Old Movie Favorites
Here is an old list I made of favorite movies -- which is
pretty eclectic. The titles link to the definitive movie info
source, IMDB. In general,
I like films which have some bite (as opposed to pretty pictures);
fast-paced comedy and action; and anything which throws your
expectations in a blender.
There's Nothing Out There
A cute spoof of horror films, which plays on the fourth wall.
Keep an eye on this director. (Actually, this was written and
directed by my best friend from high school, Rolfe Kanefsky,
and I worked on the set during the summer when it was shot.)
Armor of God II
Or in general ANY film directed by and starring
This is one of the more consistantly funny and inventive.
The Beast (1988)
A philosophical and intruiging film about a Russian tank in
Afghanistan - based on the stage play (?!).
Big Trouble in Little China
John Carpenter's hilarious pulp masterpiece: a parody adventure
film with breakneck pacing, starring Kurt Russell.
Bringing Up Baby
Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn at their madcap best.
Clean and Sober
A surprisingly subtle drama about compulsiveness and addiction,
starring Michael Keaton. While is not consistantly great, it had
a powerful punch - at least for me.
Madelaine Stowe and Alan Rickman in a two-person, closed-room
drama about torture. Thoughtful and compelling (sponsored by
The Court Jester
A hilarious and inventive 1956 musical comedy featuring Danny Kaye,
a take-off of various Robin Hood flicks.
Evil Dead II
A combination of slapstick comedy and horror, with geysers of
blood and inventive visuals. Not for everyone, but hilarious and
Peter Falk and Alan Arkin in a madcap adventure to a banana
An ultra-violent, overblown Hong Kong melodrama, starring an
incomparable, charismatic Chow Yun Fat, directed by John Woo.
Quentin Tarantino's first film: a masterwork of editting and full
of surprises. As usual for Tarantino, the dialogue is sharp and
engrossing and counter-pointed by extreme violence.
The Tall Blonde Man with One Black Shoe
A hilarious 1972 French slapstick comedy about an espionage
Better Known Favorites
Now, I wouldn't want to give the impression that I had something against
mainstream films. Here's a list of some of my favorites among better
Crimes and Misdemeanors
One of the most compelling dramas I have seen, addressing
moral philosophy without moralizing.
One of the best action movies ever, with an ultra-tight script
and near-perfect pacing.
Do the Right Thing
A film which makes serious issues fun without diminishing them --
no small feat.
Full Metal Jacket
A truly twisted film about an exaggerated picture of marines
trained for Vietnam.
Life of Brian
The best of Monte Python, I think, as it is a true satire of
organized religion which is often eloquent as well as funny.
Just one of my favorite road pictures - carried mostly by the
chemistry between Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin.
The Muppet Movie
Pretty much the perfect movie. For more muppets, check the
Muppets Home Page
A fascinating winding of three stories into the classic tale of
temptation, redemption, and salvation -- with some of the best
dialogue I have ever seen.
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Closer to true pulp fiction, although still somewhat revisionist
with Harrison Ford as the not-quite-larger-than-life hero.
Enough praise has been given this film, I guess, but even with a
weak ending it stands out.
The Sure Thing
Alright, I'm a John Cusack fan. Just something in the offbeat
comedy clicked with me.
A great western, which casts a new light on an age-old plot with
some insightful dialogue.
When Harry Met Sally...
A hilarious comedy, I think, mostly because of how close it strikes
John H. Kim <jhkim-at-darkshire-dot-net>
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