Friday, August 31, 2007

Lists of Fancy

We are wrapping up our month long movie marathon with several “favorites” lists kindly submitted to us by guest contributors. Many thanks to everyone who participated and sorry to those folks who wanted to contribute but were unable to submit due to time restraints. And away we go…

The “film obsessive” and very lovely musician Andrew Morgan provided this list (“in no particular order”):

01. Rushmore
02. Amelie
03. The Bourne Identity
04. The Godfather Part I
05. Good Will Hunting
06. Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
07. High Fidelity
08. The Royal Tenenbaums
09. The Firm
10. The Departed

Some favorites of the very talented and kind Jim Putnam, of Radar Bros., submitted this list:

01. Barry Lyndon
02. Paths of Glory
03. Chinatown
04. Sunset Boulevard
05. Satyricon
06. Dawn of the Dead (original!)
07. Sean of the Dead
08. Night of the Living Dead (original!)
09. The bicycle thief
10. What's up Doc?
11. The In-laws
12. Star Wars
13. Alien
14. Skidoo
15. Zombie

Three top movies from the sweet, pop-tastic band Let’s Go Sailing are:

01. Rushmore
02. Cinema Paradiso
03. Lord of the Rings: Trilogy

And finally a list from Patrick C. Taylor, co-founder of Cut the Chord and screenwriter extraordinaire, round out our lists of movies we think you should see.

PCT's "10 Films I Love That No One Ever Seems to Talk About"

12 Angry Men (1997)

Everyone knows the excellent 1957 adaptation of Reginald Rose’s play, but not so many have seen William Friedkin’s remake, once again update by Rose. Friedkin wisely adopted a documentary style of shooting in contrast with young Sidney Lumet’s occasionally stagy original, and the ensemble cast for the version was dynamite from juror one through twelve. And yes, even Tony Danza is cast perfectly.

Bachelor Party (1957)

Not to be in any way mentally associated with the 80s films, this is the largely forgotten follow-up by the team that brought us Best Picture winner Marty, screenwriter Paddy Chaefsky and director Delbert Mann, where what should be an exciting night on the town turns sour for this roving group of sad-sack friends. Think Sideways without the vino-philia.

In the Bleak Midwinter (aka A Midwinter’s Tale) (1995)

Sort of a thinking man’s version of the already thinking man’s-ish Waiting for Guffman, Kenneth Branagh put together this small comedy about a rag-tag theater troupe putting together what seems bound to be a disastrous production of Hamlet. Funny how just the next year we saw the release of Branagh’s complete four-hour telling of Hamlet itself.

Insignificance (1985)

Nicholas Roeg gives us the story of a fictional meeting of the minds, or well… a meeting of the ultimate mind and the meeting of the ultimate body between Albert Einstein and Marilyn Monroe in a New York hotel. Thrown into the mix for good measure are Tony Curtis as Joe McCarthy and Gary Busey as Joe DiMaggio.

The Intruder (1962)

Directed by Roger Corman and starring William Shatner, it’s actually the first of Corman’s many b-movies that lost him money, at yet it might be the sharpest, smartest film ever to come from his many productions. Shatner stars as a man who arrives in a small Southern town, ready to capitalize on the palpable racist backlash to the integration of the school, but finds that his rabble-rousing might spiral even out of his control.

Jeanne and the Perfect Guy (1998)

A charming little French musical that falls somewhere in between Amelie and Once. Instead of aiming for visual bombast and labored production numbers like most musicals, this one instead opts for the simplicity of everyday scenes like two lovers lying naked in bed as they sing sweetly to each other.

A Slight Case of Murder (1999)

William H. Macy co-adapted a Donald Westlake novel, and what resulted is an extremely sly send-up of the noir genre, as a film critic uses his extensive knowledge of crime films to try to cover his tracks after the death of his mistress. Think of the way that Scream skewered the horror genre while also staying true to it and you’ll start to get what the tone of this film is.

Spring Forward (1999)

Live Schreiber and Ned Beatty are fellow groundskeepers, and for the course of this beautifully understated film, they do little more than talk. But what we get is a wonderful portrait of two inward and damaged men slowly connecting and helping to rebuild each other’s lives.

Where’s Marlowe? (1998)

Like Mulholland Drive, this is a rejected television pilot expanded into a feature length film. Shot documentary-style, two filmmakers (one of them a young Mos Def) follow a struggling private detective (Miguel Ferrer) as he attempts to solve a bizarre murder investigation, and the filmmakers eventually begin to get more involved in the case than they should in order to help complete their film.

The Woman Chaser (1999)

You’d probably already know Patrick Warburton if you saw him or maybe even if you just heard his voice, but you’ve most likely never seen his tour de force, in this adaptation of a Charles Willeford pulp novel, where Warburton plays a used car-salesman who embarks on a journey into Tinseltown, and we find out what happens when a man with truly uncompromising vision takes on a business that is primarily based on artistic compromise.

Thanks again to our guest contributors. Check out their web pages:

Andrew Morgan
Radar Bros.
Let's Go Sailing
Cut the Chord

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