Thursday, April 16, 2009

Favorite Movie Characters

I was tagged with a meme by my friend Super Mega Dad yesterday. I had never heard of a meme. As far as I knew meme was a fat lady on the Drew Carey Show or what you might hear if you ask a group of kids for volunteers. Upon further review I found that this meme is a challenge to write a post about my favorite 10 movie characters of all time. Asking a man who owns over 100 DVDs to pick his favorite 10 characters is like asking a parent to choose their favorite child. I only have one kid so it's not like that for me, but you get my point. My favorites would probably change daily but as of right now here is my list in no particular order.

Jimmy Conway - Goodfellas
My friends and I in college had many discussions about the aura of Jimmy Conway. The fact that we were usually inebriated should have no bearing on the validity of our conversation. Jimmy Conway was super cool. The minute he walked into the room every one turned their head. He commanded the room. Everyone wanted to be near him. He was the coolest guy alive.

Michael Corleone - The Godfather Part II
I love Michael. He was ruthless. He moved on Vegas and took down Moe Green. He outwitted Hyman Roth. No one could stand in his way. Not even Fredo.

Indiana Jones - Indiana Jones other than the Crystal Skull
The ending of the last movie was terrible but otherwise I am a big fan of the Indiana Jones movies. Indy took on the Nazis time and again. He battled the crazy satan worshippers in the Temple of Doom. He used a whip. How many other heroes are cool enough to use a whip? I would love to have been along on some of his adventures except for the life threatening parts of course. He did all this while being cool enough to never loose his fedora.

William Wallace - Braveheart
My old friend Shakey would say that the movie Braveheart was hard core. Those battle scenes certainly were. I am going to watch this movie a lot before I go to Scotland this summer. I am sure the locals will love to hear my William Wallace impersonation. If you don't like him then I will consume you with fire from my eyes and bolts of lightening from my arse.

R.P. McMurphy - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
McMurphy loved to party. He snuck women into the hospital and his friends out of the hospital. He loved baseball. He played basketball and poker. What a guy. All the while he refused to be controlled. He was the ultimate rebel and a crazy one at that.

Doc Holliday - Tombstone
Val Kilmer stole the whole movie with this performance. Doc was the fastest gun in the west. He was always drunk and sick but still fast enough to take down Johnny Ringo. Not only was Doc cool and deadly he was funny. His one liners are great.

Trent - Swingers
He was the ultimate party guy. Everyone wanted to hang out with Trent. He was the guy that has too much to drink and goes to waffle house in the wee hours to eat. While there he makes a scene maybe even singing the Waffle House song. I heard that people do that.

Navin Johnson - The Jerk
This movie absolutely cracks me up every time I watch it. It was made of course back when Steve Martin was still alive. The amount of his lines stored up in my brain would crash a super computer.

Carl Spackler - Caddyshack
One of the great comedic characters of all time. The scene in Carl's "home" with Chevy Chase is pure comedic gold. I can never play golf without at least once yelling "It's in the hole!"

Clark W. Griswold - Vacation and Christmas Vacation
Clark is the ultimate family man. All of us dad bloggers should strive to give the same type of attention to our families that he does. We should never strive to do it in the same manner though because it would be very dangerous. I laugh at my buddy Clark over and over. It never gets old.

The final part of this challenge is to tag 5 more freinds on which to bestow this honor. I tried to pick some guys that I have seen talk about movies. Below are my victims. Go visit their sites and pressure them to take part. Have fun if you are among the chosen.

Daddy Files
Mike @ Unraveling Life's Mysteries
Fatherhood: The Final Frontier
Rob @ PB and Smelly's Dad


WeaselMomma said...

Great movie list, but I don't believe Steve Martin is dead. His career might be though.

Otter Thomas said...

@WeaselMomma: That was my implication. The guy using his name to make movies today is not Steve Martin.

Daddy Files said...

Oh sweet God. This is going to take some time and serious soul-searching! I take my movies very seriously.

Bee (the one who muses) said...

I agree with most of your choices, I've never seen Caddyshack or that Vacation movie, but I especially love Doc Holiday and I'll say to the hubs "I'm your huckleberry" all the time!

surprised mom said...

Great movie list! But gory's not my thing, even when done by top-notch actors. However, I love laughing and saw Caddyshack more than once.

PJ Mullen said...

What? No Eric Stratton?

I would have had to include Steven from Braveheart too: "This is not William Wallace, I'm prettier than this man" Got to love a nutjob.

Super Mega Dad said...

Your list was "cooler" than mine for sure. I feel like such a dork. I think I need to get out more. ;)

Great list!

Otter Thomas said...

@PJ: I feel bad about leaving out Otter. He was one of the final cuts. I will give him some love here.

"Eric Stratton, Rush Chairman. Damn glad to meet you."

@Super Mega Dad: I have over 100 DVD's. I obviously need to get out more too.

Rob said...

This is a tall order but I will get my list up by tonight and let you know once complete. Thanks for the tags, like me getting up at 12:30 for work isn't enough. LOL

New Dad Blog said...

Jimmy Conway made me want to become an Irish gangster when I was younger.

And ironically Doc Holiday made me want to become an alcoholic gambler. . .