Steve Eighinger

It's still a wonderful life, movie fans

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Apr. 25, 2019 9:30 am

Normally, I skip over those social media posts that ask you to fill out a survey of some sort.

A few days ago, however, I stumbled across one that intrigued me. Being a movie buff, you'll see why I was attracted. Here's how I filled out the questions:

Movie I could watch over and over: "It's A Wonderful Life." Each holiday season, I probably see this Jimmy Stewart classic about a half-dozen times. It has one of the corniest -- but greatest -- endings in film history.

Movie that made me cry: The ending of "It's A Wonderful Life." Every time. Every single time.

Movie that I am embarrassed to admit I liked: I have taken considerable abuse for liking "Message in a Bottle," but what can I say? I enjoy a movie that touches my heart. Robin Wright and Paul Newman anchor a solid cast.

Most underrated movie: "The Heartbreak Kid," which I readily admit provided my first post-high school crush (Cybill Shepherd) in 1972. There's quite a bit of subtle humor that still holds up relatively well 47 years later.

Best musical: There is none. I hate musicals. I love music, but at the movies I want action, adventure, intrigue, comedy and love affairs ... anything but music.

Movie I hate: Just about any musical ever made, unless it contains the songs of Rod Stewart or ABBA.

Best horror movie: The original "Dawn of the Dead" remains my all-time favorite zombie/monster film. There are some cinematic shots and images that are truly frightening.

Best comedy: If you like horror and comedy, I highly recommend "Shaun of the Dead."

Best teen movie: "Clueless," a 1995 cult classic with Alicia Silverstone, was loosely based on a Jane Austen novel. This film brought the catch phrase "as if" to the forefront. I recently read that Paramount Studios is planning a remake.

Best teen movie, part deux: "Heathers" was a critically acclaimed 1988 dark comedy that starred Winona Ryder, Christian Slater and Shannon Doherty. It was downright hilarious with a nasty streak.

Best modern war movie: "Saving Private Ryan" is pretty tough to beat. A true classic of the genre. A great cast that includes Tom Hanks, Edward Burns, Tom Sizemore and Barry Pepper also helps immensely.

Best Old West war movie: "They Died With Their Boots On" starring Errol Flynn as Gen. George Armstrong Custer. Granted, there are some historical stretches, but this account of Custer's Last Stand at Little Bighorn is tremendously entertaining.

Best Christmas movie: Is there any question? It has to be "It's A Wonderful Life." One of the unsung stars in this film is the late Ward Bond as Bert.

Worst movie I have ever seen: "The Lone Ranger," the 2013 clunker starring Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp, was atrocious. Finishing a close second would be the Will Ferrell disaster "Land of the Lost" in 2009.