It’s getting tense now. And that’s just behind the scenes here at the Outpost! So we thought we’d better distract you all with another thrilling installment of the Last Movie Outpost Top 150 Movies Of All Time, as voted for by you, the Outposters.
First up are the “Also-Ran” movies, then 150 to 130. Pulling in on the bumper of that one is 129 to 100. Then there is 99th position down to 80. Last week we shared 79 down to number 50. Get acquainted if you are late to the party.
And we start with an absolute classic of the slasher genre, Halloween (1978). Often imitated, remade, but has it ever been beaten?
Art Director Pops still has one nit to pick:
“There’s this one shot in John Carpenter’s original Halloween, in which a battle-weary Laurie Strode, fresh from defeating the nigh-invulnerable Michael Myers, finally breaks down in relief. But then, in the background, a Shape pops up, barely perceptible in the darkness. It’s the most effective scare in the movie— or it would be, if Carpenter had shown a tiny bit of self-restraint in the musical score and not inflicted a piercing synth sting. Oversells the moment.”
“Aside from that, it’s the perfect horror movie.”
One of the funniest comedy movies ever made? Caddyshack should be, as it features the cream of Saturday Night Live.
Gigantic Cahuna says he’s alright:
”Look, I know it’s not big or clever, but it’s very, very funny. Effortlessly. Every single person is at the top of their game. The sight gags are as good as the one liners. Bill Murray and Chevy Chase are just sublime in their roles. Will we ever see a comedy like it ever again?”
Who doesn’t love the smell of Apocalypse Now in the morning?
The voice of the Highlands is here to tell you what is what, MacLeod:
“Apocalypse Now is my go-to Vietnam war film. There are many memorable scenes and characters, captured beautifully within the horrific and surreal atmosphere. The movie portrays what war, with insanity and chaos around, can do to a man and push him to his limits. As Coppola said, ‘This film is Vietnam.'”
Michael Mann’s seminal heist movie, Heat, united two Hollywood Heavyweights. Is that about as good as it gets?
Cahuna channels his inner Val Kilmer:
“Macaulay vs. Hanna. De Niro vs. Pacino. It’s hard to know where to start with this. It kind of is the ultimate Mano-a-Mano movie as the we see the collision coming but, like them, we are powerless to do anything but hold on for the ride.”
Nobody had ever taken this genre seriously until Superman (1978) came along. Is this the movie that started it all?
Can MacLeod read your mind?
“Superman ’78 is the only “spandex” movie worthy of my top 30. Christopher Reeve is perfect as Superman and Clark Kent. Featuring John Williams’ iconic score and filled with revolutionary special effects. It also features the A-list talents of Gene Hackman and Marlon Brando. This my favourite superhero movie of all-time!”
The ultimate musical feature film? The best comedy musical? How the hell do you categorise The Blues Brothers?
It’s dark and Run For It Marty is wearing sunglasses:
“4 Fried Chickens and a Coke.”
“Did you bring me my Cheez Whiz, boy?”
“We’re on a mission from God.”
“The new Oldsmobiles are out early this year.”
So many great lines in this movie.
Our own McDorfus chimes in on two sword-and-sandals/sorcery epics, Conan the Barbarian and Gladiator:
“A movie I rewatch around Thanksgiving to celebrate the Feast of Crom. The film that really put Arnold on the map as a movie star. Ask any red-blooded male between the ages of 18 and 45 what is best in life. If they reply with anything but the correct response, throw them out of Valhalla and laugh.”
“A modern take on the swords and sandals epic. Boasting a plethora of rewatchable fight scenes, this is really a story of politics and the power of public perception. Russell Crowe may have walked away with the Oscar, but Joaquin Phoenix is more memorable as the slimy, chicken-shit Commodus.”
It’s only the greatest bloody submarine movie ever made! What’s that? Das Boot? Quiet you Hun! It’s The Hunt For Red October.
Gigantic Cahuna gives one ping only:
“I can’t believe this movie isn’t higher. I watched it again a couple of weeks ago and it’s just about perfect in every way. The cast, the script, the pacing, the ambition. The FX haven’t aged brilliantly but you don’t care. If you have’t seen this movie in the last few years then go get it down from your DVD shelf right frigging now and watch it!”
“I love this movie. I love this movie more than Ryan’s daughter loves Stanley the Bear.”
The tale of men in skirts overcoming all the odds… right up until when they didn’t. Braveheart slides in at number 40.
Gigantic Cahuna indulges in some casual racism:
“Nothing makes a porridge-helmet as uppity as a dose of Braveheart when they’ve been on the Special Brew all day. It may be historically inaccurate bull-crap, but it’s beautiful historically inaccurate bull-crap. The battle scenes are still top drawer even today and the ending would bring a tear to a glass eye.”
Run For It Marty chips in:
“My favorite historical inaccuracy in Braveheart is that everybody in the movie is speaking in English and every character in real life was either speaking Gaelic or French. Not a single English language speaker to be found (especially those Anglo-Normans running England at the time).”
It’s getting tense, it’s getting tight. The pips are starting to squeak! What will happen next?