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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Favorite movies: 25 to 1

Let's continue with one man's 100 favorite movies. Sunday through Tuesday, 100 to 26 were ranked. Wednesday, it's 25 to 1. Here we go: 

25. The Paper (1994): Michael Keaton wants the big scoop in this highly entertaining film about the inner workings of a New York newspaper.

24. My Cousin Vinny (1992): Marisa Tomei won the Oscar for best supporting actress, but Joe Pesci was just as good, and hilarious to boot.
23. The Karate Kid (1984): "We do not train to be merciful here. Mercy is for the weak. Here, in the streets, in competition a man confronts you, he is the enemy. An enemy deserves no mercy!"

22. Predator (1987): This is the ultimate man's film. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Jesse Ventura, a kick-butt alien, awesome action ... A guy could not ask for more. 
21. Batman Begins (2005): Thank you Christopher Nolan for this wonderful reboot. Caped crusader fans are forever in your debt.

20. Silver Streak (1976): Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor in the bathroom scene is one of the funniest scenes you will ever watch. 
19. Rocky III (1982): "Prediction? Pain." Best smack talk ever. Clubber Lang, Thunderlips, Apollo Creed, The Italian Stallion. Sure, the film is a bit cheesy, but it's highly entertaining, and I pity the fool who says otherwise.

18. Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade (1989): Sean Connery knocks it out of the park as Indy's father, and who doesn't love watching the Jones' kick Nazi butt?
17. Raging Bull (1980): This is not a film with a happy ending, but it is a great one. Robert DeNiro as boxer Jake LaMatta is at times scary good. 

16.  Goodfellas (1990): An addictive look at the mob in New York City. An A+ effort by Martin Scorsese. 

15. Halloween (1978): That music and that mask. One guess the time of year this is required viewing for me.

14. A Few Good Men (1992) Tom Cruise's and Jack Nicholson's court room scene is a top 10 all-timer.
13. The Godfather (1972): It's The Godfather. It has to be up here. 

12. The Natural (1984): One of the most beautifully shot movies of all-time. Kudos to cinematographer Caleb Deschanel. And kudos to Robert Redford's equally beautiful baseball swing as Roy Hobbs. 

11. MIdnight Run (1988): Another Robert DeNiro classic, this buddy-buddy film has a touching ending. This is rare to find on the likes of TNT, AMC and TBS, so if you haven't seen it, it's worth the buy or rent.

10. Glengarry Glenn Ross (1992): "Put. That. Coffee. Down! ... Coffee's for closers only."
9. The Shawshank Redemption (1994): Doesn't Shawshank seem to get better every time you watch it? You just can't turn off  this film. 

8. Die Hard (1988): This is Bruce Willis at his witty, wise-cracking finest. Die Hard has some of the best action sequences you'll ever witness on the big screen - without the computer graphics. 

7. King Kong (1933): Some movies stay with you forever, and this is one of them for me. Final scenes don't get much more iconic than that of Kong on top of the Empire State Building.

6. All The President's Men (1976): As a newspaper man, this film, starring Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman, resonates. It's a fascinating tale of journalism. 

5. The Dark Knight (2008): Heath Ledger as the Joker. Enough said. 

4. Star Wars (1977): I will never forget Darth Vader's grand entrance on the big screen. I was 7, and my father took me - just me - to my first ever screening of George Lucas' classic. As one of six children, that was a big moment in my life, my dad and I at the cinema as I was blown away, not really sure what I just watched. I just knew I would forever love Star Wars.

3. Rocky (1976): The film is so raw, and so good. It's not a boxing movie, it's a movie about a relationship, but in the end it does teach us the old sports axiom: it's not whether you win or lose, it's how you play the game.  

2. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981): The first 15 minutes of this film hits you over the head with everything it's got, and leaves you waiting and wanting for the next joyride. 

1. Jaws (1975): This movie is not just about the shark. It's about the characters. Brody (Roy Scheider), Quint (Robert Shaw) and Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss) work so well together. The shark is a bonus. And there's always the great line: "You're gonna need a bigger boat."

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- Mark Podolski | @mpodo


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