Top 5 Movies

In assembling a list of my favorite movies, I take into account all of the standard considerations; writing, acting, directing, music, special effects. But the most critical aspect for me is how eager I am to watch the movie despite the fact that I may have watched it many times… Let’s get on with it.

The Quiet Man (1952) – During a summer internship between my freshman and sophomore years of college I was introduced to this movie by a co-worker who was aware of my appreciation of John Wayne. He insisted that this was the best of Wayne’s movies. I fell in love with the location and direction of the film… I’m a sucker for the character actors that showed up in a number of John Wayne’s films over the years – fantastic story, great characters.

The Godfather (1972 – Admittedly, this one is on everybody’s top film lists, but each time I watch the Godfather, I feel a wave of nostalgia for a time that has moved on – this is the quintessencial film that indentifies the American experience filled with vivid characters and a story that just pulls you in.

Alien (1979) – as a child, my father took me to see Alien, and I mesmerized. was hooked for life. So many aspects of this film became an obsession for me – H.R. Giger’s artwork, the storytelling, the backstory behind the creation of the film and the creature, and an introduction to so many wonderful actors that I would follow for years: Harry Dean Stanton, Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt. As a teen ager, my brothers and I would create a haunted house each year in our parents garage, and for a number of those years, Alien was the basis for that event.

Blade Runner (1982) – as an Industrial Design student at Michigan State University, Syd Mead’s wonderful creations of a future world grabbed ahold of my attention and imagination. My affection for his artwork has remained intact as an adult. Mead’s blueprint for “scorched earth future” became the blueprint for movies over the next 30 years. A truely creative story and an exquisite attention to detail… these characters in this movie are amongst my favorites of all time.

The Blues Brothers (1980) – during High School, like many other teens, I was obsessed with John Belushi. There was a time when I would come from home from school, pop in the VHS tape, and watch this movie every single day while I did homework. In following what Belushi and Akroyd had done in creating the backstory for characters of Jake and Elwood Blues in preparation for the film, the Blues Brothers opened a new world of Blues and Rythm and Blues to me. In my opinion, this is one of the greatest musicals that Hollywood has churned out over the years.
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About Jeff

A long time resident of Southeastern Michigan, I am husband to the beautiful Trisha and father to three incredibly bright, compassionate, amazing young adults. I have been called husband, father, brother, friend, demon, scoundrel, team-mate, leader, misfit. I constantly seek personal and professional environments that encourage creativity, empower individuals, and foster excellence. is an opportunity to share thought and opinion based on my personal and professional experience. My passion for learning remains the driver to become a better friend, husband, and father. The focus of my professional efforts (and satisfaction in what I do) is developing effective teams and equipping others to become exceptional leaders. My personal mission statement: to inspire, to love, to promise, to share, to believe that nothing is impossible
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