This morning I ran across a post over on Dave’s Blog it was basically his top five movies of all time list. So I thought long and hard and came up with my own list. I’m sure in a few days I’ll think of something that will bump one of the top five. But here they are in no particular order.
Fight Club – One of the best adaptations of a book into a movie that I have every seen/read. It was a defining movie for a generation of men. It is our Easy Rider.
The Empire Strikes Back – I refuse to call this movie Star Wars Episode 5: The Empire Strikes Back. Why because when this masterpiece of the Star Wars saga came out in the early 1980s, it was not Star Wars 2, or Star Wars 5, it was simply Empire. As to why this movie is the best, it is so dark, but not dark in a forced (NO PUN INTENDED) way. For a sci-fi movie like this to end with the bad guys winning. One of the good guys being taken away by a bounty hunter, who when he was just introduced for the first time without a New Zealand accent was the coolest character ever. I’m glad that Boba Fett is just a ruthless killer bounty hunter, and not a young man who saw his father killed before his eyes and turned him into the warrior he is. Oh wait it did see that. Thanks.
Apocalypse Now – War is hell. And this movie shows it for all two and a half hours of it. The extra 26 minutes in “Redux” only tie the movie closer to Hearts of Darkness, but don’t enhance the story and make Willard a weaker character. There is nothing ever filmed that compares to the choppers coming up from what seems like the sun to Ride of the Valkeryes. What a great scene.
Raiders of the Lost Ark – If you want a movie that has humor, romance, suspense and kick-ass action then Raiders is for you. This is one of the great films of our time, Indiana Jones, was the ultimate action hero, but he wasn’t a jacked up maniac, he was smart, suave and very able to laugh at himself.
Planet of the Apes – What I like most about this movie is that you don’t see an ape for like a half an hour. I could only imagine what it was like to get the first glimpse of an ape riding a horse. And unlike Indiana Jones, Taylor is an anti-hero. He went on this mission because he had nothing to look back on. He went to conquer. Fuck what a great movie, that has nothing to do with apes.
And staying with the only five and no ties I’ll just recommend a few more movies that almost made the cut.
- Life of Brian
- A League of their Own
- The Royal Tennenbaums
- Above the Rim
- Napoleon Dynamite
- The Matrix
- Soylent Green
- Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan