I’m a huge fan of movies. I grew up in a time when VCR’s were in almost every household. I didn’t have one as a kid, but the house where I was babysat at had one and every week my friend who lived there and was my age would show me a new piece of movie awesomeness that I would never have seen otherwise. While my dad would take me to see the newest Superman movies out at the time in the theater, and my mom would every now and then take me to see the new Disney flick, my friend Paul would show me some of the best movies, Indiana Jones, Star Wars, Ghostbusters, to name a few.
When I was nine or ten my dad bought our family the first VCR we ever owned, and with it, rented movies. The first two we rented were Beetlejuice and Harry and the Hendersons. Later we’d get cable with HBO and we would record a ton of movies, namely Dirty Dancing (which my sisters insisted I watch a million times with them which crazily is why I like it now), the Goonies, and just about every Freddy and Jason movie that was out there at the time.
Because I grew up in a time when watching movies was about the only past time you could have with your family (aside from going out and doing things outside), I now have a love for watching movies. And because I have this love, I’ve seen a lot of them. Sadly not as many as I’d like, but still a bunch. Without further ado, here is my list of my top 10 favorite movies of all time.
10. Freddy vs Jason
Two colossal giants finally met each other in an epic showdown of the ages. The rumor of this movie had been around for upwards of two decades before it finally became reality, and when it did, it didn’t disappoint.
The movie had a great story line, considering the topic, actors who fit the bill for either one of the headliners’ solo flicks, and the perfect meshing between two of the most well known, iconic motion picture characters in the world. People who have never seen one of their movies know exactly who they are. Freddy Kruger and Jason Voorhees came together on screen and made a statement about how all horror movies should be made.
When they finally clashed, those watching the movie couldn’t breathe as the two gave each other all they had, facing off against an enemy the likes of which they had never faced before. Everyone watching had a favorite and wanted him to win, and when it was all said and done, I think everyone was satisfied with the classic ending. I was. This was one of few movies I’ve ever been to where the audience applauded at the end, loudly.
I rooted for Freddy.
9. Sleepaway Camp 2: Unhappy Campers
Following the first release which caused a major buzz amongst movie-goers due to its brutality and disturbing yet classic ending, Campers picks up several years later when female serial killer Angela is released from the mental hospital, rehabilitated and ready to live amongst regular people. She takes a job as a camp councilor at a camp located just miles down the road from the camp in the first movie which had been shut down due to the horrible slayings in the first movie.
She feels that she is completely refreshed and capable to do the job, except her mean streak is nowhere near from gone. While she loves the good kids at the camp and is truly a people person, she absolutely detests any wrong doing or any “bad” behavior and she uses violence and death as a way to teach the wrongdoers their lessons.
Even though the second and third installments of this series were done by someone other than the man who created the first, they were two of my favorite horror movies of all time and, while they weren’t done by the original guy they were still done, basically, based off of his writings on possibly doing a sequel, which he didn’t get around to.
The deaths in the movies are disturbing and horrific, not to mention extremely creative, which is what I love most about the movies. In the second and third movies, there’s no doubt about who the killer is, and the fact that it’s a woman who doesn’t stalk anybody, rather, mingles with everybody, is what makes this movie and this series extremely awesome.
A fourth was finally made recently called Return to Sleepaway Camp. It was done by the guy who did the first movie, and he totally went around the second and third movies, making the fourth as if those two had never been made. I didn’t care for it as much as a movie, and because he ignored the second and third movies with it.
8. The Blues Brothers
This is how Saturday Night Live movies should turn out. A classic all the way through. The sequel wasn’t great at all, so let’s not even bring it up.
In this movie you have two comedic geniuses working together to bring us comedy in its purest form. John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd came together to give us a silver screen rendition of something they did seriously as a real band.
That’s right, the two got together and recorded songs as the Blues Brothers’ Show Band and Revue and released an album, Briefcase Full of Blues in 1978. Their band was the same group of guys you saw in the movie.
This movie also had a full line up of stars in the backing roles, such as Carrie Fisher, Cab Calloway, Ray Charles, John Candy and many others.
Aside from the hysterical comedy, this movie is also chock full of great music, great performances by some of the legends in music, and they destroy more cars in this movie than during the entire run of the Dukes Of Hazard TV show.
If you can watch this movie without laughing or jamming to the tunes, check yourself for a pulse. Also, a TV show is in the works. Let’s hope it’s better than the movie sequel.
7. A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors
To me this is just the best of the series. I can’t say why, exactly, other than there are a lot of interesting deaths in it and overall it’s just a sensory overload on coolness. Most of the Freddy movies are, though. Visually fun to watch, if you can handle how horrorific it is.
6. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
This is the first Jones movie I ever watched, when I was just a wee lad. I loved the movie so much I got myself a whip and taught myself how to use it. I got pretty good, too. While I couldn’t use it to latch onto something over head and swing with it, I did snatch my little sisters handlebar with it and yanked her bike out from underneath her while she was riding it. I got in a lot of trouble for that. It’s okay though, cause when she got up and started to run into the house crying, I snapped her in the ass with my whip just as the screen door closed behind her. I lost my whip that day. Had I not, I’d be a famous whipster right now.
5. Grandma’s Boy
The newest movie on this list, this has easily earned itself a spot on my top ten favorites of all time. The movie is hysterical, donning a cast of co-stars in leading roles. Produced by a company started by yet another Saturday Night Live star, Grandma’s Boy is a movie that shows even the co-stars can put out a quality movie that competes with the big dogs.
Allen Covert (co-stars in every Sandler movie ever), Linda Cardellini (Scooby-Doo), Peter Dante (see Allen Covert), Shirley Jones (The Partridge Family) in one of the greatest roles of her career, Kevin Nealon (SNL, Weeds), Doris Roberts (Everybody Loves Raymond), Nick Swardson (Reno 911!), Jonah Hill (Superbad) all make up a hugely recognizable and unforgettable cast.
The movie works on all levels and is such a genuinely funny movie that any comedy coming out in the future will have a hard time topping it. This is a movie I can watch countless times (and have) and never get bored with it.
The first movie I ever got to watch on my very own VCR, this movie is another classic and it showcases the very funny side of Michael Keaton. With a great cast and great writing, this movie showcases the darker side of raunchy comedy. This will always be on my play list of great movies.
3. The Great Outdoors
Yet another Dan Aykroyd classic. This time he’s an asshole who wrecks his family’s vacation by bringing along his own family. This is a movie that shows just how great some movies can be when they rely on great writing and acting to pull it off instead of a ton of CGI. John Candy pulls a great performance in this one as well, because, well, he’s John fucking Candy.
I just realized something. Dan Aykroyd has now shown up on this list three times (Blues Brothers, The Great Outdoors). That says something about the man, don’t you think?
If you don’t know about Ghostbusters by now, you just aren’t a person who knows anything about movies. This is probably, arguably, the greatest comedy of all time. Along with Indiana Jones, this is another movie I got to watch as a wee lad while being babysat. What a great movie this is. And how could it not be? The cast alone is awesome. And two of the guys in the awesome cast wrote it.
The movie made legends out of Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis, Annie Potts and of course Ernie Hudson. If you’ve never seen it, stop what you’re doing and watch it. Just do it. Now. And even if you have seen it, finish reading this blog post and then go watch it. I am.
“Once we get out of the eighties, the nineties are going to make the sixties look like the fifties.” What insight the writer of the movie had to come up with a line like that. Because the movie came out in 1990 and was set in 1989. And the line turned out to be pretty damned true.
The movie is a moving one, pitting a 60s radical, Huey Walker (Dennis Hopper) against an FBI agent John Buckner (Kiefer Sutherland) who happens to be a run-away hippie. With gigantic shades of comedy mixed with a gripping story and classic music alongside an eclectic cast, Flashback is one of the greatest movies of all time, in my humble opinion.
Keep in mind there are a ton of other movies that are all awesome in my opinion, I only had room for 10 on a list of 10. So there they are, in all their splendor. What’s your list?