It's time for Ninja Captain Alex's Top Ten Movie Countdown Blogfest! Hop around, check out the lists, and leave comments where you agree, or disagree, or are just completely bewildered. For my top 10 list, I didn't spend too much time ranking the entries or trying to figure out which are the BEST movies of all time - instead, I went with those old stand-bys that I know I will watch again and again and again everytime they hit TV. So, in no particular order . . . okay, so alphabetical order . . . I give you:
Army of Darkness - All of the Evil Dead movies are classics but, for me, this one was the best of the bunch. I will go see the Evil Dead remake when it comes out, but there is no replacing Bruce Campbell.
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure - Hands down, the absolute best (and funniest) time travel movie ever made. I still laugh at every single gag whenever I watch it, and not even the disappointment of their Bogus Journey can dampen my enthusiasm.
The Empire Strikes Back - The entire original trilogy is a classic, and even the oft-maligned Return of the Jedi could deserve a place in the top 10, but it's Empire that always defines the franchise for me.
Jurassic Park - Anybody who denies that eyes went wide, their jaw dropped, and their inner child peeked out from the depths of their soul the first time they saw a dinosaur walk onto the screen is a liar! An absolutely stellar adaptation of one of my favourite books.
A Knight's Tale - When it first came out, I thought it was the stupidest idea ever for a movie. When I first sat down to watch it, I wondered what the hell I was doing. Somehow, all these years later, I will still stop whatever it is I am doing to sit down, tap my feet, and cheer every time it comes on TV.
Lethal Weapon - The first and the best of the bunch. As much fun as the other movies in the series were, and as great as Joe Pesci was in the second, the dark, sombre, manic tone of the first still sets the standard. Plus, if you stick around for the credits, you get a killer title track from my hometown boys, Honeymoon Suite.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail - It was a toss-up between this and Life of Brian, but in terms of sheer quotability, the Holy Grail wins out.
Poltergeist - One of the first horror movies I ever watched, and still one that manages to creep me out every time. That damn clown beside the bed? Yeah, I still jump every time poor Robbie comes up from looking under the bed to find it waiting behind him.
Raiders of the Lost Ark - I could have gone with The Last Crusade, which was an absolutely stellar movie, but Raiders was the first, and the one that I watched nearly every time I visited my Aunt's house. With all due respect to Han Solo, this was Harrison Ford's finest role.