Thursday, December 31, 2009

The "Best" Movies: Recap, part 22

I'm giving a rundown of the "best" movies (details about the list are here). I've done 210 of 222 so far. Now, the final dozen:
  • Toy Story Blu-Ray
    #99 Top 100 (2007)
    #6 Animation
    Saw it on DVD. Never cared to see it in the theatres. It was okay.
  • Unforgiven Blu-Ray
    #98 Top 100 (1998)
    #68 Top 100 (2007)
    #4 Western
    Best Picture (1992)
    Clint Eastwood movie. Good film.
  • Vertigo
    #61 Top 100 (1998)
    #9 Top 100 (2007)
    #1 Mystery
    Jimmy Stewart and Alfred Hitchcock make an awesome team. Again.
  • West Side Story Blu-Ray
    #41 Top 100 (1998)
    #51 Top 100 (2007)
    Best Picture (1961)
    Definitely NOT the best picture of the year; "The Guns of Navarone," "The Hustler," and "Judgment at Nuremberg" were all better. Pretty good music, though. Although the dancing Puerto Ricans in the fruity-colored outfits is a bit odd.
  • When Harry Met Sally...
    #6 Romantic comedy
    Not a bad film.
  • White Heat
    #4 Gangster movie
    Top of the world, Ma!
  • Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
    #67 Top 100 (2007)
    What a dump!
  • Wings
    Best Picture (1928)
    First movie (and only silent film) to win Best Picture. Actually, "Wings" and "Sunrise" each won Best Production awards ("Wings" won Most Outstanding Production and "Sunrise" won Most Artistic Quality of Production). In 1929, they combined the two awards (as Best Production) and said that "Wings" was considered the Best Production the previous year. As for the movie itself, it's a pretty good film.
  • Witness for the Prosecution
    #6 Courtroom drama
    Good murder mystery. I liked this film.
  • Wuthering Heights (1939)
    #73 Top 100 (1998)
    Never read the book. After seeing the movie, I don't think I missed out on anything.
  • Yankee Doodle Dandy
    #100 Top 100 (1998)
    #98 Top 100 (2007)
    Good film. And it's funny watching James Cagney sing and dance, after having him pigeon-holed as a gangster type.
  • You Can't Take It with You
    Best Picture (1938)
    Jimmy Stewart and Frank Capra should be a can't miss. But, I just wasn't floored by it. Perhaps, after "Mr. Smith Goes To Washington" and "It's A Wonderful Life," I was expecting more.
That wraps up 222 of the "best" movies. Many I watched simply because I decided to watch whatever was on the list. Some were good. Some weren't.

Overall, though, I'm glad I did this.

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