Greetings, readers. Here is a top ten list of what I think are the best films that I’ve seen or heard about. These might not be the best of all time, but they come from my heart. So here we go:
10. The 1976 version of King Kong. Oh, I know people hated it, because the 70s energy crunch was thrown in as a sub-plotline. But I thought that big mechanical gorilla was just cool looking. My favorite scene is when he smashed the gate down.
9. Rescue from Gilligan’s Island. The TV movie where the castaways of Gilligan’s Island come home, just to decide to take another pleasure cruise, and what happened, you ask? That’s right, they end up on the same island at the end. The reason this film makes this list is because as a child I loved the re-runs of Gilligan’s Island.
8. Airport 1975. Charlton Heston and Karen Black with that lovely Boeing 747. Yes there were a few clunker lines, such as Karen’s character saying, “Alan, I’m frightened.” When you could clearly see in her face that she thought it was one of the worst lines ever written. But over all a good film.
7. Smokey and the Bandit 1. Though Smokey 2 and 3 were acceptable, the original was the classic. Burt Reynolds was at his best, as well as was Jackie Gleason. When that film came out in ’77 I watched it six consecutive Saturday nights at one of our local theaters.
6. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. Yes, the movie really didn’t have an ending but the upside was that we knew at least one more was coming.
5. Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. Princess Leia in the bikini slave outfit. Rumor had it Carrie Fisher almost quit because of it. I don’t know whether that is true or not; that is why they call it a rumor.
4. On Golden Pond. This film reminds me so much of my beloved Maine and I’ve watched this film close to fifty times or more. It would have been my number one selection years ago, but as time has passed it has slid down the line just a bit. Classic movie!
3. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Ricardo Montalban’s wonderful performance reprising his role as Khan, the evil genetically enhanced human with his band of followers. As we all know, Captain Kirk won out, but just barely. Did we all really think Mr. Spock was really going to stay dead?
2. Star Wars: A New Hope. To me this is really how this saga began. Yes, I hate prequels. Sorry, George.
1. The original Airport. Otherwise known as Airport 1970. Burt Lancaster gave a stellar performance. Dean Martin was wonderful as the captain. And Helen Hayes was superb as Mrs. Ada Quonsett. OMG. I laugh every time I think of her playing that role. Wonderful job. Here’s a little known fact. For classic Hawaii Five-O fans, Mrs. Hayes was the aunt of the actor who played Danno.
Two honorable mentions: First, Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Fascinating movie. I have watched it many times. And of course, the naive kid that I was, yes I really thought there was a UFO landing strip behind Devils Tower in Wyoming. Honorable mention number two, Flight 90: Disaster on the Potomac. This was the 1984 NBC TV film about the Air Florida crash. I studied it inside and out.
Well there you have them. Rebecca and I may put up a new blog again tomorrow but if we don’t, have a great weekend and we’ll catch you on Wednesday. Take care and happy reading.
P.S. Sorry if this posted twice, but Rebecca hit the wrong button and published it while we were previewing and editing. Oops.