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AVRant #20: Movie Spectacular!

October 2nd, 2007

Dina and Tom run down their list of favorite movies in categories that Tom came up with. Don’t be surprised to hear non-Oscar categories such as “Movies based on Comics” and “Crime Noir”. Dina theatens to end the Podcast early on a number of ocasions but don’t worry, she’s bluffing. Thanks for listening!

Here are the lists

Tom’s List:

Action/Adventure: Die Hard, Aliens, Hard Boiled, Raiders, Road Warrior, Pulp Fiction, The Rundown

Winner: Lord of the Rings Trilogy

Comic Based Movie: Spiderman 2, Xmen2, Batman Returns, 300, Sin City, V for Vendetta, The Rocketeer, The Shadow, Hellboy

Winner: The Crow

Comedy: Planes Trains and Automobiles, The Inlaws, Monty Pyton and the Holy Grail, Spinal Tap, Best in Show, American Werewolf in London, Evil Dead 2, Something about Mary/Dumb and Dumber, Parenthood

Winner: Bringing up Baby

Crime/Noir: The Usual Suspects, LA Confidential, Salton Sea, Out of Sight

Winner: Brick

Drama (chick flick): American Beauty, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Broadcast News, Shawshank Redemption, Rashomon (Kurosawa), A History of Violence, Apocalypse Now, Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon

Winner: Dangerous Liaisons

Horror/Thriller: Ring, Jaws, Psycho, Halloween, Exorcist, Alien, The Thing, Silence of the Lambs

Winner: Poltergeist

Martial Arts: Enter the Dragon, Seven Samurai, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Hero, Once Upon a Time in China

Winner: Drunken Master 2

Musical: The Commitments

Winner: Moulin Rouge

Sci Fi: Star Wars, Blade Runner, Dark City, Star Trek (Kahn, First Contact), War of the Worlds, T2, Galaxy Quest, Tron

Winner: 5th Element

Animated: All thins Pixar (especially The Incredibles), Akira

Winner: Spirited Away

Overall Favorite: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn
Sentimental Favorite: The Salton Sea
Special Mention: The Matrix

Dina’s List:

Whenever she decides to send it to me (I’ve asked MULTIPLE times), I’ll post it.

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  1. October 2nd, 2007 at 15:15 | #1

    Clint’s List:

    Action/Adventure: Empire Strikes Back
    Reasoning: The feeling this movie evoked when Vader revealed himself as Luke’s father has been untouched for years. The ONLY movie that got very close was The Matrix when Keanu takes the pill and wakes up in the battery.

    Comic Based Movie: Batman Returns
    Reasoning: The only reason I chose this was because to me,. this represents a departure from cheesy (think Superman) hero movies to a more serious take on these classic superhero movies.

    Comedy: Evil Dead 2
    Reasoning: This movie to me was such an incredible departure from horror movies and to combine horror and comedy in this way was simply mindblowingly cool. This movie is for everyone who ever said “Why doesn’t he just…” In Evil Dead – he does it. Bruce Campbell is the ultimate badass.

    Crime/Noir: Brick
    Reasoning: I loved this movie. It’s hard to talk about film noir in terms of being “original” but their take on the style/genre was refreshing and successful. The Usual Suspects was a close second.

    Drama (chick flick): Pride and Prejudice (1995)
    Reasoning: I really loved this BBC version and to this day it’s one of the more entertaining films in my collection.

    Horror/Thriller: Halloween
    Reasoning: The original was simply incredible and in my opinion set the bar. Nightmare on Elm Street was close since it was such an original concept at the time.

    Martial Arts: Iron Monkey
    Reasoning: For some reason, this movie just stuck with me as being the perfect martial arts film. I also really love the black and white Zatoichi series about a blind Samurai. Just classy martial arts.

    Musical: Moulin Rouge
    Reasoning: Fresh. Original.

    Sci Fi: The Fifth Element
    Reasoning: This is actually my favorite movie of all time. It’s mix of comedy, action and intelligent dialogue took the genre to a new place.

    Animated: Spirited Away
    Reasoning: I have yet to see such an original storyline. Miyazaki is a genius.

    Overall Favorite: The Fifth Element
    Sentimental Favorite: Empire Strikes Back, Lord of the Rings Trilogy
    Special Mention: The Matrix

  2. October 2nd, 2007 at 16:54 | #2

    I liked Iron Monkey as well but have you seen the preview for it? Talk about misleading. I don’t think the person that did the preview even saw the flick. Or perhaps they just had to make up the voice over from the footage or something. Weird.

  3. IamAhab
    October 3rd, 2007 at 18:05 | #3

    Hey Tom, you said “You can make a good movie, or you can make a movie with a message.” but you liked V for Vendetta. Hmmm…

  4. October 5th, 2007 at 10:12 | #4

    Pulp fiction is action adventure? I don’t know about that…

    And not a single David Fincher movie on the list; for shame.

    I did move Brick to he top of my queue based on your recommendations though.

    The Real HT Info Podcast

  5. avaserfi
    October 5th, 2007 at 13:28 | #5

    Andrew’s List:

    Action/Adventure: Die Hard
    Ultimate guy movie and a blast to watch.

    Comic Based Movie: Tie: Sin City/The Crow
    I had forgotten about the movie The Crow until the podcast. The original was and still is amazing, but the sequels blow.

    Comedy: Arrested Development
    I know its a TV show that was short lived, but I think I have watched the whole series at least 4-5 times and never fail to find new, well written, jokes. If anyone hasn’t seen this I strongly recommend it

    Crime/Noir: Reservoir Dogs
    Love Tarintino and this is some of his best.

    Drama (chick flick): Requiem for a Dream
    I still remember the first time I watched this movie. The acting is top notch and the message is clear. Horrifying and inspiring at the same time.

    Horror/Thriller: Se7en
    This movie still creeps me out a bit. If you ask me Spacey is a little too good with that role…

    Martial Arts: Ong Bak Thai Warrior
    I just really enjoyed this one.

    Musical: I avoid these…N/A

    Sci Fi: The Fifth Element
    Can’t go wrong with this movie. When it first came out I didn’t get it (guess I was too young) now I love the movie. The BD rerelease was a huge step up for those interested.

    Animated: Koi Kraze
    One of the best drama’s I have seen actually. It is a three disc series from Japan that delves into the taboo subject of incest. The voice acting is amazing and the characters are very engaging. I was extremely surprised an English dub was done considering the topic. One of the best drama’s I have ever watched even though it is an anime.

    Overall Favorite: Pulp Fiction
    Sentimental Favorite: The Original Star Wars movies and Alien
    Special Mention: 12 Monkies

  6. BobMac
    October 7th, 2007 at 02:43 | #6

    Action/Adventure: Lord of the Rings (trilogy)
    Comic Based Movie: Superman
    Comedy: Office Space
    Crime/Noir: Brick
    Drama (chick flick): Punk Drunk Love
    Horror/Thriller: Blair Witch Project
    Martial Arts: Kill Bill
    Musical: Chicago
    Sci Fi: The Matrix (trilogy)
    Animated: The Incredibles
    Overall Favorite: The Graduate
    Sentimental Favorite: Star Wars (complete)
    Special Mention: Reservoir Dogs (the movie that made me love movies)

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