Ok, so really lame title for a blog post right?
I haven’t done a top ten list for a while, and I really like them (reading and writing). I haven’t really had any mind-boggling ideas of what to use as subject matter, until tonight. I was flicking through the channels, when I came across one of my old favourites – 12 Monkeys. Suddenly, the light bulb flickered to life.
In order to fulfill the requirements of this list, movies have to have a number (or variation of one) in the title – however part 2, 3, etc. don’t count. (See this post for a list like that). So here goes:
10. 50 First Dates
My first (and only) romantic comedy on this list. I think if Drew Barrymore’s in a movie, I tend to like it. Apparently I’m a fan. Adam Sandler doesn’t ruin it either. Rob Schneider is awesome.
9. 48 Hours
Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy do the good cop/bad cop routine. Very similar to Lethal Weapon, Turner and Hooch, Good Cop/Bon Cop and any other buddy cop film ever made. But guess what, they’re all good.
A gore-fest with pretty amazing effects. All blue-screen I’m sure. Based on the graphic novel by Frank Miller.
Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman are cops (not buddy cops like in 48 hours though) trying to stop an incredibly psycho Kevin Spacey. Unfortunately he makes it the whole way through the 7 deadly sins. I wonder if they’ll do a sequel with these. My only question, what was in the box?
6. Ocean’s 11
Brad Pitt (again) and George Clooney lead a team of 11 theives who set out to rob a casino in Vegas. The sequels are great too.
5. The Sixth Sense
M. Night Shaymalan is pretty much a movie-making phenom. He’s had a couple of duds with The Village and Lady in the Water, but Signs and Unbreakable were magic! Defines the term twist in movie-makingdom.
The book is one of the best ever, the film’s pretty good too. (And I know the picture is from the Apple commercial, which by the way gets my vote for the best advertisement ever)
Plot Synopsis: After The Atomic War the world is divided into three states. London is the capital of Oceania, ruled by a party who has total control over all its citizens. Winston Smith is one of the bureaucrats, rewriting history in one of the departments. One day he commits the crime of falling in love with Julia. They try to escape Big Brother’s listening and viewing devices, but, of course, nobody can really escape… (from this site)
3. The 13th Warrior
Based on the fantastically weird novel Eaters of the Dead by Michael Crichton, Warrior stars Antonio Banderas (in arguably his best role) as a courtesan from an Arabic court travelling through Western Europe. He teams up with a band of monstrous Viking warriors (12 of them in fact) and goes to destroy the Wendel (I think they’re called, or maybe that’s from Beowulf) which turn out in fact to be really creepy Neanderthals. Spooky, eerie and cool!
2. The Fifth Element
Why do I love this movie so much? It’s over-the-top sci-fi. Big explosions, weird aliens, cool characters and Milla Jovavich. Bruce Willis is Corben Dallas, a retired army guy now cab driver who pulls stuff in a futuristic society others wouldn’t dare. He gets tangled up with the ‘fifth element’ a perfect being that is earth’s only hope from total destruction from the ultimate evil.
1. 12 Monkeys
Wow there are alot of F-bombs in this picture, so don’t say I didn’t warn you. But one of the great, post/pre-apocalyptic psychotic thrillers. Brad Pitt (again) and Bruce Willis (for the third time are you kidding me) meet originally in a mental institution and then again while Willis is trying to save the world from a sure world-ending virus that he thinks Brad Pitt will unleash. Some crazy stuff here. It’ll mess with your head, try and keep up.
Best line (Brad Pitt): “And if you tell anybody, I’ll have you shaved, sterilized and destroyed!”
Other number movies I enjoyed: 13 Going on 30 (I’m not even afraid to admit it – ), The Whole 9 yards, 9 Months, The 6th Day and Three Men and a Baby (I was only 12 though). If you know of good ones I missed, let me know!