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TOP 5 MOVIES: TONY SCOTT

Posted in Top 5 Movies with tags on May 10, 2011 by Kaiderman

We don’t normally do directors for this post. Why? I don’t know to tell you the truth but we don’t. However, I’ve been bagging on Tony Scott on my podcast alot lately for three reasons.

1. His films are starting to look the same.

2. He continues to make films with Denzel Washington, who happens to be a fine actor, but variety is the spice of life as they say.

3. He made a movie called Unstoppable about a train that gets stopped. REPEAT: They stop… the effing… TRAIN!

WOW! Did I just do a list within a list? I did. THAT JUST HAPPENED!

While these things drive me nuts, I hate speaking poorly of anyone who puts creative work out into the world. It’s too easy to do and it’s a tough business. So, I thought I’d take this opportunity to shed a little light on some of the man’s career highlights and present you with the Top 5 Movies: (directed by) Tony Scott. Here they are (in order):

5. THE LAST BOY SCOUT.

I’m not a big fan of Damon Wayans but this is a friggin’ Bruce Willis action film circa the early 90’s. How can you not dig it? Especially because it’s not one of his top tier films. Gets major bonus points, in my opinion, as well for this scene that I have always loved and you should too: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKc8m0apNh4

4. ENEMY OF THE STATE.

AKA: THE CONVERSATION 2. Mainly because Gene Hackman seems to be unofficially reprising his role from the original film by Francis Ford Coppola. Also, another example of an early action film from a now very popular action film star. In this case, Will Smith. While it features a bit too much commentary on the horrors of Big Brother watching us, it also turns in a solid watch.

3. MAN ON FIRE.

… or the film with Denzel that worked. I don’t know why I like this film so much. Quite honestly, most of the cast (namely Radha Mitchell, Dakota Fanning and, DEAR GOD, Marc Anthony) really bug me. What can I say? It takes everything that Tony Scott tries to do in his films stylistically and just manages to use them in the right vain. It was also one of Mickey Rourke’s comeback films and features, the always fun, Christopher Walken.

2. TOP GUN.

Everybody loves Top Gun and I just did a whole rant on it for Val Kilmer the other day so I’ll keep this brief. Besides, I really only have to say Volleyball Scene!

1. TRUE ROMANCE.

Maybe Scott should work with Val Kilmer more often. Seems to be his good luck charm. Tarantino probably gets most the credit for this one but is by far Scott’s best film. And he manages to make it about as good as it could be, short of Tarantino doing it himself!

TOP 5 MOVIES: WESLEY SNIPES

Posted in Top 5 Movies with tags on April 25, 2011 by Kaiderman

You know the deal, folks! Anyone can give you a Top 5 Brad Pitt or George Clooney list. We here at THE LIST prefer to shine a light on the little guys.

Now some of you are probably saying, “Hey! Snipes was a huge star.” True, he WAS. However, in the last decade or so he has gone from being one of the most sought after black actors in Hollywood to filming straight-to-DVD films and infomercials for work out equipment with Chuck Norris. And just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, Snipes landed himself in prison for tax evasion. Still, the boy had skills. So, I say we honor his accomplishments by looking at some of his finer films:

HONORABLE MENTION: MURDER AT 1600.

While this film is a bit of a cookie-cutter procedural detective story, I’ve always just kind of really liked it. Plus, anytime bad things happen at the White House in a film, it just makes them more interesting!

5. DEMOLITION MAN.

Stallone has made a lot of action films but Demolition Man is probably one of my favorites. I think it’s because of how well they blend comedy into the film. I mean, the seashell thing alone is hilarious. Snipes helps make this film a classic with his awesome turn as bad guy Simon Phoenix. Continue reading

TOP 5 MOVIES: VAL KILMER

Posted in Top 5 Movies with tags on April 11, 2011 by Kaiderman

 

Looking at Val Kilmer, for me, is like looking into a mirror. In that, we’ve both ballooned to twice the size we were 10 years ago! I have to admit that this list is a bit of a cheat. I tend to try to focus on smaller stars when making these lists. Mainly because you can get a Top 5 Brad Pitt list anywhere. And Kilmer was arguably a huge star with some great films under his belt. However, in recent years, he has joined the likes of Wesley Snipes and Steven Seagal with a slew of straight to DVD films. I thought we should take a look back at a great career and liked the challenge of narrowing it down to only 5. So, here they are:

HONORABLE MENTION: BATMAN FOREVER.

I felt like mentioning this film because a lot of people forget that it actually wasn’t that bad of a film. Better known as the non-Burton, non-nipple bat-suit film, Kilmer actually delivers a solid turn in this film and delivers one hell of a Bruce Wayne.

5. TOMBSTONE.

Some people like Wyatt Earp and some people like Tombstone. Personally, I’m a Tombstone man myself. The main reason for this is Val Kilmer who kills it as the infamous Doc Holliday. He’s so good, he could be my Huckleberry! Continue reading

TOP 5 MOVIES: DELROY LINDO

Posted in Top 5 Movies with tags on April 7, 2011 by Kaiderman

You know the drill by now, folks. You can go anywhere to find a Top 5 list for the likes of Brad Pitt and George Clooney. We here at THE LIST like to focus on the other guys. Today’s list is dedicated to my MILFcast co-host (Heather Roddy) who has an unhealthy obsession with Delroy Lindo. Apparently, at some point, he ate her cookies. While that isn’t a sexual innuendo, I don’t think it’s meant to be taken literally either. Quite honestly, I have no idea what it means. What I do know is that these are his Top 5 films:

HONORABLE MENTION: GET SHORTY.

You can’t make a Delroy Lindo list and not mention Get Shorty (the film for which he is likely most often associated with). I recognize that the film is pretty darn good but, unfortunately, I’ve never really been a fan so the best I can do here is mention it. A for effort!

5. THE CORE.

NO GET SHORTY BUT THE CORE IS ON YOUR LIST? Yup! I’m not going to pretend that The Core is a good movie but I’m also not going to pretend that I don’t watch it every time it comes on TV. There’s something to be said for that. I love a good disaster movie and this Armageddon (to the center of the Earth) rip-off is solid cheesy disaster fun! Continue reading

TOP 5 MOVIES: CHARLIE SHEEN

Posted in Top 5 Movies with tags , , on March 28, 2011 by Kaiderman

I think we all knew this was coming! I typically wouldn’t do a Sheen list but since I just did an Arnie list based on him being in the news, I figured I’d keep with the totally topical Top 5 theme. I must admit that I’m kind of glad I did. Recently on the podcast, I said I wasn’t a big fan of Charlie Sheen films, with a few exceptions, but he’s actually been in a lot of great films that I had completely forgot about. I also think my choices may surprise you a bit. So, I present you with my Top 5 Carlos Irwin Estevez films. Here they are (in order):

SIDENOTE: Ferris Bueller’s Day off is being excluded from this list! While FBDO would easily make my Top 3, Charlie’s part is so small that I hardly think it fair to judge it as one of “his” films.

5. MEN AT WORK.

I’ll be honest, I don’t expect most people to have this on their Top 5. It may also seem a bit out-of-place considering there’s no Platoon on this list. However, it has always been a bit of a guilty pleasure for me. I think I love it for the same reason I love Over the Top. That is, the premise (being that 2 garbage men foil a nuclear waste dumping and murder conspiracy and earn the love of the woman they pervertedly spy on) is so ridiculous that I have to love it.

4. WALL STREET.

Doug Benson has a great joke that goes something like this: If money never sleeps, it should try watching Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps! While the follow-up to this film failed on numerous levels, the original succeeds for trying to do essentially the same thing. That being to shine a light on the exploits of the greedy financial climate of its time. Along the way, it also managed to create one of the greatest cinematic villains of all time and turn in a very entertaining film… a strange feat for Oliver Stone. Continue reading

TOP 5 MOVIES: ARNOLD SCHWARZENNEGER

Posted in Top 5 Movies with tags , on March 26, 2011 by Kaiderman

While these Top 5 Lists have typically been reserved for actors who aren’t necessarily on the same level of celebrity as Arnie, I had to do this in honor of the fact that the Gubbenator has announced he is returning to acting. He has informed his agents at CAA to officially start listening to film offers and even said he has a passion project about a German officer sent to kill a group of kids in WWII (who ends up saving them).

Arnie is all about the cheese and we love him for it… that and the fact that his accent hasn’t changed at all in the 4 decades he’s lived in the states… so, let’s honor him by discussing his Top 5 Films. Here are mine:

5. THE RUNNING MAN.

The Running Man is what made the 80’s great in that it is a completely lame 80’s action film. However, the thing that made it great was that it pitted Arnie against a bunch of different types of bad guys each with their own unique talent. In a lot of ways, it was like a movie version of playing Street Fighter. Continue reading