Thursday, December 10, 2009

The "Best" Movies: Recap, part 2

A while back I decided to watch the "best" movies. I put together a big list from several other lists:
Earlier this month, I finally finished the list.

I'm telling what I thought of them. Part 1 is here. This is part 2.
  • Adam's Rib
    #7 Romantic comedy
    Yes, this is a funny movie. Good Tracy and Hepburn film. Seen it on TCM many times.
  • Alien
    #7 Science fiction
    I saw this when it came out. It was one of the scariest movies I ever saw. The alien sprouting from the chest scene ... The aliens on the face ... They still affect me. Don't know if it would impact me as much if I saw it for the first time today, but it's a great, scary film. And better than #7 on the SciFi list.
  • All About Eve
    #16 Top 100 (1998)
    #28 Top 100 (2007)
    Best Picture (1950)

    I liked this movie. This is back when Best Picture was actually given to a good movie. Ever heard that movie line, "Fasten your seatbelts. It's going to be a bumpy night?" It's from this movie. Oh, a bit a trivia: Two actresses received best actress nominations (Bette Davis and Anne Baxter) ... and two received best supporting actress nominations (Celeste Holm and Thelma Ritter) ... and the whole production got 14 nominations (it won 6).
  • All Quiet on the Western Front
    #54 Top 100 (1998)
    #7 Epic

    Best Picture (1930)
    2 hours, 18 minutes long. Seemed longer. Message film. The message? War is bad. And it took over 2-1/3 hours to say it.
  • All the King's Men
    Best Picture (1949)
    Unknown politician rises to prominence, only to ultimately fall. The Barack Obama story? No, it's based on a different Kingfish altogether: Huey Long. Pretty good film.
  • All the President's Men
    #77 Top 100 (2007)
    Saw it on TV years ago. Actually, a pretty good film. If only it was true. That reporters were honest and actually sought the truth, that is.
  • Amadeus
    #53 Top 100 (1998)
    Best Picture (1984)

    Based on the life of Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart. Go figure. It's one of those that, if it's on TV, and nothing else is on, you might as well watch it.
  • American Beauty
    Best Picture (1999)
    I didn't really care for this film. Best part? The bag being blown around by the wind. If you want to see a film narrated by a dead guy, see Sunset Boulevard. (Did I just spoil the ending?)
  • American Graffiti
    #62 Top 100 (2007)
    #77 Top 100 (1998)

    Saw this when it came out. Loved it. Oh, this is the film that introduced us to Suzanne Somers, Harrison Ford, Richard Dreyfuss (first big movie role), and grown-up Opie Cunningham.
  • An American in Paris
    #68 Top 100 (1998)
    Best Picture (1951)

    Actually an okay film, but not better than okay. I wanted to like it more.
As the days go by, I'll be covering more of these films.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for continuing the reviews, Basil. I am forever indebted.


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