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Sunday, July 06, 2008

I Surrender

There has been an outbreak of listomania amongst the bloggers I read. (Not to be confused with Lisztomania, starring Roger Daltry. I have resisted thus far, yet I find my resolve pretty much shot.

The Top 10 films in 10 categories that the AFI put out in a special last month which I have recorded but not watched; this week for sure.
* means I saw.

Animation
*1. Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs, 1937 - haven't seen in years
*2. Pinocchio, 1940 - haven't seen in even longer; those Disney movies used to get re-released every seven years when I was growing it, it seemed, so it was probably 1961
*3. Bambi, 1942 - Ditto, but 1963. Scared the heck out of me.
*4. The Lion King, 1994 - I liked it fine.
*5. Fantasia, 1940 - Actually own on VHS, own the soundtrack. There are slow spots, but the good stuff is really great.
* 6. Toy Story, 1995 - like a lot, though I like its successor much better
7. Beauty And The Beast, 1991 - have I actually seen this all the way through? I've seen so many segments.
*8. Shrek, 2001 - I like it, and I own it on VHS - it was a gift - but I'd put any of the Pixar films I've seen ahead of it, which is all of them save for Cars and WALL-E.
*9. Cinderella, 1950 - but not since 1964
*10. Finding Nemo, 2003 - interestingly, there are chase scenes that terrified my daughter last Christmas when we were at a party, like Bambi freaked me out.
Most egregious omission. The Iron Giant should most definitely be here.

Fantasy
*1. The Wizard Of Oz, 1939 - one of my all-time favorites.
*2. The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring, 2001 - I think I'm just not a fantasy guy. Never read the books - I got about 50 pages into The Hobbit - and after seeing this movie, never saw the other two. I know "Horrors!"
*3. It's A Wonderful Life, 1946 - stretches the meaning of the category, I suppose. Actively avoided until my wife nagged me to see it; much better than I would have thought.
*4. King Kong, 1933 - need to see again.
*5. Miracle on 34th Street, 1947 - ditto.
*6. Field Of Dreams, 1989 - was skimming someone's list and complained that this wasn't on the sports list. Probably my favorite sports film, now that I think of it.
7. Harvey, 1950 - would see scenes on TV.
*8. Groundhog Day, 1993 - Top 5 film, irrespective of genre. Own on VHS.
9. The Thief Of Baghdad, 1924
*10. Big, 1988 - has great scenes; I have it on VHS, so sometime, I'll have to see if it holds up.
Most egregious omission: The Princess Bride

Science Fiction
*1. 2001: A Space Odyssey, 1968 - I'll admit it; I don't quite "get" it.
*2. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, 1977 - everyone says, probably correctly, that Empire Strikes Back is better, but this is the blueprint; Top 25 movie, probably Top 10 for me.
*3. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, 1982 - Dare I say this? I HATED the end of this movie, and I liked it until then. Maybe I was having a bad day.
*4. A Clockwork Orange, 1971 - Horrified me. Own, love the soundtrack, though.
*5. The Day The Earth Stood Still, 1951 - need to see again.
6. Blade Runner, 1982 - probably should see.
*7. Alien, 1979 - it was good for what it was. Never saw the sequels.
*8. Terminator 2: Judgment Day, 1991 - I've seen on commercial TV, which distorts the watching process tremendously.
*9. Invasion Of The Body Snatchers, 1956 - prefer to the 1978 remake.
*10. Back To The Future, 1985 - seen so many times on TV, practically know by heart.

Sports
*1. Raging Bull, 1980 - as I noted here, the DVD extras helped me appreciate it more. Still, it's a film at arm's length.
*2. Rocky, 1976 - saw this in a Charlotte, NC movie theater with my mother. Liked it more than i thought I would.
*3. The Pride Of The Yankees, 1942 - sob. It's been years, though.
*4. Hoosiers, 1986 - saw on video this century. Liked it.
*5. Bull Durham, 1988 - great choice.
*6. The Hustler, 1961 - it's been years.
7. Caddyshack, 1980 - did I see this? Again, one sees clips and scenes, but possibly not the whole thing.
*8. Breaking Away, 1979 - I liked this a lot at the time but wonder if it aged well.
9. National Velvet, 1944 - seen scenes.
*10. Jerry Maguire, 1996 - liked well enough.
Most egregious omission: A League of Their Own,

Western
1. The Searchers, 1956 - haven't seen.
*2. High Noon, 1952 - good in the genre.
3. Shane, 1953 - know I've seen the ending.
4. Unforgiven, 1992 - this is when Eastwood started becoming a filmmaker.
5. Red River, 1948 - nope.
6. The Wild Bunch, 1969 - studiously avoided Peckinpah at the time.
7. Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid, 1969 - great affection for this film.
8. McCabe And Mrs. Miller, 1971 - Tom the Dog has me wanting to see this one.
9. Stagecoach, 1939
10. Cat Ballou, 1965

Gangster
Not really my genre.
*1. The Godfather, 1972
*2. Goodfellas, 1990
3. The Godfather Part II, 1974
4. White Heat, 1949
5. Bonnie And Clyde, 1967
6. Scarface: The Shame Of The Nation, 1932
7. Pulp Fiction, 1994 - if it weren't so darn funny, my wife wouldn't have gotten through it. Own the soundtrack.
8. The Public Enemy, 1931
9. Little Caesar, 1931
10. Scarface, 1983

Mystery
1. Vertigo, 1958
*2. Chinatown, 1974 -saw it, did not love it.
*3. Rear Window, 1954 - saw in a theatrical re-release. LOVE it.
4. Laura, 1944
5. The Third Man, 1949
6. The Maltese Falcon, 1941
7. North By Northwest, 1959
8. Blue Velvet, 1986
9. Dial M For Murder, 1954
*10. The Usual Suspects, 1995 - I suspect this has not aged well.
Seems I've seen scenes of 6, 7, and 9.

Romantic Comedies
*1. City Lights, 1931 - sweet.
*2. Annie Hall, 1977 - my linchpin film. Seen four times in the theater. Own on VHS.
3. It Happened One Night, 1934
*4. Roman Holiday, 1953 - saw on TV not so long ago, enjoyed.
*5. The Philadelphia Story, 1940 - saw on commercial TV and enjoyed it anyway.
*6. When Harry Met Sally..., 1989 - liked, didn't love and haven't seen since (well, except that scene...)
*7. Adam's Rib, 1949 - TV film; seemed enjoyable when I saw it years ago
*8. Moonstruck, 1987 - that I remember it as well as I do over 20 years later speaks well of it.
*9. Harold And Maude, 1971 - need to see again.
*10. Sleepless In Seattle, 1993 - it was OK

Courtroom Drama
I'm a sucker for these, including TV shows (The Defenders, Judd fore the defense, the lawyers' segment of the Bold Ones, and, of course, Perry Mason)
*1. To Kill A Mockingbird, 1962 - saw again last summer Stellar.
*2. 12 Angry Men, 1957 - only a tad dated, and the core message holds. Own on DVD.
*3. Kramer Vs. Kramer, 1979 does this age well?
*4. The Verdict, 1982 - I loved Newman in this.
*5. A Few Good Men, 1992 - except for the courtroom scenes, this is fading from memory
6. Witness For The Prosecution, 1957
7. Anatomy of a Murder, 1959
8. In Cold Blood, 1967
9. A Cry In The Dark, 1988
10. Judgment At Nuremberg, 1961

Epic
1. Lawrence of Arabia, 1962
*2. Ben-Hur, 1959 - saw on commercial TV, which I suspect doesn't do it justice. Still had some exciting bits.
3. Schindler's List, 1993 - yes, this is an epic. Saw once, talked about it for longer than it ran, will never see again, but glad I saw it and think that anyone who claims to love film should.
4. Gone With The Wind, 1939 - can't, I just can't. And I've actually tried.
5. Spartacus, 1960 - bits and pieces.
*6. Titanic, 1997 - don't hate it.
7. All Quiet On The Western Front, 1930
8. Saving Private Ryan, 1998
*9. Reds, 1981 - this was SO long, it had an intermission. Should have stopped with the first half.
*10. The Ten Commandments, 1956 - hysterically funny.

ROG

1 comment:

Scott said...

Very interesting lists. I may have to play along. Though it could take a week or more to get mine together.

Interesting to about your comments on "Raging Bull". My review of that will be posted soon, as Marcia and I just watched it. Getting it from Netflix, we didn't get all the extras. I thought it was a good movie, but not as good as is hyped/talked about.