I modification of my Guilty 10 concept. This time, the list is open to anything on DVD and not just movies that saw cinematic release. It is also open to movies that were not necessarily released in the last ten years. There will not be a lot of duplication from this list and the guilty 10 in the last 10 list.
As always, I’m still working on my Best 10 in the Last 10 list
The Guilty 10 on DVD
1) Godzilla Final Wars – Supposedly the last Godzilla movie (just as Godzilla vs Destroyah was supposed to be the last Godzilla movie), Final Wars throws in everything to make one Hell of a roller coaster ride. Not only do we have the king of monsters, but just about every other monster Toho ever released (even the American Godzilla), but a human storyline draws upon a lot of the stunts that The Matrix movies used. On second thought, don’t really pay attention to the story, just watch Godzilla beat up on a lot of monsters.
2) Destroy All Monsters – Going retro with this Godzilla flick. Like the later Godzilla: Final Wars, Destroy All Monsters features a monster cast of Toho’s giant monsters in a Battle Royale against Ghidorah.
3) Five Deadly Venoms – Cheesy martial arts flick that is truly a master of cheesy martial arts clicks. The story centers around five martial arts masters (the titular Venoms), one apprentice trying to find who’s good and who’s bad, and a lost treasure. Granted, the treasure is almost secondary to watching the five Venoms introduce themselves to each other (“You’re Number One, the Centipede”) and fight, naturally.
4) Tarzan – I refer to the Disney version of the movie. A fun romp that brings the character of Tarzan to a new generation without losing a lot of what makes Tarzan, well, Tarzan.
5) The Phantom – One of those comic book adventure movies I know I shouldn’t like, but always enjoy watching whenever it’s on. Billy Zane is actually entertaining as the Phantom.
6) Doctor Who: The 5 Doctors – Not a movie, per se, but many of the DVDs out there stitch together this anniversary Doctor Who series into one mini epic. Even without a prominent presence of Tom Baker, the DVD is a fun adventure that pulls together not only the Doctors, but many of their most popular companions.
7) Cowboy Bebop – Anime series that is sharp, stylish, hip, and so well produced. Interesting characters and a hip non-anime style soundtrack help to make this a fan favorite in the U.S.
8) Final Fantasy: Advent Children – Similar in style to Final Fantasy: Spirits Within (well produced computer generated animation), only with the characters that those of you familiar to the Final Fantasy storylines will recognize.
9) The 40 Year Old Virgin – I have not laughed so much as when I watched this movie. Steve Carell is hilarious as the titular character, as are his friends that try to help him with his “situation.”
10) Godzilla – The original. A recent DVD release has on it the American version with Raymond Burr as Steve Martin (yes, that’s right, Steve Martin), as well as the original Japanese release of the film. Watch the original with subtitles to see the real themes of the movie come through.