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Postby kingrat » June 5th, 2012, 12:06 pm

Because everyone seems to enjoy making lists of favorites, why don't we devote a thread just to that? I'll continue with the 80s theme Mr. Arkadin and ChiO have started. Looking over lists of 80s films, I was surprised at how many good movies there actually were, especially in the first half of the decade. These are the ones I've seen the most or talked about the most or the ones that brought a warm smile to my face when I wrote down their names. I'm limiting this to 10, 'cause ChiO said so.

Alphabetical order, new style:

1. 28 Up - Great series of documentaries by Michael Apted filmed every 7 years. Though I've seen 35 Up and 42 Up, this is the one that really got to me, as the 7-year-old child who touched my heart the most is the one with the most problems at 28. An interesting vertical slice of English life.
2. The Big Chill - And I could even do without the canned musical score. This is the film that caused the most discussion with friends.
3. Choose Me - If you have any taste for quirky films, this is the one to see.
4. A Christmas Story - It's more intellectually respectable to praise It's a Wonderful Life, but respectability is so overrated. Especially in comparison with bored Santas, Major Awards, and bunny slippers.
5. Diner - Maybe it's because I lived in Baltimore for a year or because I wanted to be on GE College Bowl. I don't even much like Mickey Rourke.
6. The Empire Strikes Back - Before CGI, in a galaxy far, far away, there were scripts and characters that made action movies fun.
7. Experience Preferred . . . But Not Essential - From British TV to the big screen to my heart and, unfortunately, to obscurity. College girl Annie works one summer as a waitress at a seaside hotel in Wales. Funny, sad, and unforgettable.
8. My Beautiful Laundrette - Best. Screen. Kiss. Ever.
9. This Is Spinal Tap - By the time you finish laughing your way through it, you think anyone who asks a celebrity a question about anything is an idiot.
10. The World According to Garp - Glenn Close and John Lithgow give two of the best performances of the decade. Robin Williams isn't too shabby, either. George Roy Hill catches the rhythm to make this episodic film work. An improvement on John Irving's novel.

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Postby RedRiver » June 5th, 2012, 2:01 pm

I love making lists, though I change them every time the subject comes up. It's a list in progress! It helps me organize my thoughts. I haven't figured out a way to pull up films of a certain decade on the internet. I go 1980's, it gives me 1984, by Orwell. 2000's, I get 2001, A SPACE ODDYSEY. So I work from memory. That's subject to multiple ommissions.

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Postby charliechaplinfan » June 5th, 2012, 4:17 pm

I like very few movies from the eighties, the decade I grew up. Apart from learning a great deal about growing up from Richard Gere. A British eighties film I'd really recommend to American audeinces is Rita, Sue and Bob too, it's a little like My Beautiful Launderette crossed with Shameless.
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Postby MichiganJ » June 5th, 2012, 5:20 pm

Some of my favorites from the 90s list:

Goodfellas
Fargo
Pulp Fiction
Jackie Brown
Schindler's List
Barton Fink
Big Lebowski
Toy Story
Nightmare Before Christmas
Ed Wood
Jurassic Park
Saving Private Ryan
Double Life of Veronique
Trois Colors: White/Blue/Red
All About My Mother
Tie Me Up Tie Me Down
Fisher King
Dark City
The Player
Breaking the Waves
The Lion King
Groundhog Day
Eyes Wide Shut
Dazed and Confused
A Simple Plan
Shadows & Fog
Bullets Over Broadway
Mighty Aphrodite
Mulholland Falls
Boogie Nights
Magnolia
Dogma
Clerks
Chasing Amy
Before Sunrise
Heat
Showgirls
Silence of the Lambs
Shawshank Redemption
The Usual Suspects
Being John Malcovich
Leaving Las Vegas
Anaconda
L.A. Confidential
Fight Club
Lone Star
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Postby ChiO » June 5th, 2012, 5:28 pm

Okay, my Top Ten of the '80s (because KR said I said so) in alpha order (because KR set the precedent...and I always go with the flow):

1. Blade Runner -- The Gospel According to Ridley.
2. Cutter's Way -- I came late to this one, but thank goodness I got to it.
3. Damnation -- Bela Tarr's A Man Escaped? Meaning: A sometimes difficult director's most accessible movie.
4. The Decalogue -- Continuing the work of Moses.
5. Diner -- Saw it upon its release. The next week, I talking to my ex-spouse. Says I, "Have you seen Diner?" She responds, "And just how long did that Shrevie guy follow you around to get the role down?" What? Why shouldn't a spouse explain the orderly fashion of how the vinyl should be maintained? Chaos is acceptable elsewhere, but not in the vinyl collection. But it's good...it's good.
6. The King of Comedy -- Over the years, I've decided that this is my favorite Scorsese movie. And I like a lot of his movies.
7. Love Streams -- My favorite of the '80s. It's even replaced Husbands as my favorite Cassavetes movie. Plus it's Raphael De Niro's only movie. I'm almost not crazy now.
8. Once Upon a Time in America -- Maybe not quite the storytelling of The Godfather, but it may be twice the movie.
9. Paris, Texas -- It's been years since I've watched it, but how can any movie with Dean Stockwell, Harry Dean Stanton and Natassia Kinski (with some involvement of Wim Wenders, Sam Shepard & Ry Cooder) not be Top Ten material? All that's missing is Dennis Hopper and Klaus Kinski (Oh, no! That woulda been way too weird!).
10. To Sleep With Anger -- Very, very few movies even come close to topping Burnett's Killer of Sheep. This is one of them.
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Postby charliechaplinfan » June 6th, 2012, 11:33 am

70s, 80s and 90s aren't my strong suite but thanks guys for posting some of your favourites, I'm going to be adding some of these to my rental list.
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Postby CineMaven » June 6th, 2012, 11:43 am

If you're giving my list of 1970 movie favorites a looksee, thank you very much. Creating this list makes me realize that there were some hellified actresses getting work back then. (Where IS Susan Anspach?!!!) Hmmm, I think I need a 70's marathon at home very very soon. I’ve listed these films alphabetically b’cuz anyway else would be masochistic, and included within is a separate homage to "Just Jack":

ALIEN - I love Tom Skerritt, but my eyes never left Sigourney Weaver or the idea of an alien whose blood is acid. The shock of it all. The crew being stalked, the chest bursting scene, Yaphet Kotto. (Hey, is this a re-make of “It! The Terror In Space”?) What in the name of Raisinettes is going on?! You watch Sigourney become a leader (and a star). It was amazing to watch her fight through her fear in her final confrontation with the Alien. I floated home. I had a hero. I had a hero who was a girl. “Aliens” in the 80’s was an even better sequel. When Weaver suits up to protect little Newt and confront & fight the queen Alien says to it: “Get away from her, you b*tch!” THAT almost caused a riot in the theatre of screaming and cheering by every man, woman and dog.

AMERICAN GRAFFITI - I found this a joyous infectious romp. Boys and cars and music. I saw the movie seven times (four times one day; three times the next day). The kids...the music. I just loved it.

ANNIE HALL - Aaaah Woody! King of the (cerebral) comedy. Smart, clever, romantic and showed a New York I wish I lived in...and I’m a native New Yorker born and raised there!!! Diane Keaton was a dream. You should have seen the windows of Bloomingdale’s filled with the fashions of Annie Hall. La-dee-dah, la-dee-dah!!

BLACULA - Finally, African-Americans in a horror film where our eyes weren’t bulging and our feets weren’t doin’ their stuff! Updating the saga of the vampire into the urban world was great! And William Marshall is elegant, handsome and I’d love to be bitten by him. Dracula's Soul Brother?. Aaah, American International Pictures. You had me at hell-o. Oh look, the great Elisha Cook Jr. is in this too.

BLAZING SADDLES / YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN - Mel Brooks, the King of the (Slapstick) comedy. He’s a genius...and his homage to classic films genre is...is...genius. The funniest movie I saw in the 70’s. Pokes fun at everything. Cleavon and Gene’s chemistry was wonderful. Korman showing a student i.d. to get into the movie; Cleavon holding a gun to his own head and wearing that baaad suede suit. Mel playing with the bat and ball (“This is defective.”) And then there’s Madeline Kahn. “It’s twue, it’s twue.” And “...Frankenstein” Frau Blucher; Fronkensteen; the lab; and Gene Hackman as the Blind Man, it’s all hilarious. "Y.F." just played at the TCMFF, and the packed crowd still found it hilarious.

CALIGULA - The best way to attend a Roman orgy without being beheaded, pillaged and hungover is to watch it from your movie seat. Astounding cornucopia of orgiastic decadence. Malcolm McDowell. Insane. My eyes fell out of their sockets a couple of times. This film was wilder than a 60’s love-in. Now that's what I'm talkin' about. (The Moderators might tar & feather me if I cite a scene here).

CARRIE - Blown away by this movie. Love DePalma. Carrie’s not a teenage werewolf, or a teenage frankenstein. She’s a paranormal teen (again...taking the normal, the regular and heightening it. Sex, religion, science, teen angst, revenge. What a mixture, what a cast, what a laying out of the story...that prom nite at the gym...woosh! Poor poor Carrie, a night from hell. And then she goes home to Mama. Piper Laurie shows her acting chops as Carrie’s sexy scary repressive mom. How does Stephen King sleep at night? What do his nightmares look like.

DAY FOR NIGHT - Love Truffaut, gentle Truffaut. Saw a slew of his movies in the 70’s. I liked this movie about movies and getting involved in all the film’s characters’ lives. I sub-titled my way throughout the 70's seeing a lot of foreign films. Here is a little reminder. And I really liked Jacqueline Bissett.

DON'T LOOK NOW - Eerie, provocative ghost story... a couple’s tragedy played out in an abandoned Venice. The love scene between Donald Sutherland & Julie Christie was innovatively shown. But what the heck was that scary little thing in the red raincoat. Holy...

THE EXORCIST - The 30’s had its Frankenstein and Mummy. The 40’s had its Wolfman. The 50’s had its creatures from the black lagoon and all sorts of radioactive ants, tarantulas and men and women and octupi. But thanxxx to Ellen Burstyn, Lee J. Cobb, William Friedkin’s direction, "The Exorcist" was the scariest movie of the 1970's. It practically killed my mother EVER attending another film in the theatre alone. AGAIN. The tension ev’ry time the camera took us up the stairs to Linda Blair’s bedroom was maddening, frightening. Burstyn gave a great performance: “I’m telling you that thing up there is not my daughter. Now I want you to tell me that you know for a fact that there’s nothing wrong with my daughter except in her mind. You tell me for a fact that an exorcism wouldn’t do any good. You tell me that!" And how good is Mercedes McCambridge? So good we don’t even have to see her to be scared. I just saw the movie recently in a one-night only screening at a multi-plex. Still eerie and terrifying. Those bells...those bells.

GODFATHER/GODFATHER II - An epic Shakespearean tragedy of the saga of one family. It had me hooked and took me inside a different world. "You broke my heart, Fredo." That last shot of Michael in the sequel...deadly.

HALLOWEEN - I guess I tend to like the “First” of things and this’d be one of ‘em. I like getting scared in the movies. The monster chasing kids. Well...that just about killed trick or treating. Became a big Jamie Lee Curtis fan. What does Activia have that today's scripts don't offer Jamie Lee.

JAWS - Saw nothing like it before. Loved “Rodan” and “King Kong.” But really, a gigantic ape? Now a shark is based in reality. And that was scarier. Reality. It could happen. That first shark attack is seared in my memory. You could not tell me that there wasn’t something dark, deadly, gigantic and primeval below the surface. Poor girl. Good god, Spielberg could have retired after this. What a great movie. Robert Shaw was the human shark.

JULIA - Two powerhouse actresses/activists. Strong women who speak their minds. A good involved drama of deep friendship and respect. ...And they weren’t even fighting over some guy. Fonda & Redgrave. Maybe they are their fathers' daughters.

KLUTE - There’s my girl again...and she ain't no Barbarella. Jane Fonda as a high class call girl mixed up in a murder mystery Donald Sutherland is trying to solve. Fonda’s very good as the call girl who is more afraid of committing that of being the next murder victim. I loved her performance. Here’s a touch of it in this three minute trailer.

LAST PICTURE SHOW - The last days in the life of a movie theater, in a town, in the life of boys turning into men. It looked so empty and desolate out there. No hustle bustle about it. Great character study. My 70’s heartthrob and crush was Timothy Bottoms; but no doubt, this was Ben Johnson’s movie. Glad he got talked into doing it. The strength and sensitivity he showed as the anchor, the rock was fantastic. His scene talking to the boys by the river is a dream. I think Ben pulled this from his soul. It touched mine. Thank you Academy. (The only thing of Bogdanovich’s I ever liked. And could s'meone ask him to puhleeeze take off that darned ascot or scarf he still wears...sheesh!). :roll:

LAST TANGO IN PARIS - To think, a simple dairy product... Well, listen, ya gotta see this movie at least once. I found it very daring. There goes Brando again...taking chances. Ha! What does he have to risk at this stage of the game.

NETWORK - Never in ten million years will anyone ever again write like Paddy Chayefsky. Incisive writer!Perfect casting! Brilliant script! Beatrice Straight’s ten-minute scene was worth three Oscars. Conchata Ferrell channeled Eve Arden (why is she on “Two And A Half-Men”?!) And Faye Dunaway: fearless. She was the It Girl of the 70’s like I said. In this, she’s a lethal laser beam that would slice through anyone’s soul like a machete. And the scene with the contract negotiations with the faux Symbionese Liberation Army send up is hands down...a classic. That’s the way to do comedy...seriously!! Chayefsky was Nostradamus. Don't believe me? Then check this out. Seeee what I mean? Oh Wisconsin, Wisconsin. What have you done!

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Just a coupla “JACKS.” If Faye Dunaway was the It Girl of the 1970’s then I’d nominate JACK NICOHOLSON as the Male Actor of the 70’s. He made a number of films that I really enjoyed back then, and here’s my take on some of ‘em:

( * ) ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST - If anyone could buck the system it was Jack, or he’d die trying. I thought Louise Fletcher made a perfectly lethally sexy black widow. Freud!!! Paging Dr. Sigmund Freud for CineMaven! Dr. Freud!! (Guys...you don't know the half of it).

( * ) CHINATOWN - Sister? Daughter? Pay no attention to the historical significance of L.A.’s H2O history. Loved Jack’s mystery solving journey. And Faye was the IT Girl of the 70’s.

( * ) FIVE EASY PIECES - One of those quiet relationship dramas the 70’s did so well because the audience en masse had a longer attention span. Jack can’t escape his family drama. Check out the trailer for a little reminder. Jack’s good when he’s quiet, and he’s good when he’s explosive. Waitresses, do yourself a favor, just please give the man what he’s ordered.

( * ) CARNAL KNOWLEDGE - One man’s journey into sexual oblivion. We watch Jack’s relationships with a gamut of women, who set themselves up for a bad bad fall dealing with him; like being mesmerized by a cobra. He simply cannot sustain a relationship. He’s hatefully hilarious. Ann-Margret gives a great performance and becomes roadkill to Jack’s libido. Nope, by the end of it all he can't sustain...a...single...thing as Rita Moreno and the film's ironic ending will demonstrate. I say Jack was the most fearless actor of the 70's.

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ROCKY - Yes, we know this age-old story. But it was new once. What can I tell you, I fell for this story hook, line and sinker. Stallone was great (writing this, he held out for being cast as the lead when no one wanted him). I rooted for the big palooka. “ADRIAN!!!!” rivals Brando’s rebel yell for Stella. Go Rocky! Maybe not “Rocky 13” but definitely the first time was the charm. I enjoyed it very much.

SHAMPOO - WHAT? You didn’t like Warren Beatty in the 70’s? Awww man. I did. Boyishly sexy then he produced and directed. But I loved this sex romp of a Beverly Hills hairdresser who wooed and rinsed the rich ladies like their husbands never could. Big Julie Christie fan as well. She had IT too. I found it funny and sexy.

STAR WARS - I’d never seen anything like it. Aw c’mon, “2001: A Space Odyssey” was too cerebral for the high schooler that I was...but THIS? Whoa!! Yeah, a good ol’ fashion western thrust into the 25th century. Great story, epic villain, the sfx were just right and didn’t overwhelm the story. The audience cheered when the Millenium Falcon went into hyperdrive. The most deadly line of the decade: “I am your father.” The audience screamed. I loved Han Solo, but there was something sexy about that man in black with the killer voice and all that power.

SUPERMAN - Whoa!!! Way more than George Reeves could ever conceive, I was just in love with Christopher Reeve in this. The whole legend really came to life for me here. Superman’s grief at Lois Lane’s death brought tears to my eyes as he literally flies up in a rage into the heavens. Good good fun, I saw this movie several times during its initial release. He’s actually flying.

WOMAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE - Another one of those grown-up dramas that made me feel like a grown-up when I watched and tried to get my twenty-year old brain to understand. Gena Rowlands was remarkable as a woman on a slippery slope to mental illness. Gena is an unsung treasure in movies. Not always on the A-list's radar, except for those in the know ("GLORIA"). But when you cross her path, you’ve got to just siddown a while and watch her. Cassavetes, the hero of ‘indie cinema’ to me and my classmates who were trying to explore movies as more than just entertainment. This isn’t an easy watch, but you will be compelled to watch Gena.

May I please give an honorable mentioned shout out to two Genevieve Bujold films from the 70's: "OBSESSION" and "COMA" Can someone please tell me where Elizabeth Ashley is?

I see some folks have included lists of 80’s films. I'll look into that very soon. I saw “MS. 45” included. Aaaaaah, a movie after my own heart. Oh yeah, my heart is very very dark in the 80's.
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Postby Mr. Arkadin » June 6th, 2012, 12:09 pm

CineMaven wrote:DON'T LOOK NOW - Eerie, provocative ghost story... a couple’s tragedy played out in an abandoned Venice. The love scene between Donald Sutherland & Julie Christie was innovatively shown. But what the heck was that scary little thing in the red raincoat. Holy...


Roeg makes a Giallo and one of the best of the genre. Very few attempts by non-Italians are worth watching, but this film is simply incredible.
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Postby Sue Sue Applegate » June 6th, 2012, 1:10 pm

Chio, The King of Comedy is also my Scorsese fave.

Cinemaven, several of my personal faves appear on your list. I think I married my first husband because he did a great Jack Nicholson impression. Still don't know why I did that. :oops:
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Postby Sue Sue Applegate » June 6th, 2012, 1:15 pm

Kingrat, I thoroughly enjoyed Experienced Prefered, The Big Chill, and This is Spinal Tap.
Michigan J, great list! Some of those I still need to see.
Chio, The King of Comedy is also my Scorsese fave.

Cinemaven, several of my personal faves appear on your list. I think I married my first husband because he did a great Jack Nicholson impression. Still don't know why I did that. :oops:

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Postby RedRiver » June 6th, 2012, 1:30 pm

"The Exorcist" was the scariest movie of the 1970's.

I'll have to go with JAWS for that title. Maybe the scariest, most exciting movie I've ever seen. CARRIE is that rare Hollywood film that's less overblown than the book. In the book, she destroys the whole town. Stephen King's nightmares? Probably people walking around acting normal. He'd hate that! A WOMAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE is stark and relentless. I've yet to see some of the noted Cassavetes films, but this one is exceptional.

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Postby kingrat » June 6th, 2012, 1:32 pm

Christy, you're the only person I know who has also seen EXPERIENCE PREFERRED. So glad that you liked it, too.

Maven, if you like Genevieve Bujold--and I do--have you seen her in the Alan Rudolph films CHOOSE ME and TROUBLE IN MIND? She's a radio love-life adviser in CHOOSE ME, and, of all parts you'd never expect her to play, a diner owner named Wanda in TROUBLE IN MIND, and brilliant in both.

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Postby MissGoddess » June 6th, 2012, 2:22 pm


These are lists of my favorites, not necessarily what I'd consider "the best" films of each decade. As you can see, my viewing slows down considerably with the years! :D

70s
1. Picnic at Hanging Rock
2. The Tamarind Seed
3. The Shootist
4. Rider on the Rain
5. Star Wars
6. The Yakuza
7. Love Story
8. Dirty Harry
9. The Cowboys
10. Lawman

80s
1. Out of Africa
2. Arthur
3. Somewhere in Time
4. Raiders of the Lost Ark
5. Witness
6. Dead Poets Society
7. Manon of the Spring
8. E.T. The Extra Terrestrial
9. The Breakfast Club

90s

1. Emma
2. L.A. Confidential
3. The Lover
4. Nelly et Monsieur Arnaud
5. The Insider
6. Un coeur en hiver
7. La belle noiseuse
8. Il Postino
9. Indochine

2000s

1. Gladiator
2. Cinderella Man
3. Monsieur Ibrahim
4. Walk the Line
5. Legally Blonde
still waiting to see the next ones...
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Postby CineMaven » June 6th, 2012, 2:54 pm

MissGoddess wrote:These are lists of my favorites, not necessarily what I'd consider "the best" films of each decade. As you can see, my viewing slows down considerably with the years! :D

Nice list. Loved "The Tamarind Seed." My sister and I saw that at Radio City. Love John Barry's music in that film. Omar, Omar...where fore art thou Omar?? (Playing Bridge someplace in the world, I imagine! Does he need a partner?) "Somewhere In Time" so romantic. Oh no, the penny...THE PENNY!!! (Teresa Wright has a small part in that. Why wasn't Jane Seymour a bigger star. She went to do tv). Ah-ha "Witness" an update of "Angel and the Bad Man"?? Oooh and I see some delicate ones like "Manon..." "Un Coeur..." "Il Postino" I love "Il Postino"! Why can't Americans make delicate romantic tales. "Legally Blonde"?? You like Reese Witherspoon? Didja ever see her in "Election"? Killer satire. "Gladiator" Oh man. Rough, rugged. Visceral! "Are you not entertained!!!" Loved Russell Crowe and Lena Headley. And hold on there...CAPUCINE as your avatar?? Wow. Beautiful! Brilliant!!!

kingrat wrote:Maven, if you like Genevieve Bujold--and I do--have you seen her in the Alan Rudolph films CHOOSE ME and TROUBLE IN MIND? She's a radio love-life adviser in CHOOSE ME, and, of all parts you'd never expect her to play, a diner owner named Wanda in TROUBLE IN MIND, and brilliant in both.

Love Genevieve Bujold, Brother Rat. And I've seen "CHOOSE ME" five times. (Three times in the movies when it was released; can't say I could get through "Trouble In Mind" though). Great quirky film. Loved the fight with Carradine and the French guy. Loved Rae Dawn Chong's apartment and posters, Lesley Ann Warren was a dish, and as for Genevieve...hair slicked back, lipstick and shades...I wonder what Henry VIII would have made of that Boleyn.

RedRiver wrote:I'll have to go with JAWS for that title. Maybe the scariest, most exciting movie I've ever seen...

Hiya Red. It's all so subjective isn't it. "JAWS" was out of this world. But I gotta tell ya, that little kid in "The Exorcist" with the makeup, the devil voice,...Burstyn screaming and crying, flying furniture, and throwing a man out the window and breaking his neck...I found that terrifying. I can almost understand a shark...but a levitating kid with a crucifix? Holy Mother of Twizzlers... get me outta there!!

Sue Sue Applegate wrote:Cinemaven, several of my personal faves appear on your list. I think I married my first husband because he did a great Jack Nicholson impression. Still don't know why I did that. :oops: Still tweaking my list for posting soon.

Sue x two...don't make me laugh. OMG! JACK. Girl, everybody's FIRST marriage should be to Jack Nicholson. Yeah, show us your list too. And maybe you could tell us why you liked some of 'em. I'm always curious about people's "whys".

May I please throw a shout out to "Snow White & the Huntsman." Nice action, good storytelling of this tale. And Charlize Theron as the beautiful, evil queen, who is ALSO cursed was fantastic. "YOU CANNOT DEFEAT ME!!!!" I believe she is becoming quite the character actress. Don't let her beauty dissuade you from considering her.
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Postby kingrat » June 6th, 2012, 2:59 pm

MissG, Un coeur en hiver is one of my all-time favorites. Jealousy, envy, betrayal, cruelty, and the glorious chamber music of Ravel. Daniel Auteuil must be one of the best living film actors. Emmanuelle Beart is very fine as well.

Maven, I knew you had to be a Choose Me fan. If you haven't seen Trouble in Mind, put it at the top of your Netflix list. Not as good a film, but Bujold is terrific. If Henry VIII had had the Bujold of Choose Me as his Anne Boleyn, he'd have gone back to Catherine of Aragon mighty quick.

The Americans do make delicate romantic films. That is to say, they did back in the 1940s.


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