WatchMojo is back with another great film list, this time putting their back into making sure you never feel safe on an airplane ever again. It’s a safe bet you’ll never be seeing any of these as your in-flight film. While I’m usually lock-step with WM in most of their list, I think they made some serious missteps. To be honest, I haven’t even seen their #1 pick (Fearless), but I don’t think it would beat either of my top two, Flight and Cast Away, which-to be fair-ARE their #2 and #3. However, several of their honorable mentions (The Dark Knight Rises, Superman Returns, and COME ON, United 93) definitely belong on the list proper. And where’s Sully??? It’s an ENTIRE FILM ABOUT A PLANE CRASH!!! Well, the get a mulligan on that one, because they actually made this list three years ago, but I have some serious issues. Also, I know it’s TV, but the plane crash in Lost’s pilot is as good as anything the movies have done. What about you? What’s your pick for the greatest plane crash in film history? Let me know in the comments below!
We’ve all been there. You know how it is. Bored to death and staring at a non-stop from LA to DC and so you sit down and open in the in-flight magazine, praying as you furtively turn the pages to the movies section. I have perhaps once….maybe twice, been pleasantly surprised by what I find out will be staring me in the face (should I choose the audio or no) for the next two plus hours. My worst experience *pause to take a slug of whiskey*, was a cross-country flight with Halle Berry’s Catwoman.
Each generation seems to have a defining historical moment that changes them forever. The Great Depression, World War II, the Kennedy Assassination and Vietnam, Watergate and then….what? The kids born post-Watergate were defined more by the changing technological world than by tragic historic events. The closest thing we had to a, “Where were you when…?” moment was the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger or the verdict in the OJ trial. That changed thirteen years ago today. The events of 9/11 have altered the hearts, minds and lives of everyone. There’s a clear demarcation line between the way things were before 9/11 and how they’ve become post. Continue reading Killing Time: September 11, 2014 – 9/11 in Movies and TV→
It’s not easy to be proud to be an American these days. Not as easy as easy as it once was. This generation, unlike ones that came before, has been faced with so much gray in a previous starkly dark or light world, that it’s polarized good people from other good people. We don’t feel like the UNITED States these days. Who are the American people? Who are they in 2014? When we look around at our circumstances, our recent history, our representatives (blue and red alike)….it’s a lot more difficult to feel the patriotism and the pride I once took in being a citizen of the country of my birth. Are movies and television shows trivial in the light of that bleak reality? Not the best of them. The best of them serve as reminders of qualities, people, places, and events that NEED to be remembered. Here are five examples: Continue reading Top 5 Films or Shows That Make You Proud to Be An American→
You know exactly what these are. You’ll watch something so good, so devastating, so personal to you that you think it’s amazing, but you’re never going to put yourself through that again in your life. My wife calls these movies “shelfers”, because for some reason she’ll buy them, leave them IN the shrink wrap, put them on the shelf and never touch them again. I get it. Something that impacted you to that degree should be part of your collection and the shrink wrap is simply there to stop you, should you ever be so dumb, and give you a minute or so to remember what it did to you the first time before you make the mistake of trying to repeat view.
The common theme on my list is the horror of real life. Drug addiction, racism, terrorism, genocide and unspeakable acts. The movies are powerful, outstanding and ones I think people should see. That being said, I’m not exactly recommending them. They did, after all, mess me up so badly I never want to see them again, but I’d rate any movie on this list a 10/10.