Yeah, I’m that guy.
The one who still has a huge amount of movies on DVD rather than a series of computer files. I realize I’m slow to adopt new technology, so keep your cyberpunk sermonizing to yourself.
I eventually accept new technology into my life. It’s just that I’m a little out-of-phase with the rest of you, slightly behind. Generally, I’m five to ten years behind the curve. I still have an iPod, for goodness sake.
I begin to change gradually. For instance, I own the entire run of the television series Firefly as a digital copy. I watch it on my computer or my Kindle Fire. Back when I watched Veronica Mars, I watched one entire season on-line as well.
Baby steps, I know.
I do stream a lot of stuff, however, so I feel that I can still brag about being a part of the new digital revolution. A small part, at least. It just so happens that I already owned a lot of DVDs, still watch DVDs on my PS4, and I’ve never been good at letting things go.
With this in mind, realize that the title of this post isn’t “Firewater’s 10 Favorite Movies.” Because Jaws would have made that list. So would Godfather, Part II, probably. I don’t own either of these movies on DVD. That’s why they’re not on the list. I probably have VHS copies of them in a box somewhere, but nothing to watch them on.
Some of the movies in this 10-List would have made the “favorite movies ever” list. Naturally. I’m not going to single those out. I liked all of these movies.
With no additional ado, and in no particular order . . .
10-List: 10 Favorite Movies in Firewater’s DVD Collection
Pulp Fiction — Quentin Tarantino’s 1994 masterpiece that re-launched John Travolta’s career and eventually convinced me to stop wearing a wristwatch.
Animal House — John Landis’s 1978 college comedy set in 1962. The movie that launched a thousand food fights and made John Belushi a huge star.
Wonder Boys — Curtis Hanson’s 2000 drama based on the novel by Michael Chabon. This one made me appreciate Michael Douglas, Tobey Maguire, and Robert Downey Jr. even more than I already did. Incidentally, all three of these actors ended up in Marvel movies. Hmm.
Fast Times at Ridgemont High — Amy Heckerling’s 1982 classic comedy, based on a Cameron Crowe screenplay. This movie launched a hundred film careers. Eric Stoltz appears as one of Spiccoli’s stoner buds. I mention this only because he was a drug dealer in Pulp Fiction as well.
Raiders of the Lost Ark — Steven Spielberg’s 1981 action-adventure that helped catapult Harrison Ford to a higher level of stardom than even Star Wars could. The first two sequels were tolerable. We pretend the fourth movie doesn’t exist. I know the movie is listed as Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark these days, but that’s not the title I saw it under. Incidentally, Karen Allen played Katy in Animal House as well.
Caddyshack — Harold Ramis’s 1980 golf comedy, beloved by golfers and non-golfers alike. Along with Animal House, this movie helped set the tone for ensemble comedies for quite a few years, and it remains influential to this day.
The Shawshank Redemption — Frank Darabont’s 1994 prison drama, based on a Stephen King novella. I love, love, love this movie and have seen it more times than I can count. The novella was pretty good, too. This was vintage King, of the non-supernatural variety, proving he was more than a Johnny One-Note.
Tombstone — George P. Cosmatos’s 1993 western (possibly co-directed by Kurt Russell) that is one of my go-to favorites. Infinitely quotable, with an amazing cast.
Fargo — Joel & Ethan Cohen’s 1998 crime drama, starring Frances McDormand and William H. Macy. The movie tells the audience that it’s based on a true story. That was the first of the lies told by these talented filmmakers. McDormand was also the female lead in Wonder Boys. This is not coincidental.
Die Hard — John McTiernan’s 1988 adventure-crime drama, starring Bruce Willis (also in Pulp Fiction). My favorite Christmas movie.
It hasn’t escaped my attention that the most recent movie on this list was from 2000. While this still seems pretty recent to me, it’s not.
The comedies on this list also appear in my post “10-List: Movie Comedies,” because a good movie is a good movie, regardless of genre.
Movies from the Star Wars and Star Trek franchises are also conspicuously absent. I made the unilateral decision to exclude both franchises from this particular 10-List because both have already been a part of my 15-Minute posts already. Honestly, only Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back would have made the list anyway.
I’m about to begin my 15-Minute Federation posts breaking down Star Trek III: The Search for Spock into fifteen-minute chapters, leaving only ten additional Trek movies to go. Plus, I still haven’t given the 15-Minute Force treatment to Star Wars IX: The Rise of Skywalker (which I haven’t watched).
You see, I’m planning for the long term here. After I finish off my current 15-Minute Force and 15-Minute Federation projects, I may kick off a new one, beginning with the movies on this list. This gives me the perfect excuse to watch them all again.