Originally posted on Bullets & Bloodshed March 19, 2012
written by Jimmy Weber
So here’s a pretty big deal: My Top 15 Favorite Movies Ever. My buddy Josh made his list and inspired me to do the same. Check it out and if you haven’t seen any of these films, then for God’s sake, do yourself a favor and watch them.
What I found to be interesting was the mix. I’m a horror guy through and through, but my list has equal parts horror, comedy, and action. But if you were to somehow form a person out of these films, I’d like to think you’d get me.
So without further ado, here’s my Top 15.
1. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
I’m pretty sure I’ve seen this movie 200 times. If I close my eyes, I can watch it in my head. To me, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is less of a “teen comedy” and more of a diagram on how to live your life. I try to live my life the way Ferris would and I’ve gotten pretty far doing it.
2. Christmas Vacation
My family only has one tradition, watch Christmas Vacation together during the holidays. I believe this is the funniest movie ever made.
3. The Exorcist
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Christmas Vacation are more sentimental choices. But I believe The Exorcist is the greatest movie ever made. Godfather, Citizen Kane, Chinatown…none are as good as The Exorcist.
4. Pulp Fiction
This was the movie that made me understand what the word “cool” meant. When I first saw it, it was kind of a “Oh, I get it now…” moment.
5. House of 1,000 Corpses
I’ve always loved horror movies, but Rob Zombie’s psychedelic nightmare was the movie that made me want to be a filmmaker. Nerds around the world collect Star Wars gear, well, I can’t have enough Captain Spaulding stuff.
6. The Lost Boys
If you don’t like The Lost Boys, we probably wouldn’t get along.
7. Die Hard
The greatest action movie ever. What I love about this movie is every character is awesome. Half way through, you forget you want Hans Gruber to die because you love him so much.
8. That Thing You Do
This movie has a perfect screenplay. Every thing from Giovanni Ribisi’s broken arm representing the timeline of the film, to the bass player’s name being T.B. Player.
9. Terminator 2: Judgement Day
I worshipped this movie as a kid. My parents were rad enough to take me to see it when I was 7-years-old. It was the first “real” movie I ever saw. It wasn’t until I was an educated film snob that I realized it’s a fucking awesome movie.
10. The Blair Witch Project
This movie scared the living shit out of me and still does. I love this movie. The look, the feel, the texture. People who “hate it” are stupid. Like punk bands who become famous, horror fans dislike it only because of its success. Had Ti West directed it, people would call it a masterpiece.
11. Top Gun
If you don’t love Top Gun, you aren’t American.
12. Office Space
The best comedy about work ever made but also one of the best comedies about life.
13. Planet Terror
A modern classic and perfect film. This is my second favorite screenplay ever. Every character is amazing, the look and feel has been imitated endlessly. It’s iconic. Love it.
14. Point Break
To me, every action film is just trying to be Die Hard or Point Break. People think I likePoint Break ironically, but they are wrong. There’s a lot in there for snobby people to laugh at, but if they had any balls, they’d realize it’s actually a perfect action film.
The first 10 minutes is the best short film ever made. The rest of the movie is a wonderful gateway drug. Not only was Scream one of the first horror films I’d ever seen, but it made me want to watch more. As I became more familiar with the genre, the jokes and references in Scream only got better.