Friday's Top Five: Nostalgic movies
September 23rd, 2011
10:55 AM ET

Friday's Top Five: Nostalgic movies

Today’s the first day of fall, and there’s something about this season that makes you feel nostalgic. Maybe it’s the falling leaves, the cooler weather or the chance to wear your favorite hooded sweatshirt. Whatever the reason, autumn has the mysterious ability to conjure memories of the past, and so do movies.

Have you ever watched "The Godfather" and swore you could smell Clemenza’s gravy cooking on the stovetop? Does watching "Rocky" during this time of year make you crave Thanksgiving turkey? Adrian’s bird looked pretty tasty before Paulie went ape-s-- and ruined it. It’s clear that movies can tap into our senses.

I’m sure everyone has favorite films that, for personal reasons, remind you of fond memories. This week’s list is devoted to movies that make you feel nostalgic and the classics that take you back in time. Tell us what movies make you nostalgic and why - here are my favorites:

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Friday's Top Five: Movie throwdowns
September 16th, 2011
09:40 AM ET

Friday's Top Five: Movie throwdowns

HBO has been promoting the Mayweather vs. Ortiz fight for weeks and they’ll square off this Saturday in Vegas.  If only Pacquiao was Mayweather’s opponent, the match might be worth watching.

For those of you who refuse to purchase pay-per-view but like a dose of violence in your entertainment, consider watching movies known for their famous throwdowns instead.  Besides, HBO will re-air the fight next weekend for free.

This week’s list is dedicated to memorable movie fights, the characters who fought them, and the trash talking that ensued along the way.  What are your favorites?

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Friday's Top Five: Sports movies
September 9th, 2011
09:44 AM ET

Friday's Top Five: Sports movies

It's the most wonderful time of the year, if you're a sports fan.

College and pro football seasons are under way. Baseball’s pennant races are around the corner.  NBA players could be heading overseas.  And boxing is still dominated by Pacman, Pretty Boy Floyd and two Ukrainian brothers.

But if you’re hungry for even more sports drama, "Warrior" opens in theaters today. (We hear it’s supposed to be the "Raging Bull" of Mixed Martial Arts.) Which brings us to this week's list: The top five sports movies. Give us your list in the comments!

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Friday's Top Five: Office movies
September 2nd, 2011
10:15 AM ET

Friday's Top Five: Office movies

Work sucks, but until you win the lottery, you’ll just have to savor holidays like Labor Day.

To get a jump on the Monday dedicated to not working, consider this list of movies about coffee breaks, corporations and cubicle culture.

Forget about what you're supposed to be doing right now.  That email can wait, and conference calls never start on time.  Waste some time, look busy in the process, and share your favorite work-related movies. Here are mine:

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Friday's Top Five: Movie speeches
August 19th, 2011
10:39 AM ET

Friday's Top Five: Movie speeches

A lot of politicians have started polishing their oratory skills, seeing that party nominations and debates are just around the corner, but few of their speeches are able to produce misty eyes from cynics.

Clearly, their staff writers could use an ounce of Hollywood in their final drafts.

Candidate hopefuls should be aiming for the passion of "Braveheart’s" William Wallace without going too far like Howard Dean in 2004.  (A great speech should motivate us, inspire us, but definitely not scare us.)

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Friday's Top Five: School movies
August 12th, 2011
09:32 AM ET

Friday's Top Five: School movies

School's already back in session for many, and it’s only a matter of time until summer is officially over for the rest of the country.

For some, this means loading up on new supplies and finishing summer reading. But for others, the reality of bus stops, bullies and a new locker combination is an anxiety attack waiting to happen.

Movies about school capture the best and worst aspects of our cumulative experience.  They also remind us that life moves pretty fast, to take a day off every once in a while, and that pain is temporary but film is forever.

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