My favorite 50 movies – Top 10 recap

31 03 2008

10. Glory – go to the original post

9. The Breakfast Club – go to the original post

8. Shichinin no Samurai / Seven Samurai – go to the original post

7. The Silence of the Lambs – go to the original post

6. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back – go to the original post

5. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers – go to the original post

4. Crash – go to the original post

3. Jurassic Park – go to the original post

2. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King – go to the original post

1. The Shawshank Redemption – go to the original post

The other forty:
50 – 41
40 – 31
30 – 21
20 – 11


I’ve been tagged!

30 03 2008

Okay, Hank. I’ll play.

Here are the rules:

When tagged place the name of the person that tagged you and URL on your blog.
Write 7 random facts about yourself.
Name 7 bloggers that you are tagging

Here’s my list of random facts…it just happens to be 100 instead of 7.

Tag, you’re it!

  1. Wade Rogers
  2. Scott Uselman
  3. Phillip Modlin
  4. Dustin Wilson
  5. Abram Rampey
  6. Nick Clay
  7. and my brother, Palmer Dill

10 Worst Movies I’ve Ever Seen

30 03 2008

Since I listed my faves, here’s the worst movies I have watched all the way through:

  1. Epic Movie – Single worst piece of trash I’ve ever paid money to watch
  2. The Meteor Man – The worst Superhero movie among a long list of bad superhero movies
  3. Junior – Arnold Schwarzenegger pregnant?! Bad, bad, bad…
  4. Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot – Why?!
  5. Tremors 2: Aftershocks – As if the first wasn’t bad enough, they came back to make sure
  6. Rocky V – This movie does not exist in the hearts and minds of Rocky aficionados
  7. Honey, I Blew Up the Kid – Big baby, big flop
  8. Last Action Hero – Hey, Arnold! STOP!!!
  9. Darkness Falls – The tooth fairy and horror just don’t gel.
  10. For Richer or Poorer – I tried to think of a live-action movie (since I love the Toy Story movies so much) with Tim Allen that I actually liked…came up with nothing.

There are plenty of other films which I have seen that are perfectly horrible, but I’ll end the list here.

My Favorite 50 Movies – #1

29 03 2008

Title: The Shawshank Redemption – 1994

Starring: Tim Robbins; Morgan Freeman; Bob Gunton; William Sadler; Clancy Brown; James Whitmore

Director: Frank Darabont

Plot: What do men become in a place where hope is abandoned?

Why it belongs on this list:

  • Morgan Freeman narrates
  • Morgan Freeman should have won the Academy Award for Best Actor
  • Tim Robbins is perfect for the role
  • Best onscreen duo…ever
  • Any Stephen King non-horror is gold:
  • Hearts in Atlantis
  • The Green Mile
  • Stand By Me
  • Frank Darabont also produced and directed The Green Mile
  • #2 on the IMdB Top 250 Movies of all time as rated by users (within .1 of #1)
  • Listed on AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movies (10th Anniversary list)
  • Well, I just like it…a lot

Watch these clips: The original trailer for The Shawshank Redemption and one of my favorite scenes


29 03 2008

Thanks for visiting the blog…2000 times!

To show my appreciation here are 100 things you may not know about me:
[Basically, my life story I guess]

  1. Grew up in the metropolis of Coleridge, NC
  2. Had a golden retriever named Yeller when I was 6
  3. He got hit by a car
  4. Had a black retriever-cocker spaniel mix after that
  5. Had to give him away because he almost got hit by a car
  6. Went to Pleasant Grove Christian Church near Bennet, NC
  7. Then went to West “A” Tabernacle Baptist Church in Kannapolis, NC
  8. Was an assistant Sunday School teacher there at age 16
  9. Was also an assistant youth director
  10. Got my first experience running sound there
  11. Then attended Bethel Wesleyan Church
  12. Was the assistant youth director there
  13. Played three years of Little League Baseball
  14. Usually sat the bench
  15. Missed the ball more than I caught it
  16. Went to Faith Christian School until I was 13
  17. Played soccer for the JV soccer team in 7th grade
  18. Did a science fair entry about structural rigidity of different bridge designs (nerd, I know)
  19. Paternal grandfather died years before I was born
  20. Maternal grandfather died in 1990
  21. Both grandmothers died in 2004
  22. Lived within a mile of both sets of grandparents growing up
  23. Have 11 aunts and uncles on my dad’s side
  24. 3 aunts on my mom’s side
  25. My grandfather and great aunt (brother and sister) married by grandmother and great uncle (brother and sister)
  26. Dad has a log cabin
  27. Helped him build it
  28. Won a Harley-Davidson Sportster 883 in a raffle
  29. Have 1 sister
  30. She’s nine years older
  31. Has twins – Nicholas and Megan
  32. Rode to school with her every day
  33. First taste of secular music was in her car: New Kids on the Block and Paula Abdul
  34. Parents divorced in 1992
  35. Moved to Kannapolis, NC, in 1995
  36. Have a step-brother
  37. First car was a blue 1989 Honda Prelude
  38. Then a 1987 Buick Grand National…oh baby!
  39. Then a 1995 Mitsubishi Galant
  40. Hydroplaned into a swollen creek and totaled it
  41. Worked with a plumber one summer
  42. Worked with step-brother as electrician’s assistant
  43. Worked at Jubilation Jungle for 3 years [think Frankie’s Fun Park]
  44. Worked at Home Depot for 3 years
  45. Got four customer service badges there
  46. Graduated from First Assembly Christian School in Concord, NC
  47. Finished sixth in my class
  48. Went to Rowan-Cabarrus Community College
  49. Wanted to be an engineer
  50. Love peanut butter sandwiches
  51. Hate jelly on them
  52. Addicted to Cheerwine
  53. And Chocolate
  54. And Swedish Fish
  55. Played piano for 3 years
  56. Trumpet for 13 years
  57. Watched the Challenger explosion on TV
  58. Got my tonsils removed when I was 10
  59. Have vasomotor rhinitis
  60. Had an Atari 2600
  61. An Intellivision
  62. An original Nintendo Entertainment System
  63. An original Nintendo Game Boy
  64. A Super Nintendo
  65. First movie I saw in a theater: The Care Bears Movie
  66. First movie that made me cry: Follow That Bird
  67. They made Big Bird blue
  68. Been to New York City
  69. Been in the Empire State Building
  70. And the top floor of the World Trade Center
  71. And the Statue of Liberty (not really worth the climb)
  72. Saw Phantom of the Opera on Broadway
  73. Visited Germany in 2000
  74. Played at World Expo 2000
  75. Love Washington D.C.
  76. Ottawa is the farthest north I’ve been
  77. Orlando is the farthest south
  78. Pensecola is the farthest west
  79. Have visited 15 states
  80. And 2 Canadian provinces
  81. Scared of heights
  82. Would rather be in the mountains than at the beach
  83. Broke my wrist doing push-ups
  84. Set Apart 07 was my first Wesleyan youth convention
  85. Have had 8 different roommates over the years
  86. About to be 9
  87. Learned to play Ultimate Frisbee in 1999-2000 school year
  88. First tape I bought: Creed’s My Own Prison
  89. First CD I owned: Weird Al Yankovic’s Bad Hair Day
  90. Saw Kid Rock in concert (yes, sad)
  91. And Korn (yes, crazy)
  92. And Metallica (I confess I loved it)
  93. Have seen over 100 Christian bands
  94. Have hiked more than 25 miles of the Foothills Trail
  95. Have seen more than 20 of Upstate South Carolina’s waterfalls
  96. Own a couple hundred 8 track tapes
  97. Have a player that works
  98. Have had 6 different sets of car subs
  99. Have owned the same amp since high school
  100. Tired of typing

Thanks for reading! I don’t think I’ll ever try to do a 100 list again.

My Favorite 50 Movies – #2

27 03 2008

Title: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King – 2003

Starring: Elijah Wood; Sean Astin; Viggo Mortensen; Orlando Bloom; Ian McKellen; Christopher Lee; Hugo Weaving; Cate Blanchett; Billy Boyd; Dominic Monaghan; John Rhys-Davies; Miranda Otto; Liv Tyler; David Wenham; Andy Serkis, as Gollum

Director: Peter Jackson

Plot: Frodo and Sam are within sight of Mordor, but Sauron is ready to unleash his last push to destroy Middle Earth.

Why it belongs on this list:

  • 11 Academy Awards: (tied for most wins)
  • Best Achievement in Sound Mixing
  • Best Art Direction – Set Decoration
  • Best Costume Design
  • Best Makeup
  • Best Music, Original Score
  • Best Music, Original Song – “Into the West”
  • Best Editing
  • Best Visual Effects
  • Best Director
  • Best Adapted Screenplay
  • Best Picture
  • I think that pretty much says it all…

Watch this clip: The original trailer for LOTR: The Return of the King

My Favorite 50 Movies – #3

25 03 2008

Title: Jurassic Park – 1993

Starring: Sam Neill; Laura Dern; Jeff Goldblum; Richard Attenborough; Samuel L. Jackson

Director: Steven Spielberg

Plot: An attempt to open a theme park populated by genetically-created and -engineered dinosaurs turns horribly bad.

Why it belongs on this list:

  • Still regarded as one of the best audio mixes
  • Have you seen better looking digital dinosaurs?
  • Did I mention it was made 15 years ago?
  • Steven Spielberg and Michael Crichton
  • So good that they’re making #4, even after #3 failed…miserably
  • Spielberg might be back in the director’s chair
  • Won 3 Academy Awards:
  • Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing
  • Best Effects, Visual Effects
  • Best Sound
  • First movie I ever saw twice in the theaters
  • Scared me silly then (I was 11)
  • The velociraptors are some of the best creatures ever put on film

Watch this clip: The original trailer for Jurassic Park