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I guess I just like liking things

lastactionheroConsidering today is April 1, I wanted to do something fool-related, but none of my ideas were panning out (the best of which was “Mr. T Roles,” but I hadn’t seen enough of them to do a whole list). So the fallback is the next year in our “Movies of ____” series. You’ll have to get your fool-related content elsewhere!

10. In the Line of Fire – This one made #3 on my list of Rene Russo movies. I’ll never be quite sure about the “romance” between the two leads, but the movie is good regardless.

9. Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story – One of my favorite biopics. It plays a little fast and loose with the facts (like most biopics), but the main points are there. I’ll always be fascinated by Bruce Lee and I thought the mix of fact and mystical elements worked here.

8. Cliffhanger – #4 on my Stallone list.

7. Army of Darkness – My favorite of the Evil Dead movies (so far). More silly than gross is what makes the difference for me.

6. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm – Until The Dark Knight came along, this was the best Batman movie.

5. Last Action Hero – An underappreciated Arnold movie. It isn’t perfect, but it’s a lot of fun.

4. Demolition Man – #3 on my Stallone list and #1 on my Sandra Bullock list. As a side note, Taco Bell serves breakfast now, so the vision of them being the only fast food restaurant in the future is becoming more and more likely.

3. Jurassic Park – I don’t think they’ll ever make a better dinosaur movie than this one.

2. Groundhog Day – On paper this movie sounds impossible to put together. One of my all-time favorites, I’m thinking top 20 for sure.

1. The Nightmare Before Christmas – The Tim Burtonest non-Tim Burton movie ever made. Touching, funny, weird, and a little gross. This one’s a Halloween tradition for me, but I could watch it most any time.


Notable omissions:

  • Mrs. Doubtfire – I liked it well enough at the time, but I haven’t felt the need to revisit it in 15+ years.
  • The Fugitive – Great movie, certainly (and The Janitor is in it!), but again, I never feel like I need to watch this one again.
  • Schindler’s List – This movie would be at the top of my list entitled “Great movies I hope I never have to see again.” It’s powerful, important, and hard to watch.
  • Sleepless in Seattle – I should probably give this one another try. It’s been a long time.
  • Philadelphia – Never seen it.
  • Cool Runnings – Fun, certainly, but is this in anyone’s top ten list?
  • Free Willy – Never seen this one, either.

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