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100 Modern Classic Movies MEME

From Wordlily!    She and I seem to share a lot in movie taste (we seem to avoid the same kind);  I have a few years of experience movie watching…

Instructions are to bold movies seen. I’ve added my own comments — so you can see if we share the same tastes or not.

1. Pulp Fiction (1994)
2. The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001-03) — I own these, too.
3. Titanic (1997) The boat sinks.
4. Blue Velvet (1986)
5. Toy Story (1995)
6. Saving Private Ryan (1998 ) — We put this movie in right after sitting down with dinner.  BIG MISTAKE.   Awesome movie.

 7. Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) —
8. The Silence of the Lambs (1991) —
9. Die Hard (1988 ) – uh YEA!!  
10. Moulin Rouge (2001)
12. The Matrix (1999)
13. GoodFellas (1990)
14. Crumb (1995) —
15. Edward Scissorhands (1990) — THIS is NOT a Halloween movie!!!!  Go see it WordLily!!

16. Boogie Nights (1997) – where I fall in love with MarkyMark.
17. Jerry Maguire (1996) – love it.
18. Do the Right Thing (1989)
19. Casino Royale (2006)

20. The Lion King (1994)
21. Schindler’s List (1993)
22. Rushmore (1998 )
23. Memento (2001) –
24. A Room with a View (1986) —
25. Shrek (2001)
26. Hoop Dreams (1994) —
27. Aliens (1986) —
28. Wings of Desire (1988 ) —
29. The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
30. When Harry Met Sally… (1989)
31. Brokeback Mountain (2005)
32. Fight Club (1999) —
33. The Breakfast Club (1985) — seen many many times, yes tis a classic.
34. Fargo (1996)
35. The Incredibles (2004)
36. Spider-Man 2 (2004)
37. Pretty Woman (1990)
38. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
39. The Sixth Sense (1999)
40. Speed (1994)
41. Dazed and Confused (1993) —
42. Clueless (1995)
43. Gladiator (2000)
44. The Player (1992) —
45. Rain Man (1988 ) —
46. Children of Men (2006) —
47. Men in Black (1997)

48. Scarface (1983) —
49. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
50. The Piano (1993)
51. There Will Be Blood (2007) — Not yet.
52. The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad (1988 ) —
53. The Truman Show (1998 )
54. Fatal Attraction (1987)
55. Risky Business (1983) —
56. The Lives of Others (2006) — huh?!   This isn’t showing up in imdb.com except as a future 2010 release?
57. There’s Something About Mary (1998 ) — Wordlily says “I don’t have a great appreciation for slapstick.” And I don’t either.  Hated this.
58. Ghostbusters (1984) —
59. L.A. Confidential (1997) —
60. Scream (1996)
61. Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
62. sex, lies and videotape (1989)
63. Big (1988 )
64. No Country For Old Men (2007) — brilliant
65. Dirty Dancing (1987)
66. Natural Born Killers (1994)
67. Donnie Brasco (1997)
68. Witness (1985) —
69. All About My Mother (1999)
70. Broadcast News (1987)
71. Unforgiven (1992)
72. Thelma & Louise (1991) —
73. Office Space (1999)
74. Drugstore Cowboy (1989)
75. Out of Africa (1985) — ugh
76. The Departed (2006)
77. Sid and Nancy (1986)
78. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) —.
79. Waiting for Guffman (1996)
80. Michael Clayton (2007) — ok
81. Moonstruck (1987) – one I’ve seen many times – delightful!
82. Lost in Translation (2003)

83. Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn (1987) -
84. Sideways (2004) —.
85. The 40 Year-Old Virgin (2005)
86. Y Tu Mamá También (2002) — parts of it.  Need to put it back in queue.
87. Swingers (1996)
88. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)
89. Breaking the Waves (1996) – seriously?
90. Napoleon Dynamite (2004)
91. Back to the Future (1985)
92. Menace II Society (1993)
93. Ed Wood (1994)
94. Full Metal Jacket (1987)
95. In the Mood for Love (2001) – WHO compiled this list!?
96. Far From Heaven (2002)
97. Glory (1989) – everyone should see.
98. The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
99. The Blair Witch Project (1999)
100. South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut (1999) —

 

I question the list; some good, some obscure, a few greats.    Just off the top of my head on my must see list:   Adaptation, The Whale Rider – there are tons more but these two popped in.     Was Kill Bill on this list?  

Goodbye Mr Chips AND P.S. I Love You

Wow – I just ran over to my favorite Movie Info Website – the Internet Movie DataBase – and it tells me that this movie was Greer Garson‘s FIRST movie!  Louis B Mayer discovered her on a trip to England.   I don’t know why this is so cool to me, but it is.    I would be a movie fan FREAK if I allowed myself one interest only…  Like, did she appreciate everyone thinking her first name was ‘Greer’?   (She was born and named Eileen Evelyn Greer Garson; her nickname was Duchess.   I’m not sure I like that any better.   I’d have preferred Evelyn – very grand.)    She was Elizabeth in the 1940 production of Pride and Prejudice – gotta see this next!!!    I think she is lovely and smart and was well received in many of her films.    I want to see all most of them.

Anyway, back to the topic of this post.  I saw the 1939 Goodbye Mr Chips the other night and LOVED IT!    Even better than the book; they succeeded in capturing the warmth of the original written work.   At first, I wasn’t impressed with the first scenes of Chips as the very old guy but as the movie progressed and Donat aged his character, it got better.    Garson was fabulous.   

I CRIED and CRIED!   I love crying to movies.  

My book review of this is here.

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Last night I watched   PS I Love You starring Hillary Swank, Gerard Butler, Lisa Kudrow, Gina Gershon, Kathy Bates, James Marsters, Harry Connick Jr.

I cried and cried again!  This movie was a lot better than I expected.    Based on Cecilia Ahern’s book of the same name, this is the story of a young widow receiving letters from her dead husband; others are afraid this is keeping her from moving on with her life.    Can she learn to live and love again?

This was Ms. Ahern’s first book – I have yet to read it, but promise you this:  I WILL – and it looks like from all the book press that she is on her way to a fabulous writing career.    The movie was everything I wanted it to be in a good love story, a woman finding herself, humor and wisdom combined with great fashion and more than a few good looking men.    Jeffrey Dean Morgan   [Jeffery Dean Morgan]     Hillary’s character was an unhappy real estate agent (been there, done that) and she stumbles into a career idea that combines what she loves (shoes, art) and learns to appreciate those she loves even more, especially herself.

Chick lit at its finest?   Well, I can’t say I’m an expert on that.     But I enjoyed this movie very much and I’m inspired to read the source.


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