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A post on my new blog 365moviesin365dayschallenge.wordpress.com inspired me to do this Eddie’s Top 5 list. You should definitely check out that blog as I am trying to watch 365 movies in 365 days. Anyways, the film High Fidelity inspired me to write this next piece as I explore my top 5 actors from the 1980’s (males of course with female to follow soon). Who will make the cut? This was a tough list to make as I had to go through and remember why I enjoyed watch films from these actors in the first place. Check it out below:

5. River Phoenix– This is one of the saddest stories of that 80’s generations because this guy could have been huge. While I enjoyed Little Nikita, A Night In The Life Of Jimmy Reardon, it was Stand By Me that will forever be embedded in my soul. One of my all time favorite films and actor with so much potential.

4. Patrick Swayze– If you were not a fan of his work like Red Dawn, The Outsiders, Roadhouse, etc. then you have no soul or appreciation for the 80’s. He was a little bit older than the rest of them, but a true actor.

3. Michael J. FoxBack To The Future 1 & 2, Teen Wolf, and Class Of 1984 are some of my favorite films. It’s unfortunate what happened to Michael later on his life, but he did star in one of the greatest time travel movies ever.

2. Tom Cruise– You had to know that one of the all time greatest from the 80’s (before he was deemed weird) was going to be on this list. Let’s see, The Outsiders, Risky Business, Top Gun, Rain Man, Legend, The Color Of Money, Cocktail, do I really need to go on?

1.Johnny Depp– This is another one that should have been a no brainer because this may be one of the all time greats from the 80’s who still arguably produces. From his humble debut in A Nightmare On Elm Street and through Private Resort, Platoon, and whatever else he has put out in this world is just off the charts. Now the dude is a musician who plays with the likes of Marilyn Manson, Joe Perry, Alice Cooper, and so many more.

Honorable Mention: John Cusack, Sean Penn, Patric Dempsey, Kevin Bacon, Corey Haim, and Corey Feldman.

eddies-top-5It’s kind of sad how a story is hot in the news, but as soon as something else comes up, it’s yesterdays news. I was amazed watching the news yesterday at how true that statement was when they were reviewing the news reported for 2014. Nevertheless, it’s out of our hands and not really worth talking about all that much because that is just the way things are done in the media. So, I decided for today that you were going to get some of my top 5’s of 2014 and I want to start with movies because I went and saw a boatload of films this year in the cinema. This list pertains to no particular genre, just my top 5 movies of 2014.

5. The Lego Movie– I thought this was going to be absolute crap before I checked it out, but Chris Pratt is on top of the world in 2014. This was funny and very enjoyable to watch as you see so many different Lego characters and lands in one film. I’m hoping for a sequel.

4. Birdman– I have this film on this list just for the mere fact that it had some amazing cinematography and Michael Keaton was amazing. He was telling us subconsciously after all that he is the only Batman we ever needed to know except he’s Birdman in this film plus Edward Norton was amazing.

3. Fury– I’m not particularly sure how historically accurate this film really is, but man wasn’t this movie absolutely bad ass. I’m not a huge fan of war movies, but this one was definitely worth watching. Brad Pitt throws a very similar performance to the one he did in Inglorious Basterds, but on the more serious side. All of the guys in this film like Shia LaBeouf, Michael Peña, Jon Bernthal, and Logan Lerman all deserve a round of applause for their great performances.

2. 22 Jump Street– I don’t care what anyone says about this film, but this was my favorite movie of 2014 and by far the best comedy of 2014 in my opinion. If you are going to write a sequel to a comedy classic, then watch this film and take notes because this is how it’s done.

1. Guardians Of The Galaxy– All I have to say about this film is that it is the greatest superhero movie ever made. The best cast, the best special effects, and the best soundtrack.

Honorable Mention- Nightcrawler, Boyhood, A Walk Among The Tombstones, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Captain America: Winter Soldier and X-Men: Days Of Future Past.

downloadIn honor of the controversial release of The Interview, I have decided to dedicate this week’s Eddie’s Top 5 to my top 5 films that have starred both James Franco and Seth Rogen together. There are still three movies up in the air that I have to catch that star these two like The Sound And The Fury, The Sausage Party (Currently Filming), and Zeroville (also currently filming), so we’ll just have to wait and see if this list changes in the future.

5. The Green Hornet– I thought these guys were in more movies together than this, but this is mostly a Seth Rogen film with another uncredited small role for James Franco in the remake of the popular Bruce Lee TV show.

4. The Interview– I stuck this one ahead of The Green Hornet for the reasons that Franco only had a small role in that film. I may have been a little harsh in my review of this film, but it’s not that bad and it has it’s moments.

3. Knocked Up– This is one of my favorite Seth Rogen films that he made and technically he was in the film with Franco. James Franco has a cameo in the film even though it’s uncredited according to IMDB

2. This Is The End– This was one of my favorite films of 2013 that starred so many greats in the comedy world of the last ten years. Check out this hilarious apocalyptic comedy.

1. Pineapple Express– This is still one of my favorite Bromance films of all time. In the film, Seth Rogen witnesses a murder and a joint of some very rare stuff that he receives from Franco is what gives the two away as they try desperately to survive the wrath of Ted Jones.

downloadToday (November 17TH) is Martin Scorsese’s birthday and if you don’t know who Martin Scorsese is then you’ve been living under a rock because he has made some of the greatest films in cinematic history. He is a true student of the game as Martin has appreciated all the history of cinema that came before him and helped shape who he would become. So to help celebrate his birthday, I am picking my top 5 Martin Scorsese films, here is the list.

5. The Departed– You’ll soon see in this list that I love Gangster movies and this was definitely a favorite of mine not just because it took place in Boston, but look whose in the film. Jack Nicholson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen, and so many more. This was the old meeting the new in this unofficial tale of Whitey Bulger. They say it’s not based on him, but come on now, we’re not that stupid.

4. Raging Bull– This was an unbelievable in depth look at boxing great Jake LaMotta who was absolutely psychotic. One of the greatest transformation scenes happens towards the end when you see Robert DeNiro transform into who LaMotta would later become. Joe Pesci also stars in this film.

3. The Wolf Of Wall Street– This was definitely one of my favorite films from 2013 and definitely a film that Leonardo DiCaprio should have won an Oscar for. It’s a long film, but it’s intense and the acting is amazing from Jonah Hill, DiCaprio, Margot Robbie, and so many more. A definite must watch film.

2. Casino– For a long time, I was on a Gangster movie kick and Scorsese seemed to be the man making the best ones in the 90’s and it rang true with this classic mob run Las Vegas Casino flick that paired Scorsese with Robert DeNiro, Joe Pesci, James Woods, and Sharon Stone to name a few. This film can be real brutal at times, just check out the head in a vice scene.

1. Goodfellas– This was the very first film that I ever watched that I knew was from Martin Scorsese which was the adaptation of Henry Hill’s New York gangster story that starred Ray Liotta as Hill with Robert DeNiro, Joe Pesci, and so many other greats.

Keturunan-Superhero-2Amid all the craziness of all the announcements from the comic book rival companies DC and Marvel and for the fact that I started a new thing on the blog with Super Sundays, I have decided to do a comic book theme for Eddie’s Top 5. That’s right, I am looking at my Top 5 superhero movies that have come out. This category could cover any film made within the last thirty years that has something to do with the comics. Superhero films are amazing because they allow you to suspend reality and the films always have the perfect mix of drama and suspense within them. They are definitely the best melodramas around. Here is my top 5:

5. Superman (1978)– I will always list this film in any top 5 that has something to do with superheroes because it was the film that introduced me to the comic book world. For a long time, I couldn’t let go of the fact that the only person I could see dawn the Superman suit and cape was Christopher Reeve. Man Of Steel has allowed us finally to see someone else dawn the cape, but to me there was no Superman like Reeve.

4. The Avengers– Marvel had the task of fitting the Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, and Hawkeye all into one film and make it successful. That is a hell of a lot of personalities for one film, but what a masterful job that Joss Whedon did with the film. Still one of my favorites, I cannot wait for the second Avengers movie to come out.

3. Captain America: The First Avenger– The Captain was always one of my favorite Marvel characters and he got his proper film when Chris Evans moved from playing Human Torch to tackling the Captain. In this one we see Captain America’s origin story all the way to his battle against Red Skull (Hugo Weaving).

2. Guardians Of The Galaxy– A lot of people walked out of the theaters saying this was the greatest superhero film of all time and while I certainly agree that it is one of the greatest superhero films. Marvel proved that they could take a rather unknown obscure story and turn into the third highest grossing Marvel film ever reaching $700 Million.

1. The Dark Knight– This is definitely one of my all time favorite films, it just slightly edges out Guardians Of The Galaxy. I will never forget getting my ticket to the Thursday night premier of the film and just being blown away by a single performance. The performance is legendary and masterful by Heath Ledger as The Joker. It was magic on screen and I went to see the film four times in the theaters. I watch it every time it’s on television and on DVD. Heath literally reinvented The Joker almost to the point where he is now untouchable.

Films that almost made the list: Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: Winter Soldier, X-Men: Days Of Future Past, The Watchmen, and Batman (1989). For a bonus trailer, here is the trailer for The Avengers: Age Of Ultron and some leaked test footage of Ant Man starring Paul Rudd

eddies-top-5I decided for this week’s Eddie’s Top 5 that I would choose my top five zombie movies that I swear by. One of the reasons I love the zombie genre is for the fact that it’s one of those things that mankind has been wondering about for centuries. Will the dead come back to attack the living? Or is this going to be something that was done by man like the zombies in the Caribbean. The bible states that the dead will rise to punish the living or to vanquish the living (it’s one of the two) and that is something that has honestly scared the crap out of people for a very longtime. Don’t tell me that you never walked into a cemetery and wondered in your head,”is someone going to pop out of their grave and attack me?” I know that I have thought that every time I have ever driven past one. So, here is my top 5 zombie films:

5.The Serpent And The Rainbow– This was one of the films that introduced me to the idea that maybe zombies are real considering the legend in the Caribbean. In the film an anthropologist learns that a doctor in Haiti is turning people into zombies using a drug and black magic. The film stars Bill Pullman and it was directed by Wes Craven.

4. Dawn Of The Dead– This is the first of two George Romero films you’ll see on the list and definitely a favorite of mine. Four people are trapped in a mall with zombies on both the inside and out. A honest look at America’s obsession with malls and other useless crap. Check this one out and avoid the remake.

3. 28 Days Later– I will never forget how impressed I was with this film when it came out. I thought that director Danny Boyle took the zombie genre and he reinvented it with this masterpiece that starred Cillian Murphy as a guy who wakes up to find that the world he lived in is not the same. It was definitely a film that made you think about life and what the government feeds you. Think of flu shots and all the other crap they tell you to take.

2. Return Of The Living Dead– As campy as this film may have been in it’s time and today, I still love the film. I remember the first time I watched this during a sleepover. I was mesmerized and couldn’t stop chanting BRAINS all the time. These guys took what George Romero did and they ran with it. They made it look as if the government was behind all of it by a chemical that regenerates the dead. The film was directed by Dan O’Bannon and it stars the legend Clu Gulager and a sexy scene featuring scream queen Linnea Quigley.

1. Night Of The Living Dead– One of the first zombie movies that I got attached to and it introduced me to the man that made the Zombie genre what it is today in George Romero. It featured the first black man to ever be the star of a huge horror film in Duane Jones and George looked to break conventions with this film. One of the greatest ever!!!

 

Wearing makeup or a mask is a tradition that has been associated with the holiday of Halloween and since we are in observance of the holiday on this blog I have something special for all of you. This week’s Top 5 looks at my five favorite masked or make up wearing bands of all time and believe me there have been plenty of them along the way.

5. Hollywood Undead– My nephew actually introduced to these masked rappers from Hollywood and I was blown away. They were like a combination of early Eminem, Limp Bizkit, and Linkin Park all rolled into one. They had songs that were vulgar and humorous, but at the same time they had songs with a message. The band was supposed to release an album this year, but as of now the album is still unreleased.

4. GWAR– I’m not the hugest GWAR fan in the world, but I have a huge deal of respect for these guys and what they did in their careers and all of the awesome costumes this band ever had. They are still continuing strong even though they lost their lead singer Oderus Urungus (Dave Brockie).

3. Ghost– I immediately became a huge fan of this band from Sweden whose band members are simply known as The Nameless Ghouls and a creepy singer named Papa Emeritus II. Their music is incredible as it’s atmospheric and creepy and they sound a little like The Blue Oyster Cult. Check them out if you haven’t already.

2. Slipknot– What isn’t to love about these masked men from Iowa? These nine individuals banded together to change the metal world and they rose to the top doing it their way with their ever changing evolving masks. They may have lost one member due to death and another for reasons that are still unknown, but if The Devil In I is any indication as to what to expect from the group now, then I am completely sold.

1. Kiss– They were essentially one of the first bands to introduce the make up to hide their identities and for a long time it actually worked. No one had any clue as to what the members of Kiss’s true identities were until they removed the make up in the 80’s. Controversially, the band is still going strong an they even saw themselves get inducted into the rock and roll hall of fame this year. So grab your Love Gun so that we can head down to Detroit Rock City while we Rock and Roll All Nite and party every day cause that is Dr. Love‘s orders.