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Before we begin, it's important to note that Dr. Von Zuko is almost always at odds with the 'main stream' movie critics.  Recognizing that there are frequently many hidden agendas in play with mainstream media, it's easy to understand how sometimes incredibly bad, incredibly boring films get their rave reviews while other extremely well made, engaging, and wholly entertaining films get panned! 

The doctor doesn't need to worry about editors, big money sponsors, or Hollywood politics.  To make the doctor's Top 10 lists the film must stand on it's own merit.  It must be exceptionally well made, engaging, thought provoking, imaginative, technically or historically accurate, artistic, fanciful, humorous, heart touching, and all of those other nice sounding adjectives  . . . but first and foremost, it's a movie . . . it needs to be entertaining! 
(Why is it that the critics always seem to miss that one key attribute?)


Top 10 Action Adventure Movies

Top 10 Horror Movies
  (click movie for review)  
10 The High Road to China Night of the Living Dead
9 Sahara The Shining
8 Romancing the Stone The Amityville Horror
7 Pirates of the Caribbean Nightmare on Elm Street
6 True Lies Bram Stoker's Dracula
5 The Mummy The Exorcist
4 The Mummy Returns Poltergeist
3 Lara Croft Cradle of Life The Sixth Sense
2 Raiders of the Lost Ark (Trilogy) The Ring
1 National Treasure Halloween

  Top 10 Science Fiction Movies Top 10 Fantasy Movies
10 Close Encounters of the Third Kind The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
9 War of the Worlds Labyrinth
8 Alien The Chronicles of Narnia
7 Blade Runner Batman
6 Terminator Trilogy Spider Man
5 Matrix Trilogy Van Helsing
4 Jurassic Park Men In Black
3 Star Wars IV-VI The Fifth Element
2 The Abyss The Harry Potter series
1 Independence Day Lord of the Rings: Return of the King

  Top 10 Comedy Movies Top 10 Crime & Punishment
10 Blazing Saddles Silence of the Lambs
9 My Cousin Vinny Good Fellas
8 Young Frankenstein Oceans Eleven (2001)
7 Ferris Bueller's Day Off Blow
6 A Fish Called Wanda The Untouchables
5 Ghostbusters The Fugitive
4 Scary Movie Confidence
3 The 40 Year Old Virgin The Italian Job
2 National Lampoon's Animal House U.S. Marshals
1 Monty Python and the Holy Grail The Godfather


Top 10 Conspiracy Thrillers

Top 10 Western Movies
10 The Marathon Man Dances With Wolves
9 Ronin True Grit
8 Three Days of the Condor Jeremiah Johnson
7 Patriot Games The Outlaw Josey Wales
6 Enemy of the State Young Guns
5 The Bourne Supremacy The Seachers
4 The Bourne Identity Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
3 Spy Game 3:10 to Yuma
2 Blood Diamond Unforgiven
1 Casino Royale (2006) Tombstone

  Top 10 Historical Dramas Top 10 War Movies 
10 Quest for Fire Pearl Harbor
9 Barry Lyndon Memphis Belle
8 Spartacus Apocalypse Now
7 The Right Stuff Gallipoli
6 Apollo13 Enemy at the Gates
5 Cold Mountain Full Metal jacket
4 Kingdom of heaven Platoon
3 Apocalypto Das Boot
2 Master and Commander Gettysburg
1 Bravehart Saving Private Ryan


Top 10 Romance Movies

Top 10 Mystery Movies


While You Were Sleeping

Da Vinci Code

Hanover Street

Minority Report
8 The Princess Bride The Name of the Rose
7 Sleepless in Seattle JFK

Notting Hill

Body Heat

Tequila Sunrise

Along Came a Spider

Six Days Seven Nights

Basic Instinct

Bull Durham

L.A. Confidential

When Harry Met Sally



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Top 10 Zombie Movies

                    (click movie for review)
10 The Serpent and the Rainbow  (1988)
9 Dead Snow  (2009)
8 Land of the Dead (2005)
7 Re-Animator   (1985)
6 Zombieland (2009)
5 Shaun of the Dead  (2004)
4 Zombie  (1979)
3 The Evil Dead (1987)
2 The Dawn of the Dead   (1978)
1 The Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Top 10 Movie Classics

10 The Man Who Knew Too Much  (1956)
9 Metropolis  (1927)
8 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
7 Casablanca   (1942)
6 Gone With the Wind  (1939)
5 It's a Wonderful Life  (1946)
4 The Maltese Falcon  (1941)
3 Bridge Over the River Kwai
2 The African Queen   (1951)
1 The Wizard of Oz
Top 10 Holiday Classics
10 A Christmas Carol
9 Jingle All the Way
8 Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
7 How the Grinch Stole Christmas
6 The Nightmare Before Christmas
5 Toy Story
4 Miracle on 34th Street
3 The Polar Express
2 National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
1 A Christmas Story

Top 10 Animated Features

10 Monsters
9 Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius
8 The Secret of Nimh
7 Ice Age
6 The Lion King
5 Toy Story 2
4 Finding Nemo
3 The Incredibles
2 Cars
1 Shrek


"Because not every movie is not intended to be a work of art!  Sometimes escapism and mindless fun have a lot of merit."


The Top 10 Best Movies Ever Made by Genre: Top 10 Best Action Adventure Movies: The High Road to China: This is the type of action adventure movie that Hollywood should be making but isn't! Sahara: Sahara is a fast paced action adventure based on a great Clive Cussler book. Sahara offers up exciting chase scenes, narrow escapes, suspenseful situations and surprising discoveries. Romancing the Stone: Romancing the Stone is one of those very rare and special films that are just as enjoyable the 50th time you watch it as it was with your very first viewing. Pirates of the Caribbean: A highly entertaining and humorous swashbuckling Pirate adventure, and probably the only such movie ever based on a theme park ride, Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean. True Lies: True Lies brings a delightfully different twist to the action adventure spy thriller realm. Best characterized as an action comedy, the film was a box office winner and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects and won a Golden Globe for Jamie Lee Curtis' portrayal of Helen Tasker.  The Mummy: A fun and exciting take off from an old American horror classic. This 1999 version however, is not in the horror genre. The Mummy is delightfully high on adventure, exotic far away places, and comedic relief. The Mummy Returns: The Mummy Returns A sequel that really works! This story picks up where the first film "The Mummy" left off.  High on action, adventure, suspense and some very, very cool visual effects.  This is a fast paced and highly entertaining action adventure. Lara Croft Cradle of Life: This Lara Croft adventure is fraught with intense action and tight situations. Based on the game Lara Croft Tomb Raider. Raiders of the Lost Ark (Trilogy): One of the most successful Action Adventure movie series of all time, with box office receipts of nearly $2 Billion worldwide! The Indiana Jones adventures are built around the old concept of the Saturday matinee movie serial and as movie fans have affirmed, the Indian Jones story, plots, adventures, and action continue to entertain and fascinate audiences extremely well. National Treasure: National Treasure for pure unbridled family entertainment value this fine film surely ranks among the best Action Adventure movies ever.

Top 10 Conspiracy Thrillers: The Marathon Man: Marathon Man is a 1974 paranoid thriller novel by William Goldman. In 1976 it was made into a film of the same name starring Dustin Hoffman Ronin: Ronin is a conspiracy thriller about a freelancing former US intelligence agent who tries to track down a mysterious package. Three Days of the Condor: Three Days of the Condor is a 1975 film about a bookish CIA researcher played by Robert Redford, who finds all his colleagues dead, and must outwit those responsible. Patriot Games: While vacationing in London, CIA analyst Jack Ryan played by Harrison Ford, saves the Prince and Princess of Wales from a terrorist attack and gains the gratitude of a nation. Enemy of the State: Enemy of the State is a 1998 spy-thriller Conspiracy film directed by Tony Scott about a group of rogue NSA agents who kill a Congressman in a political-related murder. The Bourne Supremacy: When a Chinese vice-premier is murdered in a most suspicious manner, investigators consider the possibility that legendary assassin Jason Bourne may still be in action. The Bourne Identity: The Bourne Identity is a 2002 spy film based on Robert Ludlum's novel of the same name. It stars Matt Damon as Jason Bourne, a psychogenic amnesiac attempting to discover his true identity amidst a clandestine conspiracy within the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to track him down for inexplicably failing to carry out an officially unsanctioned assassination and then failing to report back in afterwards. Spy Game: A thinking person's thriller, Spy Game employs dense plotting without sacrificing the kinetic momentum. The film has the byzantine scope of a novel, focusing on veteran CIA operative Nathan Muir played by Robert Redford, whose protégé Tom Bishop played by Brad Pitt, is scheduled for execution in a Chinese prison. It's Muir's last day before retiring and Bishop is being deliberately sacrificed slimmy CIA officials to ensure healthy trade with China. Muir has 24 hours to rescue Bishop. Blood Diamond: Blood Diamond is a 2006 war film and conspiracy thriller starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Connelly and Djimon Hounsou. Casino Royale (2006): In his first mission, James Bond must stop Le Chiffre, a banker to the world's terrorist organizations, from winning a high-stakes poker tournament at Casino Royale in Montenegro. Daniel Craig as Bond, has that Bond attitude, style, and confidence matched only by Sean Connery.

Top 10 Best Science Fiction Movies: Close Encounters of the Third Kind: Close Encounters of the Third Kind, a 1977 American science fiction film written and directed by Steven Spielberg. War of the Worlds: War of the Worlds is a 2005 American science fiction film adaptation of H. G. Wells' novel of the same name, directed by Steven Spielberg. Tom Cruise as Ray Ferrier, a divorced dock worker estranged from his children and living separately from them. As his ex-wife drops their children off for him to look after for a few days, Earth is invaded by aliens riding Tripod vehicles, and Ray tries to protect his children and flee to Boston to rejoin his ex-wife. Alien: Directed by Ridley Scott. With Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Cartwright. A mining ship, investigating a suspected SOS, lands on a distant planet and encounters predatory alien creatures. Blade Runner: Blade Runner is a 1982 American science fiction film, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, and Sean Young. Terminator Trilogy: Matrix Trilogy: Jurassic Park: Certainly one of the best adventure movies ever made. Star Wars IV-VI: The Star Wars series consists of three of the best movies ever made. The Abyss: Independence Day: With Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum. The aliens are coming and their goal is to invade and destroy. Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum destroy the alien mother ship.

Top 10 Best War Movies Ever Made: Pearl Harbor, Memphis Belle: Memphis Belle is a 1990 war movie set in World War II, starring Matthew Modine and Eric Stoltz and introducing Harry Connick Jr. about the 25th and last mission of an American B-17 bomber, the Memphis Belle, which was based in England during World War II. Apocalypse Now: Apocalypse Now is a 1979 American epic war film Set during the Vietnam War. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola. With Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall. During the on-going Vietnam War, Captain Willard is sent on a dangerous mission into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade Green Beret who has set himself up as a God among a local tribe. Gallipoli: In Gallipoli two Australian sprinters face the brutal realities of war in 1915 when they are sent to fight the Turks. An account of the fruitless attempt by the Allies to dislodge the Turks from the Gallipoli Peninsula. Enemy at the Gates: Jude Law, Ed Harris, Rachel Weisz. Two Russian and German snipers play a game of cat-and-mouse during the Battle of Stalingrad. Full Metal jacket: A pragmatic US Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the Vietnam War. Platoon: Platoon is a 1986 Vietnam war film written and directed by Oliver Stone With an all star cast of Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe, and Charlie Sheen. A young recruit fighting in the Vietnam War faces a moral crisis. Das Boot: Das Boot is a 1981 feature film directed by Wolfgang Petersen. Das Boot is a dramatic tale of the claustrophobic world of a WWII German U-boat and its crew; boredom, filth, and sheer terror. Gettysburg: One of the best Civil War movies ever made. In 1863, the Northern Union and Southern Confederate forces fight in decisive Battle of Gettysburg. One of the most devastating battles of the Civil War. Thousands of Civil War reenactors from across the country volunteered their time and expense to come to Gettysburg to participate in the massive battle scenes. Saving Private Ryan: The number one best war movie ever made. Directed by Steven Spielberg. With an all star cast of Tom Hanks, Tom Sizemore, Edward Burns. Following the Normandy Landings, a group of US soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper Private James Francis Ryan (Matt Damon), whose three brothers have been killed in battle.

Top 10 Best Horror Movies Ever Made: Night of the Living Dead: Clearly the best Zombie movie ever made. Night of the Living Dead is a 1968 independent black-and-white zombie film directed by George A. Romero. the protagonists of the story, and five other people, struggle to survive a night trapped in a rural Pennsylvania farmhouse besieged by Zombies created through the mysterious reanimation of the recently dead. The Shining: The Amityville Horror: Nightmare on Elm Street: Bram Stoker's Daracula: The Exorcist: Poltergeist: The Sixth Sense: The Ring: Halloween: Halloween is a 1978 an independent horror film directed by John Carpenter, starring Donald Pleasence and Jamie Lee Curtis in her very first role as an actress. The techniques and plot elements applied in Halloween have emerged as a standard format for the slasher movie genre. Top 10 best Western Movies ever made: Dances With Wolves: True Grit: Jeremiah Johnson: The Outlaw Josey Wales: Young Guns: The Seachers: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid: 3:10 to Yuma: Unforgiven: Tombstone:

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