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Patrick presents Patrick's Top 100 movies from 2008(#23) 
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And since I'll be vacationing next week...here's another entry

#59 Jaws


1975, Steven Spielberg was a nobody. Sure, he made the awesome Duel by that's TV. He also made The Sugerland Express which made it to theaters even though no one saw it, not even me. The came Jaws, a movie about a killer shark. Granted, this was from a successful book so a decent level of profitability was guaranteed. What no expected was the birth of the summer blockbuster with success that was probably obscene in some countries. The secret to its success that lesser blockbusters tried to follow was simple: a plot that could be summarized in one line, bonding, pseudo-nudity, good suspense and a good amount of blood. What separates Jaws from the other blockbusters, besides being the first, was also the sense of palatable primal fear that Spielberg instilled, especially with that score and the shark kept hidden through most of its running time. As for the sequels...II's fine, III has its moments and IV is horrible proving that there's only room for one killer shark.

Awesome Moment 1: "You going to need a bigger boat."
Awesome Moment 2: The shot when Roy Scheider sees the Alex Kinter being eaten by the shark.
Awesome Moment 3: Quint's death


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#58 Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

The 1956 Body Snatchers movie was a claustrophobic nightmare shot in a cool, documentary fashion. This version is the '56 version on speed. This movie is always on the go, with something happening in the frame on top of a jittery camera that is unable to hold still. Things pop up in the movie that seems to be a throwaway shot makes much more sense upon repeated viewings. To say anything more would be criminal even though this is a remake and it follows the same generalizations, it has a world of difference in it resulting in a much bleaker movie. All I will say about the ending...it lives up to the hype for it literally knocked me out of my seat and put me in a sitting fetal position. Why I didn't soil myself out of fear I will never know.

Awesome Moment 1: Jeff Goldblum's body double "attacks", Goldblum and Veronica Cartwright runs and bumps into a much scarier site....Leonard Nimoy.
Awesome Moment 2: What happens to the human host
Awesome Moment 3: "This is the health department, we don't have any secrets here."


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Sun Jun 10, 2012 1:48 pm
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And I'm going on another vacation....so here's another entry!

#57 Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith


Here it is, the best of the Star Wars prequel. While Episode I had to deal with Jar-Jar and Episode II had to deal with lousy romantic dialogue...Episode III forgoes all childish things and deals with the darkest days of the saga: the fall of the Republic, the birth of Darth Vader and the Jedi Massacre. Sure, I could go on about the special effects but it's Star Wars...those are a given. What makes this one special is the story, the best one since Empire, which is all bright and sunny by comparison. It's almost like George Lucas suddenly remembered what actually made a great movie so good for him.


Awesome Moment 1: "What happened? We're smarter than this."
Awesome Moment 2: Jedi Massacre
Awesome Moment 3: CIS Massacre


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I love the Body Snatchers remake. It's a really good update of the original, and has some scary moments.

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I love the Body Snatchers remake. It's a really good update of the original, and has some scary moments.

The 1993 version is my personal favorite, though The Invasion is pretty decent as well.


Sun Jun 10, 2012 8:02 pm
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#56 Unbreakable


I said Bruce Willis would be back. The Sixth Sense hit and suddenly M. Night Shmaylan is the hottest director since Spielberg. His next movie is highly anticipated and the ads make it another Sixth Sense movie. However, it turns out to be a comic-book superhero movie. The public turned on it at an alarming rate. However, while the plot is M. Night's most ludicrous but it turns out to be his best movie. The directing and the camera-work is astounding in it's simplicity. Samuel L. Jackson cools his fire down to a simmer but still is the most awesome part of the movie. There's not even big action scenes like a normal superhero movie, just a small scale fight and rescue. But it was with breaking all the rules of superheroes that M. Night made his masterpiece. I still wait for Unbreakable 2...maybe it won't suck like The Village.

Awesome Moment 1: Willis lifting weights
Awesome Moment 2: Willis unleashes his touching into the future powers
Awesome Moment 3: Samuel L. Jackson's first scene


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#55 The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover


Sure, on one level it's merely a movie that revels in gross-out moments, like rotting fish and people having dog-s*** put on them, and near-explicit sex scenes between Helen Mirren and Alan Howard. However, it is a skillfully directed black comedy that's funny. There's four basic sets; the street, the kitchen, the dining room and the bathroom each with it's own color scheme. But look closer at the wardrobe. They changed with the room color scheme. Also, the camera work is extremely fluid and smooth. So much to look at that multiple viewings are required.

Awesome Moment 1: The final scene
Awesome Moment 2: When the Lover talks after 30 minutes
Awesome Moment 3: The Lover's death scene


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Sun Jul 01, 2012 11:15 am
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The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover is definitely one of the greatest movies of all time. No doubt about it.
-Jeremy


Sun Jul 01, 2012 11:22 am
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#54 Nightmare on Elm Street

1984, a horror icon is born in the form of Freddie Kruger. With the speed of a cheetah, he became an icon on par with Jason Vorhees and Michael Myers. Then he became an awesome one-liner spewing caricature but in this, he was scary, he was mean, he was deadly and I felt it all. Worst of all, he came at you in your nightmares. There was little you could do about it. I mean, he killed Johnny Depp that resulted in a 30-second blood geyser. That's viciousness right there. So scary and yet so watchable. Wes Craven's shining moment.

Awesome Moment 1: "Oh God, I look about 20!"
Awesome Moment 2: Freddie's long arms
Awesome Moment 3: The phone version of Freddie


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Wes Craven isn't that good of a director, but Elm Street is a great film. As the years have gone by, it looks better and better. It's a true horror classic.

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#53 Superman II

As awesome and amazing Superman was, there was one ingredient it was missing, action. Yeah, Superman did his thing, saved a dam from a missile and turned back time but it wasn't enough for my selfish tastes. Superman II rectified that oversight. Suddenly, there was the other survivors from Krypton appeared and they were as evil as Superman was good. And there was plenty of action this time as well as the epic-ness that defined the first one as well. Granted, there was also the behind-the-scenes struggle with Richard Donner leaving and Richard Lester replacing him but by some miracle the change is never noticeable. However though, when Richard Lester was completely on his own...he gave us Superman III, the worst of the Supermans and no, IV was not much better. Superman Returns is fine though.

Awesome Moment 1: KNEEL BEFORE ZOD!
Awesome Moment 2: The fight between Superman and the Kryptonites
Awesome Moment 3: The Krytonites mistaking Earth with Houston.


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Sun Jul 15, 2012 5:16 pm
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#52 Taxi Driver


Called one of the best movie of the 70's, it's not hard to disagree with that assessment. Martin Scorcese made himself a near dystopian masterpiece with Taxi Driver. Robert DeNiro is brilliant as the on-edge Travis Bickle ready to snap. The fact that he takes a chick to a porno theater on his first date and he befriends a 12-year old prostitute doesn't help his mental state either. Then he snaps into a near-beautiful ballet of violence at a brothel in the film's shining moment. It's a great Scorcese moment but not his shining masterpiece, that honor goes to Goodfellas and that is coming up soon.

Awesome Moment 1: DeNiro's date with Cybil Shepard
Awesome Moment 2: The ending shootout
Awesome Moment 3: DeNiro's "date" with Jodie Foster


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#51 Shrek 2


Like the first Shrek, this is a wild send-up to various fairy-tales and potions, but this time...on crack! In the wrong hands this could have turned into a jittery, unfocused mess but it survives all that to be funny, exciting and even touching at times. Everyone is on point in this, even the newbies like John Cleese, Antonio Banderas and Larry King...as an ugly stepsister. At it's core, this movie is just plain, really awesome fun making it the finest Dreamworks movie out there.

Awesome Moment 1: Shrek's and Donkey's new-found beauty
Awesome Moment 2: Meeting the in-laws
Awesome Moment 3: The Holding Out for a Hero montage


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Don't forget the hilarious COPSspoof.

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#50 The Nightmare Before Christmas


I remember this movie before all the goth kids that mill about Hot Topic decided to love it. I have more of a right to love this, I saw it in theaters! And not that apparent travashmockery 3-D version either(though I do have the glasses thanks to Bayless...thanks Bayless!). Alright, angry rant over and here's the movie rant with a lot less anger. It's like a darker, slightly ballsier Disney movie. The Halloweentown residents are fairly shocking looking, especially for the younger people, Jack fails miserably in his quest to be the new Santa Claus and Santa is kinda tortured in this. However, it's all those darker qualities that I adore and love it for. However, for all the mild darkness in this there are some lighthearted fun: the songs are catchy and there's moments of fine comedy. Man, how I love it.

Awesome Moment 1: This is Halloween
Awesome Moment 2: What's this?
Awesome Moment 3: Jack training the people to be more Christmasy


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#49 Little Miss Sunshine


Dayton and Faris, one of the demi-god directors of music videos making such classic videos like 1979, Tonight, Tonight, Califorinication and Freak on a Leash. However, when a music video director tries to make a real movie....they usually fail miserably unless you're David Fincher. I mean Tim Pope misfired with the Crow II, Paul Hunter bored us with Bulletproof Monk and I won't even discuss Hype William's crime against humanity aka Belly. For Dayton and Faris to not only try to make a movie but to succeed wildly is a miracle. They truly forgo all the usual video tricks to make a nice feel-good movie about pageants. Yes, little girl pageants but that's not really important in the grand scheme of the movie. It's all about family banding together and overcoming differences with humor....oh dear, I made this sound dry. Trust me, it isn't and I look forward to Dayton and Faris's next movie.

Awesome Moment 1: "Don't fuck one girl, fuck a lot of girls."
Awesome Moment 2: Why Dwayne can't join the air force
Awesome Moment 3: Olive's pageant dance


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#48 Anchorman

Will Ferrel's best movie, oh sure Talladega Nights is fairly funny and Elf had moments of brilliance but nothing can ever top the manic energy of Anchorman. Now unfortunately, I can't make this any higher because of legendary first draft of Anchorman, a group of anchorpeople that survived a mid-air collision must fight hunger....and ninja monkeys that throw ninja stars instead of their poop. If that was made, this would surely be top 10 but alas, we get a manic send-up on 70's news which is almost as good. The movie does have the feeling like it's being made up as it went and that's part of the genius. There's a real danger that the movie may literally fall apart and there's almost a perverse pleasure in seeing that. The other Ferrel movies are now too controlled, you don't get that feeling that the movie may fall apart in pieces. At least we always have Anchorman...even without the ninja monkeys.

Awesome Moment 1: Anchorfight!
Awesome Moment 2: "Dorothy Mantooth is a saint!"
Awesome Moment 3: "LOUD NOISES!"


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Sun Aug 19, 2012 8:31 am
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How do you feel about Anchorman: The Deuce coming out Pats? I'm definitely willing to revisit these characters.


Mon Aug 20, 2012 6:47 pm
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How do you feel about Anchorman: The Deuce coming out Pats? I'm definitely willing to revisit these characters.


Intrigued to see if it'll fulfill it's ninja monkey potential.


Mon Aug 20, 2012 7:02 pm
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#47 Speed

I have called this the most actiony action movie ever made. For those who have seen the movie, it's not hard to figure out why and for those who haven't...get going and watch it. It's a movie that has made me sweat on the coolest days due to the tension of a bomb being on a bus that explodes when it drops below 50 mph. And it's all played to perfection by the trio of Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock and Dennis Hopper. What would I give to see this movie for the first time again? What would I give?

Awesome Moment 1: The first bus explosion
Awesome Moment 2: Keanu shooting the hostage
Awesome Moment 3: The bus pushing a car over a car ramp....so awesome


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