From the Mind of R. S. Hill
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Because I enjoy watching a good movie—and re-watching it, again and again—I had to write this fun blog about movies I have to watch no matter what. I’m sure you have seen video versions of this topic on YouTube, but if you really like movies, you can see why I went there. Now, the movies on my list, of course, are some of my favorites but not all by any stretch. I chose these five because they are relatively popular, a diverse list, and many people have either seen or are familiar with these classics. To clarify, when I say drop everything and watch, I do not mean babies. However, cell phones, pizza, glasses, work obligations, or noisy neighbors will get dropped like a hot tortilla. When I say, “Have to watch,” I do not necessarily mean re-watch the entire movie from start to finish. I generally watch for a solid half-hour or so, and if I come across a random clip from one of these movies online, I gotta click no matter what.
Honorable Mentions: Predator, The Departed, Training Day, American Gangster, No Country for Old Men, I am Legend, and LOR: Fellowship of the Ring.
Now, the real deal!
Bring It On.
This is a surprisingly entertaining teenage, cheerleader dramady that reels me in every time. As a life-long fan of Kurstin Dunst and Gabriella Union and classic teenage flicks, I just can’t help myself. Yes, it is sorta cliché, and, yes, I should know better than to waste my time with the Torros, but this is a good film that speaks to everyone’s high school experience on some level whether you love or hate this movie. It is so in your face while at the same time warm and fuzzy with great lessons for teenagers that too many adults never learn—like trusting yourself, cheating is wrong, and that winning is not as important as the person you call a friend. And remember, “Missy is the Poo, so take a big whiff.” https://youtu.be/_sNYlC1bB20
Guardians of the Galaxy
And while I will be the first to stand up and say enough with the MCU already (I was secretly hoping the saga would end after Thanos kicked the snot out of the Avengers in Wakanda - Oh no he didn't), this movie has become one of my go to classics. The cast is amazing! The bizarre humor and constant, well-placed comic relief works effortlessly, and the soundtrack is loaded with blasts from the past that continue to make me click Spotify and start searching. The use of “Cherry Bomb” by the Runaways is one of those scenes that did just that. In short, this is a brilliant film that took the MCU to another level. https://youtu.be/ciRJGj7AiOk
The Devil Wears Prada
What can I say. “That’s all.” Miranda Priestly, aka Meryl Streep’s, performance in this classic is absolutely extraordinary on so many levels. The ability of this character to educate while she obliterates is unparalleled in cinema. Meryl was soo good as the villain, she confused people all over the internet into actually thinking that Nate is the villain because he doesn’t support Andy. Or something like that? But, really?? Nate? He has like three lines. And Emily Blunt! OMG! She gave such a ‘chill’ performance she literally became a star overnight and has become a bigger box office draw than even Meryl. Great flick. If you haven’t seen it, you are deprived. https://youtu.be/Ja2fgquYTCg
Blade Runner 2049
When I first saw this movie in the theater, I thought it was good but, well, just good. I did not see the brilliance of this film until I watched it again. Then it slowly started to hit me. This was a masterpiece from set design to character development, a crowning cinematic achievement. There are so many little things that are done to make this movie special that I didn’t notice until the third or fourth viewing. I am slow.
For example, every time Luv, Neander Wallace’s Nazi replicant, psychotic muscle, does something heinous or sees a brutal, violent act, she sheds this seemingly meaningless tear that just streams down her face. That lone tear made me consider human emotional responses to violence, and if those tears and outrage are genuine, contrived, or just standard robotic responses we are all supposed to demonstrate in certain situations. I could go on about this film, and as a big fan of Blade Runner and the novel it was adapted from, “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep” by PKD, I am tempted to say BR 2049 was actually better that the first movie. I won’t say that officially, but it kinda is. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-mZnJmlj60
And while I have this on DVD and downloaded an HD copy on my Amazon account, I still can’t get enough of a film that was released in 1979. This horror (yes, horror not sci-fi though I will accept horror/sci-fi classic) still blows me away. Like Blade Runner 2049, the details you sorta don’t see so much in big budget films today, are extraordinary. Sometimes when I am rewatching Alien, I don’t follow the plot or listen to the dialog much. Not because it isn’t exceptional, it is. I do this because I am examining the set designs and saying to myself over and over, “Wow, this is what it will look like when humans start trolling deep space for stuff they have no business messing with.” I actually named one of our cats, who has long since passed on, Ripley, after Sigourney Weaver’s best character in a long career. Sure, you can poke fun at all the sequels. And if you aren’t a fan, I can see why you might not like Prometheus or Alien Covenant, but this film deserved more than just an Oscar for Best Visual Effects. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VA8jv1M6Y2g
That’s my Top 5. What are yours? Leave a comment, subscribe, support.
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