This week the guys are breaking down Top 5 Christmas Movie Villains and you will not believe who made the cut and who didn’t. Next week on the show we are breaking down one of the great Christmas films of all-time Christmas Vacation be sure to check that out. Subscribe for free on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and YouTube. Click here to listen.
There is no way around the following statement. And that statement is this: Billy Zane is amazing. Honestly, that’s all I need to say. I shouldn’t have to say any more. But because our robot overlords demand that content be long and serve a purpose, I will do this the right way. Allow me to introduce you to “Billy Zane’s Top 5 Roles”!
5). Titanic (1997)
So here is the thing. Those of you who have listened to the show for a while will know that I have never seen this movie. Conversely, Kyle has seen it a girly amount of times. Despite his love and my loathe, we can agree that Billy Zane plays one heck of a villain in this movie.
4). Sniper (1993)
Uhm, have you seen this movie? If you haven’t, stop what you are doing right now and go watch it. Even if you are watching it right now, stop the movie, rewind it, and start it over. And if you think I’m kidding, know that Zane plays an Olympic medalist and SWAT team sharpshooter. So there.
3). Zoolander (2001)
Listen to your friend Billy Zane, he’s a cool dude! Yeah, no duh he is a cool dude. And he shouldn’t be trifled with. I can only hope that one day my life will be cool enough to have Billy Zane as my friend, and to have him give me advice.
2). Back to the Future Part I & II (1985, 1989)
When life gives you lemons, cast Billy Zane. And that’s what happened in 1985 when the world was graced with Mr. Billy Zane’s first acting experience. What a way to make a splash in this world. A great movie with a beautiful man. Check out the full review of Back to the Future and Back to the Future Part II.
1). The Phantom (1996)
This one is for Marty Johnson. And he knows why. It’s not just because of the purple spandex. Or the boy horse. Honestly, I have tried watching this movie on three separate occasions. And each time I fell asleep. It is a phenomenon. I can’t explain it. It is beyond explanation. Has anyone survived watching this movie?
Matthew is a decent name. It isn’t really an interesting name. But it’s not a boring name. There are enough variations to make it exciting. Whether you are a Matt, a Matty, a Matthew, or Mattothy, there is a space for you in this world. So here we go, here are my Top 5 Favorite Matthews.
5. Matthew Lillard
Easily the most fascinating Matthew on this list. His movies are a treat, that’s for sure. Did you know he is still making money off of voicing Shaggy for Scooby-Doo cartoons? And here I thought he was working at Burger King. Oh yeah, and he was in Scream!
4. Matthew Broderick
If you don’t believe me that M’Brod is cool enough, check out his Top 5 Movies. But, as an actor, he is really rad. I think he stands 5’8. That means he is taller than Martin Short. Not that it matters, but now you know.
3. Mathew McConaughey
Alright, alright. So this dude is kind of weird and goofy. Sometimes he is a good actor. Other times he was in “Failure to Launch”. Either way, he is a hard worker and his name is Matthew. Plus those car commercials and that Wild Turkey!
2. Matthew Damon
Not to be confused with Meth Damon. This particular Matthew has been kicking the dirt for a while. His resume includes a lot of solid films. Some people don’t like him. But some people also don’t like pizza. So what does that tell you?
1. Mathew Perry
Wait…what? Matthew Perry at number 1? That’s damn right. And it’s not because of “Friends”. I don’t like that show. There, I said it. I feel like Kyle probably does. But does he like Matthew Perry? Tweet at him and find out!
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.
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.
We got into a conversation about doing a top 5 sci-fi movies episode for the podcast. I was dismayed as the idea of ranking a broad slate of sci-fi films would be really difficult. How do you compare something like Alien vs E.T.? Truth be told, even doing a family list brings its own difficulties as this could include anything from Back to the Future to Star Wars. But for the sake of this list, I wanted to focus on movies that starred or featured a family, not just something that was family friendly. Oh Hell, I’ll be honest, I just wanted to write a list so I can talk about the following movies:
5) Mom and Dad Save the World (1992)
This list is going to cover a lot of ground. But what is more ‘family’ than a mom and dad saving the world? This is the ultimate end to the debate of “my dad can beat up your dad”. Because none of that matters if your dad can’t best Jon Lovitz in intergalactic battle.
A brother, a sister, some dead parents. A recipe for family success. Throw in some monkeys, some mysterious drum noises, and some wildly hair Robin Williams….and viola. Success. Love me some Jumanji.
3) Stay Tuned (1992)
Another well-to-do set of parents jetsetting through a world of fantasy in order to achieve salvation. John Ritter is stellar as always. Plus we get Jeffrey Jones and Eugene Levy. This movie both intrigued me and terrified me as a child. But there is something so cool about the idea of being sucked into the TV.
2) Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)
Repeat after me. Rick. Moranis. Now try not to laugh thinking about the goofball Wayne Szalinski. I love the concept of this mild, reserved father creating this shrinking device that puts his children in mortal danger. This is a true science fiction flick that focuses on the plight of the parents, as well as the children.
There is no way this couldn’t be included. At first, I wasn’t going to feature it…but then I thought about this film as a whole. It is kind of the ultimate family film featuring a family. Everything that Marty does, he does for his family. And they are featured in the present and the past in a unique way.