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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Ten in the morning: Re-release wish list

Unfortunately, moviegoers are living in an era of reboots, remakes, re-whatever.

The latest is Dudley Moore's "Arthur," in theaters now with Russell Brand in the lead. Sorry, but I won't bother. Instead, I might take in a viewing of "Top Gun."

The '80s classic starring Tom Cruise will be re-released by AMC theaters on April 30 at 12:30 p.m. and on May 2 at 7 p.m. to signify its 25th anniversary.

Speaking of re-releases on the big screen, I'm hopeful AMC and others follow the "Top Gun" idea. There are so many classic films I would love to watch in a movie theater. HD TVs are great, but nothing beats the big screen. Here's another Ten in the Morning, this time counting down the 10 films I would pay to watch in a theater (picks are movies released before 1986):

10. "Raging Bull" (1980): The fights scenes between Jake LaMotta and Sugar Ray Robinson are visually stunning.

9. "Rocky" (1976): OK, it's a gritty-looking film, so this choice is sentimental.

8. "Citizen Kane" (1941): A film ahead of its time.

7. "Escape From New York" (1981): Two words, Snake ... Plissken.

6. "Back To The Future" (1985): Just a fun moviegoing experience.

5. "Aliens" (1986): The sequel to "Alien" is much more fast-paced and the final 45 minutes are awesome.

4. "The Natural" (1984): The cinematography for this baseball film is second to none.

3. "King Kong" (1933): Where else would we appreciate the Eighth Wonder of the World? The big screen, of course.

2. "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981): A joyride from the opening credits. Steven Spielberg's second-best film to ...

1. "Jaws" (1975): We will probably have to wait until 2025 for the 50th anniversary re-release to theaters. Let the countdown begin.

- Mark Podolski


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