Not in any order….
ROBIN AND THE SEVEN HOODS (1964). A forgotten classic. I haven’t met too many people who’ve seen this one. But what can you say about a movie starring Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Falk, and Barbara Rush? The movie is a spoof about Robbo, the gangster, who robs from the rich and gives to the poor. Great music by Sammy Cahn. Sinatra premiers the song, “My Kind of Town.” Buy me this one for a stocking stuffer, okay? Click here for more.
NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959). Alfred Hitchcock’s minor epic about a case of mistaken identity. Cary Grant gradually unfolds a conspiracy of bad guys. I like the architecture of the big house with the cantilevered deck. Great way to spend the afternoon. Click here for more. This one would make a nice stocking stuffer too.
ALIEN (1979). Who can forget the first time you saw that alien latch onto that guy’s face, and later burst forth from his chest? C’mon, didn’t you jump out of your seat? Tension builds through the whole movie. The spaceship itself almost steals the show. A bag of popcorn, a big cup of soda, a dark room… an instant classic. More here.
ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN (1948) with cameos by the Wolfman, Dracula, and the Invisible Man. Is there an English word that combines funny and creepy? I’ll settle for hysterical. A&C at their best. And the classic old monsters, played by the actors who made them famous? It doesn’t get much better than this. More here.
INDEPENDENCE DAY (1996). Yes, the one with Will Smith. See what happens when they let me make my own list? It had me on the edge of my seat from the opening rumble. I liked Brent Spiner (Star Trek’s “Data”) in the role of the nutty scientist. Fun, exciting, good special effects, mean monsters, cool sci fi.
I’ll save the rest of the list for another post. I have Independence Day, so you don’t have to buy it for me… but I’ll be looking for the rest of them! What are your all time favorites?