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What was the latest movie that cracked your top ten list? If you have one. Mine is American Pyscho.
In no particular order:
1 - Diner 2 - Escape From NY 3- Empire Strikes Back 4- American Pyscho 5 - American Beauty 6 - The Exorcist 7 - Seven 8 - The Shining 9 - Raiders of the Lost Ark 10- When Harry Met Sally (even though it's really just a Woody Allen movie)
This little exercise has made me realize that I've seen a lot of bad movies lately. I'm looking at you "The Box."
I guess I'd put "Let The Right One In" in my top 10. The cover art said is was the best vampire movie ever, so I put it to the test. Much to my surprise, it was the best. Go with the subtitles versus the American dub, much better.
Tom, your top 10 seems to only go back to the 1970's. Is that true? You don't like any movies that were made before then? Because mine would be at least half before then.
Actually only 4 on my top ten were since 1970. And 8 of the 10 are on most top 100 list. But there were two movies that came out in the past year that I really, likes so at some point they may hit my top 10.
1. Gone with the wind
2. Bridge over River Kwai
3. The Sixth Sense
4. Pride and Predjudice (1937 - Greer Garson and Lawrence Olivier)
5. Wizard of Oz
6. Hunt for Red October
7. Shindlers List
8.The Sound of Music
9. Shaw Shank Redemption
10. West side Story
I went by how often Ive seen these movies as opposed to any others and these I have seen the very most because I like them the very best. And of course there are some romances and musicals on my list.
The last one to crack my not-really-in-existence top 10 list was Inglourious Basterds. I don't like the idea of committing to a set-in-stone top 10 list. But at this moment in time, the other 9 would be...
Chasing Amy, Waking Ned Divine, Apollo 13, Lord of the Rings, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, eXistenZ, Rear Window, and the one that pretty much always tops my list: Network.
And I make no argument that these are the best written or classics or most deserving of some world-wide recognition. Just my favorites at the moment.
I can telly you my number No 1. It's Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid. Anny Bythe, William Powell, 1947. I have it on VHS and have been waiting for someone to fiure out they need to put it on a DVd, so Ican finally get rid of my VHS. William Powell is also my favourite actor of all time.
Some of my other all-time favorites, in no particular order, are:
My Man Godfrey Annie (original) Mildred Pierce Peyton Place Robin and the Seven Hoods Pillow Talk Father of the Bride (Spencer Tracey) Daddy's Little Dividend The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes The Absent-Minded Professor Logan's Run
As for modern favorites:
Shakespeare in Love Sense and Sensibility Dead Again Good Will Hunting Primal Fear Nothing Hill The Big Hit Gattaca Avatar
The most recent movie to make my Top 10 is The Orphanage.
While subject to change any time...
3. The Sting
4. The Blues Brothers
5. The Searchers
6. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
7. North by Northwest
8. Star Wars
9. Shawshank Redemption
10. Bridge on the River Kwai
The Sting & Shawshank are definitely up there for me as well.
Interesting no one so far has Citizen Kane.
Here's mine(in no particular order after Casablanca)
1. Casablanca 2. Rear Window 3. The Usual Suspects 4. Star Wars 5. Godfather 6. Lady and The Tramp 7. Airplane 8. Singin In the Rain 9. Shawshank Redemption 10. Bridge on the River Kwai
And on the bubble... Up In the Air
Forgot to include the rest of my top 10. These aren't necessarily in any order.
1. Leon 2. The Usual Suspects 3. True Romance 4. Memento 5. Dial M for Murder 6. Aliens 7. 12 Monkeys 8. The Big Lebowski 9. Rear Window 10. Fight Club
Damn, there's no room for Let The Right One In. Rear Window and Dial M should only take up one spot, then it fits. There are so many others left out. I need a top 20. Ack, Saw didn't even make it. That's one of the movies that inspired me to take up screenwriting.
I need a top 20 as well; somewhere to put "Body Heat" and "Bad Day at Black Rock" just for starters...
There's so many good'uns...
Mike, I loved your top 10 (for the most part--thought 12 Monkeys was OK), but I hated "Let the Right One In". What on earth was the appeal? Seemed like the depressed Swede version of "Twilight".
James, ouch. It causes me physical pain to see LTROI compared to Twilight.
To me Twilight was a horrible movie even if you didn't pick up on the stalker aspects of captain sparkly or the horrible portrayal of women with miss doormat. This movie just screams abusive relationship and tweens are gobbling it up.
LTROI had bad stuff in it (pedophilia if you read the book) but none of it was glorified as the end all be all of relationships. There were scenes in it that just blew my mind. When she enters his apartment uninvited, how her relationship with her first caretaker ends, the finale with the bullies, the continuation of the cycle.
If nothing else, the characters didn't look like they wanted to vomit throughout the entire movie (only once when she eats real food), and people occasionally combed their hair.
Okay, Mike, maybe I was overly harsh in my comparison.
However, I was actually looking to see how much of the movie was left when watching "The Right One". I couldn't wait for it to end. So I was very surprised (especially seeing as how I agree with most of the posts I've seen you make) to see this one a top 10, much less to have it be "the best ever".
I guess this is just a good example of opinion getting in the way of merit. If I had the funds, I would have rejected this movie. You would have gladly produced it. This is something to keep in mind as screenwriters trying to find a home for our scripts.
To each his own.
Opinions definitely do differ. For instance, I loved Battlefield Earth because I went into it expecting comedy and the movie delivered Travolta in dreads shouting "Craplousy!" Everyone else hated it.
If we just consider vampire movies alone, what's your top few? LTROI wins mine pretty much hands down. Then comes Near Dark, then maybe Interview. I also have a soft spot for some of the Blade movies.
Mike, just off the top of my head:
Interview with the Vampire
Shadow of the Vampire (probably my fave)
From Dusk Till Dawn (silly, but still fun)
Which Blade movie? Because Blade 2 is on my worst movies of all time list.
Is Memento really that great? I had a friend tell me the premise a couple years ago, and it sounded awesome, so I bought the dvd. However, I've yet to open it. I guess with screenwriting and going to movies, I figure I'll get around to it, but I might have to get to it soon.
In no particular order, Any Woody Allen Movie, The Thing, Dumb and Dumber, Any Warren Miller, The Sting, King Kong, James Bond the early years, Bullet, any Clint Eastwood, early years!!
No particular order 1. Godfather 1 2. Godfather 2 3. Saturday Night Fever 4. Star Wars 5. Scarface 6. An Officer and A Gentlemen 7. Psycho 8. Gladiator 9. Superman 10. Fast Times at Ridgemont High
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