Saturday, April 22, 2006

I saw movies once...before I had a kid

As seen at MysteryMommy, who saw it at Overread:

The list is Jim Emerson's101 Movies You Must See Before You Die. Bold the ones you've seen.

"2001: A Space Odyssey" (1968) Stanley Kubrick Hated it.
"The 400 Blows" (1959) Francois Truffaut I've seen Truffaut, but not this one.
"8 1/2" (1963) Federico Fellini I've seen Fellini, but not this one.
"Aguirre, the Wrath of God" (1972) Werner Herzog
"Alien" (1979) Ridley Scott Hells yeah.
"All About Eve" (1950) Joseph L. Mankiewicz
"Annie Hall" (1977) Woody Allen
"Bambi" (1942) Disney Why must anyone see this movie before they die? I can think of 10 better Disney movies.
"Battleship Potemkin" (1925) Sergei Eisenstein
"The Best Years of Our Lives" (1946) William Wyler
"The Big Red One" (1980) Samuel Fuller
"The Bicycle Thief" (1949) Vittorio De Sica
"The Big Sleep" (1946) Howard Hawks
"Blade Runner" (1982) Ridley Scott Ooo, yeah.
"Blowup" (1966) Michelangelo Antonioni
"Blue Velvet" (1986) David Lynch Many college memories.
"Bonnie and Clyde"(1967) Arthur Penn Really liked it.
"Breathless" (1959) Jean-Luc Godard
"Bringing Up Baby" (1938) Howard Hawks Meh.
"Carrie" (1975) Brian DePalma Dirty pillows!
"Casablanca"(1942) Michael Curtiz Ugh. Overrated.
"Un Chien Andalou" (1928) Luis Bunuel & Salvador Dali
"Children of Paradise"/ "Les Enfants du Paradis" (1945) Marcel Carne
"Chinatown"(1974) Roman Polanski
"Citizen Kane" (1941) Orson Welles Even more overrated than Casablanca.
"A Clockwork Orange"(1971) StanleyKubrick Only read the book. Still want to see this.
"The Crying Game" (1992) Neil Jordan
"The Day the Earth Stood Still" (1951) Robert Wise
"Days of Heaven" (1978) Terence Malick
"Dirty Harry" (1971) Don Siegel
"The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie" (1972) Luis Bunuel
"Do the Right Thing" (1989) Spike Lee
"La Dolce Vita" (1960) Federico Fellini
"Double Indemnity" (1944) Billy Wilder
"Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying andLove the Bomb" (1964) StanleyKubrick Didn't get it.
"Duck Soup" (1933) Leo McCarey
"E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial" (1982) Steven Spielberg
"Easy Rider" (1969) Dennis Hopper
"The Empire Strikes Back" (1980) Irvin Kershner
"The Exorcist" (1973) William Friedkin
"Fargo"(1995) Joel & Ethan Coen
"Fight Club" (1999) David Fincher
Why is this on the list? The movie could've been called "It's Hard Out Here For a Privileged White Guy."
"Frankenstein" (1931) James Whale
"The General" (1927) Buster Keaton & Clyde Bruckman
"The Godfather," "The Godfather, PartII" (1972, 1974) Francis Ford Coppola No Part III? Reeeeeeeally??! Ah, Sofia. At least you direct better than you "act."
"Gone With the Wind" (1939) Victor Fleming
"GoodFellas" (1990) Martin Scorsese Yeah, baby.
"The Graduate" (1967) Mike Nichols Overrated.
"Halloween" (1978) John Carpenter
"A Hard Day's Night" (1964) Richard Lester
"Intolerance" (1916) D.W. Griffith
"It's A Gift" (1934) Norman Z. McLeod
"It's a Wonderful Life" (1946) Frank Capra
"Jaws" (1975) Steven Spielberg
"The Lady Eve" (1941) Preston Sturges
"Lawrence of Arabia" (1962) David Lean
"M" (1931) Fritz Lang
"Mad Max 2" / "The Road Warrior" (1981)George Miller
"The Maltese Falcon" (1941) John Huston
"The Manchurian Candidate" (1962) John Frankenheimer
"Metropolis" (1926) Fritz Lang
"Modern Times" (1936) Charles Chaplin
"Monty Python and the Holy Grail" (1975) Terry Jones & Terry Gilliam
"Nashville"(1975) Robert Altman
"The Night of the Hunter" (1955) Charles Laughton
"Night of the Living Dead" (1968) George Romero So good.
"North by Northwest" (1959) Alfred Hitchcock
"Nosferatu" (1922) F.W. Murnau
"On the Waterfront" (1954) Elia Kazan
"Once Upon a Time in the West" (1968) Sergio Leone
"Out of the Past" (1947) Jacques Tournier
"Persona" (1966) Ingmar Bergman
"Pink Flamingos" (1972) John Waters
"Psycho" (1960) Alfred Hitchcock
"Pulp Fiction" (1994) Quentin Tarantino
"Rashomon" (1950) Akira Kurosawa
"Rear Window" (1954) Alfred Hitchcock
"Rebel Without a Cause" (1955) Nicholas Ray
"Red River" (1948) Howard Hawks
"Repulsion" (1965) Roman Polanski
"Rules of the Game" (1939) Jean Renoir
"Scarface" (1932) Howard Hawks
"The Scarlet Empress" (1934) Josef von Sternberg
"Schindler's List" (1993) Steven Spielberg
"The Searchers" (1956) John Ford
"The Seven Samurai" (1954) Akira Kurosawa
"Singin' in the Rain" (1952) Stanley Donen &Gene Kelly One of my favorite movies ever.
"Some Like It Hot" (1959) Billy Wilder
"A Star Is Born" (1954) George Cukor
"A Streetcar Named Desire" (1951) Elia Kazan
"Sunset Boulevard" (1950) Billy Wilder
"Taxi Driver" (1976) Martin Scorsese
"The Third Man" (1949) Carol Reed
"Tokyo Story" (1953) Yasujiro Ozu
"Touch of Evil" (1958) Orson Welles
"The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" (1948) John Huston
"Trouble in Paradise" (1932) Ernst Lubitsch
"Vertigo" (1958) Alfred Hitchcock
"West Side Story" (1961) Jerome Robbins/Robert Wise If this wasn't on here, I was going to fly to Chicago and beat him
"The Wild Bunch" (1969) Sam Peckinpah
"The Wizard of Oz" (1939) Victor Fleming

OK, off the top of my head, here's what he left off:
  • To Kill a Mockingbird, for fuck's sake

  • Animal Crackers, far superior to Duck Soup. If you want to see a Marx Brothers movie, see Animal Crackers. Or even A Night at the Opera.

  • The Music Man

  • Glory

  • Rocky

  • Silence of the Lambs

  • It Happened One Night -- it and Silence of the Lambs were two of only three movies to win the big five Oscars: Picture, Director, Screenplay, Actor and Actress.


Blogger Phantom Scribbler said...

I love Bringing Up Baby and Casablanca. Can we still be friends?

I will agree that Citizen Kane left me cold. And It Happened One Night is a great damn movie.

10:21 PM, April 22, 2006  
Anonymous Bob M said...

APL, I followed the links to, and I think that the list is actually Jim Emerson's, who is the editor of the site.

Ditto for Casablanca. I love it. Even apart from it's context within a world being engulfed by war, and the message it was therefore sending, I think the script alone is a stand out.

11:03 PM, April 22, 2006  
Blogger Neel Mehta said...

"Will somebody tell me what the hell this is about?"
-- Rock Hudson, during the Hollywood premiere of 2001: A Space Odyssey

I agree with you on It Happened One Night; heck, I wrote a short story about it. Of those you haven't seen, I recommend three:

The Bicycle Thief: Italian, black and white, utterly heartbreaking. Similar to the modern Iranian film Children of Heaven.

The Night of the Hunter: American, black and white, utterly creepy. I'm not sure how it can look so lush without color, but you don't see that style again until the video for Shania Twain's "You're Still the One."

Sunset Boulevard: American, black and white, utterly funny (despite themes of obsession, ambition, and delusion). A lot of today's movies owe a debt to this film.

2:47 AM, April 23, 2006  
Blogger liz said...

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1:59 PM, April 23, 2006  
Blogger liz said...

They also left out The Long Hot Summer.

I'm with PS, can we still be friends?

Didja ever see Casablanca in a theatre? It makes all the difference.

2:03 PM, April 23, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He only got one of the three best movies of all time. Holy Grail is on the list. But he forgot Spinal Tap and Bull Durham.

I'm not kidding! Spinal Tap should be viewed as a classic, ground-breaking comedy. Bull Durham isn't just funny, it's a vivid character study -- Crash knows the game, he knows how to teach others to play the game, and he's just coming to terms with the fact that he'll never succeed the way he wanted. He's reluctantly -- but effectively -- passing the torch to someone who doesn't yet understand his own gifts. The movie's so funny that it may take repeated viewing to realize how brilliantly Ron Shelton sketched these characters. Beats the crap out of a lot of these alleged classics.

Except Casablanca, which is a smart study of responsibility and romance punctuated with classic lines, even if Bogart never actually says one of them.

4:03 PM, April 23, 2006  
Blogger Angry Pregnant Lawyer said...

Thanks for the correction, Bob M!

Thanks for the suggestions, Neel.

What can I say PS and Liz? If you'll still be friends with me knowing I don't like one of the most favorite movies of all time, I'd appreciate it. :-)

8:48 PM, April 23, 2006  
Anonymous Bob M said...


Some classic quotes from Rick (played by Bogart) in Casablanca:

I'm the only cause I'm intereted in.

Here's looking at you kid.

Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she had to walk into mine.

Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

11:57 PM, April 23, 2006  
Blogger Phantom Scribbler said...

Wait, wait. Will it change your mind to hear that Theo Epstein's grandfather and great-uncle wrote the script for Casablanca?

Really, how can you not like it now? That practically makes you a Yankees fan! ;-)

9:37 AM, April 24, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Round up the usual suspects.


6:56 PM, April 24, 2006  
Blogger Angry Pregnant Lawyer said...

Phantom, I just don't care. Besides, I like King and Irving. That makes me enough of a literary Sox fan.

9:33 PM, April 24, 2006  

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