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Best of the Best
If these are on, life stops
- A Few Good Men – One of my all-time favorite movies. Probably put Aaron Sorkin on the map, and has one of the most iconic lines of the ’90s. Easily my favorite Tom Cruise movie too1.
- Newsies – If someone asked what my favorite “kids” movie of all-time was, this would be it. Stars an unknown Christian Bale, who probably wishes he hadn’t done this now. It’s a musical about newsboys. Maybe it belongs in Guilty Pleasures…
- Wayne’s World – The 2nd best Saturday Night Live movie of all-time (behind Blues Brothers). Put Mike Myers on the map. Still probably his best movie ever.
These are movies that I like and still watch if the opportunity arises.
- A League of Their Own – Probably doesn’t get it’s due on the pantheon of baseball movies since it’s about women, but truly a great film in every regard.
- The Mighty Ducks – Anytime a movie spawns multiple sequels it, it must mean something. I don’t know many people my age who don’t still love this movie.
- Passenger 57 – I have a soft spot for early ’90s Wesley Snipes action films (see also, Drop Zone). This movie is not good, but I can’t help myself.
- Sneakers – Great caper movie with a solid cast, Redford, Poitier, Aykroyd, River Phoenix, Ben Kinglsey, Mary McDonell and David Strathairn
- White Men Can’t Jump – Another Snipes movie. A very underrated basketball movie. Remember when Rosie Perez was making movies left and right?
- Home Alone 2: Lost in New York – Almost a carbon copy of the first one. Obviously not as good, but at the time, when you are like 10, you didn’t care. Still watch this one occasionally.
- Honey, I Blew Up the Kid – Another crappy sequel that I have watched a few times. A young Keri Russell shows up in this one.
- Mr. Baseball – Remember when Tom Selleck was a movie star? This was probably the end of that run. Again, I can’t help myself when it comes to baseball movies.
List of Shame
Movies that I have not seen
- Basic Instinct – Known mostly for it’s iconic interrogation scene, I have never really had a chance to see this one.
- Chaplin – This must be one of those many movies that looks good on paper but just wasn’t very good since I have never heard of it. Apparently Robert Downey Jr. did get an Oscar nomination though.
- Glengarry Glen Ross – I tried to watch this cult favorite once, but it didn’t take. Pacino, Lemmon, Alec Balwin, Ed Harris, Alan Arkin and Kevin Spacey. What an amazing cast. I think I’ll have to try again.
- Malcolm X – On my DVR. Spike Lee directs Denzel in his Oscar nominated performance. No real excuse for seeing this one.
- Scent of a Woman – Pacino won an Oscar. It was nominated for three others. I really don’t know much else about it.
- Unforgiven – I have been trying to catch up some of these more recent western’s, but I definitely missed this one which won Best Picture. Clint Eastwood stars and directs. Gene Hackman and Morgan Freeman are there too. I assume this is a good one.
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
- Aladdin – The top grossing film of the year. One of the better Disney movies of this era.
- Alien 3 – Never saw any of these. Not sure how people feel about this one.
- Batman Returns – Tim Burton’s second Batman movie. Very dark. Never liked these as the kid.
- Beethoven – A somewhat iconic kids movie about a big St. Benard.
- Bram Stoker’s Dracula – Never saw this. But Francis Ford Coppola directed it. Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins, Keanu Reeves. Quite the cast.
- The Bodyguard – One of the more remembered movies of the year for the iconic song sung by the movie’s star Whitney Houston.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer – Josh Whedon penned this inspiration for the more successful TV show.
- El Mariachi – Robert Rodriguez’s first film. A prequel to the Antonio Banderas movie Desperado.
- *Encino Man * – Back when Pauly Shore was a movie star.
- Far and Away – Ron Howard penned the script and directed. Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman starred. I saw it a long time ago and should give it another shot.
- Forever Young – JJ Abrams penned. Mel Gibson starred. I believe I saw this way back when as well.
- Hero – Dustin Hoffman is pretty good in this one. Back when Geena David was relevant.
- Hoffa – Danny DeVito directed. Jack Nicholson stars. Has to be worth a look, right?
- The Last of the Mohicans – Michael Mann directed Daniel Day-Lewis in this one. Didn’t really enjoy it.
- Medicine Man – Sean Connery and Lorraine Bracco, right in her post Goodfellas peak.
- My Cousin Vinny – Marisa Tomei in an Oscar winning performance. Pesci near the end of his peak. Saw this for the first time recently. It’s good.
- Patriot Games – Harrison Ford in one of the Jack Ryan movies. They all blend together though.
- Reservoir Dogs – Tarantino’s full feature debut. Haven’t seen it in a long time. Probably should before I judge.
- Singles – Cameron Crowe wrote and directed this early 90s coming of age movie. I don’t think I have ever seen it.
- Single White Female – I feel like this is one people remember. I don’t even know what it’s about.
- Under Siege – Steven Segal. This one got a sequel. Enough said.
- The Firm and Top Gun are the next [↩]