Monday, January 26, 2009

Craig's Top 50 Movies: Epsiode 1 - #50 through #41

My friend asked me at a lacrosse game over the weekend what my top five movies of all time were. That simple question turned into an extended conversation and then a quest. I had to set out a ranking of my favorite movies, however, stopping at a top 5 would not do. I thought that 50 sounded like a good number, and I set out to rank, because I like ranking things. Especially when it's a totally subjective subject matter, and I can't be proven wrong. (I'm looking at you, Arizona Cardinals)

So, I am debuting today my top 50 list! It wouldn't be any fun if I dropped all 5o all at once, so here are numbers 41-50. I will slowly dole out the entire list on the blog, so stay tuned!! This is definitely not a comprehensive list, and I'm sure I'll regret leaving out several films, but I put this whole thing together in just 2 days, so there are bound to be some omissions, nevertheless, I present movies 41 through 50 for your perusal and discussion...

50. The Dark Crystal - Extremely underrated film. This was a dark and brooding Jim Hensen muppets creation. It lacked the silliness and goofiness of the Muppets, but there was an engaging and fun fantasy story with compelling heroes and villains, and an awesome storyline that brought them all together. Plus, my dog got her name from this movie.

49. A Christmas Story - This movie is awesome. It is a story that is told by someone who actually remembers what it was like to be a kid. The hopeless scheming for a BB Gun is something that anyone who remembers what it was like to be a kid and have no money but desperately desire something for Christmas. It's worth having TNT on your cable system just for Christmas Day when they run this thing for 24 hours in a row.

48. Hoosiers - This movie makes you want to go play basketball in a small Indiana town, it's that good. I did feel for Gene Hackman's character in it, though. The people of Hickory treated him like garbage right up until the point that he brings the team together for one of the all time Cinderella story type runs. Then he's a hero. Jimmy Chitwood was a stud, by the way.

47. The Darjeeling Limited - This movie is bizarre, but in the way that has you thinking about it for days and smiling about it. It's extremely quirky, and I would not blame you if you hated it, but I loved it.

46. Rocky IV - The movie that ended the Cold War.

45. Pulp Fiction - Opened the era of the non-chronological movie, which is fun unless you're with someone who has a hard time putting it together, in which case you're trying to explain the movie the whole time you are watching it.

44. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade - Harrison Ford and Sean Connery, what else does one need?? While I recognize that most people are going to say that Raiders of the Lost Ark was the superior Indiana Jones film, this one is the one that does it for me. "We named the dog Indiana" at the end is a severely underrated movie ending quote. Plus there is, "You call this Archeology?" "Only the penitent man shall pass." "He chose...poorly." "He didn't have a ticket." Great movie for quotes.

43. The Royal Tenenbaums - This movie clearly isn't for everyone, but I enjoyed it's dark quirky sense of humor enough for it to make it in the top 50.

42. The Princess Bride - This movie has tremendous staying power, and has pretty much everything you could want in an adventure film...Guys in masks, Andre the Giant, swordplay, Rats of unusual size, a fire cloak, Billy Crystal, that guy who says "inconceivable" It really has it all.

41. Groundhog Day - If you are not amused by Bill Murray in this film, I don't know what to say other than there clearly is something wrong with you. I sometimes wish I could live some random day over and over again until I could get it entirely right. Think of all you could learn!

1 comment:

Scott Haynes said...

i'm just glad to see two wes anderson films in there, so i won't fault you for not having Tenenbaums in the top 5.