In trying to think up what films with titles beginning with the letter E, were the best: I ran out of think juice. Sure there are some classics that everyone else seems to enjoy or at least give kudos too, like perhaps Easy Rider. However, it was difficult for me to think up many E films that I really liked all that much. The top picks on my list were quickly recalled and very deserving of their placement.
10. The Exorcist– This film deserves some credit for its rich portrayal of demon possession. All of the stories surrounding the actors and the plot and ect. Makes it quite interesting to think about. However, watching the film was always a bit of a prolonged drag to me. Now quite boring but not quite paced well enough to get it beyond number ten on my countdown here.
9. Encino Man – Who in their right minds would put a Pauly Shore movie on a top ten list? I wasn’t a big fan of his comedic stylings, however films such as Encino Man did entertain me when I was younger. Brendan Fraser is thawed out caveman coping with the advances of society and it made me chuckle enough times, even if Shore won a Razzie award for his performance.
8. Elizabeth – I am not a fan of “period pieces” generally; when it comes to royally poofy dresses and such. However, this film came on with enough dark intrigue to power its way into my drama loving brain.
7. Equilibrium – This Christian Bale action film came out straight to DVD around the same time that The Matrix part 2 was hitting theatres. The Matrix film series grew boring after the first film for me and I actually enjoyed this tale of an emotionless future quite entertaining. The production values are not the greatest and no one is going to get any awards for dialog. Yet something about the action an over the top concept kept my attention and earned it this spot on the list.
6. Ernest Goes To Jail – Any Ernest film could have been placed here. Ernest deserves some honor for entertaining me in my younger years, oh how I remember eagerly awaiting the release of Ernest Scared Stupid.
5. Enemy At the Gates– This World War 2 based movie follows a young sniper who must compete against and hunt down an enemy sniper in order to boost fighting morale. This movie is packed with adrenaline pumping war scenes as well as drama. This is one of the rare times I will say Jude Law’s performance worked okay and Ed Harris was excellent as his counterpart.
4. E.T. – This family alien movie was born in the same year as me and at an early age I developed a fascination with aliens. The number of times I watched this growing up could never be counted and it will always hold at least some place in my mind; even if the new DVD transfers censored certain things and ruined it.
3. Event Horizon – A lost spaceship is found and it is soon realized that the ship has traveled to Hell and back. This sci-fi horror film was quite entertaining and some of the bloodier scenes flashed before the audiences eyes are truly creepy.
2. Edward Scissorhands – I am a fan of romantic tragedy and Edward Scissorhands has that on display as only Tim Burton could do it. This fantasy set piece featured a main character of very unique stature, and yet most could identify with him and his feelings.
1. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind– Charlie Kaufman written stories are some of the best! Jim Carey plays a dramatic role opposite Kate Winslet, as a couple who have their memories erased after ending their relationship. It is through the loss of memory however that they somehow reconnect and find out why they loved each other in the first place. Jim Carey is outstanding in the role and the story is very inventive. Loved it!