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My All-Time Favorite Movies

My top 12 movies all time from each decade (5 from the 30s-40s since its harder to find films from that time):
 
1930s: Gone with the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, Mr Smith goes to Washington, Red Dust, Daughter of Shanghai
 
1940s: Casablanca, Maltese Falcon, The Big Sleep, It’s a Wonderful Life, The Killers (you can tell I love film noirs)
 
1950s: In a Lonely Place, Rebel without a Cause, Rear Window, A Place in the Sun, Sunset Boulevard, Sabrina, African Queen, On the Waterfront, The Searchers, North by Northwest, Ikiru, Some Like it Hot – this was a VERY good decade for films
 
1960s: The Magnificent Seven, Who Shot Liberty Valence, The Graduate, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, 2001 a Space Odyssey, The Hustler, Yojimbo, the Good Bad and Ugly, Dr Strangelove, Lawrence of Arabia, Dr Zhivago, Goldfinger
 
Not critically acclaimed but extremely funny: What’s up Tiger Lily?, Casino Royale
 
1970s: American Graffiti, Enter the Dragon, Star Wars: A New Hope, Alien, Taxi Driver, The Godfather, Rocky, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Jaws, 1941, The Godfather II, Barry Lyndon
 
Not critically acclaimed but extremely funny: Kentucky Fried Movie, Amazon Women on Mars, Animal House
 
1980s: Blade Runner, Empire Strikes Back, Back to the Future, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Aliens, Ghostbusters, Airplane!, E.T, My Neighbor Totoro, Do the Right Thing, The Breakfast Club
 
Not critically acclaimed but extremely funny: Space balls, Airplane II, Naked Gun, Caddyshack
 
1990s: Pulp Fiction, The Big Lebowski, Fight Club, The Matrix, The Shawshank Redemption, Forrest Gump, Schindler’s List, Reservoir Dogs, Ghost in the Shell, Jurassic Park, Saving Private Ryan, American Beauty
 
Not critically acclaimed but extremely funny: Groundhog Day, Wayne’s World, Office Space
 
2000s: Spirited Away, Spiderman 2, The Dark Knight, Lost in Translation, Up, Mulholland Drive, Memento, Old Boy, Kill Bill, Shanghai Kiss, Inland Empire, The Pianist
 
Not critically acclaimed but extremely funny: Austin Powers Goldmember, Rush Hour 2, Anchorman, The Room, Grandma’s Boy, Emperor’s New Groove
 
2010s: Inception, Interstellar, Toy Story 3, The Avengers, Life of Pi, Blade Runner 2049, Scott Pilgrim vs the World, The Social Network, The Wolf of Wall Street, The Handmaiden, Parasite, Lincoln
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What was the most impressive (team) NBA championship run?

My top 5 most impressive championship runs ever:

  1. 2004 Detroit Pistons – one all star on the team (Ben Wallace) with no one scoring more than 17 pts a game – defeats heavily favored Lakers team with 4 HoFers in 5 games. It was the series that showed everyone that you can’t just put a bunch of stars on one team and expect it to beat a team with really good chemistry.
  2. 1995 Houston Rockets – this championship is so impressive because they were only a 6th seed in the playoffs! Hakeem was the only all star that year. But they went all the way to the Finals and SWEPT the Orlando Magic (who had beaten Jordan’s Bulls on the way there). Pretty great run.
  3. 1975 Golden State Warriors – another team with only one all star (Rick Barry), who wasn’t expected to contend for a championship that year, let alone make it to the Finals and SWEEP the heavily favored Bullets with 2 HoFers on that team. Considered one of the biggest upsets ever.
  4. 2016 Cleveland Cavaliers – you all know the story. They were down 3-1 in the Finals against a 73 win juggernaut, the Warriors stumbled and it came down to the closing minutes of the game 7 when Lebron made the most famous block ever and then Kyrie made one of the clutchest shots ever. I lost $2500 on a bet because of this series. At that time everyone thought the Warriors had it in the bag.
  5. 1969 Boston Celtics – This championship was the last of Bill Russell’s and it was impressive because the Celtics were running on fumes at that point. Russell and Sam Jones were both in their last season. They were 4th seed going into the playoffs. They beat a very talented Knicks team and went to 7 games against the heavily favored LA Lakers with 3 top 25 players ever- Jerry West, Elgin Baylor and Wilt Chamberlain. Bill Russell who proved that he was one of the most clutch players of all time – told Jerry West that those balloons aint coming down from the ceiling and won the Game 7 by 2 points. Came into the league a champion, went out a champion.

I also want to shout out the 2011 Mavericks (obviously another huge upset as well), 1977 Blazers (defeated the favored Dr J / McGinnis 76ers) and the 1998 Bulls (easily the worst of the Bulls championship teams) for great runs as well.

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Which basketball Hall of Fame classes were the deepest of all time?

In my opinion these are the top 5 for me:

  1. 2019/2020 class – Kobe Bryant (top 2 SG), Tim Duncan (greatest PF), Kevin Garnett (top 5 PF)
  2. 2009 class – Michael Jordan (GOAT), David Robinson (top 7 C), John Stockton (top 5 PG)
  3. 1980 class – Jerry West (top 5 SG), Oscar Robertson (top 5 PG), Jerry Lucas (top 15 PF)
  4. 2010 class – Scottie Pippen (top 7 SF), Karl Malone (top 3 PF), Dennis Johnson (top 15 PG)
  5. 2008 class – Hakeem Olajuwon (top 5 C), Patrick Ewing (top 10 C), Adrian Dantley (top 20 SF)