Even with Nick being divided between his hosting duties and attending the annual Shore Leave convention, he still was able to pull his weight for this week’s episode of the Sunday G&T Show, the Trek-themed internet radio program and podcast he co-hosts with Terry Lynn Shull. Way to hang in there, bro.
I’m happy to say I was able to derail their whole damned show with my responses to this week’s “Ask Dayton” query:
Dear Dayton: We know you love sci-fi (or should I say SyFy?), but what are your favorite western films, war films, comedy and guilty pleasure films and why?
Holy crap. How much time do you have?
I love all kinds of movies. Sci-Fi, action/adventure, westerns, comedies, war films, dramas, even romantic comedies. I’m all over the map when it comes to my love for good movies, and even my share of bad movies. And really bad movies.
My favorite films which don’t fit the requested categories include Apollo 13, Jaws, The Right Stuff, A Few Good Men, and what might well be a tie for my all-time favorite movie, L.A. Confidential and The Shawshank Redemption.
Bear in mind that these lists aren’t inclusive. I could probably talk all day about this topic, and while I know the G&T Show can run for 18 hours on some Sundays, I’m pretty sure nobody’s interested in it all being consumed by Dayton’s Babbling™.
(Note: What are the odds that people will remember that disclaimer?)
Anyway, war movies? My all-time favorite is probably The Great Escape, but close runners-up include The Dirty Dozen, Paths of Glory and Stalag 17. What’s that? Too old for you? Baaah. I also like “newer” films like Platoon, Full Metal Jacket and We Were Soldiers. Also, Taking Chance, while not specifically a “war film,” is still a military film that’s on my list of favorites.
(Note: Taking Chance was one of those rare films that had a real effect on me. I once wrote about that here.)
Westerns? Gotta be stuff like The Magnificent Seven, Tombstone or High Noon. Also, I’ll watch any Clint Eastwood western, particularly Unforgiven, Pale Rider or The Outlaw Josey Wales. Come to think of it, I’ll watch just about any Clint Eastwood movie, period.
My tastes in comedy films run the gamut, from so-called “sophisticated” to silly. I love stuff like Bull Durham, The War of the Roses, The Breakfast Club, The Replacements and Clerks. Action comedies like Running Scared (the good one, with Billy Crystal and Gregory Hines), Zombieland and Midnight Run are on the list, too.
And finally, the fun category: the “guilty pleasure” flicks. We all have ‘em, right? I can laugh my ass off at something like Dodgeball, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Bridesmaids or the first Harold & Kumar movie. Other stuff like The Italian Job or the Rambo movies are also ones I can spin up from time to time, though that last one definitely isn’t a popcorn flick. At all. And, since they’re getting ready to release a sequel, I’m obviously not the only one who likes The Expendables. Also, I’m going to second a nomination Nick once made on the show, and call out Armageddon as a great “to hell with it” movie for a rainy day. The premise is fuck-stupid, but the cast is top-shelf, from Bruce Willis on down. And speaking of Willis, if you don’t dig the Die Hard movies, then you and I can’t be friends.
But, my greatest guilty pleasure flick of all time remains unchanged: It’s a film that showcases the definitive battle between good and evil, rendering into sharp relief the intrinsic struggle between liberty and oppression, and offering hope that one man—along with a woman, another man and that man’s dog—can make a difference.
I refer, of course, to Smokey and the Bandit.
So, there you go. If anybody needs me today, I guess I’ll be watching a movie…or seven.
This question and its answer was read during the show as part of G&T Show Episode #55, August 5th, 2012. You can hear Nick read the answers each week by listening live, or check out the replay/download options when the episode is loaded to their website: The Sunday G&T Show. Listeners to the show are also encouraged to send in their own questions, one of which will be sent to me each week for a future episode.
As always, thanks to Nick, Terry, and Mike for including me in the fun.