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Saturday, April 26, 2008

Auntie Meme

The lovely and gracious Karen hath issued an open-call sort of taggery so here goes:

The meme requires going to the AFI list of 100 greatest American movies of the first 100 years of American cinema, which is here. But, this being my blog where I am a benevolent dictator, I am changing the meme somewhat.

My blog, my rules.

1- Films I enjoyed are boldfaced.
2- Films I disliked are stricken through.
3- Films I haven't seen, but want to are underlined.
4- Films I haven't seen, but don't want to are italicized.
5- Films without any formatting of any kind are those I consider "meh."

Citizen Kane (1941)
Casablanca (1942)
The Godfather (1972) (It's the best of the three, and spawned many great lines.)
Gone with the Wind (1939) (Clark Gable + gleeful racism and antebellum nostalgia?)
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
The Graduate (1967) (A film that starts off great and just dissolves. Cool car, though.)
On the Waterfront (1954)
Schindler's List (1993)
Singin' in the Rain (1952) (The perfect musical.)
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
Sunset Boulevard (1950)
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) (Sir Alec Guinness' 2nd best role ever)
Some Like It Hot (1959)
Star Wars (1977) (It's actually about the Jesuits)
All About Eve (1950)
The African Queen (1951)
Psycho (1960)
Chinatown (1974)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Raging Bull (1980)
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Dr. Strangelove (1964)
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
Apocalypse Now (1979) (This is another of those films that starts of great and then just unravels.)
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
Annie Hall (1977) (I laughed. Good enough.)
The Godfather Part II (1974)
High Noon (1952) (I think this appeals mostly to men, and mostly to lone-wolf types at that.)
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
It Happened One Night (1934) (Nothing can overcome the presence of Clark Gable)
Midnight Cowboy (1969)
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) (To me, mostly depressing...but well made.)
Double Indemnity (1944)
Doctor Zhivago (1965)
North by Northwest (1959)
West Side Story (1961)
Rear Window (1954)
King Kong (1933)
The Birth of a Nation (1915) (Although, it's so appallingly racist and naive about its appalling racism that it's unintentionally hilarious)
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Taxi Driver (1976)
Jaws (1975)
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
The Philadelphia Story (1940) (One of only 3 worthwhile films not to treat preppies as cartoon stereotypes.)
From Here to Eternity (1953)
Amadeus (1984)
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
The Sound of Music (1965)
M*A*S*H (1970)
The Third Man (1949)
Fantasia (1940)
Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Vertigo (1958)
Tootsie (1982)
Stagecoach (1939)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Network (1976)
The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
An American in Paris (1951) (Takes itself a bit TOO seriously, but great.) Shane (1953)
The French Connection (1971)
Forrest Gump (1994) (Not worth all the Oscars or even of being on this list, but still, I liked it.)
Ben-Hur (1959)
Wuthering Heights (1939)
The Gold Rush (1925) (Not better than any Buster Keaton film, but I liked it anyway)
Dances with Wolves (1990) (The West was won in less time than this film.) City Lights (1931) (See The Gold Rush.)
American Graffiti (1973)
Rocky (1976) (If Stallone hadn't been robbed of the Oscar, his career would have been infinitely more worthwhile.)
The Deer Hunter (1978)
The Wild Bunch (1969)
Modern Times (1936) (The Great Dictator was better than this, but it was still good.)
Giant (1956)
Platoon (1986)
Fargo (1996)
Duck Soup (1933)
Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)
Frankenstein (1931) (The sequel was better, though.)
Easy Rider (1969)
Patton (1970) ("Rommel! You magnificent...")
The Jazz Singer (1927)
My Fair Lady (1964)
A Place in the Sun (1951)
The Apartment (1960)
Goodfellas (1990)
Pulp Fiction (1994) (One of those films that reveals more and more each time you view it. Brilliant. In my Top 5.)
The Searchers (1956) ("No you don't, Nathan. NO YOU DON'T.")
Bringing Up Baby (1938) (The 2nd best screwball comedy ever.)
Unforgiven (1992)
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)
Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)

Your Favorite 10 Movies That Aren't On the List:

- The Right Stuff
- The Natural
- Zelig (an eerily, scarily pitch-perfect mockumentary)
- The General (Buster Keaton was, in every way, superior to Charlie Chaplin.)
- Metropolitan
- A Night At The Opera (tough call between this and Duck Soup as my fave Marx Bros. film)
- His Girl Friday (THE best screwball comedy ever)
- Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (it's one of the most ambitious and brilliant films just on the editing alone)
- High Society (the dialogue isn't as sharp as The Philadelphia Story's, nor is the cast -- Grace Kelly v. Kate Hepburn excepted, which Grace Kelly wins by only a slim margin -- quite as wonderful, but I love the Cole Porter songs)
- Kiss Me, Kate (the BEST transition from Broadway to screen)

(I was going to include Chariots of Fire, but that's not on the list because it's a British film)

I tag YOU.



  • At 10:30 PM, April 26, 2008 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    The 100 list seems to be about a decade behind--did they consider anything recent?

    What is the best movie you've seen in the last calendar year?

  • At 8:02 AM, April 27, 2008 , Blogger Joe said...

    I think it's only a "the first 100 years" thing.


    P.S. The best thing I have seen in the last 12 months is -- really! -- Horton Hears Who. Which is also the most pro-life film I've ever seen.

  • At 11:25 AM, April 29, 2008 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I'm taking G-children.

    I heard Seuss' wife was adamant that the beloved story not be cast as a "pro-life" message.

  • At 2:24 AM, April 30, 2008 , Blogger Joe said...

    She has a better chance of successfuly arguing against gravity.

    It is what it is, not what anybody'd want it to be.


  • At 10:47 PM, May 02, 2008 , Blogger Joseph Fromm said...

    Joe you are right about the Jedi and the Jesuit thing.

  • At 10:51 PM, May 02, 2008 , Blogger Joe said...

    What sealed that view for me was watching Episode III, when Anakin gets loose among the "little Jedis."

    It was like an awakening and a kick in the solar plexus at the same time.




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