Patrick Swayze

Patrick Swayze dies at 57

September 15th, 2009 at 7:07 am by under Entertainment

Swayze loses two year battle with pancreatic cancer

Patrick Swayze photo (INFO FROM AP:) Patrick Swayze, the actor who danced his way into viewers’ hearts with “Dirty Dancing” and then broke them with “Ghost,” died Monday after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 57.

“Patrick Swayze passed away peacefully (Monday) with family at his side after facing the challenges of his illness for the last 20 months,” said a statement released Monday evening by his publicist, Annett Wolf. No other details were given.

Fans of the actor were saddened to learn in March 2008 that Swayze was suffering from a particularly deadly form of cancer.

More info on Swayze’s death

Swayze starred in 33 movies (last was “Powder Blue” (2009)),  appeared in 13 TV shows/movies – most recently “The Beast” and including the 1985 & 1986 mini-series “North and South”

Swayze was nominated for 3 Golden Globes:
* 1988  Nominated for Best Performance in Comedy/Musical: “Dirty Dancing” (1987)
* 1991  Nominated for Best Performance in Comedy/Musical: “Ghost” (1990)
* 1996  Nominated for Best Performance in Comedy/Musical: “To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar” (1995)

He received his Star on the Walk of Fame on August 18, 1997 (At 7018 Hollywood Blvd.).

My Top Patrick Swayze movies
(here’s a good list if you’re looking to rent Swayze movies to pay tribuite to the actor)

1. “Dirty Dancing” (1987) as the dancer “Johnny Castle”
2. “Point Break” (1991) as surfer criminal “Bodhi”
3. “Road House” (1989) as “Dalton”, the bouncer at a rough bar
4. “The Outsiders” (1983) as “Darrel ‘Darry’ Curtis”, the oldest brother
5. “Red Dawn” (1984) as “Jed”, the unofficial leader of the “Wolverines” 
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Laff’s Lists

September 27th, 2008 at 12:52 pm by under Entertainment
John Cusack in "High Fidelity" photo courtesy Buena Vista Pictures

“High Fidelity” courtesy Buena Vista Pictures

Laff’s Lists

Just like John Cusack in “High Fidelity” (2000), I like to put my opinions in some sort of order…

in lists of favorites, here now, is a work-in-progress blog of My Favorite Movie-Related things…

Best 3rd movies in a franchise (5/3/13):
1. “Lord of the Rings: Return of the King” (2003)
2. “Return of the Jedi” (1983)
3. “Iron Man 3″ (2013)
4. “Toy Story 3″ (2010)
5. “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” (1989)
6. “Mission: Impossible 3″ (2006)
7. “The Bourne Ultimatum” (2007)
8. “Goldfinger” (1964)
9. “Clear and Present Danger” (1994)
10. “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (1989)
11. “Dark Knight Rises” (2012)
12. “Die Hard: With a Vengeance” (1995)
13. “Back to the Future Part 3″ (1990)
14. “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” (1966)
15. “The Godfather: Part III” (1990)
16. “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith” (2005)
17. “Star Trek III: The Search for Spock” (1984)
18. “Lethal Weapon 3″ (1992)
19. “Rocky III” (1982)
20-tie. “The Matrix Revolutions” (2003)
20-tie. “Rambo III” (1988)

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Favorite Comicbook/Superhero movies (updated 5/1/13):  

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1. “The Dark Knight” (2008)
2. “The Avengers” (2012)
3. “X-Men 2″ (X-Men United) (2003)
4. “X-Men” (2000)
5. “Iron Man 3″ (2013)
6. “Captain America: The First Avenger” (2011)
7. “X-Men: First Class” (2011)
8. “Iron Man” (2008)
9. “Spider-Man 2″ (2004)
10. “Batman Begins” (2005)

11. “Dark Knight Rises” (2012)
12. “Thor” (2011)
13. “Batman” (1989)
14. “The Punisher” (2004)
15. “Hellboy” (2004)
16. “Superman II” (1980)
17. “Unbreakable” (2000)
18. “The Incredibles” (2004)
19. “Superman: The Movie” (1978)
20. “Blade” (1998)

21. “The Amazing Spider-man” (2012)(7.5)
22. “Kick-Ass” (2010)
23. “Spider-Man” (2002)
24. “X-Men 3″ (The Last Stand) (2006)
25. “Watchmen” (2009)
26. “The Incredible Hulk” (2008)
27. “Hancock” (2008)
28. “Fantastic Four” (2005)
29. “Daredevil” (2003)
30. “Iron Man 2″ (2010)

31. “Batman Returns” (1992)
32. “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” (2009)
33. “Blade 2″ (2002)
34. “Green Lantern” (2011)
35. “Hellboy II: Golden Army” (2008)
36. “Superman Returns” (2006)
37. “Batman Forever” (1995)
38. “Spider-man 3″ (2007)
39. “My Super Ex-Girlfriend” (2006)
40. “Ghost Rider” (2007)

41. “Sky High” (2005)
42. “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer” (2007)
43. “Hulk” (2003)
44. “Batman & Robin” (1997)
45. “Dick Tracy” (1990)
46. “Mystery Men” (1999)
47. ”Superman III” (1983)
48. “Superman IV” (1987)
49. “The Rocketeer” (1991)
50. “Flash Gordon” (1980)
51. “Catwoman” (2004)

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40 Best Scary Movies (updated 10/11/12):

(this list based on quality standards and movies I’ve seen)
"The Ring" poster courtesy DreamWorks"The Shining" poster courtesy Warner Brothers"The Exorcist" poster courtesy Warner Brothers.

1. “The Ring” (2002)
2. “The Shining” (1980)
3. “The Exorcist” (1973)
4. “Halloween” (1978)
5. “Psycho” (1960)
6. “Paranormal Activity” (2009)
7. “Saw” (2004)
8. “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” (1974)
9. “The Others” (2001)
10. “The Grudge” (2004)

11. “Amityville Horror” (1979)
12. “Night of the Living Dead” (1968)
13. “Fright Night” (1985)
14. “The Omen” (1976)
15. “Alien” (1979)
16. “Carrie” (1976)
17. “Poltergeist” (1982)
18. “The Blair Witch Project” (1999)
19. “The Sixth Sense” (1999)
20. “The Silence of the Lambs” (1991)

21. “Misery” (1990)
22. “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” (1978)
23. “The Birds” (1963)
24. “House on Haunted Hill” (1999)
25. “Stir of Echoes” (1999)
26. “Funny Games” (2008)
27. “Shutter Island” (2010)
28. “The Thing” (1982)
29. “Identity” (2003)
30. “Open Water” (2003)

31. “Gremlins” (1984)
32. “The Mothman Prophecies” (2002)
33. “Dark Water” (2005)
34. “Sinister” (2012)
35. “House of Wax” (2005)
36. “Vacancy” (2007)
37. “Surveillance” (2008)
38. “A Nightmare on Elm Street” (1984)
39. “The Happening” (2008)
40. “Jaws” (1975)

“Field of Dreams” poster courtesy Universal Pictures

Favorite Baseball movies (9/23/11):
1. “Field of Dreams” (1989)
2. “Moneyball” (2011)
3. “Bull Durham” (1988)
4. “For the Love of the Game” (1999)
5. “The Natural” (1984)
6. “Major League” (1989)
7. “Fever Pitch” (2005)
8. “Eight Men Out” (1988)
9. “Pride of the Yankees” (1942)
10. “A League of their Own” (1992)
11. “The Bad News Bears” (2005)

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 My Top Patrick Swayze movies
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"Dirty Dancing" poster courtesy Artisan"Point Break" poster courtesy 20th Century Fox"Road House" poster United Artists

1. “Dirty Dancing” (1987) as the dancer “Johnny Castle”

2. “Point Break” (1991) as surfer criminal “Bodhi”

3. “Road House” (1989) as “Dalton”, the bouncer at a rough bar

4. “The Outsiders” (1983) as “Darrel ‘Darry’ Curtis”, the oldest brother

5. “Red Dawn” (1984) as “Jed”, the unofficial leader of the “Wolverines”

6. “Ghost” (1990) as the stuck-in-limbo “Sam Wheat”

"Apocalypse Now" poster courtesy United ArtistsMy favorite military dramas:
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1. Apocalypse Now (1979)
2. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
3. Crimson Tide (1995)
4. Top Gun (1986)
5. Platoon (1986)
6. A Few Good Men (1992)
7. Patton (1970)
8. The Hurt Locker (2009)
9. The Dirty Dozen (1967)
10. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
11. The Great Escape (1963)
12. Black Hawk Down (2001)
13. First Blood (1982)
14. Three Kings (1999)

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"Airplane!" poster courtesy Paramount PicturesBest Parody Movies of My Lifetime (5/20/09):
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1. “Airplane!” (1980)
2. “Spaceballs” (1987)
3. “Young Frankenstein” (1974)
4. “This is Spinal Tap” (1984)
5. “Hot Shots” (1991)
6. “Princess Bride” (1987)
7. “High Anxiety” (1977)
8. “Robin Hood: Men in Tights” (1993)
9. “Austin Powers” (1997)
10. “Galaxy Quest” (1999)

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My All-Time Favorite Christmas Movies (updated 12/17/09, orginally posted 12/08/08):
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1. “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (1989)

2. “A Christmas Story” (1983)

3. “Its A Wonderful Life” (1946)

4. “Elf (2003)

5. “Miracle on 34th Street” (1947)

6. “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer” (1964)

7. “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” (1970)

8. “The Santa Clause” (1994)

9. “Dr. Suess’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas” (1966)

10. ”Home Alone” (1990)

11. “The Polar Express” (2004)

12. “Frosty the Snowman” (1969)

13. “A Christmas Carol” (1984) with George C. Scott

14. “White Christmas” (1954)

15. “Holiday Inn” (1942)

16. “The Santa Clause 2″ (2002)

17. “Four Christmases” (2008)

18. “A Christmas Carol” (2009)

19. “Jingle all the Way” (1996)

20. “Deck the Halls” (2006)

21. “Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause” (2006)

LAFF’S FAVORITE PAUL NEWMAN MOVIES (updated 9/27/08):
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“Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” (1969)

“The Color of Money” (1986)

“The Sting” (1973)

“Torn Curtain” (1966)

My Favorite Modern Westerns (updated 9/5/08):
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1. “Tombstone” (1993)
2. “Unforgiven” (1992)
3. “Dances with Wolves” (1990)
4. “3:10 To Yuma” (2007)
5. “Young Guns” (1988)
6. “Maverick” (1994)
7. “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” (1969)

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. “Open Range” (2003)
9. “Desperado” (1995)
10. “The Quick and the Dead” (1995)

 

My Favorite Will Ferrell Movies (updated 8/2/08):
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1. “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” (2004)
2. “Stranger than Fiction” (2006)
3. “Old School” (2003)
4. “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” (2006)
5. “Step Brothers” (2008)
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 ”Elf” (2003)
7. “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back” (2001)
8. “Bewitched” (2005)
9. “Blades of Glory” (2007)
10. “Kicking and Screaming” (2005)
11. “Semi-Pro” (2008)
12. “Wedding Crashers” (2005) – ranking only based on Ferrell’s minor screen time, not overall movie

Best Movie Villains ever (updated 7/19/08):
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1. Heath Ledger as The Joker in “The Dark Knight” (2008)
2. Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter in “Silence of the Lambs” (2001)
3. Margaret Hamilton as the Wicked Witch in “The Wizard of Oz” (1939)
4. Ian McDiarmid as Senator/Supreme Chancellor/Emperor Palpatine (“Star Wars” movies)
5. Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates in “Psycho” (1960)
6. David Prowse and James Earl Jones as Darth Vader (3 “Star Wars” movies)

My Favorite M. Night Shyamalan Movies (updated 6/22/08):
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1. “The Sixth Sense” (1999)
2. “Signs” (2002)
3. “Unbreakable” (2000)
4. “The Happening” (2008)
5. “The Village” (2004)
6. “Lady in the Water” (2006)

Favorite Card Playing/Gambling movies (updated 3/29/08):
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1. “Rounders” (1998)
2. “Casino Royale” (2006)
3. “21″ (2008)
4. “Ocean’s 11″ (2001)
5. “Maverick” (1994)
6. “Casino” (1995)
7. “Lucky You” (2007)