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Patrick presents Patrick's Top 100 movies from 2008(#23) 
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Oh yes, Speed. That's a great action film. I absolutely love it.

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#46 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade


Let it be known that I am not that big of a fan of Indiana Jones. I feel that Raiders is good entertainment but not one of the greatest films of all time, Temple of Doom....well is Temple of Doom and I haven't seen Crystal Skull so I'll withhold judgment on it until I do. But Last Crusade.....now that lives up to the hype. It's funny, has great action and in the end, is great entertainment. However, Last Crusade kinda does cheat by getting and harnessing the coolness of Sean Connery. His borderline-oblivious comments are funny and he does know how to use the birds to take down a German airplane, how awesome is that!

Awesome Moment 1: Young Indy on a train
Awesome Moment 2: The bad guy choosing the wrong Holy Grail
Awesome Moment 3: Indy and Sean Connery's conversation on the zepplin


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#45 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

From one of the demi-god of Music Videos, Dayton and Faris, comes of the two real gods of Music Videos, Michel Gondry(Spike Jonze is the other god). Gondry has a litany of classic videos like Everlong, Fell in Love with a Girl and Around the World and he also decided to make real movies. Thankfully, he didn't become a laughing stock especially with this movie. The premise here is pretty good, who doesn't want to erase all the bad memories we have, especially of relationships gone wrong. That's what Jim Carrey thinks but during the procedure...he has a change of heart and it becomes a race to keep his memory of his relationship gone wrong. The greatest thing here is that the movie has to rely on Jim Carrey to be the emotional anchor to this and he actually pulls it off...without talking out of his ass to do it! Truly Jim Carrey's shining moment.

Awesome Moment 1: The opening scene b/w Carrey and Kate Winslet
Awesome Moment 2: Carrey trying to hide Winslet in his memories
Awesome Moment 3: Carrey's nightmare of Elijah Wood wooing Winslet in Barnes and Noble...and we never see Wood's face in it.


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#44 Clerks II

This proves that a good sequel can be made out of anything if the writer has something to say about the characters from the previous movie. Let's face it, sure Clerks II looked awesome on the surface but wasn't the story told completely in the first one...and the animated series to a lesser extent. Did we really want the clerks old and learning important life lessons like marriage and friendship? Turns out, yes we did....badly. While Chasing Amy proved that Smith had a heart, we never expected him to put a heart in the clerks. Dante is getting married and moving away, Randal is suffering a mid-life crisis because of it and Jay and Silent Bob are sober....but still dealing. By the end, it almost brings a tear to the eye when it's all said and done.

Awesome Scene 1: Star Wars vs. LotR
Awesome Scene 2: The 1979 montage
Awesome Scene 3: "Oh no, gotta finish."


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#43 Blade Runner

I use to hate this movie, wonder why? I missed a car crash at school, complete with injury but not death, and where was I? Looking up information on the internet about Blade Runner to understand it. Sounds pretty stupid doesn't it? I thought so too so I had to think of a way to make it up, give it another chance and it happened with the release of that ultra-collector edition of Blade Runner, complete with an awesome trailer/TV spots. I bought it and watched the Final Cut and was blown away. I vowed to never hate this movie again. The special effects still hold up, Ridley Scott still milks tension out of certain scenes and Edward James Olmos is still a foreign-speaking ass. This is not a movie to be missed.

Awesome Moment 1: The opening scene
Awesome Moment 2: Rutger Hauer vs. Harrison Ford
Awesome Moment 3: "Time to die!"


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#42 Forrest Gump

Before I begin...I will not use the phrase "box of chocolates" after this sentence. A movie about a simpleton can be awesome as Forrest Gump shows. It basically shows him ambling through life, he was told to run and he did. He was given a brochure to join the army and he did which landed him in 'Nam. He got the shrimping boat idea from Bubba, but it was mostly to avenge his death. Lt Dan invested the shrimping boat earnings into Apple Computers making him rich. However, a movie is never, ever WHAT'S it's about. It's always HOW is it about. As it turns out, the movie is made with great emotional truths in there, especially about love. It also does have some nice effects with Forrest interacting with historical figures of history. Granted, it is one of the greatest dividers of cinema, a true tale of love-it-or-hate-it. I just happen to love it, so nyah.

Awesome Scene 1: Forrest showing Lt. Dan his boat
Awesome Scene 2: "My name is Forrest Gump, people call me Forrest Gump."
Awesome Scene 3: Forrest's run across the country.


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Due to last week's unpleasantness....I kinda skip last week. So I'm going to do another two-fer.

#41 Cinema Paridiso

First off, I'm going to be talking about the director's cut, I was too lazy to watch the theatrical cut when I rented it....but why would I want to. This is a movie for those who actually love movies....and it was made by an Italian. It does start out like a coming-age-of-age comedy, both boy years and teen years but it gradually comes out to a romance and then a journey to find lost love. By the end when the kissing montage comes out, it's almost hard to not cry at the end. Truly a great piece of foreign cinema right here.

Awesome Moment 1: Salvatore and Alfredo negotiate over cheating on a grade school graduation exam
Awesome Moment 2: Alfredo showing a movie to the people outside..then the film burns and he loses his eyesight(not as funny as it appears)
Awesome Moment 3: kissing montage at end


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#40 The Silence of the Lambs


Hannibal Lector's legacy evil begins here. Well it is if you're not counting Manhunter which is understandable cause he's in two brief scenes and Brain Cox is playing him, not Anthony Hopkins. It's still worth a watch cause it's one of the few Michael Mann movies that aren't horrible borefests. Alright, tangent over so let's go back to Silence. At it's core this is basically a character that becomes a better person after some trials and a hard-ass mentor. Granted, the fact that she's a FBI trainee searching for a serial killer and her mentor is a crazy cannibal puts a nice spin on things. Now there's nothing wrong with the core story but everybody remembers Lector. It's hard to forget someone who rips a guys lungs out and stretches them to be wings or somebody who cuts off someone's face to use as a mask, chilling. Now for the sequels, Hannibal's flawed but has some moments, Red Dragon is actually pretty good despite some missteps near the end....as for Hannibal Rising, not good.

Awesome Moment 1: Lector's entrance
Awesome Moment 2: Lector's escape
Awesome Moment 3: Clarice putting down Buffalo Bill


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#39 Saw

If Forrest Gump was a line in the sand dividing movie fans, Saw is a canyon that makes the Grand Canyon a puny ditch. Yes, it did spin off the torture-porn subgenre of horror that no-talent hacks like Eli Roth used to get fame and then that horrible crime against humanity movie Captivity. But Saw is no more than a real torture-porn movie like John Carpenter's Halloween was a real slasher. Yes, there was blood but it wasn't bathing in it like Hostel or Saw III/IV were. What separates Saw from the rest is that it's more of a puzzle than anything. It's amazing how much mileage the filmmakers got from mostly using one set and exploiting every inch of space. Then there's the ending twist...which I will not spoil, unlike some asshole who spoiled it for me on the internet...thanks GameFAQ's boards.

Awesome Moment 1: ending twist
Awesome Moment 2: Amanda's test
Awesome Moment 3: reveal of the dead corpse in the bathroom (at the beginning of the film)


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#38 Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Monty Python...the funniest Brits plus one American ever genetically engineered(except Terry Jones, he was like the Danny Devito to the others Schwarzenegger, the genetic excess crap). They exploded with their show and then soon after branch into movies starting with Now Here's Something Different, unwatched by most everyone and I wouldn't be surprised if a few of the troupe didn't either. So they waited and a few years later came back with The Holy Grail. This time, more people watched it....a lot more. And it hits the ground running with the opening credits being subtitled in Swedish, then it stops translating and starts talking about moose. After that, we got the Knights of Ni, a random historian being killed by a random knight, "I'm not dead yet!" and the Evil Beast of ARRGGGHHHH. It's like a forerunner to the saturation comedy's made famous by likes of Airplane! and Naked Gun. After Holy Grail, came Life of Brian which had a story at the expense of laughs(it's still really good and still funny though) and the horrifically uneven Meaning of Life. Then they broke up and Graham Chapman decided to die making future reunions impossible...even though we did come close with the virtual reunion on the Meaning of Life DVD, I guess that'll have to do.

Awesome Moment 1: Black Knight
Awesome Moment 2: "Just then, the animator died!"
Awesome Moment 3: "Then they ate the minstrels and there was much rejoicing."


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#37 Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

After Star Wars, people were eagerly expecting the next installment so they could be blown away again. If you replace blown away with bitch-slapped, then expectations were wildly met. New Hope, good beats evil and takes away their superweapon. Here, good barely crawls away bloody and beaten with information that would traumatize most people. It's almost relentlessly bleak with what little light coming from C-3PO. However, there is a sense of maturity, especially with Luke owning up to his potential even if he miserably fails Yoda's training and the special effects are pretty good especially the Asteroid chase. It's a different Star Wars than we were used to but it's still one of the best of the saga.

Awesome Moment 1: "No, I am your father!"
Awesome Moment 2: Battle of Hoth
Awesome Moment 3: Yoda's entrance


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#36 John Carpenter's The Thing

John Carpenter is a director I admire...not necessary like. I greatly admire Halloween for its legacy but I don't really care too much for it. Sure The Fog was alright and Escape From New York had moments but most of his movies are mediocre at best. Then there's The Thing which pretty much cements John Carpenter's reputation as one of the great horror directors even if nothing else was good. But it's pure genius comes pure terror of not knowing who to trust, if he's human or The Thing. It even kicks off with Norwegians hunting a dog through a helicopter...granted, in the end they were doing the right thing but The American's didn't at the time. Even the big scary set-pieces still scare after many viewings or at the very least still leaves goosebumps.

Awesome Moment 1: When CPR turns deadly
Awesome Moment 2: When a blood test turns deadly
Awesome Moment 3: The Thing bursts out of the dog


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#35 Mulan

Yes, the New-Age Disney movies saw an increase of girl-power but they were still subservient to males. Sure Ariel had crazy feminists notions like being human but she didn't kill Ursula. Prince Eric, a man did. Belle was pretty much the same way but she didn't kill Gatson, a man did...granted it was a beast but he was once a man. Princess Jasmine had crazy notions of marrying someone she chose instead of arraigned marriages but she didn't defeat Jafar. Granted Jafar defeated himself using Genie...but a man was involved somehow in that! But Mulan was different for she killed the evil guy....and a lot of other people. Granted, it wasn't ripping them apart with her bare hands and bathing in their blood but a lot of the Huns she buried in the avalanche didn't come back up. That's why I rank Mulan as the most awesome Disney girl, she had crazy feminist notions AND a high body count. However, that's one piece of the awesome puzzle. The other major piece is the evil guy Shan-Yu, the most calculated evil guy in Disney. He has evil entrances, evil one-liners, evil deductive reasoning, evil yellow eyes, evil motivation, you name it, he has it but evil. In the end, it's a much different Disney movie...like a pure action movie, with some songs in it.

Awesome Moment 1: I'll Make a Man Out of You
Awesome Moment 2: Mulan stealing her father's armor
Awesome Moment 3: "They popped up the field...like daisies!"


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#34 Trainspotting

Danny Boyle is one of the most consistently interesting directors out now. Even his supposed "misfires" like The Beach and 28 Days Later are still good, how many directors can make that claim? But Trainspotting was his peak. A rambunctious comedy...about the horrors of heroin no less and only somebody as crazy as Boyle would have the balls to do it. It's stylish, jittery and had an odd way about it. It may be the most compulsively watchable movie that Danny Boyle has ever done...Bravo.

Awesome Moment 1: "Take the best orgasm and multiply it by a thousand. You still haven't come close."
Awesome Moment 2: the baby ghost turning its head
Awesome Moment 3: the worst toilet in Scotland


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#34 Trainspotting

Danny Boyle is one of the most consistently interesting directors out now. Even his supposed "misfires" like The Beach and 28 Days Later are still good, how many directors can make that claim? But Trainspotting was his peak. A rambunctious comedy...about the horrors of heroin no less and only somebody as crazy as Boyle would have the balls to do it. It's stylish, jittery and had an odd way about it. It may be the most compulsively watchable movie that Danny Boyle has ever done...Bravo.


One of my favorites. Trainspotting remains one of the peak films of the 1990s and the best film Boyle has put out, but I'm not sure where you heard 28 Days Later was a misfire.

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#34 Trainspotting

Danny Boyle is one of the most consistently interesting directors out now. Even his supposed "misfires" like The Beach and 28 Days Later are still good, how many directors can make that claim? But Trainspotting was his peak. A rambunctious comedy...about the horrors of heroin no less and only somebody as crazy as Boyle would have the balls to do it. It's stylish, jittery and had an odd way about it. It may be the most compulsively watchable movie that Danny Boyle has ever done...Bravo.


One of my favorites. Trainspotting remains one of the peak films of the 1990s and the best film Boyle has put out, but I'm not sure where you heard 28 Days Later was a misfire.


That was bad writing. I should've just said The Beach


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#33 Memento

Making a movie where the hero is mentally challenged is a bit difficult. Making a movie where the hero has short-term memory loss is almost suicide. Then again, this is Christopher Nolan we are talking about here. Before his genius was established with Batman Begins and The Prestige there was Memento. It was made with the intention of putting the audience into the same shoes as Guy Pearce, our memory-challenged hero by having two time-lines, one going backwards and one going forwards eventually crashing at some point. Also, there are characters where you're not sure to trust like Pearce isn't sure about someone. We follow the clues that he follows even if we don't have a clue on where they would lead to. It's disorienting, but it all comes to head and by the end, it hits with a certain force to it.

Awesome Moment 1: "No, he's chasing me."
Awesome Moment 2: The story of Sammy Jenkins
Awesome Moment 3: Carrie-Ann Moss tricking Guy Pearce


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#32 Do the Right Thing

Whatever your opinion of Spike Lee is, one thing that he never is is boring and he definitely hit his stride with Do The Right Thing. It's a pretty unflinching look on racism and how it a massive heatwave can boil over into a full-scale riot by the end of the night. What really makes this is it's sense of hyper-reality. The movie stops for non-sequitors, the block is full of warm colors, and the town retard should be in a sanitarium, not in the public. It would be easy for Spike to blame anyone for the riot but Spike doesn't play that game, he might now but he didn't then. In the end, it turns out to be everyone's fault and that's why I think Spike can never top it. He bought into his own hype and starting feuds with Clint Eastwood among other whites...sigh.

Awesome Moment 1: Radio Raheed telling the story of Love and Hate
Awesome Moment 2: opening credits
Awesome Moment 3: "We want some motherf***ing black people on that motherf***ing wall!"


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#31 Alien

In space, no one can hear you scream. That was the legendary tagline for one of the most terrifying movies I've seen. Yes, it is pretty much a haunted house in space, but Ridley Scott had the style and the smarts to make it more than that. Everyone was a blue-collar worker, concerned about getting home and getting full shares from salvaging stuff. Yes it's a bit slow, but there's a method to it. It's a slow-burn simmering until the infamous chestburster scene where the slow-burn explodes into a claustrophobic nightmare. To say anymore would be criminal but it introduced Ridley Scott as a force to be reckon with...even he did blow it with crapfests like Thelma and Louise & GI Jane.

Awesome Moment 1: chestburster
Awesome Moment 2: "Ash is a robot, a goddamn robot!"
Awesome Moment 3: That little Tai Chi move the Alien does after it either kills Lambert or Parker


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Thelmand & Louise and G.I. Jane were good movies IMO, for me Black Rain was a true example of a crapfest.


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