My 15 in 15

The little bro sent me this challenge a couple years back and since I’m not one to pass up any challenge, I’m sharing it with you. Because sharing is __________ ! That’s right. And because who doesn’t love a good list? Am I right?

Only 15 Minutes. Don’t Cheat.

Because I hate time constraints, this particular ditty was a bit difficult for me, and I’m pretty sure I went a tad over 15 minutes, but don’t. You’ll ruin all the fun and it’s cheating. Sorta.

The Challenge” is to come up with 15 movies in 15 minutes that have stayed with you over the course of your life thus far with a short explanation of why. Movies that have made an impact on you, be it for better or worse. Or movies you have remembered much more so than any other flick you’ve seen.

Side Note: I have to say that this list is one big crockpot of shit because deciding on a top 15 movies is literally insanity. Perhaps a “Top 15” in each GENRE would be much more acceptable. So whoever came up with this challenge can suck it. And then make a new challenge for me, thanks.


1. Caddyshack (1980)

One of the first movies I remember seeing just bits and pieces of at first, and always at my grandma’s, where the tongue was a little looser. When Caddyshack first aired it was like, mid-summer time, and everyone at my grandma’s was glued to the “boob tube.” See, grandpa had just bought one of those video players (VCRs) and my uncle was one of the first to buy Caddyshack. Naturally, since the family room was the coolest on the block, literally, we all got glimpses of my uncle perfecting Carl’s accent/twist on words. “It’s in the hole!!”

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Copyright 1980, Orion/Warner Bros., https://opensource.org/licenses/gpl-license

Fun Fact: At 16-years-old, I took my first job at a Movies To Go rental store (Back when VHS tapes and DVDs were hot). One of my favorite co-workers shocked me one day by quoting lines from Caddyshack. That day we began a lifelong friendship communicating only in Caddyshack dialogue.

Cannonball!”

Caddyshack, Carl drinking with Ty

You see, my grandma’s house was “the” place to be every summer, because back then, window air conditioners were a HUGE deal and my grandparents had one. The only one in their neighborhood. Sure, just in the family room, but dammit, it was one more than their neighbors had. And my grandpa (God rest his little soul) always had one up on the Jones’. Always.

Ty: “You do drugs, Danny?”

Danny: “Every day.”

Ty: “Good, good. So, what’s the problem?”

Danny: “I don’t know. I just don’t know.”

– Caddyshack, Ty & Danny on the course


2. The Sound of Music (1965)

The soundtrack alone should be part of my personal theme song and I’ve only seen the movie two or three times, and not even recently. I remember my mom promised she’d watch three movies with us all in one night while she ironed curtains (what in the actual fuck?), and she picked the movies. My brothers were less than enthused and didn’t last long because the three movies were Gone With the Wind (1939), The Sound of Music (1965), and Camelot (1982). YEAH. LONG MF’ING NIGHT.

Edelweiss, the flower of the Alps (Image by Claude INGOUF from Pixabay)

GWTW was awfully boring to me and Camelot made me cry and cry, but with SOM I was glued. Its soundtrack was nothing short of amazing; I’d never heard anything like it before. Julie Andrews lit up the screen with My Favorite Things while Christopher Plummer’s sad eyes spoke volumes through Edelweiss. Ahh, but they are together in the end and that’s all that mattered to me. My mom knew every word to every song and sang proudly, which was impressive. “The hills are alive….”


3. The Goonies (1985)

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In 6th grade, the BFF and I watched this flick until we knew it verbatim. I don’t know if you remember this, but back in the day we passed notes in class, and we would literally write pages and pages of the dialogue to this movie and The Breakfast Club. And maybe Sixteen Candles. I had lost my mind staying up night after night, writing notes to pass, instead of doing homework. My fave part at the time and probably still is, Chunk’s truffle shuffle…


“Okay, but first, you gotta do the truffle shuffle…”

“Come on, you guys!”

“Do it.”

“Come on!”

“DO IT.”

The cast, the adventure, Sleuth (is that how you spell it?), the suspense. The #memories.

( Copyright, The Goonies 1985 Amblin Entertainment/Warner Bros. )

4. Ghostbusters (1984)

There’s a lot to be said for Bill Murray and I don’t think he’s gotten enough credit throughout his career. He seems like he’s one funny man (also playing in Caddyshack as “Carl,” the greenskeeper). He always comes off like he would be a riot to hang with, you know? I get his humor. I thought he was destined for more roles and he’d be in more movies, Kind of like Chevy Chase. Those dry, sarcastic, witty one-liners are my type of comedy. This movie changed many things in our house though because around that time, I was getting old enough to quote movies trying to get my parents to laugh at the worst/best times. Like during communion at church, parent-teacher conferences, when we were in trouble, while they were at work, etc.

“Human sacrifice! Dogs and cats, living together! Mass hysteria.”

– Dr. Peter Venkman, Ghostbusters (1984)


5. Grease (1978)

“I got chills, they’re multiplyin’…”

John Travolta exploded on the screen in Grease in ways that he never could for me in Saturday Night Fever. The music was what got me – oh, the music! We had the vinyl and what was cool about that is that we would open up the vinyl to see all the pictures from the movie, and sing along. My little brother was so influenced by Danny that he thought he could try something pretty cool, and at a very young 2-years-old or so. Donning just a diaper, he stood on the hood of my dad’s car and sang Greased Lightning – dancing with his hands and everything. I’m a romantic at heart so this movie got me and gave me hope for the future. Well, high school at least. But Sandy had to become kind of a ho to get Danny (or so she thought)….dun, dun, dun!!


6. The Little Mermaid (1989)

There may be better animated Disney or Pixar movies out there (Nemo, Tangled, Toy Story…), but this one screams my tween years. On a family vacation, we traveled in a station wagon to New York to visit my cousins. One night we sat down for popcorn and The Little Mermaid. My brothers and I hadn’t seen it yet and I was shocked when my little cousins knew every single word to every song. I was determined to learn them and in turn, I’ve taught my kids. It was a pretty surreal feeling to see the looks on their faces when I knew the words. Plus, Flounder is so cute, and poor Sebastian and the French chef: Les poissons! Good times.


7. Halloween (1978)

Yeah, I went from The Little Mermaid to Michael Myers, I’m a bit twisted like that. But this one…to this day one of the creepiest movies I’ve ever seen. As I age though, I find myself not wanting to be entertained by being scared shitless so I’ve veered away from horror movies (see semi-excuse below). Some things you just can’t UNSEE. And my parents probably let me watch this one a tad too young. “Mr. Sandman, bring me a dream…” Didn’t sleep for nights after that, and haven’t wanted to go to a hospital since seeing part II.


8. Dirty Dancing (1987)

“Nobody puts Baby in a corner.” Not only did we get the VHS, but I also had the soundtrack on CASSETTE. Winner! I look so much better in my head dancing than I ever could on the floor, but I still dance to it. My kids haven’t seen this one yet…it’s just gotta be the right time and none of them love to dance. Yet. This one broke me a bit though because I learned what abortion meant after seeing this and man, I was pissed at Penny back then. Now, of course, I understand and my heart hurts. Patrick Swayze wasn’t all that but this movie was iconic.


9. American History X (1998)

Have you seen this shit? My word. Gripping. Heartbreaking. Disgusting. Sad. My heart ached for people experiencing racism and I was forever changed. The ending of this one visibly upset me. And so it began – since then I strive for equal rights, civil rights, anti-violence, anti-war, no hate crimes, no racial profiling or cops killing black kids – none of it. The senseless crimes committed against people because of who they are is abhorrent to me. This movie pointed out how humans can suffer so horribly at the hands of other humans.


10. The Princess Bride (1987)

This is just a sweet, simple film that we happened to come across by accident as a family when I was younger. It’s weird the differences between then and now and what is considered movie night. Now, it’s all of us going to a theater but back then it was the living room and tolerating my dad’s constant channel surfing. He cannot flip through channels quickly enough, but when he finally landed on this one, we all fell in love. It became a family quotable and I fell in love with love that night when Wesley yelled,

“As you wish!”

But the best line:

“Hello, my name is Indigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”

– Indigo Montoya, Princess Bride


11. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)

One word: Quotes.

“I’m kind of a big deal. People know me.”

“I’m in a glass case of emotion!”

“They’ve done studies you know. Sixty percent of the time it works every time.”

“I love scotch. Scotch, scotch, scotch. Here it goes down, down into my belly.”

“Are you trying to tell me that there’s a party in your pants and that I’m invited?”

“I’m going to need you to retard your anger.”

“Boy, that escalated quickly. I mean, that really got out of hand fast.”

“Well, now we know, guys – you can’t smoke crack on live television.”

“Why don’t you go back to your home on whore island?”

“I love lamp.”

– Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

And that’s all I have to say about that unless you want me to keep going. Yeah, I’m one of those Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Seth Rogen, and Vince Vaughn (among others) junkies. I guess I’m old.


12. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

Every Thanksgiving night, our fam watches this and Home Alone – because, tradition. I started watching it with my parents when it first came out back in the day and I just continued this one into my own lil fam. Julia Lewis-Dreyfuss was pure comedy. Chevy Chase in the department store at the lingerie counter. Ellen figuring out the light situation. And Eddy. Jesus, Eddy. I’ll share some cheer:

“Well, then why is the carpet all wet Todd?”

“I don’t know Margo!”

“Fixed the newel post!”

“Shitter was full!”

“I’m gonna get you something {click} real nice.”


13. Super Troopers (2001)

The year D and I met we watched this over and over. In fact, I made my parents and brothers watch the opening scene and my Catholic father quoted it on a fishing trip he liked it so much. That’s a freaking miracle right there. I don’t think I could ever get sick of this movie. Well, any of these Broken Lizard movies, that’s for sure. These guys are top-notch. From their complex storylines to the heartfelt sentiment, and stoner one-liners they look like they’d be fun to party with. Entertain me.

“The snozzberries taste like snozzberries.”

“Not so funny right meow is it?”

“Want me to punch-a-size your face, for free?”

“Does that look like spit to you?” “Yeah.”

And a big shout out to part two that actually didn’t suck as bad as I thought it would. Kudos, my friends! Check them out in Super Troopers (I & II), Slammin’ Salmon, Beerfest, That one on the island with a killer, and others I’m clearly forgetting…Broken Lizard.


14. The Other Guys (2010)

There is something about the constant chemistry that Ferrell and Wahlberg have and not just in this movie. There’s a pretty funny little short where they both try to tell the best/worst dad jokes sent in from viewers. Check that out and if you haven’t seen this movie, you should. Completely quotable.

“I’m like a peacock, you gotta let me fly!”

“You thinkin’ what I’m thinkin’, partner?” “Aim for the bushes!”

“It’s a bad time, Bob!”

“Night Terry!” “Night Sheila!” “Night Terry!” “Whatever Allen go back inside, night Sheila!”

I mean, just watch their bloopers (courtesy of All Movie Bloopers on YouTube). Comedy.


15. Killer Party (2014)

An older little ditty that will take you back, way back to a solid B-rated horror movie, and discover an outstanding, imaginative cast that doesn’t disappoint. There are a lot of witty one-liners and the writing is spot on.

I may be biased. I mean, it doesn’t hurt that my little brother helped produce this one, and played a small role in it (spoiler: he doesn’t last long). It’s a horror movie about crazy maniac’s on the loose in Los Angeles during a very pregnant friend’s baby shower. I mean, as far as a B-rated horror movie goes, it was the best! It had suspense, gore, comedy, romance, and action. NOT a family-friendly movie by any means, nonetheless worth every minute.

It was cool to see my brother make and be in a movie but even cooler to watch it in an actual movie theater during their “opening night” (in the midwest). Check it out on iTunes, Amazon, and many other streaming outlets. You’re welcome.


So that’s it, kids. What do ya think? It’s so tough. I have a few honorable mentions, and a plethora of stand-up comedians I can’t get enough of like Anthony Jeselnik, Dave Chappelle, Kevin Hart (older, pre-fame), Sebastian Maniscalco, Jo Koy, and Katt Williams to name a few. There’s that eclectic taste again.

Honorable mentions: Evolution, Wedding Crashers, Old School, Saving Silverman, Dodgeball, Step Brothers, Talladega Nights, Airplane I & II, The ‘Burbs, Pineapple Express, The Lion King, Free Guy, Friday… shit I could go on and on. As one can tell, comedy is my genre, but it didn’t use to be.

I guess ever since Paranormal Activity 4 which was the very first time I actually jumped, spilled my entire bowl of popcorn, and walked out of the room. That movie wasn’t all that so I don’t know what clinched it for me – maybe the whole walking in the dark with a flashlight thing and a child’s face pops up in the semi-lit path; maybe it was that. Who knows, but my heart stopped beating that night and I took the hint. And dramas make me cry. I fucking hate crying.

I feel the same about this movie list as I would feel about oh let’s say a music list in the same context…it just isn’t fair, but that’s another post. So, tell me your 15 in 15 but don’t cheat. Like I did.


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