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Top 4 Movies in High Places

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1. Armageddon (1998)
Eddie's # 1 choice for a movie that takes place in a a high location. For some reason he worships at the space dust encrusted wheel tracks featured in the inexplicably bad asteroid scenes of Armageddon. For me, those several words are more than this movie deserves.
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2. Watchmen (2009)
Eddie's # 2 choice. In terms of comic book movies this is one of the better that I've seen so Eddie looks pretty good with this with this classy decision. Too bad he ruins it with his #1 choice.
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3. Top Gun (1986)
Eddie's # 3 choice. I've never seen Top Gun but I do know that there's a homoerotic volleyball scene in it. When asked, Eddie suggested that that scene could be improved by involving a cadre of horses that high-hoove each other after every point. It sounds like there's a noveau art piece hidden somewhere in that statement.

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4. Con Air (1997)
Eddie's # 4 choice. Once again a film I've never seen. Though it must be pretty awesome to star both John Cusack AND Nicholas Cage.

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5. The Rocketeer (1991)
Mark's # 1 choice for movie that occurs in a high place. I absolutely detested this movie even when I was like 7 but Mark loves it. I almost thought it deserved another chance because it was directed by the same guy that did October Sky but Joe Johnston also directed The Wolfman so I'm comfortable in my decision to avoid it like the plague.

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6. The NeverEnding Story (1984)
Mark's # 2 choice. Mark really went nostalgic for this list. Two 80's films and one early 90's film make up for 75% of his choices. Someone was getting really high in his youth.

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7. Star Trek (2009)
Mark's # 3 choice. This is a solid film. Watching all the DVD features on how they created the visual effects made me feel as though they deserved the Oscar over Avatar. Mostly because I hated Avatar.
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8. Explorers (1985)
Mark's # 4 choice. I've never seen this one. It sounded relatively interesting. That is, of course, if I've linked to the correct film.

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9. Apollo 13 (1995)
Sara's # 1 choice for a movie that occurs in a high place. This is a mostly solid space drama that I most recognize for keeping Ron Howard's whitewashed casting streak alive. He'll beat Dimaggio one of these days.
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10. Hook (1991)
Sara's # 2 choice. Long live the Hook. As a kid this movie was, for almost the entire Film Pigeons crew, the true JB Sizzle. I haven't watched it in recent times; mostly because I'm terrified I won't see the humor in a pirate stealing second.
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11. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
Sara's # 3 choice. It stretches the boundaries of what a high movie is (unless we're thinking metaphorically high) but that's what you get when you set no ground rules. That and long interludes about Silk the horse.
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12. James and the Giant Peach (1996)
Sara's # 4 choice. Directed by the stop-motion master Henry Sellick I'm sure that this film is a sumptuous visual masterpiece. Regrettably, despite being a huge Sellick apologist, I've never seen this one.

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13. The Wages of Fear (1953)
Andrew's # 1 choice for the best film that takes place in a high location. This is, to me, a true masterpiece. It's such a tense, exciting film that really allows a master filmmaker to show case his abilities. It shoehorns in some political messages at the end but the segment of the film that focuses on the epic long haul of a delivery of nitroglycerin over a mountain is amazing. Ignore the William Friedkin bastardization released in the 70s.
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14. Die Hard (1988)
Andrew's # 2 choice. The quintessential action film it is indeed hard for Bruce Willis to die in it. So hard that they made a bunch of sequels in vain attempts to kill him off.
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15. The Towering Inferno (1974)
Andrew's # 3 choice. Similar to Die Hard in that it also takes place in a skyscraper Towering Inferno's setting really messed with some of my personal fears. Every time I watch the film, the scenario freaks me out. Imagining being stuck at the top of the world's highest building with a raging inferno below really messes with my mind (I try not to think of real world parallels like the WTC disaster). The movie doesn't always live up its high concept potential but it is visually stunning and frightening and uses its heights to great effect. Plus you get to see OJ in a more benign innocent era. He still can't act.
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16. Man on Wire (2008)
Andrew's # 4 choice. I considered documentaries that take place in the mountains for my list (Everest, Touching the Void and Steep came to mind) but they just don't have the sense of uniqueness that Man on Wire has. I love the sense of frivolity and charm that the filmmakers and their subject brought to this tale and, despite not overtly bringing up the topic of the WTC disaster, serves as a nice homage to the city and its lost landmark.
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These are the Top 4 lists featured on episode 22 of the Film Pigeons podcast. Eddie's choices are first, Mark's second, Sara's third and Andrew's last. For more information on these choices listen to or download the podcast at our blog.

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