The Toronto International Film Festival is hogging the streets these days.
The A-listers flirt with the camera, tease their fans with their perfection — sculpted by the hands of escapists — and of course film reels are aplenty, giving movie nuts that much needed fix.
Movie nuts like me, perhaps. Between the wife and I, we have close to 400 films. And that’s after two separate purges of DVDs we just didn’t want, or regretted buying.
But I digress. TIFF is such a great thing for Toronto — hell, for Canada. It shows the world we love the artform. And don’t mind the actors that pick up the roles therein. With the film festival as inspiration, I’ve put together a list of my 25 favourite movies of all time.
Cast: Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer, Michael Biehn, Sam Elliott, Bill Paxton, Powers Boothe and Dana Delaney.
Director: George P. Cosmatos
Best Quote: “You die first, get it? Your friends might get me in a rush, but not before I make your head into a canoe, you understand me?” ~Wyatt Earp
|24.||What: Cape Fear
Cast: Gregory Peck, Robert Mitchum, Telly Savalas, Lori Martin, Polly Bergen and Martin Balsam.
Director: J. Lee Thompson
Best Quote: “I got something planned for your wife and kid that they ain’t never going to forget. They ain’t never going to forget it … and neither will you, Counselor! Never!” ~Max Cady
|23.||What: The Ghost and the Darkness
Cast: Val Kilmer, Michael Douglas, Tom Wilkinson, John Kani, Om Puri and Emily Mortimer.
Director: Stephen Hopkins
Best Quote: “Lions don’t do this. Lions … never had a lair like this. They’re doing it for the pleasure.” ~Charles Remington
Cast: Mel Gibson, Lucy Liu, Maria Bello, David Paymer and Kris Kristofferson.
Director: Brian Helgeland
Best Quote: “Crooked cops. Do they come in any other way? If I’d been just a little dumber, I could have joined the force myself.” ~Porter
|21.||What: The Goonies
Cast: Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Jeff Cohen, Corey Feldman, Kerri Green, Martha Plimpton and Ke Huy Quan.
Director: Richard Donner
Best Quote: “The marijuana goes in the top drawer. The cocaine and speed go in the second drawer. And the heroin goes in the bottom drawer. Always separate the drugs.” ~Mouth (in Spanish)
Cast: Chadwick Boseman, Harrison Ford, Nicole Beharie, Chris Meloni and T.R. Knight.
Director: Brian Helgeland
Best Quote: “No. I want a player who’s got the guts not to fight back.” ~Branch Rickey
|19.||What: Inside Man
Cast: Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Jodie Foster, Willem Dafoe, Christopher Plummer and Chiwetel Ojiofor.
Director: Spike Lee
Best Quote: “Fact is, all lies, all evil deeds, they stink. You can cover them up for a while, but they don’t go away.” ~Dalton Russell
Cast: Tobey Maguire, Reese Witherspoon, William H. Macy, Joan Allen, Jeff Daniels and Don Knotts.
Director: Gary Ross
Best Quote: “No, David. Nobody’s happy in a poodle skirt and a sweater set.” ~Jennifer
|17.||What: Wayne’s World
Cast: Michael Myers, Dana Carvey, Tia Carrere, Rob Lowe, Bryan Doyle-Murray and Lara Flynn Boyle.
Director: Penelope Spheeris
Best Quote: “No Stairway. Denied!” ~Wayne Campbell
Cast: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gary and Murray Hamilton.
Director: Steven Spielberg
Best Quote: “Smile you son of a … !” ~Brody
|15.||What: Finding Forrester
Cast: Sean Connery, Rob Brown, F. Murray Abraham, Anna Paquin and Busta Rhymes.
Director: Gus Van Zant
Best Quote: “No thinking — that comes later. You must write your first draft with your heart. You rewrite with your head. The first key to writing is … to write, not to think!” ~William Forrester
|14.||What: Life of Pi
Cast: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Adil Hussain, Tabu, Rafe Spall and Gérard Depardieu.
Director: Ang Lee
Best Quote: “Animals have souls … I have seen it in their eyes.” ~Pi Patel
|13.||What: Almost Famous
Cast: Kate Hudson, Billy Crudup, Frances McDormand, Jason Lee, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Anna Paquin and Patrick Fugit
Director: Cameron Crowe
Best Quote: “Good-looking people don’t have any spine. Their art never lasts. They get the girls, but we’re smarter.” ~Lester Bangs
|12.||What: Man on Fire
Cast: Denzel Washington, Dakota Fanning, Radha Mitchell, Christopher Walken, Marc Anthony and Mickey Rourke.
Director: Tony Scott
Best Quote: “Forgiveness is between them and God. It’s my job to arrange the meeting.” ~Creasy
Cast: Kurt Russell, Billy Baldwin, Robert De Niro, Donald Sutherland, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Scott Glenn.
Director: Ron Howard
Best Quote: “You go. We go.” ~Lt. Steven McCaffrey
Cast: Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, George Macready and Joseph Calleia.
Director: Charles Vidor
Best Quote: “Sure. I’m decent.” ~Gilda
|9.||What: Saving Silverman
Cast: Jason Biggs, Steve Zahn, Jack Black, Amanda Peet and Amanda Detmer.
Director: Dennis Dugan
Best Quote: “You’ve been pinching loaves on the lawn? I play croquet out there!” ~J.D.
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, James Marsden, Famke Janssen, Anna Paquin, Halle Berry and Ian McKellen.
Director: Bryan Singer
Best Quote: “Are you a God-fearing man, Senator? That is such a strange phrase. I’ve always thought of God as a teacher; a bringer of light, wisdom, and understanding.” ~Magneto
|7.||What: Still Crazy
Cast: Stephen Rea, Billy Connolly, Jimmy Nail, Timothy Spall, Bill Nighy and Juliet Aubrey.
Director: Brian Gibson
Best Quote: “The last tour I did was ten years ago. It was Aerosmith, but they’ve gone and cleaned up their act. It’s all wheatgrass juice and fuckin’ pumpkin seeds. I hope you guys are still crazy, or I’m outta here.” ~Hughie
|6.||What: Dazed and Confused
Cast: Jason London, Rory Cochrane, Matthew McConaghey and Ben Affleck.
Director: Richard Linklater
Best Quote: “Let me tell you this, the older you do get the more rules they’re gonna try to get you to follow. You just gotta keep livin’ man, L-I-V-I-N.” ~Wooderson
|5.||What: Empire of the Sun
Cast: Christian Bale, John Malkovich, Miranda Richardson, Nigel Havers and Joe Pantoliano
Director: Steven Spielberg
Best Quote: “I can’t remember what my parents look like.” ~Jim Graham
|4.||What: The Others
Cast: Nicole Kidman, Fionnula Flanagan, Christopher Eccleston, Alakina Mann and James Bentley.
Director: Alejandro Amenábar
Best Quote: “Sometimes the world of the living gets mixed up with the world of the dead.” ~Mrs. Mills
Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Peter Lorre, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt and Sydney Greenstreet.
Director: Michael Curtiz
Best Quote: “Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine.” ~Rick Blaine
|2.||What: L.A. Confidential
Cast: Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Kevin Spacey, Kim Basinger, Danny Devito, David Strathairn and James Cromwell.
Director: Curtis Hanson
Best Quote: “I wouldn’t trade places with Edmund Exley right now for all the whiskey in Ireland.” ~Captain Dudley Smith
|1.||What: The Big Lebowski
Cast: Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, Philip Seymour Hoffman, David Huddleston and Tara Reid.
Director: Joel and Ethan Cohen
Best Quote: “Mark it zero!” ~Walter Sobchak