that’s a big twinkie.

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Something bizarre happened on Twitter today, something that’s worth a follow-up here. I think Jesse Hambley was having an odd morning and tweeted something about Ghostbusters … and within minutes, nearly everyone I know in Pittsburgh with a Twitter account had switched avatars to a Ghostbusters character. Quotes from the movie flew back and forth, and those who follow us from afar had to wonder what got into the water in western Pennsylvania.

The silliness got me thinking about Bill Murray. If I was having a conversation with someone about film, it wouldn’t occur to me in a million years to include Murray in a list of favorite actors, and I don’t think many of his films would get a shot at my top five in the same discussion.

And I realized this morning — that’s crap. I started going through his filmography at IMDB, and noticed something startling: I’ve 14 movies that feature Bill Murray in one way or another. I’ve seen most of those in the theater. Apparently, I love the guy. And I might have to re-think my “best of” lists in the future.

In the meantime, here’s my Bill Murray Top Five:

1. Ghostbusters. Perhaps the most quotable movie of all time.

2. Stripes. This gets bumped up on my list because a good chunk of it was filmed at Fort Knox, where I spent most of my Army days. The scene where Winger is trying to escape in the middle of the night? Shot in my motor pool!

3. Lost in Translation. Gorgeous movie. Probably should be at the top of the list.

4. Groundhog Day. It wasn’t filmed in Punxsutawney, and it made it damn near impossible to get anywhere close to Gobbler’s Knob for a while. But how can you not like a movie with a groundhog as a co-star? Don’t drive angry.

5. Caddyshack. Carl Spackler: “This is a cross, ah, of bluegrass, Kentucky Bluegrass, Featherbed Bent, and northern California Sensemillia. The amazing stuff about this is, that you can play 36 holes on it in the afternoon, take it home and just get stoned to the bejeezus-belt that night on this stuff.”

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2 Replies to “that’s a big twinkie.”

  1. “Don’t drive angry.” I say that all the time. As quotable as Ghostbusters is (extremely), I bet I quote that one line from Groundhog Day more than I do any other movie.

    Another notable thing: I rarely join in on these “swap your avatar” memes. It’s just more trouble to me than it’s worth, plus I sometimes get annoyed when I can’t instantly recognize who Twittered based on the visual. Yet I jumped on this bandwagon, and I am not sure why. I’ve been thinking about that particular movie for a while and wanting to watch it again, plus there’s that quotability factor, and wanting to play along with the cool kids. But also, it’s plain ol’ fun.

    RE: Bill Murray as a favored actor. I’m not embarrassed to say he’s one of mine. I thought his performances in Broken Flowers and Lost in Translation were terrific. And who doesn’t like Caddyshack? Plus he wrote that one. There’s nothing he can’t do.

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  2. Ummmm…Carl sez….cindarella story…came out of nowwhere..going to be the next Masters Champion. He’s got about 180 yards to the hole and he’s got ahhhh 5 urnnn. Swack….he got all of that one……it’s in the hole!!!…it’s in the hole!!!Classic. Classic. Classic.

    Thanks for the memories!

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