Review Corner: Top five movies to see or see again before you die

David Haut

David Haut

David Haut

WasabiThe Japanese dip that kicks like a mule. This is possibly the best English language French Kung Fu movie ever made. Just the thought of a French action movie should make you want to see this movie. The plot is pretty simple: Jean Reno is a French cop who goes to Japan to cause trouble. In case you’re not bilingual, the movie is dubbed, which adds to the cheese comic appeal of the film. This hilarious action movie should not be missed.

EquilibriumThis movie has quite possibly the most original action scenes since The Matrix. The film is set in a futuristic world where human emotion is banned. Citizens are forced to take a daily dose of a drug to keep them subdued. Christian Bale plays the top cop in his unit, who one day stops taking the drug and realizes there is more to life than, well, nothing. If you can get past the cheesy plot and sub-par acting, this movie has some great action scenes.

WillowThis movie was popular in the ’80s, but in an informal survey, conducted by myself, I’ve found that a great number of people have not seen Ron Howard’s epic. When Willow Ufgood, a magic aspiring dwarf, finds a prophetic baby, said to end the rule of the evil queen, he begins a quest to reunite the baby with her destiny. The special effects were great for the time and are still fun. If you haven’t seen it, or it’s been awhile, I highly recommend you pick it up.

Poolhall JunkiesWritten, directed and starring Mars Callahan, the story chronicles a poolhall hustler trying to straighten out his life after learning his longtime backer, Joe, denied him the chance to go pro as a youngster. It’s a fun indie film that goes beyond your average pool movie. The story is partially based on Callahan’s life as a pool hustler. Also starring are Christopher Walken, Chazz Palminteri, Rick Schroder (“NYPD Blue”) and Michael Rosenbaum.

Say AnythingYet another ’80s movie looked over by so many. In it, John Cusack is the underachiever who falls for the smartest, most beautiful girl in school. It’s just too bad that she’s leaving for England at the end of the summer, as well as having an overprotective dad. Yep, this is the movie that contains the now infamous scene where Cusack plays the Peter Gabriel song on the boom box that he holds above his head. Ahh, the things we do for love.