Thursday, February 12, 2009

22-31 of the 98 movies I think everyone should see

Drunken Master 2

Jackie Chan's finest fight work. The man is in his physical prime and the films plot isn't half bad for a movie that is clearly meant to piece together fight scenes. The last scene may come across as a little tasteless* but for the most part it doesn't ruing the film. Yes it is a sequel, but you do not need to see the first one to watch this one. If at all possible, please avoid the dubbed version called "Legend of Drunken Master"

Empire of the Sun

Some people hate it but I find it a beautiful film. Well, as beautiful as a film set in WWII Japanese controlled China can be. Christian Bale (in one of his first performances) gives us a fascinating tale of war through the eyes of a child.

Escape From New York

Snake Plissken? I thought you was dead? The concept is wacky (turn Manhattan into a prison? With the price of real estate?) but the execution was well done.

Father Goose

A romantic comedy set in the South Pacific during WWII. It's a fun little movie that I watch often.

A Fish Called Wanda

Brilliant Cast. Brilliant Execution. Brilliant Film.

Free Enterprise

This movie is almost a little too biographical to me. Any scifi fan who hasn't seen this owes it to themselves to see us "fans" in a proper light. Plus, it's got William Shatner rapping Shakespeare. You seriously can't go wrong with that. Seriously, check it out:


In a sea of crappy sci-fi it is a nice thing when you find a well produced, well scripted, film that doesn't treat its audience like idiots. A very enjoyable tale of a possible look at how humans could possibly force our own evolution and the evils therein. Plus, I don't even like Uma Thurman and I love this movie.

God Of Cookery

When Martial Arts meets Iron Chef. For a good look at how chinese comedy is done, check this out. My only recommendation is you either eat well before, or plan on going out for noodles after the film.*

Grosse Pointe Blank

Who doesn't love John Cusack? He once again dons the black suit that made him famous and gives us a fascinating dark comedy look at a hitman coming home to his 10 year high school reunion.

Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle

If Bing Crosby and Bob Hope ever made a stoner film.** My favorite bit of watching this film is that when viewed appropriately, one can feel the magical power of a Hudson (my immortal buddy) story unfolding to you.

*Recommendation also stands if you view the film Tampopo.
**I guess Road to Rio could be one.

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