EYG Top 10 MCU Action Scenes

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It has been a couple of weeks since I have done one of these, mainly because the topics were ones that I would have struggled to fill out a list.

Then, here comes this week.

The Top 10 Show, featuring John Rocha and Matt Knost, had an episode this week with the top Top 10 MCU Action Scenes.  Of course, here comes a topic where I can easily find ten scenes… and actually way more than 10.

So I did keep to the same general rule that John and Matt followed:  No more than one scene from any one movie.  This was very tough because there were a bunch of films that had multiple possible choices (I had three from Winter Solder in consideration).

Starting off…

Ambush in Rio de Janeiro | Marvel Cinematic Universe Wiki | Fandom#10.  Bruce Banner chased around Rio de Janeiro (The Incredible Hulk).  I wanted to include this one because it is the forgotten MCU film and it is really decent.  While I think they hit the jackpot with Mark Ruffalo, Edward Norton was great here.  There was excitement as Thunderbolt Ross and the military pursued Banner on foot across the city.  This was a great deal as we see how Banner desperately tried to prevent himself from Hulking out.

 

Mysterio | Marvel Cinematic Universe Wiki | Fandom#9.  Spidey embraces his “Peter Tingle” (Spider-Man: Far From Home).  Spider-man arrives in London and winds up facing off with Mysterio.  But what is he seeing?  What is real?  Finally, Spidey closes his eyes and trusts his Spider-Sense (aka Peter Tingle) to dodge his way through the army of drones.  It is a perfect example of Spider-Sense and is a thrilling sequence as we see Peter progress to become Spider-Man.

 

Doctor Strange- Doc. Strange Vs Kaecilius while Reversing Time ...#8.  Dr. Strange fights as time is reversing (Doctor Strange).  I thought about the Dormammu moment of Dr. Strange, but this is visually such a brilliant moment in the third act of Dr. Strange that it had to make this list.  It is one of the most original scenes in any MCU film and you were never sure what was going to happen.  Plus, it really highlights the importance of the Time Infinity Stone and how important it would be as these films progressed.

 

Tom Holland Reveals His Next Spidey Outing Is Called 'Spider-Man ...#7.  Spider-Man saves his friends in the Washington Monument (Spider-Man: Homecoming).  Homecoming was another tough choice because of the number of great scenes, but this one really gives the example of who Spider-Man was.  The leap off of the Washington Monument, the hooking of the helicopter with his web-line and his crashing through the small window.  It highlighted how much of a hero Spider-Man is and it announced him to the world.

 

James Gunn Confirms Details From Guardians Prison Scene#6.  Guardians Jailbreak (Guardians of the Galaxy).  The whole team gets together for the first time in a space jail and their subsequent escape from the jail shows how quirky and intriguing these characters are.  There is great humor, exciting moments and top notch character examples found in the scene.

 

See Avengers Filming Locations | On Location Tours#5.  Battle of New York (Avengers).  This was such a fantastic scene, that allowed each member of the Avengers to have a spotlight on them.  We see the leadership and presence of Cap, the power and rage of Hulk, the precision of Hawkeye, the bravery of Black Widow, the wit of Iron Man, and the arrogance of Thor, even now hoping to change the mind of his brother Loki.  We also got this iconic moment with the six Avengers in a circle, looking at the chaos around them.  This worked so well that it brought this film to a new level and helped paved the way for the bigger, more widespread battles to come.

 

11 Superhero Moments We're Excited To See in 2019 - CINEMABLEND#4.  Thanos on Titan (Avengers: Infinity War).  This is another tough choice, but the group of heroes on Titan (Iron Man, Dr. Strange, Spidey, the Guardians of the Galaxy) almost had stopped him.  They nearly had the gauntlet off.  It was in Spider-Man’s hands.  And then Peter Quill aka Star-Lord, who was overcome by his own rage over Thanos’s murder of Gamora, messed the whole thing up.  Then Thanos threw a moon at them.

 

The Elevator Scene in Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014 ...#3.  Elevator fight (Captain America: Winter Soldier).  This was the moment I chose from Winter Soldier.  That was a real tough choice, but this is so iconic that it was echoed in Endgame.  Cap showed his amazing skills in this great battle and he showed his humor as well.  The odds were stacked against Steve Rogers and he came through with flying colors as the SHIELD/Hydra agents fell around him.

 

Captain America: Civil War | Marvel Cinematic Universe Wiki | Fandom#2.  Airport scene (Captain America: Civil War).  This scene about halfway through Captain America: Civil War was breathtaking and set the standard for hero vs. hero battles.  The battle started slowly as these friends fought only to have it elevate to a high rate of stakes.  We get to see the first scenes of Spider-Man in battle, the arrival of Giant Man, Black Widow’s betrayal, Vision’s error, among many other moments.

 

Avengers: Endgame's Final Battle Originally Included Another Black ...#1.  Final Battle. (Avengers: Endgame).  Duh.  This was the easiest choice of any list I have written.  I do not think I have ever had more of an emotional reaction to any extended scene than I had in this movie.  I bounced in my chair as Cap caught the hammer, when Cap said “Avengers Assemble”, Iron Man and Spidey hug, the bad assness of Thor, Captain Marvel’s arrival, etc.  I had tears rolling down my face because I had never seen such a roller coaster of a scene.  When Cap stood up and tightened his broken shield to his wrist as Thanos’s entire army came forward, I was amazed.  The Russo Brothers crushed this and the last hour of the film was brilliant.

Honorary Mentions:  In Civil War, I considered the final fight with Iron Man vs. Cap and Bucky.  This was smaller than the airport scene but had every bit of emotion you could want.  I was close to putting the whole “Dormammu, I have come to bargain” scene on here from Dr. Strange.  In Spider-Man: Homecoming, when Peter is trapped in the rubble was another one that was nearly my choice.  Ant Man’s fight with Yellowjacket from Ant Man was on my list.  In Winter Soldier, I nearly chose the Cap on the ship at the beginning where he jumped out of the airplane.  There was also the battle on the highway where Bucky was revealed as Winter Soldier.  Thor: Ragnarok had several great moments too, like the opening with Surtur and the fight with the Hulk in the arena.  The car chase scene in Korea featured in Black Panther.

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EYG Top 10 Movies of 1997

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Back again to contribute my list to the Top 10 Show list.  This week, they chose a random year and listed their top ten movies from that year.  The episode featured Top 10 Movies of 1997.

When I was going over the list, I noticed that there are some holes in my own viewing from this year.  I have not seen L.A. Confidential, which was very high on both Matt and John’s lists.  There were some others that I have not seen:  Grosse Point Blank, Princess Mononoke (which is on the list to see), and a few others.  So my list will be different from John and Matt.

There are also some really great movies that I saw and liked, but did not make my top ten.  You can see those in the honorable mention section.

 

Amazon.com: Watch Wag The Dog | Prime Video#10.  Wag the Dog.  Interestingly enough, this was number ten on both Matt and John’s list.  I have not seen this movie in quite awhile and listening to the guys talk about it, I added it to my list of movies to rewatch.  It feels like it is an important film to understand with the state of our political system today.

 

 

Scream 2' (1997) | Film Review | Ready Steady Cut#9.  Scream 2.  Scream was such a revelation in the world of horror/comedy.  The sequel does a really great job of building on the success of the first film and bringing something original.  They brought another level of meta into the franchise with the introduction of the film “Stab” as a center piece of the plot.  This is cleverly written and constructed, with the central mystery effective in keeping the crowd guessing.

 

As Good as It Gets movie review (1997) | Roger Ebert#8.  As Good as it Gets.  The film starring Jack Nicholson as an obsessive-compulsive author who is very mean spirited.  He gets roped into dog sitting his neighbor’s, who has been attacked and cannot take care of himself, dog.  This is the first step in sanding off the rough edges of this rotten man.  I rewatched this recently and I did not find it as charming as I did when it first came out, but it does provide a great performance  from Nicholson, as well as Greg Kinnear and Helen Hunt.

 

Waiting for Guffman (Blu-ray) : DVD Talk Review of the Blu-ray#7.  Waiting for Guffman.  Christopher Guest’s excellent mockumentary on the celebration surrounding the sesquicentennial of town Blaine, Mo with the creation of a musical “Red, White and Blaine.”  The arrival of former Broadway director Corky St. Clair brings a new level of excitement.  Waiting for Guffman brings together the troupe of improvisational actors that Christopher Guest has used before and gave them an amazing opportunity to show how talented they were.

 

Liar Liar' Review: 1997 Movie | Hollywood Reporter#6.  Liar Liar.  This was one of my favorite Jim Carrey comedic performances.  I was never a huge fan of his early films, but Liar Liar tapped into a sweet spot.  I enjoyed the story, which uses that magical lesson type plot that worked for Big.  Some of the court scenes are simply hilarious and the sweet relationship between Carrey and his son (who had appeared on General Hospital before this) gave this movie its heart.

 

Hercules' Live-Action Film in Development at Disney, Russo ...#5.  Hercules.  The Disney animated film may have been overshadowed by some of the other big time films coming out from the House of Mouse, but Hercules holds its own in comparison.  Taking the classic myth of the mighty Hercules and adapting it into the Disney family is a great idea.  Matt and John mentioned in their discussion of this film the classic villain that was Hades.  James Woods does an amazing job in this movie.

 

A sequel to Air Force One is in the early stages of development ...#4.  Air Force One.  Get off my plane!  Harrison Ford as the President of the United States sells itself.  Then throw in the villainous Gary Oldman as a Russian bent on taking over the plane and how could you fail.  1997 seemed to be a pretty good year for Oldman, who will appear on this list again soon.  This is just a great action film.

 

Men in Black (1997)#3.  Men in Black.  The best of this film franchise, Men in Black had two great leads in will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones and used their chemistry to great levels.  Sadly, none of the other MiB sequels came anywhere close to this.  Not only do we get Jones and Smith, but there is a fantastic villainous turn from Vincent D’onofrio as Bug, one of the most disturbing villains you are going to get in a comedy/adventure film.  Him wearing an Edgar suit… come on.

 

14 Wicked Smart Facts About Good Will Hunting | Mental Floss#2.  Good Will Hunting.  This is a great film.  An Oscar winning script from Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.  It includes a seminal performance from Robin Williams.  The late, great Williams gave us a performance that was quiet and, very much, unlike his typical chaotic tornado-like work.  The film was based int he dialogue between characters and gave us a fantastic character-based story with a ton of real heart.

 

Little-known sci-fi fact: The Fifth Element's three original stars#1.  The Fifth Element.  One of my favorite films around, this Bruce Willis vehicle was an amazing, over-the-top film with insanity everywhere.  It was funny, exciting, and creative as could be.  This was still in the point where I loved Bruce Willis and everything about The Fifth Element worked for me. It is magnificently quotable.    I am a meat popsicleLeeloo Dallas MultipassChicken…good.  Just some of the quotes that I use on a regular basis in my real life.  Gary Oldman appears here too in a fantastic villainous role as Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg, an antagonist that can build the tension without ever meeting the protagonist.  Milla Jovovich is transcendent as Leeloo.  Chris Tucker brings a wild humor to Ruby Rod.  The late, great Ian Holm is wonderful here too.  I love the Fifth Element.

 

Honorable Mentions:  Okay, there may be some controversy with the films I left off the list, but that is okay.  This is my list.  Feel free to make your own.  Donnie Brosco was the film I dropped off when I realized that I had forgotten As Good as it Gets.  I loved Donnie Brosco, but I have only seen it once and that was what cost it the spot.  I wanted to include The Game with Michael Douglas, but it did not reach the list either.  Austin Powers, International Man of Mystery is decent, but I never loved that film.  Boogie Nights is another that is a great film, but I do not go back to often.  I know it was high on Matt and John’s lists.  Demi Moore’s G.I. Jane was a strong film that I considered as well.

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EYG Top 10 Billion Dollar Grossing Movies

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This week’s Top 10 Show came from a Patreon.  David Mitchell-Baker picked the topic and it was Top 10 Billion Dollar Grossing Movies.  There are 46 possible choices for this list.  I will say that, as you will see, I am quite a bit biased toward the MCU.  In fact, I probably had to drop a couple off the list just so there was space for some of the other films.

This was a tough list to compile as there are a couple of films that I thought would have made it, but didn’t.  There will never be a Transformers on this list (nor would Avatar…SPOILER).  Either way, the Honorable Mention section is going to be significant.

Here we go…

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2': First reviews - The ...#10.  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.  The final installment in the Harry Potter franchise is a very strong conclusion to the magical series of films.  There are plenty of franchises that do not wrap up perfectly, but this film does it extremely well.  Part 1 does a great job setting everything up and Part 2 is filled with action and battles between Harry and Voldemort.

 

Jurassic Park' Roars To No. 1 Again, 27 Years Later: Weekend Box ...#9.  Jurassic Park.  This is the best of the series, by far.  The original idea was so spectacular and there was a magical feeling those first time we saw these dinosaurs.  It felt real and there was so much tense moments.  When those velociraptors are chasing the kids through the kitchen could not be more anxiety-filled.

 

Spider-Man: Far from Home' review: Another swinging win for Marvel ...#8.  Spider-Man: Far From Home.  I enjoyed this Spider-Man movie so much.  Peter heads to Europe on a class vacation and runs into problems with Mysterio and Nick Fury and so on.  Jake Gyllenhaal is so fantastic as Mysterio.  Everyone in our world knew he was going to be the villain of the film, but he does such a great job that even I wondered whether this was actually a flip the film was doing.  Tom Holland is great again.  Spider-Man is my all-time favorite super hero so this may be a bit biased, but I wanted to include this.

 

Movie review: 'Skyfall' shows James Bond still sharp and fit at 50 ...#7.  Skyfall.  One of the greatest James Bond films ever made.  I actually have it just behind Casino Royale on the Bond list, but Skyfall is so good.  It takes the Bond story in a different direction that other films did not.  It made it more personal than most of the Bond films.  Plus, Judi Dench is just amazing and her scenes as M are some of the stand out scenes.

 

The Dark Knight movie review & film summary (2008) | Roger Ebert#6.  The Dark Knight.  This is an amazing film, but I find it a bit overrated.  Understand, the film is brilliant, but I think some people have elevated this film ahead of what it should be.  A huge reason for that is, of course, Heath Ledger’s transcendent performance as the Joker.  Other elements feel a bit forced, but the Batman-Joker interactions are so tremendous.

 

Toy Story 3' Breaks a Pixar Record as No. 1 Film - The New York Times#5.  Toy Story 3.  I love this movie.  It may be my all-time favorite animated movie. If it is not number one, it is certainly in the discussion.  I have said this before, but I truly believe that Lotso Huggin’ Bear is one of the greatest villains in movie history.  I can relate so much to his backstory and I totally understand why the strawberry smelling bear made the choices that he made.  The scenes with the toys in the incinerator actually made me think that Buzz, Woody and the crew were going to die.  I had anxiety in the theater during that scene because I thought that they were going to burn up.  Toy Story 3 is so epic.

 

Avengers film order list: Iron Man to Endgame - Marvel movie ...#4.  The Avengers.  Okay, so we are starting the MCU run now.  Yes, there was Far From Home earlier, but the Avengers is special.  The MCU was such a risk and so many people did not think this was going to be possible.  How could you bring these heroes, who were in their own movies, together into one film and have it be effective.  Joss Whedon found the way because this was just feel good moment after feel good moment.  Had this not worked, what would have happened?  It worked like a charm and started the MCU into legendary status.

 

Captain America: Civil War' Box Office: Was It 'Captain America 3 ...#3.  Captain America: Civil War.  The third film in the Captain America trilogy does so much.  Not only does it feel like another Avengers film, it feels very much like a Captain America story.  It goes from the bombastic airport scene to the smaller and more personal Cap & Bucky vs. Iron Man.  Zemo was very underrated as a villain too.  His plan worked and he was able to break up the Avengers.  It also brought Black Panther and Spider-Man into the MCU.  So much happening, but brought together perfectly.

 

Avengers Infinity War movie review: Marvel has made an epic ...#2.  Avengers: Infinity War.  Yes, the MCU hits keep a rolling.  Infinity War was such a great movie.  You thought that Civil War had a big cast?  Well, the Russo Brothers said “hold my beer.”  Oh, the Russos did Civil War too. Never mind.  Thanos finally comes from out of the shadows that he has been hiding in since the post credit scene of Avengers and he brought the kick ass with him.  Then Marvel went another step and had Thanos win the film.  The final shot was Thanos, sitting down and admiring his handiwork, which was “dusting” half of the population of the universe- which included Spider-man, Black Panther, Bucky, Groot, Dr. Strange etc.  The amazing film set up the franchise for what was coming next and built unbelievable hunger for the next installment.

 

Avengers: Endgame' One Year Later: Why Marvel Thrived While DC ...#1.  Avengers: Endgame.  That next installment made almost 2.8 billion dollars and passed Avatar as the highest grossing film of all time, much because of the set-up done from not only Infinity War but also the previous ten years of films from the MCU.  Avengers: Endgame served up the most satisfying and thrilling conclusion possible.  The time travel is done so well and pays off things from every movie.  We get call backs from across the catalog.  Amazing writing.  Some of the greatest moments ever.  This is my favorite movie ever (up there with The Princess Bride).  I believe it deserved every penny that it earned.

 

Honorable Mentions:  I mentioned already that the MCU films such as Avengers: Age of Ultron, Black Panther, Captain Marvel.  I had originally written Rogue One in at number 10 before deciding to add the Harry Potter film instead.  I considered Star Wars: Last Jedi and The Force Awakens too.  Zootopia was not going to make this list, but it was a great animated film.  Finding Dory was another great Pixar movie as was Incredibles 2.  I really wanted to keep Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, but it just did not reach it.  Two Towers might have been a top 10 list had it passed the 1B.  Joker was another film that I thought, when I first started researching this list, would clearly be in my top 10, but it fell short.

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EYG Top 10 Jack Nicholson Movies

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This took some time to develop this list.  First, there was a problem with the link to YouTube for the Top 10 Show.  When I clicked on the video, it played a Topic Thunder episode instead of the Top 10 Jack Nicholson Movies.  I tweeted to Matt and he fixed it!  Then, I went through the list of his films and I was shocked with how few Nicholson films that I would include.  It meant that I had to watch a couple of the more well known films on his IMDB page that I had not seen to fill out the list.

In fact, I still did not see The Departed or Terms of Endearment so they will not make this list either.  I do not have an honorable mentions section because it took me to watch other movies just to get to 10.

 

Jack Nicholson as the wolfman in Wolf (1994) | Jack nicholson ...#10.  Wolf.  Not my favorite film, but Nicholson was having fun as the werewolf.  This is a good example of a movie that probably would not have made this list except that I needed a spot.  I enjoyed monster movies and Jack is good here.

 

 

The Witches of Eastwick' Review: 1987 Movie | Hollywood Reporter#9.  The Witches of Eastwick.  Nicholson gets to play around as a demon/devil and gets to have his fun with Michelle Pfeiffer, Susan Sarandon and Cher.  And with the witches getting their revenge on him in the film, it gives the women power message.

 

 

The Bucket List - movie - review - The New York Times#8.  The Bucket List.  The best part of the Bucket List, which is an under rated emotional film, is the connection between Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman.  They are clearly the reason why The Bucket List is worth seeing. This movie became iconic with that term “bucket list.”

 

As Good As It Gets Review | Movie - Empire#7. As Good as it Gets.  This is actually one that I would have had higher, but I watched it recently and I had some issues with the relationship with Nicholson and Helen Hunt.  I just did not buy their connection as shown in the movie.  Yes, there are some great moments with them and the line “You make me want to be a better man” is fantastic, but I just feel as if it is more of a feel of an abusive relationship.  I do not believe it will last.  However, Nicholson and Greg Kinnear’s relationship is outstanding, easily the best part of the film, and the dog is cute.

 

Criticwire Classic of the Week: Roman Polanski's 'Chinatown ...#6.  Chinatown.  Here is one that I just watched for this list.  It is great that I was then able to check off one of the classic boxes as well. Chinatown is a great noir film with Nicholson as a private detective.  It might have been higher on my list but I am not sure how I felt about the tragic ending of the film.  Nicholson is exceptional in the role of J.J. Gettis and he carries everything involving this movie.

 

Watch [[ About Schmidt ]] 2002 Full HD Movie | Peatix#5.  About Schmidt.  Here is another film that I just watched (today actually) for this list.  I really loved this movie with Nicholson as the widower trying to find himself after his wife of 42 years dies.  This is the type of film that I most likely would not have given much of a chance had it not been so high on both Matt and John’s lists on the Top 10.  I am very glad I got a chance to watch it and it does make my top 5 on this list.

 

The Greatest Lawyer Movies of All Time: A Few Good Men | Blueprint ...#4.  A Few Good Men.  I love this movie and it might be ahead of some of the films above it on this list except the Nicholson role is more supporting than anything else.  It may be a lesser screen time role, but it is as impactful of a role as you are going to find.  His monologue in the court facing off with Tom Cruise is magnificent.

 

Batman' 1989: A Look Back at Jack Nicholson's Joker - mxdwn Movies#3.  Batman.  I just rewatched this movie a couple of days ago when the Michael Keaton news came out and I am amazed how much the Joker role worked with Nicholson in it.  He is clearly having a blast acting out as the Joker and he perfectly plays the line between unhinged psycho and criminal mastermind.

 

Michael Douglas: how we made One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest ...#2.  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.  A great performance from Jack in the mental institution.  Cuckoo’s Nest is one of the best films in the 1970’s and it had a lot to say about the state of asylums in the country.  Fantastic ensemble cast, especially with Nurse Ratched, Louise Fletcher.  Nicholson, Fletcher, and Milos Foreman all won Oscars for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, which also won an Oscar for the Best Motion Picture.

 

Stephen King movies revisited: looking back at The Shining | Den ...#1.  The Shining.  I have to agree with Matt (sorry John).  This is the greatest movie with Jack Nicholson in it.  The Shining was adapted from a book by Stephen King (who was notably disappointed with the film version).  Stanley Kubrick brought this version to the big screen and created a masterpiece that is iconic as can be.  The “Here’s Johnny” scene is known by everyone, even if they are not aware of The Shining.  It is a scary film too as we see this man slip quickly into insanity.  Nicholson brought everything to this role and was totally believe as a crazed killer.

 

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EYG Top 10 SNL Cast Member Movies

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It is Tuesday and so the new Top 10 Show has come out.  This week, in honor of the release of Pete Davidson and The King of Staten Island, the guys decided on the Top 10 Saturday Night Live Cast Member Movies.  There were a ton of possible choices here and there were a ton of choices that I was not going to include on my list.  Honestly, a bunch of these films are not my favs.

There are some rules that I had to follow.  One, the SNL actor needed to be the lead of the movie, not a supporting character.  If someone is in an ensemble, then there needed to be more than one in the ensemble.  Matt and John tried to focus in on comedies, but I did not use that as a qualification.  I also maintained one film per person.

So…

 

Uncut Gems' Review: Adam Sandler's Punch-Drunk Hustle - The New ...#10.  Uncut Gems (Adam Sandler).  This is one that I never thought would make my list because so hate Adam Sandler movies, but this is perhaps his finest performance.  It is a non-comedic performance, and he truly is great.  He deserved an Oscar nomination for his work, but that was denied.  I’d love to see more like this from him instead of the horrendous comedies that he involves himself in.

 

We're The Millers - CINEMABLEND#9.  We’re the Millers (Jason Sudeikis).  This is one I wanted to include because it was such a surprise for me and I found it really funny.  Heading into the film, I was confident that I was going to hate this, but I laughed and enjoyed it to pieces.  It featured not only Jason Sudeikis in the cast, but also Jennifer Aniston.  They find themselves in some silly situations, but it has a good heart and is truly funny.

 

Mystery Men' Made Fun of Superheroes 20 Years Ago, Before ...#8.  Mystery Men (Ben Stiller).  Here is the first real ensemble cast on the list in the comic book adaptation Mystery Men.  Ben Stiller is the lead character, but Janeane Garofalo was also on SNL.  I love the super hero aspect of this team up movie.  Such bizarre heroes such as The Shoveler, The Bowler, Mr. Furious, and Blue Rajah are great and they blend together with such chemistry.  Casanova Frankenstein is an epic villain and the shocking fate of Captain Amazing is perfect.  Mystery Men is truly an underrated gem.

 

Shrek | fictional character | Britannica#7.  Shrek (Mike Myers).  One of two animated films on this list, Shrek is voiced by Mike Myers (and of course, Donkey is Eddie Murphy too so if you want to claim this is an ensemble, there is that).  I enjoy Shrek more than any of the Austin Powers movies.  This is a great story of an ogre finding his truly love in a princess that he goes to rescue simply because he wanted to get other fairy tale creatures off his land.  Shrek was not you typical hero, by any stretch, but the film is full of heart and humor and characters that would stand the test of time.  Shrek is like an onion.

 

Iron Man (2008) | BEHIND THE SCENES (part 1/4) - YouTube#6.  Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.).  I originally was going to use Avengers: Endgame in this spot, but I decided that Endgame was too much of an ensemble and that Iron Man worked extremely well as a choice.  This is the film that kicked off the MCU and really helped to punctuate Robert Downey Jr. return from the dark side.  He went through a lot of personal demons, but RDJ came out the other side with the role that he would play in ten MCU movies.  He was brilliant in Endgame, but one could argue that Endgame would never have happened without his work on Iron Man.

 

City Slickers' Review: 1991 Movie | Hollywood Reporter#5.  City Slickers (Billy Crystal).  I just recently rewatched this film and I remembered how much I really loved it.  Billy Crystal heads out to the West to drive cattle as a way to get over a mid-life crisis.  The film is so well written and the interactions between Crystal and his cast mates are the strength of the movie.  The dialogue here is top notch and the performances are surprisingly great.  Who knew you could get emotionally invested in a calf named Norman?

 

Louie Anderson Returns for Coming 2 America, Claims It'll Make $1 ...#4.  Coming to America (Eddie Murphy).  Another one that I debated about because I almost had this be Beverly Hills Cop, but I think this comedic performance from Eddie Murphy is his best work.  He plays several other characters besides his Prince Akeem.  There are lots of great jokes and Eddie seems to really understand the character.  Working with Arsenio Hall, Murphy shows chemistry in the pairing.  One of the best comedies of the late 1980s.

 

Inside Out (2015) - IMDb#3.  Inside Out (Amy Poehler, Bill Hader).  The Pixar animated classic is one of my favorite movies around and the voice work from Amy Poehler as the lead emotion Joy is wonderful.  Again, with the ensemble cast rule, I included Bill Hader as Fear.  Bobby Moynihan is actually a voice here too.  Inside Out is such a perfect movie and brings such pure emotion and heart.  The scenes with Bing Bong are some of the most heart-breaking scenes in any movie, let alone animated movies.  Amy Poehler brings the character of Joy to life as she battles to try and help Riley find her way through her childhood.

 

This Is Spinal Tap's $400 Million Lawsuit - Bloomberg#2.  This is Spinal Tap (Michael McKeon, Christopher Guest, Harry Shearer).  Yes, all three members of Spinal Tap were regulars on SNL and this mockumentary from director Rob Reiner is one of the funniest movies ever.  The story of an aging heavy metal rock band from England making one last attempt at a tour of the States, telling the history of the band.  Remarkably quotable and fantastic music.  In fact, Spinal Tap put out a couple of records after the soundtrack and they even toured.  Spinal Tap played Wembley Stadium with Metallica.  That shows that they were not just a joke band.

 

Paul Feig confirms he'll make a female-led 'Ghostbusters' movie ...#1.  Ghostbusters (Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd).  There is something strange, in your neighborhood… who ya gonna call?  Why Ghostbusters of course.  One of my all time favorite movies starring both Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd from SNL.  This is remarkably funny and includes a great action/sci-fi story to go with it.  Another absolutely great movie for quotations, Ghostbusters became an iconic film.  The chemistry and dialogue between the three main Ghostbusters (including Harold Ramis) carries a great deal of this movie.  Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, Rick Moranis contributed to the film as well.  I will never forget that first moment of seeing the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man walking through New York City.  They have never reached this level of Ghostbusters since.

 

Honorary Mentions:  There were a bunch.  One of the SNL cast member who I do not like much is Will Farrell, but my favorite film of his was Stranger Than Fiction, which I considered.  I am not a fan of Anchorman at all.   Popstar with Adam Samberg is a film that too many people ignore and is really funny.  The Blues Brothers with John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd was the final cut from the list and was dropped because I really wanted to include a couple others.  Fletch with Chevy Chase was a film that I have recently seen and enjoyed.  Wayne’s World and Wayne’s World 2 are both solid films.  I mentioned Beverly Hills Cop almost flipped places with Eddie Murphy‘s other film.  I considered Beetlejuice for Alec Baldwin, but he technically has not been a cast member.  He has only been a guest star to play Donald Trump.

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EYG Top 10 Female Directed Movies

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We have a new Top 10 Show this week that perhaps the Academy should listen to because this week’s show is Top 10 Female Directed Movies, and the Academy has been reticent to seemingly nominate very many female directors.

But that is an article for a different day.  Today, we are looking at a group of movies directed by women.  I specifically did not include any movies where a woman directed as a co-director with a man.  I also tried to keep one film from any female director’s oeuvre, but I will admit to letting one director have two movies.  Those were just two really dang good movies though and I did not want to cut either one.

I listed off several films and so there is a healthy list for the honorable mentions.  Lots of these movies are more recent ones which shows that hopefully Hollywood is slowly making progress.

 

Inside the Horror Pop-up Book in 'The Babadook' - The New York Times10.  The Babadook, Jennifer Kent.   This was the spot where I struggled because there were literally 4-5 others that could have gone here.  I have not seen the Babadook in quite  awhile, but I remember being quite impressed with it as a horror movie and also as a film with some interesting ideas to say.  There were some great creepy moments here and it is worth the watch.  Jennifer Kent has done another film recently that was just too powerful, too painful in The Nightingale that, while I could not get through it, showed how powerful of a filmmaker she is becoming.  The Babadook shows that as well.

 

Can You Ever Forgive Me? review – horribly hilarious odd-couple ...#9.  Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Marielle Heller.  A great true story featuring Melissa McCarthy as a down on her luck author who started forging letter written by literary writers to help make money.  She became quite effective at the forgeries before eventually being caught.  Melissa McCarthy gave one of her best performances, as did Richard E. Grant, both of whom were nominated for Academy Awards.  Getting great performances from your actors is a key component of a director.

 

Dee Rees's “Mudbound”: A Shocking Story of Racism, Told in a ...#8.  Mudbound, Dee Rees.  I found this one on Netflix and did not expect much.  I mean the Netflix movies are mostly average to below average.  This one stood out and was just totally beautiful.  This would be another effective movie to watch these days with the issue of racism being so prevalent in the world.  You can see the mastery of Dee Rees in every frame of the film.

 

RBG, a Documentary about Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Has Become an ...#7.  RBG, Betsy West & Julie Cohen.  One of the most entertaining documentaries from a few years ago, this film gave us a closer look at the “rock star” RBG, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second female ever appointed to the United States Supreme Court.  Ginsburg’s life history in some of the most engaging and interactive ways I had ever seen.  I actually saw this documentary at the theater and I was completely thrilled with the film.  It made me fall in love with RBG.  Long live RBG!

 

Little Women' Review: This Movie Is Big - The New York Times#6.  Little Women, Greta Gerwig.  I had to decide which Greta Gerwig film to include.  I did like Lady Bird, but I did not love it as much as so many others did.  However, I was remarkably impressed with the newest adaptation of the novel, Little Women.  Gerwig presented the material that has been seen in several films and other mediums in such an original and compelling manner than you could not help but be impressed.  There was a real chance that this film would be boring or repetitive, and neither situation happened.  She does a wonderful job creating this period piece and pulling out some amazing performances from the ensemble.

 

Weekend Box Office: 'Edge Of 17' Bombs, 'Bleed For This' Bleeds ...#5.  The Edge of Seventeen, Kelly Fremon Craig.  A coming of age film focusing on one young girl, played brilliantly by Hailee Steinfeld, and her problems at school, at home and with relationships.  She has a wonderful, funny and realistic connection with teacher Woody Harrelson and has issue when her best friend starts dating her brother.  It is funny and full of life.

 

Film Review - Honey Boy (Second Take) | The MacGuffin#4.  Honey Boy, Alma Har’el.  The pseudo-biographical film of the life of Shia LaBeouf  featuring one of the best child actor performances I have seen by Noah Jupe is a film from Amazon that has been overlooked to easily.  The film deals with the relationship between child star Otis and his ne’er-do-well father James.  If you have missed this one, you can see it on Amazon Prime.  It is well done.

 

The Influence of 'Big'#3.  Big, Penny Marshall.  A wonderful look at the world of adults through the eyes of a child, Big sent Tom Hanks into the stratosphere.  There were so many moments of magic in this movie, including the utterly charming and epic fun moment on the toy piano/keyboard between Hanks and Robert Loggia.  You never once doubted that the adult Tom Hanks was actually a 12-year old boy.  His embracing of that role made this film special.

 

I Saw Wonder Woman With My Boyfriend - Couple Reviews Wonder Woman#2.  Wonder Woman, Patty Jenkins.  The massive DC Comics hit that helped save that franchise, Wonder Woman was brought to the screen beautifully by Patty Jenkins.  Starting off with young Diana on Themyscira, this film built your lead character with a careful precision which helped the audience see Diana as more than just an Amazon warrior.  Of ocurse, the whole No Man’s Land section is some of the best film making in any comic book movie.

 

 

25 Fun Facts About A League Of Their Own | Mental Floss#1.  A League of Their Own, Penny Marshall.  Here is the one director with a repeat movie in the top 10 and I could not drop Big out, because this one was going to be my number one as soon as I heard the topic.  One of the best baseball movies ever made, A League of Their Own creates a group of characters that you love to watch, who are funny and who are very easy to root for.  Even the lesser characters in the ensemble receive their moments in the limelight and they all knock it out of the park (sometimes literally).  Tom Hanks is here again and delivers some of the best dialogue in any movie.  The entire scene of the “No Crying in Baseball” is a hoot, especially after he asks the umpire, who has taken time to chastise Jimmy on his handling of his players, if anyone told him he looks like a penis with a little hat on.  Even better than that, and I wonder if this was an ad-lib, was when Jimmy, after he was thrown out of the game for that comment, saying “You misunderstood me!”  LOL LOL LOL!  Brilliant work.

 

Honorary Mentions:  Okay, starting off was a film that was on Matt and John’s list, but not on mine.  Zero Dark Thirty is on my list to rewatch this summer because I found it boring in the theater and I even fell asleep a couple of times.  We’ll see if that is a film that I’ll like more the second time around.  Others I considered for the Top 10 list included another Kathryn Bigelow film, Point Break. This is another that I do not love as much as the rest of the world seems to.  Selma from Ava DuVernay was all about Martin Luther King Jr and showed him in one of the more realistic lights than we have seen before.  Chloe Zhao’s The Rider was well done and full of emotion.  Marielle Heller‘s most recent A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood featured Mr. Rogers.  Booksmart from Olivia Wilde, was another that lots of people utterly loved and I thought was okay.  The Farewell from Lulu Wang had amazing performances and a lot of powerful moments.

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EYG Top 10 Coming of Age Movies Re-List

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The final Re-List episode by the Top 10 guys was loaded up this morning.  It is a sad day as I have truly enjoyed these and I desperately wanted to participate.  Sadly, that was not to be.

The final episode list for the Re-List (re re re re-list!) was Top 10 Coming of Age Movies.  This was clearly a loaded category as 3 films in my top 5 were not even mentioned by either of the two participants on the Re-List this week.

According to Wikipedia,  “a coming-of-age story is a genre of literature, film, and video that focuses on the growth of a protagonist from youth to adulthood (“coming of age”).” There could be some arguments over when some movies are considered coming of age movies or not.  For example, Star Wars: A New Hope was included on one of the lists on the Re-List, but I have eliminated that as a possibility.  I could see an argument for it as Luke was certainly childish when we first meet him on Tatooine.  I just do not think there is enough of a focus on that to classify the film as a coming-of-age movie.  E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial was another included that I just did not think worked for the list, despite the fact that I think it is a beautiful film.

So… for the final Re-List….

 

The Way Way Back (2013) - Rotten Tomatoes#10.  The Way, Way Back.  I saw this in the theaters and did not expect much from it.  However, it was such a great film.  Starring Liam James, Sam Rockwell, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, Amanda Peetm Rob Corddry and Maya Rudolph, among others.  The story focuses on the young boy who is struggling to find his voice over a summer where he goes with his mother and her new boyfriend at a beach house.  He goes to work at a local pool and he meets Sam Rockwell, someone he ends up looking up to.  It is a very enjoyable film with some funny moments.

 

Ferris Bueller's Day Off movie review (1986) | Roger Ebert#9.  Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.  This film would be higher up the list, but I had some questions about how much of a coming-of-age movie it actually was.  Maybe if you are looking at Cameron as your protagonist it fits.  However, this John Hughes classic was on the show’s list and I found it on many lists during my research, so I decided to include it.  No doubt that it is an absolute awesome movie.

 

Slice of Southern life#8.  Mud.  Two young boys meet up with Mud, played by Matthew McConaughey, who is hiding out on an island in an old, broken down boat.  Being chased by bounty hunters, Mud needs the help of the boys to get away and accomplish what he had come to the area to do.  Great performances, especially from young Tye Sheridan as Ellis.

 

Tom Hanks' 'Big' is returning to theaters for 30th anniversary#7.  Big.  Penny Marshall’s classic film about a 12-year-old boy who wishes to be “big” and he magically gets turned into a 30-year-old man.  The coming of age here is seen as the man, played brilliantly by Tom Hanks, goes about grown up life through the mind and the eyes of a little boy.  A movie full of charm and magic.

 

Elsie Fisher | Movie Reviews Simbasible#6.  Eighth Grade.  A powerful movie that, as a middle school teacher, found completely relatable and realistic.  The first time I saw the scene of Elsie Fisher in the backseat with that teen boy, I was totally frightened for her.  I had so much anxiety and tension… proving how effective this movie was in setting up its situations.  Amazing how much director Bo Burnham got inside the mind of 8th grade kids.

 

Karate Kid" (HD) -- Best scene -- 'Crane Kick' (1984, original ...#5.  The Karate Kid.  The story of Daniel LaRusso, an East coast kid who, because of his mother’s job, had to move out West to California.  He had trouble making friends and wound up on the opposite side of a group of bullies.  The answer?  Karate tournament, of course!  The relationship between Daniel and Mr. Miyagi is the cornerstone of this movie and the performances of Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita carry this film right up until that crane kick to the chin.  Banzai, Daniel-san! Banzai!

 

Sing Street - NYT Watching#4.  Sing Street.  Another movie that caught me completely off-guard with how utterly brilliant it was.  Stemming from money problems, Cosmo had to go to a new school and he had trouble blending in.  In order to impress a beautiful girl, he said that he was in a band.  The problem?  He was not in a band.   The creation of the band and the relationship he had with the girl was beautiful and deep.  The music was criminally overlooked too.

 

IT Movie Producer on Chapter 2, Beverly, and Stephen King | Collider#3.  It.  Though it is known as a horror movie, the Stephen King classic focuses on the Loser’s Club, a group of outcasts teens who have to band together to fight off a killer clown.  The key element to the success of this film was the interaction of the group of kids.  They were real and relatable, even when they are doing supernatural things.  The key to the movie is the relationship with them and how they have to bond together and unite to stop Pennywise.  The sequel was just nowhere near as good as this film.

 

Into the Spider-Verse” Is Comic Book Perfection | The Cornell ...#2.  Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.  Miles Morales gets bitten by a radioactive spider and winds up in the same place as this dimension’s Spider-Man, just as he is fighting to the death with the Kingpin.  Miles has to face the new powers that he is discovering and has to become the hero within to step up and save his world.  The hero’s journey that Miles goes on is beautifully written and perfectly punctuated by another Spider-man, Spider-Gwen, Spider-Ham, Spider-Man Noir and Penny Parker.  Such a beautiful animated film.  I love Spider-Man and I love this version.

 

62. Stand by Me (1986) | Wonders in the Dark#1.  Stand By Me.  One of the greatest Stephen King adaptations around and a film filled with fun, emotional beats and kids going through some powerfully dramatic moments.  Even still, they are able to view these moments through the vision of teenage boys.  The four actors involved in this film are perfectly cast and make such an amazing group that they play off each character brilliantly.  Each boy brings something different to the group and each boy has his own distinct character.  No time was skipped to develop each kid and the film benefits from that.  There are several moments here that bring tears to my eyes and the ending is both tragic and uplifting at the same time.  Stand By Me is a classic.

 

Honorable Mention:  As I said, there were a bunch that were fighting for that final spot.  Love, Simon is a wonderful story from a couple of years ago.  Edge of Seventeen had a great performance at its lead (plus Woody Harrelson is a too-relatable teacher role).  The Breakfast Club was one I wanted to make the list, but I just had to cut it.  The Sandlot is another one that is so great but just came up short.  The surprisingly good Good Boys was considered.  Disney’s Moana was wonderful.  There could be many Disney animated films considered, which was part of the reason why I eliminated MoanaLady Bird was a film a lot of people loved, but I thought was just okay.

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EYG Top 10 Fictional Movie Presidents

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Good morning.  It is time once again for the Top 10 Show.  This week’s show is Top 10 Fictional Movie Presidents.  I liked this topic because it goes into a different level that they can count down.  Characters instead of just movies.  This helps spice up the topics and there are some movies here that have not been mentioned much, if ever.

I was able to get to around 13 choices too, with the top 3 or so being clear choices for me.

Of course, the title is “fictional movie presidents” which eliminates such possible choices as Jed Bartlett (West Wing), David Palmer (24) or Tom Kirkman (Designated Survivor).  These would all have made a Top 10 fictional presidents list if TV was included.  It is not so they are not.

 

Seven Crazy Political Figures in Movies | All That's Epic ...#10.  President Hathaway (Stephen Colbert), Monsters vs. Aliens.  One of two animated presidents on my list, Stephen Colbert is just fantastic as the president in this movie.  He was so awkward and odd and Colbert’s voice work is exceptional.  The character uses the look of Colbert as well and provides us with some of the best laughs in the movie.

 

Top 10 Presidents in Film | Best For Film#9.  President Arnold Schwarzenegger (Harry Shearer), The Simpsons Movie.  Yes, Arnold is a real person, but I would say, since this is not even Arnold doing the voice, this counts.  Harry Shearer voices the actor turned president from the Simpsons Movie and he does a wonderful job.  Shearer is amazingly talented, doing several of the voices in the Simpsons anyway and being Derek Smalls from Spinal Tap.  I have to say though this may not be quite as funny as it was with whom we have as president right now.

 

Angel Has Fallen Movie Review#8.  President Trumbell (Morgan Freeman), Angel has Fallen.  The third film in this franchise provides what I think was the best president (no offense to Benjamin Asher).  Morgan Freeman is just so presidential.  I believe that he is the president and that he has complete confidence in Mike Banning.  Morgan Freeman is epic in everything he does.

 

Why President Whitmore in 'Independence Day' Is America's Worst ...#7.  Thomas J. Whitmore (Bill Pullman), Independence Day.  One of the more iconic speeches given by a fictional presidents was given before Bill Pullman hopped into his plane to fight off aliens.  I have this guy down the list a bit because I am not a huge fan of the character and the speech itself is overrated.  I actually agree with Matt Knost on this as he had Whitmore down his list as well.  I believe he belongs on this list, but #7 seems to be a good fit.

 

President Jack Stanton#6.  President Jack Stanton (John Travolta), Primary Colors.  Reportedly based on President Bill Clinton, this film does an amazing job of showing some of the shady maneuvers that he may have used, while also showing what a good man he was.  He wanted to help people.  He was full of empathy for his constituents.  John Travolta was great in the role even though it did not seem to be the right choice at first.  One could wonder how much of this film was actually fictional…

 

 

Framing Blackness on Twitter: "Tom Lister, Jr. as President ...#5.  President Lindberg (Tommy “Tiny” Lister), The Fifth Element.  As a wrestling fan, I recognized him as Zeus.  So I loved it when he appeared in The Fifth Element.  He showed some skill (much more than he did as Zeus) and some comedic timing.  I am not sure if he was officially the “President of the United States” because the film is not specific and it is a futuristic story, but he made the Top 10 Show’s list, so he is certainly making mine.

 

Dave: The President We Need Right Now - Solzy at the Movies#4.  Dave Kovic (Kevin Kline), Dave.  One of the first ones that popped into my head when the topic came up, Kevin Kline is outstanding as the presidential look-a-like who has to step into the job completely.  Dave is a fun and sweet film, despite the film being very implausible.

 

 

Dramatic Monologue for Men - Michael Douglas as President Andrew ...#3.  President Andrew Shepherd (Michael Douglas), The American President.  One of my favorite romantic comedies of all time, Michael Douglas has amazing chemistry with Annette Bening.  However, my absolute favorite part is when President Shepherd walked out to the briefing and delivered the most kick-ass monologue in presidential movie history.  It is what any or all presidents should aspire to and I just loved the honesty from this character.  I could see it being replayed constantly on FOX News being taken out of context.  Amazing work here.

 

Air Force One (1997): President James Marshall | Best Movie ...#2.  President James Marshall (Harrison Ford), Air Force One.  I mean… Harrison Ford as President of the United States?  How much better could it be?  Just take him and point him at our enemies and let him kick some ass.  He also delivered one of the most epic quotes in presidential movie history with “GET OFF MY PLANE!”  Most presidents are reduced to being protected by Secret Service.  Nobody needs to protect Harrison Ford.

 

That Dr. Strangelove scene where the U.S. President phones Russia ...#1.  President Merkin Muffley (Peter Sellers), Dr. Strangelove.  The EYG Hall of Famer Peter Sellers played three separate characters in Dr. Strangelove, including the President of the United States.  He does so with such a perfect dull tone that you could absolutely picture him in this position.  His phone conversations with the Russian leader Dmitri is comedy gold.  Sellers delivers each line with the proper amount of dry humor and apprehension that drives home the humor.  He also has to deal with the craziness of George C. Scott and the “evil?” genius Dr. Strangelove.  Muffley had his hands full, no doubt.  Maybe that is why the world gets blown up.

 

Honorable Mentions:  I had to drop one off the list when I decided to include Arnold on the list.  That one was President Allen Richmond (Gene Hackman) from Absolute Power.  I already mentioned President Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhart) from Olympus has Fallen and London has Fallen.  Jamie Foxx was decent as President James Sawyer in White House Down.  

 

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EYG Top 10 Re-List Fictional Bars/Restaurants

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Sad new this week.  The Top 10 Show is going to stop doing Re-Lists.  I have been waiting for the chance to get to do one of these, but now it looks as if that opportunity is now gone.  Apparently there will be one more after this.  This week’s Re-List is from Nancy Mallory, James Leggett, and Bobby Carney. Nancy Mallory submitted the topic of the Top 10 Fictional Bars/Restaurants.

This is a fun topic and an original idea.  I was surprised as I was doing my research that there were as many as there were.

Frosty Palace | Grease Wiki | Fandom#10.  The Frosty Palace, Grease.  This was the tenth spot and it was in a fight with some others on my list.  However, this is my type of food.  Hamburgers and chocolate shakes.  Yum.  Plus, 1950’s music?  Great.

 

Shooting in The Three Broomsticks — Harry Potter Fan Zone#9.  The Three Broomsticks, Harry Potter franchise.  This one you could actually visit.  Maybe not in England like the fictionalized one, but perhaps Universal.  I juts finished the Harry Potter franchise re-watch and the Three Broomsticks looks to be a great place to be together.

 

 

The Shining--Patterns | The shining, Gold rooms, The shining film#8.  The Gold Room, The Shining.  What would be better than spending time over dinner and drinks by having a conversation with old spirits from the 20’s?  The Shining restaurant is a lovely part of the Overlook Hotel and should not be missed.  Very shriek..er …I mean..chic.

 

 

Feast Week, Day 8 - The Prancing Pony - The Fantasy Network News#7.  The Prancing Pony, Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.  Another place where friends can gather for a pint and good discussion.  Sure there are hobbits all over the place, but there is nothing wrong with that.

 

 

Cafe 80's | Futurepedia | Fandom#6.  The Cafe 80’s, Back to the Future II.  Back to the Future’s future restaurant with the 1980’s theme.  Where you can play some shooting games and get yourself a Pepsi.  Watch out for those trouble making kids with the hover boards though.

 

 

Humphrey Bogart and Dooley Wilson in Casablanca playing piano in ...#5.  Rick’s Cafe Americain, Casablanca.  Dinner club with some awesome piano music.  Just remember that “a kiss is just a kiss.  A sigh is just a sigh” as time goes by.  It is a gin joint like no other.  Play it again, Sam.

 

 

Pizza Planet | Disney Wiki | Fandom#4.  Pizza Planet, Toy Story.  Where better to get yourself some pizza than at Pizza Planet?  It is a whole planet of pizza, for goodness sake.  You can also use the CLAW! CLAW! CLAW! and find an alien of your very own for your toys at home.

 

 

9 Reasons Why the Mos Eisley Cantina is So Special | StarWars.com#3.  Mos Eisely Cantina, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.  This might be a little higher on my list of it were not such a hive of scum and villainy.  You must always be cautious when dealing with a group of patrons who might shoot first and eat later.  The perfect location to find yourself a scruffy nerfherder for whatever questionable job you may have in mind.  Plus, there is live music!

 

Double R Diner | Twin Peaks Wiki | Fandom#2.  Double R Diner, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me.  Though this started on the TV show, it did make an appearance in Fire Walk with Me.  If you are having a hankering for a damn fine cup of coffee and a piece cherry pie in the place where pie must go to die.

 

TV and Movie News Pulp Fiction: Read The Jack Rabbit Slims Menu ...Pulp Fiction' Songs: Tour the Film's Bestselling Soundtrack ...#1.  Jack Rabbit Slim’s, Pulp Fiction.  This did not make either list on the Re-List this week and it is a major overlook (and I do not mean the Hotel).  How could you ignore Jack Rabbit Slim’s?  Great food and maybe a dance contest too.  Come and try the infamous $5 milk shake (although that price may have been raised because of inflation).  you ignore this restaurant with all of its ambiance and a dance contest too?   More 1950’s nostalgia …plus gangster wives.

 

Honorary Mentions:  There is a restaurant with a rat in the kitchen, but this one you want there.  It is Gusteau’s from Ratatouille.  I bumped The Maidenhead from Joss Whedon’s Serenity.  I just re-watched that film yesterday, but I wanted a shake more from the Frosty Palance.  The Raven from Raiders of the Lost Ark is not necessarily my kind of place, and I am not much for Chinese food so I would avoid Club Obi-Wan.

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EYG James Bond Movies Ranked

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I just finished re-watching the James Bond franchise (which is a misnomer because I do believe that there are several of the films that I had not seen before) and I have compiled the EYG List of James Bond films.

Starting off will be my list of James Bond actors.  Quality of movie did affect my choices, even if the Bond performance was decent.  Here is the order:

  1. Daniel Craig
  2. Sean Connery
  3. Timothy Dalton
  4. George Lazenby
  5. Roger Moore
  6. Pierce Brosnan

Personally, I liked Brosnan as Bond, but his movies were ones I was not a fan of so he dropped down the list.  Roger Moore was my Bond growing up, but looking back, his list of movies were really hit and miss.  Daniel Craig is just knocking his brooding Bond out of the park.  Connery is just behind him for me.  Lazenby gets overlooked a lot, but I loved his movie.

James Bond Movies

#26.  Casino Royale (1968).  Awful.  Unfunny.  Waste of time.  I watched to have a complete list.  Never again.

#25.  Octopussy.  Ridiculous.  When Bond gets too campy, I check out.

#24.  Die Another Day.  Worst of the Pierce Brosnan films that I did not like that much anyway.

#23.  A View to a Kill.  Awesome theme song.  Um….

#22.  Moonraker.  Remember when I mentioned campy?  Bond in space.  Jaws falls in love and turns good.

#21.  The World is Not Enough.  Another Brosnan flopper for me.  I find these more boring than anything else.

#20.  Quantum of Solace.  Easily the worst of the Daniel Craig Bonds.

#19.  You Only Live Twice.  Japanese Bond.  Ugh.

#18.  GoldenEye.  Yeah, I know people love this one, but I just found it exceedingly dull.  Sorry.

#17.  Diamonds are Forever.  I’m not sure how many times Blofeld dies here.  The henchmen are dull.

#16.  Spectre.  This film on re-watch has improved from first watch.  Would have been much lower prior to re-watch.  Still a step down among the Craig Bonds.

#15.  Thunderball.  First Bond movie was felt lacking.  Underwater action galore.

#14.  Tomorrow Never Dies.  This is the highest ranked of the Pierce Brosnan films for me.  Most relevant villain to today’s world.

#13.  Never Say Never Again.  Another one that many people disliked, but I found good.  Connery comes back as Old Man Bond and I was in.

#12.  The Man with the Golden Gun.  Another one that a lot of Bond fans despise, but I enjoyed.  Loved Christopher Lee and Hervé Villechaize as the villains.

#11.  The Spy Who Loved Me.  Just outside the top 10, this movie matched up Bond with a female Russian agent and they were great together.

#10.  For Your Eyes Only.  This one and The Spy Who Loved Me battled for the #10 spot.  For Your Eyes Only won out.  It recaptured Bond for me after the idiocy of Moonraker.

#9.  The Living Daylights.  The first of the Timothy Dalton movies, The Living Daylights brought us a more serious and violent Bond.

#8.  Dr. No.  The first James Bond film was excellent and truly set up the franchise.

#7.  Licence to Kill.  The second and final Timothy Dalton Bond.  Helped bring the character out of the cartoon.

#6.  Live and Let Die.  Voodoo and black magic.  Lots of crocodiles and sharks.  Plus, Paul McCartney.

#5.  From Russia With Love.  A great train sequence that showed why Bond should not travel via train.  Great villain here too.

#4.  On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.  George Lazenby’s underrated film that develops the character of Bond and ends unlike any other Bond movie ever.

#3.  Goldfinger.  A classic.  Auric Goldfinger is one of the greatest villains in the franchise and Pussy Galore is one of the greatest Bond girls as well.

#2.  Skyfall.  This had been my number one prior to the re-watch.  I still love this film, as it is one of the most beautifully shot of all the Bond movies.

#1.  Casino Royale (2006).  During the re-watch, I found this so totally compelling and engaging that I loved every second.   The poker scenes were every bit as tense as the torture scene.  Casino Royale introduced us to Daniel Craig as Bond and the franchise changed forever.

EYG Top 10 James Bond Title Songs

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Welcome to a special edition of the EYG Top 10.  Normally, I base these lists off the Top 10 Show podcast (or perhaps the Top 10 Re-List) from John Rocha and Matt Knost.  However, this list has not been created on either of those podcasts.  I have been doing a James Bond re-watch for the last several weeks and I just finished it yesterday.  I thought that this would be a neat list to do.

There is no debate that the Bond title song is an important piece of music for the film. The best songs are able to set the tone and give us an idea of the film.  That does not mean that a great song will translate into a great film.  In fact, one of the best Bond title songs is attached to one of the worst movies.  Yet, a song can absolutely start it off on a good foot.

I am not including No Time to Kill by Billie Eilish on my list, since the official 25th Bond film got pushed back to November.  I have heard Eilish’s song on YouTube and I have to say I found it fairly haunting.  This list is for released movies… sorry.

Of course, the only thing that may be more subjective than movies is music.  These are my own personal favorites.  If you are yelling at me about Madonna or Writing on the Wall not being here, well… it is my list of songs I like.  Feel free to make your own.

 

Tina Turner - Golden Eye (David Morales Club Mix - Tony Mendes ...#10.  Tina Turner, GoldenEye (GoldenEye).  This song was in a battle for the tenth spot with about three others (who I will mention in the Honorable mentions).  I was disappointed by the film GoldenEye, but the style of Tina Turner really fit the film and set a nice tone.

 

 

a-ha - The Living Daylights (1987, Vinyl) | Discogs#9.  A-Ha, The Living Daylights (The Living Daylights).  I had not known this song and was extremely pleased with it during the re-watch.  A-Ha brought that late 80’s feel to Bond, setting the film up for a new run for a new age.  This was the first film since the departure of Roger Moore and A-Ha provided a new energy for Timothy Dalton’s uncommon 007.

 

 

The Spy Who Loved Me" Opening Credit Sequence - YouTube#8.  Carly Simon, Nobody Does it Better (The Spy Who Loved Me).  A song that has gone past its life as a Bond song.  In fact, I had forgotten that it was a Bond theme.  Another song that helps create the mood of the movie that it was going to be in front of.  The power ballad displayed the sexiness required for the film.

 

Why Chris Cornell's under-appreciated James Bond theme for Casino ...#7.  Chris Cornell, You Know My Name (Casino Royale).  Another one that caught me by surprise.  Chris Cornell of Soundgarden and Audioslave provided a rocking smash at the beginning of the awesome Casino Royale.  It kicked off the Daniel Craig generation of Bond film beautifully.

 

Louis Armstrong - James Bond 007 (Im Geheimauftrag Iher Majestät ...#6.  Louis Armstrong, We Have All the Time in the World (On Her Majesty’s Secret Service).  This is the only song on my list that ended up as a end credits song and, while it may not actually count, I do not think there is a better song to match the film.  The sadness of the end of this movie just transitions perfectly into this.  And Louis Armstrong is the perfect voice for this.

 

 

For your eyes only: Rare Sheena Easton Demo | 007 Under the Mango Tree#5.  Sheena Easton, For Your Eyes Only (For Your Eyes Only).  I have always been a fan of Sheena Easton and this was one of my personal favorites.  The haunting melody and the wonderful voice of the Scottish lass is masterful.  Sheena was also the only singer to also appear in the opening credits of the movie itself.

 

Goldfinger Theme Song - James Bond - YouTube#4.  Shirley Bassey, Goldfinger (Goldfinger).  This was one of the best Bond songs and does the best job of telling you the story of the film.  Goldfinger is an iconic song and Shirley Bassey has such a distinct voice.

 

 

Adele - Skyfall (Lyric Video) - YouTube#3.  Adele, Skyfall (Skyfall).  I love Adele’s song.  Everything about this works so well and her vocals are just astonishing.  It provided a powerful feel and perfectly set the tone for one of the best Bond movies of all time.  This is also the only Bond song to have won an Academy Award after several others had been nomnated.

 

It Was 35 Years Ago Today: Duran Duran's A View To A Kill + how ...#2.  Duran Duran, A View to a Kill (A View to a Kill).  What an amazing, rocking song, perfectly suited as a Bond song.  The opening of the song absolutely puts you into the idea that you are going to see James Bond.  Too bad the movie had to play after.  The movie is one of the worst films in the franchise, but this title song is easily the best part of the film.

 

 

James Bond 007- Live And Let Die by Paul Mccartney - YouTube#1.  Paul McCartney and Wings, Lie and Let Die, (Live and Let Die).  I debated the number one spot as every one of the top four on this list could have made it, but, in the end, it is Paul freaking McCartney.  It is one of the most recognizable songs in the Bond franchise and it is a huge hit in the world of music.  The song does an amazing job of telling you this is James Bond.  The middle instrumental part is all spy film.  And did I mention that it is Paul freaking McCartney?

 

Honorable mentions:  Nancy Sinatra’s You Only Live Twice, Shirley Bassey’s Diamonds are Forever and Rita Coolidge’s All Time High from Octopussy were all considered for that number ten spot.  I also enjoy the Thunderball song from Tom Jones.

 

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EYG Top 10 Worst Movies I saw in the Theater

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Some of the best Top 10 shows were the ones where John and Matt crap all over the films.  While that negativity is not something I would want on a regular basis, every once in awhile it is therapeutic. So when I saw the title of this week’s Top 10 Show, Top 10 Worst Movies we saw in the Theater,  I was intrigued.

Now, I have not truly been watching movies in the theater on a regular basis for a long time.  I started going regularly around 2011 or so.  Prior to that, I would go to the theater randomly.  Particularly for the big events.  I also just did a Top 100 Worst of the Decade last December and I was afraid there may be too much overlap.  However, looking at that list, it appeared that several of that top 10 were films I saw on video or on streaming.  Movie 43, for example, I watched at home.

I made another rule for myself.  I tried to eliminate those movies that I left the theater thinking that I liked, but, deep down, I knew I did not.  I wanted the visceral experience from the theater to be the reaction, not one that became worse upon reflection or re-watch.  Because of that, a film like Amazing Spider-Man 2 would not make my list.

So… let the garbage commence…

Clash of the Titans -- Film Review | Hollywood Reporter#10.  Clash of the Titans (2010).  I had loved the original version of this movie, with all of its poor special effects and cheesy scenes so I was excited to see this.  What a letdown.  I remember sitting in the Voy Theater downtown and just wishing that this would be over.

 

 

Scud in Blade 2 | Zombie life#9.  Blade 2.  Some people loved this, but I hated it.  I went with some of my friends on a Saturday night after we spent all day playing video games, in particular those one-on-one fight games and, to me, Blade 2 was nothing more than a video game.  I swear there were scenes that came directly from the video game we had played.  After the top notch Blade, Blade 2 was an utter disappointment.

 

 

Fifty Shades of Grey' Celebrates 5-Year Anniversary: Here Are the ...#8.  50 Shades of Gray.  This was nothing more than Twilight fan fiction that somehow got a huge following.  Seriously, it was not even that sexy.  The acting was poor.  The story was repetitive.  The dialogue was laughable.  The nudity wasn’t even worth it.

 

 

Catwoman: Zoe Kravitz follows Hathaway and Berry in The Batman ...#7.  Catwoman.  I remember sitting in the theater and thinking to myself that the only thing good about this movie was seeing Halle Berry in the cat suit.  Reflecting back, that was not even enough for me to watch this thing again.  This took the character of Catwoman and rubbed her nose it in.  We have seen great versions of Catwoman before, but this is not one of them.

 

Way Too Many People Saw 'Grown Ups 2' - The Atlantic#6.  Grown Ups 2.  I have never been a huge fan of Adam Sandler, but there went a stretch where he made a whole bunch of movies that I hated.  He personified everything that I hated in comedy movies:  dick jokes, pee jokes, drug humor, vomit jokes.  I hate these bodily function jokes and his movies always seemed to be movies with a anger or a hatred behind them.  Grown Ups 2 was as bad as they get.

 

Raider with a lost arc: Why "Crystal Skull" disappoints | Michigan ...#5. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.  Sitting in the theater, I could hardly believe what I was watching.  Afterwards, I walked out with my friends and we all just looked at each other.  A franchise that was so good prior to this turned out arguably one of the worst films of Harrison Ford’s career.  Refrigerators.  Monkeys in the trees.  Bad accents.  Aliens.  Holy cow.  We need Indy to pull out his gun and shoot this one.

 

The most embarrassing 'Cats' performances, ranked best to worst ...#4.  Cats.  This one came out too late in 2019 to make my list of the worst of the decade, but it absolutely would have been there.  I wish that I could have watched this travesty like the lady did in the theater a few seats away from me.  She had tears in her eyes and she was constantly brushing them away.  I had tears too, but for a whole different reason.  Utter mind-blowing garbage.  This is where nightmares come from.

 

Merlin - Transformers Wiki#3. Transformers: The Last Knight.  I was so ready for this movie to be over that when I went to the bathroom in the middle of it, I looked at my phone, sure that it was nearly done only to find that there would be another hour or so to go. I knew in the opening few moments with Merlin that this was going to be a film that would cost me time in my life that I never would get back.  This Merlin felt as if he would fit better in the Monty Python and the Holy Grail film than one with the Transformers.  Terrible.

 

Batman and Robin on ice | Batman & Robin - YouTube#2.  Batman & Robin.  This was my most hate film for a long time, but a couple others have passed it by.  It absolutely ruined the Batman franchise for years.  Bat-nipples.  What else do I have to say.  Arnold Schwarzenegger as Mr. Freeze was the best part of the film because he was just totally campy.  It was wrong for Mr. Freeze, but Arnold clearly thought he was sparring with Adam West.  George Clooney knows, to this day, that the film was a train wreck.

 

Is 'Holmes & Watson' So Bad It's Good? - The New York Times#1.  Holmes & Watson.  One of the worst movies I have ever seen.  I fought the desire to walk out because I have always tried to stay to the end, in case a film’s third act would make the film better.  This one did not.  It was absolutely unfunny.  It was a terrible story.  I cannot believe that the people making this could possibly think that this was anything but horrendous.  I am not a fan of Will Farrell, but I rarely find his movies downright repulsive.  This one takes the cake.  It could have tainted the iconic Sherlock Holmes character with its stench for years to come (hopefully RDJ can bring back some respect for him).  Holmes & Watson is a total mess.

 

Honorable mention:  I did not compile too much of a list.  I would include Nic Cage crazy film called Left Behind.  The other two Fifty Shades films would be in consideration. 2020 has been pretty bad too with The Turning, Dolittle, The Grudge, and Fantasy Island.

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EYG Top 10 Movies Adapted from Plays

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Good evening all.  I am back with the next list as seen on the Top 10 Show with John Rocha and Matt Knost.  I do so enjoy these shows. This week’s list was one that, at first glance, I thought I may not be able to fill out.  However, I found plenty of possible films to make out my own top 10.

The topic this week was Top 10 Movies Adapted from Plays.  A couple of them sprung to mind immediately, but I did have to do some serious research on this topic.  During the research, I discovered a bunch that were base on plays that I had not known were based on plays.

There was a limitation placed on this week’s list however that did cause me some issues.  They decided that they would not include any plays that were musicals on this list.  Suddenly, a bunch of my choices were out.  I would be moving through the research and find one and then I realized that they were musicals.  Rocky Horror Picture Show, Little Shop of Horrors, Sweeney Todd…. they just kept coming.

Then, it made it worse.  I had Birdcage down on my prep list and it would easily fall into the top 5 of my list.  Then, John brought it up on his list and Matt said he had researched it and the original play it was based on was a musical.  So they eliminated it.  Ugh!!!

Still, I found the list of ten.  So here we go.

 

TIFF12: Much Ado About Nothing (2012) — 3 Brothers Film#10.  Much Ado About Nothing (2012).  This one is not the same one that John included on his list.  This is a version with Joss Whedon directing.  It includes Nathan Fillon, Clark Gregg, Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof and several other of Whedon’s normal crew of actors.  Filmed in black and white, this Shakespeare adaptation was funny and had that Joss Whedon flair to it.

 

Fences (2016) Recommended by agoodmovietowatch | agoodmovietowatch#9.  Fences.  I did not love this movie, but the two lead performances elevated this to a level that the film would not have reached without them.  Denzel Washington and Viola Davis are utterly brilliant and deserving of their Oscar nominations.  In fact, Viola Davis walked away with the Best Supporting Actress Award for this film.

 

Steve Martin's 'Roxanne' Was the Best Kind of Reimagining I ...#8.  Roxanne.  Steve Martin had a lot of great movies, but this one was one of the very best in his oeuvre.  The adaptation of the classic Cyrano de Bergerac story, Roxanne brought it to a new generation.    This film was a beautifully romantic film with some excellent comedy.  A great Steve Martin film.

 

11 Thrilling Facts About Dial M for Murder | Mental Floss#7.  Dial M for Murder.  The first Alfred Hitchcock movie on this list.  Grace Kelly is having an affair with her tennis instructor.  This gives her husband, played by Ray Milland, the excuse he needs to try to murder her so he could get his hands on her inheritance.  When his plan falls apart, he gets involved trying to keep the police from catching him.  Great film with the master of suspense.  Hitchcock will be along soon again.

 

Rope (1948) Movie Review from Eye for Film#6.  Rope.  In fact, here is Hitchcock’s second film on this list.  Rope is one of those films that I watched originally because of the Top 10 Show.  Jimmy Stewart appears in this film, which takes place in one single setting, an apartment in New York.  It is dealing with a murder that happens just before this dinner party that brings a level of suspense and psychological thrills.

 

Amadeus | Film Review | Spirituality & Practice#5.  Amadeus.  This was John and Matt’s number one film, but I do not like it as much as they do.  However, that does not mean that I did not love this film.  It is remarkably funny and the music is wonderful.  The basic story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (although it was highly fictionalized) was presented awesomely through the eyes of Antonio Salieri .

 

Dracula movie review & film summary (1931) | Roger Ebert#4.  Dracula.  This is one that I think may be a bit of a cheat, but, on research, I found out that this movie from 1931 was based on a play from 1924 which was adapted from the Bram Stoker novel.  So I am counting it!  This is a classic horror movie featuring the spellbinding performance from Bela Legosi as the Count.  There has never been a better Dracula movie since this one.

 

Frost, Nixon and Me | History | Smithsonian Magazine#3.  Frost/Nixon.  This one is an underappreciated film that is lesser known, but it was just a tremendous true story that I did not know about before this film.  Frank Langella’s Nixon is amazing and the interaction with Michael Sheen’s David Frost is the basis of the film.  The dialogue is just amazing in this quiet Ron Howard movie.  It really shows how important this interview was.

 

10 Deliberate Facts About '12 Angry Men' | Mental Floss#2.  12 Angry Men.  Another classic.  The Henry Fonda film that takes place strictly inside the jury room.  The film, which has been inspirational to many projects since, is such an exceptionally written film.  The dialogue of the movie has to carry the plot forward and create the tension and it does it so well.

 

Trump's Press Conference, Ego, and A Few Good Men - The Sensitive ...#1.  A Few Good Men.  The Tom Cruise/Jack Nicholson classic is one of my favorite movies.  The courtroom scene where those two actors faced off with one another is cinematic excellence.  The iconic scene with “You Can’t Handle the Truth!” is thrilling.  I love these kind of intelligent and thought provoking stories and A Few Good Men is right there.  Tom Cruise gives one of his best performances and feels as if he belongs opposite Jack.  Demi Moore is great here too as the somewhat naive JoAnne Galloway.  Kevin Bacon, Kiefer Sutherland, and Kevin Pollack are great as well.  This is another one of the brilliant films directed by Rob Reiner.  I love this one.

 

Honorable Mention:  There were not a ton of extras here, but I considered Casablanca as one.  Moonlight from Barry Jenkins was another I thought about.  The musicals of course were in my head.  There were several that I had not seen before such as Glengarry Glen Ross.

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EYG Top 10 Movies featuring a Witch/Wizard Re-List

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The Re-List returned today with a very interesting topic:  Top 10 Movies featuring a Witch/Warlock.  I liked this idea which was submitted by patreon Billy Guilliams.  The lists were compiled by Keith Fitzgerald and J Scotty St. Clair.  I am very jealous!

They did an excellent job too.  Spoiler alert, they gave full list of Top 10’s to Matt and John without having any duplicates, which I think is a Re-List first, if I am not wrong.  They also made suggestions that I had not considered until they mentioned them.  As soon as they listed a couple of their choices, that film went immediately on my own list.  There was some semantics for why I had left some off originally and when Matt and John let them go on the show, I was happy to include them.  The “sorcerer” vs. “Warlock/witch” argument being one major one.

I have a bunch of honorable mentions and, during research, I found a bunch that I had not seen.  Some, like The Witch, was not a film I loved.  I know it was pretty popular when it came out, but I did not find the appeal of it.

So.. The Re-List top 10…

The Kid Who Would Be King': Review | Reviews | Screen#10.  The Kid Who Would Be King.  Mentioned on the show as a film to give some love was awesome. This film did not receive enough credit as being a very solid show when it was released.  It was a clever re-imagining of the King Arthur story and it brought us a fun version of Merlin.  This was a great adventure involving young people and really deserved a better fate.  It included another good performance from Patrick Stewart.

 

The Blair Witch Project | Classic Film Review | Consequence of Sound#9.  The Blair Witch Project.  This appeared just last week on the Top 10 Show list for One Hit Wonder Directors and now it returns for a new list.  This thing was frightening, especially because, at the time, we thought it might have been real.  It is shot like a documentary and created such a buzz.  It brought us an entire genre of films as well with the “found footage” genre.

 

Bridge of Death | Monty Python Wiki | Fandom#8.  Monty Python and the Holy Grail.  This was one that I initially had eliminated from my research until it showed up on one of the guy’s lists.  Though I love this movie, the fact that the witch/warlock is not a vital piece of the film kind of dropped it down some for me.  Still, I just love this movie and find it completely quotable.  The scene on the bridge is just epic as all get out.

 

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - Plugged In#7.  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.  I limited myself to one Harry Potter film on my list and I chose Azkaban as that film.  I found it to be the most interesting of all of the them and I loved the performance of Gary Oldman as Sirius Black.  The film played with your head throughout and kept you wondering what was actually happening.  It was really the start of the movement to a darker world in the Harry Potter series.  I could see the argument for several other Potter films, this is the one that I go back to when the topic comes up.

 

Set Decor / Film Decor Features: HOCUS POCUS#6.  Hocus Pocus.  One of my favorite films from my younger days.  I can remember it was the last film I saw at our local drive-in theater (not a fan of drive-ins).  There is a great cast, including the young lead Omri Katz, who I loved on the short lived TV show Eerie, Indiana.  The witches were amazing, including Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker.  I still use the line “Amok, amok, amok.”

 

Dormammu I've Come To Bargain | Know Your Meme#5.  Dr. Strange.  This was another one that I never considered because he was a “sorcerer” and not a warlock.  As I mentioned earlier, semantics.  Still, I supposed I could see the argument and so, when Matt and John okayed it, it immediately went on my list.  I really loved the conclusion to this film because it was something that I had never seen before in a MCU film.  The whole “Dormammu, I have come to bargain” bit was pure genius.

 

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) Review |BasementRejects#4.  Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.  I decided on only one of the LoR trilogy on my list as well and my favorite of those three movies were definitely the Two Towers.  I can remember the first time seeing this movie, I was completely engaged by the storytelling.  Every time they switched to a different story, they would stay long enough for me to wonder what was happening to another of the group, and then it would switch and I would be excited.  This featured Gollum, who I loved, and Treebeard, who I loved.  And the Battle of Helm’s Deep was just totally thrilling and perfectly executed.  Easily my favorite of the Middle Earth movies.

 

Images Of Wizard Oz Witch Melting | Bestpicture1.org#3.  The Wizard of Oz.  One of the greatest movies of all-time.  I can remember loving watching this every year when it came on and then, when I went to college, my roommate telling me that his mother never let him watch it because of the scary winged monkeys.  I was flabbergasted that someone had not seen The Wizard of Oz.  Looking back, there are definitely scenes that are very scary and I can understand monitoring it for children’s consumption.  The Wicked Witch of the West was just a frightening villain and her desire to kill that little dog too was just a lot.  Her death scene was just as horrifying.  Such classic work.

 

In order from most to least, which heroes does Thanos respect? - Quora#2.  Avengers: Infinity War.  This was another one that I had not considered until it was mentioned on the Re-List.  I chose this one over Endgame because Dr. Strange and Scarlet Witch have more to do in this film instead of just being in the huge fight at the end.  Mind you, they were both exceptional in the Endgame conclusion (especially Wanda who just kicks Thanos’s butt), but they drove story in Infinity War.  Wanda’s desperately pain-filled rush to destroy the mind stone and thus destroy Vision was heart-breaking, as was the fact that it was all for naught.  Dr. Strange told us that there was one chance in 14,000,605 to defeat Thanos.  While i love Endgame more, this one is right on its heels.

 

The Princess Bride 30th Anniversary - Max and Valerie "It Would ...#1. The Princess BrideHave fun storming the castle!  Any time I have a chance to put The Princess Bride on my list, I am going to do it.  It is my favorite movie (actually tied now with Endgame) of all time.  Miracle Max, played by Billy Crystal, brings the film to this list. Again, you could make an argument that he is not a warlock (the film called him a miracle man) but he does make a magic pill that has a chocolate coating to make it go down easier.  Again, as soon as Matt and John allowed this to make the list, I knew what my number one was going to be.  I am going to do a special watch when The Princess Bride debuts on Disney + on May 1st.  Until then, as you wish!

 

Honorable mention:  There’s a ton of these.  Of course, you have to remember Harry Potter movies such as The Death Hallows Part 1 and 2, The Order of the Phoenix, and The Half-Blood Prince.  They tend to run together however.  There is also the Fellowship of the Ring and The Return of the  King.  Then the Jack Nicholson film The Witches of Eastwick nearly sneaked on in the number 10 spot.  Fantasia was considered to with Sorcerer Mickey.  I always enjoyed as a child the Escape to Witch Mountain series of films.  I saw some online consideration during research for The Conjuring, although I did not remember there being a witch in that.  It may have made the list if I could.  Rosemary’s Baby was listed online as well, but that was more Satan worshiping and demons than witches/warlocks.  The Dark Crystal was never one of my favorites, even though I am a huge fan of Jim Henson.  The Sorcerer’s Apprentice with Nic Cage was fine.  Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark was good too.

 

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EYG Top 10 One-Hit Wonder Directors

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It is Tuesday, so it was time for the Top 10 podcast with John Rocha and Matt Knost.  The topics these days are different than normal, since the theaters are closed and they do not have new films opening because of the COVID-19 virus.  This week’s topic came from a viewer suggestion for Top 10 One-Hit Wonder Movie Directors.

This topic requires a ton of definitions involved.  For example, what is a “hit.”  Is it a great movie?  Is it a successful movie?  Does making money despite being a garbage film.  An example on the show was Michael Bay.  The Rock might be a great film, but are the Transformers movies hits?

What about directors who only had one basic film and then never did anything else?  How about films that were highly acclaimed critically but may not have knocked the box office on its butt?  How about a film that has a bunch of sequels but may not have had a great financial run?

In the end, I think I am using all of those as a possibility.  There will be no Michael Bay because he had a bunch of financial hits.

Number one was tough this week again, because no film really jumped out at me.  I had to struggle to choose the one that tops this list.

Filmmaker Brian Helgeland brings Jackie Robinson legend to life in ...#10.  Brian Helgeland, 42.  I enjoyed the film by Brian Helgeland that tells the story of Jackie Robinson and his first year in Major League Baseball.  Being a Dodger fan, I enjoyed this movie very much and our future Black Panther, Chadwick Boseman as Jackie.

 

 

District 9 Sequel a Possibility, Says Director Neill Blomkamp#9.  Neill Blomkamp, District 9.  District 9 has made its appearance on several lists recently.  It is truly a great sci-fi film.  Honestly, Neil Blomkamp has just not reached this level since.  Elysium and Chappie were such flops.  Hopefully, this is a director that will not continue on a list like this one in the future.

 

Renny Harlin | Die Hard Wiki | Fandom#8.  Renny Harlin, Die Hard 2.  Die Hard 2 is a film that does not get the appreciation because it followed the absolutely classic Die Hard.  Yes, there are some beats similar, however, I found this to be one of my favorite Die Hard films.  Bruce Willis brought John McClane back to the big screen in a fantastic manner.  Cliffhanger could be an argument for Renny, but there is not much more on his IMDB page.

 

 

 

Josh Trank Says He Banned Max Landis From Visiting 'Chronicle' Set ...#7.  Josh Trank, Chronicle.  Chronicle was a fabulous found footage film detailing the origin story of a group of high school students who gained super powers.  This film really sent Trank into the stratosphere of film.  It led to the FOX Fantastic Four film.  Unfortunately, that became a massive flop, but, as many believe, because of studio influence.  Chronicle also gave us Michael B. Jordan in one of his earliest roles.

 

Richard Kelly Says He's Planning Another 'Donnie Darko' Movie#6.  Richard Kelly, Donnie Darko.  Donnie Darko is a classic film, and a hugely underrated one.  Richard Kelly created a great science fiction film with a giant rabbit named Frank.  Donnie Darko was a trippy mind-mess of a film that had some amazing twists.  All the while, the film was shot beautifully.  Jake Gyllenhaal appeared as the title character which helped him become one of the best actors currently working in Hollywood today.

 

The Mystery of Kinka Usher#5.  Kinka Usher, Mystery Men. I loved the Mystery Men.  It is a comic based film that does not receive the type of recognition that it deserves.  There is a amazing cast including Ben Stiller, William H. Macy, Hank Azaria, Paul Reubens, Janeane Garofalo, Greg Kinnear and Geoffrey Rush.  The Mystery Men is a comedy and it delivers the laughs along with some of the top characters you will find.  The whole story is weaved together well and Kinka Usher deserves a lot of credit.

 

After 13 Years, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Still Blows ...#4.  Michel Gondrey, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.  One of the best performances in the career of Jim Carrey and Michel Gondrey deserves a lot of credit for that.  Eternal Sunshine may not be a huge monetary hit, but it is a film that has persevered and became more of a hit over the years.  It is one of those films that always finds its way onto “best of” lists and I know of some people who would place this at the very top.  It is one of the most creative stories on this list and the performances are top line.

 

SIFFcast Dan Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez#3.  Eduardo Sánchez and Daniel Myrick, The Blair Witch Project.  I agree with the analysis made today by Matt Knost.  He placed this film high on his top 10 list and stated that it was this high because of the legacy of the film.  Without Blair Witch, we do not get the entire genre of found footage that graced the screen afterwards.  It also gave horror a shot in the arm.  The movie was extremely creepy and I enjoyed it enough.  The gimmick of whether or not this was a true story helped the buzz around the film.  No one was really 100% sure right away.  While there are films on this list that I prefer over Blair Witch, you cannot debate the importance of the work.

 

James McTeigue interview for V for Vendetta - YouTube#2.  James McTeigue, V for Vendetta.  Based on a DC Comics graphic novel by Alan Moore, this movie was a thrill ride of action and characterization.  Moore was not a fan of the film, but I think that is his own issues and he is allowed to feel that way.  I love the film myself.  The creation of V is just a cinematic wonder and his relationship with Natalie Portman’s character was epic.  The way she gets broken down and brought around is a challenge.  V for Vendetta was a great film.

 

Disaster Artist's' James Franco on Casting Famous Friends ...#1.  James Franco, The Disaster Artist.  This was probably my favorite film on the list and that made it number one on this list.  I did struggle to choose the number one choice.  Franco is the only director on this list that who also stars in the film he is directing.  His performance as real life Tommy Wiseau is amazing.  Being able to go from such a character that Wiseau was and then to head to the director’s chair is an impressive feat.

 

Honorable Mention:  Some other choices I considered were Ruben Fleischer for Zombieland.  I considered Scott Derrickson for Dr. Strange, but the term “hit” knocked him out since Sinister made a ton of money on its low budget.  Billy Bob Thornton‘s Sling Blade nearly made #10.  Brad Silberling‘s work on Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events was impressive too.

 

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