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’30-YOC Top Ten’ – Top 10 Denzel Washington Movies

’30-YOC Top Ten’ – Top 10 Denzel Washington Movies

While flipping through the channels just the other night, I ran across two different Denzel Washington movies being aired at the same time.

I took that as inspiration for tonight’s ‘Top Ten List.’

So, here are my Top 10 Denzel Washington Movies:

Honorable Mention – Unstoppable, Taking of Pelham 123, Out Of Time, Antoine Fisher, Bone Collector, Courage Under Fire, Malcolm X, Philadelphia, and The Pelican Brief.

10 – He Got Game.

9 – Training Day.

8 – Deja Vu.

7 – Inside Man.

6 – Book Of Eli.

5 – The Hurricane.

4 – Remember The Titans.

3 – Glory.

2 – Man On Fire.

1 – John Q.

And there you have it.  And if you have not seen ‘John Q’ please rent it – Trust Me!!  As for the movies that occupy 2-5, these could easily be mixed and changed as depending on my mood, my taste in movies changes.  But ‘John Q’ is without a doubt the best acting performance I have seen out of Denzel.

Did I miss anything?  When you think of Denzel Washington and his brilliant career, what is the first movie that you think of?

Thanks for reading!

’30-YOC’ Top Ten List – ‘Top Ten Kevin Bacon Films’

’30-YOC’ Top Ten List – ‘Top Ten Kevin Bacon Films’

I make no bones about it, I am a big Kevin Bacon fan.  And while his films are not near the box office draws that attract $100 million dollar paying audiences, I rarely encounter a person that doesn’t have a favorite Kevin Bacon film.

He is a superb character actor, and he plays one hell of a bad guy too.  Of all of the actors in Hollywood, he is of a rare kind, in my eyes at least, as when I see him perform on screen I am never thinking about another role he has portrayed.  That fact can be said of very few actors. and that is why I find him to be elite.

Enough about my love for the guy, let’s get right down to my favorites films in which he has starred.

Honorable Mention – Friday 13th, Diner, Quicksilver, White Water Summer, Flatliners, A Few Good Men, The River Wild, and Trapped.

10 – Hollow Man

9 – Sleepers

8 – Apollo 13

7 – The Woodsman

6 – Footloose

5 – Taking Chance

4 – Death Sentence

3 – Mystic River

2 – Animal House

1 – Stir Of Echoes

And there it is!

I really struggled with having ‘Taking Chance’ at 5 – it could easily be in my Top 2.  If you have never seen it, I highly recommend that you take the time to watch it.

Thanks for reading.  I’ll have another baseball list for you next Sunday night!

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Tom Cruise Films’

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Tom Cruise Films’

My wife and I made a huge mistake by renting and watching ‘Knight And Day’ last night.  Starring two A-list actors, Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz, this movie was horrible from start to end.

And after wondering why we just wasted two hours watching the film, I wanted to know how much these two box-office stars got for their roles in the movie as it was clear to me that they must have been paid very well as there was no way that the script or story is what attracted them to this one…

After a few minutes of research, I see that Cruise earned 13 million for this film.  I would have, and possibly could have, performed just as well for considerably less.

So, all of this has got me thinking, what are my favorite Tom Cruise films?  He is not one of my favorite actors, but I do think that everyone has a favorite, right?

Anyways, after some serious thinking, here is my list:

Honorable mention – A Few Good Men, The Firm, Cocktail, All The Right Moves, and Collateral.

10 – Mission Impossible, Part 1.  Good story, good cast, and memorable action scenes.

9 – Top Gun – An ’80s classic.  Tons of memorable scenes – the film that really launched Cruise’s career.

8 – Days Of Thunder – Fun action with intense racing scenes, I never got the feeling that Cruise fully got into the role of Cole Trickle.

7 – Jerry Maguire – Another ‘classic’, but I found Cruise to be out-acted by Cuba Gooding and Renee Zelwegger on this one.

6 – Rain Man – Cruise was overshadowed in every way imaginable by Hoffman on this one.  Hoffman carried the film the entire way, and Cruise was a sufficient, but not overly impressive, supporting actor.

5 – The Outsiders – A personal favorite with a very memorable cast!!

4 – Color Of Money – Great film.  Cruise did a very good job on this one.  I am impressed with how he worked on-screen with Newman.

3 – Risky Business – A fun story, I think that Cruise really steals the show with this movie.  On screen with better actors, he demands your attention in each and every scene in which he appears.

2 – Born On The 4th Of July – Phenomenal!!!  Start to finish – a masterpiece!!!

1 – The Last Samurai – While he plays the hero that saves the day and gets the girl, Cruise really got into this role and this is one of very few Cruise films in which I don’t see him as another role while playing this one.  This movie is Superb!!!

When researching to build this list, one thing became abundantly clear to me – Tom Cruise plays the same role in a lot of his films.  Handsome guys gets the beautiful girl while saving the day.  Think about that – 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, and 1 all share that very common theme just with different plots.

What is your favorite Tom Cruise movie?  Let me hear it…

Thanks for reading!!

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Iconic Films From The 1980s’

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Iconic Films From The 1980s’

I have been doing these ‘TopTen’ lists for a few weeks now and am really enjoying them.  Hopefully you are as well…

I am a movie guy.  During the offseason, I will try to crush two to three movies a week.  And thanks to the vault of films stashed in my NetFlix account, watching movies has never been easier.

But I only like certain movies – and what you will see below is that my taste in films during the 1980s was far from mature.  But hey, I was barely into my teens so cut me a little slack.

With that being said, you won’t find Terms of Endearment or Gandi or Chariots of Fire in my ‘Top Ten Iconic Films From The 1980s’.  What you will find are the films that I can still watch today that are guaranteed to make me react and recall the great memories I have of watching them during my youth.

And away we go…

Honorable Mention – ET, Top Gun, Footloose, Caddy Shack, Ghost Busters, Batman, Major League, Teen Wolf, and Rain Man.

10 – Revenge Of The Nerds – So many memorable parts.  And the laughs start from minute 1 and just keep going!

9 – Police Academy – Wow.  While the sequels got progressively worse, the original is outstanding.  The characters were so solid, and I cannot recall a single friend that wasn’t trying to sound like that guy who does all of the noises.  LOL!!

8 – Beverly Hills Cop –  Axel Foley was the man!  We all imitated his laugh too… And Bronson Pinchot stole the show!  Serge!!

7 – Stand By Me – Easily the best drama from my youth.  A very memorable story – all of us had friends like these guys when we were growing up.  Leeches!!

6 – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – Another classic with super-strong characters.  And a little cameo by Charlie Sheen too – Winning!  My favorite scene is when Ferris is programming his keyboard to cough.

5 – Breakfast Club – More classic lines than possibly any movie from that time.  They covered each stereotypical high school kid very well.  And Vice-Principal Bender was hilarious!!  I’m crackin’ skulls!!

4 – Back To The Future – Hello McFly!!!  I loved this film.  Classic characters.  Classic cards.  Classic scenes.  My favorite?  Has to be when Marty meets his future uncle as a baby and tells him to get used to the bars of his crib.  LOL every time!!

3 – The Karate Kid – The movie that inspired millions, including me, to take up karate.  Everyone wanted Daniel to win.  And with the help of Mr. Miyagi, and a gorgeous Elizabeth Shue, Daniel was the victor!

2 – Die Hard – I cannot recall another film prior that blended comedy and action so perfectly.  Bruce Willis was fantastic in this film – and it is one of the only film franchises whose sequels are not disappointments when compared to the original.  Yippee Ka Yeah!!!

1 – Coming To America – I have never enjoyed a comedic film more than this movie.  Eddie Murphy proved his talent during every scene of this film – and each was brilliant.  From Sexual Chocolate to working at McDowell’s to the barber shop – the laughs never stop!!

Wow, what a great trip down memory lane!!  I think I am going to go see what I have on DVD that I can watch tonight…

Stay tuned next Sunday night as I present to you me ‘Top Ten Wrestlers From The 1990s’.

Thanks for reading!!