September 27th, 2006

Onwards and Upwards

Time to get back on track with my Top 50 fave movies. Here are humbers 45-41:

45 Groundhog Day
Is the story of Phil Connors (a superb Bill Murray) a man who goes o cover the Groundhog Day celebrations in alittle Pennysilivanna town and ends up living the day over and over again. Accompying Phil are his cammeraman Larry (cHris Elliott) and his producer Rita (a surprisingly good Andie McDowell) who are unaware of what is happening to him. Add in a great turn by highly under rated actor Stephen Tobolowsky as Ned you get a great comedy film.

Best Line
Ned: Phil?
Phil: Ned.
[Punches Ned in the face]

44. Die Hard
This is a action classic. Bruce Willis plays cop John McClane who flys into meet his wife at her works Xmas party at skyscraper only to have it gate crashed by terroists. Cue McClanes one man war against the bad guys who are led by a great performance by Alan Rickman as Hans Gruber. This was the blueprint for all action movies set in bulidings that followed it.

Best Line:
Hans Gruber: Mister Mystery Guest? Are you still there?
John McClane: Yeah, I'm still here. Unless you wanna open the front door for me.
Hans Gruber: Uh, no I'm afraid not. But you have me at a loss. You know my name but who are you? Just another American who saw too many movies as a child? Another orphan of a bankrupt culture who thinks he's John Wayne? Rambo? Marshall Dillon?
John McClane: Was always kinda' partial to Roy Rogers actually. I really dig those sequined shirts.
Hans Gruber: Do you really think you have a chance against us, Mister Cowboy?
John McClane: Yippee-ki-yay, motherfucker.

43.Dog Soliders
Its the night Germany play England in Munich and a group of squaddies end up on an excirse in the Scottish highlands. However soon missing the match is the least of there problems. It would appear that a pack of werewolves are out on the yuunt and they are the main course. A film so quoteable its untrue. Possibkley one of the best black horror comdedies I ahve seen.

Best Line:
Sergeant Harry Wells: We are now up against live, hostile targets. So, if Little Red Riding Hood should show up with a bazooka and a bad attitude, I expect you to chin the bitch.

42.Kill Bill Vol.1
Quentin Tarantinos first part of his revenge movie which tells the story of "The Bride" (uma Thyrman) as she seeks revenge against her former collegues for killing her husband to be and her unborn child. We see her go after two in this part the evil O-Ren Ishii (Lucy Liu) and Vernita Green (Vivica A. Fox). Contains a great swordfight sequence that goes black and white to colour.

Best Line:
O-Ren Ishii: [after she cuts off Tanaka's head, in Japanese] So you all will know the seriousness of my warning, I shall say this in English.
O-Ren Ishii: [in English] As your leader, I encourage you from time to time, and always in a respectful manner, to question my logic. If you're unconvinced that a particular plan of action I've decided is the wisest, tell me so, but allow me to convince you and I promise you right here and now, no subject will ever be taboo. Except, of course, the subject that was just under discussion. The price you pay for bringing up either my Chinese or American heritage as a negative is... I collect your fucking head. Just like this fucker here. Now, if any of you sons of bitches got anything else to say, now's the fucking time!
O-Ren Ishii: I didn't think so.
O-Ren Ishii: [calmly, in Japanese] Gentlemen, this meeting is adjourned.

41. Hero
Jet LI stars in this film of a youngf warrior in China who kills the Emprors main enemy and is invited before him but is he telling the truth.We are told the story from three different stroy arcs. Li is cast along with Donnie Yen, Maggie Cheung, Tony Leung Chiu Wai and the beautiful Ziyi Zhang despite all this talent it is the scereny that is breathtaking espicakky the fight scence at the lake.

Best Lins:
Title card: People give up their lives for many reasons.
Title card: For friendship, for love, for an ideal
Title card: And people kill for the same reasons...
Title card: Before China was one great country, it was divided into seven warring states.
Title card: In the Kingdom of Qin was a ruthless ruler. He had a vision - To unite the land.
Title card: to put an end, once and for all, to war.
Title card: It was an idea soaked in the blood of his enemies.
Title card: In any war there are heroes on both sides...
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