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    30 Reasons "Ghostbusters" Is The Greatest Movie Ever

    June 8 marks the 30th anniversary of the theatrical release of Ghostbusters. From Bill Murray's flawless strut to the cameo by Random ConEd Guy, it's the best movie in the history of everything. Warning: This thorough celebration of awesomeness contains pretty much every spoiler.

    1. It's the ultimate buddy movie.

    2. Ecto-1 is the most gorgeous scrapheap imaginable.

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    You can have your DeLorean. Give me the Ectomobile any day.

    3. Bill Murray's Peter Venkman is perfection.

    4. If normal movie quotability were the size of a Twinkie, this one would be a Twinkie 35 feet long, weighing approximately 600 pounds.

    5. Ivan Reitman gets everything right, man.

    6. It set the modern comedy standard for box office success.

    7. This is why it was nominated for Best Musical Or Comedy at the Golden Globes.

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    Or maybe it was for the comedy part. Either way, Romancing the Stone had no business winning that year.

    8. It's legit scary.

    9. It's romantic.

    10. It's also a love letter to New York City.

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    Yes, part of the movie was filmed in Los Angeles, but the on-screen sensibility is quintessentially NYC.

    In the decade before Ghostbusters, movies often depicted The Big Apple through hyperbole. If it wasn't a pit of violence (Death Wish, Taxi Driver, The Warriors, Escape from New York, and sadly more), it was a millionaire's playground (Arthur).

    For a movie full of animated ghosts, Ghostbusters is closer to the real New York, home to colorful characters who walk the streets, cheer our heroes and perhaps ignore a terror-dog attack while eating a fancy dinner. (It's not that we don't care; it's just that we're in the middle of something, naw'fense.) New Yorkers also can relate to the mouth of Peter, the heart of Ray, the brain of Egon, the brutal honesty of Winston, and the spine of Dana. As Reitman says on the DVD commentary track, the movie "really captures the spirit and feel of the city."

    To put it another way, nobody steps on a church in our town.

    11. Ray Stantz's enthusiasm for the Ghostbusters is matched only by the man who plays him.

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    Come for Ray's vigor in the video above; stay for Egon's overall awkwardness and the forced smiles at the end.

    Though many deserve credit for their contributions to the greatest movie of all time, perhaps none is worthier than Dan Aykroyd.

    It goes beyond playing the goofy yet lovable optimist Ray Stantz. Although there'd been other movies and TV shows that explored the concept of ghost-hunters, Aykroyd invented the ones we know best and love the most. His 40-page treatment piqued the interest of Ramis and Reitman, who both joined him in Martha's Vineyard in May 1983 to transform it into the movie it became.

    Each added something crucial to the project, but it's Aykroyd who remains the heart of the Ghostbusters, on and off the screen. Even moviegoers who don't want to see another Ghostbusters sequel have to admire his limitless passion for the project. After all, it's his baby.

    12. Best. Villains. Ever.

    13. Ray Parker Jr.'s Ghostbusters music video is full of neon, cameos and mirth.

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    Remember when everyone's homes were accented in neon? It was the '80s, after all. Hell, even RPJ's mic is all aglow, looking like a Pictionary ice cream cone.

    Did you know? According to this video, ghosts can just be two opaque people who pop up behind a couch to shout, "Ghostbusters", because, one, ghosts apparently want to be trapped; two, apparitions love playing hide-and-seek; and three, putting effort into directing a music video is hard, you guys.

    The video also includes retroactively fascinating cameos by, among others, Chevy Chase (who had to have felt left out); John Candy (who turned down Rick Moranis' part); Jeffrey Tambor (long before The Larry Sanders Show and Arrested Development); Sen. Al Franken (who may or may not be doing a Mick Jagger impression); Carly Simon (sure!); and, at the 34-second mark, three children who, in the movie's climactic scene, convince Peter Venkman to follow his heart. Just kidding! We have no idea who they are.

    Not invited to the video shoot? Huey Lewis' legal team.

    14. Elmer Bernstein's main title theme is even better than Ray Parker Jr.'s song.

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    As great as the Ray Parker Jr. song is, it's like the "Monster Mash" in that you're kind of a weirdo if you're playing it on a date that isn't Oct. 31. If you want the sound of Ghostbusters on a day when no one is in costume, the best and most familiar song from Elmer Bernstein's score should do the trick. It exudes the film's whimsy and sophistication. Plus, y'know, the notes sound good and stuff.

    Do yourself a favor: Buy this track, slap it on your mp3 player of choice and play it while strolling around New York City. If this doesn't make you feel like you're in the movie, well, you're more realistic than I am, but I'm not going to apologize.

    15. The flowers are still standing!

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    16. Among comedy icons, Harold Ramis was a god.

    17. Slimer becomes so much cooler when you realize he's a tribute to John Belushi.

    18. Some of the special effects are actually pretty great.

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    The intentional comedy in Ghostbusters transcends 30 years, but, if we're being honest, some of the computer-generated visuals earn laughs for the wrong reasons. The proton packs' streams might as well be crayon on celluloid. When fragments of Dana's rooftop plummet more than 20 stories, they bounce like balloons, because gravity is an optional thing. Let's just say Industrial Light & Magic greatly benefited from the digital revolution.

    Thankfully, Ghostbusters has more than a few saving graces in the special-effects department; most of them just happen to be analog. Puppetry, especially the examples showcased in the behind-the-scenes video above, is a vast improvement over early-'80s CGI. In addition, simple magic tricks are perfectly executed to levitate Dana, haphazardly redistribute the library's card catalog, and make books float between shelves.

    Also, when that rooftop explodes, even if that doesn't look real, it looks incredible.

    19. Dana Barrett is the Gatekeeper of badassery.

    20. It's eminently rewatchable.

    21. Nerds rule!

    22. Ernie Hudson makes the most of his 2 minutes' worth of lines.

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    I never would have guessed that if you spliced together all of Winston Zeddemore's lines in the first Ghostbusters movie, they'd amount to just under 2 minutes. (He obviously has more screen time than that, but in terms of the script, that's it.)

    Considering the star power of Murray, Aykroyd and Ramis at the time, I shouldn't be too surprised. But why does it still shock me? Because Ernie Hudson delivers the hell out of every last one of his lines, giving them resonance.

    As long as there's a steady paycheck in it for Winston, he'll believe anything you say (even if it's not worth the $11,500 per year). He's, of course, seen shit that'll make you turn white. And, as we've already discussed, he loves this town.

    But in a movie full of highlights, the Judgment Day conversation Winston has with Ray is one of the film's finest moments. Almost none of the scene is played for laughs, and if Hudson were any less of an actor, it would fall flat. Instead, it's mesmerizing, thanks to Hudson's heavy lifting.

    23. Rick Moranis' comedy chops? Yes, have some.

    24. This behind-the-scenes photo reveals a more approachable Mr. Stay Puft.

    25. Janine Melnitz is our spirit animal when it comes to work.

    26. Let's face it: Random Con Ed Guy and Hero Cop Who Calls Peck a "Pencil Neck" make the whole movie.

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    As a 5-year-old, I'd never had feelings one way or the other about a power company, but when Random ConEd Guy was wary about shutting down the Ghostbusters' power grid, I felt like turning on all the lights and electrical appliances as a show of support. When he said, "Oh, shit," he spoke for us all.

    And then there's Hero Cop, who won't be bossed around by anyone. Yes, he's got a job to do, and sure, his delivery is a bit stilted (Reitman suspected the actor might have been a cop in real life), but he'll be damned if he takes orders from some "pencil neck."

    27. Hold up, is that ... Ron Jeremy?

    28. Deleted scenes were best left deleted.

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    That's a compliment. I know movie fans get excited over deleted scenes, but there's usually a reason they wind up on the cutting room floor (or, these days, in a computer's recycling bin). After all, if they're that good, they'd be in the movie. Thankfully, with Ghostbusters, Reitman and his editors knew what they were doing.

    This scene? Unnecessary exposition. Another exchange is flat-out boring. This moment from an otherwise outstanding scene makes Pete look like a creep, and Dana's right to be as irked as she is. The only tragedy of omitting the honeymooners' scene is that its two actors thought they were going to have speaking roles in Ghostbusters. Also, this aside with Murray and Aykroyd as "hilarious" bums ... yeahno.

    There are other deleted scenes, but, when it comes to editing, I should practice what I preach.

    29. It spawned a solid cartoon spinoff, "The Real Ghostbusters."

    30. The Venkman strut is the only strut that matters.