Friday, December 19, 2014

Deja Vu Blogfest: 100 Random Cinematic Doo-Dads About Moi

Today is the day of the Deja Vu Blogfest over at D.L. Hammons blog. The premise is to grab a favourite post from this past year, and repost it here, today. So, I went back and grabbed up a post from yesteryear. The following is my not-so-humble contribution to this cyber game, originally appearing on July 2nd, 2014, the occasion of the 47th anniversary of my birth. Now I spew forth this list once again, for the Deju Vu Blogfest. These fun filmic facts are listed 1 through 100 but really, they are in no particular order, other than that always popular order of randomness. Here we go now.

1. The first movie I ever remember seeing in a theater is Benji. I was six when it was released so I probably had already been to the movies by then, but that scruffy little dog was the first one I can clearly remember.

2. My favourite actress of all-time is Barbara Stanwyck. She is one tough-as-nails broad.

3. My favourite actor of all-time is Jimmy Stewart. He makes it look so damn easy.

4. Give me Goodfellas over The Godfather any day.

5. In 1985, at the age of seventeen, I bought a VCR. It was the first "major" thing I ever bought with money I actually earned at a job. For those Gen Y and beyond readers out there, if you do not know what a VCR is, Google it.

6. Shortly after the events of number five, I signed up for membership at a place, now long defunct of course, called Movie Merchants. The first three movies I rented were GhostbustersIndiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Amadeus. For those Gen Y and beyond readers out there, if you do not know what renting movies is all about, well, never mind.

7. Akira Kurosawa's Ran was the first foreign language film I ever saw in a theatre. It was at the Colonial Park UA Twin and I was eighteen years old.

8. No matter her politics, or some would say perceived politics, I still think Leni Riefenstahl is one of the greatest directors to ever work in the art form.

9. I believe that Keaton was the funnier of the two but Chaplin was the greater director.

10. The first time I ever saw Paul Thomas Anderson's Boogie Nights, I hated it. The second time I liked it. The third time I loved it. I now include it in my all-time Top 100.

11. Brazil is my favourite film the 1980's. Blade Runner and Blow Out are second and third respectively.

12. One of my favourite memories of my grandmother was when she and I went to see Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home together. I was nineteen, she was fifty-nine. When she went to sit down, she did not realize that the seats semi-reclined, and her popcorn went flying into the air and landed on the head and lap of the quite surprised man sitting behind us. My grandmother was embarrassed but luckily the man found it almost as funny as I did.  I sure do miss that old gal.

13. In my opinion, the stateroom scene from A Night at the Opera can remedy any kind of depression and/or foul mood. In fact, I would say the same for almost any Marx Brothers routine.

14. My first job working in a movie theatre was in 1990, when I was twenty-two. It was at a place called the Eric Twin. I started as a ticket taker and usher and moved my way up to projectionist and assistant manager. It was long enough ago that we still had to change the reels over between two projectors.

15. If I could be born in any other era, I would make my birthdate be 1907. That way I would turn 21 as the sound era came to be, and throughout the precode days I would become a big star at Warner Brothers (romantically linked to both a young Joan Crawford and Garbo herself, and poker buddies with Bogie and Cagney), before jumping studio ships and becoming an even bigger star at MGM in the late 1930's (even with the occasional public battle with Louis B. Mayer), then joining the ranks of Hollywood stars enlisting into WWII, before coming home as a great and respected actor, with enough power to be able to pick and choose which studios for which to work, and which roles to take (working with Welles and Ford and Nicholas Ray), culminating in an Oscar in 1954, before then falling into the inevitable drunken downward spiral by the late 1950's (the death of drinking buddy Errol Flynn really took a toll on me), and then making a comeback (and a second Oscar) at the age of 59, followed by a late career slew of juicy character roles (both in the US and abroad, including working with Godard, Truffaut, Visconti, Bergman, AND Kurosawa), a lifetime achievement award in 1979, at the age of 72, a final bravura performance at 87, as an aged gangster in Pulp Fiction (Tarantino wrote the small but pivotal role especially for me), before finally passing off this mortal coil, and into cinematic history at the tender age of 89. Not that I've thought about it all that much.

16. I've got to admit it. I never have been all that much of a fan of Tarkovsky. Go ahead all you cinephiliac snobs, lay it on me.

17. I stand by the opinion that Gene Tierney has the sexiest overbite in movie history.

18. My first movie crush was Pamela Sue Martin in The Poseidon Adventure. I had just turned seven when I first saw the film, and Pamela Sue was eighteen, so I had no idea what I was to do about said crush, but there it was anyway.

19. If I were to put Quentin Tarantino's feature films in preferential order it would go a little something like this: Pulp FictionInglourious BasterdsKill Bill Volume 2Kill Bill Volume 1Jackie BrownDeath ProofReservoir Dogs, Django Unchained. And not a bad one in the bunch. 

20. If aliens were to come to Earth and ask for a reason to not destroy the planet, I would show them the final scene of Chaplin's City Lights.

21. In my world (and what other world is there!?), there are three Star Wars films. Just three. Star Wars, not Star Wars: A New Hope but just Star Wars, was the first. The Empire Strikes Back was the second, and Return of the Jedi, silly muppetry aside, was the last. Anything else is just hogswaddle, and no one will ever convince me otherwise. The jury is still out on J.J. Abrams.

22. The one and only film class I ever took was during my senior year of high school.  We watched and studied several films, including Citizen KaneBonnie and ClydeWait Until Dark, and three Hitchcocks, PsychoLifeboat and The Wrong Man. It was the very first time I had seen any them. Two of these films now reside in my all-time top five and another in my top fifteen. 

23. Give me the Alexander Korda/Michael Powell/Sabu Thief of Bagdad over the Raoul Walsh/ Douglas Fairbanks one any day.

24. I have never seen The Goonies and I plan on keeping it that way. I do not say this out of any lack of desire to see the film, but out of spite for those who are flabbergasted that someone my age (I was seventeen upon its initial release) has never seen the damn film. So, forever more, I will never watch The Goonies. So there. Truffle shuffle that!

25. If I could have lunch with any three film personalities it would be Martin Scorsese, Peter Bogdanovich and Quentin Tarantino. We would eat wings and talk cinema til those goddamn cows came home.

26. The first VHS I ever owned was Citizen Kane. The first DVD was 2001: A Space Odyssey. The first Bluray was also 2001

27. I am an unabashed Auteurist and an unapologetic Paulette. If you know what those terms mean then you know how confused I must be.

28. My favourite Marx brother is Harpo. Chico comes in second, followed by Groucho. Neither Zeppo nor Gummo really factor in.

29. My wife and I worked the concession stand together at Haar's Drive-In the first two summers we were married. My bubblegum milkshake brought everyone to the yard.

30. I never have understood why everyone thinks The Shawshank Redemption is so great. I mean, it isn't a bad movie but c'mon, it's not all that.

31. When The Tree of Life came out, I unexpectedly went on a three city tour, first seeing it in New York, then in Philadelphia a month later, and finally in my hometown of Harrisburg a month after that.

32. My favourite John Carpenter film is Assault on Precinct 13. I dare even call it a bloody masterpiece.

33. I love making movie lists. I guess that is obvious though, considering.

34. Scorsese' tracking shot through the Copacabana in Goodfellas is my all time favourite tracking shot, even over Welles' Touch of Evil opening. The same opinion is held by my lovely wife.

35. I once attended a screening of A Clockwork Orange that was also attended by what were apparently some sort of neo-nazi gang, who bellowed from the back row and cheered the rape scenes. Gotta admit it, my friends and I were a bit put off by the whole affair.

36. I once attended a screening of The Wizard of Oz, mashed up with a recording of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon. Sitting two seats down from me and my lovely wife, was actor Richard Edson (you might know the guy from such films as Stranger Than Paradise and/or Do the Right Thing) who was at the festival promoting a film. The theater owner had added dozens of chairs into the aisle, and the place was packed waaay beyond capacity. Damn good thing Richard Edson did not yell fire.

37. I am really tempted to make some sort of Kevin Smith joke here but I will restrain myself. Those in the know will understand of what I speak.

38. I much prefer Buñuel's Spanish and Mexican period to his early or later French stuff.

39. Once, while I was putting together a print of Blue Velvet for a midnight showing at Midtown Cinema, the arthouse cinema that my wife and I used to run together, I may or may not have licked said print. Okay, I licked it. So there.

40. The same can be said for the 50th Anniversary restoration print of Godard's Breathless that we played a few months later. So there again!

41. Having just turned ten, my mother took me to see this new film.  It was a little film called Star Wars. Afterward I convinced my mom that we had to go to the store and get all the new action figures that were out. Of course she did not buy me all of them that day (eventually I would acquire them all - bwah ha ha) but she did get me Han, Luke, Chewie, Princess Leia, C3PO, R2D2, Darth Vader and a Sand Person. Yeah, I may have been somewhat of a brat, and often got my way. Anyway, when we got home, one of the arms immediately fell off of my C3PO. I whined and whined until she took me back to the store to get a replacement droid. Yes, I was definitely a brat. Probably still am.

42. I thoroughly enjoyed Francis Ford Coppola's One From the Heart. I may be the only one.

43. The Red Shoes is my all time favourite film. When I was lucky enough to see a restored 35mm print at Film Forum a few years ago, I and several others waiting in line ran to the front row just like they do in the opening scene of the film.

44. When I was working at the Eric Twin movie theatres back in 1990, I got into an argument with our local newspaper's film critic over David Lynch's Wild at Heart, with me praising it and she panning.

45. When I went to The Museum of the Moving Image in Queens to see Jacques Rivette's 13 hour Out 1, we had a lunch break and were given a boxed lunch as part of our ticket price.

46. Musicals, Westerns and Film Noirs are my three favourite genres.

47. My favourite swashbuckling film of all time is Captain Blood, and my favourite swashbuckler is, of course, Mr. Errol Flynn.

48. I used to participate as part of the live cast during the midnight showings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show at Capital City Mall UA Theaters back in the Summer of 1986 and then again in 1991 and 1992. At one point or another I played every character, in full costume mind you, but my most played portrayal was that of handyman-cum-transvestite usurper Riff Raff. Overall, between shows and practice sessions, I have probably seen the movie close to 1000 times.

49. Fantasia is my all-time favourite animated film, followed by Fantastic Planet and then The Triplets of Belleville.

50. When I was eighteen I aspired to be like Judd Nelson's Bender from The Breakfast Club but in reality I was a lot more like Ally Sheedy's Allison.

51. I do not give a damn about all those Chuck Norris jokes. He will never be as tough as Robert Mitchum. Never.

52. While traveling back from Myrtle Beach a few years back, my wife and I stumbled across the Ava Gardner Museum in North Carolina. I love surprise cinematic treats like that.

53. In the overall spectrum, I would have to say I like Italian films more than French.

54. The film I would most like to see right now is a Quentin Tarantino directed remake of Three Amigos starring Matthew McConaughey, Samuel L. Jackson and Robert Downey Jr. C'mon, ya know you want to see it too.

55. Of Orson Welles' eleven completed feature films, I would rank them thusly: Citizen Kane, Touch of Evil, Lady From Shanghai, The Trial, Chimes at Midnight, Macbeth, Magnificent Ambersons, The Stranger, F For Fake, Mr. Arkadin, Othello.  And even the least of the batch is pretty freakin' great.

56. My favourite classic Hollywood studio is Warner Brothers, followed by the now defunct RKO.

57. Other than The Rocky Horror Picture Show (see #48) there are six films of which I can pretty much recite from memory. They are Star Wars, Pulp Fiction, The Wizard of Oz, Dazed and Confused, The Breakfast Club and The Princess Bride. Of course, once I think about it a little more, I could probably include Clerks., Inglourious Basterds, Casablanca, Jaws and Psycho as well.

58. My wife and I have hosted an Oscar party for the last fourteen years. This past year, we went the small route, and invited just one guest - our friend Anna. Without having to be the party host, I was actually able to watch and enjoy the show more thoroughly. I even live-tweeted the bitch. Fun stuff.

59. To quote TV's Frasier Crane when asked if he minded subtitles, "Mind them?  I prefer them!"

60. Give me De Palma's Blow Out over Coppola's The Conversation any day.

61. It is a big pet peeve of mine when someone complains about a movie and their only complaint is that it is too slow. Why does slow equate with bad in these people's minds? There are good slow movies and there are bad slow movies. Get over it people.

62. I just cannot help getting the biggest thrill out of watching Karloff bitchslap that guy at the end of Peter Bogdanovich's Targets. Great stuff indeed.

63. While visiting New York with my friend Bill back in 1989, we ran into Phil Collins. Apparently I said to him, "I loved you in Buster." I don't remember doing this, but many years later Bill informed me that it is indeed something I did. To this day, I have never seen the film Buster.

64. Before my wife and I took over running Midtown Cinema, Harrisburg Pa's one and only art house cinema (something we did from 2009 through 2013), I would give film lectures before each Sunday afternoon screening, during the cinema's six month long classic film series. Some of the films I gave lectures on were Casablanca, The Big Sleep, 42nd Street, Rebel Without a Cause and Annie Hall.

65. I freely admit to bawling like a little baby at the end of Leo McCarey's Make Way For Tomorrow. In fact, my eyes are welling up just by thinking about it. Other film finales I cry uncontrollably over are Brokeback Mountain, Wendy and Lucy and Douglas Sirk's Imitation of Life. Don't even get me started on Old Yeller.

66. I never have understood what all the hoopla over David Lean's Lawrence of Arabia is all about. Sure, it looks nice, but god is it ever boring. I almost fell asleep just typing that sentence.

67. To this day, I stand by my belief that Joan Crawford never beat her daughter with any damn wire hangers.
68. My favourite director is Stanley Kubrick. He is the only filmmaker to make my 100 Favourite Films list five times. Of his thirteen theatrical releases, I would rank them thusly: 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, Paths of Glory, The Killing, Lolita, Dr. Strangelove, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket, Killer's Kiss, Barry Lyndon, Eyes Wide Shut, Fear and Desire, Spartacus. Though the last one may not exactly be Kubrick gold, there is not a truly bad one in the bunch. Well okay, maybe Spartacus.

69. Okay, I'll admit it - I like Victor Mature. What's it to ya!?

70. My first ever published film review was written for a small monthly indie cinema mag called FilmSpeak. It was 1998 and was a review of the film The Opposite of Sex.

71. If I were asked to program a Pre-Code double feature (and why wouldn't I be asked to do such a thing?), I would choose William Dieterle's The Last Flight and William Wellman's Safe in Hell.

72. I am an unabashed Hitchcocko-Hawksian. I even list such as my political view on Facebook.

73. My favourite big budget Hollywood director working today (and no, due to extenuating circumstances, neither QT nor PTA are included in this category) is J.J. Abrams. And while I am at it, I should also probably say that Abrams' Star Trek is the best of the franchised bunch. Blasphemy I know, but there you have it. Now let's see what he does with Star Wars.

74. The first midnight showing I ever saw was a screening of George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead at Capital City Mall, during their classic (at least classic to we teens of the 1980's in central Pennsylvania) when I was seventeen. As I drove home along those dark and deserted rural roads (I grew up in the further reaches of Harrisburg Pa's suburbs) I first came across my long running (and very rational!) fear of the living dead. To this day I still have this (very rational!!) fear of zombies, but will never stop watching movies that highlight such creatures. In fact, fear (very rational!!!) or not, The Walking Dead is the biggest must see TV on the air these days.

75. The above (very rational) fear probably comes from my mother, whom, from the age of fifteen, when she first saw Psycho at the drive-in, to this very day, will not take a shower when she is alone in the house.

76. If I were forced to choose (by gunpoint, say) then I think I would have to pick Joan Fontaine over her sister Olivia de Havilland, by the ever-so-slightest of margins. I suppose, what I am trying to say is that Rebecca, Suspicion, the best of the Jane Eyre's, Letter From an Unknown Woman and Born to be Bad slightly beat out The Heiress, The Snake Pit and all those films swooning over the swashbuckling Mr. Flynn.

77. I prefer Steven Spielberg's popcorn flicks (Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jurassic Park, Jaws, The Adventures of Tintin) to his more serious-minded fare (Schindler's ListEmpire of the SunThe Color PurpleWar Horse).

78. My favourite film of the aughts (the more recent version of the aughts mind you) is David Lynch's Mulholland Dr., followed by In the Mood For Love and Inglourious Basterds respectively.

79. Though it is one of my all-time favourite films, something has always bothered me about The Wizard of Oz. When our intrepid young Dorothy first shows up in Oz (after crushing the Wicked Witch of the East to death in a runaway house accident) she is asked by Glinda whether she is a good witch or a bad witch. Later on in this conversation (after an inadvertent insult to the Good Witch of the North) Dorothy is told that only bad witches are ugly, and that good witches are beautiful (self-centered bitch if ya ask me). This begs the question of why did Glinda ask Dorothy if she were a good witch or a bad witch. Is she saying that Dorothy may or may not be ugly? She just doesn't want to be the one to say so? Seriously, Dorothy should have slapped that periwinkle-dressed bitch all up. I still love the movie though, but don't even get me started on why the witch would allow a bucket of water to be sitting around her castle, or how rude it was of Dorothy to say the Scarecrow was her favourite - right in front of the Tin Man and the Lion.

80. I will never understand - never ever understand - why so many people are under the opinion that Stan Brakhage is a great filmmaker. Even a good filmmaker. Even a competent filmmaker. His films (if one even has the right to call them such) are about as far from great cinema (another word one probably should not use when discussing someone like Brakhage) as one can reach. Sure, they are not the kind of bad that things like Adam Sandler or Tyler Perry comedies are, or the actioners of the 1980's with Van Damme and Seagal and company are, but they are in another class of bad cinema (there is that wrongly used word again) altogether. Full of sound and fury, signifying abso-freakin-lutely nothing whatsoever. Repetitious squiggles and tree branches and laundry in the wind. Cinema? No way. Great cinema? Certainly not!

81. If I were to rank the James Bonds in order, from best to worst, or from favourite to least favourite if you will, it would go a little something like this: Sean Connery (of course), Roger Moore (yeah, that's right), Daniel Craig (the franchise is on an upswing again), George Lazenby (one hit wonder), Pierce Brosnan (stick with Remington Steele) and Timothy Dalton (trying way to hard).

82. If I had predilections that, shall we say, leaned the other way, I suppose I would go all weak in the knees over movie stars like Errol Flynn, Gene Kelly, Richard Widmark, Ralph Meeker and Robert Mitchum. I suppose the same could be said of modern day movie stars such as Daniel Day-Lewis and Michael Fassbender.

83. One Summer, relatively long ago, back when I was stoned more often than not (a whole other creature than the relative teetotaler I am these days), my roommates and I watched the 1995 stoner comedy Friday just about every day, and laughed our collective asses off every damn time. In retrospect, the film is not really all that funny clean and sober. But then again, a clean and sober audience is probably not the demographic for which they were aiming.

84. A long time ago, but not necessarily in a galaxy far far away, I considered film director Billy Wilder to be something of a non-entity. Certainly a talented filmmaker, but never did he fit into the conversations I held with myself (yeah, I said myself) about the best and brightest in cinema. In more recent days (like a few years ago) when I was compiling a favourite films/greatest films list, I noticed that the elusive Mr. Wilder was mentioned quite a few times in both what would eventually make it on said list and those that just missed out. Today (as one can easily read on my Favourite Films page) I count three Wilder films (Sunset Blvd., Double Indemnity, Some Like It Hot) among my top one hundred, in fact in my top fifty, while several other Wilder's (The Apartment, Ace in the Hole, Kiss Me Stupid) hover just below the top one hundred. I suppose now I should probably include Herr Wilder in my favourite directors list.

85. When it comes to big bug movies, I believe that you just cannot go wrong with 1954's gigantic atomic ant classic, Them!


86. When I was working at Haar's Drive-In (see #29) I went around, along with the eleven year old son of a fellow drive-in worker, and turned all 750 or so speakers to high, so that when the Uncle Fucker song in the South Park movie came on it echoed through the suburban neighbourhoods that surrounded the drive-in. Fun stuff indeed.

87. When it comes to acting prowess, give me Casey Affleck over big brother Ben any day.

88. I cannot decide whether my guiltiest guiltless pleasure among the Sword and Sandal set is Victor Saville's The Silver Chalice or Howard Hawks' Land of the Pharaohs. Or maybe it is Michael Curtiz' The Egyptian. Oh wait, it very damn well could be DeMille's Samson and Delilah. At this rate, we may never know.

89. Forget the overrated and rather boring Ocean's Eleven, because Robin and the Seven Hoods is my favourite Rat Pack film.

90. Give me Mizoguchi over Ozu any day. Give me Kinoshita over Mizoguchi any day. Give me Kurosawa over all of them any day.

91. Forget the inherent sexiness of stars like Marilyn Monroe and Rita Hayworth. I firmly believe that Janet Gaynor may very well be the cutest damn thing to ever come out of Hollywood.

92. There used to be a woman at our local Fed-Ex store who honestly believed that I was Quentin Tarantino. I admit that there is a slight, ever so slight resemblance to the writer/director of Pulp Fiction and Inglourious Basterds, but she really needs to have her eyes examined. Of course it didn't help that the only time I ever went into the place was when I was running the aforementioned Midtown Cinema, to ship films and film related items to various places such as other theaters and film distributors. And it probably didn't help when I said things like my screenplay for Kill Bill 3 is giving me trouble.  Oh well.  People are fun to mess with.

93. If I were asked to name the most boring director in the history of cinema (and yes, I have been asked that very same question), I would pass right over such eligible modern day candidates as Rob Marshall, Tom Hooper, and Ron Howard, and even over Mr. Michael Apted (yes, even Mr. Michael Apted) and proclaim David Lean as hands down winner - or hands down loser, whichever way you want to look at it.

94. I actually own a promo pair of the alien-seeing sunglasses from the 1988 sci-fi film They Live. I have yet to discover any aliens while wearing them, but someday baby.....someday.

95. I collect movie star trading cards. Including both cigarette and gum cards, as well as various promotional cards, the main crux of my collection ranges from the early 1920's through the 1960's, with a spot or two of more modern cards. One of my favourite sets is a 1922 set produced by Lucky Strike cigarettes that were meant to be used as bridge favours, and which includes such stars of the day as Dorothy Mackaill, Ona Munson, Jack Holt and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr..

96. I like her fine in Mildred Pierce, but my favourite Joan Crawford performance is in Johnny Guitar.

97. Give me Eisenstein's later comeback films, Ivan the Terrible and Alexander Nevsky over the director's earlier montage stuff like Strike, Battleship Potemkin and October any day.

98. I sat upon the jury of the Harrisburg Film Festival from 2004 through 2010.

99. One year, as a thank you for judging the Harrisburg Film Festival, I was awarded with a cement Big Mac, in homage to John Waters being in attendance that year. Yeah, apparently, the Baltimore director collects fake food.

100. When all is said and done, and the final nail is put in the coffin of film by the inevitable tide that is the digitization of all things cinema (well, all things deemed "worthy" by the soulless bastards that run the conglomerations that own and operate all the once proud movie studios - everything else will just disappear into the nether regions of what once was) I will be very very very very sad. Until then, let's party like its 1999, or maybe 1932 when the code was still unenforced, the bathtub gin was still flowing, and Cagney and Harlow could still put both feet on the bed. Thank you and good night.

That's it gang. See ya 'round the web.

17 comments:

  1. Goodfellas over the Godfather: YES!!! Jimmy Stewart rocks! LOVE LOVE LOVE the story about your grandmother (#12): it made me giggle and laugh out loud. OMG, I love how you spent your life while in your time-travel machine! Hey, we studied Hitchcock in my high school film class too. I saw "Marnie" that summer (I was in summer school taking advance classes so I didn't have to go my senior year :)) and ever since then, I became a Hitchcock fanatic. What did you think of the recent movie Hitchcock, released a few years ago with Anthony Hopkins playing the master? Great list Kevyn! I enjoyed reading it. Thanks for sharing this for the Deja Vu post!

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    1. Glad ya liked it. Hitchcock is one over whom to get fanatical. Marnie has always been one of my faves. An under-appreciated Hitchcock, if ever there was one. As for that Hitchcock film with Hopkins? Meh. Thanx for stopping by. See ya 'round the web.

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  2. "I prefer Steven Spielberg's popcorn flicks (Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jurassic Park, Jaws, The Adventures of Tintin) to his more serious-minded fare (Schindler's List, Empire of the Sun, The Color Purple, War Horse)."

    What about Saving Private Ryan? And I still watch THEM every Halloween night -- that and THE THING. :)

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    1. Saving Pvt. Ryan is in the serious minded area. I think the opening scene is one of the best war movie scenes ever. I also liked the end, but everything in between I found to be trite and cliche. And thanx for giving us the opportunity to re-spread the love. See ya 'round the web.

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  3. Whoa -- that's quite the movie manifesto! ;)

    For my #57 list, "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" would definitely be first. But "Rocky Horror" has more fun props...

    Happy Deja Vu!

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    1. Yeah, actually now that you mention it, I probably could add The Holy Grail to my list. And I think we could come up with some pretty fun Holy Grail props too, but throwing coconuts at the screen might end up not being a good idea. Thanx for stopping by. See ya 'round the web.

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  4. Wow, what a round up! I feel like I know you :)

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    1. Know me? You don't know me! Just kidding. Seriously though, that ain't even the tip o' the iceberg. I am glad ya stopped by and checked things out. Hope to see ya again. See ya 'round the web.

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  5. That sure is a lot of cinematic doo-dads about yourself there, buddy. My personal favorite is #15 and your rather obsessive take on some alternate reality version of yourself. I would love to see a full post on just that story of your "life."

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    1. Love doo-dadding away. Perhaps my alt-history autobiography will show up some day.

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  6. 1. I love the Marx Brothers and I don't know who my favourite is out of Harpo and Groucho
    2. I have also never seen The Goonies
    3. I have always thought it was rude of Dorothy to say Scarecrow was her favourite in front of Tin Man and Cowardly Lion.
    4. Thanks for visiting my blog
    5. Sorry for showing up a day late for the blogfest

    Chippy

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    1. Thank you for showing up here. No need to worry about being late or any of that. Maybe I'll be seeing you around again.

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  7. Long, but interesting list with many points on which I would concur. Mulholland Drive is among my favorites as well though it is a bit much for many to whom I have recommended it. For another fan of One From the Heart you might want to visit my blogging friend Stephen T McCarthy.

    Lee
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Great, another One From the Heart fan. I knew there had to be another one out there somewhere. Thanx for stopping by. I'll be sure to check out the recommended site asap.

      See ya 'round the web.

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  8. I agree with Jimmy Stewart-all the way. Maybe I have to give Touch of Evil and second chance but I found it so, well, funny especially seeing Charlton Heston playing a Mexican. I am with you on the Musicals and Westerns. I have a secret thing for Carole Lombard and Madeleine Carroll. Yours was The Goonies which I have not seen. My time was Porky's which, thankfully, I have not seen. This is quite the list which I enjoyed reading

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    1. Thanks B! Yeah, Heston may not have been the best choice for the Mexican cop, but otherwise, the film is genius. That opening shot (one of the best tracking shots in film history), Janet Leigh, Marlene! Brilliant. Welles!!

      Anyhoo, thanx for watching, and thanx for being my number one visitor! See ya 'round the web.

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  9. Love your blog! Read all 100, some totally agree, others not so much - but then would be boring if we all liked the same thing. Although, we would then be able to cull all the agreed dross, so not all bad :) x

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