Since 20th Century Fox is finished as we know it and is now part of Disney I thought it’d be cool to show off some of my favorite Fox movies since its been one of the major studios for decades and has a long list of incredible films. Here are some of my favorites in no particular order.
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Fox’s handling of the X-Men characters has been criticized by fans, personally I wasn’t enough of a comic book fan to notice any difference, but in my opinion Days of Future Past will be the definitive X-Men movie of their reign over the characters. After years of messing up the continuity this film wrapped it up with a nice little bow by recycling the plot from Terminator 2. It really should have been where the series ended, but unfortunately that didn’t happen. Honorary mention to Logan and X2, both good movies. I just like this one more.
I’ve seen The Martian like 3 times now and I think it strengthens every time I watch it. It was sort of a comeback for Ridley Scott after a few years of iffy films. It was fun, but also had a bit of authenticity to it. The plot could’ve been way more out of hand than it was. Visually it was beautiful, and the ending is great. Its a movie that was a really cool experience in the theater. It was surprisingly up for a few Oscars too.
The First 6 Star Wars Movies
George Lucas has said that after the first Star Wars he could’ve shopped the property around, but remained with Fox because they showed faith in the property in the first place. The Fox fanfare in front of the Star Wars movies was synonymous with the franchise until the sale to Disney. I’ve talked about these movies so much over the last 3-4 years, but its Star Wars and I love it and I’ll continue to love it. Regardless of what comes in the future for the property.
Dude, Where’s My Car?
I loved this movie even before I started smoking weed. Dude Where’s My Car is one of my guilty pleasures. I’ve seen it several times. I own a copy of it on blu ray and I watch it on cable any night its on. It’ll never be on the list on Fox’s best, but I love it.
The Earth Dies Screaming
I love watching old sci-fi. The Earth Dies Screaming has one of the best titles ever, and its a breeze of a watch at just a little more than 60 minutes. The plot is pretty limited by today’s standards and the alien invaders don’t hold up particularly well, but fuck it. This is my deep cut choice. If you’ve got an hour to kill you can find it for free on Youtube now.
Phantom of the Paradise
One of Brian De Palma’s earlier films Phantom of the Paradise is a rock opera retelling of Phantom of the Opera with great music and lots of ridiculousness. It was a failure financially and critically bashed at the time of release, but now its got a cult following. I checked it out for the first time a couple of years ago and loved it. If I could recommend anything on this list Phantom of the Paradise is what I’d choose. No one would ever take a gamble on a film like this today.
I really enjoy the first Alien. I’m not really a loyal fan of the franchise outside of this movie, but I think its unbelievable how well the film has aged. I’m sure it’d still be scary for a first time watcher. It kicked off a few successful careers and its still pretty prominent these days.
The King of Comedy
One of Martin Scorsese’s more underappreciated films about a man’s quest to become a comedy legend, regardless of the cost. Its still got some relevant things to say about people who are desperate for fame and like many Scorsese movies at the time its got a great De Niro performance.
One of those films that you never forget watching for the first time. Might have the best special effects of any movie ever. One of Croenenberg’s best that blows the original movie out of the water. Jeff Goldblum’s great in it too. I’ll never forget how horrified I was the first time I saw it.
Planet of the Apes Franchise
The first Planet of the Apes movie is a classic and has one of the best twist endings ever, but the rest of the movies from the original franchise are a bit of a mixed bag. When the franchise was rebooted with Rise of the Planet of the Apes we had the beginning of a surprisingly solid trilogy on our hands.
That’s the list. What are your favorite Fox movies? I could’ve listed a lot more, but these seem to be the most important ones to me personally. The Earth Dies Screaming and Dude, Where’s My Car? aren’t really that good, but I felt like I needed to highlight them anyway. There’s still plenty of great and legendary movies that were released by Fox that deserve some attention. I just didn’t pick them because I hadn’t seen them or I just didn’t connect to them. Even if you look forward to the companies projects under Disney I think we need to acknowledge that it may never be the same again either.
We’ll see what Fox can do now that its a Disney company.