By: Scott Weinberg
(With the Cine-staff off on a late-July mini-vacation, we thought it'd be fun to bring you some of our favorite pieces from years past. Enjoy!)
OK, but when I say "all-time BEST," what I really mean is "REALLY good ones, according to one nerd," so feel free to challenge, argue and contribute your own choices as well. (I like to use hyper-superlatives in the title, just to get attention.) This topic was inspired by my weekly trip to a DVD store that shall remain anonymous (it rhymes with "guest fly"). I was driving home with one of the all-time perfect double features (which I got for a super price!) and that got me to thinking "Hey nerd, what else would make for a perfect double feature?" And then I remembered that I write for a blog where topics like this are quite popular ... which brings us to the freakin' list of movies already. Thanks for your patience.
Alien (1979) & Aliens (1986) -- OK, this was the double feature that inspired the whole silly article, but I'm going to try and stay clear of double features that consist of Part 1 and Part 2. Still, there's no freakin' way I could leave this duo off the list. First off, the original Alien is my #1 all-time favoritest movie ever made (yes, seriously) and Aliens is just ... damn. It's as close to flawless as a genre movie can get. My take on these films has always been pretty simple: Alien is the finest sci-fi-horror movie ever made -- and Aliens is the finest sci-fi-action movie ever made. With some awesome horror on the side. (Plus I got the two-disc Special Editions for $10 apiece! Awesome!)
Die Hard (1988) & Lethal Weapon (1987) -- Long before each series degenerated into amusing-yet-slight self-parody, we had two fantastic action movies in a half-decade that was packed to the sweaty rafters with hardcore action movies. You know what I love about the first Die Hard? That John McClane bleeds, whines and never does anything superhuman. And you know what I love about the first Lethal Weapon? It was about a cop who didn't CARE if he lived or died -- a darkly fascinating theme that was all but jettisoned once the series became Joe Pesci Meets The Three Stooges.