I'll be honest, to me the greatest film franchise is The Fast and Furious. Hugh octane mindless action with amazing action sequences and a fantastic cast. There are 8 so far, with part 9 coming next year, delayed thanks to Covid, and it looks like it will end at part 10. Some people make fun of them but I care less. For me they are lots of fun. And although I love them all here in my opinion are the top 5.
5) The Fast and the Furious: The one that started it all back in 2001. Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) enjoys the adrenaline of street car racing and his fans treat him like a rock star. After a blazing encounter with the ruthless Johnny Tran, Dom decides to take Brian (Paul Walker), a newcomer to street racing, under his wing. Dom's sister Mia sees something she likes in Brian, too. Trouble is, neither of them realize he's an undercover cop, and Dominic and his rival Johnny Tran are both the prime suspects in a case involving dirty money and big-rig hijacking.
4) 2 Fast 2 Furious: A lit of people hated this one for the fact it was more goofy, and did not have Vin Diesel in it. I find the humor a great touch and really enjoyed it. Ex-police officer Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker), relocates from Los Angeles to Miami to start over. Becoming involved in the street-racing scene in his new city, Brian befriends car-savvy Tej (Chris "Ludacris" Bridges) and Suki (Devon Aoki), but his competitive streak ends when federal agents apprehend him and he must enter into a deal with the FBI. Working with new partner Roman Pearce (Tyrese), Brian begins a dangerous mission to take down a powerful drug dealer.
3) Fast and Furious 6: Action cranked up to 11. Since Dom (Vin Diesel) and Brian's (Paul Walker) heist in Rio left them and their crew very rich people, they've scattered across the globe; however, they must still live as fugitives, unable to return home to their families. Meanwhile, Agent Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) has been tracking a gang of lethally skilled mercenary drivers whose second-in-command is someone Dom knows. Unable to take them down himself, Hobbs asks Dom and his crew for help in exchange for full pardons for everyone.
2) Fast Five: The film that shot the franchise into the stratosphere. Considered by many the best of the series and the one that introduces us to Luke Hobbs. Ever since ex-cop Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker) and Mia Torretto (Jordana Brewster) broke her brother Dom (Vin Diesel) out of custody, they've traveled border to border to evade authorities. In Rio de Janeiro, they must do one final job before they can gain their freedom for good. Assembling their elite team of car racers, Brian and Dom know they must confront the corrupt businessman who wants them dead, before the federal agent (Dwayne Johnson) on their trail finds them.
1) Furious 7: The best in the series so far in terms of action and story. It's Paul Walkers last apperance in the series after his tragic death, and the send off left the theater in tears. I got choked up myself. After defeating international terrorist Owen Shaw, Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel), Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker) and the rest of the crew have separated to return to more normal lives. However, Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham), Owen's older brother, is thirsty for revenge. A slick government agent offers to help Dom and company take care of Shaw in exchange for their help in rescuing a kidnapped computer hacker who has developed a powerful surveillance program.
The DC Extended Universe is, well, not that great to be honest. Which is sad. DC has the better characters, they make the best animated films, and there Television Universe is fantastic. They just seen to be lacking in the film world. However they have made great improvements over the last few years, but not enough to make a list out of. So I'm expanding this to be the Top 5 Live action DC films made so far in my opinion.
5) Swamp Thing: On the verge of a breakthrough in his quest to wipe out world hunger, altruistic botanist Dr. Alec Holland (Ray Wise) is placed under the protection of special government agent Alice Cable (Adrienne Barbeau). Mad outlaw scientist Anton Arcane (Louis Jourdan) wants to steal Holland's research for his own nefarious ends, but an unforeseen accident during the heist turns Holland into the Swamp Thing, an enormous plant-like creature that fights back against Arcane's henchmen to save Cable.
4) Batman 1966: Still the best Batman film out there. Kaaapowie! Holy feature film, Batman ... one based on the tongue-in-cheek, campy 1960's television series. Watch Batman (Adam West) and Robin (Burt Ward) battle sharks, Catwoman, The Joker and The Riddler on the big screen. Can they try to prevent the bad guys from taking over the world? With a wham! and a pow! and a zip! ... our heroes just might win.
3) Birds of Prey: I don't care what anyone says. I loved this film. It's open season on Harley Quinn when her explosive breakup with the Joker puts a big fat target on her back. Unprotected and on the run, Quinn faces the wrath of narcissistic crime boss Black Mask, his right-hand man, Victor Zsasz, and every other thug in the city. But things soon even out for Harley when she becomes unexpected allies with three deadly women -- Huntress, Black Canary and Renee Montoya.
2) Joker: Simply amazing. Forever alone in a crowd, failed comedian Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix in an Oscar winning role)seeks connection as he walks the streets of Gotham City. Arthur wears two masks -- the one he paints for his day job as a clown, and the guise he projects in a futile attempt to feel like he's part of the world around him. Isolated, bullied and disregarded by society, Fleck begins a slow descent into madness as he transforms into the criminal mastermind known as the Joker.
1) Watchmen: The best superhero film made to this day from any studio. In an alternate 1985 America, costumed superheroes are part of everyday life. When one of his former comrades is murdered, masked vigilante Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley) uncovers a plot to kill and discredit all past and present superheroes. As he reconnects with his retired associates, only one of which has true powers, Rorschach glimpses a far-reaching conspiracy involving their shared past and catastrophic consequences for the world's future.
The MCU. It's a beautiful thing. As a lifelong comic collector seeing these characters come to life on the big screen is a blessing. When I was young you were laughed at for living these hero's, but now they have become the biggest thing in film and television. This list focuses on the Marvel Universe films. From the breakout Iron Man to the highest grossing film of all time in Avengers: Endgame the MCU has created a cinematic universe that will never be duplicated. Here in my opinion are the top 5 MCU film of all time (so far).
5.) Spiderman Homecoming: finally Marvel takes back Spidey and the results are better than anyone could dream. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, young Peter Parker returns home to live with his Aunt May. Under the watchful eye of mentor Tony Stark, Parker starts to embrace his newfound identity as Spider-Man. He also tries to return to his normal daily routine -- distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just a friendly neighborhood superhero. Peter must soon put his powers to the test when the evil Vulture emerges to threaten everything that he holds dear.
4) Avengers: The fist time is always the best time. When Thor's evil brother, Loki, gains access to the unlimited power of the energy cube called the Tesseract, Nick Fury, director of S.H.I.E.L.D., initiates a superhero recruitment effort to defeat the unprecedented threat to Earth. Joining Fury's "dream team" are Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk, Thor, the Black Widow, and Hawkeye.
3) Thor Ragnarok: Humor is just what Thor . Imprisoned on the other side of the universe, the mighty Thor finds himself in a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against the Hulk, his former ally and fellow Avenger. Thor's quest for survival leads him in a race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home world and the Asgardian civilization.
2) Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2: The most out loud and downright fun Marvel film made. Peter Quill and his fellow Guardians are hired by a powerful alien race, the Sovereign, to protect their precious batteries from invaders. When it is discovered that Rocket has stolen the items they were sent to guard, the Sovereign dispatch their armada to search for vengeance. As the Guardians try to escape, the mystery of Peter's parentage is revealed.
1) Captain America: The Winter Soldier: Action packed espionage took not only this film but the entire MCU to a whole new level. After the cataclysmic events in New York with his fellow Avengers, Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, lives in the nation's capital as he tries to adjust to modern times. An attack on a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague throws Rogers into a web of intrigue that places the whole world at risk. Joining forces with the Black Widow, and a new ally, the Falcon, Rogers struggles to expose an ever-widening conspiracy, but he and his team soon come up against an unexpected enemy in the form of The Winter Soldier.
Batman the greatest superhero ever. I'm a Batman fan. Comics, cartoons, you name it. I've been reading Batman comics for close to 40 years and even though I'm excited when a movie comes out I'm sadly disappointed in most cases. For everything a movie gets right, they get 10 things wrong. Some are good films but Batman only gets 20min of screen time. And some have little to no action. So here in my opinion are the top 5 Batman films. And no I'm not counting any of the animated films. That's a different list.
5) Superman v Batman. First off this movie is horrible. Just awful. But Ben Affleck was an amazing Batman and the warehouse scene where he saves Martha Kent is the most accurate portrayal of Batman in a film to date. For that reason it makes this list. It's been nearly two years since Superman's (Henry Cavill) colossal battle with Zod (Michael Shannon) devastated the city of Metropolis. The loss of life and collateral damage left many feeling angry and helpless, including crime-fighting billionaire Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck). Convinced that Superman is now a threat to humanity, Batman embarks on a personal vendetta to end his reign on Earth, while the conniving Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) launches his own crusade against the Man of Steel.
4) Batman 1989: It may lack action, and suffer from ruining the origin but Keaton was good and the Batmobile was awsome. Having witnessed his parents' brutal murder as a child, millionaire philanthropist Bruce Wayne (Michael Keaton) fights crime in Gotham City disguised as Batman, a costumed hero who strikes fear into the hearts of villains. But when a deformed madman who calls himself "The Joker" (Jack Nicholson) seizes control of Gotham's criminal underworld, Batman must face his most ruthless nemesis ever while protecting both his identity and his love interest, reporter Vicki Vale (Kim Basinger).
3) Batman & Robin: Campy and dumb, but unlike a lot of Batman films it's action packed. A bit too much going on, but overall it's fun. Batman (George Clooney) and Robin (Chris O'Donnell) try to prevent the evil pair of Mr Freeze (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and Poison Ivy (Uma Thurman) from freezing the town. While doing so, they also try hard to continue their partnership.
2) Batman Forever: I dont care what anyone says. This is fun, action packed, and has a great cast. Batman (Val Kilmer) faces off against two foes: the schizophrenic, horribly scarred former District Attorney Harvey Dent, aka Two-Face (Tommy Lee Jones), and the Riddler (Jim Carrey), a disgruntled ex-Wayne Enterprises inventor seeking revenge against his former employer by unleashing his brain-sucking weapon on Gotham City's residents. As the caped crusader also deals with tortured memories of his parents' murder, he has a new romance, with psychologist Chase Meridian (Nicole Kidman).
1) Batman 1966: Adam West is still the real Batman, and this is number one on my list. Kaaapowie! Holy feature film, Batman ... one based on the tongue-in-cheek, campy 1960's television series. Watch Batman (Adam West) and Robin (Burt Ward) battle sharks, Catwoman, The Joker and The Riddler on the big screen. Can they try to prevent the bad guys from taking over the world? With a wham! and a pow! and a zip! ... our heroes just might win.
The other day I had the chance to sit down and conduct an amazing interview with Kathleen Kinmont. She's an amazing actress and has appeared in over 70 films and television shows. With so many to choose from, and in honor of her interview I've complied a Top 5 list of Kathleen Kinmonts best films.
5.) Night of the Warrior: A Rock video come to life. Miles Keane (Lorenzo Lamas) pays the debts for his dancing bar back by illegal fighting. When his debt is paid, he refuses further collaboration. But the fight mafia forces him to continue by threating his mother,the murder of his former lover Joy and kidnapping his girlfriend Katherine Pierce (Kathleen Kinmont). After the last fight the mafia plans also to kill Miles and Katherine.
4) CIA II: Target Alexa: An agent (Lorenzo Lamas) teams with a terrorist (John Savage) to rescue ex-terrorist Alexa (Kathleen Kinmont) and stop a nuclear-arms sale.
3) Halloween IV: The apparently comatose Michael Myers (George P. Wilbur) is being transferred from one hospital to another, but he wakes up when the ambulance crew talk about his surviving niece, Jamie (Danielle Harris). After slaughtering his attendants, Myers sets out to find his one living relative who is, fortunately, being cared for by a kind and resourceful foster sister named Rachel (Ellie Cornell). Meanwhile, the ever-cautious Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasence) remains on the killer's path.
2) CIA: Code Name Alexa: Terrorist Alexa (Kathleen Kinmont) could be useful to a CIA man (Lorenzo Lamas), but she's in the custody of a Los Angeles detective (O.J. Simpson).
1) Final Round: Final Round: After a recruiter sees him winning a bar fight, Tyler Verdiccio (Lorenzo Lamas) is kidnapped and thrown into an abandoned industrial complex which has been converted into the arena. Along with his lover, Jordan (Kathleen Kinmont) Verdiccio is hunted by mercenaries in a televised death duel which is the main event for a multi-million dollar gambling racket.
In 1992 I had the pleasure of taking my girlfriend at the time to a Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch concert. To say it was bad would be an understatement. Now close to 20 years later Mark Wahlberg aka Marky Mark has become one of my favorite actors. From drama, action, comedy, he's a well rounded actor who delivers time after time. With over 50 titles under his belt it was a hard list, but here IMO are the Top 5 Films of Mark Wahlberg.
2 Guns: For the past year, DEA agent Bobby Trench (Denzel Washington) and U.S. Navy intelligence officer Marcus Stigman (Mark Wahlberg) have been working under cover as members of a narcotics syndicate. The twist: Neither man knows that the other is an undercover agent. When their attempt to infiltrate a Mexican drug cartel and recover millions goes haywire, the men are disavowed by their superiors. Trench and Stigman must go on the run lest they wind up in jail or in a grave.
Fear: When 16-year-old Nicole Walker (Reese Witherspoon) meets 23-year-old David McCall (Mark Wahlberg) at a Seattle nightclub, she falls in love. David is exciting and charming, and despite the wide age gap, he wins over Nicole's family -- except for her workaholic father, Steven (William Petersen), who's suspicious of David from the start. His concerns are realized when David turns out to be a violent sociopath who sees Nicole as his possession, and her family home a fortress to be invaded.
The Big Hit: Affable hit man Melvin Smiley (Mark Wahlberg) is constantly being scammed by his cutthroat colleagues in the life-ending business. So, when he and his fellow assassins kidnap the daughter of an electronics mogul, it's naturally Melvin who takes the fall when their prime score turns sour. That's because the girl is the goddaughter of the gang's ruthless crime boss. But, even while dodging bullets, Melvin has to keep his real job secret from his unsuspecting fiancée, Pam (Christina Applegate).
Pain & Gain: Danny Lupo (Mark Wahlberg), manager of the Sun Gym in 1990s Miami, decides that there is only one way to achieve his version of the American dream: extortion. To achieve his goal, he recruits musclemen Paul (Dwayne Johnson) and Adrian (Anthony Mackie) as accomplices. After several failed attempts, they abduct rich businessman Victor Kershaw (Tony Shalhoub) and convince him to sign over all his assets to them. But when Kershaw makes it out alive, authorities are reluctant to believe his story.
Boogie Nights: The one that made him a star. In the San Fernando Valley in 1977, teenage busboy Eddie Adams (Mark Wahlberg) gets discovered by porn director Jack Horner (Burt Reynolds), who transforms him into adult-film sensation Dirk Diggler. Brought into a supportive circle of friends, including fellow actors Amber Waves (Julianne Moore), Rollergirl (Heather Graham) and Reed Rothchild (John C. Reilly), Dirk fulfills all his ambitions, but a toxic combination of drugs and egotism threatens to take him back down.
High school can be a very scary and violent place. Because if that fact it's no wonder that there have been countless film with the high school setting. Some feature the new teacher or principal cleaning up the school but others are much darker, or just more violent, basically an exploitation film with a high school setting. So here in my opinion are the top 5 High School Exploitation Movies
5) Tuf Turff: Morgan Hiller (Spader) is an intelligent and tough teenager from Connecticut who relocates to Los Angeles with his strict mother and his father after his father's business goes under. Trouble ensues when Morgan pursues bad girl Frankie Croyden (Richards), whose sociopathic and psychopathic boyfriend Nick Hauser (Mones) is the leader of a local gang who had a run in with Morgan during an attempted mugging of a businessman. Morgan soon finds pursuing Frankie comes with harsh consequences
4) Crow's Zero: A transfer student attempts to take over the most violent high school in the country, whose students form factions and battle each other for power. Mentored by a yakuza, he strives for what has never been achieved: unification of the school
3) 3:15: A tough teen, Jeff (Adam Baldwin) used to be involved with a local gang, the Cobras. Tired of the violence and drugs, Jeff is through with gang life, but when members of his old crew take over the high school, he must decide whether to take on his former buddies or let them run wild. When the Cobras harm Jeff's girlfriend, Sherry (Deborah Foreman), however, his choice is clear, and he sets out to confront the gang's leader after the school bell rings.
2) Class of 1984: There's something strange going on at the graffiti-covered Lincoln High, as teachers are carrying loaded guns, and the students have to walk through a metal detector before they enter the classroom. Before long, the school's new music teacher, Andrew Norris, will learn firsthand that it's even worse than it looks, as the drug-plagued institution is the territory of the charismatic Peter Stegman and his brutal gang of crazed followers. Now, under those dire circumstances, it's only a matter of time before the professor and the pupil lock horns, with unforeseen consequences.
College films. A staple of drama and comedy. Well I prefer to laugh so let me say the amount of great college based comedy's is vast. Always taking place, or at least with a back drop of the university the students vs the dean, or simply the wacky students on campus or on vacation are a time and true staple of the comedy films genre. In fact where as I normally make top 5 lists I found this genre to be so vast and timeless I decided to make a top 10. So here in my opinion are the top 10 College Comedies of all time!
10) Making The Grade: Lazy preppie Palmer Woodrow (Dana Olsen) hires street-smart Eddie Keaton (Judd Nelson) to go to school for him while he lives it up in Europe. Eddie falls in love with preppie gal Tracey, upsetting Biff, the Hoover Academy bully. When his bookie from the old neighborhood, Dice (Andrew Dice Clay), comes to collect on Eddie's gambling debts and Palmer returns early from Europe, the the scheme slowly starts to unravel. Soon, Eddie can't even tell whose side he's really on.
9) Dead Man on Campus: College freshmen Josh (Tom Everett Scott) and Cooper (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) are more interested in hitting the bottle than in hitting the books -- and their poor grades are set to get them kicked out of school. Their only hope of passing is to find a roommate who will kill himself. That's because an oddball college code states that a suicide victim's roommates automatically get straight A's. But sharing space with a lineup of lunatics proves enough to drive both boys crazy.
8) Fraternity Vacation: Gawky, innocent, and utterly uncool, Wendell Tvedt (Stephen Geoffreys) Theta Pi Gamma fraternity's newest pledge--is a proper bookworm and a late bloomer. In the hope of getting lucky, Wendell's self-confident fraternity brothers, Mother (Tim Robbins) and Joe (Cameron Dye),agree to accompany him on a week-long vacation to his parents' beach-side house in Palm Springs, where the action is. Will the boys show Wendell the ropes to transform him into a real Casanova?
7) National Lampoon's Van Wilder: He's the biggest man on campus. He's the boss with the sauce. He's the guy all the girls want and all the guys want to be. 'Cause in the collegiate jungle, there can be only one king ... and at Coolidge College it's Van Wilder (Ryan Reynolds). In the grand tradition of comedy classics like "National Lampoon's Animal House" and "National Lampoon's Vacation," "National Lampoon's Van Wilder" will charm you, move you and gross you out.
6) Road Trip: A group of students embark on an epic road trip from Ithaca, New York, to Austin, Texas, in a race against time to save their friend's relationship. The young man picks up a girl at a wild fraternity party and films their raunchy antics. Somehow, the home-made movie gets mailed to his girlfriend in Texas. Can the guys intercept the incriminating tape before it reaches her VCR?
5) The Waterboy: Raised by his overprotective mother, Helen (Kathy Bates), Bobby Boucher Jr. (Adam Sandler) is the water boy for a successful college football team coached by Red Beaulieu (Jerry Reed). When Beaulieu fires Bobby, he takes up the same position for a losing rival team, led by despairing Coach Klein (Henry Winkler). After witnessing Bobby beat up a player who teased him too much, Klein adds him to the roster as a linebacker. Soon, Klein's players are championship contenders.
4) Back To School: Thornton Melon (Rodney Dangerfield) is concerned that his son Jason (Keith Gordon) is unsure whether to go to college, so the uneducated self-made millionaire encourages him by signing up as a student as well. As Jason tries to establish himself among his peers and make the diving team, Thornton falls for a pretty professor (Sally Kellerman) and gets others do his schoolwork for him. When the suspicious dean (Paxton Whitehead) finds out, Thornton needs to show he can get by on his own.
3) 22 Jump Street: Although they made their way through high school successfully, an investigation at a local college brings big changes for undercover officers Jenko (Channing Tatum) and Schmidt (Jonah Hill). When Jenko meets a kindred spirit on the football team and Schmidt infiltrates the bohemian art-major scene, both men begin to question their partnership. Not only do they have to crack the case, but now the two overgrown adolescents must learn how to behave like adults.
2) Revenge of the Nerds: Geeky college students Gilbert (Anthony Edwards) and Lewis (Robert Carradine) are evicted from their dormitory when the Alpha Betas -- who recently burned down their own fraternity house by accident -- confiscate the building. When the college forces the freshmen to live in the gym, Gilbert, Lewis and their fellow dorks relocate to a run-down house. When the Alpha Betas, led by jock Stan (Ted McGinley), repeatedly humiliate them, the nerds plot revenge.
1) Animal House: A real no brainier this is number one. When they arrive at college, socially inept freshmen Larry (Thomas Hulce) and Kent (Stephen Furst) attempt to pledge the snooty Omega Theta Pi House, but are summarily rejected. Lowering their standards, they try at the notoriously rowdy Delta Tau Chi House, and get in. The trouble is, the college dean (John Vernon) has it in for the Deltas. He has put them on "Double Secret Probation" and secretly assigned Omega's president (James Daughton) the task of having their charter revoked.
Gangster movies, there sure have been a lot through the years. From the 1930's to the present they are a staple of Hollywood. Heck there even widely popular overseas. Japan makes many dealing with the Yakuza (Japanese Mafia) With so many to choose from I've complied a list of, in my opinion the top 5 Gangster films ever made.
5) Casino: In early-1970s Las Vegas, low-level mobster Sam "Ace" Rothstein (Robert De Niro) gets tapped by his bosses to head the Tangiers Casino. At first, he's a great success in the job, but over the years, problems with his loose-cannon enforcer Nicky Santoro (Joe Pesci), his ex-hustler wife Ginger (Sharon Stone), her con-artist ex Lester Diamond (James Woods) and a handful of corrupt politicians put Sam in ever-increasing danger. Martin Scorsese directs this adaptation of Nicholas Pileggi's book.
4) Godfather 2: The compelling sequel to "The Godfather," contrasting the life of Corleone father and son. Traces the problems of Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) in 1958 and that of a young immigrant Vito Corleone (Robert De Niro) in 1917's Hell's Kitchen. Michael survives many misfortunes and Vito is introduced to a life of crime.
3) Scarface: After getting a green card in exchange for assassinating a Cuban government official, Tony Montana (Al Pacino) stakes a claim on the drug trade in Miami. Viciously murdering anyone who stands in his way, Tony eventually becomes the biggest drug lord in the state, controlling nearly all the cocaine that comes through Miami. But increased pressure from the police, wars with Colombian drug cartels and his own drug-fueled paranoia serve to fuel the flames of his eventual downfall.
2) The Godfather: Widely regarded as one of the greatest films of all time, this mob drama, based on Mario Puzo's novel of the same name, focuses on the powerful Italian-American crime family of Don Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando). When the don's youngest son, Michael (Al Pacino), reluctantly joins the Mafia, he becomes involved in the inevitable cycle of violence and betrayal. Although Michael tries to maintain a normal relationship with his wife, Kay (Diane Keaton), he is drawn deeper into the family business.
1) Goodfellas: Goodfellas details the rise and fall of Henry Hill, a half-Irish, half-Sicilian New York kid who grows up idolizing the "wise guys" in his impoverished Brooklyn neighborhood. He begins hanging around the mobsters, running errands and doing odd jobs until he gains the notice of local chieftain Paulie Cicero (Paul Sorvino), who takes him in as a surrogate son. As he reaches his teens, Hill (Ray Liotta) is inducted into the world of petty crime, where he distinguishes himself as a "stand-up guy" by choosing jail time over ratting on his accomplices. From that moment on, he is a part of the family. Along with his psychotic partner Tommy (Joe Pesci), he rises through the ranks to become Paulie's lieutenant; however, he quickly learns that, like his mentor Jimmy (Robert DeNiro), his ethnicity prevents him from ever becoming a "made guy," an actual member of the crime family. Soon he finds himself the target of both the feds and the mobsters, who feel that he has become a threat to their security with his reckless dealings.
"Rowdy" Roddy Piper was my childhood hero. The greatest wrestling bad guy of all time. No one could talk like he did. And he always backed it up. He was one of the first wrestlers to transition into Hollywood. He was in over 50 films in his life, many of which have become cult classics. Here in my opinion are his top 5 films.
5) Body Slam: Piper's 1st film. Harry Similac (Dirk Benedict) is a music promoter who must scramble to stay out of debt in this slapstick comedy. He hits upon the idea of becoming a wrestling promoter and steals Rick Roberts (Roddy Piper) from his former manager Captain Lou Milano (Lou Albano). He books his rock band Kick at the match and creates a new phenomena that combines wrestling with rock n' roll. Charles Nelson Reilly, Billy Barty, and John Astin provide memorable comedy relief. Cameo appearances by wrestlers Ric Flair, Afa & Sika, Sheik Adnan Al Kaissy, Freddie Blassie, and Bruno Sammartino add further realism to this feature that recalls the rock-and-wrestling spectaculars of the early 1980s.
4) Tough and Deadly: Elmo Freech (Roddy Piper) is a private investigator and is contracted by John Portland (Billy Blanks) a CIA agent who suffers amnesia, in oder to reveale a dubious case of drug smuggling in which are involved big fishes of the CIA and from Washington.
3) Immortal Combat: L.A. cop John Keller (Roddy Piper) is hot-headed and has a problem with authority, while his Japanesse partner J.J. (Sonny China) uses karate as a weapon. When their partner is killed working undercover at a party, John takes a hunch that leads him to an island where a corporation is using an ancient formula to make indestructable warriors. Together they must find the killer and put an end to the indestructable warriors.
2) Back in Action: This is a very close second. Rowdy Roddy Piper plays Frank Rossi a hard-bitten L.A. detective whose partner is murdered by drug dealers. To bring the villains to justice, he teams up with Billy (Billy Blanks) a former soldier and martial artist whose sister has fallen in with the drug lords.
1) They Live: No Shock here. Nada (Roddy Piper), a wanderer without meaning in his life, discovers a pair of sunglasses capable of showing the world the way it truly is. As he walks the streets of Los Angeles, Nada notices that both the media and the government are comprised of subliminal messages meant to keep the population subdued, and that most of the social elite are skull-faced aliens bent on world domination. With this shocking discovery, Nada fights to free humanity from the mind-controlling aliens.