For episode 111 we are diving into another top 5 list of favorite movies, this week we break down our top 5 Teen Movies! You won’t believe what movie JD puts as his top teen movie of all-time! Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Castbox and YouTube. Click here to listen.
Can you believe we have gone this whole time and not once talked about Val Kilmer? I can’t believe it either. What a human that Kilmer is. He has a long resume of fantastic films, but I feel that he is underrated. What movies are his finest? Buckle up and find the f*ck out.
5) The Doors (1991)
I’m a sucker for The Doors. And Val Kilmer does an excellent job as Jim Morrison. Oliver Stone put together a great product here and it warmly tells the tragic tale of one of the greatest bands ever.
4) Tombstone (1993)
Hello, Doc Holliday. If you like westerns, then this movie is for you. Riveting performances come from not only Kilmer, but Kurt Russell, Sam Elliott, and Bill Pullman Paxton. Wyatt Earp never seemed cooler than he did in this film.
3) Willow (1988)
Honestly, I forgot Val Kilmer was in this movie until I started to research for this article. Willow was one of my favorite movies as a child. And rewatching it as an adult and truly appreciating Kilmer’s work is a triumph. Written by George Lucas and directed by Ron Howard. It’s a home run through and through.
2) Top Gun (1986)
This is probably your mom’s favorite movie. Kilmer is the epitome of cool in this flick. I mean, his name is Ice Man. Your name is probably something stupid like Dave or Hank (sorry Dave). I can honestly say that I am not excited about there being a sequel to this movie.
1) Batman Forever (1995)
It simply had to be. People underestimate how great of a performance Val Kilmer pulls off as Bruce Wayne and Batman. It’s difficult because the iconic role is really two roles. An actor has to be able to play the calm Wayne, as well as the dynamic dynamo that is Batman. Michael Keaton did a great job as well. But for me, Kilmer is the definitive Batman. There, I said it. All hate mail can go directly to Kyle.
This week on the podcast we are discussing our favorite summer movies and talking all about our memories of summer growing up. Listen in as JD and Kyle chop it up and talk about the good times and the bad times of being kids from the 90’s. Subscribe for free on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Castbox and Youtube. Click here to listen.
Matthew Broderick. He’s a man. He practices karate and once killed some people. Not because of karate. It was an unfortunate accident and I’m sure it still haunts him. Either way, he is a pretty cool actor and these are movies he was in. But not just any movies. These are the Top 5 Matthew Broderick movies. And to be fair, I’m not including Lion King because he was just the voice and didn’t actually portray a lion.
5) Inspector Gadget (1999)
True, Broderick is the second best actor to play Inspector Gadget (behind screen legend French Stewart). And that is the only reason why I am including this as my number five. I wanted to make a French Stewart joke. And I did. And I’m satisfied.
4) Cable Guy (1996)
I actually really like this movie. I think it is underrated and think that the combination of performances from Jim Carrey and Matthew Broderick make for a unique stew. Mix in some Owen Wilson, Ben Stiller, and Jack Black…and you have some 90s gold.
3) Glory (1989)
Obligatory serious movie. But it isn’t without its merit. We had to watch this in school. And guess what? I actually enjoyed it so much that I have watched it out of school. While I am a sucker for history, this movie stands out for its quality acting and sweet soundtrack. Broderick really showed his ‘A’ game with this one.
2) Godzilla (1998)
I bet you thought this would be number one. But it’s not. Roland Emmerich brought together one of the top three Godzilla films of the last 20 years. Everything about this movie oozes 90s. From the soundtrack to the cast. Broderick does his best with what he is given. And he stands out like a flashlight in a basement. Plus his name is Dr. Niko “Nick” Tatopoulos. Darn, I should have included him on the list of Best Character Names.
1) Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
This is pretty much the role and character that defined Matthew Broderick’s career. At least I think so. He probably battled the stereotype of “being” Ferris Bueller for a long time, but there is nothing wrong with that. I think everyone wanted to be Ferris (or Abe Froman for that matter).
Like it or not, but Brendan Fraser is a national treasure. And much like national treasures, he gets better with age. Coming up with a list of the top 5 movies that sum up his career is a daunting task. It was hard to not include gems like Dudley Do-Right. With that being said, here is a list of words about Brendan Fraser movies.
5) Monkey Bone (2001)
You can’t have a top list of Brendan Fraser movies without first mentioning Monkey Bone. What’s it about? I don’t know. Is it good? I don’t care. It’s called Monkey Bone and it stars Brendan Fraser. That’s all you need to know about this movie.
4) George of the Jungle (1997)
In 1997, I didn’t take Brendan Fraser to be the wildman type. But there is something about him and his frazzled hair that simply makes a solid George of the Jungle. Sure his performance is a bit stilted at times. But this isn’t George Thespian of the Jungle.
3) Bedazzled (2000)
I can’t decide if I like this movie because it’s funny or because of Elizabeth Hurley. And before you start complaining, I know it is a remake. But there is something magical about what Harold Ramis did with this film. I laughed, I cried, and I ate popcorn. What else can you want out of a movie?
2) Encino Man (1992)
Totally epic movie. Brendan Fraser may not be saying a whole lot during this film, but he is held up by great physical comedy and a stellar cast which includes Sean Astin and Pauly Shore. Plus, Fraser makes cameos as his character Link in In the Army Now and Son-in-Law.
1) The Mummy (1999)
Ok. You’ll either agree with me or disagree with me, but keep in mind that The Mummy was a pretty epic blockbuster when it came out. All campiness aside, it spawned a franchise and a butt-load of licensed goods. Sure parts of it didn’t age well, but Brendan Fraser’s ‘shoot first’ attitude still shines in the original.
On the back of my last article which highlighted the best video games turned into movies, I decided to flip the script and write about the best video games inspired by movies. There is a lot of enjoyment to be had from putting yourself directly in the path of greatness and living out some of the finest cinematic moments from the comfort of your own console. These are those games. Cue the memorable music:
5) Cliffhanger (1993)
I don’t think I need to justify the inclusion of this game with a lengthy write up. But I will. Any game with Sly in it is a winner. But this movie is pretty freaking epic. So the game has to follow suit. I don’t know anyone who has beat this game (or even really tried). Electronic Gaming Monthly deemed the game a poor Double Dragon clone. But I don’t remember getting to fight John Lithgow in Double Dragon….
There are a couple different Jurassic Park games wandering around out in the wild. My favorite was the original for the Sega. In this one, you got to play as Dr. Grant or a raptor. Boy howdy, if you ever dreamed about messing up a park ranger with a retractable claw…then this is the game for you.
Another franchise of games with multiple versions. The one I want to concentrate is the version for Nintendo. In this one, the player must avoid being caught by Harry and Marv for 20 minutes. That’s it. That’s the entire game. You just sneak around the house and set up traps. It is so simple, yet so ambitious. To this day, I have never beat it. I wish they would remake this game or release it on Oculus.
2) Lion King/Aladdin
Ah, the Disney games. I couldn’t pick just one, as they are all fun. In particular, playing as Aladdin or Simba brings a crap ton of joy. Each game (while very similar) is challenging and sticks pretty close to the source material. I particularly love the music fueled levels. And the final bosses are both difficult, yet rewarding to beat.
1) GoldenEye 007 (1997)
Admit it, you can hear the music right now. Mix in great gameplay with fun modes and you get an all out screamfest that inevitably led to the downfall of many friendships. I always picked Oddjob. But that is because I wasn’t very good at this game. Even now when I plug in the Nintendo 64, I’m always the first to die. GoldenEye 007 is considered an important game in the history of first-person shooters for demonstrating the viability of game consoles as platforms for the genre, and for signaling a transition from the then-standard Doom-like approach to a more realistic style.