In a few short months it seems like we've gotten to know new men's basketball coach Rick Ray quite well. He's a father, an avid supporter of the motion offense, but recently we've found out something about him that many of us probably would have never guessed.
Rick Ray is a huge movie buff.
That's right, the man we've entrusted to lead our hobbled basketball program is also a huge fan of the cinema, and has recently begun offering his insight into American film's top 10 movies of all time. We plan to keep track of them here, and offer or agreements, disagreements, and general impressions on Rick's choices.
The countdown began this afternoon with #10, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)
#10 Star Wars Episode III. The 1st 2 Prequels sucked, sorry. But III?, that is what we were waiting for, Darth Vader! twitter.com/RickRay1/statu…— Rick Ray (@RickRay1) August 13, 2012
Analysis: top ten Rick? Really? In my opinion non of the first 3 movies should be anywhere near anyone's top 50 list. Way, way too high. Not a strong start for coach.
#9 | Old School (2003)
#9 Old School. And in honor of the Olympics, Vince Vaughn on the rings, "still holding, STILL HOLDING!" twitter.com/RickRay1/statu…— Rick Ray (@RickRay1) August 13, 2012
Analysis: Okay, you've won me back over coach Ray. Old School was a classic comedy that despite being almost a decade old, many men all over this great nation still quote today. I mean, who among us hasn't turned down a beer at a late party, been asked why, only to respond:
"Well, um, actually a pretty nice little Saturday, we're going to go to Home Depot. Yeah, buy some wallpaper, maybe get some flooring, stuff like that. Maybe Bed, Bath, & Beyond, I don't know, I don't know if we'll have enough time."
Or something to that effect. We probably don't always get it word for word. COME ON BRING YOUR GREEN HAT!
#8 | The Dark Knight (2008)
#8 The Dark Knight. Hands down, the best comic book movie, ever. Heath Ledger's turn as The Joker was legendary. twitter.com/RickRay1/statu…— Rick Ray (@RickRay1) August 13, 2012
Analysis: Another solid, really strong top 10 inclusion. I may have had this one a bit higher, but Rick, I'm starting to feel, has a deeper repertoire of movie analysis than I. This makes two out of the first three movies on Rick's top 10 serious movies...... WHY SO SERIOUS?!
#7 | The Usual Suspects (1995)
#7 The Usual Suspects. Keyser Söze! If any1 EVER tells u they knew the whole time, u have my permission to slap them twitter.com/RickRay1/statu…— Rick Ray (@RickRay1) August 13, 2012
Analysis: Got to be honest, another solid showing here. Not going to get any argument from me.
UPDATE (8/13/2012 - 6pm)
#6 | Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
#6 The Outlaw Josey Wales. I love westerns. Never has chewing and spitting tobacco been so cool! lockerz.com/s/234345751— Rick Ray (@RickRay1) August 13, 2012
Analysis: SWOON. Rick Ray officially just ripped his shirt off, chugged a beer, and proclaimed just how manly he is. It doesn't get much more manly than a Western, and a western featuring vintage Clint Eastwood? BONUS MAN POINTS. So far, a solid 10-6, can't wait to see the top 5.
UPDATE (8/14/2012 - 4pm)
#5 | Malcolm X (1992)
#5 Malcolm XNear mob scene:Malcolm puts hand up, points.Riot averted."That's too much power for 1 man to have" twitter.com/RickRay1/statu…— Rick Ray (@RickRay1) August 14, 2012
Analysis: I'm honestly unfamiliar with this film, but another strong addition to the top 10 based on critic reviews and general feeling on the movie and Denzel Washington's performance in it.
Can't wait to see the top 4.
We'll place the rest of the top 10 here when coach graces us with them.