Friday Frivolity…

Ok. I don’t usually sign up for these meme things but since it’s Friday…

Kitty Stiletto of the BedShoeBox (not for the faint-of-heart) tagged me in a blog post and challenged(?) to come up with a list of my 25 + 1 favourite movies – perfect for  a lazy Friday. So – in no particular order- here goes:

  1. The Godfather Trilogy – Coppola’s generation spanning masterpiece. Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Marlon Brando, James Caan and the gorgeous Talia Shire… A work of silver-screen art that must find its place in your DVD collection.
  2. Batman – Not the most recent ones (although much can be said about the late Heath Ledger’s performance) but the Tim Burton visions: a dark and dangerous Gotham where the blackness cloaks the hero and villains dance about in the light (must be watched in conjunction with the sequel featuring Michelle Pfeiffer in all her feline PVC splendour).
  3. Fritz the Kat – The animated adventures of a socially dysfunctional cat with one thing on his mind. A childhood role-model.
  4. La Cage Aux Folles – The original French version, featuring subtle and layered performances by the protagonists. Nathan Lane was good, Michel Serrault was better…
  5. The Maltese Falcon – Bogey and Astor. A Macguffin. Peter  Lorre. A fat man. Sheer awesomeness.
  6. The Magnificent Seven – The western version of Akira Kurosawa’s classic. Yul Brynner and Paul Newman riding high in the saddle. Stop that sniggering…
  7. Slumdog Millionaire – Wow. And not a chicken-head or an annoying stereotype in sight.
  8. Goldfinger – “Do you expect me to talk?” “No Mr. Bond, I expect you to die.” Complete with Aston Martin, Q, a gilded honey, Shirley Bassey and Ms Pussy Galore, this is the ultimate Bond movie. Daniel Craig can go eat a fat one.
  9. The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai – No, really. A young Peter Weller and a deliciously over-acting John Lithgow in a rip-roaring sci-fi flick that I think both would rather forget. Still, it’s excellent popcorn fare.
  10. Throw Momma From The Train – “The night was moist…” WAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
  11. Ichi The Killer – A sado-masochistic enforcer who has slits in his cheeks for exhaling smoke. A whole bunch of extreme violence. Get it now.
  12. The Dirty Dozen – The original Inglorious Basterds. 12 men with nothing to live for, get a shot at redemption. Lee Marvin plus Telly Savalas plus a whack of Nazis who won’t know what hit them but  will definitely get what they deserve…in buckets.
  13. Big Trouble in Little China – Kurt Russell takes on James Hong in knock-down drag-out battle between good and evil.
  14. Sin City – Robert Rodriquez and Frank Miller get together to take you on a tour through the streets of the darkest city on planet. Extra points scored for the Tarantino cameo, Carla Gugino’s unnecessary nudity and Rosario Dawson’s dominatrix get-up.
  15. Caché – Intense French thriller starring Daniel Auteuil and Juliette Binoche. If you love your suspense slow-boiled and your tension ratcheted up by notches to unbearable levels, then you gotta see this.
  16. The Birds – Alfred Hitchcock  takes something as simple as a sparrow and terrifies you to the point of taking down the birdfeeder, re-enforcing your windows and filling your home with cats.
  17. Clockwork – John Cleese stars as a by-the-minute headmaster whose day of recognition rapidly unwinds like a cheap cuckoo clock. Totally made me giggle everytime they played “He Who Would Valiant Be” in assembly…
  18. Bad Boys – Fast cars. Huge explosions. A seriously hot woman. No, it’s not my weekend – but it’s damned close…
  19. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – Michael Caine, in a rare comedic turn, goes head-to-head against Steve Martin in this battle of halfwits. Brilliant performance by Glenne Headley (nice pins too. LOL).
  20. The Shining – “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” A not-so-perfect adaptation of Stephen King’s novel but if Jack Nicholson doesn’t creep you out just a little…
  21. Star Trek – Despite the lack of the Shatner, the remake was seven flavours of awesomeness. And Zoe Saldana gets the official DAYUM! award…
  22. The Devil’s Rejects – “I am the Devil and I’ve come to do the Devil’s work…” Rob Zombie’s follow up to House of 1000 Corpses. Captain Spalding FTW!
  23. Reincarnation – A superlative piece of J-horror. Twisted, confusing and disturbing…
  24. Fast Track – Jason Bateman is among the world’s most underrated actors. This movie is not only a showcase of his incredible talent but also a satirical peek inside the world of advertising. Perfect date movie.
  25. Ghostbusters – Bill Murray, Dan Ackroyd and Harold Ramis. A 100 ft tall marshmallow man. Sigourney Weaver. Mass hysteria. Dogs and cats living together. (Minigame: try and spot the red-headed putz in a grey suit who tries desperately to put himself in almost every scene leading up to the climax of the movie)
  26. Reservoir Dogs Quentin Tarantino’s tour de force. Hard, edgy and without mercy, this movie is classic Tarantino. Featuring an all-star cast and some of the sharpest dialogue ever filmed, it simply must be in your DVD collection.

Wow. That was easy.  25 + 1 movies. I’m not gonna tag anyone but feel free to post your own list on your blog or add to this one in the comments. And big thanks to Kitty Stiletto for the excuse for me to get all geeky…

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