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09 February 2010

A Century's Worth of Favorites.

It's 2010, see? How cool is that? If you take 2010 and subtract 1910, what do you get? That's right, kiddos-- one hundred years, aka a century's worth of movies for me (or you, or that guy) to enjoy and discuss.


I know, I know..."What about The Great Train Robbery, made in 1903?" Or, "What about The Horse in Motion, everyone's favorite flicker from 1878??" No thanks. I'm not including those because 1) I haven't seen them, and 2) I have a hunch they wouldn't be my favorites.

So here we are, back at the start. Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule has created a list --this list-- of favorite films from the past 100 years. Being the idea-thief that I am, I thought it'd be fun to try a list of my own. And you know what?-- it was. :)


20s

Sadie Thompson

Pandora’s Box

The Passion of Joan of Arc



30s

Gone With the Wind

The Lady Vanishes

Stage Door

Baby Face

Freaks

Captain Blood

Bringing Up Baby

The Bride of Frankenstein

Top Hat

Marked Woman

His Girl Friday


40s

Meet Me in St. Louis

Shadow of a Doubt

The Lady Eve

The Major and the Minor

The Heiress

My Name is Julia Ross

Laura

Children of Paradise

A Letter to Three Wives

Brief Encounter

Unfaithfully Yours

Ball of Fire

Double Indemnity

Sweater Girl


50s

All About Eve

Auntie Mame

Pillow Talk

Singin’ in the Rain

Nights of Cabiria

Les diaboliques

The Earrings of Madame De…

Lili


60s

Charade

The Moon Spinners

In Cold Blood

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Persona

Wait Until Dark

Faster Pussycat Kill Kill

The Knack and How to Get It

Repulsion

Eyes Without a Face

Seconds

The World of Henry Orient

Who Kaun Thi

Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte

Divorce, Italian Style

Tokyo Drifter


70s

Paper Moon

The Little Girl Who Lived Down the Lane

Sybil

Grey Gardens

The Godfather

The Stepford Wives

What’s Up Doc

The Last Picture Show

Cabaret

Two Lane Blacktop

Who Saw Her Die

Iodo

Picnic at Hanging Rock


80s

Zelig

Hopscotch

Amadeus

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Peking Opera Blues

The Thin Blue Line

Gloria


90s

Dead Again

Playing by Heart

The Hudsucker Proxy

Festen

Waiting for Guffman

Girl, Interrupted

Election

Wild at Heart

Beauty and the Beast

Pulp Fiction

Withnail and I

Dead Man

Swingers

Cape Fear

Muriel’s Wedding

Small Time Crooks

Ghost World

2000s

Volver

Kill Bill vol. 1

Kill Bill vol. 2

Amelie

The Fall

The Royal Tenenbaums

Kamikaze Girls

In the Mood for Love

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Memories of Murder

Big Fish


**Before yelling at me, you should check out the Sergio Leone site-- he explains that I don't hafta put critically acclaimed movies on here if I don't wanna. :)


45 comments:

Artman2112 said...

wow great list! interesting in that your choices for 20's-40's had many that i also love but we really parted ways after that, lol! still you get major 'awesome chick' points for including Faster Pussycat...Kill!Kill! :)

"Go baby, gooooo!!!!"

Juliette. said...

That IS interesting! Actually, it's odd-- looking at my choices from 70s onward, I wouldn't really say they're representative of my film taste. They just seemed the most memorable, most striking. Typically, though, they're not really the types of films I'd see in theaters. What are some of your more modern picks?

Ash, The Movie Geek said...

Glad 'Playing By Heart' made your list.
Your 1950s category was surprisingly short.
No love for 'Rear Window' and 'Dial M for Murder?'

Juliette. said...

Dial M is one of my favorites, and I thought for a while about including it, but I was already a little Hitchcock heavy, so... ;)

Ash, The Movie Geek said...

There's nothing wrong with that...in fact, the world would be a much better place if there were more Hitchcock;)

Artman2112 said...

lets see for 70's i would have things like Star Wars, Deer Hunter, Taxi Driver, The Getaway, Godfather II, High Plains Drifter, Clockwork Orange, the Shootist

for 80's - Raging Bull, Once upon a Time in America, Aliens, Terminator, Predator, Empire Strikes back, Star trek II & III, Blue Velvet

90's - Reservoir Dogs, Goodfellas, T-2, Unforgiven, Pulp Fiction, Bronx Tale, Leon, Shawshank Redemption, Casino, Heat

2000's - Kill Bill 1&2, AVP, Pitch Black, American History X, Revenge of the Sith, Gran Torino, Gladiator...

these are off the top of my head i know i am forgetting some important ones but i think you can see where my taste lies with more modern stuff :)

i agree there can never be too much Hitchcock!!

Juliette. said...

Ah, so we kind of agree on Tarantino. :)

Question: Did you see/like Taken?

Ash, The Movie Geek said...

I know you weren't asking me, but I exclude Tarantino from all lists except my list of people who are annoying to listen to. That voice, those mannerism, those...thoughts. No thanks.
I liked Butch's story in Pulp Fiction a lot, but other than that, I thought it was pretty overrated.

Taken was alright, kinda far fetched...haven't seen one man kill so many people since Commando and I believe Arnold killing them way more than Liam. But I love Maggie Grace and Famke Janssen, so I was happy to watch it.
The Professional is still his best in my opinion, but hey, it's your list and what do I know?

Juliette. said...

Ash-- You should make a list!

Also, don't hate on QT...I usedta hate him as well, for the very same reasons. But I adore Kill Bill. Like, favorite movies ever....in the 2000s. :D

Artman2112 said...

no i havent seen Taken yet, i heard good things about it though and i always enjoy the films that luc besson directed or wrote the story/screenplay for.

QT i liked from day one, i love every one of his films, in varying degrees of course. i actually just finally saw Inglourious Basterds a couple of weeks ago and i totally LOVED it. but no doubt he is one weird dude, lol!

i think i'll put Taken at the top of my netflix queue ;)

Juliette. said...

Paul- Ditto, completely. I adore Inglourious Basterds (and all of Tarantino's stuff, save Grindhouse, which I haven't seen).

Artman2112 said...

its a lot of fun (in a sick way of course, lol), best thing Kurt Russell ever did imo. and if you're a fan of Vanishing Point (add that to my 70's picks, btw!) you'll get an even bigger kick out of it.

Juliette do you realize this is the most talking you've done here in ages! i'm stunned but pleased ;)

Ash, The Movie Geek said...

I would make a list, but I don't wanna be a copycat and it probably wouldn't be as good as yours...far more predictable.

I the real reason I don't like Tarantino is that I think Pulp Fiction was more Roger Avary's doing and there are scenes in The Rules of Attraction that support that. To me
Roger Avary's more talented, but because he didn't get as much credit from the start, we'll never see his true potential.

Juliette. said...

Paul-- I know! Haha, it's good to be back from hiatus. ;)

Cool! I'll check it out then...I like grindhouse theatre. :)

Have you heard-- Darryl Hannah semi-confirmed a Kill Bill 3!

Ash-- Do it, do it! Copycats rock!

Psh, whatevs. The writing for Kill Bill is brilliant, and QT did that. Really, if you do ever get the chance, check 'em out. I never talk about a movie in the way I've talked about the Kill Bills.

Ash, The Movie Geek said...

Okay...but only because you asked me to.

Alright, maybe I can borrow them from Mike, who I know likes the Kill Bill movies, but by borrow I mean steal, because he's been trying to get me to watch them and I always say "No."
Next time I'm at his house...yoink. Under the radar;)

Juliette. said...

Yay!-- really?? That's awesome, I'm honored. :D

But now I'm having second thoughts and I'm not sure you'll like 'em, as they're not very realistic...at all. Stylized violence and whatnot. I'm a fan, but whatevs. ;)

Hahaha, I adore the word yoink. Thanks much for the grin!

Artman2112 said...

lol@yoink!

Juliette you be right on the nose, KB sure aint realistic but it never pretends to be for one minute so it's all good, great in fact! its like, i was reading netflix reviews of Basterds and someone was actully picking on its historical inaccuracies, lol!ummmm, hello, it aint a freakin documentary!

Juliette. said...

Definitely! I love Inglourious Basterds for its inaccuracies because, as you said, it wasn't like he was going to a factual feel. Art can reflect life, improve upon life, revise life, etc. That, to me, is part of what makes it so fab. And IB opens a door for revisionist art. It's terrific.

Ash, The Movie Geek said...

Well, I'm not a total realist.
I like graphic novels and their adaptations, comic book movies, etc.

Which one movie do you like better, the first or the second?
If you like the first better and I watch it and don't like it, I'll know not to watch the second one;)

Artman2112 said...

ah, yes very well put! and here i as just gonna say it's a big time jew revenge fantasy, lol!

one thing i like about Quentin's films is he breaks and/or simply pays no attention to the usual cinematic storytelling rules. and he's a master of staging dialogue in a scene, one of the few that i feel can come close to Howard Hawks. that opening scene in Basterds is a prime example of what i'm talking about. that's a masterpiece of a scene! but the opening scene of Dogs is another great example.

Juliette. said...

Ash-- Well in that case I'll say the second. ;P

Haha, only joking-- I generally say the second, but only because it's more back story-- it completes the first. In my head, though, they're not separated. It's one terrific (and long) film, just as QT intended.

Artman2112 said...

i think they're both great in their own ways, and for different reasons!

Juliette. said...

Paul-- Definitely! That first scene as well as the Shoshana/Landa scene. My God, it was brilliant. Can't believe neither Melanie Laurent nor Diane Krueger were nom'd for supporting actress. Ah well, Christoph Waltz has my vote for S.A....not that they count mine. ;)

Ash, The Movie Geek said...

Okay. I'll watch 'em.

Also...I'm making my list and I'm into the 70s now, so if I post this thing, you better damn well read it;)

Juliette. said...

Yay! Lemme know when you're through with it. :D

Ash, The Movie Geek said...

All done.

Christopher said...

you can click on my picture and see my profile for my faves..it never changes.. ;o)

Ash, The Movie Geek said...

I added pictures but I still like yours better...it might be Lee Pace;)

Juliette. said...

Oh, is that him?? I need to look him up, then!

Ash, The Movie Geek said...

Yeah, I think he's so handsome. Like a young Clive Owen.
Unfortunately he's gay and therefore, he wouldn't marry me.

RandyOSU said...

Fun list to read, better yet to listen to Fred singing in the backround.......visions of Ginger/Fred and sugarplums and fairies!

Ruby Slippers said...

Love your 30s and 40s picks! (although heads up, His Girl Friday is 1940, not 30s :-))

From the 60s onwards they go just waaay off my personal radar, especially the 80s. But then most of my 80s favourites are comedies and The Princess Bride. :-)

Juliette. said...

Oooh, the book I got it from had it's date as 1939-- but it seems that's the production date, not release. According to IMDb, it was released 18 Jan., 1940. Thanks for the heads up!

Sally said...

Great list! And I'm glad that not all of the items are critically acclaimed - many of my favorite films are not, I'm sure.

Artman2112 said...

I posted my list juliette, take a look when you get a chance :)

i put a link to yours as well, hope you dont mind, after all, its your fault, lol!

Elsie said...

Hm, this IS a good idea for a list/post! I should give it a try, also, but I'm always so indecisive about these things.

Danielle said...

Lovely blog, Juliette! I'm starting to follow you.

Kisses
Danielle

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