Monday, March 18, 2013

Top Ten Movie Countdown Blogfest

To Alex's blog

Hey all! I'm finally making a come-back after finally putting the stomach bug in its place. Thanks so much to everyone who left good wishes. I truly appreciated them.

But now, time for some movies. I only have a rough idea about what's in my top 10, so I won't be numbering them. It's odd, I know, but I don't have favorite books either. My reasons, as silly as they may be, are in green.

Inception
Just because the writing, plot, characterization, everything worked together just like. Oh and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. 

Tombstone
"I'm your huckleberry." Val Kilmer as Doc Holliday is probably my most favorite movie character of all time. Just watchin him in the movie makes me want to write. 

The Untouchables
For inspiring my approach to conflict management. ;-) In case you're wondering: 
"You wanna get Capone? Here's how you get him. He pulls a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue! That's the Chicago way, and that'show you get Capone!" 

Seriously, though, probably the most to the point but efficient film speech I ever heard. And if I'm remembering right, Sean Connery improvised it.

Dark Knight
The Joker.
Enough said. 
Brrrrrrrr.

Unstoppable
Because the train eventually feels like an evil entity. And because those guys put themselves into so much danger because no one else was there to stop the train. 

Hunt for Red October 
Even though the Cold War is over, there's enough info in the writing to pull me into the world at the edge of nuclear fall-out. And make me care about how it turns out in the end. 

Even though I watched the movie about 6 years after the iron curtain went down. 

and its (sort of) sequel Executive Decision. 
Not in the same class, really. But Steven Seagal did something amazing in this movie. Astounding. 

He died within the first 30 or so minutes of the movie's opening credits. 

Special mention to another "sequel" Clear and Present Danger.
For one line: "By being a sneaky bastard, sir." 

Actually the story is excellent too. With Willem Dafoe playing a good guy. Which doesn't happen often.

The three Chronicles of Narnia adaptions
Brought the magic of the books to life. 

The Patriot
I lived in that movie for the whole time it played. Mel Gibson's character was brilliantly written. 

The Replacements
A lot of people missed this one. It's a football movie about a random bunch of guys having to get their team into the Superbowl because the pros went on strike. 

It's sort of a comedy, but actually really deep. With a buddy story as the whole replacement team needs to learn how to get along with each other. And they are from EVERY walk of life. 

And... 

"At first I was afraid... I was terrified." 

Okay no. It's too good not to show. 




Made my day when I saw it again. Probably my favorite random scene.

So. What're your favorite movies and why?

55 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

All favorite movies of mine! I could've done a top fifty and still not caught all of them.
Thanks for participating in my blogfest.

Mark Means said...

Ledger was amazing in The Dark Knight.

Great list!

Al Diaz said...

Ah, I also thought on Hunt for Red October. It was a wonderful movie. :)

M.J. Fifield said...

I'm glad you're feeling better!

I'm psyched to see The Hunt For Red October on someone's list. My entire family loves that movie, and we can recite it.

Julie Flanders said...

Haha, love the clip. I haven't seen Unstoppable and now I'm really curious about it.

Glad you're feeling better!

Elise Fallson said...

Tombstone! Haven't seen that one in ages but I remember it was excellent. Love seeing a movie mentioned in this blogfest that I haven't thought of in a long time.

Mel Chesley said...

Hahaha! "Pain is temporary, glory lasts forever and chicks dig scars." I love The Replacements! Excellent movie choices. :D Glad you are feeling better.

Melissa said...

I got to see Hunt For Red October in the theater -- a packed one, with an audience that oohed and ahhed at all the right times. I'll never forget that experience.

Adriana Dascalu said...

Love your list! all beautiful movies!

Lan said...

I loved The Replacements! I know nothing about American Football (being from Australia) but for some reason this movie and Remember The Titans are some of my favourites!

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Untouchables? You're a girl after my one heart. Inception is a great choice as well. Great list.

Cherie Reich said...

I'm glad to hear you're feeling better!

Inception and Dark Knight are awesome movies! :)

Pat Hatt said...

Never like Unstoppable, either one, i.e. the snipe on either. But loved the replacements and lol I was so glad when Seagal died too.

Krista McLaughlin said...

I have Narnia on mine too! Your list has some I've never heard of - I might have to check them out. :)

S.P. Bowers said...

I love Inception and Hunt for Red October. Glad you're feeling better.

klahanie said...

Hi Misha,

Your movie choices are awesome! One of my favourite movies is "Close Encounters of the Third Kind". I liked the refreshing ideal that the aliens were our friends.

Anyway, most importantly, Misha is that you're feeling better.

Kind wishes,

Gary :)

Deniz Bevan said...

Aww, I still haven't seen Voyage of the Dawn Treader! I love that book.

Mina Lobo said...

OHMIGOSH, I heart The Replacements!!! That scene in the bar while Every Breath You Take is playing = SWOON! :-)

Shah Wharton said...

So glad you're feeling better Misha. Stomach bugs - eek! Loving some of your choices.... Doc Holiday is a superb character and one of Val's best performances I'd say. And oh my The Joker - But
I love all of the last three Batman movies. My hub is a pilot and actually met Willem Dafoe on a flight. They shared a chat and he is very short and very polite, softly spoken. Both surprised me. Great choices. Mine are at my blog. :)

shahwharton.com

Zoltán Gecse said...

You just did a great reason to watch The Untouchables again. ;) I rewatched the Hunt for Red October a month ago, and I can say it's still a great classic.

Susanne Drazic said...

Glad to hear you are feeling better. Enjoyed your top ten movie list. I've seen several of the movies you selected.

Tia Bach said...

I love that line from Sean Connery in the Untouchables. Classic, and such a great movie. Inception is a movie I need to finally sit down and watch.

Enjoyed your list!

Emily R. King said...

Yay for The Dark Knight! Best bad guy ever.

nutschell said...

A thrilling list! I definitely enjoyed Dark Knight and Inception.
Nutschell
www.thewritingnut.com

LD Masterson said...

I've been skipping trailers and vid clips because I want to visit as many participating blogs as I can, but this one I had to watch. I love that scene.

unikorna said...

Narnia...wowwwwwwwwww I love Narnia, one of my all time favorites :).

Misha Gericke said...

Same here. I adore movies, so it's hard to just pick a few.

Misha Gericke said...

Yeah he was. I must say that, although I love The Dark Knight, it will also be bittersweet for me. It's said this movie is what put him on the road to his overdose.

Misha Gericke said...

Yes it was. I loved it. :-)

Misha Gericke said...

Hahaha we didn't own the dvd for long enough, but soon we might be able to recite it too.

Misha Gericke said...

It's definitely worth a watch. An excellent example for writers who want to see what writing high stakes looks like. :-)

Misha Gericke said...

Yeah I love Tombstone. Val Kilmer was amazing in his role.

Misha Gericke said...

I love it too. So much so that I really really want to watch it since mentioning it in this post.

Misha Gericke said...

Oh wow! I'm very envious. I think it came out before I was born. Or when I was a baby.

Misha Gericke said...

Thanks!

Misha Gericke said...

Same here. I'm from South African (so no rugby talks for us). In fact, it really makes me want to learn the rules.

Misha Gericke said...

Hahaha likewise. ;-)

Misha Gericke said...

Christopher Nolan knows how to make winners.

Misha Gericke said...

Hahaha then Seagal died in Executive Decision was an awesome moment in action movies. Literally had me going "whaaaaaaaat?!" when I read it the first time.

Misha Gericke said...

They're definitely worth watching.

Misha Gericke said...

Thanks!

Misha Gericke said...

You know, I've never seen "Close Encounters". Really should.

Misha Gericke said...

If you liked the first two movies, you'll love it.

Misha Gericke said...

YES! I love that scene.

Misha Gericke said...

I still have to see the last time. Got busy and missed it in the movies. :-/

Misha Gericke said...

Yeah I rewatch these classics often. They're ones that will remain good and timeless, no matter how many times I watch.

Misha Gericke said...

Thanks. :-)

Misha Gericke said...

Oh yeah, you're missing a lot if you don't watch Inception.

Misha Gericke said...

I agree.

Misha Gericke said...

Mm... Mr. Nolan's movies tend to be awesome.

Misha Gericke said...

Yeah it's brilliant. Gives me a happy feeling every time I watch it.

Misha Gericke said...

Me too. Probably my favorite movie adaptions of a book series.

Trisha F said...

Some great movies in this list! The Dark Knight is prob my fave here.

The Capillary said...

Just dropping by from the blog hop. While our lists don't overlap, I have much love for the Chronicles of Narnia adaptations. I think they've been brilliantly done so far. :3

randi lee said...

Inception and Hunt for Red October are def. two awesome movies that I'd count into my top mix! Nice choices!