Thursday, December 17, 2009

The "Best" Movies: Recap, part 9

Continuing my rundown of the "best" movies (details about the list are here), I've covered 80 of the films. Here are the next 10:
  • Harold and Maude
    #9 Romantic comedy
    Creepy. I mean, a teen in bed with Ruth Gordon? And I'll never hear Cat Stevens' "If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out" without being creeped out.
  • Harvey
    #7 Fantasy
    Another good Jimmy Stewart film. If you haven't seen it, make a point to see it. If you have, you'll want to see it again.
  • High Noon
    #33 Top 100 (1998)
    #27 Top 100 (2007)
    #2 Western
    Never saw this movie until earlier this year. Been meaning to, just never go around to it. Then, when TiVo recorded it, the timing was wrong; either the movie ended late, or TiVo's clock was off. I missed the last couple of minutes. So, I had to record it again when it aired on TCM later. But then, it gave me an excuse to watch it again. Classic western.
  • Hoosiers
    #4 Sports movie
    I don't care for basketball. But this was a pretty good movie.
  • How Green Was My Valley
    Best Picture (1941)
    Yawner. In one of the worst decisions every, the Academy Awards gave this the Best Picture Oscar over "Citizen Kane," "Here Comes Mr. Jordan," "The Maltese Falcon," "Sergeant York," and "Suspicion." If you want to watch the best movie of 1941, pick any of those and forget about "How Green Was My Valley."
  • In Cold Blood
    #8 Courtroom drama
    Really good film. Powerful.
  • In the Heat of the Night
    #75 Top 100 (2007)
    Best Picture (1967)
    Beat out another "can't we all just get along" film for Best Picture: "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner." Also beat out "The Graduate," "Bonnie & Clyde," and "Doctor Doolittle." As good as "In The Heat Of The Night" was, those others were better. Well, not "Doctor Doolittle," but the others.
  • Intolerance
    #49 Top 100 (2007)
    Boring. Filmed to show the world that "Birth Of A Nation" wasn't racist. Oh, and Lillian Gish sits in a rocking chair. Really, that's her role.
  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
    #9 Science fiction
    Excellent Sci-Fi film. And, you've been warned: "They're here already! You're next! You're next, You're next!" But the best line in the movie? "I never knew fear until I kissed Becky."
  • It Happened One Night
    #35 Top 100 (1998)
    #46 Top 100 (2007)
    #3 Romantic comedy
    Best Picture (1934)
    Good film. Funny film. It was the first movie to win Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Director (the others were "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "The Silence of the Lambs").
90 films down. 132 to go. The next 10 will come soon.

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