Best of the Best
If these are on, life stops
- Die Hard with a Vengence – Probably the 2nd best Die Hard film. Vastly underrated as a movie overall.
- Mallrats – Neck and neck with Clerks for my favorite Kevin Smith movie. Infinitely re-watchable.
- Bad Boys – So hilarious. Great action. This movie wasn’t supposed to be great, but it was.
- Apollo 13 – Ron Howard and Tom Hanks for the first of many times. This movie is on a lot.
- Empire Records – Dated as all get out, but still a good one. Most of the actors in this movie never panned out.
These are movies that I like and still watch if the opportunity arises.
- Angus – The fat guy gets the girl, set to the music of Weezer and Green Day. Duh.
- Billy Madison – Sandler’s best? Happy Gilmore, Wedding Singer and Big Daddy other candidates.
- Casino – Scorsese and DeNiro again. Not my favorite combo, but good.
- Crimson Tide – Denzel and Hackman. Great submarine movie, in a genre that has move gems than you’d think.
- Get Shorty – Pretty stacked cast with some good twists.
- Grumpier Old Men – The sequel is almost as good as the original. Matthau and Lemmon are great.
- Heat – Michael Mann direct DeNiro, Pacino and more. I don’t think it’s as legendary as some.
- Mr. Holland’s Opus – A great coming-of-age movie about a music teacher.
- Outbreak – I have seen this movie too many times. Hoffman is solid.
- Tommy Boy – A classic mid-90s, SNL-alumni comedy. Farley at his peak.
- Toy Story – The original Pixar movie.
- The Usual Suspects – One of the best twists in movie history.
- Clueless – Everyone’s guilty pleasure. Alicia Silverstone is like the Ryan Leaf of actresses.
- Desperado – Worth it just for the Tarantino joke
- Father of the Bride: Part II – Steve Martin had a couple of highs. He’s really good in this.
- Money Train – I have a guilty pleasure for Wesley Snipes movies.
- The Net – How can any geek not have liked this movie? And is there a more dated movie ever?
List of Shame
Movies that I have not seen
- The Brothers McMullen – I have never seen this movie on TV, but I love Ed Burns.
- Dangerous Minds – Iconic 90s song put it on the map.
- Dead Man Walking – Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon. Won an Oscar.
- GoldenEye – I don’t like Bond movies, but I played the crap out of this video game.
- Judge Dredd – Not a Stallone fan, but certainly known for being a terrible one.
- Nixon – Oliver Stone and Anthony Hopkins. How have I not seen it?
- The Quick and the Dead – Hackman, Crowe and DiCaprio? Again, how have I not seen it?
- Rob Roy – Like Braveheart. So I’ve heard.
- Se7en – Discussed on list of shame podcast
- Twelve Monkeys – Interesting cast, but probably not my thing.
Other Films of Note
Films that jumped out at me or have significance that I haven’t seen or don’t have particularly strong feelings for
- Ace Venture: When Nature Calls – Sequel to Jim Carrey’s breakout role. Not nearly as good, but respectable.
- The American President – Michael Douglas when he was a legitimate star. Precursor to West Wing.
- Babe – The talking pig won award.
- The Basketball Diaries – Just recently saw. Creepy.
- Batman Forever – Not the worst Batman movie ever.
- Braveheart – Mel Gibson’s finest?
- Casper – Very popular movie. Does anyone still like it?
- Friday – I tried hard to watch this movie. Couldn’t make it through.
- Jumanji – Another popular movie that came at the right time. Do kids still read this book?
- Leaving Las Vegas – I tried this one, but wasn’t that impressed.
- Mortal Kombat – The popular video game takes on movie form. Most people like it.
- Now and Then – One of my sister’s favorite movies.
- Pochahontas – Vaguely remember this. Doubt Disney could pull this off now.
- Sabrina – Sydney Pollack and Harrison Ford, at the end of his peak. Never saw it.
- Sense and Sensibility – Never saw this either, but it won some awards.
- Showgirls – Do I have to say anything?
- Virtuosity – Denzel and Crowe. Never seen it, and assume there’s a reason.
- Waterworld – One of the biggest flops in history. The few minutes I have seen were terrible.
- While You Were Sleeping – Bullocks’ first rom-com? She’s come a long way.