Thursday, April 23, 2009

40 Favorite Movies

In honor of this being my 40th year of existence, I am going to randomly choose 40 things and write about them. Today's 40 things: my favorite movies. No particular order, just out there for your enjoyment and/or bewilderment:


  1. Stand By Me - my all-time favorite movie. Period.
  2. Arthur - used to be all-time favorite until "Stand By Me" came out.
  3. Major League - baseball, Indians, what else do you need?
  4. Pretty Woman - First movie Shan and I ever saw together.
  5. Grease - Yes, I like it. I'm a guy. Get over it.
  6. Saw movies - All of them. They're great fun, in a sick sorta way.
  7. A Pure Formality - one of the best independent films I've seen. I know a lot of people hated it, but I loved it. I'm weird like that.

  8. Candleshoe - I was very young when this came out and it gave me an instant crush on Jodie Foster. What can I say?
  9. Embryo - The scariest movie I saw as a 4th grader on HBO or something. I watched it every time it came on, and it freaked the crap out of me. I loved it.
  10. Field of Dreams - hands-down one of the best baseball movies ever.
  11. The Jackal - I am a huge Bruce Willis fan.
  12. Die Hard series - see note above

  13. Hudson Hawk - see note above the note above
  14. The Sixth Sense - one of the first DVD's I ever owned.
  15. Risky Business - probably the first "R" movie i remember - I stayed up late to watch it without my parents knowing. It was worth it.
  16. The Matrix - Amazing story and incredible action!

  17. Toy Story - the best animated film in history as far as I'm concerned.
  18. Cars - tied for the best animated film in history
  19. Heavy Metal - the strangest animated movie I have ever seen, but was young enough that it gave my libido fits.
  20. Armageddon - I shouldn't admit this, but the end gets me every time I watch it, and I know exactly what's going to happen.
  21. Con Air - Lots of my favorite actors all on one crazy ride!
  22. 1408 - I love Stephen King and John Cusak - this movie brings them together wonderfully.

  23. The Great Gatsby - I loved the book and thought the movie was well done.
  24. Funny Games - the original 1997 version. Man, a couple kids kidnap a family in their own house - talk about nutjobs! Great movie.
  25. Airplane - classic slapstick humor. Great!
  26. Princess Bride - I almost forgot about this one! DUH! One of the best comedies EVER!

  27. Spaceballs - Nothing like a movie that pokes fun of sci-fi!
  28. Star Wars series - okay, I don't know why this did not pop into my head until way down here, but DUH - it's friggin STAR WARS!! Personally, I think "The Empire Strikes Back" is the best of the whole series.
  29. Smokey and the Bandit - It was either this movie or "Close Encounters" that I specifically remember seeing first in a theater with my Uncle Bill.
  30. Close Encounters - potato mountain. What else is there to say?

  31. A League of Their Own - women playing baseball. And based on real life. That's what I'm talking about!
  32. Saving Private Ryan - The greatest World War II movie of my generation.
  33. Big - Zoltar, Tom Hanks, Elizabeth Montgomery, and toys. Yeah, buddy!
  34. The Breakfast Club - High school angst at its peak!
  35. Ghostbusters - one-liner after one-liner

  36. Strange Brew - My brother and I must have watched that goofy movie hundreds of times, and I could pop it in right now and laugh my rear end off, you hoser!
  37. Ferris Bueller's Day Off - The way I wish I could have skipped school!
  38. Dream a Little Dream - Corey Feldman's Michael Jackson routine - priceless

  39. Moonwalker - I was a massive MiJac fan when this came out and I have (or had) the VHS tape to watch over and over - Smooth Criminal was great!
  40. Save the Last Dance - Julia Stiles, DUH!

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