FDLF's Top Five Movies of All Time

Situation: 
A reader thought we did such a great job with Music Week, that they asked if we could share our top five movies of all time. Sure thing! Here we go…


She Says:

My top five favorite movies of all time…hmmmm… I have my number one and nothing will ever top it. Now to think of four more…

1. Trading Places – “I am a karate man and a karate man bruise on the inside. They don’t show they weaknesses. But you wouldn’t know nothing about that because you a big Barry White looking mother*cker. ”   THIS IS MY FAVORITE MOVIE OF ALL TIME!!!!! I mean, this is just classic Eddie Murphy right here. I can “perform” the whole movie from start to finish, and in different voices. This is just a straight classic--I really cannot say anything else about it!



2. Imitation of Life (1959) – Every time I watch this movie, the water works open. It is a great movie about a black girl who looks white, but hates that she is black. To add insult to injury, her mom works as a maid to a white movie star. So, the girl leaves home and “passes” as white all of her life. I won’t give away the movie, but you definitely should watch it if you have not seen it already. Just make sure you have your tissues ready.

3. Center Stage – I could watch this movie over and over again. I have it saved on my DVR from when I recorded it back in 2007. Now that I have Apple TV and Netflix, I could probably delete it to make space on my DVR, but I never will. It is definitely a chick flick and it features Zoe Saldana, before she found stardom.

4. Coming to America – Am I an Eddie Murphy junkie?! You have to admit, he really is a comedic genius. Who doesn’t love this movie? Who can’t recite the lines from this movie? Actually if you can’t you might just find your black card revoked! Lol

5.Dirty Dancing – I don’t think I need to say anything except, “Nobody puts baby in a corner.” Ohhh and Patrick Swayze was hot in this movie! (RIP!)

A

He Says:
Though ranking movies may be much easier for me than narrowing down music lists; I did still have a little trouble getting to my favorite five. However, after much thought and deliberation, I bestow upon you: K’s Holy Grail of movies.
1. Love Jones - Anyone who knows me well is aware of my deep love, passion, and damn near obsession with this movie. This love story is brought to life by combining all of my loves--jazz, poetry, photography, steppin’, and sex; no other movie does this in quite the same way. “Darius” embodies the meaning of true love, especially when he says things like, “This here--right now, at this very moment--is all that matters to me. I love you. That's urgent like a mother*er.” That’s exactly how I felt about “Nina Mosley” then, and how I still feel to this day. LOL.
Side note: I was going to insert my favorite clip from the movie here. But since we are a fairly family friendly website (the Steak and BJ Day post wasn’t that bad, right?), I could not post the beautiful Nia Long in all her splendor. Sorry gentleman…and ladies.
2. Vanilla Sky - Most people will say either one of two things when I tell them how much I love this movie: “WTF” or “That movie made no damn sense.” While the latter of those two statements may be true, I have an honest appreciation for movies that make you think; ones where you learn or pick up on something new every time you watch them. Come talk to me if you ever want me to break this movie down for you and confuse you even more….or perhaps, I will tell you in another life--when we both are cats.
3. Hitch - If ever there were a movie character that I connected with, it was Hitch: a smooth guy, with a good heart who eventually had to learn to take his own advice to get what he wanted from life. Not to mention Kevin James’ character is funny as hell.
4. Mo Betta’ Blues - I was Bleek Gilliam in a past life. Or maybe I will be him during the next Harlem Renaissance. Fk it, I am Bleek Gilliam! LOL. I’ll even accept the burden of having two fine women at the same time!
5. Coming to America – This is, in my opinion, the greatest comedy of all time. I don’t know if Black people have quoted any other movie more often than they have quoted Coming to America. In the words of Reverend Brown, “You know there's a God who sits on high and looks down low! Man cannot make it like this! Larry Flint? Hugh Hefner? They can take the picture, but you can't make it! Only God above, the Hugh Hefner on high, can make it for ya!”
K

14 comments:

A said...

Let me be the first to comment and say that K is wildin with this list. Vanilla Sky? Hitch? really??!?!?! really?!?!

Rick said...

A I'm sorry to say I was going to say the same thing about Dirty Dancing on your list. And I truly believe that Love Jones needs to be on everyones top 5 list.

K said...

Adriene dont disrespect me. Vanilla sky is a thinking mans classic lol

A said...

@rick -- womp womp!!! Love Jones is good, but yea...

@K -- Yea I watched that once and never again. Hitch is horrible of all the Will Smith movies, Hitch?

Kim Jackson said...

I would like to add my 2 cents about K calling this a "family friendly blog". Does no one else remember the "head" post??? Or the Steak and BJ day post...or hell, every post?? LOL

Carrie said...

@A - I have never heard of Trading Places. I think I might watch off of that clip alone.

@K -- Vanilla Sky and Hitch are horrible movies...horrible!

K said...

Lol hey I mean these are personal opinions. Hitch I connected with the character alot...and Vanilla Sky was just a movie that i enjoyed using my brain for lol. Dont disrespect my thoughts lol

@Kimmie- Ummm well yea that is a good point lol.

SMB said...

@A - I've never seen Imitation of Life...Imma have to check that one out. And yes, Center Stage is just a classic chick flick that will never get old. I watch it all the time.

@K - There is nothing wrong with liking Vanilla Sky and Hitch. Vanilla Sky is definitely a different kind of movie, but that's the beauty of it. It doesn't tie the story into a nice little bow for people, which is actually kind of brilliant. As for Hitch, I actually like the romantic comedy aspect of it. The whole Ellis Island stunt was soooooo cute! Completely unrealistic, but cute nonetheless.

@chicasangels said...

TRADING PLACES IS MY FAVVVVVVV! Good job A!

A said...

@SMB -- yes check out Imitation of Life it is a great classic movie. They usually always play it on TCM. You must be really goo friends with KG or like him, because it is no way you can agree that Hitch and Vanilla Sky should be in anyone's top five movies! lol lol

SMB said...

LOL I mean I just really really like movies. I genuinely think that those are good films in their own way. I can't judge what someone considers to be his/her top 5. There are just way toooo many good films out there and I think that those two films are pretty solid. I personally can't create a list of my absolute top 5 even if I tried; I'd have to break it down by genre, in which case those two movies may very well make my top 5 in their respective genres. Now, if someone had said that one of their favorite movies of all time is a movie like Snakes on a Plane, that would be a completely different story. That would sho' 'nuff get them a major side eye from me lol

Ebony said...

Vanilla Sky???? Hitch??? Top Five...You're trippin. I need to re-evaluate my opinion of you now. #FAIL

A said...

@ebony -- yea he did this for shock value I am convinced! Lol

Andre said...

A -- you are my girl! Trading Places is one of my fav movies to and the best Eddie Murphy movie ever!

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