My 50 Favorite Flicks • #1

I’m trying real hard to be the shepard… It’s the Number One movie on my top 50 list!

Pulp Fiction (1994)
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My favorite movie, Quentin Tarantino’s opus.  He struck gold in his sophomore effort if you ask me.  I don’t need to defend why this is my favorite movie, if you have seen it then you know why. Quentin brought us a fresh take on storytelling, that now yes has been exhausted, but at the time doing  out of order sequences that let us know what we needed to at the time was brilliant.  It’s fun to go back and figure out what came before what, and find plot threads between all of the stories going on.  I also loved how he opened each chapter with a title, making each sequence feel like it’s own short story.  The characters of Jules, Vincent, Butch, Mia, Marsellus, Ringo and The WOLF were all just brilliant and well performed.  It would be very hard for me to pick my favorite sequence in this film, but I would probably have to say the final scene in the diner which I depicted here in my sketch. Where a bad guy crosses another bad guy.  The dialogue in this scene is just so tangible I could touch it.  Seeing a BMF take a righteous path over killing him is such a great direction that you don’t expect.

So yes, Pulp Fiction, I have seen this movie about 100 times, and I will never tire of it. I have had it in my collection since 1996 on VHS and it always will be.

Thanks for going on this countdown from #50 to #1, I’m Casey Cas- I mean, I’m Tony Sedani, see you next time when I countdown my top 10 TV SHOWS!

 

My 50 Favorite Flicks • #2

THE #2 MOVIE ON THE LIST IS HERE!  AND TO NO ONE’S SURPRISE…

Clerks. (1994)
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Yes, my second favorite movie is clerks.  Go ahead say what you will, but this movie has heart and soul behind it.  It has a voice, a true voice that I was on the same level as.  I first saw this movie very young in 1996 when my friend Pete borrowed a copy from his brother. This may have increased my vulgar vocabulary by years in advance, but we loved it.  As I got older, I related to things in it that were going on with me.  Dealing with annoying customers, girlfriends, people not having common sense.  This movie pulls no punches in calling out all the jackesses that piss us off on a daily basis.  I liked parts of clerks 2, but felt it was missing that hard edge that made this one so real and fresh.  I do however look forward to clerks 3 and seeing all these great characters come back.

My 50 Favorite Flicks • #3

Like tears in the rain comes the first of my top 3…

Blade Runner (1982)
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Here it is, my top 3 favorite flicks, and to start it off is yet another Harrison Ford performance, and yet another Ridley Scott film.  I wouldn’t say I am a fan of Ridley Scott, but I sure do highly enjoy a select few of his movies.  This being one of them.  This movie has everything going for it.  A great lead character Deckard.  A great futuristic world with practical effects.  A great story about robots (replicants) looking just like us, and not knowing who they are.  I also love the mystery thread that makes us wonder if Deckard is a replicant or not, and it is never directly answered.  The 80’s synthesized soundtrack ads so much to the tone and is in regular rotation in my studio for drawing. Plain and simple, they just don’t make movies like this anymore.  Brilliant!  And don’t make a sequel Scott, stop ruining your masterpieces.

 

My 50 Favorite Flicks • #4

thats, like, your opinion man… Here’s #4 of 50!

The Big Lebowski (1998)
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You either love it, or hate it.  Obviously, I am in the love it group.  Coen Brothers knocked it out of the park with the “dude” character. The cast is just top notch and the characters are so memorable, Walter, Jesus, Donny, Mr. Lebowski, The Dude.  Everything Jeff Bridges does in this film is a riot.   All of the little details, including paying for his milk with a check, saying obviously you aren’t a golfer when he asks what the bowling ball is, and when he finds out what was drawn on the pad of paper when talking to Jackie Treehorn.  And to end the movie with the hilarious scene of spreading Donny’s ashes. It’s all gold I tell ya!

My 50 Favorite Flicks • #5

ONE POINT TWENTY ONE GIGAWATTS!

Back to the Future (1985)
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This was the first movie I have ever seen in the theatre. True Story. My mother tells me that she wanted to see this, and brought me along at the young age of 3 1/2 years.  She said I was glued to the screen and didn’t look away or make a fuss once.  I have since seen this movie about 100 times. The funny thing about Back to the Future, is that it appeals to all ages, but the older you get, the more you understand and pick up on.  There are still things I find that I missed such as the Mall being Lone Pine Mall and no longer Twin Pine after Marty destroys one of the pine trees in 1955.  I still prefer this over the sequels, as the plot of the original is much more clear, concise, and heavy. “Is there something wrong with Earth’s gravitational pull in 1985”? I decided to depict a fun scene when Marty tries to scare George into asking Loraine to the dance by pretending he is an alien.  This film is my happy place!

My 50 Favorite Flicks • #6

Take the red pill…

The Matrix (1999)
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The Matrix really was the bridge between the 1990’s practical effect action movie, and the 2000’s CGI fest.  When I first saw this in the theatre, I was blown away. The marketing was really clever asking all who watched the trailer “what is the matrix” it was one of the first movies to have a website http://www.whatisthematrix.com.  And once seeing it, the super fast choreography, the gun play, the mind bending premise, the bullet time.  It was all new and exciting. Agent Smith was probably my favorite part about The Matrix.  And then came Reloaded and Revolutions. Unfortunately the sequels left me wanting the blue pill, ignorance really is bliss in that case.