By Josh Krubner and Jim Foote
JOSH: While it's true, all film is subjective, we have chosen our personal top ten favorites to kick off the review section of the blog.
DISCLAIMER: NOT ALL FAVORITE MOMENTS CAN BE FOUND ON YOUTUBE, HENCE SOME CLIPS MAY NOT MATCH UP. STILL, WATCH THEM. THEY'RE GOOD CLIPS. WELL BEHAVED CLIPS. OBEDIENT CLIPS.
*picks in reverse order*
JOSH #10. AIRPLANE (1980)
Airplane is my personal favorite comedy, and the funniest movie I've ever seen. It's one of those unfortunate flicks that would NEVER get made in today's overly "progressive" world, but when it came out, it hit every possible note. AND... the sequel isn't terrible.
Favorite Moment: Calming down the unruly passenger
Jason Voorhees may have my heart, but there's no denying Freddy Krueger's initial outing is the kind of film everyone wishes they came up with, may try to replicate it, and fail. Freddy was the first monster/villain I remember seeing, at Age 3, and he scared the crap out of me. Anyone who knows me knows another Wes Craven flick is destined for this list, but I have to give Krueger some love.
Favorite Moment: Johnny Depp vs. The Bed
This is my all-time favorite horror movie, and one of the first review retrospectives I did. As the movie goes on and Nancy has been awake longer and longer, the lines of "reality" really begin to blur both for the characters in the film and the audience watching. This is another one that has tons of whacky "fan theories" and "what-ifs" flying about thirty years later.
Favorite Moment: Nancy takes the fight to Freddy in his world, and in hers.
JIM #9: THE DARK KNIGHT (2008)
Besides the other superhero flick on my list, this has to receive top marks. When it comes to Bats on the big screen, you fall into one of two camps. You're either a Batman '89 guy/girl or a Dark Knight guy/girl. The Dark Knight took Batman, made him serious, and made the Joker less of a slapstick character, turning him into a killer shark with an even deadlier smile. Although, if we're splitting hairs, would Dark Knight Rises have been better had Ledger still been around to play Joker again? Not to mention, my favorite moment doesn't even include BATMAN.
Favorite Moment: Hospital face-off between Harvey and Joker.
Annie Hall is Woody Allen's BEST movie, and a classic NYC coming of age movie dealing with the quirks and idiosyncrasies of the inner workings of his mind. Being as this set the trend, and tons of comedy movies (or standup comedians for that matter) since jumped on said trend, credit has to go where it's due. It's a fun movie, a sweet movie, and a not altogether predictable movie.
Favorite Moment: When Annie drives home. (clip not related)
This movie is the sole reason I can't FULLY hate on Schumacher for Batman & Robin. Also, from my point of view, this is the ZENITH of Corey and Corey. You have Jack Bauer as an evil vampire, Jason "Cruise Control" Patric as your leading man, and a very "80s hot" Jami Gertz. The music, atmosphere, dialogue, visuals, etc. ALL fit with one another. There's not an off-beat in this movie. It is the top of the mountain as far as modern day vampire flicks go. Also, the jacked Sax player... mad respect, bruh.
Favorite Moment: The BEST DAMN final line of any movie. Casablanca be damned!
Speaking of movies that were ahead of their time, Robocop exploded onto the scene in the wake of things like Terminator, Total Recall, and of course Blade Runner, delivering one of the most underrated sci-fi masterpieces of all time. Another commentary on the future and our over-reliance on machines/consumerism, Robocop nails this dark prediction of Detroit. The background details, commercials, and newscasts are what really shape the Robocop landscape.
Favorite Moment: "I'D BUY THAT FOR A DOLLAR!"
Freddy Krueger may have kicked off my list at 10, but Jason Voorhees is my dude. The Friday franchise (not the Ice Cube one) has so many twists and turns, questionable choices, and "so bad it's good" moments. Jason Lives, however, is THE Jason flick to watch. It has everything... a triple beheading, an entire motor-home kill scene, cheesy lines, a brutal back breaking, Horshack from Welcome Back Kotter, AND Alice Cooper tunes. It's the best of the series, and none of the others even come close.
Favorite Moment: The entire RV/Motorhome scene.
Unless you're a film student or obsessed with old black and white movies, you've probably heard of but never actually seen this. Casablanca is one of those absolutely expert movies that nails use of a war (WWII) as a believable backdrop central to the plot. Combine that with a love triangle and one pissed jaded lover, it makes for one of the most interesting soap opera-esque stories ever put on film.
Favorite Moment: Rick "takes leave of his senses" but takes charge. No filters, no regard!
I love zombie movies. However, the tropes and conventions have been done to death. Pun intended. When Simon Pegg took a stab at it, he not only got a base hit... he knocked it out of the park. (What's a home run equivalent in Cricket?) The editing style, dry british humor, and all star cast made it unavoidable. It baits you into thinking the movie's about a man repairing his broken relationship. No, no. The real relationship is between Pegg and Frost's best friends.
Favorite Moment: C'mon. There's only one answer.
Angels is a movie you've never heard of, and that's a crime. If you like Casablanca, Bogart, Cagney, film noir, and crime dramas, you'll love this movie. If you don't like these things, steer clear of it entirely.
Favorite Moment: Tommy's noble deed. "Crime doesn't pay."
What can be said about this movie that hasn't already been said? It is a PERFECT film. Stay Puft. Slimer. Twinkies. Moranis. Hudson. Aykroyd. Ramis. Weaver. Bill freaking Murray. I realize I'm just naming things from it, but that's the point. It's all perfect.
Favorite Moment: "That's a big twinkie."
I've seen entirely too many articles come out this summer alone about people who do and do not get Goodfellas. I get it, and while I would love for EVERYONE to see and appreciate it like I do, it's not a family friendly film meant for just anyone. Arguably the best Scorsese movie, and easily his best soundtrack film, Goodfellas was robbed at the Oscars by Dances With Wolves. Yea... that happened.
Favorite Moment: So many to choose from, but it's probably the freeze frame that closes out Henry's initial narration about having to go back to school and getting respect.
Another winner from the '80s. BTTF was such a crowd pleaser and great film, the only reason anyone ever says Parts 2 or 3 were bad were because the first was so unreachable. Rarely do you have a film which stands tall as every cast member's best flick. This is that flick. From Huey Lewis and Chuck Berry to Van Halen, the musical tastes were on point. Not to mention, who ever thought one could create a scene revolved around a mother-son makeout session and have everyone enjoy it? Exactly.
Favorite Moment: The only line I'll ever try to legit pull on a girl, to see if she even recognizes it.
JAWS is both the first true "Summer Blockbuster" and arguably the best Spielberg movie of all time. JAWS features iconic scenes, shots, characters, and of course one-liners, which permeate our culture to this day. JAWS also delivers a concise narrative without giving too much away, yet still being shrouded in so many questions and mysteries. The true plot - and more importantly - "behind the scenes" are still shrouded in an air of mystery to this day.
Favorite Moment: As much as I love the "windows" scene for directorial reasons, "you're gonna need a bigger boat" is what puts this one in my number three spot.
Rotating the planet backwards aside, the first Supes movie made the audience believe a man could fly. The second chapter, however, introduced the masses to one of the best cinematic villains ever, General Zod. Christopher Reeve did such a great job portraying the Man of Steel, every actor since is immediately held in comparison. This film is one of the rare occurrences of a sequel surpassing the original. They did it bigger, brighter, and better. Not to mention Clark Kent got his freak on (even though his kiss makes Lois forget everything, opening a gigantic bag of worms).
Favorite Moment: Superman vs Zod & The Gang.
This one will be a touchy subject for all of those people who insist "T2 is the better movie." It's not, and I'll gladly debate you on that. Terminator (despite being a ripoff/adaptation of X-Men and Outer Limits stories) was ahead of its time and tells a gripping dramatic story while issuing a clever social commentary (that has since come true) and masquerading ever so discreetly as an action movie. Being as almost all the movies on this list WILL be getting in depth essay style review retrospectives from me, I'll have more on these points later.
Favorite Moment: Sarah Connor owns her role as the "mother of the savior of humanity," ordering Kyle Reese, "on your feet, soldier!"
You may be saying, "what the hell? Number two?!" Yes. Let's look at the factors. Jim Carrey as an awkward teen? Check. '80s vampire comedy? Check. Cheesy but catchy theme song? Check. Great one liners? Check. Elaborate dance sequence? Check. Plus, having one of the main character be both gay and black... pretty progressive to me. This is one of those rare flicks not many have seen, and I can't exactly blame them. However, I am unrelenting with my love for this flick, the song, and anything else associated with it. I love it so much, I want to one day recreate the obscure halloween costumes. You should go check it out. Seriously. Do it. Go. Well, finish reading. THEN... go watch it.
Favorite Moment: The aforementioned dance sequence.
I've written essays on this one (and we'll have a link to just that up very soon). Die Hard is the quintessential all-american movie. It's a family movie, a Christmas movie, a modern day (in 1988) Western movie, and of course... an action movie. The good guys win and John McClane takes no prisoners.
Favorite Moment: When the fire trucks retreat and McClane realizes he's all on his own.
It's time to get serious!
Wes Craven opened the list for me and he closes it. I've easily watched this movie more than any other, probably over 250 times by now. It was responsible for my crush on Neve Campbell. I had a character, Randy, to which I could relate. I originally saw this when I was only 11, correctly guessing the swerve. Just like Josh with Die Hard, this is my number one with a bullet... that can never, and will never, be unseated from the top of the mountain.
Favorite Moment: Opening scene. I can repeat it line for line. (Damn them for not uploading the full scene)
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