Thursday, May 26, 2016

The List

Over the years I had torn out pages from magazines that listed the 10, 100, 25, et cetera best movies lists. Best horror, indie, gay, classic, groundbreaking, you name it, I tore that list out and stuffed it in a box. Then in 2008 I was on unemployment (such a beautiful and blissful time...) and decided to write down the films and watch as many as possible. There were 180 films total and I managed to see 164 of them (if my math is correct...). Here's that entire list with an asterisk marking the ones I really, really liked.

The Razor's Edge
Queen Christina
*To Kill A Mockingbird
Spinal Tap
Don't Look Now
*The Fisher King
The Night of the Hunter
The Palm Beach Story
The Great McGinty
Il Conformista

Death in Venice
La Strada
Stella Dallas
Robin Hood
Being There
*The Best Years of Our Lives
Blade Runner
Blow Up
*The Conversation
A Face in the Crowd
*Five Easy Pieces
Gun Crazy (1950)
The Informer
The Innocents
*Lady Eve
McCabe & Mrs. Miller
*Paths of Glory
*The Ox-Bow Incident
Peeping Tom
Shadow of a Doubt
Sherlock, Jr.
*The Searchers
Sunday Bloody Sunday
Strangers on a Train
Sweet Smell of Success
The Third Man
*Trouble in Paradise
Touch of Evil
39 Steps
Unbearable Lightness of Being
Year of Living Dangerously
The Bad and the Beautiful
Gods and Monsters
*Day for Night
The Big Picture
The Draughtsman's Contract
New York Stories
*Mystery of Picasso
The Horse's Mouth
Brief Encounter
Sex, Lies, and Videotape
The Emerald Forest
Jeremiah Johnson
*The Grifters
*Endless Summer
Secret of Roan Inish
Bob Le Flambeur
Cat People
*Un Chien Andalou
Crimes and Misdemeanors
Dead Ringers
Eyes Without a Face
400 Blows
The Gang's All Here
The Girl Can't Help It
The Harder They Come
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Johnny Guitar
Jules et Jim
The Killers
*The Killing
Kiss Me Deadly
*The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
Medium Cool
My Brilliant Career
Pandora's Box
*Open City
Ride the High Country
The Rules of the Game
Scarface (1932)
Stranger than Paradise
Swept Away  
*Blood Simple
A Room With a View
Parting Glances
True Love
Thin Blue Line
*Paris Is Burning
Hoop Dreams
*The Remains of the Day
The Hitcher
Near Dark
The Stepfather
Gimme Shelter
*Seven Beauties
The Sweet Hereafter
Gaslight (1940)
*The Fan (1981)
The Quiller Memorandum
Tales of Hoffman
*Passage to India
*Cactus Flower
*The Killing Fields
Day of the Locust
*Seven Samurai
Les Enfants du Paradis
Naked Lunch
*Barton Fink
Roadside Prophets
*Cry Baby
*Garbo Talks
Everytime We Say Goodbye
*Phar Lap
Trouble Bound
*Places in the Heart
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Hard Boiled
Inside Monkey Zetterland
The Bicycle Thief
La Dolce Vita
Raging Bull
*The Grapes of Wrath
To Be or Not to Be
*White Heat
*It's a Gift
*L'Age d'Or
Shop Around the Corner
*Duck Soup
*The Seventh Seal
Bridge on the River Kwai
Henry V
Great Expectations (1946)
*Pickup on South Street
Tokyo Story
*Living in Oblivion 

Here's the ones that were unavailable:

The Magnificent Ambersons
Five Graves to Cairo
Letters from an Unknown Woman (1948)
The Wind
The Soft Skin (1964)
The Crowd 
Devil in Miss Jones
Zero for Conduct
Handle With Care
Dernier Combat
True West
Céline and Julie Go Boating

These were the ones I had no interest in seeing:

In the Company of Men 
She's Gotta Have It
Do the Right Thing


Cerpts said...

Gotta love those movie lists!!! I too have been dying to see CELINE AND JULIE GO BOATING with no success. However, of course, yours truly does have the truly magnificent LETTERS FROM AN UNKNOWN WOMAN as well as ZERO FOR CONDUCT (not a full length but a Jean Vigo short). Also I believe SUNRISE and THE WIND are on youtubers.

Speaking of Jean Vigo, I have the complete Jean Vigo Criterion dvd (he only made one feature film and several shorts so it ain't dat hard to be complete). Have you seen the thing that Criterion has been doing (these videos are also on youtuber): giving access to the Criterion closet of dvds and blu-rays to directors, actors, etc. and filming them selecting their faves and talking about them? Those I've seen enter the Criterion closet include Anna Karina, Charlotte Rampling, Alec Baldwin, Edgar Wright, Wallace Shawn AND Andre Gregory, Laurie Anderson, Michael Cera, William Friedkin, Richard Ayodade, Bong Joon Ho, The Brothers Quay, Wim Wenders, The Wolfpack and many more! It's fun to watch not only what movie mean the most to them but also how excited they get that they get to take home FREE DVD'S!!!!

Star said...

Damn! I need to get on over to YouTube and check out those vids. Sounds pretty fabulous.