Archive for the ‘Lists’ Category

Ten best shower scenes (NSFW)

November 25, 2007

And here they  are.

Caution: There be nudity. Do not click at work. I mean, what do you think “shower scene” means, anyway? People are extremely naked!

10 Weirdest Movies

November 20, 2007

Listverse has an interesting… well, list. A list of the ten weirdest movies of alla time.

I’ve seen exactly half of them: Brazil, Donnie Darko, Naked Lunch, Mulholland Drive, and A Clockwork Orange.

They list Jacob’s Ladder as a notable other weird movie. I’d definitely place that among my weirdest, for sure. Heck, we could also add Being John Malkoovich, or even the recent The Fountain, directed by Darren Aronofsky, who also directed Pi, number six on this list.

I bet there are others, too, that are escaping my mind right now…

Guilty movies

November 16, 2007

No, not movies that are guilty pleasures, like Ilsa, Harem Keeper of the Oil Sheiks. And no, not movies about guilty parties, like Guilty by Suspicion, Guilty As Sin, or Guilty As Charged. I’m talking about movies you think you should have seen already, movies that perhaps everyone you know is talking about but you never got around to seeing. For example, maybe you missed seeing Anchorman in the theater and never rented it, so when your buddies quote the movie ad infinitum, you feel out of the loop.

For me, as an amateur critic, the definition expands to include older movies that I feel I should have seen (or should see).  I’m talking big-name, everyone-knows-em-even-now classics, timeless films to which people can still relate on some level.

So here are mine:

1. Gone with the Wind. I actually own this movie (I bought it for a Christmas present, but it didn’t arrive in time), but I’ve never seen it and never plan to. If it were half as long, perhaps. But three hours of a Southern soap? Nah.

2. Long Day’s Journey into Night (1962). Watching this now – it’s friggin’ long, too. I don’t think it’s very good.

3. In Cold Blood (1967).

4. A Man for All Seasons (1966).

5. A Streetcar Named Desire (1954).

6. Patton (1970).

7. Metropolis (1927). It’s a silent movie, and I often eschew those, but it’s sci-fi! And I can’t tell you how many times people have said, “Aw man, you’ve never seen Metropolis?”

8. Master and Commander.

9. Scarface (1932 and 1983). I’ll probably never see the Pacino version, but the Muni one is on The List.

10. Anchorman

11. Talladega Nights

12. Blades of Glory (do you see a pattern here?)

13. Billy Madison. Yet, anyway.

14. The Sound of Music (1965)

Most of those are in my Netflix queue. There are probably scads of others I haven’t seen that fall under these criteria, too..

How about you?

9 Awesome Directors Who Temporarily Lost Their Mind

November 6, 2007

When I was growing up, there were basically three parody-style kids’ magazines: Mad, Cracked, and Crazy. (At least I think there was a Crazy.) But over time, with the advent of the Internet and a zillion other ways for kids to get their jollies, the goals and scope of these magazines changed a lot. Mad went corporate and began to include ads (ads!) and color. Cracked, by contrast, became much, much more adult than it’d ever been. It’s clearly aimed much more at twentysomethings than preteens – there’s a lot of profanity and Adult Humor.

The writing is still top notch, though, perhaps more so with Cracked than with Mad. This article is a great example: 9 Awesome Directors Who Temporarily Lost Their Mind.

Very well done, crack Cracked team! I salute you and your verve.

Friday the 13th and Vampires

November 1, 2007

A day late and all that, but here are a couple of entertaining articles for you horror buffs out there.

First, we have The AV Club’s take on all of the Friday the 13th films and how each one was symbolic of its particular era, whether it was early-80s Reaganomics or early-00s Bushastrophes.

I have seen some of the F13 movies, but I think early on I hit a wall with them, since the formula was hardly ever varied. Kids do sinful things in the dark and get killed. Still, it’s amusing to see a horror story last as long as this one has.

 Then we have the Top 70 Vampire Movies. Why 70? I dunno. I didn’t even think there were 70 great vampire movies, but there you go. Maybe in ten years we’ll have 70 zombie movies, since they seem to be everywhere nowadays.

Worst movies by Great (or at least Good) directors: Part I

August 18, 2007

Everyone has their missteps. Heck, even The Beatles had “Why Don’t We Do It in the Road?”, which was by all standards absolutely awful. And so it is with movie directors who ordinarily turn in pretty good, nay, great work. Let’s look at some of them, shall we?

The Beach, Danny Boyle. After Trainspotting, but before 28 Days (and Weeks) Later, Boyle got this gig, Leonardo DiCaprio’s first film after Titanic. Much pressure was on Boyle and company, and this adaptaton of an Alex Garland movie was doomed from the git-go, what with problems with weather while filming on location. The movie couldn’t possibly have lived up to the hype it generated, but it was simply a bad idea. The only saving grace is the awesome scenery.

Black Sunday, John Frankenheimer. This 1977 “thriller” is about a terrorist plot to kill a bunch of people during the Super Bowl, but it’s largely suspenseless and dull. This from the man who directed The Manchurian Candidate and Birdman of Alcatraz. What was he thinking? No, don’t answer that; it’s rhetorical, that means you don’t have to answer. Frankenheimer probably needed the cash. But at least you get to see Bruce Dern unhinged, and you know that never happens in movies.

Bonfire of the Vanities, Brian DePalma. DePalma might be a copycat of Hitchcock, but his movies are generally pretty good entertainment. Blow Out was good, dammit, and so were The Untouchables and Dressed to Kill. But this bloated sea of entropy was downright awful, with uninspired casting, dreadful directing, and laughable dialog – from a Tom Wolfe novel, no less. And to make it all clear how bad this is, some awesome actors were involved – Tom Freakin Hanks! Bruce Willis! Morgan Freeman! The hell? These guys are great, and yet..

Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2, Joe Berlinger. Back in 1993, Berlinger made a great documentary called Brother’s Keeper about four siblings who lived in the same tiny shack in upstate New York, until one of them killed another of them. It’s a tremendous, honest look at not only the crime but also the lives of the reclusive brothers. Seven years after making this documentary, Berlinger was handed the reins of the Blair Witch sequel; people either loved or hated the original, and many revered its anarchic, low-budget approach. Since the original made so much money, there was a sizable budget allowed for the sequel. Instead of making a plausible follow-up, Berlinger instead had a bunch of crappy wannabe journalists and “fans” show up in the same woods to have the same crap happen again. The acting was completely nonexistent, and any relation to the first movie was coincidental. It’s an embarrassment. Berlinger should have instead made it as a documentary about the first one!

The Brothers Grimm, Terry Gilliam. Gilliam has a wonderful imagination and odd sense of humor (coming from the Monty Python troupe, of course), so why did he dredge up this dreck? The leads (H. Ledger and M. Damon) aren’t appealing, although the visuals are good. Trivia: Gilliam refused to allow Damon to wear a prosthetic nose in the movie, leading the latter to do so in his Ocean’s Thirteen. But Grimm is confused about what it wants to be, and therefore it’s master of nothing.

Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things, Bob Clark. Yes, the man who brought you A Christmas Story and Porky’s started out with this awful junk. The “children” are the minions of a film director who wants to make a scary movie. I think I’m selectively blocking out what the dead things are, but the movie’s terrible from start to finish, with crappy production and a disinterested cast. Boring. But then again, it IS Canadian.

Cool World, Ralph Bakshi. The man brought us Fritz the Cat and Heavy Traffic! He was a great animation artist! And then, in 1992, he unleashed this crap on us. Kim Basinger plays a cartoon who yearns for the real world, and she gets her wish when Gabriel Bryne brings her here. Only it turns out that’s bad, for reasons that escape me now. But here’s the thing – Basinger’s SO unsexy, her ‘toon form is a sex goddess by comparison. Sure, that’s Basinger’s fault, but trust me, it’s a muddled, dark, listless pile o’ dung.

Gosford Park, Robert Altman. Altman was a genius, yes, although for most people he was just as bad as he was good. He was innovative, people! Actors mouthing dialog over each other, heck, that was a new thing in 1970. Used to be, you’d have to wait for Hepburn to quit jabbering before you could get your lines in, but I digress. Altman was behind Gosford Park, which somehow I forgot to review. Oh well, let me put it here – it was convoluted and confusing, and with so many British accents floating about, I had trouble figuring out what the heck was even being said, let along following a coherent plot. It was all pointless.

Internal Affairs, Mike Figgis. Figgis would go on to direct Leaving Las Vegas, which won scores of awards.This one’s about a bad cop (Richard Gere) and the cat-and-mouse game he plays with the division of the title, represented by Andy Garcia. Both actors are pretty troubling, but Gere’s performance is constipated, even for him.

Jade, William Friedkin. What do you do when your romantic leads don’t have any chemistry? Well, apparently you make the movie anyway. Starring Linda Fiorentino (who knows from neo-noir), Chazz Palminteri (who does, too), and David Caruso (wha?). Makes you long for The Exorcist to possess all three of them. What should have been titillating was merely dull.

Life Stinks, Mel Brooks. If Brooks weren’t in this dud, you’d never have ascertained he was behind the camera, too. A rich man is bet he can’t survive 30 days on the street, and thereupon he finds the True Meaning of Life. Not Laughs. Mining the homeless for jibes seems like shooting fish in a barrel, but first you have to get the fish into the barrel, then select the right gun, and … eh, let’s face it, Brooks shot his comedy wad a long while ago. This one was deadingly flat.

Man on the Moon, Milos Forman. Forman, the auteur who gave us One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, stumbled with this biopic of comic Andy Kaufman, who died young after living oddly. The trouble is that no one understand Kaufman any more after watching the movie than they did before it, and this was a man who’s life was screaming to be understood. He seemed strongly unlikable, which made him an odd selection of a biography in the first place. It’s a worthless mess.

Match Point, Woody Allen. Yes, many people despise him for shacking up with his stepdaughter, or adopted daughter, or whoever she is. Fine, whaddever. But beyond that, Allen’s made some truly wonderful films, such as Manhattan, Annie Hall, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Bullets over Broadway, and Hannah and Her Sisters and is regarded as an auteur. But for his misstep, I give you Match Point, the worst of the bunch. Yes, he’s done some unsatisfying movies over the years, particularly in his sixties and seventies, but this one’s the worst because everyone ELSE seemed to think it was perfect. Boggles the mind. It was SO bad. The lead actor couldn’t act, and the movie takes a wild left-hand turn about three-fourths through it that makes no sense – and then is intractably predictable the rest of the way. Implausible and unlikable.

Panic Room, David Fincher. The man gave us Fight Club, Seven, and even The Game, and we get this, too? Anytime you keep the action in a movie confined to one room, you’re in trouble. Even Jodie Foster can’t save this junk – the added touch of the ugly daughter being sick was just treacly enough to induce vomiting. The only standout is Forest Whitaker as one of the three bad guys. Otherwise, it’s useless.

Red Eye, Wes Craven. There’s little suspense, since most of the action takes place on a plane that’s NOT being hijacked, and even when we get off the damn plane, the movie turns into the most predictable pile of glop ever. Rachel McAdams is agreeably perky, and Cillian Murphy makes a good bad guy, but the whole thing’s flat – and why the hell is Craven involved, anyway?

The Royal Tenenbaums, Wes Anderson. A pastiche of rich, unlikable bastards, and it’s supposed to be funny AND heartwarming! I liked Bill Murray, but Paltrow, the Wilson boys, Hackman, and Huston seemed useless. This is the kind of movie that makes you wanna fall into a distant state of ennui. Drugs might help. There’s not one character, aside from Murray’s, maybe, who you don’t want to club sideways with a two-by-four.

Scream and Scream 2, Wes Craven (again). Craven makes the list three times! Why yes, I’d love to see a scary movie, but instead I’m watching this junk. Love the fact that it snarks on previous horror movies, but it does so with such an aren’t-we-so-freakin-clever attitude that you want to slap the smugness off its face. Yeah, we get it, LIFE IS LIKE A HORROR MOVIE. Amazingly, when the horror geek lists all the things dumbass heroines do in horror movies, everyone goes out and does them. The parodies – the Scary Movies – were much better, for the most part.

Vanilla Sky, Cameron Crowe. Ooh, look! Tom Cruise, Movie Guy, playing a guy who’s disfigured! I’m sure his master thespian skills will shine! And he’s up against fellow legend of the acting profession Cameron Diaz! How could there be a better movie out there, with these two throwin’ down histrionics? Man, when Jason Lee gives the best performance in your movie, dude, you so suck. Irony alert: Look at the poster. He’s not disfigured, is he? And yet he IS disfigured, shortly after the movie begins. I wonder why? Could it be because the movie STINKS?

Part II when I get to it.

All-time box-office champs, adjusted

July 16, 2007

Box-office Mojo has a list of the top money-makers of all time, adjusted for inflation. You might be surprised to learn that the top film isn’t a recent one – it’s 1939’s Gone with the Wind.

So how many of the big blockbusters have you seen? I’ve seen 88.

Man, there are some surprises on there. House of Wax?

Musings on AFI’s list

June 28, 2007

Recently, The American Film Institute released its new list of the top 100 films, updated from 1997.

Back in January, I revealed my own votes for this series. Granted, I picked more than 100 films, but that’s their system’s fault. (Honest!)

Here are the films that made it onto the list but that I didn’t select:

American Graffiti
Annie Hall
Ben-Hur
The Best Years of Our Lives
Blade Runner
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Cabaret
City Lights
The Deer Hunter
Double Indemnity
Forrest Gump
The General
Gone with the Wind
Goodfellas
The Grapes of Wrath
Intolerence
Modern Times
Raging Bull
Sophie’s Choice
The Sound of Music
A Streetcar Named Desire
Sunrise
Swing Time

Titanic
West Side Story
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Yankee Doodle Dandy

Movies I haven’t yet seen are marked in bold. So why didn’t I select the other films on this list?

Some of them deserve to be on the list – or, rather, I don’t have a compelling reason to leave them off it. It’s just that technically we were to pick only 100 movies, and as you can see there are plenty of great movies to choose from. So I can’t find fault with movies such as American Graffiti, Annie Hall, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, City Lights, Double Indemnity, Goodfellas, Modern Times

But the others …

Ben-Hur: A fine, fine movie, even an epic, but I wonder if the passage of time has blunted its appeal somewhat. It feels more relic than classic.
Blade Runner: A great sci-fi movie, but I probably should see the much-praised director’s cut, which serves to clarify the plot somewhat.
Forrest Gump: I enjoyed this movie immensely in the theater, and it’s a lot of fun, but a classic? One of the 100 best ever? I just can’t see it.
Intolerence: I just wasn’t much of a fan of this. I wonder if some of the silent movies on the list got there because they’re thought of as “ground breaking” movies, rather than being, you know, good.
Titanic: Great special effects, poor acting, no suspense. Not really well written, either. It’s more of a perfect storm of romance movies – there’s a hero, a villain, a couple of conflicts (man versus ship, man versus man, Leo versus overacting) than of good cinema.
West Side Story: Heh. See review here. This movie just plain doesn’t do it for me.
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?: Not a bad movie, but some of the acting was a little, shall we say, overwrought.
Yankee Doodle Dandy: I hadn’t seen this when the voting commenced; since then, I have seen it and would have voted for it.

Then there are all the movies I selected that didn’t make it. There are way too many to list here, so let me list the most egregious omissions, in my estimation, after the jump.

Of course, there are only 100 slots on the Top 100 list, so some of these aren’t there simply because there’s no room – who, indeed, do you take off the list for them? But others, I’m not so sure.

At any rate, the following are movies for which I had voted that did not make AFI’s list.

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Worst athlete-actors, or actor-athletes

June 22, 2007

That is, the athletes who went on to be actors. Well, not actors, precisely, because they’re pretty bad.

Anyway, MSN has a list of the Five Worst Athlete-Turned-Actors.

Good choices! Too bad they limited it to five choices, though. One of the choices here is Rosey Grier, a former football player who wound up in some really crappy movies. But he’s not the only ex-NFLer, is he? How about Brian Bosworth? Or Fred Williamson? Williamson played in a Super Bowl, fer gosh sake! Or even Bubba Smith? C’mon, that guy was in all of the Police Academy films. Granted, the first one had a couple of laughs, but after that it just stunk. You know you may have made a bad career decision when Steve Guttenberg leaves a series – and you stick with it.

Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris were once in a film called Safe at Home. Their acting was as wooden as the Louisville Sluggers they were so adept at swinging.

AFI reveals new Top 100 list

June 21, 2007

The American Film Institute has come up with a new list of the top 100 American films of all time, ten years after their first list.

The entire list can be found here. There are plenty of new entrants, as more-recent films have been included.

Moving way up on the list (as compared with the 1997 list) are such films as The Searchers (up 84 slots, to 12), City Lights (up 65 slots, to 11), Vertigo (up 52 slots, to 9), and Raging Bull (up 20 slots, to 4). Dropping a bit were Bridge on the River Kwai (down 23 slots, to 36), The African Queen (down 48 slots, to 65!), and Ben-Hur (down 28 slots, to 100)

1. How many of these have you seen?
2. What movie or movies have been left off this list?

By my count, I’ve seen 88 of them; it was easier to count the ones I hadn’t seen! The twelve I haven’t seen are:

4. Raging Bull
6. Gone with the Wind
18. The General
23. The Grapes of Wrath
37. The Best Years of Our Lives
40. The Sound of Music
47. A Streetcar Named Desire
53. The Deer Hunter
63. Caberet
82. Sunrise
90. Swing Time
91. Sophie’s Choice

One omission that springs to mind is Mean Streets, or even Dog Day Afternoon or Young Frankenstein.

Best superhero scenes

June 20, 2007

I do like lists, especially movie ones. Here’s an MSNBC article about the best superhero movie scenes (most of which are of recent vintage).

Here’s a sample:

Later, Peter will realize the man who killed Uncle Ben is the burglar he let go (allowing him to kill Uncle Ben), and so he will fight crime, not for revenge, as Batman does, or simply to do good, as Superman does, but out of guilt. Not only is guilt a more complex, more adult emotion, it’s more universal. Few of us walk around every day with revenge in our hearts, but the weight of the guilt in the world is heavier than gravity. Another reason Spider-Man is so popular.

An excellent scene, and well put. Establishing motivation for superheroes is sometimes deemed unecessary, because people already have a basic idea of what the hero’s all about, and there’s a built-in audience anyway. But director Sam Raimi decided to tweak S-M’s motivation just a teeny bit, and the result is a much more complex Spider-Man than even is in the comic books.

Noooooo! Beverly Hills Cop 4? PLUS: Product IBM Placement

June 12, 2007

Some sadness today. Yes, they might actually make a fourth Beverly Hills Cop movie. The first one was seminal, the second one was decent, and I never bothered with the third one, because how can you not have John Ashton as Taggert? But now some fool producer is talking about doing it all again. If it were to happen, it wouldn’t be because Axel Foley’s story hasn’t been completely told, it’ll be because someone needs money. But here’s the thing. Eddie Murphy, who does well in the animated Shrek films, is going to command eight figures (my guess). If everyone else in the movie got paid scale, it’d still have to gross a vertiable buttload of cash in order to break even. And it’s not as if BH3 was able to do that – why would BH4? Bah.

Here’s an interesting idea from Stuff magazine: the Top 10 Movies as Commercials, i.e., movies that went a little overboard in promoting one product or another. Here’s a sample, about Because of Winn-Dixie*:

“Usually, if you trust a small child to name a pet you end up with a cat named Candy or a tank full of fish named Dora the Explorer. But in movie land it’s not uncommon for little girls to name their dog after a chain of supermarkets commonly found in the southern U.S. The story suggests that she picks the copyright-infringing name because the dog is found in the parking lot of one of the stores, but in reality it’s all about promotion.”

*Totally true fact: For some reason, when I see this title I think of Lewis Black’s line about “If it weren’t for my horse, I wouldn’t have spent that year in college.”

Directors of the 1980s

June 7, 2007

Daily Film Dose has a piece about directors who had big critical and box-office hits in the 1980s, only to see their stars fall dramatically in later years.

Guys like Woody Allen, Joe Dante, Walter Hill, Richard Donner, John Hughes, even James Cameron. Yeah, I dunno about that last one. T2 was far better than T1, after all, and he made some boat movie, too. Although that one sucked.

It’s an interesting premise, and of course there are millions of ways to debate it.

100 Scariest Movie Moments

May 30, 2007

The good people at retroCRUSH have come up with the 100 Scariest Movie Moments of all time. Give ’em a looksee.

Bear in mind that these aren’t merely the grossest scenes, or even the most horrific. These are suspenseful scenes, scenes that creep you out and stick with you for days afterward. Expect the ick factor, in all senses of the word, to be high.

Manly directors

March 19, 2007

Are you a director? Are you a male? Are you on this list?

What, no John McTiernan? I can see leaving James Cameron off, what with that crappy boat movie. What about Robert Aldrich?

Good choices, though. I’m glad people have an appreciation for Sam Peckinpah, who did seem like he wanted to kick everyone’s ass. Hey, how about Herbert Ross? I’m kidding; the dude did chick flicks.

100 Years … 100 Movies

January 24, 2007

To commemorate the tenth anniversary of the American Film Institute’s 100 Years … 100 Movies series, the Institute is coming out with a new list that (they hope) will include movies from the past decade. As an AFI member, I’ve been asked to cast my vote. Essentially, here’s how it works: They list 400 movies, and you get to vote for up to 100 of them. Then you’re allowed five write-in votes, and they ask you to list your top 5 overall to help with tiebreakers. So,without elaborating, here are my 100: (more…)

Disappointing films of 2006

January 13, 2007

Popmatters has an interesting article on the most disappointing movies of 2006. I guess this would include movies that were just plain overhyped, which perhaps you can’t completely blame on the director and stars, but it’s still a disappointment.

Many of the movies listed there escaped my attention. I mean, I’ve heard of them, I just didn’t see them, although Superman Returns is right here on my desk. As for the ones I have seen (Borat, Snakes on a Plane, V for Vendetta), I wasn’t really disappointed in any of them. I loved Borat and I thought Snakes was perfectly cheesy. Vendetta was a LITTLE disappointing, but only because I thought it would be more of a social-revolution kind of movie, and it wasn’t. (I agree about Portman’s performance, though.)

For me, I thought the following 2006 films were disappointing: Nacho Libre, American Dreamz, The Departed. Yeah, that’s about it, I think. I thought Jack Black as a wrestler would be comedy gold, but the movie stunk – it was painful to watch. American Dreamz seemed like it should have had much more bite, but it mostly just bit.

And The Departed? Well, it’s on just about everyone’s Top 10 list, but I didn’t quite care for it. I thought Nicholson was hammy and that DiCaprio and Damon looked way too similar. The twist ending was telegraphed well in advance. Even Alec Baldwin didn’t make much sense – he seemed to be overacting. Martin Sheen was the best, though.

The 10 Best Things about Christmas Vacation

January 13, 2007

The movie, that is. You know, the one with Chevy Chase, and the “Holy shit! Where’s the Tylenol?” bit, and the squirrel in the Christmas tree, and Eddie with the sewage line from his trailer, and. You know the one.

Anyway, I-Mockery came up with the 10 Best Things about the movie, complete with clips and such. The article says that for many people this was the best in the series, although I might put it a close second to the first Vacation in 1983. And hey, did you know there was a SEQUEL to Christmas Vacation? I kid you not.

Sure, there’s no Chevy, but you do get Randy Quaid again as lovable oaf Eddie. And apparently the original Audrey Griswold, Dana Barron, plays Audrey here, too. Which is weird, because the Audrey in Christmas Vacation was played by the eternally awful Juliette Lewis. And the Audrey in European Vacation was played by Dana Hill. And in Vegas Vacation, it was Marisol Nichols. Yes, four movies, four sets of actors playing the kids, who didn’t age.

(Ok, so this isn’t exactly a timely post, but I saw it and HAD TO MENTION IT.)

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Worst Christmas movies EVAH

December 23, 2006

http://www.maximonline.com/slideshows/index.aspx?slideId=2730&imgCollectId=136

Some of these I can’t agree with. Okay, I liked Home Alone. I did, shut up! And I liked Scrooged, too. And, cmon… It’s a Wonderful Life? As the worst one ever? Someone’s getting coal.

But man, look at all the crappy recent ones. Surviving Christmas. Christmas with the Cranks. Santa Clause 3. Deck the Halls. Unsupervised Children. Home Alone 2. Santa Claus – the one with Dudley Moore as an elf! Did the man have no dignity? And this was after Arthur! Inexcusable.

Most Christmas movies are preachy, treacly, and insulting nowadays, and they all seem to use the same music. And somehow, Christmas must be saved. I don’t mean to seem grouchy; it’s not the holiday that sucks butt, it’s the rancid Christmas movies! Check out Jingle All the Way from the Maxim list. Who thought that a movie about two guys fighting over a hot-ticket toy (Sinbad and Arnold Schwarzenegger) would be a GOOD idea? All it does is highlight the bad aspects of the holiday – greed, for one.

I do believe everyone should see National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, A Christmas Story, It’s a Wonderful Life, and Miracle on 34th Street, in any order. Those all manage to put on a happy, giving face while not seeming like a Great Lesson, a Holiday Wish to Grow on.

Top 10 sports movies

December 23, 2006

Haven’t done a whole heck of a lot of reviews, and more’s the pity (perhaps). Part of the reason is that I don’t have the time around this time o’ year. The other parts of the reason aren’t important.

But I do love lists, so here you go: Top 10 Sports Films.

I’ve seen most of them. Have to agree with the idea that you need such elements as beating all odds, a championship game, and an plucky underdog. I’ve always loved Slap Shot – no better reminder of hockey in the 1970s – and Bull Durham, which took a pretty average story and made it work, thanks to the chemistry among Sarandon, Costner (yes), and Robbins. And hey, it WAS the movie that brought Sarandon and Robbins together. And they’re still together! (Side note: Isn’t it interesting that Sarandon still has the name of her ex-husband?)