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Ah, movies.  There are so many from which to choose!  I admit to a fondness for "old" movies, as well as what you might expect:  action, science fiction, and some horror.  I'm not the "Wuthering Heights" or foreign film type, though I am sure that they are just fine.

I like to think of movies as setting moods, or recalling memories.  So, when I view the mid-70s version of "The Three Musketeers"/"The Four Musketeers," I not only enjoy the swordplay (fantastic) and broad humor, but am reminded of my high school years!

I also think we underestimate the impact that movies have on our collective psyches. My all time favorite movie remains "Casablanca," and it was purely a propaganda film, designed to interest Americans in entering World War II (this was before Pearl Harbor, but still---as Indiana Jones says---"Nazis...I hate those guys.").

So it is tough to "rank" my top 25 films or so.  They are movies that I enjoy very, very much.  Again, people who know me are not surprised by these choices.  I guess I am predictable.  I have hundreds and hundreds of DVDs.

  • Casablanca
  • Unforgiven
  • The Count of Monte Cristo
  • This is Spinal Tap
  • Silence of the Lambs
  • Quatermass and the Pit (Five Million Years to Earth)
  • The Philadelphia Story
  • October Sky
  • Rear Window
  • Castaway
  • Men in Black
  • The Right Stuff
  • Blade Runner
  • Defending Your Life
  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
  • Aliens
  • The Maltese Falcon
  • Groundhog Day
  • The Manchurian Candidate
  • The Exorcist
  • The Big Lebowski
  • The Three Musketeers/The Four Musketeers
  • 2001:  A Space Odyssey
  • Terminator 2:  Judgment Day
  • Bringing up Baby
What if I had to pick just five films.  Ouch.  Well, here goes:
  • Casablanca
  • The Right Stuff
  • Unforgiven
  • Defending Your Life