The world lost a surprisingly huge actor this week. I don't mean that to be rude or anything as he was a little person, but Kenny Baker did so many more things for acting than a lot of people will give him credit for. Aside from being the number one money earning little person in history (R2-D2 made some green), he paved the way for a lot of amazing actors. Size wise or not, he was very important and I am very sad he's gone. I did a marathon for you today that I hope helps people see the talent he had:Circus of Horror (1960): A British horror movie about a surgeon who uses a circus as a front for his corrupt procedures. Minutes left in the Day: 1,353Star Wars (1977): Later renamed "Episode IV: A New Hope", this is the first of many movies that paved the way for a lot of science fiction movies and began a lot of careers. A chunk of the movie was taken from a Japanese movie called the Hidden Fortess. Minutes left in the Day: 1,232Flash Gordon (1980): A really fun space opera about a human who is taken from Earth to save Earth from space emperor who wants to destroy the Earth. Love this movie and has Queen sing the title song! Minutes left in the Day: 1,118The Elephant Man (1980): A sad drama about a man who is trying to live a normal life after leaving a freak show. Has one of the most famous line in movie history of "I am not an animal, I am a man!" Really depressing, but a good movie. Minutes left in the Day: 994Time Bandits (1981): A really weird Terry Gilliam movie about a kid who's whisked away into the world of fantasy. Also weird to see Sean Connery in a movie that isn't James Bond. John Cleese is in it and he's the man. Minutes left in the Day: 881Amadeus (1984): A long movie about Salieri confessing to his murder of Mozart, this movie was nominated for 53 awards and won 40. Wow. Minutes left in the Day: 720Labyrinth (1986): Fantasy meets comedy meets children movie in this tale about a hot, young Jennifer Connelly (not to be confused with hot, older Jennifer Connelly) who travels a mystical world to find her younger brother who was kidnapped by the Goblin King, played by David Bowie. Minutes left in the Day: 618Willow (1988): Warwick Davis plays Willow, a Nelwyn who has to save a baby from being killed before she can save the world. I love this movie, Val Kilmer slays it so much it's not even funny... but also very funny. Minutes left in the Day: 492Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999): The start of the prequel trilogy has a young Obi-wan Kenobi find an even younger Anakin Skywalker and brings him in to bring balance to the force. Aside from a super unnecessarily long pod race scene, this is a pretty fun movie. The Duel of Fates is a stellar tune as well. Minutes left in the Day: 359The King and I (1999): An animated retelling of the classic tale about the ruler of Siam and a sassy English bitch. Also, a plot to overthrow the throne! Minutes left in the Day: 26924 hour Party People (2002): A fun movie about the music industry spanning from 1972-1996. Pretty fun scaling through the years about punk rock and things. Minutes left in the Day: 152Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015): The start of a third trilogy, we sadly will not be able to see him perform one of the only roles that exists in the entire series. Minutes left in the Day: 16 Rest in Peace Mr. Baker.
I love cheesy movies. I also love movies that are well done, so when I hear that a Cameron Crowe movie is coming out I get excited, because he is the epitome of cheese and talent.Some people don't like his work, he was ostracized for a choice he made in a recent movie of his, Aloha, but I think he has given the world an abundance of great works and I think people should watch his movies. Because of this I chose to do a marathon for him today. Let us begin: Fast times at Ridgemont High (1982): The start of some pretty impressive careers including Sean penn and Forest Whitaker, Crowe stormed onto the scene and made a classic high school movie and comedy in one fell swoop. Minutes left in the Day: 1350Say Anything... (1989): A great romance drama movie starring John Cusack and Ione Skye (admittedly, she didn't do as well as Mr. Cusack, but still), has one of the best scenes ever where you see Lloyd Dobler holding up a boom box in the rain in an attempt to serenade his love. Minutes left in the Day: 1250Singles (1992): An interesting character study about a group of twenty somethings trying to survive in this crazy world. Minutes left in the Day: 1151Jerry Maguire (1996): Tom Cruise lights up the title role. Put Cameron Crowe on the "A" list map. Show me the money indeed. Minutes left in the Day: 1012Almost Famous (2000): A great movie about a young reporter who becomes friends with a band on tour and they all learn lessons from each other. Billy Crudup rocks the role and the soundtrack is amazing. Minutes left in the Day: 890Vanilla Sky (2001): Another Tom Cruise collaboration has Cruise being a rich guy who gets into a car accident that may or may not have been caused by a jilted ex lover. Minutes left in the Day: 753Elizabethtown (2005): A really fun movie that involved Orlando Bloom post Lord of the Rings as a down on his luck shoe designer that takes a trip back home and falls in love all over again. Also has Kirsten Dunst, who I love. Minutes left in the Day: 630We bought a Zoo (2011): Matt Damon fronts this movie about... well, a guy that bought a zoo. Fun and quirky show. Minutes left in the Day: 506Aloha (2015): An interesting, albeit not great movie starring Bradley Cooper and has Emma Stone playing a half Hawaiin, half Asian Hybrid. The aforementioned mistake he made that has people in an uproar still. Not a bad movie though. Minutes left in the Day: 401So while a lot of time left in the day, the movies are pretty good. A lot of movies that had a lot of impact on the movie universe.
It's been almost 50 years since we were given night of the living dead by a young George Romero and he's finally getting full on mainstream recognition. His name will go alongside many of hollywoods best on the walk of fame and I, for one, couldn't be happier for it. Romero stormed onto the scene with the aforementioned zombie movie and not once looked back, creating the Zombie and recreating the horror genre as we know it. While a great many people may try to lay claim to such feats, few can say they've thrived in a genre as fickle for quality as Romero. On top of that, he has altered his own sub-genre to fit the masses more than once (the new dawn of the dead and the birth of the “fast zombie”). On top of zombie movies, Romero has given us such movies as creepshow, the crazies and season of the witch. Many of his movies have been remade and people will often credit him for getting them into movies. So While he hasn't passed, I really love the idea of having a marathon for him. I believe he's worth it.Night of the Living Dead (1968): The start of a beautiful thing, gritty and dark. I love this movie.Hours Remaining: 1,344Martin (1977): Renowned as his own favourite movie, Martin is a movie about a Vampire that visits his uncle in the creepiest place on Earth... Pittsburgh! Another gritty tale, some saying he did for Vampires what he did for Zombies. Though I cannot fully comment on that as vampires have changed so many times over the yearsHours Remaining: 1,249Dawn of the Dead (1978): Another in the line of zombie movies, this is set a couple weeks after the initial night and shows people trying to escape their fates. While none of the sequels are quite as hard hitting as the original, they all (this included) have some really nice scenes with practical effects.Hours Remaining:1,122Creepshow (1982): A black comedy anthology movie that leaves some people laughing and some so scared they don't want to sleep at night.Hours Remaining: 1,002Day of the Dead (1985): The zombies have overrun the Earth and only few spots in the U.S. have humanity left. It's the story of people trying to find solace from zombies.Hours Remaining: 902Monkey Shines (1988): A Super crappy horror movie about a quadriplegic who has a helper monkey that kills people. Really fun, but not good at all.Hours Remaining: 789Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990): Slated to be a sequel to Creepshow, though some say only in spirit. Less fun than the original, but still not bad at all.Hours Remaining: 696Dawn of the Dead (2004): A remake that involves a group of people stuck in a mall. The birth of the "fast zombie". Super fun.Hours Remaining: 596Land of the Dead (2005): A spiritual sequel to Dawn of the Dead, it shows the "animal farm" way of life that humans live and attempt to thrive while in the midst of zombies.Hours Remaining: 503Diary of the Dead (2007): Not a great movie, but kind of fun.Hours Remaining: 411Day of the Dead (2008): Another remake of a classic that is very loosely based on the original. Attempted to update it for the new age, but fell slightly short.Hours Remaining: 325Survival of the Dead(2009): The final zombie movie made by Romero senior, there is an origins movie directed by his son.Hours Remaining: 235The Crazies (2010): I chose to do the 2010 remake of the movie starring Timothy Olyphant in the title role because it's more accessible and much more entertaining to me. I enjoy this movie a whole bunch and it isn't quite a zombie movie. Very fun though.Hours Remaining: 101Before anyone goes and dives into this marathon, I want it known that it would be a very difficult marathon to get through. I love a lot of these movies, but many are very slow moving and I don't think it would be great for everyone. Just a warning.