Titus Welliver Is More Than Just His Show Bosch Shows

If you’re a fan of the Amazon original show Bosch, then you know who the actor Titus Welliver is. If you don’t watch the show, you may be surprised to learn that you most likely know who he is too. Fans of the show Lost will recognize him as The Man In Black, a short-lived character but a hugely impactful one.

The reason people will be surprised when they discover that they have seen Welliver and didn’t know it is because he is one of the greatest chameleon actors working right now. His uncanny ability to take on an entirely new persona of a character is what makes it so hard to recognize him from role to role.

I first noticed Welliver’s talent on the HBO series Deadwood where he played Silas Adams, a close associate of a saloon owner, Al Swearengen. Deadwood was filled with a cast of actors with the same abilities as Welliver, such as Brad Dourif, Jim Beaver, and Dayton Callie. The cast of Deadwood has said that he is an expert mimic and can make several different impressions.

These are excellent skills and without a doubt significant reasons why he is so good at what he does. Welliver has also become quite the favorite of the director, Ben Affleck. He has appeared in all three feature films that Affleck has directed and is also cast in his latest effort, Live By Night, which is currently available for rent or purchase.

As an actor, Titus Welliver is as genuine as it comes. He never appears to take on roles for any other reason than he is interested in exploring a particular character. He has gone from one episode guest spots to having significant parts such as Gone Baby Gone and his current show, Bosch. He flies under the radar by not clamoring for every lead role. He’s not a face you see on talk shows and late night TV.

He has let his work speak for itself, and it has a unique and infectious voice. He has worked his way up purely on his skill and natural ability. To appreciate his range, one only needs to look at his work on Deadwood to Sons Of Anarchy and now to Bosch not to mention his numerous works in movies. You will not see his name in the credits as a producer or writer or director. He is an actor, and he is undoubtedly one of the best ones working. So keep an eye out for Titus Welliver, because he may sneak up on you and you may not even know it, but you will like it.

Top 5 Robert De Niro Films Of The 1970’s

There is no doubt that Robert De Niro is one of the most talented, fearless and ferocious actors of the last forty plus years. It is with this in mind that has lead me to my most recent top 5 list, or should I say lists. I have decided to break down Robert De Niro’s career, decade by decade with a top 5 list for every decade he has been relevant in the business.

This top 5 list will begin with the decade in which De Niro blazed on the scene and quickly became one of the most respected actors, the 1970’s. De Niro’s work was fairly limited in the 70’s but not at all to be forgotten as some of his most moving and unforgettable films would be made in the 70’s. Without any more build up, here are Robert De Niro’s best films of the 1970’s.

5. Bang The Drum Slowly

De Niro plays a baseball player with a fatal illness who forms a strong bond with one pitcher on the team. This was the first film in which people really took notice of De Niro and his acting ability. Based on a New York baseball team, it would be a fellow New Yorker that would cement him and begin his legacy.

4. Mean Streets

This would prove to be one of the most pivotal films in Robert De Niro’s career. It aligned him with a young visionary director named Martin Scorsese. The marriage of Scorsese and De Niro would prove to be one of the most prolific in Hollywood history. This pairing will appear many more times as these lists are written. Mean Streets is a raw, real look at life and crime in early 70’s New York City.

3. Taxi Driver

The second film made with Scorsese is the second film on the list. Playing Travis Bickle was a total master performance. Robert De Niro is absolutely terrifying and intense as the outcast cab driver who has crazy intentions and lives an odd life. Set in New York City it again portrays a scene in New York at the time it was filmed that people were not used to seeing and becoming afraid of.

2. The Godfather II

Playing one of the most iconic characters in film history, Vito Corleone, Robert De Niro would take home his first Academy Award. As a young Vito, his role would be spoken almost exclusively in Italian, which De Niro learned just for the role. This is the first and only time, two actors won Oscars for playing the same role. The Godfather II would go on to make De Niro a household name and star.

1. The Deer Hunter

The character of Michael and the film The Deer Hunter are quite possibly the most emotional in film history. Robert DeNiro is nothing shy of brilliant and fortunate to be surrounded by maybe the best performance by an ensemble cast ever. With memorable scenes like the Russian roulette scene and when Michael visits Steven in the hospital, he quite possibly became the greatest actor of his time. De Niro was never so emotional talking about a film as he was when he received his AFI life achievement award and spoke about his scene with John Savage when he visited him in the hospital, De Niro broke down in tears. That was enough to place this film at the top of all the movies he made in the 1970’s.

Wonder Wheel Review

Nobody makes a film that oozes nostalgia better than Woody Allen. Despite what opinions people hold about Allen, especially in this very polarizing time within the industry and the world in general, he is truly one of the greatest American filmmakers ever. Woody has always had a way of making 20th century period pieces that make the viewer long for a time that they may not have even lived in. Allen once again does that with Wonder Wheel.

Allen’s latest effort is set against the backdrop of post-war New York on the famous Coney Island. Known for its famous rides (such as the cyclone and the famous Ferris wheel, Wonder Wheel) and famous Nathan’s hot dogs, it was a magical place for anyone growing up in such a time and place. 

Kate Winslet leads an all-star cast as she plays Ginny, a middle-aged woman, and mother on her second marriage to a carousel operator who has a difficult time laying off the bottle. Ginny is stuck in a rut as her young son has become a pyromaniac and can’t stop setting fires all over. She is a waitress who feels like life is keeping her down as it passes her by when she meets Mickey, a young, good-looking, educated lifeguard. 

Ginny and Mickey soon strike up an affair when Ginny’s stepdaughter Carolina drops in out of nowhere on the run from her mobster husband who is looking to have her bumped off. After eventually making up with her father Humpty, she slowly begins to make a life for herself while working as a waitress with Ginny and going to night school. Carolina soon meets Mickey and somewhat of a love triangle begins. While Ginny is falling hard for Mickey, his eyes begin to draw towards Carolina. It isn’t long before mobsters find their way to Coney Island looking for Carolina.

Starring alongside Winslet is Jim Belushi as her somewhat buffoonish husband Humpty, Juno Temple as the young and troubled Carolina and Justin Timberlake as the dashing and smart lifeguard Mickey. The cast is very solid with excellent actors all around, but this is one of the only times I can think of where Woody may have gotten some casting wrong. 

Justin Timberlake has turned into quite a good actor but his casting here felt a bit off. He still feels too contemporary to play a young veteran in the 1950’s despite having the right look, his performance didn’t quite seem to match the theme. Despite Timberlake (who still does a fine job acting) the rest of the cast is spot on as usual for a Woody Allen movie. 

Belushi is absolutely perfect as the somewhat slobbish yet hardworking, blue-collar husband who just wants to fish and have his wife around with him. Juno Temple is so great as the seemingly innocent young girl on the run yet still hoping to find love despite her current predicament. 

That leaves Kate Winslet. When I first heard she was going to finally be in a Woody Allen film I could not wait for the release, and she doesn’t disappoint. She conveys the neurotic and frazzled mind that Allen has so often written for his protagonist in so many of his films. You can feel the stress mount on top of her as she falls deeper into her affair along with struggling to be a parent and wife along with having to look over her shoulder for the mafia.

While Wonder Wheel has a great storyline along with a picturesque setting, it is not one of Woody’s best. While to say the film is bad or not good is not at all accurate either, it just felt like something was off. Winslet is without a doubt the films saving grace and really exudes the emotion of the character so well. 

This is in no way a negative review of the movie. Allen writes AND directs a movie a year all at the age of 82 so its fair to say not every film is going to be Annie Hall or Midnight In Paris. Wonder Wheel is a beautiful look at a time in life when things didn’t seem so complicated and a time which people seem to long for. One of the things we see though is that, things were complicated even then, despite what we think or remember. Wonder Wheel is now on Amazon Prime for your viewing pleasure

The Shape Of Water Review

I am very excited to review The Shape Of Water for one reason. Two and half years ago I wrote a post about how the creativity in the movie industry seems to be all but dead. I still wholeheartedly believe that but, like I said before there are some exceptions to this. Guillermo del Toro is maybe the leader of the original filmmakers in Hollywood.

His 2006 film, Pan’s Labyrinth was one of the most creative films to hit cinemas in quite some time. He then brought the futuristic sci-fi action movie, Pacific Rim to theaters. This year he gave us yet another truly original story to life with The Shape Of Water. With an all-star cast including a slew of Oscar nominees, Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins and Oscar winner Octavia Spencer he brings his monsters back to life in beautiful style.

Set in the 1950s cold war in a highly secret government facility a mute cleaning woman who lives a small life who’s only friends are a fellow cleaning woman who looks out for her played by Octavia Spencer and her artist neighbor played by Richard Jenkins. When a secret project is brought into the facility by the nearly sadistic leader played by Michael Shannon. When Elisa (Hawkins) looks into the project too closely and discovers an amphibious creature which appears to be half man she finds herself unusually drawn to him and forms a friendship in secret.

When the Russians begin trying to capture the creature she forms a plan with her friends to take him out of the facility and bring him home to keep him from being experimented on. They soon pull off an unlikely heist which brings the creature to her home and has the government on a search to bring him back to the facility and keep him out of Russian hands. Elisa soon forms an even deeper bond with the creature that leads them to attempt to flee from everyone they know.

The mind of del Toro is something of people like Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, George Lucas (early Lucas) and Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, in our own time. It has been recognized by critics and award committees and fans worldwide. He has used the film medium to bring his creatures, or as he refers to them, monsters, to life.

What makes The Shape Of Water wonderful to experience is not just his creativity but the beauty in which he makes his worlds come to life. del Toro is not just creative but he is a great filmmaker and has a very unique vision. He has a great sense of character and emotion that all great filmmakers have, which is what makes them great. His mind and worlds can captivate every cinephile and bring them into a new place which is what movies are all about.

The Shape Of Water is rightfully being recognized all over this year as one of the years best movies and rightfully so. While his style and worlds may not be for everyone, those with a desire for originality will find The Shape Of Water a refreshing new find. We can only wait for his next creation to be taken away to another fascinating world and time.

1990’s Coupe De Ville Is A Hidden Gem Of A Movie

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We all have movies tucked away that few other people remember or saw. These hidden gems tend to be some of our favorites despite whatever critical negativity they received or how poorly they did at the box office. Often these are the movies that are rarely run on cable or network channels and if they are it’s at 3 am when only on the night you can’t sleep do you end up re-familiarizing yourself with it. Now just because I mention a movie as a hidden gem doesn’t mean no one knew about it or it didn’t have any popularity, it merely means it’s been forgotten. For me, this is 1990’s Coupe De Ville.

Coupe De Ville stars a young Patrick Dempsey and Daniel Stern with Alan Arkin playing their father. The story is of 3 brothers who famously don’t get along assigned with the task of driving their mothers birthday present, a 1954 Cadillac from Detroit to Florida. The brothers encounter various problems along the way and go so far as to nearly wreck the car. They are then forced to repair the damage themselves before delivering it to their mother. While it may sound like a basic plot and movie, it is. What makes it stand out is the chemistry between the characters and the razor-sharp dialogue. You genuinely take this trip with them and feel as though, for a time, you are a member of the family. With comedy that will leave tears in your eyes to the love, each brother shows for the other that will fill your heart.

Coupe De Ville was written by then unknown Mike Binder who would go on to create the HBO series, The Mind Of A Married Man and write such films as The Upside Of Anger and Reign Over Me starring Adam Sandler and Don Cheadle. His natural dialogue and superb character development are evident in all his movies, and Coupe De Ville was the beginning of great things to come.

COUPE DE VILLE, front from left: Arye Gross, Daniel Stern, Patrick Dempsey 

Until recently this movies was unavailable to purchase or rent on DVD. But it has since been released on DVD, so if you are looking to feel good and remember what its like to have a family member get under your skin than may we highly recommend Coupe De Ville.

Top 5 Kate Winslet Performances

Without a doubt, one of my favorite actresses is Kate Winslet. She is the quintessential British actress, she is fearless, natural and does everything 100% and makes it great. I am excited every time I see a trailer for one of her new movies, and my anticipation is its highest. She frequently uses the term “ballsy” to describe her characters. The term “ballsy” could easily describe Winslet herself and her choice of films. She has never been stereotyped other than having a reputation for being great at what she does. When I decided I was going to choose my top 5 favorite Kate Winslet movies, I realized I had taken up a challenging topic.

Professionally acting since she was very young, her credits begin in 1991 when she was 16, and it would be just three years her breakthrough role come to her. A small independent film with a young director, Oscar winner Peter Jackson. The film, Heavenly Creatures would be a smash hit in the independent film world, and Winslet never looked back. Two years later she received her first Oscar nomination for Sense And Sensibility. The year after that she was the lead character in the juggernaut film, Titanic.

Since all of this, Winslet’s resume reads like the stats of a baseball Hall of Famer. Since her first Oscar nomination, she has received seven total nominations and one win for her performance in The Reader. She has 11 Golden Globe nominations with four wins. 8 SAG award nominations and three wins and finally 8 BAFTA nominations and three wins… All of these accolades in the last 20 years. These are accolades equal to some of the best actors and actresses in the history of the industry. With all that said, on to the list of my top 5 favorite Kate Winslet roles.

5. Mildred Pierce

The only role on the list that wasn’t theatrically released, the 5 part HBO miniseries was carried entirely and focused on Winslet. Kate was in every scene of the epic series, and her performance made everything right about the series, even better. Her ability to give the character a fierce personality and watch her become humble and almost broken shows the talent that we have come to expect every time out.

4. Steve Jobs

This role in last years biopic gave her, her seventh Oscar nomination and won her a fourth Golden Globe and her third BAFTA award. The part of Joanna Hoffman was a particularly challenging one for her due to a few reasons. First, this was the first time that Winslet had to tackle the difficult task of mastering Aaron Sorkin’s fast-paced, back and forth dialogue. She passed that test with flying colors. The second difficulty was one that Winslet had learned to master the slight Polish accent beautifully. There would have been no debate if she had taken home the Oscar instead of Alicia Vikander.

3. Revolutionary Road

Revolutionary Road marked the second time she teamed up with extremely close friend Leonardo Di Caprio and first time working with her husband at the time, Oscar winner Sam Mendes. Movie fans everywhere had been eagerly awaiting Winslet and Leo to reunite on screen, and they did not disappoint. It proved to be the perfect choice for a reunion. They played anything but the perfect couple everyone remembered from Titanic, as well as showing how much they had both grown as actors and people. She won the Golden Globe for her performance in the leading dramatic actress category. It would prove to be a historic night for Winslet.

2. Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind

Her fourth Oscar nomination would come in 2004 for her masterful performance as Clementine Kruczynski in Michel Gondry’s opus, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind. Playing opposite Jim Carrey, who was terrific himself, she pulled in what has been called one of the 100 greatest performances ever. The only reason she didn’t walk away with the Oscar was due to the buzz saw that year in the form of Hilary Swank. With an all-star cast, Winslet stood out, way out. Full Film Review Here

1. The Reader

There is no question this was her best role in my opinion. She finally took home Oscar gold for playing Hanna Schmitz. The incredibly moving and stirring story was made palpable by Winslet. The story of an eventually convicted Nazi war criminal and her intimate relationship with a young student who opens her up to all kinds of literature and stories are so compelling it leaves an indelible mark. Winslet’s performance is a massive reason for this. It is the fear her in her cap. One thing is for sure she’s not done churning out award-winning performances by a long shot.

Saturday Night Fever Captured The Disco Era With Perfect Accuracy

Every decade seems to have a movie that captures perfectly the feeling and times of that era. The music, the clothes, the voice. A movie like Saturday Night Fever captured a time and place unlike many other movies do.

The 70’s was a time of party and excess. The Vietnam war came to a close, and a new genre of music rose to dizzying heights for the first time since Rock ‘N’ Roll busted through in the 50’s. So if one movie truly captured this and those who consider this time, “their generation,” what would it be? A more dramatic way to answer would be with a specific beat, but this is not an interactive blog yet, and there is no podcast, however.
Saturday Night Fever captured post-high school life without college in working-class America. The film would make a household name out of John Travolta and at the same time make him a more prominent film star than anything else could have done.

Saturday Night Fever was based on a short story out of the New Yorker magazine about a Brooklyn youth who works at a blue collar job whose life revolves around blowing off steam every Saturday night at the local discotheque where he and his friends are the real kings and most popular.

Travolta brought Tony Manero to life with what may still be his best performance on screen, with all due respect to Pulp Fiction. Manero was the leader of a group of friends who, when they enter the 2001disco are known as “the faces.” Tony is hands down the ruler of the dance floor and the taste of every woman in the club. Events unfold that lead Tony to ponder his choices in associates and lifestyle. He begins to look to the future for a life that gives him any sense of fulfillment like he feels when he’s dancing.

With a soundtrack that still may be considered at the top of the heap after all these years, Saturday Night Fever created and revived a small culture of disco lovers and made disco the most significant and hottest trend in the world. Disco lifestyle became everything that represented cool. Studio 54 would not have existed without Saturday Night Fever. It was the exact definition of a phenomenon. The polyester clothes, the perfect hair, the dance moves, everything was just so and couldn’t be replicated without it feeling cliche.

The 1970’s is a time I have only experienced through movies and television and stories of those that lived it. From all I’ve gathered and learned, Saturday Night Fever was what everyone remembers and thinks of when the 70’s are referenced. There were other cultures and fads like the rock music with bands like Skynyrd and Zeppelin and so on. But no other film captured such a period and lifestyle like Saturday Night Fever. It was a real time capsule if a movie ever made one. It was post-Vietnam life and showed how the youth was much rougher around the edges and let middle America experience how the youth was living. There was nothing sugar coated in Fever, and no subject was taboo, from drugs to suicide to rape. It was a glimpse into the youth that not everyone wanted to see.

No doubt when you hear a disco song on the radio be it K.C. and the Sunshine Band or whether it is Barry Gibb’s signature falsetto voice, images flash in your head from large afro hairstyles to bell bottoms to Tony Manero’s iconic white suit. Regardless there is no question Saturday Night Fever screams 70’s and will always be associated with the decade

John Hawkes Is A Face You Know

Five and a half years ago I wrote about the character actor John Hawkes and how his talents had gone largely unknown to mainstream movie fans. His career has since blossomed more so but he is still a name you should know, therefore, I am reposting this piece.

It is not uncommon for an actor to experience success later in his career unlike he’s ever experienced. The hard part of dealing with the progress is maintaining the artistic integrity they have carried with them all along. The big Hollywood machine is easy to get wrapped up in. John Hawkes is a perfect example of one who has been able to maintain all of this while experiencing great success. He is indeed a master of his craft and acts for the love of the art and desire to expand his abilities.

John Hawkes grew up in rural Minnesota, far from any hotbed of acting and filmmaking. Undeterred he would eventually move to Austin, Texas to pursue acting and musical career. In 1985 Hawkes landed his first film role in the very forgettable Future-Kill. But then he was off and running.

Over the next 25 years, he would amass over 100 film and television credits. With various roles, he would eventually make a name for himself in the independent film world. With minor roles in bigger movies such as Congo and From Dusk Till Dawn, he was slowly starting to become a recognizable face. But it wouldn’t be until 15 years after his film career began that he would land the role that would have people recognizing his work in the big blockbuster hit, The Perfect Storm. His work ethic and dedication to the project would soon be his defining mark.

In 2004 he landed the role that would be one of the proudest projects on his resume. David Milch cast him in his new HBO series, the western drama, Deadwood. Starring as Sol Star, the Jewish business owner of the gold mining camp, he would show his real talents on every end of the spectrum.

Fresh off the conclusion of Deadwood he would take a critical role in Ridley Scott’s latest film, American Gangster. The chance to star with such Hollywood heavyweights such as Russell Crowe and Denzel Washington, Hawkes would show that he could more than hold his own.

Continuing to work very steadily, Hawkes landed his most significant role in the independent thriller, Winter’s Bone as the uncle of breakout star Jennifer Lawrence. Winter’s Bone would bring Lawrence and Hawkes Academy Award nominations and bring them to the fore of actors everyone needs to take notice.

Shortly after Winter’s Bone, Hawkes would star as deranged cult leader Patrick alongside another breakout star Elizabeth Olsen in the very chilling Martha Marcy May Marlene.
John Hawkes is poised to garner his second Oscar nomination for his portrayal of  Mark O’Brien, the real-life story of a man in an iron lung who is determined to lose his virginity at the age of 36 with the help of professional sex surrogate.

Never being afraid to tackle any role no matter the subject matter or how odd it may seem on the surface, Hawkes will always lay his best on the screen and use his experience to better his ability. He is an actors actor who works for the love of the art and not for the perks that come with it. Well respected and much loved his respect among his peers Hawkes will always be one to give his best for the sake of the project and self.

Top 10 Cult Comedies

When creating a top 10 cult comedies list there is a lot to consider about cult comedies. The identifying of a cult film is a unique thing in the film industry. Cult films are not unique to any one genre and cannot be determined upon immediate release. It takes time and a sense of how an audience reacts to the film. There is no set of guidelines as to what makes a film a cult classic or just a cult film in general. A cult film can be highly critically acclaimed and yet it can be some of the worst movies ever released. They can be quite accessible and also extremely rare and even not available for viewing except rarely on minor television stations and strange hours. It seems to be that the only common thread amongst cult films is that viewers either absolutely revere the movie in high esteem or don’t understand it and therefore do not enjoy it.

With all this in mind, while looking through a book of the 500 best cult films, I discovered that cult films or films that are sometimes labeled as cult films will always get film enthusiast talking and debating. It is with these thoughts and “guidelines” of sorts that we decided to create the list below and a few more to come of different fields of film and the ones that are considered cult films and how we rank them as best movies, not necessarily most popular of cult films.

To begin this series of lists, we will strictly focus on cult comedies and will rank the best this genre produced in the area of cult films. This list is likely to be highly debatable, and we welcome all thoughts good and bad. One thing is sure of cult films we have noticed everyone has at least one they love.

10. Slap Shot

Director George Roy Hill is often credited with creating one of the most memorable and most enjoyed acting duos ever when he cast Paul Newman and Robert Redford in Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid. He brought them together again in the Oscar-winning movie, The Sting. Four years after The Sting Hill would team up with Newman again, this time without Redford. The result was not only the greatest hockey movie ever but one of the greatest sports movies ever.

Newman plays Reggie Dunlop, an aging player/coach on a failing team in a town that is about to go under with it. Dunlop begins turning the team, and it’s attendance around with some unusual players and style that not only translates to wins on the ice but quite a few teeth as well.

With Newman displaying his extremely underrated comedic skills, Slap Shot delivers memorable scenes and lines that will leave you in tears with laughter. So why is it a cult comedy classic? There are a few reasons one of which is the fact that it’s about hockey. Hockey is the least popular of the major sports; therefore, some people don’t get the humor.

9. Pink Flamingos

It’s not a coincidence that some directors, writers, and producers, make several cult films. Their styles tend to find a tiny niche audience, but their fans can be the most loyal in cinema. King of all these is John Waters. Waters has long since been revered as the ultimate cult filmmaker.

Pink Flamingos is the film that made Waters the director he is while using his muse, the original famous drag queen, Divine. In Pink Flamingos, Divine declares herself the filthiest person alive. Divine escapes to the suburbs while the those wanting to take her spot as the most disgusting person active, go on a criminal warpath that includes dealing heroin to school children.

One of the darkest comedies of all time and genuinely bizarre plot lines make Pink Flamingos to strangest and possibly the vilest film on our list. One thing is sure, John Waters fan’s swear by what could be called the original cult comedy.

8. Heathers

Despite being a cult comedy and one not as many people have seen as should see it, Heathers made a star out of Winona Ryder. With a common theme in a cult, comedy is that they tend to be on the dark to even black side. Heathers is no different. The story of a girl who wants to be part of the popular clique until she meets a fellow outcast in Christian Slater, who was at the peak of his teen idol days. The two team up and eventually end up killing off the popular students.

With several wannabe films to follow over the years like Jawbreaker and Mean Girls, Heathers proves to be the original, and some say the anti-Hughes teen movie. It doesn’t wrap up neatly at the end or bring everyone together. It is a dark slant on high school cruelty and life, but it’s not something every outcast hasn’t wanted to do to at least one classmate.

7. Clerks

Clerks is the ultimate low budget comedy. Shot in black and white with great dialogue that genuinely has an authentic feel as to what most friends talk like in language and pace. While it’s a movie with flaws, it made Kevin Smith an indie film icon. Smith has since seemed to fall from that status, but Clerks remains the feather in his cap.

The story of a convenience store clerk and his best friend it follows there night at the store one night with different conversations and different visitors including the infamous characters, Jay and Silent Bob. It has become a calling card film for several generation Xer’s. It is a movie with dialogue that will offend some and others will feel like they are watching themselves.

6. Bottle Rocket

Three tremendous careers were launched with Bottle Rocket. Wes Anderson made his debut as the director, and it’s two lead actors Luke and Owen Wilson made a near perfect film. Wes Anderson laid down the blueprint for the style of all his future movies and won over critics widely while many audiences didn’t get the film (a definition of a cult film). It has its loyal following.

The story of a man whose dreams are to be revered by the criminal underworld and enlists his friend to help him become a master criminal. A series of events make him out to be nothing more than a bumbling small-time crook.

With his signature dialogue and subtleness, Wes Anderson crafted one of the best debut features of the last 35 years. Luke and Owen Wilson played off each other correctly to give the film the dynamic it needed.

5. Little Shop Of Horrors (1960)

Roger Corman is indisputably the king of all B movies, and Little Shop is arguably his most famous or at least most notorious film. Probably most known for having a remarkably fresh-faced Jack Nicholson in 1960 make a small appearance.

The story of a flower shop worker who breads a deadly combination of plants that desire the taste of human flesh. A series of terror and comedy events take place as attacking plants begin to be unstoppable.

It’s more well known for the 1986 remake starring Rick Moranis which is a bit of a cult film itself. We chose the original based on Corman as director and the fact that without the original there is no remake.

4 Dr. Strangelove (Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Atomic Bomb)

Once again we come across a director who defines cult film with his entire library of movies. Stanley Kubrick may be the most important and also a critical favorite among not only cult films and filmmakers but among directors in general.

One of the best satiric movies ever made, Kubrick’s biting humor alongside the best performance in Peter Sellers brilliant comedic career. It has all the elements of not just a cult comedy but a cult classic. With great one liners and an insane plot lines. Taking a huge risk to release it during the time in American history when it was just part of what made Kubrick a maverick in the filmmaking community. A film that has stood the test of time and can prove to be relevant at any time in the future.

This film could be talked about for ages and hours, but one thing remains, that is it is a comedic and film classic that is a flat-out brilliant movie.

3. This Is Spinal Tap

Creating a new style of filmmaking with the faux documentary, Rob Reiner managed to fool audiences into thinking Spinal Tap was a real band.

The story of a filmmaker following around the “legendary” heavy metal group, Spinal Tap to find they have fallen into oblivion. Expertly written by Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer and Rob Reiner, Spinal Tap has indeed fallen into the annals of legendary films with some of the most memorable scenes in comedy period.

When it comes to Spinal Tap, every fan has a favorite scene, and every moviegoer knows that you always “turn it up to 11”.

2. Rocky Horror Picture Show

Rocky Horror is recognized as the cult film that first had a rabid following of hardcore fans. Dressing up as characters and acting out scenes at the now legendary, late night screenings. It’s a mixture of sci-fi, horror, musical and comedy it may be the strangest film on the list, and people really either worship this movie or would just as soon never be reminded of it again.

The story is that of a straight-laced young couple who comes across a castle in the middle of a rainstorm after the breakdown in their car. There they discover a most unusual group of people lead by a transvestite played by Tim Curry.

The only way to view the film and attempt to understand it is to attend a midnight viewing and see the obsession that has overtaken its fans. Only there can people begin to understand Rocky Horror and cult film in general.

1. The Big Lebowski

For every one Rocky Horror obsessed fan, you can find five who live by The Big Lebowski. The Coen brothers follow up to their breakout Fargo, Lebowski brought them right back to their roots of offbeat comedy. With absolutely perfect performances from Jeff Bridges and John Goodman, Lebowski has a plethora of quotable lines.

The story is one of mistaken identity that drags an easy-going stoner into a world of kidnapping and extortion. Assisted by his best friend Walter, The Dude embarks on a series of misadventures stressing him out beyond his comfort zone.

Lebowski has as loyal a following as any film or political party you will find. To understand peoples love of the movie you only need attend Lebowski Fest. A traveling festival that is a three-night event where actors from the film show up to greet fans and watch the film on opening night and the highlight is the costume bowling night complete with oat sodas and white Russians.

Lebowski’s a near perfect script that people either love or loath and fans of the Coen brothers consider their crown jewel.

That’s our list let the debating begin. Marc it Dude!

James Gandolfini’s Film Career Remembered

It has been just over five years when on Wednesday, June 19, 2013, the entertainment and acting world lost a true giant when James Gandolfini succumbed to a massive heart attack and fell asleep in death. Gandolfini will forever be remembered as Tony Soprano on one of the greatest television shows of all time, and his character may be one of the best as well. The role of Tony Soprano was superbly written and thought out. Despite his remarkable role of Tony Soprano, James Gandolfini films were to ones to be remembered as well.

While being remembered as Tony Soprano is an extraordinary legacy to have, it is also a little bit sad that some people will never know what a terrific actor Gandolfini was. Tony Soprano is a crucial example of how great he was but only looking at his other work shows how good he was as Tony. I’ve decided to take a look at some of my favorite Gandolfini roles and some of his most diverse.

5. The Mexican 2001 (Winston Baldry)

Winston is a hitman, and that is close to the Soprano character, but Winston has a twist, he’s gay. He not only is gay, but he also has a conscience and doubts about his way of life. He brought a humanity to the character that was desperately needed. It was the character that stood out and made the movie better than it was.

4. Welcome To The Rileys 2010 (Doug Riley)

Doug Riley is stuck in a 30-year marriage with a wife who has never gotten over the loss of their 15-year-old daughter, and while Doug has become numb to his life as well, he begins to show signs of breaking out. On a business trip to New Orleans, he unexpectedly gets hooked up with a 16-year-old prostitute and starts to help change her life. This character is so complicated on the inside while being bland on the outside and near emotionless. He does a beautiful job letting his inner self-come through a little bit at a time.

3. Zero Dark Thirty 2012 (C.I.A. Director)

James Gandolfini in Columbia Pictures’ gripping new thriller directed by Kathryn Bigelow, ZERO DARK THIRTY.

There isn’t much more opposite of the head of a mafia crime family than the head of the C.I.A. Therefore when he played the Director in the award-winning film about the ten-year hunt for Osama Bin Laden his brief time on film had to make an impact. The few words he spoke resonated and gave credibility to different characters and where they stood and what empowered them. Usually, when a more prominent name actor is cast in a smaller role, it is because the expertise is needed despite the size of the part. His skill was just what that character and film needed and got.

2. All The Kings Men 2006 (Tiny Duffy)

When I said that being C.I.A. Director was as opposite as you could get, I meant it, but playing a crooked southern politician in 1950’s Louisiana is just about as different. Tiny Duffy is a corrupt man working with significant politicians to help swing an election but when it doesn’t go their way he is forced to join the man trying to bring them down, and he has all but become his lap dog. With a pretty decent southern accent, he could play the character with the confidence of Tony Soprano until it was needed for him to be brought down to the low level and he filled those shoes just as well.

1. Cinema Verite 2011 (Craig Gilbert)

Gandolfini returned to HBO for this film which did well at the Golden Globes and various festivals. Craig Gilbert was a real-life person who was a television producer who is credited with creating what is now known as reality TV. He had the idea to follow a seemingly average family, and when the cameras come, the normal goes away. He struggles with the morality of what he is doing and trying to keep his feelings for the wife and mother of the family, in check.

Gandolfini will be much missed, and it is safe to assume now that a Sopranos movie is not going to happen. So as we reflect on his career and the things he did, remember these words from The Sopranos theme song: “ She said, you’re one in a million. You got to learn to shine.” Shine he did.