movies.

 

Image result for harrison ford Han solo#1.  Harrison Ford as Han Solo.  I agree with Matt and John, who had this as their number one on the Rule of Two.  Han Solo is the audience in these movies, addressing the thoughts that the viewers would have.  Plus, he was able to create a scoundrel with a heart of gold that we all fell in love with.  Harrison Ford brought the right amount of humor and gravitas to the role to make this nerf herder into an unlikely hero.  The charm was just oozing off of Harrison Ford with every sly smirk and each wink.  Of course we all know that he shot first…

 

Honorable Mentions:  Daisy Ridley, Forrest Whittaker, Samuel L. Jackson, Billy Dee Williams, Donald Glover.

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EYG Top 10 Direct Disney Sequels

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In honor of Frozen 2 coming out this weekend, the Top 10 Show decided to do the Top 10 Direct Disney Sequels, which means the very next movie.  So there is no Captain America: Civil War or Avengers: Endgame.  No Toy Story 3.

This includes all of the Disney umbrella companies:  Star Wars, Pixar, Marvel, animated, live action.  As Matt and John did, I excluded FOX films from this list.

 

Image result for apple dumpling gang rides again#10.  The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again.  I just rewatched this recently for my Disney Plus binge and I wanted to drop it on my list because it was a childhood favorite of mine.  Sure it may be a silly film, but I always enjoyed the comedy stylings of Don Knotts and Tim Conway.  Sure, this is anything but a classic, but it brought me a warm memory of childhood, seeing this film in the theater and laughing at the stupid stuff.  Gotta love Amos and Theodore.

 

Image result for ralph breaks the internet#9.  Ralph Breaks the Internet.  The sequel to the highly successful Wreck-It Ralph, this Disney animated film saw Wreck -It Ralph find his way into the world of the internet.  It was like a much better version of the Emoji Movie, with a better story and some great internet memes.  There is an amazing scene with the Disney Princesses that really stole the show.

 

Image result for ant man and the wasp#8.  Ant Man & the Wasp.  The under appreciated Marvel Studio film that was the sequel to Ant Man and was the next film after Avengers: Infinity War.  Paul Rudd would never have been my first choice to play Scott Lang, but he does it beautifully and his chemistry with Evangeline Lilly carries the movie.  I liked this more than many.

 

 

Image result for mary poppins returns#7.  Mary Poppins Returns.  There are actually several films on my list that some people did not consider to be good, and this was one of them.  However, I found this transcendent and magical in all the good ways.  Emily Blunt does a fantastic job of stepping into the shoes of Julie Andrews, a huge accomplishment to be sure.

 

Image result for toy story 2#6.  Toy Story 2.  I am in agreement with Matt on this one.  I like Toy Story 2, but I find Toy Story and Toy Story 3 are much better.  Now, I would put Toy Story 2 ahead of 4 as of now.  Toy Story 2 was a great film, featuring the arrival of Jesse and the villainous Stinky Pete.  There are story beats here that are similar to the ones in Toy Story 3 (where they are perfected).

 

Image result for incredibles 2#5.  Incredibles 2.  Incredibles 2 brings Elastigirl to the fore front of the film as she goes back to work and leaves hubby, Mr. Incredible, at home with Jack Jack and the other kids.  Meanwhile, Jack Jack fights a raccoon.  There are also some not-too-subtle shots at Disney as our evil overloards happening in here, which means that director Brad Byrd has some serious cojones.  Incredibles 2 was long too over due.

 

Image result for Guardians Vol 2#4.  Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.  Another film that many poo-poo about, but I found tremendous.  While there may have been too many jokes, that did not prevent me from having a remarkably good time and seeing these characters that I loved from the original developed even more.  The scenes at the end of this movie involving Star Lord and Yondu just destroy me every time.  And how about the casting of Kurt Russell as Ego the Living Planet?  Yes, what a world we live in.

 

Image result for age of ultron#3.  Avengers: Age of Ultron.  One more film that gets panned regularly for the basic reason that it is not as good as the first one.  Ultron was not quite the force that he should have been, but that does not mean that this was a bad movie.  Au contraire.  There were a lot of really great scenes here.  We got the epic “I can lift Thor’s hammer” bit, the arrival of the Vision, the sacrifice of Quicksilver, the Scarlet Witch’s iffy accent, Hawkeye front and center, the appearance of Ulysses Klaw, the Hulkbuster armor… so much more. Age of Ultron is considerably better than most give it credit for.

 

Image result for winter soldier cap#2.  Captain America: Winter Soldier.  One of the best movies that Marvel Studios have made.  The sequel to Captain America: The First Avenger took the comic book movie genre and tossed it inside a political thriller that would change the MCU forever.  Hydra had infiltrated SHIELD and had spread throughout the organization and it was up to Steve Rogers and friends (the awesome Falcon and Black Widow) to help bring it down.  Oops, and Bucky is not dead.  He is, instead, a Hydra sleeper agent/assassin.   Oh, and Robert Redford is in a comic book movie!  This film is the one that showed that the Marvel Cinematic Universe was taking this in a different direction.  And Cap was going to be at the front and center of the trip.

 

Image result for empire strikes back#1.  The Empire Strikes Back.  The Episode V film that shook the Star Wars world.  Who ends a film like this?  Not only has Han been captured and sent back to Jabba the Hut in carbonite, Luke had his hand chopped off, but we get the most iconic Star Wars scene ever with “Luke, I am your father.”  The film that would forever show that the middle film in a trilogy should be the heroes being downtrodden, Empire was also full of hope and heroism.  We meet both Yoda and Lando for the first time.  It is the best Star Wars movie that we have gotten as of this date and is the measuring stick that all of the Star wars movies will be graded against.  It is number one easily.

 

Honorable Mention:  I had a few.  First, John had included Spider-Man: Far From Home on his list today, and, while I love that movie and would have put it on my list too, it is a Sony movie, not a Disney film.  It may be Marvel Studios, but it will not ever appear on Disney Plus (unless, of course, Disney brings out the wallet again).  Since I considered it a Sony film, I eliminated it from contention.  I liked the Pirates of the Caribbean films, but, honestly, after the first one, they all blend together, so I did not include Dead Man’s Chest.  Pixar’s Finding Dory is a film I like a great deal, but it just came up short.   I wasn’t sure which Muppet film would have been eligible for this list… would it have been The Great Muppet Caper or Muppets Most Wanted?  Or both?  So I left my beloved Muppets off the list too.  Then Thor: The Dark World had some good moments, but not enough to make the list.

 

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EYG Top 10 Movies Based on a Book

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Welcome back to the EYG Top 10 list.  It has been a few weeks since I have done a list following the Top 10 Show because their topics were ones that I would have had trouble filling out.  However, this week’s topic is one that was easy to find ten films to include.  In fact, there were way more than 10 films that fit here.

In honor of the release of Dr. Sleep this weekend, EYG Top 10 Movies Based on a Book is the topic and this was the first week where the guys returned to Collider and would have their show on camera.  While their video is available only to the Patreons until next week, it is great to see the guys back on video.

Because there was so many choices, I had to eliminate some possibilities.  Those films based on a novella (such as Stand By Me, Shawshank Redemption) or short stories (2001: A Space Odyssey, The Fly, Minority Report) were eliminated as was those based on graphic novels (Watchmen, Dark Knight etc).

It was a tough list to compile and I have several that were not mentioned by Matt and John, including my number one.

 

Image result for wizard of oz#10.  The Wizard of Oz.  The classic 1939 movie based on the novel called The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, published in 1900.  The story of the young girl, Dorothy Gale, and her magical transportation to Oz, where there are witches, Munchkins, and bright, glorious color.  One of the greatest movies that I would watch on TV every time it was on when I was a child.  Great music, great storytelling, great characters.

 

Related image#9.  Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.  Based on the J.R.R. Tolkien novel in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the second film was my favorite of the movie trilogy.  This film gave us Gollum and Treebeard. It gave us one of the greatest epic battles in movie history with the Battle of Helm’s Deep.  And it was way more than just a middle installment.  I was totally engrossed with every storyline that the film was giving me.

 

Image result for shining#8.  The Shining.  Of course, this one was a book by Stephen King.  It was sad that King was not a fan of what Stanley Kubrick did with the novel, because I think this film is just tremendously brilliant.  The mood of this piece was so tense that you could barely handle it.  Jack Nicholson was amazing and frightening at the same time.  Watching this man descend into madness within this haunted hotel is just a trip.

 

Image result for silence of the lambs#7.  The Silence of the Lambs.  Based upon the novel by Thomas Harris of the same name, The Silence of the Lambs is a psychological thriller with some of the greatest performances you are ever going to see.  Sir Anthony Hopkins brings so much horror in Dr. Hannibal Lecter and Jodie Foster is the opposite balance of him as FBI agent in training Clarice Starling.  Don’t sleep on a terrifying performance of Buffalo Bill from Ted Levine.  An all time classic.

 

Image result for willy wonka and the chocolate factory#6.  Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.  Based on the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, Willy Wonka is one of the most charmingly wonderful films of the 1970s and one of the best performances from Gene Wilder as the weird and somewhat sinister candy man.  There is a good argument that can be made that Willy Wonka is the true villain of this film.  There is so much depth and intelligence in this movie and the music is perfection.  “A little nonsense, now and then, is relished by the wisest men.”

 

Image result for It part one pennywise#5.  It (2017).  Based on Stephen King’s epic book, the first part of this film was one of my favorite films.  Unfortunately, It Chapter Two did not reach the same levels (it’s okay, just not as great) but the first film was a triumph.  The group of kids in this film really brought the goods and Bill Skarsgård properly filled the shoes (and even exceeded them) of Tim Curry from the TV mini-series.  Pennywise was frightening and the kids were so real and enjoyable.

 

Image result for Psycho#4.  Psycho.  Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film was based on a novel of the same name, written by Robert Bloch.  Psycho was a challenge for Hitchcock to get made and he went out on a limb to get it done, and now it is seen as one of, if not, his greatest work.  The shower scene was shocking, not only for the execution of it, but also because they killed off their female lead in the first half of the film.  Unbelievable.

 

Image result for die hard#3.  Die Hard.  Die Hard is Bruce Willis’s superstar performance in one of the greatest action movies of all time.  Die Hard was based on the novel Nothing Lasts Forever by Roderick Thorp.  John McClane arrives in LA to come to his wife’s Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza on the day there is a major robbery planned from Alan Rickman’s Hans Gruber (one of the greatest villains in movie history).  Die Hard shows the battle of the everyman fighting against all odds.  One of my favorite movies of all time.

 

Image result for jaws#2.  Jaws.  Absolutely love this movie.  Steven Spielberg’s classic was based on the novel of the same name by Peter Benchley.  There are so many iconic moments in this movie and it draws you in slowly.  You don’t see the shark much in the first couple of acts of the film, and that is just a fantastic plan.  Sure, it was done because they did not have the shark working the whole time, but that was such a lucky accident because it forced the creators of the film to make due.  Great performances and the scene about the Indianapolis is one of the best monologues ever.

 

Image result for princess bride#1. The Princess Bride.  Before Avengers: Endgame, The Princess Bride was my far and away number one movie of all time.  Now, it is tied.  William Goldman wrote the screenplay based on his own book of the same name and he created one of the most epic comedies ever.  I love this film.  There was amazing cast and it is undeniably quotable.  I could watch The Princess Bride any time and any day.  Westley and Buttercup.  Inigo and Fezzik.  Rob Reiner’s classic should never be remade.

Honorable Mentions: There are a bunch of these.  I did not include The Godfather even though it is considered one of the greats of all time.  I enjoyed that film, but I have plenty of films above it.  Field of Dreams is based on the book called Shoeless Joe.  I did not include Dr. Strangelove since it was “loosely” based on a novel.  Schinder’s List told an amazing tragic true story.  Casino Royale rebooted the James Bond franchise.  There are several Harry Potter movies that could fit, especially The Prisoner of AzkabanJurassic Park was another film I considered.  There is Misery, which is yet another Stephen King book. There are other King films such as Carrie or Pet Sematary.  There are several more, but, we’ll stop there.

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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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