So tonight’s topic for podcast is Top 5 “comfort” movies. I found myself having a hard time picking out what ones that are my favorite. Seeings how I LOVE them all…. So here are my Top 4 😉 You’ll have to listen to the podcast to see what my number ONE is. As well as all the picks from everyone on the Geek Fallout podcast!!!!
5: El Dorado: Is a 1966 American Western film produced and directed by Howard Hawks and starring John Wayne and Robert Mitchum. Loosely based on the novel The Stars in Their Courses by Harry Brown, the film is about a gunfighter who comes to the aid of an old friend—a drunken sheriff struggling to defend a rancher and his family against another rancher trying to steal their water. The gunfighter and drunken sheriff are helped by an aging Indian fighter and a young gambler. The supporting cast includes James Caan as the young gambler, Charlene Holt, Paul Fix, Arthur Hunnicutt, Michele Carey, and Christopher George.
The poem repeated in the film is “Eldorado”, a ballad poem by Edgar Allan Poe. Caan continuously mispronounces the verse “Ride, boldly ride” as “Ride, Bodie, ride,” confusing audience members unfamiliar with Poe’s poem. Also in the 2007 film Transformers, the character “Bumblebee”, when communicating with the film’s main characters, pulls on radio/television airwaves to speak; one such set of dialogue being John Wayne’s line: “Any more questions you wanna ask?”, from El Dorado. El Dorado was also referenced in a later Transformers sequel, Age of Extinction, when an elderly theater owner cited it as his favorite film.
4: Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country: Is the sixth feature film based on Star Trek, and a sequel to the 1966–1969 Star Trek television series. After the destruction of the moon Praxis leads the Klingon Empire to pursue peace with their long-time adversary the Federation, the crew of the Enterprise must race against unseen conspirators with a militaristic agenda.
The Undiscovered Country was initially planned as a prequel to the original series, with younger actors portraying the crew of the Enterprise while attending Starfleet Academy, but the idea was discarded because of negative reaction from the cast and the fans. Faced with producing a new film in time for Star Trek ’s 25th anniversary, Flinn and Meyer, the director of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, wrote a script based on a suggestion from Leonard Nimoy about what would happen if “the wall came down in space”, touching on the contemporary events of the Cold War.
A special collectors’ edition DVD version of the film was released in 2004, for which Meyer made minor alterations to his cut of the movie. Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry died shortly before the movie’s premiere, just days after viewing the film. The film marked the final appearance together of the original series’ cast.
3: Empire Records: Is a 1995 American coming-of-age film that follows a group of record store employees over the course of one exceptional day. The employees try to stop the store from being sold to a large chain, and learn about each other along the way. The film was directed by Allan Moyle and stars Anthony LaPaglia, Robin Tunney, Rory Cochrane, Renée Zellweger, Ethan Embry, Johnny Whitworth and Liv Tyler.
Empire Records is a small, independent record shop managed by Joe. The store is set in an unnamed city in Delaware, and, like the employees, is eclectic and unique. The staff is very much a self-created family, with Joe as the reluctant and perpetually exasperated but loveable father figure.
The film opens with Joe allowing nighttime manager Lucas to close the store for his first time. While counting the day’s receipts, Lucas discovers that Empire Records is about to be converted into a branch of Music Town, a franchise music store. In an attempt to save the store, Lucas takes the day’s cash receipts to a casino in Atlantic City. While initially very lucky, he loses the entire amount in one bet on a dice table. Instead of going home (since he lives with Joe), he sleeps on his motorcycle outside the store, where he is found the following morning by opening manager A.J. and fellow employee Mark. He confides in the pair about the previous night’s events before riding away. Joe arrives to help open the store and is phoned by both the bank and the store owner, Mitchell Beck, about the missing deposit.
On June 3, 2003 Warner Brothers released the Remix: Special Fan Edition DVD of Empire Records. It includes 4 extra scenes and 16 minutes of additional footage. The Fan edition also includes the popular music video Rex Manning ‘Say No More, Mon Amour’ directed for the film by Jordan Dawes. The version of the song “Sugarhigh” that appears in the movie differs significantly from the one included on the soundtrack. The main differences are that the movie version has additional lyrics and chorus vocals provided by Renée Zellweger and it is musically one semitone lower than the CD version. Francis “Coyote Shivers”, the artist who released the song, played the lead singer of the song in the movie. The movie was written by a former employee of Tower Records store #166 (Christown Mall) in Phoenix, Arizona. When the film was released and for a long time afterward, a number of her former coworkers still working cited anecdotes and other elements of the film that related to the store. This store closed in early 2005, ten years after the film’s release.
2: Big Trouble In Little China: Although the film was originally envisioned as a Western set in the 1880s, screenwriter W. D. Richter was hired to rewrite the script extensively and modernize everything. The studio hired Carpenter to direct the film and rushed Big Trouble in Little China into production so that it would be released before a similarly themed Eddie Murphy film, The Golden Child, which was slated to come out around the same time. The project fulfilled Carpenter’s long-standing desire to make a martial arts film. The film’s portrayal of the lightning sorcerer/demigod character has been occasionally noted as an inspiration for the character of Raiden from Mortal Kombat, introducing the archetype of a straw hat-wearing monk able to control lightning with his hands to Western audiences. (In traditional Chinese and Japanese culture, the lightning god is represented more akin to a traditional Asian demon.)
Truck driver Jack Burton (Kurt Russell) and his friend, restaurant owner Wang Chi (Dennis Dun), go to the airport to pick up Wang’s fiancee Miao Yin (Suzee Pai), who is arriving from China. A Chinese street gang, the Lords of Death, tries to kidnap another Chinese girl at the airport who is being met by her friend Gracie Law (Kim Cattrall), intending to sell her as a sex slave. After Jack intervenes, they take Miao Yin instead. In Jack’s big-rig truck, he and Wang track the Lords of Death to the back alleys of Chinatown, where they find a funeral procession that quickly erupts into a street fight between the Chang Sing and Wing Kong, two ancient Chinese societies. When “The Three Storms” (Thunder, Rain, and Lightning) appear, slaughtering the Chang Sing, Jack tries to escape but runs over Lo Pan (James Hong), a powerful and legendary sorcerer, as well as the leader of the Wing Kong. Horrified, Jack exits his truck, only to find Lo Pan, who is merely annoyed. Wang hurriedly guides Jack through the alleys, escaping the carnage and mayhem, but Jack’s truck is stolen.
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