At the Movies

I like to think sometimes that I”m writing this blog to appeal to the masses, but really deep down I know that I”m usually just talking to and about myself. Recently someone asked me what my favorite movies were. That was a little difficult for me to put a list together across all genres, but the following are the list of my top 5 comedies if you asked me today.

1. Bottle Rocket.

Out of all the movies on this list, this probably has more to do with taste than the rest.  The humor in this movie is a little on the subtle side but hilarious none the less. The film was the directorial debut from Wes Anderson, and was also the acting debut of both Owen and Luke Wilson. The story revolves around three friends from a small town in Texas named Anthony, Dignan, and Bob who dream of living a life crime. Dignan plans their first big heist with which he hopes to catch the attention of a local “crime lord.” Our “heroes” obviously don”t know what they”re doing and hilarity ensues after they pull off their first job and go on the lam. If you can find this film, watch it; I promise you won”t regret it. Just be sure you pay attention to the conversations going on, most of the humor comes from subtle one liners.

2. Big Trouble in Little China

This movie is something special right out of the 80″s. It”s a hybrid action/comedy with just a little horror mixed in. It”s campy all the way through. The movie stars Kurt Russell as Jack Burton. Jack is a truck driver who gets enlisted to take an old friend to the airport to pick up his fiancé from China. Things quickly go array when she is kidnapped by a local gang from “Little China.” The rest of the film revolves around then trying to get her back from David Lo Pan played by James Hong (who I was sure was 105 when this film was made but is still around today). This movie could have really been terrible if it had tried to take itself too seriously, but what makes it great is it seems to be making fun of itself all the way through. With lines like the following, how could it not be good?

“When some wild-eyed, eight-foot-tall maniac grabs your neck, taps the back of your favorite head up against the barroom wall, and he looks you crooked in the eye and he asks you if ya paid your dues, you just stare that big sucker right back in the eye, and you remember what ol” Jack Burton always says at a time like that: “Have ya paid your dues, Jack?” “Yessir, the check is in the mail.””

3. The Three Amigos

Another gem from the 80″s that is probably on more peoples” best loved list. Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, and Martin Short at perhaps their very best. 3 silent film actors played by Martin, Chase, and Short are recruited to stop the “in”famous El Guapo from terrorizing a small Mexican village. Only they think that they are going to put on show with El Guapo. This movie is hilarious start to finish. I can still sing “My Little Buttercup”all the way through, and often wonder if I have a plethora of Piñatas.

4. Big Trouble

This is a grossly underrated comedy staring Tim Allen and a young pre-quirky Zooey Deschanel. This was based on a book written by the hilarious Dave Barry. To try to describe the plot would not be possible in such a short blog and I could not do the comedy any justice. Just see this movie and try not to laugh at hitmen, weapons smuggling bar owners, inept police officers, goats, gators fans, and Andy Richter. Watch this movie!

5. Zoolander

There was a time that this movie may have been number one on the list. The ridiculousness of the plot is only upstaged by the ridiculousness of Will Ferrel”s outfits. The dim-witted but lovable male model Derek Zoolander is brainwashed into killing the prime minister of Malaysia because of his stance on free trade in the clothing market. Yes you read that right. By the time David Bowie shows up to officiate a model walk off, you already know what you”ll be getting from this movie, a lot of laughs from a lot of stupid situations.

So there you have it, my current list of my 5 favorite comedies. Ask me tomorrow and get probably 3 different movies in there.

Your turn, what are some of your favorites no matter the genre.

13 Responses to “At the Movies”

  1. Susan Taylor says:

    I have actually only seen two of the five you have listed but will be sure to check the others out. I love Life as a House. And I dearly love Les Miserables, with Liam Neeson.

  2. Angi says:

    I remember borrowing Bottle Rocket from you at one point…either you or Daniel…hmm. Either way, I remember it was funny. I need to watch it again.

    Zoolander is and always will be a favorite!! Need to see the other 3…

    My favorites (besides Zoolander):

    1) Anchorman (“Last time I looked in the dictionary, my name’s Ron Burgundy. What’s your name?”)
    2) Napoleon Dynamite (“Stay home and eat all the freakin’ chips, Kip!”)
    3) The Other Guys (“One day I’ll get you over that wall of anger, and it will be glorious!”)

    That’s all I can think of off the top of my head…at the moment…

    • philip says:

      Anchorman would be right on the outside and probably on the list some days… I need to watch Napoleon Dynamite and The Other Guys again…. One other that was pretty close to making the list was The Emperors New Groove; it would certainly make a animated movie list. It’s so funny!

  3. Must confess. I have seen none of the ones you mention. My favorites? Back to the Future trilogy. Lord of the Rings. Field of Dreams. Many more.

    • philip says:

      Bill, mine really are some random movies. I love all the ones you mentioned. I’m a sucker for field of dreams and grew up on the back to the future movies. There’s not much out there that can match the epicness of the Lord of the Rings. Thanks

  4. I have seen all those movies and definitely, Three Amigos stands out as a work of genius. 🙂 I don’t even know what I would add to the list right now–there are so many I love. Should I throw out the Christian movie card and say Facing the Giants or Fireproof? Ha! They are good movies though… and yeah, I’ve started rambling. Sweet Lincoln’s mole! Why would you try to make me think when I’m so tired? 🙂

    • philip says:

      I thought you’d have a comment about big trouble. Never have seen either of your Christian card movies; but I’ve heard they’re good by several people. Thanks!! 🙂

  5. The Wrath of Khan (not a comedy but there are parts that make me laugh)

    Weekend at Bernie’s

    Young Frankenstein

    Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension! (again, not techically a comedy but very funny)

    The Court Jester

    • philip says:

      Sometimes the best comedies are those which aren’t trying to be. I’ve seen most of the ones you’ve listed. I’ll have to check out the others. Thanks Jay!

  6. Sarah says:

    I heart Monsters, Inc. It’s a total comfort movie for me. But I’ll be real honest with you: the DVDs I pop in over and over and over and over aren’t movies – they’re episodes of Friends. 🙂

    • philip says:

      Monsters Inc. is brilliant. I love every part of it. It’s tough to choose a favorite when it comes to Pixar, but it would be right near the top for me. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying your favorite friends over and over on DVD! 🙂 thanks Sarah!