Wednesday, March 30th, 2005
Yet Another Filmlist
Those "top 100" lists? Useless. They’re usually silly (not to those who make them, but they are silly), over-rated films or , still worse, rehashes of the most popular films and include such abysmal tripe as Titanic, Chocolat, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, and Finding Private Ryan (that’s not right, is it? Oh, "Saving"), all films that cash-in on cliches, bad writing, and, well, hope the negatives get lost.
Here’s a list of films I have liked. Alphabetically ordered so that you, yes you, may decide where they belong. Oh, if there is a recent version of the film, well, just assume this list always refers to the originals, unless otherwise noted.
I know I’ll catch flack for what I have included and the obvious holes, but it isn’t like this is all I do, this "list thing", this is, hell, this is a service, something extra. An effort, perhaps albeit a small one, but an effort will be made to add some editorializing, some mention of quality. But not today. Today, you get the stinking list and a harsh "be off" ‘else it’s the back of me hand!
12 Angry Men 12 Monkeys 2001: A Space Odessy About A Boy Adaptation Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai, The Affair to Remember, An After Life Afterhours Alien Aliens All The President's Men Altered States Amelie American Beauty American Graffiti Americanization of Emily, The Amores Perros An American Werewolf in London ...And Justice For All Annie Hall Any Given Sunday Apocalypse Now Babe Back to the Future Barefoot in the Park Being John Malkovich Being There Best in Show Better Off Dead Big Chill, The Big Sleep, The Billy Elliot Birdy Blade Runner Blue Velvet Bonnie and Clyde Bound Brazil Bridge Over the River Kwai, The Broadcast News Brother from another planet Buffalo 66 Bullit Buloxie Blues Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Butcher Boy Candidate, The Casablanca Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Catpeople Charade Charly Children of a Lesser God Chinatown Cinema Paradisio (with reservations) Citizen Kane Clockwork Orange Close Encounters Confessions of a Dangerous Mind Conversation, The Coolhand Luke Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon Cruel Intentions Cruising Crying Game Dark Star (forgive me!) Dave Day the Earth Stood Still, The Dead Alive Deadzone Deer Hunter, The Deliverance Die Hard Dirty Hairy Dog Day Afternoon Double Indemnity Dr.Strangelove Driving Miss Daisy Ed Wood Election Elephant Man English Patient ET Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Exorcist, The Failsafe Fandango Fantastic Journey Fargo Father Goose Ferris Bueller's Day Off Field of Dreams Fight Club Finding Nemo Fish Called Wanda Forgiven Frankenstein Freaks French Connection From Beyond From Here to Eternity From Russia With Love Fugitive, The Glengarry Glenn Ross Go Gods and Monsters Goldfinger Goodbye MrChips Graduate, The Great Dictator Great Escape, The Groundhog Day Hairspray Halloween Harold and Maude Harvey Heart and Souls Heathers Heaven Can Wait (1978) Hidden, The (hasn't aged well) High Fidelity His Girl Friday Hud Hudsucker Proxy, The Hustler, The Incredibles, The Incredible Shrinking Man Indiscrete Iron Giant It Happened One Night It's A Wonderful Life James Bonds with Sean Connery Jaws Jeremiah Johnson Kelly's Heroes King Kong (original) Kiss of the Spiderwoman Ladykillers, The (1955) LA Confidential Last Emperor, The Last Tango in Paris Lavender Hill Mob, The (1951) Lawrence of Arabia Le Femme Nikitta Lemon Drop Kid Lilies Limelight Longest Yard Longtime Companion Looking for Mr Goodbar Mad Max Magnificent Seven Maltese Falcon, The Man in the White Suit, The (1951) Man With Two Brains Manchurian Candidate Marathon Man Mary Poppins M*A*S*H Matrix Memento Men In Black Miami Blues Midnight Cowboy Midnight Express Midnight Run Miracle on 34th Street Misery Moderns, The Monty Python's Holy Grail Monty Python's Meaning of Life Ms.Firecracker Muppet Movie Natural, The Network Nightmare Before Christmas North by Northwest Notorious Ocean's Eleven Omen, The On Golden Pond On the Waterfront One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest Only Eagles Dare Operation Petticoat Ordinary People Paper chase Papillion Philidelphia Story Pink Panther Place in the Sun, A Planet of the Apes Platoon Player, The Poseidon Adventure Princess Bride Priscella, Queen of the Desert Psycho Pulp Fiction Punch-Drunk Love Purple Rose of Cairo Quizshow Raiders of the Lost Ark Raising Arizona Rear Window Reds Reservoir Dogs Risky Business Robocop (hmmm, am I serious about this?) Rocky Roman Holiday Sabrina Scarface Schindler's List Seconds Secrets & Lies Serial Mom Serpico Seven Seven Samari Sex, Lies, and Videotape Shawshank Redemption Shining, The Silence of the Lambs Silverado Sixth Sense Sleuth Some Like It Hot (1959) South Park: the Movie Stalag 13 Stand By Me Star is Born, A Star Trek: Wrath of Kahn Star Wars Sting, The Streetcar Named Desire Sunset Boulevard Taxi Driver Terminator Terms of Endearment Texas Chainsaw Thin Man, The Third Man, The Three Days of the Condor Thunderbolt and Lightfoot Time Bandits (1981) To Catch a Thief To Kill A Mockingbird Tootsie (1982) Torch Song Trilogy Toy Story Trainspotting Tremors Trial at Nurenberg Trip to Bountiful Trouble With Harry, The (1955) True Grit (only for the line "fill your hands you son-of-a-bitch") Tucker Untouchables Usual Suspects Verdict, The Wait Until Dark War of the Worlds (so campy, but those sounds, those ships!) Way We Were, The Wedding Banquet Welcome To the Dollhouse Westworld Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf Wings of Desire Witness Witness For the Prosecution, The Wizard of Oz World According to Garp X-men Young Lions, The
Animation and the Shorts
Balance Brothers Quay, nearly anything except their features Joe Jump Mr.Resistor Snit, the Tango