10. Lock Up (1989) — A prototypical Stallone 80’s movie. I enjoyed it thoroughly as a young man.
9. The Great Escape (1963) — Old, but classic. And a good movie at that.
8. In the Name of the Father (1993) — My man, Daniel Day-Lewis.
7. Cool Hand Luke (1967)
5. Dead Man Walking (1995) — I waited too long to see this one. Sean Penn is so underrated.
4. The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)
3. The Hurricane (1999) — And I love the Dylan song just as much.
2. American History X (1998) — This is one of those “good-for-you-to-watch” movies. It enlightens you and can make you a better person.
1. The Shawshank Redemption (1994) — Duh!
My Top 8 Paul Newman Movies
8. Cars (2006) — One of my least favourite Pixar movies, but as a Newman flick it makes the list.
7. The Hustler (1961)
6. Road to Perdition (2002)
4. The Sting (1973)
3. Slap Shot (1977)
2. The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)
1. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
Top 10 Movies with an Allegorical Christ Character
10. Taxi Driver (1976; Travis Bickle) — This movie gets a lot of praise, and though I like it a lot it’s not my favourite Scorcese/De Niro movie.
9. Cool Hand Luke (1967; Luke Jackson)
7. Superman Returns (2006; Superman) — I know it’s crazy, but this is one of my favourite Superman movies, second only to Superman II (1980). The airplane scene especially made an impression on me.
6. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975; Randle P. McMurphy)
5. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982; E.T.)
4. The Matrix (1999; Neo)
3. The Lion King (1994; Mufasa)
2. The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001-03; Gandalf)
1. Star Wars trilogy (1977-83; Luke Skywalker)
Congratulations Cool Hand Luke. This is your week.
And the Oscar goes to…
Best Actor: Clint Eastwood as Harry in Dirty Harry.
Best Quote: “Sometimes having nothing is a real cool hand.” — Luke (Paul Newman) in Cool Hand Luke.
I was hoping to find an actress who served in WWII, which I had a hard time finding. I did, however, make a cool discovery about a legendary TV star: Bea Arthur served in WWII!