10 Favorite Westerns

Pretty self-explanatory. This is my favorite genre, so picking this list was hard. I could easily make a top 100. But without further ado…
  1. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) – Sergio Leone
  2. The Man Without a Name Trilogy (cheating I know) – Sergio Leone
  3. Unforgiven (1992) – Clint Eastwood
  4. McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971) – Robert Altman
  5. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) – George Roy Hill
  6. Young Guns – John Fusco • The Searchers (1956) – John Ford
  7. The Proposition – John Hillcoat
  8. The Good, The Bad & The Weird – Jee-woon Kim
  9. Tombstone – Kevin Jarre
  10. Honorable Mention: Rango – Gore Verbinski


Top 10 Anti-Romances

To quality for this list, the guy and girl cannot end up together.  The reason for them not winding up together cannot be because one of them dies (The Fly, Atonement). We, the audience, should want the characters to be together.  But they just can’t be… whether it is them, society or another extraneous circumstance.  As always, I have to be a fan of the movie.

I would include something like Spiderman, but I honestly didn’t want him to wind up with Kirsten Dunst’s Mary Jane.  I couldn’t stand her.  The same goes for Margot Kidder’s Lois Lane in Superman.

  • Out of Sight
  • McCabe and Mrs. Miller
  • Good Will Hunting
  • Top Gun
  • White Men Can’t Jump
  • Casablanca
  • Once
  • In the Company of Men
  • Drive
  • Lost in Translation

Honorable Mention

  • 8 Mile
  • Far From Heaven
  • Scott Pilgrim vs The World
  • Closer
  • 500 Days of Summer
  • Brokeback Mountain
  • Manhattan
  • Your Friends and Neighbors
  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
  • Blue Valentine
  • Laurel Canyon
  • Singles
  • All the Real Girls
  • Audition

Top 5 Girls That Kick Ass

Pretty self-explanatory.  I kind of cheated on this one though.  There were two films that I really like with multiple females who kick ass, so rather than give each one their own ranking I combined them.

There are too many to list for an Honorable Mention, so I will refrain.  But I’d love to hear who you think I snubbed.

Jen Yu, Yu Shu Lien and Jade Fox in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

The Bride, O-Ren Ishii, Vernita Green, Elle Driver and Gogo Yubari in Kill Bill

Maggie Fitzgerald in Million Dollar Baby

Sarah Connor in Terminator 2

Rapunzel in Tangled

Top 5 Movie Redheads

To qualify you have to have red hair (or orange).  I’ve seen some lists with Robert Redford, Judy Garland and Julia Roberts on it.  They’re sort of tweeners.  Redford has sandy blonde hair.  And Roberts and Garland are more auburn.  This is full on redhead.

Lola in Run Lola Run

Amber Waves in Boogie Nights

Samantha Baker in Sixteen Candles

Cynthia in Dazed and Confused

Jessica Rabbit in Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

Most Anticipated Movies of Summer 2012

I know summer started about a month ago, but I figured – better late than never.  I was supposed to be doing a podcast discussing these, but it didn’t happen.  Unfortunately, I’ve been sidetracked by a variety of projects that need my attention – and I’m training MMA at night… so getting to the movies has been harder than I hoped.  But I will see all of these except Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter before the end of summer.  I missed it and now I’ve heard lousy things so it’ll have to wait for home video.

  • The Dark Knight Rises (July 20)
  • Killing Them Softly (Andrew Dominick) (September 21)
  • Gangster Squad (September 7)
  • The Bourne Legacy (August 3)
  • The Amazing Spider-Man (July 3)
  • Savages (July 6)
  • Lawless (Hillcoat) – (August 29)
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (June 22)
  • Easy Money (July 11 – Stockholm with Joel Kinnaman)
  • The Expendables 2 (August 17)

Honorable Mentions

  • Magic Mike (6/29)
  • Brave (June 22)
  • House at the End of the Street (September 21)
  • The Baytown Disco (August)
  • Total Recall (August 3)
  • The Cold Light of Day (September 7)
  • Finding Nemo 3D (September 14)
  • Robot & Frank (August 24)
  • Ted (6/29)
  • The Queen of Versailles (July 6)

Top 5 Directors of the Future

This list is for director’s who have made two feature films or less whose names alone will get me into a theater.  I don’t want to say directors on the ‘rise’, because someone like Bennett Miller has been nominated for an Oscar and Rupert Wyatt directed a blockbuster.  The two feature limit knocks off someone like Mark Romanek (Static in 1985).  Also not including director’s who have a third movie about to come out in 2012.  Rian Johnson (Looper), John Hillcoat (Lawless)… sorry guys.

Neil Blomkamp                                    District 9, Elysium (in-post)

Debra Granik                                       Down to the Bone, Winter’s Bone

Phil Lord & Chris Miller                        Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street

Rupert Wyatt                                       The Escapist, Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Andrew Dominick                                Chopper, Assassination of Jesse James

Honorable Mention

Marc Webb                                         (500) Days of Summer, Amazing SpiderMan (coming)

Sean Durkin                                         Martha Marcy May Marlene

Jose Padilha                                       Elite Squad, Elite Squad: The Enemy Within

Henry Joost & Ariel Schulman           Catfish, Paranormal Activity 3

Bennett Miller                                     Capote, Moneyball

Armando Iannucci                              In the Loop

Duncan Jones                                   Moon, Source Code

Andrea Arnold                                   Red Road, Fish Tank

Josh Trank                                        Chronicle

Steve McQueen                                Hunger, Shame

Mike Cahill                                       Another Earth