Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Jdanddiet's Top 100 Movies: 20-11

20.Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai
Before he became Robocop, Peter Weller starred in this manic, confused mess of a movie subtitled  "Across the Eighth Dimension".  It's crazier than a bucket full of chickens, but this has just cemented its place as a bonafide cult classic.  Watch out for Jeff Goldblum and Christopher Lloyd in smaller roles as well as the brilliant John Lithgow as the mad scientist Dr Emilio Lizardo.

19.Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
A typical Bruckheimer-Simpson machine of a movie, BHC ticked all the boxes back in '84 and made back its estimated budget on its opening US weekend.  Boasting a rising star of almost vertical ascent in Eddie Murphy, a solid supporting cast, a frenzied pop soundtrack (including the Axel-F theme) and a disturbing lack of police procedure, it was a huge hit and one of m favourite 80's movies.

18.Event Horizon (1997)
"The Shining in space" was how Event Horizon got rather unfairly labelled.  I'm a sucker for space-horror type movies and Event Horizon ticked all the boxes for me.  The open-ended nature of its conclusion, which leaves a lot up to the interpretation of the viewer, doesn't bother me at all - in fact  I like this in a movie.  Plus it has a great cast.

17.Pulp Fiction (1994)
People may look back on Pulp Fiction now and wonder what all the fuss was about.  But back in 1994, Tarantino was God and there was nothing like this out there.  A superb film.

16.The Grifters (1990)
John Cusack excelled in this thriller-drama that saw him finally escape the teen movies and into the big time.  An outstanding performance is made even better considering he's up against the likes of Angelica Huston (brilliant as his slightl-unhinged mother) and Annette Bening.

15.Ghostbusters (1984)
The hit film of the mid-eighties and it's hard to imagine anyone who was around 11-15 years old at the time not having it as one of their favourites.

14.The Cannonball Run (1981)
The thing that I loved about Cannonball Run was the cast:  it had James Bond in it (Roger Moore), Smokey (Burt Reynolds), Jackie Chan, two ratpackers (Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jnr, hilariously continuing their drunk routines) and a lot of very nice fast cars.  And Farrah Fawcett.

13.Downfall (2004)
Probably the best war movie ever.  Probably.

12.The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
Despite the terrible remake with "huh?!" in the lead role, my memory of this sci-fi classic has not been tarnished.

11.Die Hard (1987)
Another 80's classic and one that brings together so many fantastic elements (wise-cracking cop, superb villain, action packed plot etc), that it mesmerised me on first viewing and I still get a kick out of it now.  Yippee kie ay!

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