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The Odd Duck’s 100…Greatest Movies (Part II)

December 4, 2008 2 comments

Recap: Part I

Y’all still with me? Good good. So here we are with films 90 through 81.

90. Barbershop (2002)
Featuring a star studded cast of comedians Barbershop is the story of a man who after selling the shop he inherited for his father learns that some things in life are more important than easy money. When this came up, my uncle’s barber shop played it almost nonstop for a month so I can now quote it by heart.

89. Independence Day (1996)
The movie that fully launched Will Smith’s acting career. Another movie that I can easily quote line-for-line. Two unlikely heroes emerge after an alien invasion wipes out the major cities of Earth and humanity must race against time or face extinction.

88. The Green Mile (1999)
Whereas most Stephen King adaptations make people scream or cringe in fright, this is the one that comes to mind that I have seen viewers cry over. This heartbreaking story follows a correction officer working on Death Row and the various inmates, including one who seems to be Divinely touched. This movie also introduced me to Michael Clarke Duncan and my first thought was…”this man is huge.”

87. Mean Girls (2004)
As someone who had mostly female friends, some of whom would have been considered the populars, I watched this movie kind of hit home. This story of a formerly homeschooled student taking on the deliciously evil Queen Bee of the school was hilarious. This is one of Eva’s favourite teen movies as she can impersonate the antagonist’s mannerisms and voice near perfectly. Side note, I didn’t realize until the election that this had Tina Fey in it.

86. Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)
The last of the life-action Star Wars films to be produced and the only one I went to the midnight showing for. This is the one we had all been waiting for as Darth Vader was born. The best part of this movie? I’ll give you some clues: he’s green, he’s short, and he’s the epitome of badass old man.

85. Fried Green Tomatoes
This is the touching and hilarious story of two women in love (best friends in the film) in Alabama as they help each other through each trial to face them. I know it’s a chick flick but I’ll just chalk this up as one of my guilty pleasures. If you’ve seen the movie and have been paying attention to my blog, you’ll recognize two of the names.

84. Kill Bill Vol. 1 (2003)
Great action, quality dialogue, and some of the most catchy music ever, this is the movie that cemented me as a Tarantino fan. This is the story of one woman’s revenge as she tracks down the assassins who killed her, her soon-to-be husband, her baby, and her wedding party.

83. Frankenstein (1931)
Billed as a horror movie, I always saw this as more of a tragedy. Frankenstein’s monster strikes me as the hero of the film with the mob and Dr. Frankenstein as the villains. Also I will admit that I cannot watch the drowning scene without wanting to cry. Sniff.

82. Spaceballs (1987)
An utterly hilarious parody of sci-fi films such as Star Wars, this movie was a staple of my film education. I can’t accurately describe this one without giving things away. Hehe, Lord Dark Helmet.

81. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
A Disneyfication of Victor Hugo’s classic novel, Quasimodo is a disfigured and greatly sheltered bell ringer who must save his new friend from the man who “raised” him. After watching this movie, ask yourself: “What makes a monster and what makes a man?”

Part III will be up soon folks as we continue counting down towards Number 1.

Happy trails!

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The Odd Duck’s 100…Greatest Movies

December 1, 2008 4 comments

Over the holiday, I was tasked by Eva’s older sister to name my top 10 favourite films of all time. I won’t lie, I struggled like hell and still wasn’t satisfied with the list I came up with. Like always, my perfectionism has reared its ugly head and for your viewing pleasure I will list my 100 most enjoyed films…along with commentary. So sit back. Relax. And enjoy.

A word of warning, this list is HIGHLY subjective and you’re more than likely going to disagree. Remember this is all in fun.

100. Hellraiser (1987)
I first saw this film when I was about 7 or 8 during a Thanksgiving trip to New Jersey to see my grandparents. Within the first few minutes of his appearance, Pinhead was one of my favourite movie monsters plus the idea of killer sentient chains was freaky. Even now, I will pull out my VHS copy if I want a good horror movie to watch. Side note, since watching this movie Clive Barker has become one of my favourite authors. Next time you pick up an innocent toy, ask yourself, is it really innocent?

99. The Secret of NIMH (1982)
Another favourite from my childhood, this movie follows the journey of the widowed Mrs. Brisby as she discovers her husband’s past as a lab experiement. Easily some of the best storytelling I have seen in an animated film, this movie is one for the ages. Although I must admit that seeing Nicodemus and his glowing eyes gave me nightmares. If you enjoy Don Bleuth’s works, then I urge you to give this film a look-see.

98. Princess Diaries (2001)
The movie that introduced me to Anne Hathaway and featuring the fabulous Julie Andrews (Sound of Music, Mary Poppins). Mia is a high school girl who is a fellow “odd duck” until she discovers that she is actually the heir to the throne of Genovia. A rather lighthearted comedy, it is a great teen film. Don’t think so? “Shut. Up.”

97. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
The debut film of Quentin Tarantino, it was what first got me into the gangster genre in the first place. Filled with pop culture references, quotable dialogue, excessive profanity, and Tarantino’s trademark nonlinear storytelling. Highly recommended for any fan of action movies.

96. Big Momma’s House (2000)
Growing up as a fan of Martin’s eponymous show, this movie was a must-see for my family. We laughed until we cried. Between the basketball and baby delivery scene, the laughs never really stopped. I remember during the church scene at the end, the theater was on their feet clapping along. Good times indeed.

95. Jerry Maguire (1996)
The dramedy from Tom Cruise, Renée Zellweger and Cuba Gooding Jr. about a sports agent and his pro football client. Featuring a very young Jonathan Lipnicki. This movie, even if it was crappy, would have made it to the list for this one scene:

94. Lucas (1986)
The tale of an extremely intelligent and equally nerdy high school freshman, Lucas remains to this day one of the few movies that can make me cry. When I first watched this I was scared it was going to end like Carrie (sans telekinesis) or a suicide, instead I watched as the same teenagers who tormented our hero throughout accepted him after one of the most daring stunts I’ve ever seen. He wants so badly to be accepted and when it happens…manly tears. Side note, scope out the young Charlie Sheen and Winona Ryder.

93. Big Fish (2003)
Hailed as Tim Burton’s masterpiece, this easily made my list. Told from the prespective of a dying father as his son tries to uncover his dad’s life (filled with fantastic events) and comes to realize that storytelling was indeed his finest achievement. A truly brilliant and inspiring film.

92. Boondock Saints (1999)
This one I actually learned about from Mass, as it was criticized for its potrayal of Catholicism. Curious, I rented it and loved it from the get-go. Fraternal twins go on a Divinely inspired killing spree as they (along with a mob-connected friend) clean up the streets of Boston. And of course, we can’t forget the cat.

91. Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
The first musical I ever saw and it remains one of my favourites to this day. As someone who grew up gardening, that isn’t all that surprising. I think this is also the first time I saw Steve Martin (not sure if I had seen Father of the Bride yet) and he scared the hell out of me. Because of this movie, I was terrified of any dentist with black hair until I was about 9.

Well folks, that’s it for today. I’ll be back with movies 90-81 as we continue counting down toward number one.

Stay tuned.

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