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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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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