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Remember when movies were original? Before all the remakes, reboots and retreads took over? I miss the Hollywood that wasn’t afraid to take a chance on an original script and not use the same actors time after time.

With that in mind, here are my five favorite movies today*

5 – Heist (2001)

Gene Hackman, Delroy Lindo, Ricky Jay, Danny DeVito, Samuel Rockwell and Rebecca Pidgeon star in this amusing tale of thievery, deception and some of the coolest language every written for a film. After DeVito stiffs Gene Hackman and crew on a job, the double and triple-crosses take the movie to places both expected and unexpected. There are plenty of other movies of this genre, “Ocean’s Eleven” comes to mind, but this one is “cuter than a pail of kittens”.

4 – Rocky V (1990)

You can’t appreciate this installment of Stallone’s rags to riches to rags boxing saga without knowing where it all began; but in my opinion, this film is one of the best of the six. Retired but still looking to stay in the game, Rocky Balboa meets a young protégé who is hungry for success and fame. As the relationship with the young boxer grows, his relationship with his own son suffers. Interference from a slick, fast talking boxing promoter leads to the ultimate showdown between the teacher and student with a tremendous street fight free-for-all.

3 – The Four Seasons (1981)

A yearlong following of three wealthy couples who vacation together during the Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. Along the way, we are treated to the neurosis, depression and general hilarity of the group of friends and their families as they deal with marriage, divorce, aging and a newcomer to the group. Alan Alda is at his self-righteous best along with Carol Burnett, Rita Moreno, Jack Weston, Len Cariou and Bess Armstrong.

2 – It’s A Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963)

An incredible who’s who of comedians at the top of their game makes this comedy adventure a family classic! Jimmy Durante’s last words before his death send Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Buddy Hackett, Mickey Rooney, Ethel Merman and Jonathan Winters, in one of his most hysterical roles, on the hunt for a treasure buried under a big “W”. Cameos by Jerry Lewis and the Three Stooges round out the incredible comedic talent in this laugh out loud farce.

1 – Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

Paul Newman and Robert Redford star in the Western comedy to end all Western comedies. As the leader of the Hole in the Wall Gang, Butch Cassidy teams up with the Sundance Kid to rob banks and trains throughout the Southwest. When the law starts closing in, Butch and Sundance take their talents to Bolivia for more action and one final showdown with the authorities. The filming locations of California, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico add a beautiful realism to this tale which as stated, for the most part, is true.

* The author reserves the right to change or amend his favorite movies at any time, anywhere and for any reason.

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Written by David A. Ufer

October 3, 2011 at 7:28 am

Posted in Lists

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