9:20 pm January 29, 2010, by David O'Brien
February 3rd, 20101:34 pm
Not too long ago, I ended up watching the 1960s version of “Alfie.”
Despicable character, but definitely a very good movie.
February 3rd, 20101:35 pm
Donnie Brasco is a great movie. Forgot about that one. Also, The Big Lebowski is definitely in my top whatever. FARGO is another great flick, not enough to make it in my tops.
Ease in Buckhead
February 3rd, 20101:37 pm
pryguy – agree, small schools and even JUCO’s have to be that way…Here in Atlanta, Emory is a perfect example…You don’t go to Emory (D-III) to play sports…you go to Emory because you want to be a doctor, scientist, or just to flat out get a great education. If the kid is talented, well, that’s a bonus because you know he’s smart and you want those guys! I’d also like to believe that you tnd to get a better commitment to the sport out of your guys that way. They are playing because they love it, and not usually disillusioned into thinking that it will be their career, which tends to happen at D-IA schools.
February 3rd, 20101:38 pm
Ease: I’m a walking conundrum. Grew up in a area with a bit of violence, fighting all the time. Somehow, balanced it out with movies, which gave me a softer side at least to my wife and kids. Really enjoyed the Romantic comedies as a kid, Tracy/Hepburn, Gable/Colbert. The Romantic Dramas of Bogart/Bacall and the Musicals Gene Kelly, Sinatra. Gave me a view of something different that looked pretty cool. Yet, I ended up working as a cop: weird Huh!
February 3rd, 20101:40 pm
Anyone see “The Last Kiss”? Not in my tops but it’s still a great movie. Gotta love Zach Braff.
February 3rd, 20101:41 pm
Paul Bart, Mall Cop (I mean ccrider ) – that’s the cool thing about movies, there is something for everyone (they just have to admit it!)…heck I am a huge Keanu Fan, and usually people get beat up for sayin’ that! Couldn’t stand Bill and Ted’s, but have loved everything since!
February 3rd, 20101:42 pm
Another very watchable 60s movie, “The Mouse that Roared.”
I’m still surprised that “Young Frankenstein” (easily the best comedy of all time) hasn’t made the grade.
“Blazing Saddles” was amusing, but it gets less watchable with every year, whereas “Young Frankenstein” seems to get funnier.
The other Mel Brooks movie that doesn’t seem to get so much love is “The Producers” with Gene Wilder and Zero Mostel. Who could forget the song, “Springtime for Hitler.”
Speaking of strange, ante-WWII musicals, how about “Cabaret?”
February 3rd, 20101:45 pm
Too many great movies to pick 10, or 25 for that matter. However, amoung my “guilty pleasures” that I will watch whenever they are on (which is a lot) include My Cousin Vinnie and Tremors.
February 3rd, 20101:46 pm
Speaking of Peter Sellers (from the Mouse that Roared), two other great movies …
February 3rd, 20101:47 pm
raleighbravefan – My point exactly…good term there, “guilty pleasures”!
February 3rd, 20101:50 pm
Ghostbusters is another trascendent movie.
didn’t see it listed but lost in translation has to be one of the greatest movies of all time….its certainly my all time favorite.
February 3rd, 20101:54 pm
We performed “The Mouse That Roared” as our high school play many moons ago. I played the president. Unfortunately, my acting career never took off
Never saw “Being There”, but really dig Jerzy Kosinski, especially the novel “Painted Bird”.
February 3rd, 20101:59 pm
Maybe the part when he lists off the porn movies in front of that lady is funny, but you still have to be major geek to sit through a movie with Jay and Silent Bob — TnBrian
Really? Coming from someone who mentions Friday the 13th Pt. 4 and Rocky III among his favorite movies of all time, I’ll take that as a compliment.
February 3rd, 20102:00 pm
Have not seen the mentions of K-PAX and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen. Also, for a quality “freaks-you-out-to-walk-upstairs-in-the-dark” movie – Quarantine.
This may cause great backlash, but The Godfather I does not even make my top 20…..
February 3rd, 20102:03 pm
ccrider: you’ve got a bunch of great ones on your 12:51 p.m. list.
February 3rd, 20102:04 pm
Someone I look to make a great movie is Paul Giamati (sp?)….in my opinion Cinderella Man is the best sports movie…Giamati, Crowe, and Zelwegger were all great.
February 3rd, 20102:05 pm
Piece and Trey, personally I’d agree with almost every one of those on your back-to-back lists at 11:45. Great stuff.
February 3rd, 20102:06 pm
I’m going with Pacino’s character in “Donnie Brasco”. He was outstanding, especially the scene in his apartment when he knew his fellow mobsters were going to off him. thickfreakness
Awesome role by Pacino and great scene. So many good scenes in this one. Classic Pacino unlike his loud Ric Flair type of characters. I also liked his role in ” And Justice for all”. As DOB said people just forget these early ones of his. Between these movies and Carlito’s way,Serpico,Godfather and Scarface – amazing range.
Depp does a lot of off-beat roles lately (and quite well) but that movie was definitely great.
bigchief, I love all 10 movies on your 11:09 list.
Dylan, I’d certainly agree on the Last Waltz is at least the greatest rock ‘n’ roll and/or concert movie ever. Scorcese, what do you expect. And that list of artists … wow. The stuff that didn’t make the original movie is just as good as the stuff that did.
February 3rd, 20102:09 pm
Sports movie would have to be Hoosiers, Bull Durham, Rudy and For Love of the Game.
But I guess you could throw in Jerry Maguire and Field of Dreams too.
Last of the Mohicans
Gangs of New York
Master and Commander
among my favorites…
February 3rd, 20102:11 pm
DOB-How did things go with the accountant? I think I would rather have to get a crown than deal with taxes.
…Cecil B. DeMented was goodness…
Inglorious Basterds is probably the best movie I’ve seen in 5 years. Perfect movie.
February 3rd, 20102:12 pm
How did Kevin Costner luck into those great sports movies?
Gangs of New York is definitely a great movie.
February 3rd, 20102:13 pm
Forgot one, The Natural.
February 3rd, 20102:14 pm
This may cause great backlash, but The Godfather I does not even make my top 20…..TheManMike
You think?? I’m now curious to know what is.
February 3rd, 20102:15 pm
Oooh, abwright, Being There. Not on any top lists for me or anything, but a very good movie. Such a great scene when he first steps out of the house to Deodato’s Also Sprach Zarathustra.
I love The Last Waltz. Stop Making Sense is probably my favorite concert film of all time though. Live music perfection.
Arkansas – I believe because he could actually play both baseball and golf…
February 3rd, 20102:17 pm
Waiting around for a crack in the case of one Johnny Damon….
February 3rd, 20102:18 pm
A Top 20 list is quite an undertaking – So I’ll just be honest with why TGF1 doesn’t make my list…
I read the book before I saw the movie. The book certainly makes my Top 20 (maybe even Top 10) book list, but, to me, the movie fell WAY short – And while I love Pacino, his acting in the first movie just flat out makes me uncomfortable. Can’t really explain it. I guess the Michael Corleone I invisioned from the book was not the same Michael Corleone that Pacino played – and I just cannot seem to get past it.
But – To each his own, said the old lady as she kissed the cow.
Say it ain't so!
February 3rd, 20102:19 pm
Last of The Mohicans is a very good movie. Great cinematogrophy and music. Probably doesn’t make any Top 10 lists but still a good flick. I love that older character that throws the ax at people. I always thought that was badass.
Has anyone mentioned City of God???
I didn’t put it in my top 10 but that is a seriously powerful movie, and true. I lived with some Brazilian’s when I saw it and they told me that Rio is really like that. Scary place.
February 3rd, 20102:22 pm
“Waiting around for a crack in the case of one Johnny Damon….” – DOB
What does that mean?
Looks like Damon to the Tigers after all.
Mohicans – Cooper, first american born writer taken seriously in Europe.
February 3rd, 20102:23 pm
Agreed on Inglorious Basterds also. Tarantino is fearless. That moment when Shoshanna gets shot and the music swells….brilliant. I thought that actress should have gotten an Oscar nomination as well…along with Waltz…he is a for sure winner.
Arkansas – Agree with Hoosiers and Rudy
Funny sports movies I love include Major League, Replacements, and (of course) Caddyshack.
February 3rd, 20102:24 pm
How can a Braves Blog go on this long about Movies and not at least mention “The Slugger’s Wife”
February 3rd, 20102:25 pm
Randy S, February 3rd, 2010, 2:15 pm … “I love The Last Waltz. Stop Making Sense is probably my favorite concert film of all time though. Live music perfection.
Thanks for reminding me of that one. I remember seeing it when it played the theaters many years ago. Aside from the music, which is terrific, you’ve got to love David Byrne in the “Big Suit.”
car3boogie, Here Here!. The Slugger’s Wife really is the best movie EVER! Here’s a trailer for those who haven’t seen it.
February 3rd, 20102:26 pm
NOTE: Lot’s of sarcasm in my last post. Still it’s a movie about the Atlanta Braves. Everyone on the blog should see this terrible movie.
February 3rd, 20102:27 pm
Wonder Boys was an excellent film. As well was Dead Poets Society….
Scariest movie I ever saw was The Exorcist. I quit watching scary movies after that one.
February 3rd, 20102:28 pm
Steve from OH — Suicide Kings was very good. I probably wouldn’t have it on my list of favorites, but I did enjoy that one a lot.
February 3rd, 20102:29 pm
Suicide Kings was a good watch, I liked King of New York better with Christopher Walker.
Steve from OH
How is The Big Lebowski not on anyones list?
I can’t speak for others, but it’s on mine…
I haven’t seen Suicide Kings mentioned. Anyone like that one?
February 3rd, 20102:30 pm
Waiting around for a crack in the case of one Johnny Damon…. Notorious DOB
Welcome to the club, my man.
I enjoy the 3 original Star Wars (1970s) and Space Balls spoof.
Back To the Future series
Lethal Weapon series
February 3rd, 20102:31 pm
Stop interrupting movie talk time! DOB, go get your own blog if you want to talk Braves baseball!
tell me the Braves signed Johnny!! please DOB!!!
Dirty Harry movies and Clint Eastwood westerns
February 3rd, 20102:32 pm
Fair enough. I agree with your assertion that Top 20 lists are quite difficult – I mean it could vary depending in just what sort of a day you are having. I just thought that TGF1 was such a complete movie, I would have a hard time dismissing it from any list.
On Basterds: Two of Waltz’s scenes just stood out. The opening scene and his delicious conversation (interrogation more like) and that other scene with Shoshanna at the restaurant – chewing on his crumpet or something.
Another movie to add to the discussion: Das Boot
A fairly good mystery movie that sort of creates a Sherlockian protagonist is “The Zero Effect.”
Even if you don’t like the movie, the title sequence plays to Elvis Costello’s “Mystery Dance.”
You would think they would have picked “Watching the Detectives” but that would have been too cliched.
February 3rd, 20102:33 pm
I read “The Mouse That Saved the West,” written by the guy who wrote “The Mouse That Roared,” when I was in seventh grade. Read the script for “Being There” the next year. Loved them both.
I went to about eight Tech football games and four or five Southern games last year (usually go to about eight or nine), but how come the only signing I give a mouse’s butt about today isn’t a done deal — Johnny Damon. Do we have to get Frank Wren to give Lane Kiffin a call to send down some coeds for Johnny?
SidSlidKid I just happened to have it on my Netflix list after The Hurt Locker. It is a must see for OLD Braves Fans. Heck Ted Turner and Skip are in it.
February 3rd, 20102:34 pm
..White Squall. Damn, Jeff Bridges was the man in that movie…
February 3rd, 20102:35 pm
Wheres the love for “The Mighty Ducks” series?
February 3rd, 20102:37 pm
In Basterds I also like the scene towards the end with Waltz and Diane Kruger…the whole bit with the shoe. Well acted by both.
February 3rd, 20102:39 pm
Did anyone see Sweeney Todd with Johnny Depp? I loved that movie, probably my favorite movie that would clasify as a musical.
February 3rd, 20102:41 pm
Johnny Depp has some serious acting chops. He was great in Donnie Brasco, as was Pacino in a fairly toned down role from his more, shall we say, over the top, Al Pacino as somebody playing Al Pacino in a role. It took me a long time to really appreciate how good Pacino was in Heat.
Anyone like Lida Husik?
February 3rd, 20102:42 pm
Are we in a full-out Damon watch or something? Gotta believe McClouth, Diaz, and Melkey are getting a little nervous. MCclouth probably real nervous. Will check back later.
Movie talk is too subjective…Someone post a mock line-up quick-like…and add some UZI, VORP, WHIP, WHAP, OBS stats pronto!
and DOB stokes the flames of Johnny Damon….AGAIN! Where’s nolie?
February 3rd, 20102:44 pm
Johnny is on his way to motor city.
Shawshank needs to be mentioned far more than it is in these lists. It is by far one of the best of all time.
February 3rd, 20102:45 pm
I don’t care all that much for Tim Burton’s movies.
DOB not responding means only one thing….something is going down with Johnny…
thickfreakness — YES. Love “Stoned and Dethroned,” and also the use of “Just Like Honey” in Lost In Translation.
Oh yeah, that’s another favorite movie of mine — “Lost In Translation.” I’d add that to the list. Especially the, um, opening shot.
February 3rd, 20102:46 pm
Anyone like Jesus and Mary Chain?
Dazed and Confused would be an all time fav.
February 3rd, 20102:50 pm
I’m going with Pacino’s character in “Donnie Brasco”. He was outstanding, especially the scene in his apartment when he knew his fellow mobsters were going to off him. thickfreakness
If you are going to talk mob scenes and someone knowing they are gonna die you HAVE to mention the scence between Dennis Hopper and Christopher Walken in true romance. That would be in my top 10 movie scenes. If you dont know the scene, you have to watch that movie. Tarentino wrote it, did not direct.
February 3rd, 20102:51 pm
Love Hate Rock n Roll.
Shanks A Lot
February 3rd, 20102:52 pm
You cant just make a comment in passing about Johnny Damon, cmon man details please!
GTI in Chicago
February 3rd, 20102:54 pm
Amazon.com is having HBO week in their Gold Box Deal of the Day. Monday was Sopranos, Tuesday was Six Feet Under, today it’s Deadwood. The complete sets. Not *quite* as cheap as last year, but still VERY good deals. Best HBO sale of the year anywhere that I know of. The Wire is bound to turn up in the next couple of days. If you’re at all curious, do it, make the buy, you’ll be glad.
I found out about this sale last year here on the blog, so now I’m sending some karma back out there.
February 3rd, 20102:55 pm
Top 10 (or so) movies, pour moi:
The Searchers. John Wayne’s best role, hands down. Maybe John Ford’s finest work, too. More of them in a moment.
Raising Arizona. We released ourselves on our own recognizance.
Hoosiers. “What’s the matter with you guys? What’s the matter with you?” …. “I’ll make it.”
Field of Dreams. “What did I see, Ray?”
Saving Private Ryan
Fast Times at Ridgemont High. “Make up your mind. Is he gonna $#!+ or is he gonna kill us?”
The Quiet Man. “If you say three, mister, you’ll never hear the man count 10.”
Others receiving votes:
Blazing Saddles, Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Empire Strikes Back, The Great Escape, Heat, Mildred Pierce (because Joan Crawford just kicks some backside in that. What a great role), Reversal of Fortune (Jeremy Irons=great as Klaus von Bulow), Fargo, The Big Lebowski, Spinal Tap, The Naked Gun series and any of the Peter Sellers as Inspector Clouseau movies, starting with a A Shot in the Dark (Elke Sommer=hot. hot. hot.).
February 3rd, 20102:56 pm
I like Lost in Translation also. Gets a lot of crap for not having a real strong plot but Bill Murray is great in it. Those scenes where he is filming the commercials are very funny.
Dadgumit, left out Goldfinger and Diamonds Are Forever.
February 3rd, 20102:57 pm
Listen to DARKLANDS more than Psychocandy.
I hated Lost in Translation.
The video clip of the Braves players at the Varsity is pretty funny. David Ross cracks me up.
February 3rd, 20102:58 pm
How in hell could I leave out Goldfinger and Diamonds Are Forever?
February 3rd, 20102:59 pm
Soph, that video is good. I didn’t even recognize Moylan at first. He’s gotten bigger.
February 3rd, 20103:00 pm
Thanx, I’ll check it out.
Stinger – Great List. Searchers is one of the greatest westerns of all time.
18 Wheels of Love
Cannonball Run 1 & 2
Cloak and Dagger
Revenge of the Nerds
Red Dawn (first PG-13 movie btw)
These movies for me seem to represent a certain time frame in my life….not great movies but all decent if you haven’t seen them in a while.
February 3rd, 20103:02 pm
Donnie Darko, another very good movie to be under consideration.
February 3rd, 20103:03 pm
Top 10 Movies (no particular order)
House of Games
The Bridge on the River Kwai
The Ice Storm
The Shawshank Redemption
February 3rd, 20103:04 pm
I think something is in the works…or at least i hope so…
18 Wheels of Love, Looking at your movie list I’m going to guess you were a teenager in the early 80’s. Am I correct?
February 3rd, 20103:10 pm
Lonesome Dove — a classic
I guess I’ll jump in on the film discussion:
Favorite: Almost Famous
Comedy: Wet Hot American Summer
Music: This is Spinal Tap
Ernest: Ernest Goes to Camp
Horror: Beaches starring Bette Midler
Favorite Movie with a Villian you think is Hilarious the second time you watch the movie: Sling Blade – Yoakam cracks me up. “I do construction, Frank. That’s a real important job.”
Documentary: Endless Summer
February 3rd, 20103:11 pm
ABT – Bridge Over River Kwai is a great war movie, along with the Longest Day, Guns of Navarone, and Patton.
February 3rd, 20103:12 pm
DOB is watching “The Slugger’s Wife” has nothing to do w/ Damon or he is at the Accountants Office.
Braves came in at # 8 on cnnsi.com’s list of offseason losers. I’m excited about watching Hanson/Jurrjens every fifth day and hopefully seeing Heyward start in RF at some point this season… I agree with cnnsi that the team certainly didn’t open the purse strings this winter. After losing Vazquez and his $11M salary, I expected a bigger spend on a hitter than the $2M for Glaus. Anyway, the cnn piece is below:
They were remarkably cheap this winter, and the result is a rotation diminished by the loss of Javier Vazquez and a lineup that still needs another big hitter. Melky Cabrera was the only immediate help received for Vazquez, who was brilliant last year. Troy Glaus could prove to be a $2 million bargain, and Eric Hinske seems to be a lucky charm (he played for the AL champion the past three seasons). They also got former All-Star closer Takashi Saito. Meanwhile, the real goal had been to trade Derek Lowe so they could free up money for the much-needed impact bat. Unfortunately for them, there were no takers. Billy Wagner is a fair replacement for Rafael Soriano (though at this point, I’d take Soriano). But overall, there was no discernible improvement.
Not to brag, but I started all the movie talks last night when I was talking to nolie. Looks like it’s still going strong.
Where are some of you seeing where Damon is headed to Detroit? Haven’t read a thing on that.
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