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BS: Another Boring Best-of List

JohnInKansas 14 Apr 13 - 10:57 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 15 Apr 13 - 10:47 AM
Jack the Sailor 15 Apr 13 - 10:56 AM
Q (Frank Staplin) 15 Apr 13 - 11:55 AM
GUEST,Larry Saidman 15 Apr 13 - 12:08 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 15 Apr 13 - 12:15 PM
Jack the Sailor 15 Apr 13 - 12:37 PM
GUEST,Chongo Chimp 15 Apr 13 - 01:12 PM
Jack the Sailor 15 Apr 13 - 01:17 PM
Little Hawk 15 Apr 13 - 01:28 PM
Little Hawk 15 Apr 13 - 01:36 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 15 Apr 13 - 02:22 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 15 Apr 13 - 02:29 PM
Little Hawk 15 Apr 13 - 02:51 PM
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Subject: BS: Another Boring Best-of List
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 14 Apr 13 - 10:57 PM

Since many, if not most, recent threads intended to expand our intellectual horizons seem to have been rehashing of old topics of interest only to the confused and befuddled, it seems appropriate that I should join the crowd with a link to an article that appeared recently in which "a panel of experts" from MSN Entertainment have listed their "one hundred favorite movies."

By avoiding an attempt to pick just one or two "best" movies they've come up with a list that may be reasonably acceptable for a larger number of people than is usual for shorter lists (they call them "more selective"?) that are seen more often, and might give a better idea of what's been "representative" of a broader spectrum of US tastes, especially for those elsewhere in the (real?) world.

We found 31 titles in the list that we have, mostly by accident, in our DVD accumulation collection so there is some agreement with our tastes, bizarre as those might be.

The list also suggested about 13 we recognized and don't have that might be worth watching for in the "really cheap" bargain bins, with another 4 or so we might consider "if we're in the right/wrong mood and they're begging for someone to help get rid of them.

A little over half (51) on the list were mostly recognizable, but in the WDGAS category and we'd probably tip them a dime or so to NOT try to get us to take one home, not because they're bad but because the just don't interest us in any particular way.

The movies in the list are apparently US releases only, so those who live where better ones can be found should not take offense at omissions.

The link below is to the list, but each title in their list is a link to a sample picture and some comment about the movie. All of the linked picture/comment pages have links back to the list.

The posted pitch:

MSN Entertainment 100 Best Films

"While it is impossible to come to an organized and fair consensus on what the best movie of all time is, it's much easier to reach into our own psyches and pull out the movies that we love. The movies that evoke some emotion in us; spine-tingling fear, tear-jerking joy or laughter, edge-of-the-seat thrills or the feeling that, having seen the film, we can now somehow see the world in a different light. These movies stay with us throughout our lives.

"MSN Entertainment has gathered a list, a long list — along with lists from a cadre of our contributing movie writers and critics — that covers our favorite movies of all time. Our writers describe how each of these movies has impacted cinema, society and, often, their own lives. Enjoy. — Kent Laird, lead editor, MSN Movies"

(They left out "Bad Day at Black Rock" (Spencer Tracy), "The Red Barn" (Cagney) and "The Secret Garden" (O'Brien) but they're probably a bunch of young pups who don't know about movies when they were really movies that scared the sh*t out of little kids.)

John


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Subject: RE: BS: Another Boring Best-of List
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 15 Apr 13 - 10:47 AM

I saw the list. It reminded me of a few that I would like to see again, but I also noticed the absence of foreign films.

"Rashomon" was one that immediately came to mind. It is one that should be seen by every one who is wary of "witness" testimony.

I have the British TV "Secret Garden" on VHS (which I had copied to DVD); I think it is far superior to the movie version. I believe the DVD of the British one is available now.

I could list a number of films that I believe should be on any list of "Bests," but everyone has their favorites. "The Great Dictator" ccomes to mind, but I can understand why critics might be wary of it.
"Showboat" is another that I thought was important, as well as the Japanese original on which "Seven Samurai" was based.


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Subject: RE: BS: Another Boring Best-of List
From: Jack the Sailor
Date: 15 Apr 13 - 10:56 AM

I was about to scream bloody murder about the absence of my favorite foreign film until I saw it a number 98.


Seven Samurai!!! AWESOME!!!!!

I've seen all but four or five and they were all old B&W films.

the only ones I regret seeing were Nashville, Moulin Rouge, Grease and Dirty Dancing.


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Subject: RE: BS: Another Boring Best-of List
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 15 Apr 13 - 11:55 AM

"An American in Paris", with the brilliant choreography and dancing by Gene Kelly, and the evocation of Paris. A musical, but one of the best.

I would also list a few of the Chinese films directed by Zhang Yimou.

There is a list of the "Top 100 Japanese films." I have been using it as a base for exploring Japanese film.

http://www.imdb.com/list/6QwUEgcfRTk/


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Subject: RE: BS: Another Boring Best-of List
From: GUEST,Larry Saidman
Date: 15 Apr 13 - 12:08 PM

Nashville was one of my favourite all-time movies!   Also loved Brasil.


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Subject: RE: BS: Another Boring Best-of List
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 15 Apr 13 - 12:15 PM

Japanese films:

"Tampopo" a romp about the "perfect" noodle, gourmet cooking, and Japanese lifestyle that kept me smiling and watching for the little cameos and in-jokes- the one with the head of Maxims and the lesson on how to eat noodles is memorable. Also a good parody of a John Wayne type character.

"The Burmese Harp" is a film about Japanese soldiers on the run near the end of WW2, and one man's solution.

"Tokyo Story."
There are many good films on the list, and some that will not be available with English subtitles and will be hard to comprehend. Stick to those with subtitles.


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Subject: RE: BS: Another Boring Best-of List
From: Jack the Sailor
Date: 15 Apr 13 - 12:37 PM

"Tampopo" Is my second favorite foreign film.

It deserves some sort of award for the most memorable use of an egg in a moving picture and I don't mean the hobo making the omelette.


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Subject: RE: BS: Another Boring Best-of List
From: GUEST,Chongo Chimp
Date: 15 Apr 13 - 01:12 PM

There ain't a single one of the great Johnny Weismuller films that my pal Cheetah starred in. What a rip.

- Chongo


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Subject: RE: BS: Another Boring Best-of List
From: Jack the Sailor
Date: 15 Apr 13 - 01:17 PM

Clyde from the Eastwood movies was a much better actor.


Better than Clint even.


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Subject: RE: BS: Another Boring Best-of List
From: Little Hawk
Date: 15 Apr 13 - 01:28 PM

Yeah, Clyde was a master. Chongo's never really liked Orangutans much, though. It's a sad case of species prejudice.

I looked through the list. I've seen about 2/3 of those movies. A fair number of them are sort of in general categories that I normally don't bother with, which is probably why I never saw them. I may have missed some good ones because of that. For instance, I always assumed that "Dirty Dancing" was a film I would have absolutely no interest in, so I've never seen even a preview of it.

As for "Goodfellas"...I have seen it, but I detested it. Not that the acting wasn't good. It was. And the script was good. Definitely a well made movie. However, I just don't need a vision of that kind of moronic deadend depravity floating around in my head. Yuck. I was sorry I'd seen it after I did.

Miller's Crossing, on the other hand, I really liked. The extreme violence was there, same as in Goodfellas, but the mood was different. Goodfellas depressed me. Miller's Crossing entertained me.


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Subject: RE: BS: Another Boring Best-of List
From: Little Hawk
Date: 15 Apr 13 - 01:36 PM

Did a quick count. I haven't seen about 37 of those 100 movies.

And how come they didn't include "Howard the Duck?" ;-) And "Dinner With Andre'"


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Subject: RE: BS: Another Boring Best-of List
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 15 Apr 13 - 02:22 PM

You forgot "Duck Soup."

(Marx Brothers. I broke a gut laughing at their films when I was a kid. Now they leave me cold).


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Subject: RE: BS: Another Boring Best-of List
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 15 Apr 13 - 02:29 PM

Just noticed- "Treasure of the Sierra Madre" is not on the list.

And that French film about carrying nitro to a well site- forget the name- but a gripping film. I'd like to see it again.


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Subject: RE: BS: Another Boring Best-of List
From: Little Hawk
Date: 15 Apr 13 - 02:51 PM

Yeah, I don't get the Marx Brothers style of humour either.


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Subject: RE: BS: Another Boring Best-of List
From: GUEST,Kendall
Date: 15 Apr 13 - 08:12 PM

Bad Day at Black Rock was a great movie.


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