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Monday, February 18, 2008

Movie Collection Series: President's Day

Today, we celebrate President's Day.  I figured what better way than to take another look into the movie collection for a list. Rather than a list of presidents, I created a list of leaders. I wanted to take a real serious look at the leadership seen throughout the history of film. These ten names are people who refused to follow. They led with a passion.

So, if you're ready, then read on and be inspired to lead...

10. Stripe from Gremlins (1984)
Leader of the Gremlins
Portrayed by a Real Gremlin
Some may laugh at this pick. Others will probably tremble. Stripe is the only non human leader on this list and rightfully so. He was for real. How can anyone forget his one word responses or statements. "Gizmo", "Billy", or "Water" were spoken with such anger. He was also responsible for the offspring of numerous gremlins before his love for water got the best of him. Gizmo sent him to hell with the power of sunlight and his reign of terror ended.

9. Penny Lane from Almost Famous (2000)
Leader of the Band-Aides
Portrayed by Kate Hudson
She was no groupie. She loved music and the band, Stillwater. How many members of the band did she sleep with? No idea. Still, her influence has to be measured by the actions of other Band-Aides. They followed her and her philosophy. She was so hardcore that she got her stomach pumped. In the 70s, she decided to go to Morocco and hasn't been seen since.

8. Tracy Flick from Election (1999)
Leader (President) of the Student Body
Portrayed by Reese Witherspoon
Little known fact. Mikey Filmmaker was also a Class President, which is why I admire Tracy so much. She did nothing to stop at her goal of winning the election and succeeded. She slept with teachers and later in life, slept with a Congressman. Her only blemish was when Jim McAllister threw a milkshake at her car years after her reign of president were over.

7. Regina George from Mean Girls (2004)
Leader of the Plastics
Portrayed by Rachel McAdams
There were the jocks. The geeks. The stoners. And, then there were the Plastics. Envied by girls and guys alike. They were the queens of the school and strutted their stuff. They even had rules for themselves like you can only wear pink some days or have pony tail once a week. Regina led with a charge that included having a Mother on speed and a book with nasty secrets.

6. Clyde Barrow from Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
Leader of the Barrow Gang
Portrayed by Warren Beatty
He robbed banks. He killed people. He had an extremely sexy and cigar smoking partner (Bonnie Parker). Clyde Barrow led the Barrow gang with a vengeance. And, let's face it, the only reason he's dead is because he was betrayed. Still, he spent his final moments making love and eating a peach. What more do you want from a leader?

5. Benny "The Jet" Rodriguez from The Sandlot (1993)
Leader of the Sandlot
Portrayed by Mike Vitar
There's heroes and there's legends. Benny "The Jet" was a legend.  If you roam the sandlot today kids still talk about him. He was the best ballplayer of his day. Then, he put the Beast in a pickle with the help of his P.F. Flyers. Years later, he played for the Dodgers. Who can ever forget that moment when he stole home and pointed to the pressbox where a guy with a fish on a hat pointed back? The lesson of this leader. Heroes get remembered, legends never die.

4. David from The Lost Boys (1987)
Leader of the Lost Boys
Portrayed by Keifer Sutherland
If you've ever been to Santa Carla, you know who not to mess around with. And, during their day, no one messed with David and his gang. They rode bikes. They flew. They slept upside down. They did whatever they wanted as long as it was dark outside. If it wasn't for the Frog Brothers and the invention of wooden stakes, David would still be leading the Lost Boys.

3. The Goblin King from Labyrinth (1986)
Leader of the Goblins
Portrayed by David Bowie
Three words: David "Fucking" Bowie.

2. John Kreese from The Karate Kid (1984)
Leader (Sensei) of the Cobra Kai
Portrayed by Martin Kove
"Fear does not exist in this dojo, does it?" There was no doubt in the minds of his students that the answer was, "No, Sensei!" John Kreese was a Vietnam veteran. He was a black belt. He was an angry man that stopped at nothing to strike first, strike hard. No mercy was his middle name. If it wasn't for an old man named Miyagi and a student named Danielson, the Cobra Kais would still be riding dirtbikes around the beach. Sweep the leg...

1. Alex DeLarge from A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Leader of the Droogs
Portrayed by Malcolm McDowell
No one badder or meaner ever drink milk. He led his droogs in the art of stealing, violence, and rape.  If Alex wasn't set up, then he may still be "Singin' in the Rain". He's the only leader on this list that was arrested and served a prison sentence. He agreed to undergo a therapy that granted him early release. Luckily, he was cured all right.


Dicking Your Dragon said...

Brilliant List. Well done. Congratulations You win the "Dicked Your Dragon" literary award for good post.

You are in fine company with and

Mikey Filmmaker said...

Wow, thanks! Are you going to send me a medal or something? Oh, are you going to sign up for the Oscar contest? The deadline is less than a week away.

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