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August 2011



Roundtable – Favorite Movies

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What are your five favorite movies

Katie Cernek

  • The A*Team
  • Transformers
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl
  • Batman Begins/Dark Knight
  • Benchwarmers

Dustin Godsey

  • Major League
  • Top Gun
  • Bull Durham
  • Big Lebowski
  • Anchorman

Jedi Johnson

  • Fletch
  • Hoosiers
  • The Dark Knight
  • The Godfather I & II (it’s one movie, don’t argue)
  • Fletch Lives

Rachel Wisinski

  • The Hangover
  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  • How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days
  • Ocean’s Eleven
  • The Lion King

Jim “Buddy” Burwitz

  • JFK (even thought Oliver Stone’s premise was nuts)
  • The Usual Suspects
  • Spy Game
  • The Dark Knight
  • Inception

Brandon Vickrey

  • Little Big League
  • The Sandlot
  • This Old Cub
  • Mr. 3000
  • The Bad News Bears

Mark Strickler

  • Apocalypse Now
  • The Maltese Falcon
  • Casablanca
  • Sleuth (old version with Sir Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine)
  • Murder By Death

Chet West

  • Count of Monte Cristo
  • Rudy
  • Love Actually
  • The Natural
  • Gladiator

Dave “CubbieDude” Moresi

  • The Blues Brothers
  • The Godfather Trilogy
  • Scarface
  • BIRD
  • Anything by Warren Miller

Jeremiah Johnson

  • The Blues Brothers
  • Tombstone
  • A Mighty Wind / Best in Show (a double feature by necessity)
  • The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension
  • The “Mitchell” episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000

Joe Aiello

  • American Beauty
  • American History X
  • Life in Beautiful
  • A Time to Kill
  • Pulp Fiction

  • Jedi

    For a brief moment I thought it would’ve been funny to list five Tyler Perry movies and see what happened.

  • Jeremiah Johnson

    Apparently Joe’s not a fan of The Blues Brothers, since you can’t vote for me or the Cubbiedude.

    It’s OK, Dave–loving The Blues Brothers makes us winners already.

  • Real Seymour Butts

    Nobody had the Natural anywhere on your lists????
    I can’t express my contempt adequately in writing.

  • Jedi

    Seymour – Chet had it on his…

  • Jedi

    …right under Love Actually – maybe that’s why you missed it.

  • chet


    I actually met Warren Miller once. Seemed like a nice guy except he gave me a 5 minute lecture on starving children in Nepal (he had just shot one of his movies there.) Totally unsolicited, but made me feel like a spoiled rotten idiot for no reason. I think I was about 19 years old.

  • chet

    I fully expected somebody to make a comment (subtle or not) about Love Actually being on the list. If you don’t piss yourself crying when the little boy runs through the airport after “the girl of his dreams” in the end then you are not a man! Top five movie moments, right next to the “wolf pack speach” atop the hotel in Las Vegas in The Hangover.

    You could also throw the part of The Natural in when Little Bobby Savoy (or not so little) hands Hobbs the Savoy Special after shattering Wonderboy.

    All great stuff!

  • Joe

    @Jeremiah – Fixed

  • mjp86

    So we go from fake interviews with TV color commentators to lists of favorite movies. So much for a Cubs blog.

  • Jeremiah Johnson

    I think Chet’s got our mailbag question for next week: Has a movie ever made you cry so hard you wet yourself?

    My answer: No. Also, ew.

  • Jedi

    Chet, I’d argue that if you make it to the END of “Love Actually” you’re not a man…or at least not the man wearing the pants…;-)

  • Seymour Butts

    Yeah, my bad…you’d think I might read before writing.
    BUT..he’s the only one I can respect…I mean come on, how many one liners from that movie are on the tip of your tongue every day.

  • Jeremiah Johnson

    Thanks Joe, but I’m not really optimistic about my chances of winning at this point. Especially since opening two browsers didn’t allow me to cast a second vote for myself.

  • Doug S.

    Some good movies listed. Also some real stinkers IMO. Goes to show what a poor judge of what people will like I can be.

    Buddy (Keyser Soze) got my vote.

  • Buddy

    “And on his farm he shot some guys…”

  • cap’n obvious

    No Caddyshack? Anywhere? Anyone? We now return you to fake interviews with color commentators that come up just short of openly shilling for the Cub manager job….

  • Lando87

    No one listed a Scorsese film? For shame!

  • CubbieDude

    JJ: I like the way you think.
    Real Seymour: “The Natural” is on my list of books to read. After I finish reading it, then I’ll watch the movie. So far I’ve only seen bits and pieces of the flick.
    chet: I’ve never met Mr. Miller, but I have met a few folks who’ve been to Nepal. The poverty thing seems to affect them pretty strongly, especially compared to how good we have it here. Don’t take it personal.
    mjp86: Get with the program. We’re fostering an appreciation for the “game within the game”. Are you from the South Side or something?
    JJ: Ditto my first comment (ico: 2 browsers).
    I voted for my own list, because I think it would be a pleasure to watch all those movies again, especially all 50 something of Warren Miller’s.

  • flyslinger2

    Hilarious-we can have a more intelligent discussion about our 5 favorite movies then discussing the latest trend the Cubs are having. This is a poignant conversation. My top 5:

    The book of Eli
    I am legend
    Gran Torino

    Common theme in all of these movies? Normal men who, when they see the big picture when life presents a challenge, put their own personal ambitions aside and sacrifice themselves for the greater good.

    Z should have learned this lesson.

  • CubbieDude

    cap’n obvious: OK dude – give us your top five. Then standby for incoming.
    Lando87: “Raging Bull’ might have been #6 on my list.

  • Buddy

    You’re right Lando. I forgot “The Departed.” Brain cramp on my part.

  • Jedi

    I can’t believe Joe’s dominating the vote. I’m not complaining about his list – it’s a good list…but if you were forced to watch all five of those movies, there’s a good chance you’d be ready to go kill someone when the credits rolled on the fifth film. Overt racism (with a side of American Beauty) is winning the day!

    Joe, does your top ten round out with Blazing Saddles, Mississippi Burning, Song of the South, Gettysburg, and Schindler’s List?

  • Jeremiah Johnson

    Of those polled, is anyone else a little ashamed of how long you took to come up with your top five? Because, as Jedi can attest, I puzzled over my answer (on and off) for days. It was hard for me to cut it down to just five. The Blues Brothers is my all-time favorite, but the other four slots were up for grabs. I could have just as easily gone with Grosse Pointe Blank, Rushmore, Young Frankenstein, The Untouchables, Rudy, or a handful of others.

  • chet

    Funny story on that thought Jeremiah….

    I started with literally a list of 50 (I am an avid movie watcher) and had to wittle it down. It was ridiculous and my wife thought I put way too much effort in…..

    The list of fifty had everything from Scorcese to John Hughes films and from Tarantino to, well, Love Actually….it almost made me crazy.

    Platoon was on there…..coupled with Dazed and Confused among others…how do you pick 5?????

    Next thing you will ask me is “What’s your favortie song?”

    I’ll be up for nights….

  • Jedi

    Chet don’t listen to me, I put both Fletch movies on my list so I understand my taste isn’t for everyone.

  • chet

    Hey, Fletch was definitely in the top 20 for me….. Fletch Lives classifies as more of a guilty pleasure….not in the top 50 but I get it. That was Chevy at his finest.

    Did you know that for the longest time you couldn’t get Fletch on DVD. The first print became a collectors Item. It sold for bizarrely high prices because they discontinued it so fast. It is now in a second print run and readily available everywhere.

  • Jeremiah Johnson

    Chet–For me the problem was that I tend to think of my favorites within their respective genres. So it’s easier for me to name my five favorite sports movies or westerns than it is to weigh those favorites against each other for an overall top five. Working down from a master list would have probably made it a lot easier.

  • Jedi

    “I know everything there is to know about the greatest ‘movie’ ever ‘made.'” Not only did it take forever to get to DVD, but it took forever to get to iTunes.

    I had the opposite experience from you though, I responded in about 5 minutes. Couldn’t have that Roundtable answer hanging over me all weekend.

    Brandon, I’m dying to know – did you think this was a sports movie list; or are you just THAT into sports movies?

  • chet

    In a sense, I also agree. I found that I was lumping groups of my 50 into groups of five. It was almost like I had 10 interchangable top 5’s. One top 5 was heavy with comedy while another had predominantly action movies. I tried to pull a movie from each genre and insert it into a top five and that was a disaster. I also found that I had many movies that were dead equal. For example, I have Old School, Wedding Crashers and The Hangover all tied as my honorable mention but couldn’t put them in the top five. They are also interchangable to me….it’s almost based on mood.

  • chet

    Brandon, Mr. 3000? really?

    I guess I shouldn’t talk, I have Love Actually….but still.

  • Katie

    I had to rewrite my list like 5 times… and I can think of 5 completely different movies to put on my list.

  • Jeremiah Johnson

    Oh good. Our collective indecision helps make my own more palatable.

  • Josh

    Alright someone needed to have a scorsese film in there. Top 5 has gotta be the godfather (parts 1 and two), The Departed, Fight Club, Departed and The Exorcist. Honorable Mention are the Dark Knight and Inception.

  • Jedi

    Josh you must really like the Departed huh – Nos. 2 & 4…not a lot of laughing going on during those movies either.

  • Josh

    Meant gladiator for the second departed

  • Josh

    Oh yeah, I feel like comedies are good, but the best movies are epics that are usually dramas.

  • Jedi

    Fair enough…plus you added Gladiator, the scenes in that movie with Joaquin Phoenix hitting on his sister qualify as black comedy.

  • Buddy

    What, no “Ishtar”?

  • Joe


    RE: Joe, does your top ten round out with Blazing Saddles, Mississippi Burning, Song of the South, Gettysburg, and Schindler’s List?

    I’ve only seen Schildler’s List and didn’t like it.

  • Jedi

    I was just messing around Joe, I found the commonalities in some of the choices unintentionally funny.

  • Buddy

    What’s the worst movie you’ve ever seen?

  • Jedi

    Double Team – Van Damme, Rodman, Rourke…it’s a hot crap.


    My top 5:
    The Blind Side
    Forrest Gump
    Remember the Titans
    Space Jam
    Rush Hour 2