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  • Thu, 17:33: just realized that Batman's Utility Belt is not really good as a belt. There is no way it is fitting through any belt-loops.
  • Thu, 17:36: Seriously, that Utility Belt is probably weighing down his BatPants. Alfred probably complaining about seeing the Bat-Crack all the time...
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First there was a thing going around about influential books.  Now it has moved onto movies.  Movies that will always stick with me, for whatever that is worth.  And the number has been upped from ten to fifteen.  Dang!

So, this is harder.  Let's find out what this list is going to be, shall we?


  1. Citizen Kane - Well, this is a classy start.  Don't get used to it.  Somehow Welles made something that pretends to be a mystery but is actually just hours of exposition.  Starts with lots of newsreels and then a bunch of interviews, all just info-dumping and not a whit of it answers the question.  And brilliantly, he makes it work.

  2. Auntie Mame - I will watch anything with Rosalind Russell.  Well, maybe not the harpy-fest that is The Women, but I tried, and she was the only part I liked.  Combine this with a masterful script based on the wonderful novel by Patrick Dennis, and I can watch Agnes over and over.  So quotable!

  3. Young Frankenstein - I can watch this movie at any time, any place, from any point.  Mel brooks at his best, a great parody and homage, with some little naughtiness without becoming sophomoric.

  4. The Three Amigos - I don't know why.  But I can quote more lines than anyone should.

  5. Heathers - Because I saw John Hughes films, loved them, and could fully embrace this cure to everything they put forth.

  6. Buckeroo Banzai - I don't get anyone who can't understand this movie.  It is a fantastic movie series.  It is just that we only get to see one chapter of it after it has been around for a while, the cast fully established, and a bunch of adventures have happened already.  Does that sound wrong?  Well, it isn't, and it is exactly what movie-goers and comic strip readers would have experienced in the Golden Age of Adventure.  And John Lithgow is in it as Dr. Bigbootie!

  7. Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan - I know that there are a bunch of Cumberbatch fans, and they love the action of the news Trek movies, but this is the best of the best.  This is actually a Trek that doesn't require you to know Trek to enjoy (although if you are a fan, there is so many more levels), because it is all laid out in front of you, without killing you with exposition.  And you also get a masterclass in scene chewery by Montalban and Shatner.  I wish more actors would watch this and learn how to become bigger than the screen I am watching.  Yeah, maybe the genesis planet stuff is a little long, but otherwise this is a thoughtful revenge story that I think ranks as one of the best sci-fi movies of all time.

  8. Silent Night, Deadly Night - This is my yearly Christmas movie.  There is something here to offend pretty much everyone, yet I think it is surprisingly well paced and thought out.  By today's slasher standards, it is slow, but today's slashers are about a body count only, and this one actually worked hard to teach you about the killer.  Almost like a prototype to Henry, Portrait of a Serial Killer.

  9. 2LDK - Funky little Asian film, only two actors in the whole thing (well, there is a third that you hear on the phone only).  This movie is crazy.  Think Kill Bill, but just between two roommates.  I can watch this one over and over.

  10. Bloodsucking Freaks - Possibly the worst film I have ever seen.  Hypnotically bad.  There is an ever-smiling Puerto Rican dwarf assistant named Ralphus, and that might be a highlight.  So bad that at no point is there any blood-sucking.  Yet I can't look away.

  11. The Music Man - Holy moly, this is a great movie, top to bottom.  Even the weakest song - "Being in Love" - is memorable and hummable.  And there is a delight in the challenge of singing along - everything seems so delightfully and misleadingly easy.  How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Fiddler On The Roof would have made the list if it wasn't for the sheer catchiness of everything about this show.  (heck, Xanadu also fits here, if only the story and acting weren't so weak.)

  12. Blade Runner - Arguably the greatest sci-fi movie ever made.  So, there are like four or so versions out there.  They mainly revolve around whether Decker is a replicant or not.  You know what?  I don't care if he is or not.  It doesn't change the beauty and the message of everything I already watched, so feel free to stop worrying about it Mr. Scott.

  13. Big Fish - A story of a man learning about his father, what is and isn't true, and what really matters.  The most human movie that Tim Burton has ever been associated with.

  14. Theater of Blood - Vincent Price finally gets to do Shakespeare on film.  Another master of scene chewing, a term I use as a compliment for actors who can bring so much to their performance that film can hardly contain them.  And many times, these are theater trained actors.  Coincidence?  Anyway, this is fun and disturbing and another movie I can watch anytime, anywhere.

  15. Final Destination - A slasher movie that, in a stroke of genius, gets rid of the middle man.  And no one can hunt down a victim like Death can.  leads to an equally clever sequel, and while this type of movie may not be everyone's cup of tea, taking the human killer out of the movie is freeing, and makes it also so universal, since we all know that ultimately, no one is Death's Survivor Girl.

I am not really tagging anyone in this.  If you want to do it, go for it.  This one was harder for me, but still fun.

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