If you know me, then you know that I'm a tremendous movie buff. I've always enjoyed a good flick, and by the time I took some film classes in College, I was developing an obsession. I love all kinds of movies - comedies, dramas, horror, action, suspense, hell I even enjoy a chick flick every now and then...
My Top 5 Movies Of All Time:
I'll give an honorable mention to the Star Wars and Lord of the Rings films. They are definitely up there with my favorite films of all time, but I refuse to include trilogies or the like on my Top 5. I was 6 years old when I first saw Star Wars in the theaters in 1977, so I guess you could say I've grown up with them. Like most kids my age, my brother and I had a pretty decent collection of Star Wars figures too - they'd be worth a lot of money today if my mother hadn't thrown them out years ago. Thanks Mom.
Lately, the wife and I have been on a classic movie kick. Late last year I was at the video store going over the same old unoriginal films trying desperately to find a hidden gem or maybe an off-kilter indie flick that I hadn't seen yet. I noticed the Charleton Heston epic Ben Hur which I had never seen. I thought to myself, "Why not?" and brought it home. It was fantastic. After that, I started looking for any movie that was considered a classic that I hadn't seen. Being in Europe, there's not a great selection to choose from, but I've managed to check a few good ones off my list in the past several months - Bridge on the River Kwai, Lawrence of Arabia, Spartacus, Casablanca, From Here to Eternity, On the Waterfront, and Chinatown are a few of the many I've seen. I've gained a newfound respect for the way films were made "back in the day". Another thing I've come to believe is that Lawrence Olivier and Alec Guinness are two of the finest actors I've ever seen. And Marlon Brando in his younger days? One cool cat. Recently I discovered that the library on base has a rather decent collection of VHS and DVD movies which includes several classic films. So Virginia and I have been getting a lot of films from there. And they're free too, so even better. By the next website update, I hope to add several more classics to my list.
The best place to start when talking about the classics is the American Film Institute's list of the "Top 100 American Films of All Time". After checking it, I realized that I had only seen about 40 of them. 40% is not good for a self-professed film buff, so I made it my mission to see all of them. As of this writing (7 Sep), I'm up to 63. In a future update of this page, I'll explore the AFI Top 100 in more detail and weigh in on some of the ones I agree - or don't agree - with.
Is there anything better than a good movie quote? I think not. To that end, I'm including this link: www.soundamerica.com For the record, these are (to me) the 5 most quotable movies ever made:
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Hands down, the all-time best)
Austin Powers (Any of them)
Here's the updated list of DVD's that we own...