Thursday, December 14, 2023

Top Favorite 103 Movies: #69 - 60

Once again we dive into my list of 103 favorite movies. The first part is here, the next part is here, and the last part is here.

Without further ado, here's #69 - 60:

69: Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

"Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room." I don't agree with this movie's anti-war message, but I admire the way they said it. A comedy about nuclear war with Slim Pickens and an early roll for James Earl Jones. A departure for director Stanley Kubrick from his usual serious fare. And Peter Sellers plays three roles including Dr. Strangelove. Everyone needs to watch this at least once. Available on YouTube (paid) and Apple TV (paid).

68: Mission Impossible: Fallout (2018)

In the middle of this movie there's a car chase. And I thought "oh, dear, another boring car chase." But, no, it was an amazing car chase. That's just part of the appeal of this movie. The climax is (nearly) nuclear explosive. The helicopter chase is also astonishing. An action-packed thriller. Available on Paramount+

67: Interstellar (2014)

Earth's ecosystem is failing (never said why, probably climate change). NASA wants to send astronauts to a system of planets to see if one is inhabitable. But there's a black hole and time dilation and time travel through the black hole and… it's a very interesting movie worth watching. Like a lot of Christopher Nolan movies, it's deep, intellectual, and a bit hard to follow. Available on MGM+ and Amazon Prime Video.

66: Seven Year Itch (1955)

A family man with too much imagination is tempted by Marilyn Monroe while his wife and son are away for the summer. While his thoughts run away with him, he finally decides his family comes first before his job, his over-active imagination, and his desires for the girl. Contains the iconic scene of Marilyn Monroe standing over the subway grate and her dress being blown up. It's not as salacious in the movie as they try to make you think. Directed by Billy Wilder. Available on Tubi and YouTube (paid).

65: Blazing Saddles (1974)

Mel Brooks sends up racism in this hilarious movie. And westerns and Hollywood. While the end is a little convoluted, this flick so funny through most of the film. Cleavon Little plays the black man sent to be the sheriff of a small town, and the towns people aren't happy about it. If the N-word offends you, don't watch this movie. Just an amazing, funny movie. Available on YouTube (paid) and Apple TV (paid).

64: Some Like it Hot (1959)

A classic Billy Wilder comedy with Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, and of course, Marilyn Monroe. Not uproariously laugh out loud funny, but just amusing situations as Curtis and Lemmon dress like women to escape a mobster by joining an all-girls band. Contains the immortal closing line, "Well, nobody's perfect" which in context is hilarious. Available on Max and Hulu.

63: Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)

This is a lot of people's favorite Star Trek movie. And it's one of the better ones. The fish-out-of-water plot of the crew of the Enterprise in 1986 San Francisco is good for a lot of amusing moments. It gets a little preachy at times but that's easily overlooked. And Spock did too much LDS in the '60s. Available on Paramount+

62: Ford v Ferrari (2019)

One of the few good movies about car racing. It has its accuracy issues (downshifting to pass cars on the track), but a compelling storyline and great acting by Matt Damon (as Caroll Shelby) and Christian Bale. And it explains how the whole Ford GT racing project was to get back at Ferrari for spurning Ford's offer to buy the company. If you enjoy cars, this is a fun movie. Available on Hulu and Sling TV.

61: Top Gun (1986)

This movie was a sensation when it first came out. The dogfighting scenes were amazing and, for the first time, it seemed, you could understand what was going on. Tom Cruise is Maverick, a hot shot F-14 Tomcat pilot. Kelly McGillis is the love interest and is more believable because she's not a typical anorexic Hollywood actress. If you know anything about the military and/or military jets, you have to ignore some things, but still, this movie is a wonder. Available on Paramount+.

60: Cars (2006)

I am convinced that the people who made this movie love cars and racing. These are so many little things like the types of cars the characters are. Michael Schumacher appropriately voices a Ferrari, for example. The plot is a little thin but the fun never stops. And while Lightning McQueen learns how to drift, he also learns how to care for others than himself. In my opinion, one of the better Pixar films. Available on Disney+

That's it. What do you think of my choices. Let me know in the comments below.

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