Monday, October 14, 2013

The 80's

Trying to pick my 50 favorite movies in honor of turning 50 in a couple months. Turned out too hard to do so I decided to go year by year for every year of my life and pick 1 for each year with a few honorable mentions for each year as well. Unless stated otherwise,each "favorite" will be in my collection. Honorable mentions will be in yellow if I have them in my collection.There will,of course,be movies not listed that you think should be here. If a movie isn't listed then it's likely for 1 of 3 reasons...1) I just haven't seen it  2) I've seen it and didn't care for it,had no attachment to it  3) I missed it on the list of movies and forgot about it lol  (hey,i'm reading the name of every movie released over a 50 year period.I may just miss a few)


1980 - The 1st tie! I couldn't decide. One,The Empire Strikes Back,is the best Star Wars movie (to date). The original Star Wars trilogy gave me a world to retreat to in my teen years,it was my own personal fortress of solitude to escape to.The other pick is The Elephant Man. It's a movie that I relate to more than any other movie ever made.It touches me in places no other movie possibly could. It had to be #1,but so did Empire for similar reasons. Honorable mentions go to Airplane!, Blues Brothers (great sound track), Caddyshack, Friday The 13th, McVicar (Roger Daltrey in a great movie - see it), Superman II.

1981 - Raiders Of The Lost Ark - The introduction of Indiana Jones,what more need I say? Honorable mentions : American Werewolf In London, Escape From New York, Halloween II, Friday The 13th pt 2 (one of my faves in all those Jason movies), The Road Warrior (honestly?, the only 1 of the 3 that I like at all).

1982 - Kind of an odd year. Not one movie stood out as an absolute favorite but there were a whole bunch I really liked. No Ape movie, a non-Star Wars year, but Star Trek steps up to the plate! with Star Trek II : The Wrath Of Khan. Honorable mentions going to E.T., Bladerunner, Creepshow, Fast Time At Ridgemont High, Friday The 13th pt 3, Rocky III, and Poltergeist. A pretty good year,just no absolute favorite. Star Trek really wins by default lol.

1983 - Esy winner...weak year in general and a (original trilogy) Star Wars year. Return Of The Jedi. This is where the franchise started to go down hill. Loved it at the time,and still do but it is easily the weak lin in the original trilogy, quality-wise. I fell bad trash talking it because it is a fun movie. It's just not as good as the first two. I wait 6 years to see what Darth Vader looks like and he's Humpty Dumpty? It's saved by the scne just prior where Darth saves Luke. My favorite scene in all the Star Wars movies. Two other movies mad the grade in 1983 : A Christmas Story, and The Evil Dead. EASILY the weakest year yet. Some half-decent movies but nothing I owuld consider faves or must haves for my collection. Three that stood out. Thats it. Hopefully 1984 improves....

1984 -  Star Trek III : The Search For Spock  This is one of my favorites in the Trek franchise. I like it better than a lot of others do,apparently lol. That is,if you subscribe to the odd-even Star Trek "curse" I don't,but many "trekkies/trekkers" do. Other favorites from '84....Friday The 13th pt 4 (my fave from that series), Ghostbusters, Indiana Jones & The Temple Of Doom (weak,compared to the other two in the original trilogy)

1985 - WOW. What  poor year. Awful,just...awful. The fave was an easy pick but there wasnt a lot to choose from for runners up. Here they are though....Return Of The Living Dead (contains one of my fave scenes in all movies..there are 2 guys trying to figure out what to do when all the dead animals in display cases and such start coming to life (they work at a verterinary supply warehouse). The new guy is freaking out and his boss says to him "listen,if you like this job,you'll calm down" the guy replies "LIKE THIS JOB?!?!?!?!" always cracks me up, Toxic Avenger, European Vacation, Back To The Future.

1986 - Star Trek IV : The Voyage Home. A very fun movie. A slightly different Spock than we had seen up to then. But again,the trend as the 80's continue, is crap in general. Platoon & The Money Pit, and Aliens were the only other three that made the cut.

1987 - Planes,Trains,& Automobiles. This was an easy choice. One of my fave all time comedies. Candy & Martin were brilliant together. I wish they could have done more films together,great chemistry. Other faves from '87 are : Evil Dead 2, Harry & The Hendersons, Predator,Robocop, Let's Throw Mama From The Train. 1987 to the rescue, a much better year.

1988 - Midnight Run gets the nod for this year,for reasons to hard to explain.I'll just say this..."hellllooooooo" Don't worry, you're not suppose to get that. My sister Linda Macdougall will though. Honorables go to Alien Nation, Beetlejuice, Die Hard, Eight Men Out, Scrooged (an excellent twist on the classic tale), They Live, Young Einstein.
Well, the 80's seem to be closing on an rise in quality. As pertains to movies that meant something to me. But even still,for awhile there,there werent even so-called "quality" movies that I didnt like for whatever reason (things like "the english patient" - although critically acclaimed,NOT a movie likely to appear in this list) - not even a lot of movies like that.

1989 - Steel Magnolias. Such a good movie. Shirley Maclaine is awesome in it. More faves from 1989 were The Burbs, Back To The Future II, Batman, Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade. A few bad years but the 80's finished on a high note.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Favorite 50 movies released in my lifetime : The 70's

Trying to pick my 50 favorite movies in honor of turning 50 in a couple months. Turned out too hard to do so I decided to go year by year for every year of my life and pick 1 for each year with a few honorable mentions for each year as well. Unless stated otherwise,each "favorite" will be in my collection. Honorable mentions will be in yellow if I have them in my collection.There will,of course,be movies not listed that you think should be here. If a movie isn't listed then it's likely for 1 of 3 reasons...1) I just haven't seen it  2) I've seen it and didn't care for it,had no attachment to it  3) I missed it on the list of movies and forgot about it lol  (hey,i'm reading the name of every movie released over a 50 year period.I may just miss a few)


1970 - Beneath the Planet of the Apes  It's an Ape movie. 1 or 2 might not make fave pic but they are all in consideration for their years! This is the 2nd of the Apes movies. Talking monkeys,scarred mutants,atomic bombs. Everything you need!
Honorable mentions to Airport,Collosus : The Forbin Project,Dracula vs Frankenstein,Out Of Towners.

1971 - Escape From The Planet Of The Apes. It's an Ape movie,giving it an edge lol. Although it was almost Willie Wonka And The Chocolate Factory. That movie probably baby sat more people at the Stardust Theater in Maple Ridge on weekend than anything or anyone lol. I swear it was the matinee for a year haha. Honorable mentions also go to Dr. Phibes,Andromeda Strain,Dirty Harry,Omega Man,Big Jake, and The French Connection.

1972 - Conquest Of The Planet Of The Apes. Apes win pretty much every time! Honorable menntions to Blacula,The Cowboys,Deliverance,Dr. Phibes Rises Again,Judge Roy Bean,Silent Running,Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid,The Godfather,ThePoseidon Adventure.

1973 - (by the way.. a great year for movies...so good,an Ape movie is honorable mention lol) - The Sting. I consider this to be a perfect movie. Never get tired of the ending,awesome. Music is fantastic. Honorables go to Paper Moon. Fantastic movie,great performance by Tatum O'Neal.   Honorable mentions to  American Graffiti,Battle For The Planet Of The Apes, Jesus Christ - Superstar, Papillon,Soylent Green.

1974 - Young Frankenstein - Mel Brooks at his finest. Watched it recently,still just as funny. Honorable mentions to Blazing Saddles, Earthquake, Crazy Joe, Godfather II, Longest Yard,The Parallax View,Towering Inferno.

1975 - Monty Python & The Holy Grail. 'Tis but a scratch! Many great lines came out of this movie. Honorable mentions to Apple Dumpling Gang,Death Race 2000, Dog Day Afternoon, French Connection II, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest.

1976 -  Rocky. Love the character,love the movies (most of them).  Honorable mentions go to All The President's Men,The Outlaw Josey Wales, Mother,Jugs,and Speed. (because I could lol)

1977 - Star Wars  This movie is the only possible choice for this year.  Honorable mentions to Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, and Slapshot. 1977 was not a very good year for quality movies.

1978 - Superman This is such a fun movie,a shame the rest of them more or less sucked. Honorable mentions (in yet another relatively poor crop of movies) to Halloween, Deer Hunter,The Medusa Touch.

1979 - Rocky II As stated previously, I love the character and some of the movies. II might make the list but IV & V definitely wont lol. Honorable mentions (in a much stronger year) And Justice For All, Apocalypse Now, The Warriors, Up In Smoke, Dawn Of The Dead, Meatballs.Alien.

Thats it for the 70's. The 80's will be up soon.



Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Favorite 50 movies released in my lifetime : The 60's

doing this one movie per year for each year of my life...I have seen every "favorite" movie on this list and,unless stated otherwise,it will also be in my personal collection. I was less stringent with the honorable mention picks as far as having to have them in my collection. If I do, they will be hilighted in yellow.
There will,of course,be movies not listed that you think should be here. If a movie isn't listed then it's likely for 1 of 3 reasons...1) I just haven't seen it  2) I've seen it and didn't care for it,had no attachment to it  3) I missed it on the list of movies and forgot about it lol  (hey,i'm reading the name of every movie released over a 50 year period.I may just miss a few)

1963 - Cleopatra  They should make a movie about making this movie. And they should call THAT movie "Clusterfuck" The end result is great but what chaos and drama behind the scenes!
   honorable mention.....The Brain That Wouldn't Die, How The West Was Won,Irma LaDouce,It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World,Jason And The Argonauts,King Kong Vs Godzilla,The Nutty Professor.

1964 - Robinson Crusoe on Mars.   I saw this play as the matinee in the local theater several times as a kid. loved it then,love it now. Cheesy effects in spots but it adds to the charm.
   honorable mention.....Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte, The Pink Panther, Failsafe, Fistful of Dollars, Goldfinger, I Eat Your Skin, and A Hard Day's Night.

1965 - Cat Ballou. Lee Marvin won a well deserved Oscar for his portrayal of twin brothers in this hilarious western. NOT IN MY COLLECTION.
  honorable mention...Dr. Zhivago, Curse of the Fly, Attack of the Eye Creatures, Dr Who and the Daleks, Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines. Felt like a weak year as I went through the list of movies released in this year.

1966 - Batman : The Movie. So bad,its awesome! one of my all time fave lines comes from this one Batman is running along trying to find a place to throw a bomb before it explodes. Everywhere he goes there are innocent people.."some days,you just can't get rid of a bomb" NOT IN MY COLLECTION.
    honorable mention.....  A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Born Free, One Million Years B.C., The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming!, A Man For All Seasons.  Wow, I thought '65 was a bad year for movies. 1966 was worse! not just for movies in my collection,or have seen,but overall not a good year.

1967 -  Bonnie & Clyde  Classic gangster pic that launched a few careers.  NOT IN MY COLLECTION. (The mid 60's don't seem to be well represented in my collection!)
  honorable mention (a much better year in terms of quality,if not representation)  Barefoot in the Park, Doctor Doolittle, The Dirty Dozen, Fitzwilly, Guess Who's Coming To Dinner, To Sir With Love.

1968 - Planet of the Apes  I had this one all ready to go! lol. No matter how many awesome movies there were for 1968,NOTHING could possibly mean as much to me as this movie. It's my movie comfort food. I've likely seen it 150+ times in my life. Ask my family lol
  honorable mention...2001 A Space Odyssey, The Boston Strangler, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Night of the Living Dead, The Odd Couple.

1969 - True Grit  My favorite western ever. NOT IN MY COLLECTION.  Elsewise,1969 was the worst year yet. Mid to late 60's sucked. LOL
  honorable mention..Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid, Hello Dolly!


That's it for the 60's. I'm hoping the 70's are better represented in my collection. I will find out when I do them, gonna take a break for a bit. between this and the actual compilation of a data-base of my movie collection, I'm a tad burnt out on reading/typing movie titles. lol

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Congrats

A belated congrats to my dear friend Max and his wife on the birth of their new baby boy!
2 kids....if you hadn't been out of practice you could have scammed that into 3 or 4 !

a ways away yet,but...

I will be turning 50 this year (in october) and to commemorate,i will be compiling various "top 50" lists. Movies,songs,books,moments in life,etc. First up is going to be my 50 favorite movies. At first I thought it would be not too hard to think of 50 and it wasn't. The hard part was limiting it to JUST 50! So to make it easier on me I decided to list my fave movie from each year of my life. It's too hard otherwise. I'm 50, Ive seen just about every movie ever made (almost anyhow!) and there are just too many good ones or ones that I have sentimental attachment to,regardless of quality.After this list I will make one of my favorite films released prior to my birth year. The first list should be ready in a day or two.

Besides that,how are you?

Thursday, June 6, 2013

random bits

going to end up 2nd or 3rd,likely 3rd in the playoff pool. not too bad considering i didnt really know anything going into the pool since i havent paid much attention the last few years. the new job is working out great! so much fun and no stress,i love it! annie the cat never showed back up. it sucks but it sure beats having to take him in to be put down and i know he had a good life,full of love and cat adventures. going to try to post here at least once every day now.  having said that,i'm out of things to say right now,see ya later lol

Friday, May 17, 2013

Hockey pool

I am in a hockey playoff pool. 13 people in it,winner take all. at this point (early 2nd round) quite a few people are already out and last place is locked up. not by me. lol. i am currently in 4th with a very real shot at winning money, depending on how a couple series go - i really need san jose and boston to lose their respective series'. It's the first year I havent been out of the running after the first round.

Its also the first time i didnt take even one vancouver canuck.

just sayin'

New job

started a new job recently. manager/caretaker at a local motel. 7 units. not too hard. summer will be hectic but thats okay. this job rocks! i get to live in the on-site house free of rent,and i get cable,internet,and power free too. plus a salary! i feel like im semi retired lol!

Friday, May 3, 2013

In the immortal words of George Costanza....

I'M BACK,BABY!


there, thats better!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

For better or worse though...

...here are my predictions for this years playoffs. keep in mind that I havent watched a game all year, i'm just going off the top of my head.

First round,Western Conference :
(1) Vancouver vs (8) L.A.  ---- (1) Vancouver
(2) St. Louis vs (7) San Jose ---- (2) St. Louis
(3) Phoenix vs (6) Chicago ----  (6) Chicago
(4) Nashville vs (5) Detroit ---- (5) Detroit

First round,Eastern Conference :
(1) New York vs (8) Ottawa ---- (1) New York
(2) Boston vs (7) Washington ---- (2) Boston
(3) Florida vs (6) New Jersey ---- (6) New Jersey
(4) Pittsburgh vs (5) Philadelphia ---- (4) Pittsburgh

Second round,West :
(1) Vancouver vs (6) Chicago ---- (1) Vancouver
(2) St. Louis vs (5) Detroit ---- (5) Detroit

Second round,East :
(1) New York vs (6) New Jersey ---- (6) New Jersey
(2) Boston vs (4) Pittsburgh ---- (2) Boston

Third round,West:
(1) Vancouver vs (5) Detroit ---- (1) Vancouver

Third round,East :
(2) Boston vs (6) New Jersey ---- (2) Boston

Finals
Vancouver vs Boston ---- Vancouver

Yeah,I'm calling for a repeat of last year's finals,but with a different result.