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Sunday, April 18, 2021

Film Site's Top Films

 Original List

The Big Sleep (1946):  I still don't care for Humphry Bogart or Film Noir.

Greed (1924): Apparently considered by many to be the greatest film ever made.  While it's certainly impressive for its time, it can seem disjointed.  This is probably because it was cut down from an original nine hour runtime by the studio.  

Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948): A sad, boring movie about a deranged stalker.

My Darling Clementine (1946): A pretty average cowboy movie.  That is to say, really boring and slow with basically no redeeming qualities.

Paths of Glory (1957): I'm not generally a fan of war movies or Stanley Kubrick films.  This is both of those things, but I still found myself engaged and enjoying it.  I think that's because this is much less bizarre than any Kubrick film I can recall watching while also being extremely cynical about the military.  Pretty good.

Trouble in Paradise (1932):  Boring and stupid beginning to end.

Second List

The 39 Steps (1935): Fairly unremarkable.

The Asphalt Jungle (1950):  More film noir.  Not my genre.

The Bad and the Beautiful (1952):  Movies about making movies still seem to be universally bad.

Bad Day At Black Rock (1955): This movie seems to be an AARP version of the Karate Kid.  For about an hour a young(ish) Ernest Borgnine bullies Spencer Tracy until he goes too far.  Then Spencer Tracy (55 at the time) starts karate chopping and flipping him.  While it is an all white cast, it does try to make a statement about the anti-Asian racism that swept the country during WWII, which seems progressive for the time.

Badlands (1973): A disturbing but surprisingly riveting movie about a spree killer from South Dakota.

The Bank Dick (1940): Terrible.

The Big Heat (1953): Some more film noir.  These films are really running together in my mind.

The Big Parade (1925):  Not bad for a silent film about war.  Take from that what you will.

Brief Encounter (1945):  I can't really enjoy films about cheating, even if they're otherwise engaging. This one wasn't.

Broken Blossoms (1919): Pretty depressing.

Cat People (1942): A very weird movie about a woman who turns into a panther when she's aroused or angry.

Days of Heaven (1978): I find it hard to root for characters that are trying to trick a dying man into a marriage to get all of his money.

Last updated April 18, 2021

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Miyazaki/Studio Ghibli Films

 Overall thoughts after finishing all of the Miyazaki/Studio Ghibli films.  Generally pretty good movies, if a bit light on content.  These are intentionally slow, ponderous films.  Grave of the Fireflies was a standout as an excellent and depressing film.  At the other end of the spectrum, I found the non-fantasy coming-of-age type films pretty boring and mostly pointless.  Porco Rosso and Pom Poko were mostly just weird.

Friday, January 1, 2021

Monday, November 30, 2020

Writer's Guild of America Top 101

 Here are the seven movies on the Writer's Guild of America top 101 movies list that I haven't watched before:

8 1/2 (1963):  A movie about making a movie.  Not my cup of tea.

Adaptation (2002): A movie about writing a movie.  Interesting to watch, but also not really my cup of tea.

Being John Malkovich (1999):  Such a weird, weird movie.

Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989): I still don't get why anybody likes Woody Allen movies.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004): Not really my cup of tea, but certainly an interesting movie.

Memento (2000): I see why this is considered well written.  It certainly wouldn't be easy to construct.

Sweet Smell of Success (1957):  Not a fan.