Watching Evil Dead II made me think of my top ten sequels – a list that was surprisingly hard to compile and is not in any order because that’s even harder. There are probably plenty of omissions (I’ve only seen The Godfather Part II once and I don’t remember much of it so it would be a lie to include it) and inaccuracies (The Empire Strikes Back is ‘not a sequel, part of a trilogy, completely planned’ as Randy reminds us in Scream 2, but I don’t care). If I’ve forgotten anything glaring, or if you disagree vehemently, please let me know.
Toy Story 2
Back to the Future Part III (not Part II)
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (not the Temple of Doom, and definitely not that crystal skull nonsense)
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
Die Hard with a Vengeance (still never seen Die Hard 2)
Evil Dead II
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (they’re all awesome but I’ve always preferred the final part)
Aliens (I’ve only seen it once and that was years ago but I do remember that it was great)
In honour of Kind Hearts and Coronets, one of the best films I saw last week, as well as Sam Rockwell’s double header in Moon, I resurrect my weekly top tens with my favourite multiple performances.
1. Alec Guinness (x8), Kind Hearts and Coronets
2. Peter Sellers (x3), Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
3. Michael Keaton (x4), Multiplicity (technically this is the same character four times, but each clone is so different that it is essentially four different performances)
4. John Cleese (x6), Monty Python and the Holy Grail (of course, all the Pythons played multiple characters in all their films, but Cleese had some great roles in The Holy Grail)
5. Eddie Murphy (x2), Bowfinger
6. Nicolas Cage (x2), Adaptation
7. Michael J Fox (x3 or 4 depending on whether you count middle aged Marty as a separate performance), Back to the Future Part II
8. Mike Myers (x2), So I Married an Axe Murderer (rather than in any of the Austin Powers films – this is not an oversight)
9. Meg Ryan (x3), Joe Versus the Volcano
10. Jack Nicholson (x2), Mars Attacks!
A slightly haphazard and poorly researched list, but in honour of Michael Douglas’ crazy beard in the little-seen King Of California, here’s a list of ten of cinema’s best beards:
1. Tom Hanks, Castaway
2. Ewan McGregor, Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones
3. Ian McKellan, The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring
4. Michael Douglas, King Of California
5. George Clooney, Syriana
6. Robert De Niro, Wag The Dog
7. Bruce Willis, What Just Happened
8. Kurt Russell, The Thing
9. Samuel L Jackson, Pulp Fiction
10. Alan Rickman, Die Hard
* On actors who don’t usually wear beards.
In honour of Metropolis’ iconic robot Hel, this week I mechanically salute my top ten movie robots.
1. R2D2 (The Star Wars series)
2. Robocop (Robocop)
3. T-1000 (Terminator 2: Judgment Day)
4. Ash (Alien)
5. WALL•E (WALL•E)
6. Number 5 (Short Circuit)
7. Hel (Metropolis)
8 and 9. Evil Bill and Ted (Bill And Ted’s Bogus Journey)
10. David (Artificial Intelligence: AI)
Happy 2009 everyone.
OK, so it’s completely unrelated to last week’s film Timecode, but I have to put these up here before the end of the year. Here are my ten favourite films of 2008.
1. The Mist
2. In Bruges
3. Son Of Rambow
5. The Dark Knight
6. There Will Be Blood
7. No Country For Old Men
9. The Orphanage
10. Iron Man
I would like to have included The Diving Bell And The Butterfly in this list like a lot of film magazines did. In fact, it may even have reached the number one slot. However, it was released in the UK in 2007.
Happy Christmas everyone.
Less a top ten this week, than ten random speccy characters – literally the first ten I could think of.
Isaac Davis (Woody Allen, Manhattan)
Austin Powers (Mike Myers, Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery)
Teddy Duchamp (Corey Feldman, Stand By Me)
Clark Kent (Christopher Reeve, Superman)
Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone)
Joe (Daniel Craig, Enduring Love)
Louis Tully (Rick Moranis, Ghostbusters)
Juror 4 (E.G. Marshall, 12 Angry Men)
John Williamson (Kevin Spacey, Glengarry Glen Ross)
Grady Tripp (Michael Douglas, Wonder Boys)
They may be ghosts, they may be figments of a character’s imagination – in honour of this week’s one and only film Play It Again, Sam here are my ten favourite ‘invisible’ characters.
1. Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt, Fight Club)
2. Frank (James Duval, Donnie Darko)
3. Drop Dead Fred (Rik Mayall, Drop Dead Fred)
4. Sam Wheat (Patrick Swayze, Ghost)
5. Jamie (Alan Rickman, Truly Madly Deeply)
6. Parcher (Ed Harris, A Beautiful Mind)
7. Humphrey Bogart (Jerry Lacy, Play It Again, Sam)
8. Dr. Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis, The Sixth Sense)
9. Capt. Daniel Gregg (Rex Harrison, The Ghost and Mrs Muir)
10. ‘Mentor’ (Val Kilmer, True Romance)
In honour of the best thing in this week’s sole film, I salute my ten favourite Jack Nicholson performances, in reverse chronological order because I can’t choose between them.
Warren Schmidt (About Schmidt)
Melvin Udall (As Good As It Gets)
Colonel Nathan R. Jessup (A Few Good Men)
Jack Napier aka The Joker (Batman)
Daryl Van Horne (The Witches Of Eastwick)
Garrett Breedlove (Terms Of Endearment)
Jack Torrance (The Shining)
R.P. McMurphy (One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest)
J.J. ‘Jake’ Gittes (Chinatown)
George Hanson (Easy Rider)
My favourite Oscar winning supporting performances, inspired by George Kennedy’s performance as Dragline, Cool Hand Luke’s alpha male turned overgrown sidekick.
1. Joe Pesci as Tommy DeVito in Goodfellas
2. Javier Bardem as Anton Chigurh in No Country For Old Men
3. Kevin Spacey as Roger ‘Verbal’ Kint in The Usual Suspects
4. Christopher Walken as Nick in The Deer Hunter
5. Chris Cooper as John Laroche in Adaptation
6. Whoopi Goldberg as Oda Mae Brown in Ghost
7. Alan Arkin as Grandpa Edwin Hoover in Little Miss Sunshine
8. Cuba Gooding Jr as Rod Tidwell in Jerry Maguire
9. Jack Palance as Curly Washburn in City Slickers
10. Robin Williams as Sean Maguire in Good Will Hunting
In honour of the shame list’s first half anniversary (according to my records, this week’s entry is the 26th), here is the first of my new weekly top tens: my top ten films I’ve discovered in the last six months.
1. Singin’ in the Rain
2. Rebel Without A Cause
3. The Sound of Music
4. Rosemary’s Baby
5. Pan’s Labyrinth
6. United 93
8. The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
9. A Night At The Opera
10. Lawrence of Arabia