10 Flicks: Yearly Favorites

January 19, 2010 at 12:56 pm

10 Flicks Movie Lists

A little while ago, a reader asked me which movies I make sure to watch every year. (Great idea for a post by the way sir)  I put some thought into it and came up with a very diverse list of movies.

I have to admit there are some films that HAVE to be on this list but are relatively new releases.  I wanted to focus on movies I’ve been watching once a year for more than… A year.

I also cheated and went beyond the required 10.  Crafty, investigative readers will notice that there are actually 15 movies on this list.  I don’t feel bad.

I decided to base the list on movies that make me feel like writing.  Films I turn to when I’m stuck or on rare occasions when my heart isn’t 100% into the story I’m working on.  These are the movies I’ll watch in order to ignite the creative fire. (I’ll have more on this topic on a later post… And by later I mean really, really soon.)

So here they are:

10 Movies I watch once a year

Honorable Mention: Goodfellas, Forest Gump, Signs, Proof, Unbreakable, Saving Private Ryan

The Sixth Sense

M. Night Shyamalan may have made a few duds but there is no denying how amazing his first 3 movies were.  The ending of The Sixth Sense was ruined for me yet I still thought the movie was spectacular. His overall style of writing and approach to filmmaking is a constant source of inspiration.

I also recommend reading The Man Who Heard Voices by Michael Bamberger.

Gladiator/The Last Samurai

THE double feature.  Once a year, I set aside an afternoon and watch these two films back to back.  I highly recommend it.  I also recommend chips.  It’s an all around fantastic afternoon.

Check out my Rainy Sundays post on Gladiator here.

A Few Good Men

One of my favorite screenplays of all time.  I love this movie but I’m inspired by the writing.  I’m not even going to bother quoting the famous lines from the epic final scene.  You have already thought about it and probably said it out loud.  Don’t believe me?  Maybe you can’t handle the truth. (Yes… I went there)

The Matrix Trilogy

The number one reason why I’m obsessed with films.  These movies were the catalyst for what became a daily routine of hunting for any and all movie news.  To this day, I don’t understand why people hated Reloaded and Revolutions.  I agree they weren’t as good as the original but you can’t you admit they were at least mildly entertaining?  They entertain me on a yearly basis.

Good Will Hunting

The only reason why A Few Good Men isn’t my all time favorite screenplay is because Good Will Hunting exists.  What an incredible movie this is.  I definitely watch this flick several times a year.

Garden State

Out of all the movies on this list, my writing style resembles this movie the most.  (Dramas and comedies at least.  Not horror.)  It’s such an amazing original story.  Great movie.

A Beautiful Mind

I love listening to John Nash talk about his work.  Makes me want to talk about my work and I LOVE to do that.

The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy

Once or twice a year, I watch the extended editions of these movies.  Then I watch every single minute of special features.  That adds up to 25-30 hours of filmmaking magic and one dedicated movie fan.

The Shawshank Redemption

I’m fascinated by the world Steven King and Frank Darabont created.  You could also include The Green Mile on this list but I liked Shawshank better. (Don’t get me started on The Mist though.  I did not care for The Mist… It insisted upon itself. Note: You get 2 points if you can name that reference.)


My all time favorite movie… Of all time. I’ve seen this movie more times than any other in the history of the world.  M. Night Shyamalan’s classic continues to inspire me.  I easily watch this movie 6-8 times a year.  Sometimes more.  I loved Signs.  Signs was a phenominal movie.

Dear Crafty, Investigative People: You’ve probably also noticed that Signs is also an Honorable Mention.  I felt it was necessary to name this movie twice.  That is all.

PS: Greg, the reader who suggested this post also has a blog.  Check it out here.

10 Flicks: Pre-Drinking Comedies

December 15, 2009 at 12:24 pm

10 Flicks Movie Lists

The Hangover was one the funniest movies I saw in 2009 by far.  Finally, I get to own the DVD and put it on the shelf next to my other favorite comedies.  It’s a very special section of my DVD collection.  A section with a select group of movies that people watch before heading out for a night on the town.  The Pre-Drinking Movies.

Pre-Drinking, or Pre-Game for some, is a skill you learn in college when you have little to no cash and a need to go out.  You learn early on that it’s a financially responsible decision to start drinking early at home and save on drinks at the bar.  It’s just smart thinking.

What do you do while you and your friends are gearing up for a massive evening?  You watch comedies.

To celebrate The Hangover’s release on DVD I thought I would make a list of comedies that have become traditions on epic Saturday nights.

Honorable Mention: Role Models, Forgeting Sarah Marshall, Tropic Thunder, Pineapple Express, Talladega Nights and 10 others I’m probably forgetting.

Old School

I’m still hoping they’ll make the long rumored sequel someday…

“Blue you’re my boy!”

Road Trip

I’ve seen this movie hundreds of times and I still laugh every time I see it.

The 40 Year Old Virgin

Here is the movie that inspired many of the new ‘R’ Rated comedies out there.  Apatow changed the game forever and I’m extremely happy about that.


This flick came out of no where and instantly became one of my favorites.

Van Wilder

I have a confession to make…  I was finished making this list and then I remembered Van Wilder.  It has to be on this list.  It’s one of the classic Pre-Drinking movies for so many reasons.


Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle

This movie could have been a complete disaster.  Thankfully, it wasn’t.  It’s hilarious.


I love Will Farrell.  He’s kind of a big deal. Out of all of his movies, this is by far my favorite.


Here is a movie that not many have heard of but it continually makes me laugh.  An extremely underated comedy.

Knocked Up

Apatow followed up 40 Year Old Virgin with an extremely funny movie.  The man’s a comedic genius as far as I’m concerned.

The Hangover

Kind of redundant to make a list inspired by this movie and then include it in the list.  It just didn’t feel right without it.

pre drinking comedies

10 Flicks: Bad Ass Movies

December 4, 2009 at 2:15 pm

10 Flicks: Bad Ass Movies | Top 10 Bad Ass Movies

It’s time for another feature to launch on The Athletic Nerd. Just about every blog about movies has lists.  It’s inevitable.  I’m about to join the team but I’ll be taking a different approach.  By now, many of you are aware I earn a living editing professional sports.  Sports is another area where lists are a must.  On my network we countdown 5 highlights just about every day in categories like plays, misplays, fights, hits etc…

Now, I’m a sports fan in general so I do watch shows on ‘the other guys’ network.  They create a top 10 list everyday that isn’t necessarily based on plays from that week.  They base their list on current events using big news as a spring board to list similar stories.

This is the approach I plan to take with my lists and so in honour of yesterday’s ’44 Inch Chest’ post, here’s are 10 Bad Ass Movies.

XTRA: Bad Ass Movies 2


I’m not afraid to go to the movies by myself and those Spartans got me twice for a total of 4 trips to the theater.  From a visual stand point, this movie brought something new to the table that blew my mind.  The fights are incredible and be honest, you’ve yelled it…

‘This is Sparta!’

Terminator 2

One of the best action movies of all time.  Thinking about T2 has me even more excited for Cameron’s Avatar this month.  Terminator 2 is one of the best sequels ever with better action, better effects and better gigantic explosions.  It’s as bad ass as it gets.

“Come with me if you want to live.”

In Bruges

This movie made my list purely because of story.  A simple concept told well and it all started with an original and hilarious script by Writer/Director Martin McDonagh.  (I’m a big fan of original scripts.  There’s only so many remakes and sequels I can take.) I bought this movie without seeing it thinking it could be good but I never thought it would become one of my all time favorites.


Oh Arnold, so many awesome movies.  Predator is one of those movies that every bad ass movie fan has seen at least 457 times.  Give or take.  Don’t believe me?  Stand in front of a group of people and yell:

“Get to the choppah!”

You’ll find out who the fans are.  They’ll be the ones laughing.  However, make sure you set it up.  Don’t just randomly yell it because there is a chance you could look like an idiot.  Attempt at your own risk.

“Soon the hunt will begin…”  That old school voice over guy really doesn’t read with much enthusiasm does he?

Boondock Saints

I saw this movie years after it was released.  The story of how it was produced is absolutely fascinating.  I highly recommend you watch the documentary Overnight as well.  Regardless of the trouble surrounding the production, Troy Duffy’s movie has so many memorable moments, it’s hard to ignore.

Not sure if I’m ready to see the new movie though…

Resevoir Dogs

Admit it, when you saw the title of this post, you knew Tarantino would show up eventually.  What more needs to be said?


I really didn’t know what to expect when I first saw this movie.  A friend of mine showed it to me one day and I went out and bought it a few days later.  It’s one of those movies that makes you ask a question I consider to be one of the highest compliments you can give a filmmaker.

“How did you come up with that?”

Such a good flick.


Admit it, when you saw the title of this post, you knew Scorsese would show up eventually.  What more needs to be said?


Story.  I’m all about story.  In my opinion, Seven has one of the best endings in the history of film.  If you haven’t seen this movie and it hasn’t been ruined for you go out and buy it.  I’m literally jealous of everyone who hasn’t experienced Seven yet.  I would love to experience it for the first time again.

“What’s in the box!”

Pulp Fiction

Tarantino again.  Is anybody else shocked two of his films made this list?  Pulp Fiction is a true classic bad ass movie.  It changed the way people looked at films and inspired young filmmakers everywhere.  There have been countless emulators out there and while none have truly duplicated Tarantino, we still have him to thank some pretty great movies.  It’s the bad ass flick that started it all, for me at least.

There it is.  My top 10 Bad Ass flicks. I’m sure there are people out there who disagree.  I recommend commenting below. I probably overlooked about a million movies.  That’s the beauty of runnin my own site.  I’ll just make another list.