Thursday, May 28, 2009

Muse City

Well, if we're excepting the top five over on the right, my list starts to look like this (and I'm gonna steal some from Myles):

1. To Kill a Mockingbird
2. Rushmore
3. Tommy Boy
4. The Natural
5. Big Fish
6. Slumdog Millionaire
7. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
8. The Omen
9. Return of the Jedi
10. Serenity
11. Raiders of the Lost Ark
12. Pump Up the Volume
13. The Princess Bride
14. The Fisher King
15. Dawn of the Dead


the hamster said...

yeah. sure, bra. don't steal any from the hamster. Lord, no. wouldn't want to steal any wood chips and wheel-grease from the ol' hamster.

also, i nearly put THE NATURAL on my list, but figured that i haven't seen it in years, even when i've had the chance. that has to stand for something.

also, good call on SERENITY and RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, which i will gladly take over TEMPLE OF DOOM any day of the week.

ooo, and big shocker that STAR TREK IV trumped THE WRATH OF KHAN. you make me wanna revisit the entire set.

i was secretly wondering if you would go with THE OMEN or THE EXORCIST, knowing you would only choose one of the two. and i'm very surprised you didn't include a single zombie flick, particularly RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD, which i though for sure was a shoo-in. in fact, dude, you only have one horror flick on this whole list: no zombies, no slashers, no B-flicks. i feel like i don't even know you anymore.

John Barber said...

I've got a lot of love for STAR TREK IV, which doesn't get its due (kinda like RETURN OF THE JEDI). I'm not saying it's better than KHAN, but I do love it so.

I never considered EXORCIST, but ROSEMARY'S BABY almost made the cut.

As for zombie movies, I should have DAWN OF THE DEAD on there. It's a masterpiece. The original, not the remake, although I really like it too. I'll amend that...

Slasher films are like candy. If somebody asks me what my favorite foods are, I'm not gonna say Milky Way, even though I really like Milky Way. They just aren't gonna crack the top 15.

the hamster said...

fair enough on THE EXORCIST and ROSEMARY'S BABY. i see your point there. and i agree. THE EXORCIST is fairly over-rated. ROSEMARY'S BABY is the scariest thing i have ever seen in my life. turned it off when she looks at the kid in the crib and the guy says, "he has his father's eyes." the exact scene you quoted in an email to me yesterday. turned that mo-fo off and prayed my house up in Jesus' name. scary shit, man.

i do not see your point on RETURN OF THE JEDI. once luke busts everyone off the sarlacc pitt, it's all downhill. but, whatev.

DAWN OF THE DEAD over RETURN OF THE DEAD makes total sense. should have seen that coming.

as for candy and slasherflicks: they're still favorites. and i've heard you talk up slasher flicks with a great deal of oomph and urge. need i remind you: you reintroduced me to the glory of the slasher flick. without you i never would have revisited the vorhees saga. not to mention, as myles topic bar reads on his list, there is an unapologetic place in our cinematic diet for a healthy dose of schlock.

i think we can still be friends.

(autobiographical semi-nude character sketch: i wrote this comment sitting on my living room sofa near the big back window in my boxers on my way to the shower, which is no where near the downstairs living room but i needed a glass of water before getting in the water naked. so there. take that)