The Best Movie You May Not Have Heard Of – The In-Laws
I’m not talking about the remake with Michael Douglas and Albert Brooks, I’m talking the original. Peter Falk and Alan Arkin. My dad and I would watch this movie again and again and laugh every time like we had never seen it before. The characters are perfect for Falk and Arkin and they play it to perfection. It has been a long time since I have watched this movie, but all I have to do is tell my dad to “Serpentine” and he will immediately crack up! I just moved it to position #1 in my Netflix cue and will be watching it this weekend. My kids will love it. I even think it will make my wife laugh.
A Classic Must See Movie – Full Metal Jacket
I love a good war movie and there are so many great ones, the classic Tora Tora Tora!, Apocalypse Now, Platoon, and Saving Private Ryan – to name just a few. But there is something about Full Metal Jacket that I just love watching it. The opening sequence with R. Lee Ermey (you may not know the name, but I’m sure you would recognize the face) as Gunnery Sergeant Hartman is one of my favorite scenes of all time. His ranting and raving and name calling is brilliant. I always wonder how much of that scene was scripted and how much was just him going off. There are so many moments and characters and an ending you would not expect it’s hard to list them all, so I’ll end with this – any movie with characters named Joker, Animal Mother, Gomer Pyle**, Eightball, and Rafterman normally has my seal of approval.
** A side note on the original Gomer Pyle, Jim Nabors. I’m a huge NASCAR racing fan, but I do love watching the Indianapolis 500 every year. There’s something about the pomp and circumstance that just screams patriotism to me. So, although it may be a little weird, I always enjoyed Jim Nabors singing Back Home Again in Indiana. This year was the first year since 1972 (basically my whole lifetime) that Mr. Nabors did not sing at the 500. Jim, I missed you, but thanks for all the memories.
A Guilty Pleasure – Super Troopers
Yes, Super Troopers is a stupid movie. I admit it. But, since I mentioned Full Metal Jacket has one of my favorite opening scenes, I thought I’d bring up another movie with an awesome opening. Soooooooo funny! I host a guys movie night at my office about once a month for a couple of friends and this month was my pick so I played Super Troopers. It was great to share a goofy movie (not THE Goofy Movie) with a couple a buddies who had not seen it. Good times.