February 29, 2008

Movie Meme

Because it's Friday afternoon and I don't have much going on.

Swiped from Sheila.

Here are the rules:

Bold movies you have watched and liked.
Turn red movies you have watched and loved.
Italicize movies you saw and didnít like.
Leave as is movies you havenít seen.

You got it? Read the rules a few times for good measure, so that this list makes sense. You ready? Ok. away we go.

The Godfather (1972)
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
The Godfather: Part II (1974)

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Schindlerís List (1993)
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
(The best entry in the entire series. Hands down.)
One Flew Over the Cuckooís Nest (1975)
Casablanca (1942)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) (just because I was happy it was finally over with.)
Star Wars (1977)
12 Angry Men (1957)
Rear Window (1954)
No Country for Old Men (2007)
Goodfellas (1990)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) (Any fondness I had for it evaporated with repeated viewings. Weak.)
City of God (2002)
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
The Usual Suspects (1995)
Psycho (1960)
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
Citizen Kane (1941)
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
North by Northwest (1959)
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

Fight Club (1999) ("SPACE MONKEY!")
Memento (2000)(Trippy little tale.)
Sunset Blvd. (1950)
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)(You want to understand Arabs? Watch this movie. You'll get it afterwards.)
Itís a Wonderful Life (1946)
The Matrix (1999) (perhaps the color should be green?)
Taxi Driver (1976)
Se7en (1995)
Apocalypse Now (1979)
American Beauty (1999) (Yeeuch!)
Vertigo (1958)
Amťlie (2001)
The Departed (2006)

Paths of Glory (1957)
American History X (1998)
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
Chinatown (1974)

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
The Third Man (1949)
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Panís Labyrinth (2006)
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
Alien (1979)
The Pianist (2002)
The Shining (1980)
Double Indemnity (1944)
L.A. Confidential (1997)
Leben der Anderen, Das [The Lives of Others] (2006)
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
Boot, Das (1981)
The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Forrest Gump (1994) (Loathe this film. Really and Truly. Mr. H. and I were recently discussing how, one day in the future, Tom Hanks will be ashamed he won an Oscar for this role. )
Metropolis (1927)
Aliens (1986)
Raging Bull (1980)
RashŰmon (1950)
Singiní in the Rain (1952)
Rebecca (1940)
Hotel Rwanda (2004)
Sin City (2005) (Visually interesting, but not all that good in the scheme of things.)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
All About Eve (1950)

Modern Times (1936)
Some Like It Hot (1959)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
The Seventh Seal (1957)
The Great Escape (1963)
Amadeus (1984)
On the Waterfront (1954)
Touch of Evil (1958)
The Elephant Man (1980)
The Prestige (2006)
Vita Ť bella, La [Life Is Beautiful] (1997)
Jaws (1975) (Nope. I've never seen it. Sue me.)
The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
The Sting (1973)
Strangers on a Train (1951)
Full Metal Jacket (1987)
The Apartment (1960)
City Lights (1931)
Braveheart (1995)
Cinema Paradiso (1988)
Batman Begins (2005)
The Big Sleep (1946)
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
Blade Runner (1982)
The Great Dictator (1940)
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Notorious (1946)
Salaire de la peur, Le [The Wages of Fear](1953)
High Noon (1952)
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) (But not because of the damn Ewoks!)
Fargo (1996) (I just DO NOT GET what was so great about this movie.)
The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
Unforgiven (1992)
Back to the Future (1985)
Ran (1985)
Oldboy (2003) (I actually wanted to shower after watching this, if that gives you any indication how gross it is. Not recommended. AT ALL.)
Million Dollar Baby (2004)
Cool Hand Luke (1967)
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
Donnie Darko (2001)
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
The Green Mile (1999)

Annie Hall (1977)
Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)
Gladiator (2000)
The Sixth Sense (1999)
Diaboliques, Les [The Devils] (1955)
Ben-Hur (1959)
It Happened One Night (1934)
The Deer Hunter (1978)
Life of Brian (1979)
Die Hard (1988)
The General (1927)
American Gangster (2007)
Platoon (1986)
V for Vendetta (2005)
Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
The Graduate (1967)
The Princess Bride (1987) ("Have fun stormin' the castle!")
Crash (2004/I) (Tried to watch this. Way too pretentious for my tastes.)
The Wild Bunch (1969)
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)
Heat (1995)

Gandhi (1982)
Harvey (1950)
The Night of the Hunter (1955)
The African Queen (1951)
Stand by Me (1986)
Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)
Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
The Big Lebowski (1998)
The Conversation (1974)

Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
Wo hu cang long [Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon ] (2000)
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
Gone with the Wind (1939)
3:10 to Yuma (2007)
Cabinet des Dr. Caligari., Das [The Cabinet of Dr Caligari] (1920)
The Thing (1982)
Groundhog Day (1993)
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
Sleuth (1972)
Patton (1970)
Toy Story (1995)

Glory (1989)
Out of the Past (1947)
Twelve Monkeys (1995)
Ed Wood (1994)
Spartacus (1960)
The Terminator (1984)
In the Heat of the Night (1967)
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
The Exorcist (1973)

Frankenstein (1931)
Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
The Hustler (1961)
Toy Story 2 (1999)
The Lion King (1994)

Big Fish (2003)
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
Young Frankenstein (1974)
Magnolia (1999)
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
In Cold Blood (1967)
Rosemaryís Baby (1968)
Dial M for Murder (1954)
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
Roman Holiday (1953)
A Christmas Story (1983)

Casino (1995)
Manhattan (1979)
Ying xiong [Hero] (2002)
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) (Call me crazy, but these films are lacking what most people would call "a plot.")
Rope (1948)
Cinderella Man (2005) (Even though Renee Z. is in this film, and she is HIGHLY annoying with that cloying New Jersey accent that just makes you want to wash out your ears after hearing, this film is still pretty good. I just wish they would have marketed differently. There was no need to see it after they blew the ending in the commercials and the trailers)
The Searchers (1956)
Finding Neverland (2004) (Cried buckets. Freddie Highmore is one gifted kid. His performance is astounding.)
Inherit the Wind (1960)
His Girl Friday (1940)
A Man for All Seasons (1966)
Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)

Posted by Kathy at February 29, 2008 06:28 PM | TrackBack

Cool Hand Luke? You need to see this movie. Great acting, great story, great cinematography, and more sweat than Spartacus & In the Heat of the Night combined.

Out of the Past? This is a must see movie. I'm serious here, m-u-s-t s-e-e.

Once Upon a Time in the West? Possibly the greatest Western ever. Charles Bronson's high water mark, Henry Fonda disturbed his fans by playing an EVIL character, and Jason Robards gave a great performance. The cinematography is great, and Morricone hit a homer with the score (notice that each main character has their own music).

Spartacus? It's an epic movie that lives up to the title of "epic movie". Very watchable.

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance? Very good movie. John Wayne & Jimmy Stewart are great together, and Lee Marvin & Woody Strode are great supporting actors.

Aliens? The thinking person's monster movie.

I'm not saying that you HAVE to watch these movies, but when you come down to pick up your deer products, there WILL be a quiz.

(Yes, the deer is ready. And it's fantastic.)

Posted by: Russ from Winterset at March 2, 2008 10:27 AM

I see the husband already chimed in on the Westerns you have not seen -- we have most of those on DVD and will have to invite you down for a Western Night.

You have to watch Ben-Hur and Spartacus!!!
As well as the following:
Das Boot
On the Water Front
Grapes of Wrath
All's Quiet on the Western Front
A Street Car Named Desire
Arsenic and Old Lace

I know most of these are "old" but I grew up watching many of them on Public Television or wathched some for extra credit for my Theater class at ISU.

I will admit there are several newer movies on the list that I have not seen and have no interest in seeing either.

Posted by: The Lovely Janis Mother-to-be at March 2, 2008 12:14 PM

I'm back from sorting cattle, and I've got a few more notes on your list:

The Good, The Bad & the Ugly: I don't see why you wouldn't like this one. I like it (not as much as OUATIA), and I can see why you wouldn't make it a favorite, but I can't see why y'all didn't like it.

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre: This is a very good movie. Bogart's descent into madness is great writing & acting, and you even get to see a VERY young Robert Blake in the movie too.

Touch of Evil: I see that you liked The Third Man. This movie is VERY much like that one in it's atmosphere & plot. It's only weak point is having Charlton Heston playing a Mexican police official. He does a very good job, but he's as much of a Mexican as I am a Chinese jet pilot.

High Noon: Another must see from the Western Genre. Films that are done in continuous real time always get a look from me, and this one builds suspense without resorting to car chases & explosions.

The Wild Bunch: You should at least give it a shot. I will understand if you hate it for the Sam Pekinpah violence, but it's also got some touching parts. Worst case scenario is that you'll hate it but the Hubby will like it. Why do I know he'll like it? It's a guy thing, darling. You wouldn't understand.

The Searchers: Some people say this is Johy Wayne's greatest role. Me? I think he topped out in The Quiet Man, but this is a solid performance on his part, plus the supporting actors (Ward Bond, Jeffrey Hunter, Ken "Festus from Gunsmoke" Curtis. Natalie Wood) do a great job. The scenery is almost another character because of the way John Ford used it to set the mood. It might not be a favorite, but it'll be one that you won't regret seeing.

Posted by: Russ from Winterset at March 2, 2008 01:30 PM

Ya gotta add "Night of the Hunter" with Robert Mitchum (1953 best movie, I believe). Great acting; great cinematography, great morality play.

Posted by: Leo Pusateri at March 2, 2008 07:43 PM