Sunday, October 23, 2011

Top 100 Movies of All-Time (59-50)

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59 - American Pie (1999)
Like what Halloween & Psycho are to slasher movies, what Jaws is to shark movies, & what Apocalypse Now & Platoon are to war movies...American Pie is to teenage sex comedies.  American Pie is the quintessential teenage sex movie.  A premise circled around a group of high schoolers obsessed with the notion of having sex and being in love with the women around them.  These movies have become a bit of a cliche now, but American Pie was one of the pioneers.  From Jason Biggs as Jim Levenstein, Chris Klein as Oz, Thomas Ian Nicholas as Kevin, Eddie Kaye Thomas as Finch, Sean William Scott as Stifler, Alyson Hanigan as Michelle, Tara Reid as Vicky (the virgin, HAH!), Shannon Elizabeth as Nadia, Mena Suvari as Heather, Eugene Levy as Jim's dad, & Chris Owen as The Shermanator this movie is anchored by a hilariously young and capable cast.  This one time, at band camp... has quickly become an iconic line that has lived on in infamy. 

58 - Grind (2003)
Now then, I have never been a skater, I tried but like throwing a curve ball, I never quite got the hang of it.  That didn't stop me from becoming a huge fan of skateboarding and the skateboarding culture.  I love the X-Games & Tony Hawk games, have become aware of and a big fan of skaters such as Tony Hawk, Bam Margera, Bob Burnquist, Rune Glifberg, Rob Dyrdek, and countless others.  The movie Grind tells the story of amateur skaters Eric Rivers (Mike Vogel), Dustin Knight (Adam Brody), & Matt Jensen (Vince Vieluf) as they drive across country to get to a skate competition   The crew is eventually joined by Sweet Lou Singer (Joey Kern) who is basically a carbon copy of the legendary and infamous David Wooderson character in Dazed and Confused played by Matthew McConaughey.  All in all, it's not the deepest and most thought provoking movie, but it's entertaining to me and also features a song with one of the best rap lyrics I've ever heard I like my bitches like my peanut butter, thick and chunky! 

57 - Charlie Bartlett (2008)
A lot of teenage driven comedies nowadays are pretty terrible, to be honest.  Charlie Bartlett was able to break the mold in 2008 and show us that they can still be done effectively.  Charlie Bartlett (Anton Yelchin) is a wealthy teenager living with his mom as he begins his first ever tenure at a public school after being expelled from all the private schools in the area.  He's naturally a good hearted and caring kid, but due to his extreme desire to be accepted and loved by those around him, he often gets into trouble.  He quickly befriends and falls for Susan Gardner (played by the immaculate Kat Dennings) Just one problem...she's the daughter of his school's principle, Nathan Gardner (played by the awesome Robert Downey, Jr.) Susan's father becomes very wary of Charlie and the two of them have great conflict.  The cast is rounded out by other hilarious & awesome young actors such as Tyler Hinton (plays Murphey Bivens, the bully who tries to initially make Charlie's life a living hell), Mark Rendall (plays the depressed kid Kip Crombwell who Charlie tries to help out), Jake Epstein of Degrassi fame (plays the jocky Dustin Lauderbach) & the super cute Megan Park (plays the cheerleader girl, Whitney Drummond)  You absolutely must account for the job Hope Davis does as Charlie's mother, Marilyn.  Teen driven comedies may still suck, but Charlie Bartlett will always be that lesser known, underrated movie that I will enjoy for years to come.

56 - Where the Wild Things Are (2009)
This movie resonates greatly with me.  I am literally floored by how stunning & beautiful this movie is.  Of all the movies I've ever seen in my life, I would have to say that Where the Wild Things Are is the most impressive, visually.  Director Spike Jonze did a phenomenal job of capturing the wonder, beauty, & innocence of this amazing story.  I loved the book growing up (even if it kind of scared the crap out of me) It's really tough for me to sit down and just write about this movie.  I don't know how to express how I feel about this movie, it's just stunning.  The job Max Records plays as little Max is fantastic and I can't begin to say how impressed I was by the personalities each Wild Thing had.  Such a diverse group of personalities that all blended together to form a movie I one day hope to show to my children in the future.

55 - Trick 'r Treat (2007)
Trick 'r Treat is made for someone like me.  Someone who is in love with the horror genre and the urban legends & lore of Halloween itself.  This movie is several intertwining stories put together all based off the legends of Halloween.  Don't put your candles out in your pumpkins until Halloween is over, always check to make sure the candy you've been given is safe, the dangers of trying to explore your local town's "scary story," and even more.  It's a bloody movie with an adorable little killer and is the epitome of guilty pleasure for me.

54 - Dogma (1999)
Got ourselves another Kevin Smith movie and one of his most controversial.  Dogma is a religion driven movie that pokes fun at some of the inconsistencies & downright silliness that is believed.  The combination of Matt Damon & Ben Affleck as Loki & Bartleby is hilarious and intriguing.  Alan Rickman, now of Harry Potter fame, plays Metatron, the voice of God brilliantly as he leads the main protagonist Bethany Sloane (Linda Fiorentino) through her adventure.  Rufus, the 13th disciple, played by Chris Rock, joins them on their journey after Jay & Silent Bob (Jason Mewes & Kevin Smith) do as well.  They meet up with Serendipity (Salma Hayek) at a strip club and the group face a number of foes as they try to challenge Loki & Bartleby and Azrael (Jason Lee)  One of their biggest foes?  A big poop monster.  And yet the religious fanatics still took this movie seriously...

53 - Scream 2 (1997)
Scream 2 is just like Halloween II, a shining example of how a sequel to an amazing movie doesn't have to be awful.  Ghostface is back going after Sidney (Neve Campbell) yet again as Dewey (David Arquette) & Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox) try to stop him/her and figure out who it is.  I love the premise of a whodunit movie and Scream does it the best of anyone.  Wes Craven is spectacular with suspense and keeping you guessing.  Jamie Kennedy returns to reprise his role as Randy and Liev Schreiber makes his character, Cotton Weary come to life.  Sarah Michelle Gellar as Cici (a sorority girl) leads the way for newcomers along with Elise Neal as Hallie (Sid's roommate), Jerry O'Connell as Sidney's boyfriend Derek, Timothy Olyphant as Mickey, & Laurie Metcalf as Debbie Salt.  All of them round out the new cast, full of suspects and possible killers.  Craven does a great job of making you believe that any one of them could be the killer.

52 - The Last Exorcism (2010)
The Blair Witch Project & The Exorcist had a demonic love baby and The Last Exorcism was born.  I took a flyer on this movie, decided to check it out from hype alone, heard the ending was fucked up, and I have to admit, it didn't disappoint.  Patrick Fabian as Cotton Marcus is nothing short of captivating, extremely entertaining.  Ashley Bell, who on further Google results I have determined is quite hot, plays Nell Sweetzer, the supposedly possessed girl phenomenally.  It's pretty hard to discuss this movie's plot without revealing one of its twists, which this movie is filled with several of them.  A movie with a ton of twists is not always good, but with the right guys running the show, it can work.  One of the producers of this movie was Eli Roth, whom I respect greatly and can definitely see his influence on the final cut.  Give this movie a shot if you're a horror fan, I don't think you'll be disappointed.  

51 - The 40 Year-Old Virgin (2005)
Judd Apatow really established himself as a great director to me when this movie came out.  Since then he has solidified himself as my 2nd favorite director.  The cast of this movie is brilliant and really goes to show just what a hilarious cast with solid chemistry can do for you.  Steve Carrell as Andy Stitzer, the 40 year-old virgin himself, is nothing short of hilarious.  Catherine Keener as his love interest, Trish, is adorable and sweet along with the FANTASTIC Kat Dennings as her daughter, Marla.  Paul Rudd as David, Romany Malco as Jay, Seth Rogen as Cal, Jane Lynch as Paula, Elizabeth Banks as Beth, & Gerry Bednob as Mooj round out a great cast.  Like with music and the fact that I lover the singers the most, in movies, a good cast is what makes or break the movie for me.  The 40 Year-Old Virgin will probably go down as a great comedy for generation to generation.

50 - Monsters, Inc. (2001)
This is a prime example of the magic Pixar can create.  Monsters, Inc. is fantastic, one of my favorite movies growing up and has held up through my teenage years and into young adulthood.  Little Boo (voiced by Mary Gibbs) is quite possibly the cutest character in the history of cinema.  Johnathan Goodman as Sulley & Billy Crystal as Mike Wazowski is a combination of two characters with some of the best and most hilarious chemistry I've ever seen in a movie.  I am not ashamed to say this movie made me cry at the end when I was a child and it still gives me goosebumps to this day.  One of the best endings in a movie I've ever seen.  I am thoroughly excited for the upcoming prequel scheduled for release in early 2013.

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