The five movies on cable that I can’t turn off. These are not in any rank order of preference.
“Road House” (1989) – Patrick Swayze is Dalton, the zen loving bouncer who cleans up a corrupt town run by Brad Wesley (Ben Gazzara). So what if the acting is wooden, the premise hokey, the fight scenes unbelievable. It’s a very cool movie and a ton of fun. The film scored 42% on Rotten Tomatoes but what do they know? Other notables in the star-studded cast include Kelly Lynch and Sam Elliot. There’s even an actor named John Doe. I once watch this movie back to back at 8 & 10 pm on TBS. Maybe I need counseling.
“The Verdict” (1982) – Paul Newman is incredible as Frank Galvin, a down on his luck alcoholic lawyer who wins the case of his life and wins redemption in the process. Jack Warden, Charlotte Rampling and James Mason round out a stellar cast. The acting is superb, the storyline is topnotch. Arguably some of the best courtroom scenes in film history. The scene where Galvin gets tossed out of the funeral parlor for trying to give his business card to the grieving widow is pricelessly pathetic.
“Remember The Titans” (2000) – Based on true events surrounding the integration of two high schools in 1971, this is one heck of a movie. Denzel Washington is excellent as Coach Herman Boone. A young Hayden Panettiere plays Sheryl Yost, the daughter of Boone’s assistant coach Bill Yost (played by Will Patton). The football scenes are good, the acting is fine. Titans is a solid movie.
“Die Hard” (1988) – For my money one of the best action movies ever made. Bruce Willis, Bonnie Bedelia, Allan Rickman and the guy who played the dad on the sitcom “Family Matters” are all great in this special effects bonanza. Willis as New York cop John McClain has some great lines as he battles a cadre of well-armed thieves looking to rip off millions from the Nakotomi Corporation. Grab a beer, some cold pizza, sit back and enjoy.