Another of those movie memes making its way ‘cross social networks. If I’m going to do it, might as well be here. Pitiful, I know, but here goes.
Most Hated Movie Of All Time
God, I hate this motion picture. Immediately wanted those two-plus hours back after sitting in a movie theater; hated it even more after the damn thing won Best Picture.
Movie I Think Is Overrated
Now, I think this a fine film, but “the greatest” as many others do? I think not. It’s not even the director’s best (cough…Boogie Nights)1. There, I said it.
Movie I Think Is Underrated
For what’s generally considered “a genre flick” and a paycheck movie for Spike Lee, its clever script and the social criticism one expects from this filmmaker, his “heist movie” is way undervalued.
Movie I Love
Another of my annual watches, and it only gets better each time I do. The best work for the actor (James Stewart) and director (Frank Capra).
Movie I Secretly Love
Yeah, it’s not the most true adaptation of my all-time favorite sci-fi novel, but David Lynch’s film still closest in spirit…even with that damn “Weirding Module” thingy hanging off people’s necks.
Favorite Action Movie
Has two of my all-time fave action sequences (Ripley’s Marine Rescue and LV-426 Escape-Newt Rescue-Fight With Queen), one of the all-time best sequels ever, and one Hell of an emotional ending; how can I not pick it?
While a “crime saga”, a thriller, even an action junkie’s favorite, at its core, Michael Mann’s best is a two-man drama — with indubitable screen legends helming each role. Had to know I’d find a place for this here.
Saw it first-run, even read the late-William Peter Blatty’s novel because of it, and it’s never left me. Horrifying, scary, and emotional, just everything you’d want in this genre. Keeps delivering upon re-watch, too.
Howard Hawks’ and my top AFI pick still stands the test of time: “Funny, smart, and lightning quick on its feet, the film is one of the few remakes that surpassed the original by leaps and bounds.”
Favorite Disney Movie
Everything you’d expect in a great Disney movie — animation that dazzles, heartfelt underdog story, and fantastic voice acting… tone-deaf stereotyping…but still. And of course, the late-Robin Williams.
Favorite Sci-Fi Movie
Said it before: “Haunting, visionary, strangely touching and insightful as only science-fiction can, and regularly does, intrigue and absorb those who follow it, I could not have chosen otherwise.”
Favorite Animated Movie
“Simply, this one is the epitome of what’s great about a film of animation. Images of characters that not only tell a story, but breathe life into those drawn figures and make you feel something you didn’t walk in the movie theater with.”
Favorite Superhero Movie
Again, covered this already: “A comic book superhero movie, of all things, that had something to say about our security state (post-9/11) and loss of privacy.” Would have listed Superman The Movie (1978) otherwise.
Essentially Bob Fosse’s “8½”, but a film that not only stands on its own, but the perfect send-off for the tumultuous decade that spawned a unique musical such as this. “It’s showtime, folks!”
Fascinating to learn things about your hometown.
Besides Eastwood’s masterwork, “It also should be mentioned that this was the most noirish of Westerns. Cinematographer Jack N. Green accomplished an extraordinarily beautiful job in his lensing of the film.”
Favorite Martial Arts
“Fist of Fury” (aka “The Chinese Connection” in the U.S.) and Bruce Lee changed my feeling toward the genre that became known as the Kung Fu Craze, but my general assumption of who the default lead had to be.
Quentin Tarantino’s sophomore effort, even after it pissed me off initially, the motion picture that convinced me this budding filmmaker was worth following.
Favorite Bad Movie
All of the women I know who’ve seen this, think it terrible. Including my daughter and spouse, the latter wanted to trash the disc after seeing it. At least the late-Roger Ebert and I love this Alex Proyas mess.
Likely one of the very first ’50s Sci-Fi/Monster flick I saw growing up that set a high standard for story and character for this genre, regardless of any atomic bomb testing fallout lingering.
For a sci-fi movie trilogy it has everything I need: a time-travel tale, definitive music, multiple character-arcs, Drew Struzan poster art, wonderfully imaginative storytelling, and lastly…a beating heart.
Seriously, love this movie. My favorite of only a handful noted scribe Robert Towne directed; it’s Casablancaesque, set in my backyard of the South Bay with ’80s drug smuggling…and Michelle Pfeiffer.
Warts and all, still my favorite to have at the helm.
There’s only ever been one.
Still my all-time favorite Hepburn.
Favorite Foreign Film
Ang Lee’s that I can watch on a loop.
Favorite Movie This Year So Far
The popular pick, but it’s mine, too.
Worst Movie So Far This Year
Just on general principle.
Movie I Have Recently Seen
What I Thought Of It: “No wonder many had this film as one that could/should have won Best Picture.”
Most Anticipated Film Of This Year
Favorite Movie Of All Time
- And liked Daniel Day-Lewis doing the same scene-chewing schtick better in Gangs From New York, come to think of it. ↩