Last year I came across a fun little ditty called, “The Challenge.” My little bro picked it off his friend’s fb wall and well, shit – I’m not one to pass up any challenge, and who doesn’t love a good list, right?

This particular list is harder than it sounds though. I had to psych myself up because of the stupid added ‘time limit’ pressure. (I may look all intelligent on paper and such, but I’m literally dumb as fuck when timed. I don’t know what happens, but if I’m timed in anything it’s like I lose all rationality and common fucking sense. So annoying.)

The Challenge

Set a timer and come up with 15 films in 15 minutes. These films have stayed with you over the course of your life, made an impact on you or you have remembered much more than any other movie…

(This challenge is complete horse shit though because it’s for all movies in any category EVER. That’s not per genre, people. And only in 15 minutes? Fuck me, I can’t decide what movie I want to watch in 15 minutes, let alone go through my lifetime of flicks. Whatever. Psycho people here ya go.)

1. Caddyshack (1980)

One of the first movies I remember seeing just bits and pieces of, and always at grandma’s. My grandma’s house was the place to be. Back then, window air conditioning was a HUGE deal – so my grandpa got one. For one room of the house. Yep, when it was hot, the family room was the spot. When Caddyshack first aired, it was like, the middle of summer and everyone was at grandma’s glued to “boob tube.” My uncle perfected his impression of Carl and the kids got to see some of Carl (and only because of the gopher). At 16-years old, I revisited this gem of a flick when I worked for “Movies to Go.” (A movie rental store: it’s where people used to go and rent a VHS or DVD and then Blu-ray, take it home for the night and watch it in the comfort of your home – so old school). I would go back and forth with this dude I worked with only in Caddyshack dialogue. Good times.

Ty: “You do drugs Danny?”

Danny: “Everyday.”

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

Danny: “I don’t know.”

“Cinderella story, outta nowhere. A former greenskeeper…now about to become…the Masters champion. It looks like a mirac- It’s in the HOLE! It’s in the hole! It’s in the hole!!” – Carl

2. The Sound of Music (1965)

I’ve sung the soundtrack all my life and I have seen the movie too many times to count. It holds a special place in my heart for my mom. One particular night while my ma felt the urge to iron all the curtains in the house (why?), she told us to keep her company in the living room and watch three of her fave movies: Gone With the Wind (1939), The Sound of Music (1965) and Camelot (1982). LOL – yeah I see some of my psycho in my mom sometimes. As children, we didn’t have the stamina or attention span for the entire 591 minutes of goodness, but I remember my mom singing each song while she ironed. I watched in awe because she knew all the songs by heart. Just like that, I fell in love with Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer.

“…these are a few of my favorite things….”

3. The Goonies (1985)

In 6th grade, the BFF and I learned this entire movie word for word. Not only would we quote it, we also wrote many notes in class reminding each other of every single line that we just loved. (‘Member passing notes in class as a kid? Yeah our notes were like, chapters of our lives seeping out of our souls on to the paper…#drama). At the time, my fave part was Chunk’s truffle shuffle. Probably still is.

4. Ghostbusters (1984)

Somethin’ about Bill Murray’s face… He just seems like he’d be a fun guy you’d wanna go smoke a clip with and get stupid, right? The slime, ‘Zool’, the ‘Stay Puft’ Marshmallow man and the gate keeper…classic. I hear a G2 is in the works with a new spin – the cast will be woman ghostbusters. I don’t know how I feel about this yet. Egon is irreplaceable…RIP Harold Ramis.

5. Grease (1978)

“I got chills…they’re multiplyin’…” Sandy and Danny…Rizzo and Kenicke . Greasers. ‪High School in the 50s. Ahh, memories‬. I’ve heard stories of when my ma caught my lil’ bro standing on the hood of our station wagon – in only a diaper – his hair slicked back with vaseline. Thinking he’s John Fucking Travolta, singing “Greased Lightning.” (I’ll never admit this to anyone, but I was a huge fan of Grease 2, too….I know. Right?)

6. The Little Mermaid (1989)

I know there may be better or newer or more popular animated flicks out there (Nemo, Tangled, Toy Story…), but this one…
One of our fam summer vacays we spent a week with our east coast cousins. When I heard my much younger cousins singing along WORD FOR WORD with Ariel. Well…I was not about to bow down to that shit – no way. I learned every song myself. And now my youngest daughter and I sing the soundtrack at the top of our lungs.

7. Halloween (1978)

Everything about it scares the shit out of me; hell the music alone can still probably send a trickle down my leg. I used to babysit a lot while growing up and I was so terrified after this one, I would literally run and hide every time our phone rang. I just really didn’t want to babysit anymore. Halloween II was a nice surprise but the rest of them just kind of became repetitive. Still scary though.

8. Dirty Dancing (1987)

“Nobody puts Baby in a corner.” I had the CASSETTE soundtrack, and I just know I still have the dances memorized, but I’m sure I look better in my head. Yea – bring it. First love and it was the first time I learned what abortion meant. I was so upset – poor Penny.

9. American History X (1998)

Holy fuck – this movie made such an impact on my heart, humanity and society. This began my strive for equal rights, civil rights, no violence, no hate crimes, racial profiling…and Ed Norton’s performance was maddening. Etched in my memory, the opening scene says too much about racism. Some things you just can’t unsee. Tragic ending that devastated me for a good three days, but taught me such valuable lessons.

10. The Princess Bride (1987)

This flick is just so sweet and simple. I fell in love with love. Added bonus: my youngest bruh has a killer impression of the ‘impressive clergyman’:

“Mawage….mawage is whot bwings us togetha today…and wuve, true wuve…”

And the memorable, “As you wish” and “Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”

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

Right? Too many lines to choose from and every time I see it, it’s like watching it for the first time. If I need a smile or giggle, I’ll throw shit out there like,

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

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

“I’m in a glass case of emotion!”

Such a great time, and I’m always ready to watch it again.

12. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

While growing up, the damn fam would break out the ‘ol VHS to kick off our season and all of its merriment. Every time I watch it, I look back and think of the quoting, or the back-and-forth with this flick’s sweet ass dialog. D and I have created a tradition but it comes with rules. Rule #1: the first viewing of the season we watch together as a fam. Rule #2: never EVER before Thanksgiving. Why?

Well, I don’t know Margo…”

13. Moulin Rouge! (2001)

Ok, so the premise of this movie is fucking depressing as hell and I wasn’t a fan of the ending AT ALL, but I’m such a sucker for the mushy love stories and dammit -the soundtrack is impressive. Ewan and Nicole impressed the shit outta me with kickass vocals. Especially,

“MY gift is my song – and this one’s for you.”

D and I watched this on our first movie night as a couple. It also had a special spot in our wedding, and still gives me goose bumps every time I hear it.

14. Super Troopers (2001)

These guys…these Broken Lizard guys…fucking. kick. ass. Again, another one of our ‘firsts’ as a couple We’ve seen it so many times, I’m pretty sure we quote verbatim. Shit, just thinking about a few lines, sends me into giggles. Like,

“The snozzberries taste like snozzberries…”

“Not so funny meow is it?”

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

15. Killer Party (2013)

Maybe you haven’t heard of this hor-com indie flick, but you will. It’s sure to be the first of many for the cast, full of untapped talent, and the creative production – all on a dirt poor budget. Sure, I’m a bit biased, but winning film festival after film festival can’t be wrong. Now you can go rent or buy it everywhere with VOD (itunes, Google play, hulu, Vimeo, Amazon, etc.) #SofaKingProud (Pssst…another solid for me: when you have the chance, watch it and let me know your thoughts)

There ya have it kids. The movies I remember most and have cherished through my 40-some years.


Set your timer for 15 mins and get. on. it. When you have your 15 in 15, repost your list here, shoot me an email or air it on your page/blog/site and let me know. You know…because sharing is caring.


“Dear 8 pound 6 ounce, newborn, infant Jesus….”

– “Ricky Bobby” in Talledega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, (2006)

“Mmm…I love scotch. I love Scotch. Scotchy, Scotch, Scotch. Here it goes down. Down into my belly….Mm-mmm-mmm.”

– “Ron Burgundy” in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, (2004)

**Honorable mentions coming soon…

in another post….

so stay tuned….

or don’t. Whatever.

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