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Completely useless lists: Best movies
May 1, 2004

Best movie lists are stupid. How many Oscar winning movies or movies recommended by friends have we seen where we walked out muttering, “I just wasted $18 bucks!”

Woody Allen always believed that all film is art – and art shouldn’t be generalized or awarded. “Art” is a subjective medium and has a different affect on each person.

Yet, we still all have our favorites. Therefore, we’d like to offer up some of our best movie lists. We still think best movie lists are stupid, but rather than just ignore their existence, we tried to spice them up a bit. These may not be our all-time, favorite movies – they're just a snapshot of some we really like (or had a wise ass comment about). Hope you'll consider renting one or two of these that you may not be familiar with. Enjoy.

Picks by Craig Curtice

The Wall (1982) – Best movie to watch at 3:52 AM with drunk buddies after a wild night of partying
Better Off Dead (1985) – Best cheeseburger claymation scene
Over The Edge (1979) – Best use of a Van Halen song in a movie ("You Really Got Me Now")
Beautiful Girls (1996) – Best chick flick that men should watch
The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh (1979) – Best soul soundtrack

Picks by Michael Walls

Army of Darkness (1993) – Best use of a ’73 oldsmobile in medieval times
Bull Durham (1988) – Best baseball movie
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (1967) – Best 3 ½ hour cowboy movie about three guys trying to kill each while looking for gold, with very little dialogue and a kicking soundtrack
Kelly’s Heros (1970) – Best Don Rickles war movie
The Commitments (1991) – Best attempt by a make-believe band to make it as a real band since The Monkees

Picks by Mike Spinney

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) – Best sword fight: King Arthur vs. the Black Knight
Repo Man (1984) – Finest Ride in Cinematic History: The Rodriguez Brothers' black Ford Falcon convertible
The Longest Day (1962) – Best war movie ever
Braveheart (1995) – Best movie I'm not ashamed to admit I weeped a bit (not cried)
The Shootist (1976) – Movie role I wish I could have played as a kid: Gillom Rogers (Ronnie
Howard) in The Shootist (Hey, I loved the Duke)

Picks by Brandon Copple

Die Hard (1988) – Best movie to see for the 75th time while eating pizza
Titanic (1997) – Best movie I thank god I never saw
Wild Things (1998) – Best movie I lie about never having seen
The Big Lebowski (1998) – Best performance by John Goodman in a Coen brothers movie
Barton Fink (1991) – Best performance by John Turturro in a Coen brothers movie

Picks by Chelan David

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) – Cheesiest moment in a classic movie: "Singing in the Rain" interlude
Rope (1948)Best movie shot in one room
Wall Street (1987) – Best quote which caught the spirit of a decade: "Greed is good"
Airplane (1980) – Best cameo by an athlete with no discernible acting skills: Kareem Abdul Jabbar
Something About Mary (1998) – Worst cameo by an athlete with no discernible acting skills: Brett Favre

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