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kriselda jarnsaxa

5 I haven't seen that I might consider for the weekend:

* Casablanca
* Citizen Kane
* Shindler's List
* The Third Man
* Touch of Evil

5 I have seen that I would pick to watch again:

* Blade Runner
* ET
* Fantasia
* Jaws
* Star Wars

5 not on the list that I would add:
(not entirely by the rules, but the LOTR trilogy is just too good to be left off!)

* The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
* The Fellowship of the Ring |
* The Two Towers } three way tie
* The Return of the King |
* Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
* Die Hard
* The Last Starfighter (not "great" by conventional critic-based standards, but EXTREMELY entertaining, very rewatchable, and one of the very earliest examples of computer animation, helping pave the way for some of the movie marvels of today)

The one I would consider the greatest overall:

* The LOTR Trilogy - I know they're new and haven't had to stand the test of time yet, but the source material certainl has, and Jackson adapted it BEAUTIFULLY, staying true to the story itself and the spirit of the books, as well as providing an excellent ensemble cast and an INCREDIBLE visual treat. In every element - writing, casting, production values, acting, sound, score, costumes, effects - it was superb.


Seen 58/100.

5 new for this weekend:
The Quiet Man
The Philadelphia Story
The Big Sleep
All About Eve

5 old for this weekend:
The Searchers
The Wild Bunch
Paths of Glory
Annie Hall
The Godfather

5 not on the list:
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
Night of the Living Dead
This is Spinal Tap
Once Upon a Time in the West

Tip Top:
The Godfather II

Tilli (Mojave Desert)

Hi Lance ( been over from Wolcott for awhile. enjoy your blog)

I really recommend that you treat yourself to "The Lady Eve". It. is. near perfect.

And, my personal Preston Sturges fave, "The Palm Beach Story".


It's a measure of how I've spent most of my life (in the dark) that I've seen ninety-seven of the 100. Haven't seen Letter from an Unknown Woman, Broken Blossoms, or Sunrise.

On my own film blog,, I put up a list of my own, this including (and mostly) foreign films, and much shorter. My permalink setup doesn't want to respond yet, but the list is titled "The Best, Ever," was posted on January 15, 2004, and can be reached either through the calendar or the recent post list in the r.h. column.


There goes my weekend.

Actually, there goes the next 10 weekends.

Tilli, I'll get to the Lady Eve soon, I swear.

Kriselda, I agree with you on LOTR, but I was keeping to Dirk's rules. The Last Starfighter has a special place in the hearts that beat in this house.

Tom W.

67 - and Jaws is a terrific movie.


See The General. It's really wonderful.

Also check out Dog Day Afternoon and Breaking the Waves, two faves here.


Dear Lance:

Since you're back on movies, and "The Quiet Man" was one of the 100 Best, I thought I should update you on the recent Maureen O'Hara memoirs, "Tis Herself," which I finally read in one gulp yesterday. Even though it's (poorly) ghostwritten and confused as heck about all kinds of things, the book is fascinating. Her accounts of "Pappy" John Ford, who was her mentor, tormentor, friend and abuser are worth the price of admission, and the settling of scores throughout the book is quite amusing, beginning with the nasty nuns who tried to break her spirit in Dublin. It turns out that Ford was not only a great visual artist, but also a gay closet case and an evil binge drinker who loved destroying other people.

This is not to even mention her anecdotes about Walt Disney (from "The Parent Trap" days) raising himself out of his deathbed at the hospital to point at Maureen and croak out, "That bitch." Plus, her final husband was aviation pioneer Charles Blair who was probably killed by the CIA in a phony plane accident after ten years of their marriage. Or her anecdotes about the "charming" Che Guevara when she was filming "Our Man in Havana." Highly recommended, though very weird.

As for 5 best movies:

"Battle of Algiers"
Riefenstahl's "Olympiad"
"The Conformist"
"The Earrings of Madame de..."

They all changed the way I looked at the world.


I've seen 96 films from the list. Don't really think I'd be interested in seeing the four that I haven't.

Sovereign Eye

Doggone. I doubt we'd see eye-to-eye on many films, but Casablanca? Great minds, once again, think alike.



At-ti-ca! At-ti-ca!

Sorry. Couldn't resist. And I won't resist seeing The General.

Tom, I know Jaws is a good movie. But it's a good movie about SHARKS! No sharks! Not now! Not ever! Never!

Sovereign Eye, What are some movies we wouldn't see eye to eye on?


That tears it! I've got to get ahold of O'Hara's book! Although, I'm wondering. That bit about the CIA knocking off her husband...My Irish grandmother---sorry, my sainted Irish grandmother, God rest her. Always use the native tongue.---in her old age became convinced that her brother, who flew the equivalent of a Piper Cub during WWII, making mail deliveries for generals, and never left the U.S., was flying secret missions for the OSS, overseas. I'm thinking that a tendency to embellish comes over Irishwomen and men in their old age, and I wonder if O'Hara hasn't done some of it herself.


Double Indemnity may be the best Film Noir ever made. It's really, really good.

You should not only see The Lady Eve, but you should try to see every movie Preston Sturges directed between 1940 and 1944. He was the first writer-director of the sound era and it's just an amazing burst of creativity.

Hail the Conquering Hero (1944)
The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (1944)
The Palm Beach Story (1942)
Sullivan's Travels (1941)
The Lady Eve (1941)
Christmas in July (1940)
The Great McGinty (1940)

All but Christmas in July are among the best comedies ever made. Christmas is merely just good. Sturges was like the anti-Capra, much more cynical about the America character. He was a giant influence on the Coen Brothers, Hudsucker Proxy is kind of their homage.

It's kind of hard to conceive of a Barbara Stanwyck fan who hasn't seen Double Indemnity and The Lady Eve, they are both just treats.

I just got see Taxi Driver and Raging Bull in a theater in the last two months. (Raging Bull is still playing because the special edition DVD comes out Feb 8) You really should see these straight through. You probably have seen the high points, but missed the points of each movie. If you have just seen the famous clips of Taxi Driver, you think it's a movie just about a psycho, when, in fact, the subject is loneliness. If you don't know the theme music to Taxi Driver, then you really haven't seen it. It's just an extradinory movie, the mood and feeling are unique. Raging Bull is amazing, if you haven't seen the scenes in the Florida jail and haven't seen what leads up to that, you miss a big part of that movie. It's gorgeous to look at too, even if the subject is pretty ugly.

I've seen 86 of the films on the list.

Of the ones I've seen, the ones I always stop to watch on TV would be
Duck Soup
The Searchers
Lawrence of Arabia (if I had the time)
Maltese Falcon
Godfather I or II
Taxi Driver
Citzen Kane

Some favorites that are not on the list
Sweet Smell of Success (meanness you can feel in your gut)
Young Frankenstein
I'll pick Sullivan's Travels from the Sturges list.
Red River
Raiders of the Lost Ark
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
1,2,3 (Great Cold-War comedy from Billy Wilder starring Jimmy Cagney)
I think Silence of the Lambs will stand the test of time.

My favorite movie is The Seven Samurai.

I think Schindler's List was cowardly on some of the key issues. It allows the audience to feel an easy superiority, a smugness that they are not Nazis, that they would never behave that way in that situation. The movie rings some very false notes too. I remember thinking the big scene at the end of the war was fake and gave Schindler some cheap heroics. Later I learned the scene never happened and he didn't lecture the Nazi guards and break down about not spending more money, but disappeared in the middle of the night with a trunk full of jewels. Survivors of the Holocaust often didn't talk about it, because they knew they were not saints and survival was often a very ugly thing. The images in it were amazing though.


I forgot Miller's Crossing and Resevoir Dogs as favorites not on the list.

In The Lady Eve there is a scene with Barbara Stanwyck that manages to be both incredibly funny and incredibly sexy at the same time. I really can't think of another scene like that....wait, yes I can. The one where Marilyn Monroe and Tony Curtis are on the yacht in Some Like it Hot, where he is pretending to be impotent and she is trying to convert him comes close, but I think the Lady Eve scene is even sexier.



The question I've been asking myself is how did I become a Barbara Stanwyck fan without seeing The Lady Eve or Double Indemnity. I don't think Meet John Doe would have done it. And I can't imagine that it's from watching a lot of after school re-runs of The Big Valley. If anything that would have made me a Linda Evans fan.

The possibility is that I saw either LE or DI or both way back in junior high when I first started to become a fan of old movies and used to stay up late to watch just about everything and anything playing on AMC. I'd hate to think I've forgotten both of them. I'll know when I watch them over the next couple weeks.

SE, once I'm on the island I don't have to go near the sharks. I can just pretend they're not there. Unless they have land sharks in the South Pacific!


A couple of weeks ago I was laid up with the flu and TBS, bless it's heart, dedicated a full day to film noir; in one day I saw Out of the Past, Double Indemnity, The Postman Always rings Twice, and a weird one with Lawrence Tierney as a psycho killer whose name escapes me. Double Indemnity was the best of the lot with Stanwyck in the role of her career.

I counted 91 films I've seen on the list. Only a few quibbles (Ben-Hur and Star Wars; not that they're bad, but they squeeze out better ones), and I would add a few more Hitchcock films (The Lady Vanishes, 39 Steps, and Strangers on a Train). My big gap is Preston Sturges films; only seen Sullivan's Travels and Hail the conquering Hero. I've been wanting to see Miracle of Morgan's Creek ever since reading James Agee's description: "like taking a nun on a roller coaster".


"I've got no desire to see some of the silent films on the list, like The Big Parade"

Not big on silents? Big Parade is one of the all-time great war movies. I think there's supposed to be a special edition DVD of it sometime later this year, it's absolutely worth seeing.

"That's probably about it, although if you really made it worth my while, I might watch Meet Me in St Louis with you."

That one's worth seeing too! It seems like a fairly corny old-fashioned musical on the surface, but it's really an amazing movie.

I've seen somewhere in the low 80s of Tim Dirks' Top 100 list.

Top 5 "want to see" among ones I haven't seen:

The Big Sleep
Broken Blossoms
City Lights
Night of the Hunter

Top 5 of the ones I've seen:

The Godfather
Lawrence of Arabia
Rear Window

Five that aren't on the list:

The Empire Strikes Back (only Star Wars was on the list)
Paper Moon
The Sting
Rio Bravo
White Heat

Bonus list for me--
Five non-English-language movies:

8 1/2
The Rules of the Game
Throne of Blood
Wild Strawberries

Sam Raphaelson

Lance you certainly have confidence. It would never even occur to me to write about films if I had never seen "The Lady Eve", "Meet Me in St. Louis", "Night of the Hunter", "Touch of Evil", etc...

Phyllis Kunz

One of my recent favorites is "The Cooler" with Alec Baldwin. In my mind, the ending was ambiguious and calls for a sequel. Does anyone agree with me about a sequel. Or is it just me?

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