Previously at theTRu… I began this quest to identify my favorite pieces of pop culture from each of the five disciplines. Basically, I’ve been spotlighting items from the worlds of Television, Music, Online (Digital), Movies, and Books, by assigning them a letter of the alphabet, like a strange variation of the game, Scattergories. These are not intended to be in-depth reviews or examinations, just a high-level spotlight.

So far, we’ve covered TV, Online, and Music. You can find links to each of those posts in an A to Z Pop Culture Media List list. (There’s also a schedule in there so you know when to expect the rest of the posts.) We’ll be wrapping up next week, but today, we’ll finish up with Movies, from R to Z.

R is for “The Rock.” Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is the acting equivalent of bacon. Every movie is better if you add The Rock. He’s a versatile actor with enough charisma to carry him in every role. Plus, he revitalized the Fast and Furious franchise and it looks like he’ll save GI Joe, too. I don’t know what it is, but he picks his roles well.

S is for Jimmy Stewart. Jimmy Stewart is my all-time favorite actor. He always provided a commanding performance and was a commendable person off camera, too. Besides his notable performances in the Hitchcock classics, Harvey, and It’s a Wonderful Life, Stewart proved a tireless actor, bringing a high-quality performance to each role. (My favorite Jimmy Stewart movie is Mr Hobbs Takes a Vacation).

T is for Tombstone. Tombstone is my favorite western film of all time. The cast blends so very well and the dialogue is brilliant and quotable. And Val Kilmer’s performance as Doc Holliday – one of Kilmer’s few great performances – is LEGENDARY. If you’ve never seen this movie (or if it’s been a while), go watch it now… “You’re a daisy if you do.”

U is for Unbreakable. There was a time when M Night Shyamalan was THE name in movies. He was touted as the next Hitchcock and Spielberg. Well, all that nonsense died down after a few of his movies weren’t quite up to snuff (and The Happening was the proverbial nail in the coffin). Be that as it may, Unbreakable was a prety enjoyable flick – Bruce Willis and Samuel L Jackson play off of each other pretty well – and it’s probably the only movie of his that I’d watch a second time.

V is for Veggietales. Laugh if you want, but I still love Veggietales. I have a hard time getting the little to watch them sometimes, but I still get a kick out of them and, most times, I still find little nuggets of humor buried in each episode to make me smile. I used to get promo copies, too, but it’s been a while. (I’m just saying.)

W is for Walk the Line. Combining the worlds of music, biographies, and movies is a recipe for success in my book. This dramatized biography of Johnny Cash is spectacular in the protrayal of the characters and the song presentations and performances. Cash was a flawed man and the movie treated that very well.

X is for X-Men. You might think by all the superhero movies here, that I DID grow up glued to comic books, but I guess it’s more that I’m making up for lost time. Most recently, I watched the Wolverine Origins movie from this franchise and there are still a few from the series I need to see, but I do enjoy them for the emphasis on characters.

Y is for Yours, Mine, and Ours. It was this or Yentl. Not really. I like the original movie Yours Mine and Ours – you know, with Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda – and the remakes aren’t too bad. Good clean fun with a big, big cast.

Z is for Zorro. I’d like to take this space to speak directly to JJ Abrams. Re-boot the Zorro franchise. Okay, maybe not JJ Abrams, but someone with the ability to create a credible period piece and the stories to bring Zorro back into the collective pop culture consciousness again.

Did you miss any of the previous installments? They’re all available at the A to Z Pop Culture Media List. One more series to go. Tune in next week for Books, A to Z.

peace… love… bdg…