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So, here we are again, my friends; back with another post. I’d been working on a few other things  to post for you all, but this idea presented itself and, frankly, it was a lot more fun. So, as most of you know, I’m a huge fan of Neil Gaiman and his work and have been ever since I read American Gods almost ten years ago. So, of course, when I heard of HBO’s plan to produce an onscreen adaptation of one of my favorite books of all time I began to speculate, on my own, who might fill the roles of the characters I had come to love and, well, love to loathe. Yeah I know, this casting is not as likely to happen, but this cast would be, to me, perfect.

 

Shall we get started? I think so… And now…MY DREAM CAST!!

heeeeeeere we GO!!

heeeeeeere we GO!!

Shadow Moon – as played by Jason Momoa

maybe shorten his hair a bit and he will be good to play the "man-sized hole in the world"

maybe shorten his hair a bit and he will be good to play the “man-sized hole in the world”

Shadow is described as kind of dark but kind of not (I believe the actual description is “Cream and Coffee Colored”) He’s a ex-convict who has the “don’t fuck with me” look as well as the kind of heart that is vulnerable, uncertain, and empty enough to be melancholy. Having seen Jason as Khal Drogo in HBO’s Game of Thrones, we know that he can do “I’ll fucking kill you if I have to” as well as emotional enough to love his wife so much that her death leaves him feeling empty inside and then a mix between excited and disturbed enough to be shaken by her presence.

 

Wednesday/Odin – as played by Jeff Bridges

Look at him...no. LOOK at him! Honestly, if this man does not look like Odin to you, then I'll need a bottle of Sake to cope...

Look at him…no. LOOK at him! Honestly, if this man does not look like Odin to you, then I’ll need a bottle of Sake to cope…

He’s been “The Dude”, He’s been Kevin Flynn, he’s been Rooster Cogburn, and he’s been Obadiah Stane. If these roles alone don’t prove that he has what it takes to play the vulgar, manipulative, charismatic, and ambitious con-man and Norse Pantheon All-Father who hires Shadow to be his muscle and help him recruit for a crazy insane war.

 

Laura Moon – as played by Candice Accola

Loving wife, undead killer bodyguard, she works for me! Oh yes!

Loving wife, undead killer bodyguard, she works for me! Oh yes!

Laura Moon, Shadow’s Wife, dies in a car accident at the beginning of the book. Due to a chain of events that I won’t spoil for those of you who haven’t read it yet, she comes back from the dead as Shadows killer guardian. Snapping the necks or brutally ripping apart the bodies of those who would hurt her still living husband, she still holds just enough emotion to tug at Shadow’s heartstrings, even going so far as to call him a man-shaped hole in the world. Watching Candice play a teenage sometimes-homicidal vampire on the CW’s The Vampire Diaries as well as listening to her voice, she seems to me to be the obvious choice to play the only woman allowed to call Shadow “Puppy”.

 

Low-Key Lyesmith/Loki/Mr. World – as played by Kevin Bacon

Low-Key Lyesmith aka Loki the Lie-smith

Low-Key Lyesmith aka Loki the Lie-smith

Low-Key Lyesmith was a man of many faces: Philosopher, Convict, Driver, Co-Conspirator, Cold Bloded killer, God in Spook’s clothing. Reading the Novel, I came to the realization that Low-Key was actually Loki at the same time that Shadow did. Having seen the many faces Kevin wore in the X-Men: First Class movie, I’d love to see him wear the mantle of the Asgardian Liar.

 

Hinzelmann – Ian Holm

from Bilbo to Kobold. I think so!!

from Bilbo to Kobold. I think so!!

Hinzelmann is the little kind old man from Lakeside who drives Shadow around in his old clunker “Tessie”. He seems a whimsical old man, telling stories about his family and the history of the town. Unbeknownst to the town, he is Hinzelmann the Germanic Kobold who has been sacrificing young girls of the town year after year. I’ve been a fan of Sir Ian since his performance in The Fifth Element and even more so after his turn as Bilbo Baggins in the Lord of the Rings films, seeing him go from sweet old man to scary “What the fuck just happened to his face, holy shit is he going to eat Frodo?” guy, I honestly think that he would be perfect for this role.

and this, kids, is why we don't do the drugs...

and this, kids, is why we don’t do the drugs…

 

Moving on… Samantha Blackcrow – as played by Allison Scagliotti

She's got the look and the attitude as far as I'm concerned.

She’s got the look and the attitude as far as I’m concerned.

Sam has fire, Sam has spunk, Sam is awesome! From the moment she’s introduced hitching a ride with Shadow to the point where she plants a kiss on him that tells everyone else in the room to rightly “Fuck Off”, Samantha Blackcrow has been one of my favorite characters in the entire book. Anyone who’s watched the hit show Warehouse 13 and has seen the character of Claudia Donovan can see that Allison is basically playing Samantha Blackcrow with a really kick ass job who got the hell away from Lakeside and maybe changed her name after everything!

 

Easter – As played by Christina Hendricks

That's right people, THIS IS EASTER...THIS!!! Okay, sorry, I'm done with that, just had to get it out of my system

That’s right people, THIS IS EASTER…THIS!!! Okay, sorry, I’m done with that, just had to get it out of my system

Easter is sweet, sassy, voluptuous, and has a matronly-yet-sexy-as-hell energy to her. At least, that’s how I interpreted her description in the novel. What? Isn’t that what you got too? After listening to the full cast audiobook version of this (which I highly recommend), and watching her performances in the awesome cult series Firefly (Yo/Saf/Brig anyone?) as well as her voice acting roles in All Star Superman and Family Guy. (And I can’t be the only one who remembers her from MTV’s Undressed) I mean, come on, look at her!! She has the look, the presence and the voice to absolutely kill in this role.

 

Bilquis as played by Monica Bellucci

Yeah...I mean, just look at her!

Yeah…I mean, just look at her!

YES! YES! I know, Bilquis only appears all of twice in the book, but that doesn’t mean that she shouldn’t appear in the film and be played by someone amazing. Bilquis is sexy, sultry, and will eat you alive…literally! (If you haven’t gotten to that part of the book yet, you will and your mouth will DROP!) Watch the Matrix Reloaded and the Matrix Revolutions (yes, I know of what I ask, just bare with me here) and check out Monica Bellucci as the exile program Persephone and note the raw sexual energy just oozing from her at every word or glance. Got it? Good. Let’s move on.

 

 

Mad Sweeny – as played by Dennis Leary

You want to see him fight Shadow in a bar...you know you do...

You want to see him fight Shadow in a bar…you know you do…

Mad Sweeny is many things: a loudmouth, a drunkard, and a gambler among them. He’s one other thing as well: a leprechaun. Who better to portray the loudmouth redhead who gets into a barroom brawl with Shadow than someone who is used to playing loudmouth crazy people. (at least, as far as I’ve seen, anyway) I think he’d be absolutely perfect.

 

Czernobog (and later, Belobog) – played by Mickey Rourke

 

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The entire time I read this book, his was the face I saw and the voice I heard when I read Czernobog (and later, Belobog). Ever since I heard his Russian accent in Iron Man 2, whatever doubt I had about him as this character vanished! Plus, I want to see him play checkers with Shadow.

 

Mr. Nancy/Anansi – Robert Guillaume 

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I first remember him from the 80’s sitcom Soap (I am NOT old), and then from his role in Benson. But everyone remembers him the most as the mystical advisor to King Mufassa in The Lion King, Rafiki. Hearing him pull of the accent and knowing he has the ability to play a bit of a smart-ass jokester that can be deadly serious if need be. I can’t think of anyone else, really, to play Mr. Nancy. (And can make appearances in Anansi Boys) I mean, seriously, can you see anyone else in the checkered suit and lemon yellow gloves, rocking the patios? No? I didn’t think so. NEXT!

 

Mr. Ibis/Thoth –Tony Shaloub

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Okay, so I’ve seen Monk. I LOVE that show. It’s awesome. So when I read Mr. Ibis and his mannerisms, I thought of Tony Shaloub immediately. I can’t see anyone else playing the calm but fidgety ancient Egyptian undertaker with a penchant for storytelling.  Gee, I can’t imagine why! Speaking of ancient Egyptian undertakers…

 

 

  Mr. Jacquel/Anubis – Idris Elba

Yeah...this guy gets a gif...cuz this guy was very nearly the Doctor...so RESPECT!

Yeah…this guy gets a gif…cuz this guy was very nearly the Doctor…so RESPECT!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I really could not think of anyone else to play the weigher of hearts/souls than this man. He has the look, the voice, and the damned moxy to don the role of the God turned mortician/coroner. Plus, his first appearance is as an actual talking black jackal. Who doesn’t want to see that??

 

Bast – Rosario Dawson

one word...MEOW!!

one word…MEOW!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Okay, I’m going to be honest here: I haven’t seen her in nearly enough things, but everything I have seen her in, I love her in. She definitely has the look to give life to the cat goddess that lays claim to Shadow during his time in Cairo. Seeing her performance during his dream sequence would likely be amazing!

 

Media – Amanda Palmer

Yes! That's all I'm saying...

Yes! That’s all I’m saying…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After seeing the voice of the Dresden Dolls and actual wife to Neil Gaiman pose as the character in the 2013 Literary Pin Up Calendar, there is no one I would rather see look out from a television at Shadow and as “Hey, you ever wanted to see Lucy’s tits?” Followed by a quick redition of “Coin Operated Boy” (Maybe)

 

Chad Mulligan – Nathan Fillion

Yep, you know you want to see it!!

Yep, you know you want to see it!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If there is anyone who can be the confident, friendly, somewhat bumbling chief of police in the sleepy town of Lakeside; it’s Mr Fillion here. I know the ladies will love seeing him in a police uniform, and he would fill it (and the role) out quite well.

need  say more, here?

need I say more, here?

Mr. Town – Jack Coleman

This is a man who does sinister and mysterious very well!

This is a man who does sinister and mysterious very well!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Okay, so, in this case, all I have is his role in Heroes to go on here, (and by Heroes, I only mean the first season as far as he is concerned) but I can’t see anyone else as the charismatic, but mysterious, and slightly infuriating agent/errand boy to the new Gods. Trust me, the dude can do smarmy like it’s his job.

 

Mammoth God (Voice) – Keith David 

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You know him as Goliath from Gargoyles, as The Arbiter from the Halo series, and as The Shadow Man/ Dr. Facilier from The Princess and the Frog. He has a penchant for playing Dark or Ancient things. So who better than to play this forgotten God who enters Shadows dreams to share pertinent information that might not make sense at the time but seriously comes in handy later.

 

Technical Boy – as played by Jonah Hill

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So last up is my pick for the God of Modern Technology. The last couple of times I read this book I could only ever hear Jonah Hill’s voice as this character. He’s got the chops to give the snark, insecurity, and overblown sense of entitlement we’d come to expect from this character. He also still looks just young enough to play the role. Seeing him turn a certain Old God into roadkill would be both satisfying and rage inducing.

 

So there it is, friends: my pick for what I would consider to be the principle cast for this series. More characters would of course be brought in, but (for me at least) these are the ones worth paying attention to. Did I miss anyone?

Do you think I got some or all of the casting wrong?

Sound off! Let me know what you think.

Until my next post, friends (and hopefully you won’t have as long of a wait this time), be good, be safe, be awesome to one another, and don’t let the muggles get you down!

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Hello and greetings my geeky cabal. I apologize, once again, for my absence. Life, as it likes to do, has been getting all up in the way again.

Nevertheless, we are all here now, and we’re here to be nerds, yes?

I agree, Doctor!

Let’s be ridiculous!!

I’ve been catching up on my comic book reading (because I LOVE them), and I came across a series I had originally thought I had been done with, mostly because I thought it had been abandoned, but I honestly should have known better.

Yes friends, I’m talking about the amazing comic by writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Michael Avon Oeming: Powers.

For those of you who have not had the chance to read this comic, OMG GO AND GET THIS SERIES NOW AND READ IT, FOR IT IS FULL OF AMAZEBALLSNESS!! (yes that is a real word…that I totally made up)

Now, that’s done, let me tell you a little bit about this series:

The title follows a pair of Chicago homicide detectives, Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim, who, having just been partnered together, investigate super-power related murders.

Yes, yes, you guessed it, superheroes are running wild in this story and, apparently, dropping like flies. Hell, someone has to solve these murders, right?

Now, some time ago, it was announced that FX was casting and producing a Powers television series.

Due to some recasting and re-writing of the pilot script, the show has been put on a bit of a hiatus (That’s what the internet said, anyway), but since I’ve gone and fallen in love with the series again, I figured that I’d cast this thing myself.

Due to the insanely huge cast of characters we meet throughout the series, I’ve just done the casting for the main roles we’d see during the first story arc: “Who Killed Retro Girl?” Which would be the introductory story arc of the show’s first season.

See? I’ve got this all figured out!

My version of the show would be aired on HBO. If you’ve read the comic, you’d never ask me why

I’d have the scripts penned by Bendis, because, honestly, who knows the material better than he does?

The show would be directed by Greg Beeman from the Heroes, Smallville, and Falling Skies.

Okay, lets get started!

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Christian Walker – Played by Jason Patric

– I know, I know, this is the same casting from the original FX casting, but I really love this actor from his role in The Lost Boys. For anyone not born in the 80’s who hasn’t seen this at some point….STOP right now. Go and watch that movie, then come back for the rest of this!        Now that we have gotten that over with, look at the drawing and then look at him. He’s got the look and the severity to pull off the role of the former super-hero turned Homicide Detective.

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Deena Pilgrim – played by Claire Holt

– People who haven’t seen her in The Vampire Diaries might not get my choice for Deena. But Claire Holt has everything that Deena Pilgrim has: sex appeal, the aptitude for physicality, and attitude out of the wazoo!!! I’m not sure I can think of anyone else to go from Klaus’s troublemaking mean-girl original vampire sister to playing the ass kicking rookie detective with entirely too much to prove! to herself and her new partner. (Even though he never really requires proof.) She just needs a bit of a haircut…

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Retro Girl – played by Kristen Bell

– So, initially, K.B. was my first choice to play Deena Pilgrim; I mean, she’s cute, she’s short, and boy does she have a mouth on her (See Heroes and Forgetting Sarah Marshall). However, going through the casting process I came to the effervescent character of Retro Girl and could think of no one to play the most popular character in the Powers universe. Granted, you’d see her initially in the first episode as the murder victim that would kick off the show’s first arc and then through the rest of the series in a series of flashbacks, her bubbly personality and overall awesomeness would shine through.

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Captain Cross – played by Chi McBride

– I personally love this actor from Pushing Daisies, where he played a private investigator. Since every cop drama needs an ass-kicking, no-nonsense, hard-ass police chief/captain, Chi is my perfect casting, seriously. If there’s any doubt of this check him out in Pushing Daisies, Boston Public, and as Nick Fury in Ultimate Spider-Man.

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Doctor Tucker – played by David H. Lawrence XVII

– I’ve been a fan of David’s ever since he appeared on Heroes as the creep-tastic Puppet Master Eric Doyle, so he was my first choice to fill the role of the good doctor. I think he’s got the range to pull off the neurotic, completely out of his depth coroner. His conversations with the detectives would be awesome.

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Detective Kutter – played by James Franco

– James has the scruffy pretty-boy thing going for him. After his performance as the smarmy Harry Osborn in the Spider-Man films (well, at least the 2nd and the one that we don’t talk about), I think he would be able to amp up the level of smarmy for the role of Kutter. (and have you seen him in General Hospital? Well, I haven’t but I hear he plays quite the asshole. Get em’ James!!)

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Henry Cohen/Triphammer – played by Jack Coleman

– I became a big fan of Jack during his run on Heroes as “H.R.G.” (The Man with “Horned Rimmed Glasses”) later revealed to be named Noah Bennet. His performance in the role is why I nominate him for the role of the hard ass Iron Man of this universe. He’s already got the “do whatever it takes to get the job done” experience, he’d be perfect!

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Calista – played by Mackenzie Foy

– So I know what you’re thinking: “Isn’t this the same kid that played the creepy half-breed girl in the last Twilight movie? Also, how do you know that?”

No one worry about that.

Anyway, she’s a cute kid who would be awesome as the little girl Christian saves in the first arc, spewing obscenities and dreaming about Retro Girl. Also, she’s about the right age.

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Zora – played by Tricia Helfer

– Whether she’s in the role of Battlestar Galactica‘s “Caprica Six” or she’s voicing the hilarious A.I. “EDI” from Bioware’s Mass Effect series, Tricia has the looks and the intensity to fill out the role of the super powered, vizor wearing Zora. Also, she’d look super hot in the costume.

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Ted Henry – played by Bruce Boxleitner

– One word for you here: TRON!!! Seriously, with a voice as recognizable as his, I can seriously think of no one else to fill the role of the host of the series’s late night news/talk show “Powers That Be”. Honestly, with a voice like that it isn’t too much of a stretch to see him go from the one who fights for the user to the man that does and says whatever it takes to bring you the latest breaking news on the super powered elite.

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Johnny Royale – played by Ray Liotta

– if there is anyone on the planet more suited to play the calm, collected, teleporting Gangster, then I don’t care. Seriously, look at this guy’s resume, entirely too much gangster cred NOT to play this role.

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The Wolf – played by Vincent Cassel

– I’ve honestly never seen anything that this guy has been in, but look at him. He looks both creepy and insanely intense. I think he’s pretty solid in this role and I’d love to see him under the green light of a “Drainer”. I would say more about this character but as River Song would say:

Spoilers

yes ma’am!

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John Jackson Stevens – played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson

– Yes, Kick-Ass himself. He’s got a nerdy awkwardness that, under a certain light, could be pretty creepy. Stick some glasses on him and give him an obsessive kind of psychosis, and here you have the villain of the first arc in the series!

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And there we are, friends. I know I’ve left out some characters, but I felt that I got the more important ones of the first arc. Hopefully FX will actually pull the show together for the public to see, but I won’t hold my breath until I hear something one way or the other.

In any case, that’s it for now! If you like it, have characters you want to comment on/add or even if you don’t agree with any of my choices: comment, subscribe, like, and sound-off!!

If you have any suggestions as to what my next Casting Call should be, comment to your heart’s content.

Until the next time.

DFTBA

That’s right! Give it on up!!

My 20 Favorite Geeky Films of all time!

Hi and Happy Friday to everyone!

Some time ago, some friends of mine and I discussed some of our favorite “Geek” movies over the years. It brought up some rather wonderful memories of growing up and watching movies with my dad late at night, eating popcorn or Po-Boys and having soda or juice and ice cream. My mom would be working late and my sister would be asleep, so it’d just be the two of us – the men of the house – being nerdy and awesome and pigging out.
I been thinking so much on these movies that I decided to put together a list of my Favorite Geek films together and  talk a little bit about them. The thing is this: I LOVE movies, and there are so many of them that I seriously had to narrow them all down to a smaller list (yes, for me, THIS, is a small list in comparison to what it could have been).

So here it is, my top favorite Geeky films of all time…or, at least, until something better comes along to take their place. 😉

20. The Dark Knight – Now I’m a huge comic book geek, and a big fan of comic book films. In the last few years there have been a long stream of films attempting to bring the more popular (and somewhat obscure cult favorite) comic book heroes to life on the big screen. Between the critical successes of Blade and Hellboy, and the colossal flops that were Superman Returns and Spider-Man 3, comic book films have had a very hit-or-miss history with the box office and with fans…
and then this film series came along…
Batman Begins was an incredible beginning to the reboot of the Batman franchise, but no one could have predicted the absolute mind numbing awesome that was The Dark Knight. Aaron Eckhart as Harvey Dent/Two Face was brilliant; Christian Bale, as always, was great as Bruce Wayne/Batman(when his overly done gravel voice didn’t get in the way); and I’ve always been a huge Gary Oldman fan, so I had no doubt that his performance as James Gordon was going to be awesome as was Michael Caine’s as Alfred Pennyworth. Then there is Morgan Freeman, who is, as ever, Morgan-Fraking-Freeman.
Then there was the incredible performance of the late Heath Ledger. I honestly had my doubts about his performance here, having been a fan of Jack Nicholson’s Joker since the Michael Keaton film came out in 1989.
Then I saw this:    Honestly, it gets more awesome, but I’m going to stop here.

19. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King – Take all of the heart warming moments from all three films, take all of the crazy amazing fight sequences, take all of the fantastic lines that we’ll all be quoting now for the next few decades, and then sit and watch the last film, on it’s own. There are more beautiful moments in this film than one would expect from a fantasy movie that also proves to be a rip-roaring climax of a film. Take the scene where Elrond gives Aragon the Sword Andúril and so passes the torch of leadership, or the coronation of the King of men where he, the elves, and all of Gondor kneel before the Hobbits. My favorite is watching the Hobbits acclimate to normality (or what of it they can find) after returning from their adventure, of Frodo struggling with everything he had been through during that time, the way you can see it in his face and in his eyes. Those were the moments that made the film, for me…well..that and the epic battle of Gondor.

18. The Fifth Element – “LeelooDallasMultipass!!” I really could end it there, but why? (multipass video) I’ve always ben a bit of a Bruce Willis fan, but the combination of Bruce, Mila, and Chris Tucker screaming “CORBIN” every two minutes is just too awesome to pass up. This was another film that I watched with my Dad for the first time and lost my mind over it. If you can, get the special edition DVD/BlueRay and check out the special features. The “Making Of” content is amazing!  And did I mention that Gary Oldman is in this film as well, dude gets around. Seriously.

17. Star Wars – Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back – (Luke, I am your father clip here) Granted, while I think that the only fair to decent actor in the entire saga was James Earl Jones voicing Vader (Damnit that shit scared me the first time I saw/heard him), this film has more of the best done moments in the entire saga. The first time you meet Yoda (NO!! The prequels do NOT count!) and you think he’s a crazy old hermit and he winds up being the most power Jedi master of the age. “Try not! Do or do not! There is no try.” Classic! The fight between Luke and Vader where you can see the desperation and the fear in Luke’s face, down to the moment (and this may go down as the most unexpected and well known twist in film) when Vader reveals himself to be Luke’s father shocked and amazed so many viewers, and it’s my favorite scene in the trilogy, up there with their final duel. If they weren’t fans of the movie series before then, then they would be after that moment. I remember watching that for the first time (I had to have been about 12 or 13) and my mouth just dropping, I’m sure my Dad was seriously amused and proud watching my reactions through the trilogy, likely more so at Episode V. 

The Last Starfighter – I would not have had even the most remote interest in Star Wars if not for this film. It was also the film version of my young gamer fantasies. A boy from a town he doesn’t want to be in gets recruited to join an elite league of Starfighters by beating the high score of a starfighter video game. For the longest time, I wanted nothing else than to be a starfighter pilot!

15. The Matrix -I remember when I saw this trailer for the first time, it was at least two or three months before the release. The trailer gave nothing away about the actual plot of the film except that it revolved around the idea of this thing called the Matrix. It also looked like the live action version of an Anime, and I honestly thought it was going to be something inspired by Ghost in the Shell (which very nearly made this list, by the way). And then I saw the film the weekend it opened, and my mind was absolutely blown. I left the theatre completely uncertain of if the world I lived in was real or just a computer simulation where I waited for Morpheus and his crew to come and liberate me from a pod. I remember that everyone was talking about it the next week and many of them revealed that they had the same ideas that I had. The film was the first to use the now famous (and now completely overused) “Bullet Time” cinematography, and created a phenomenon that included an Animated collection, two Video Games, two sequels that should never have been made, and an MMORPG (if you don’t know what that is, ask the nerd nearest you).

14. The Lost Boys – Here is the first Vampire movie that I can honestly remember seeing as a kid and it completely colored my perception of what Vampires were like for a very long time, or, at least, until I started watching Forever Night. It was also the first thing I ever saw Keifer Sutherland in, and the last thing I would see him in until Dark City (another film that very nearly made the list) and The Three Musketeers. Roll trailer!!!

13. The Never Ending Story – I was already huge into reading when I was a kid, but this film made me that much more into reading for the hope of actually getting pulled into my favorite story. Actually, I really wanted a luck dragon to fly around on. #WriterFact – I still want a Falcor of my own…yes, my inner ten-year-old demands it!!

12. The Iron Giant -This movie holds a really special place for me. It was the first time that I honestly cried during because of an animated anything. The voice acting – fantastic, the animation – amazing, the story – well, I cried. Hell, I still get teary-eyed watching it.

Stardust – This was written by my absolute favorite Author, Neil Gaiman, and presents a fantastic story of a young boy becoming a man and falling in love with a fallen star. (that’s not a metaphor for anything, an actual Star falls to earth, played by Claire Danes, and the main character, Tristan, falls for her) It’s got magic, it’s got period costuming, it’s got Ricky Gervais as a crazy Fence, and it’s got fraking Robert DeNiro as a Gay airship pirate captain. Likely my favorite role of his.

AND NOW THE MOMENT YOU’VE BEEN WAITING FOR…THE TOP TEN!!

10.Fight Club – I remember the first time I watched this film through. I didn’t quite understand it at the time, I blame being drunk and at a house party for that. But then I watched it a second time, and completely caught the twist and had my mind absolutely blown apart by it. Every time I watch it I find more clues to the twist. NO, I am NOT spoiling the twist.

Because: The first rule of Fight Club is: you do not talk about Fight Club. The Second Rule of Fight Club is…You do NOT TALK about FIGHT CLUB.

9.   Interview with the Vampire – This film and this entire book series, as a youth, rekindled my love for Vampire fiction. This film cemented the view of vampires to be beautiful, to be brilliant, to be lethal, and to NOT EVER SPARKLE!! It’s the only film that I actually enjoyed Tom Cruise in, as he makes an absolutely fantastic Lestat. It was also my introduction to Brad Pitt who was awesome and tortured as Louis. Oh yeah, and little Kristen Dunst as Claudia was just frighteningly amazing. I could watch that film over and over and over again…  Oh yeah, and Antonio Bandaras as a Vampire…even  I think that’s damned sexy.

8.   Flight of the Navigator – This was one of the first films I saw in the theatre with my parents. For the longest time after this movie released my father and I were obsessed with the idea of being taken by aliens for the sole purpose of being able to fly the spaceship the way that David does. Paul Rubens (yup, that’s right, Pee Wee Herman) plays the role of the Sentient Spacecraft “Max”.

7.   Monty Python and the Holy Grail – To any one of you whom have seen this classic film, then you know very well as to why this film is on this list. You know the manner in which coconuts migrate. You know the tale of Sir Robin. You know the manner in which to properly use the Holy hand grenade of Antioch. You know how to properly gauge if a woman is in fact a witch, and you know all about the Rabbit of Caerbannog. So with that said I shall leave you all with this. and this.

6.   Edward Scissorhands – This film holds an absolute special place in my heart and shall for all time. This film made me a huge fan of Johnny Depp. The way he portrayed this well meaning but awkward, shy, and ultimately tragic figure struck such a chord with me and with so many others who felt as shy and as awkward. I don’t know that there are truly words for what this film absolutely means to me, so I give you a trailer instead.

5.   Fist of the North Star (the Anime) – I blame one of my older cousins for this one. This was the film that introduced me to the world of Anime. The story of Kenshiro, the man with the seven wounds was the first animated film I had seen that involved nudity and violence such that people exploded in a rain of blood and sinew and brain matter. Before this film, I had no clue that cartoons could be so intense, so visceral, so absolutely violent and still be accompanied by a kind of moral lesson. I would later come to know such films as Ninja Scroll, Vampire Hunter: D, and Ghost in the Shell and become thrust into the worlds they presented, which would further my love for the genre as well as various forms of life action film as well. (Whatever you do, please please PLEASE DON’T waste your time with the live action version of this film, unless you wish to suffer a brain aneurysm )

4.   The Goonies – as coming of age films go, this one was absolutely incredible for me, growing up. A group of the most unlikely friends on a quest for the pirate treasure of “One Eyed Willie”. Stuffed full with booby-traps, gadgets, pirate treasure, and the classic lines; “Hey, you guys!” and “Sloth love Chunk!”. For many years since, fans have clamored for a sequel, having been teased with rumor of one year after year to this day.

3.   Kill Bill vol 1&2 – These films (to my remembrance were meant to be one film – which is why I count the two of them as one) were, for me, Tarantino’s Masterpiece. Volume one encompassing all of the incredible awesome insanity of old-school Kung-Fu and Samurai pictures and Volume two embracing all of the drama and pacing of a classic spaghetti western film. Both films, being equally awesome for various reasons, could not have been so without the incredible performances from Uma Thurman, the Late David Carradine, Darryl Hannah, and…well, frak it, EVERYONE in the film!!

and Mark my words, I will master the Five-Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique…count on it!  

2.   The Princess Bride – You know something? I’m not even going to write my reasonings for why this film is #2 here. Because you should already know what makes this film awesome, and if you don’t – then you seriously need to stop what you’re doing, watch this clip, and then go out and find this film…now! 

The Seven Samurai (Shichinin no Samurai) – This movie is, hands down, my favorite film of all time. I’m a huge sucker for a good samurai period film and this one is a classic masterpiece. A village of rice farmers hire a ragtag group of samurai to defend them against bandits, paying them with nothing but the rice they grow. This brings together seven of the most honorable and noble samurai (all with pasts that they are not entirely proud of. This film as been remade as a western known as The Magnificent Seven and an Anime series set in a post war dystopia called Samurai 7.

There you all have it, my list. I’m sure there will be other lists at some point, can’t rightly say when though. I hope you’ve enjoyed this one and maybe have come across some that you’ll go back and watch again, because I know I have.

Take care, everyone!

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