Lists by Drive_Home
The best movies I probably have no business loving as much as I do.
I can't claim to have seen every zombie movie ever made, but I've seen the vast majority. This list is meant to not only rank our undead friends' films, but also give advice on what may or may not be worth your time. The obvious ones are at the top, with some not-so-obvious ones. Also, there are plenty of hidden gems, so take a glance! Comments, feedback, and suggestions are always welcome.
Not all-inclusive...but most-inclusive.
I'm so often torn with where my geek-allegiances lie, so I've compiled my list to help me keep it straight.
While everyone will have his/her own order, additions, and subtractions, these are the franchises that have withstood the test of time. Some of them are newer, some much older, all separate me from reality in convincing fashion.
I've tried picking my favorite incarnation for some of these entries, followed by rankings of movies, shows, etc., within that franchise.
Year after year I am disappointed seeing some movies on the AFI lists or even here on the IMDb Top 250. By putting these movies on this list, I'm not necessarily saying they're not good movies (though, I would argue those toward the top of the list are both overrated AND not very good), but that they are undeserving of much of the accolades they've received over the years. Era is taken into account, but some things just cannot be forgiven. IMDb Top 250, AFI Top 100, Oscar winners, and cult movies are all considered.
Keep in mind: I am just a guy--a Latin professor at that. I am not a journalist or a film critic. I just happen to love film. I dole out the "hate," yes, but this list is meant more to open dialogue about, perhaps, reevaluating some of the best films.
Surely, I'm not the only one who inwardly cringes every time I see Citizen Kane at the top of AFI's Best list?
Limiting myself to the newest series, here are my 25 most beloved episodes! Get your fish sticks and custard ready and read on!
These films are the nostalgic favorites. This list is geared to the inner-child. No, no Nightmare Before Christmas. I know, I know, list invalidated.
Here's my horror list for those looking for the scary stuff:
So, after viewing Star Trek Into Darkness, I have decided that, though the rebooted franchise is excellent, I miss TNG that much more.
The 25 greatest episodes of one the all-time greatest shows: Star Trek: The Next Generation.
A Wretched Hive of Scum and Villainy...Mostly
Almost always, the book is better than the movie. This is to be expected most of the time. The following is a list of films that have BUTCHERED their written counterparts.
Voice actors, in my opinion, rarely, if ever, get the kudos they deserve. Here's some payback...
I base my opinion of them on bias towards characters, of course, but I have also factored in body of work, the enduring effect of characters (icons, in particular), and distinctiveness of voice.
Sure, there are a great number of iconic theme songs, but when it comes down to it, do you find yourself whistling/singing/humming/etc. it?
These are the ones I find myself doing that to.
I'm certainly not the biggest fan of the holidays other than the fact that there's time off involved. Having said that, for one reason or another, the following films/TV specials are tops in my book.
Caveat: said leading actor must have starred in at least three films AND be, in some circles, considered a decent-to-good actor.
It's very easy to pick particular songs from movies that I love, however, it's something else entirely to narrow down that least to great songs to great/good movies. The following list is made of great songs that are inexorably linked to their respected films.