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The crime genre, often expressed through the stylisms of noir, has been voicing and redifining the cinematic arts of suspense, mystery, intrigue, and ocassionally terror for nigh on a century. It's about time I pay homage!
Like horror, it appears often most prominently in times of global weakness and financial depression (the 70s, 30s, today) but has appeared in virtually every decade since the time of The Great Train Robbery pre 1920.
Here are 51 offerings that I consider to be quintessential to the genre and that mark its reach, diversity, and artistry. I think that everyone should see these terrific pieces of film. (If i've blown it or forgotten something please let me know!)
In Chronological order (oldest to most recent):
Sunrise, Asphalt, Pandora's Box, M, The Lodger, Angels with Dirty faces, The Roaring Twenties, Shadow of a Doubt, I'm a Fugitive from a Chain Gang, Citizen Kane, Casablanca, The Big Sleep, Drunken Angel,Double Indemnity, White heat, On The Waterfront, Night of the Hunter, The Trouble with Harry. Killer's Kiss, The Killing, North By Norhtwest, To Kill a Mockingbird, In the Heat of the Night, The French Connection, Fat City, A Clockwork Orange, Badlands, Mean Streets, Thieves Like Us, The Long Goodbye, Dog Day Afternoon, The Sting, Family Plot, Chinatown, Witness, Blood Simple, Scarface, After Hours, Blue Velvet, The Accused, Cape Fear (1991 or 1950s), Silence of the Lambs, Reservoir Dogs, The Player, Pulp Fiction, Seven, Dead Man Walking, Heat, LA Confidential, Brick, Zodiac
Sorry there are no links, I don't know how to make them:-0. There are more than this but not enough time! I'll be back soon with horror, sci-fi/fantasy, mob movies, war, comedy, european cimema.....maybe even action! I'd love to hear feedback if you've got it to spare.
Here we go, this concludes my 100 trilogy. First 100 films, the 100 directors, and now the beautiful people get their say! It's time for my 100 favourite (sort of) stars
50 actors, 50 actresses that I believe have made a prominent and distinguished impact on film in any number of fashions:
Jeff Bridges, James Cagney, Joe Pesci, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Peter Gallagher, Marlon Brando, Steve Buscemi, Jeff Goldblum, Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro, Joe Cazale, Humphrey Bogart, Heath Ledger, James Woods, Anthony Hopkins, Orson Welles, Clint Eastwood, Charles Bronson, Henry Fonda, Robert Duvall, Brad Pitt, John Wayne, R.Lee Ermey, Ryan Gosling, Max Shrek, Boris Karloff, Bill Murray, Kevin Spacey, Jack Nicholson, Philip baker Hall, Paul Sorvino, Mickey Rourke, Morgan Freeman, Edward Norton, Clark Gable, Marcello Mastroianni, Vincent D'Onfrio, Matthew Modine, Dennis Hopper, Tim Robbins, Sean Penn, Keith Carradine, Christian Bale, Tom Hanks, Harvey Keitel, Takeshi Kitano, Gene Hackman, Tom Cruise, Henry Gibson, Johnny Depp
Actresses: Claudia Cardinale, Jodie Foster, Julienne Moore, Evan Rachel Wood, Scarlett Johansson, Sissy Spacek, Louise Brooks, Laura Dern, Ingrid bergman, Rita Hayworth, Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Meryl Streep, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Sharon Stone, Jane Fonda, Bridget Fonda, Rachel Weisz, Shelly Duvall, Frances mcDormond, Holly Hunter, Natalie Portman, Zoey Deschaniel, Michelle Monaghan, Kristen Stewart, Naomi Watts, helena Bonham Carter, Faye Dunaway, Cybil Shepperd, Faye Rae, Thora Birch, Penlope Cruz, Alison Lohmann, Janet leigh, Jamie lee Curtis, Lily Tomlin, Liv Tyler, Kristen Scott Thomas, Gretta Schroder, Uma Thurman, Pam Grier, Giulietta Massina, Diane Keaton, Ellen Page, Julie Deply, Chloe Sevigny, Molly, Ringwald, Reese Witherspoon, Anne Hathaway, Vivien Leigh
Ok, so it was actually more like 51 and 51. I like stars, sue me!!
NOTE: These are simply my choices, I bet you could come up with a lot more. Feel free to do so!
The Noghties-a decade come and gone so soon. Boybands, ring tones, Georg Bush, i pods and Ellen Degenres. Yup, the decade had its ups and downs with great furvor! However, it was my first decade as a true film fanatic and, in truth, I miss it already.
So, in a fit of personal nostalgia, here's a decade in cinematic summation. Year by year of course:
2000: Gladiator, Traffic, Almost Famous, American Psycho, Unbreakable, Battle Royale, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Snatch, Chocolat, Cast Away, Memento
2001: Gosford Park, Ghost World, Mullholland Drive, The Man Who Wasn't There, LOTR: The Fellowship of the Ring, Donnie Darko, AI: Artificial Intelligence, Ali, Ringu
2002: Punch Drunk Love, Secretary, Audition, LOTR: The Two Towers, Goodbye Lenin!, Panic Room. The Royal Tenenbaums, The Pianist, Gangs of New York, Bowling For Columbine, Spiderman, Rules of Attraction
2003: About Schmidt, Lost In Translation, Elephant, Mystic River, LOTR: The Return of the King, The Fog of War, Bad Education, The Ring, Kill Bill Vol.1, Matchstick Men, Minority Report
2004: The Aviator, Kill Bill Vol.2, Farenheit 9/11, Spiderman 2, Old Boy, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Anchorman, Pirates of the Carribean
2005: Broken Flowers, Capturing the Friedmans, Brokeback Mountain, Grizzly Man, Sin City, King Kong, The Devil's Rejects, Million Dollar Baby, Saraband, Dig!, In America, Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, Batman Begins, Serenity, Shaun of the Dead
2006: Capote, City of God, The Departed, Good Night and Good Luck, Munich, INLAND EMPIRE, Prarie Home Companion, Flags of Our Fathers, Borat, 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, The Counterfitters, The Wind that shakes the Barley, Synecdoche, New York
2007: There Will Be Blood, No Country for Old Men, Zodiac, The Lives of Others, The Assination of Jesse James, Lars and the Real Girl, Super Bad, Pan's Labarynth, Death Proof, Letters From Iwo Jima, The Serpent, Hot Fuzz
2008: The Dark Knight, The Orphanage, Burn After Reading, In Bruges, Iron Man, Gran Torino, Juno, The Curious case of Benjamin Button, The Class
2009: The Wrestler, Milk, Slumdog Millionare, Frost/Nixon, District 9, Moon, Star Trek, Waltz With Bashir, Inglorious Basterds, Broken Embraces, Let The Right One In, Paranormal Activity, Persepolis, Avatar, Up in the Air, A Serious Man, The White Ribbon
Wow! Aint nostalgia a grand and powerful force of attraction? Can't wait to hear your comments/additions. Remember, these are merely the highlights as I see them but if you wanna jump in with suggestions I'm all ears.
A semi-sleepless night. Though, as most of you live in the US, I realise that I have finally found the right time to post!
Directors-I love em! The stylistics, the values, the eras, the marks that they leave. in life and (in some cases) beyond. I decided to really challenge myself: Can i name 100 GREAT directors that have inspired me to oth love and make movies.
And so, let the dork-ism begin. Some in order of preference, some not:
Stanley Kubrick, Robert Altman, Ingmar Bergman, Federico Fellilni, Paul Thomas Anderson, Martin Scorsese, Alfred Hitchcock, Fritz Lang, FW Murmau, Quentin Tarantino, Sergio Leone, The Coen Brothers, Woody Allen, Akira Kurosawa, John Carpenter, James Cameron, Oliver Stone, GW Pabst, Steven Spielberg, John Ford, Don Siegel, Clint Eastwood, David Fincher, Alexander Payne, Michael Mann, Charlie Chaplin, Orson Welles, John Huston, Michael Curtiz, Billy Wilder, Errol Morris, Werner Herzog, DW Griffith, Roman Polanski,Ang Lee, Steven Soderberg, David Lynch, Terrence Malick, Francis Ford Coppola, Brian De Palma, Milos Forman, Wes Anderson, John Hughes, Howards Hawks, David Lean, Jason Reitman, William Friedkin, Tim Burton, David Lynch, Sam Mendes, Michael Haneke, Ridley Scott, George Lucas, Gus Van Sant, Johnathan Demme, Paul Greengrass, M. Antoini, Richard Donner, Ivan Reitman, Tony Scott, John Milius, Lars Von Trier, Ron Howard, M. Night Shyamalan, Jean Luc Goddard, Tobe Hooper, Danny Boyle, Miike Takeshi, Robert Wegener, Sofia Coppola, Terry Zwigoff, Krzyzstof Krieslowski, Robert Redford, Richard Linklater, Spike Jonze, Michel Gondry, Peter Weir, Victor Sjostrom, Robert Wiene, Jim Jarmusch, Cameron Crowe, Spike Lee, Charles Burnet, Edgar Wright, Joe Wright, Jim Sheridan, Russ Meyer, Wes Craven, George A Romero, Sam Raimi, John Dahl, John Lasseter, Michael Cimino, Sidnay Lumet, William Wyler, Terry Gilliam, David Cronenberg, Peter Jackson, Wim Wender, Frank Darabont, Elia Kazan, Robert Rodriguez
Thats all folks! First 100 films (check it out if you haven't already please!) and now 100 directors. Let me know what you think and, of course, if I left out any of your favourites. Then we can all have a real arguement:-)
Thanks for reading/commenting. Look out for my 100 actors-coming soon to complete my trilogy!
OK, so we all feel passionately for film. This is not a statement that will come to any controversy round these hallowed parts! But we all know that there are certain movies that are worth living for, movies that make YOU THE INDIVIDUAL STIRR INSIDE. When you watch these films you are warm, fuzzy, and are indeed copmplete in that big old fuzziness. Films that are, per say, "so you."
I have spent months on this so please feel free to comment, critique, be a lover, be a hater and, above all, let me know what your favourites are!
Let the games begin, my 100 favourite movies (from lowest to highest):
100. Full Metal Jacket 99. Dead Man Walking 98. Der Golem (1920) 97. Vernon, Florida 96. Close Encounters of th Third Kind 95. The Phantom Carriage (1921) 94. MASH 93. Quiz Show 92. Invasions of the BodySnatchers (50s) 91.Elephant 90. The Killing 89. Raising Arizona 88. Sex, Lies and Videotape 87. The Shawshank Redemption 86. Saving Private Ryan 85. La Strada 84. Dr. Strangelove 83. Killer of Sheep 82. Punch Drunk Love 81. Broken Flowers 80. Manhattan 79. Close Encounters of the Third Kind 78. Gosford Park 77. The Searchers 76. The Big Lebowski 75. Inglorious Basterds 74. Mean Streets 73. Throne of Blood 72. Frost/Nixon 71. Jurassic Park 70. A Clockwork Orange 69. INLAND EMPIRE 68. Citizen Kane 67. Paths of Glory 66. Seven 65. American Psycho 64. The Good, The bad and The Ugly 63. Forrest Gump 62. Evil Dead 61. The Straight Story 60. Godfather 2 59. Boogie Nights 58. Texas Chainsaw Massacre 57. The Player 56. M 55. Hard Eight 54. Secretary 53. The Insider 52. The Thin Blue Line 51. Blood Simple 50. The Shining 49. About Schmidt 48. Blade Runner 47. The Thing (1983) 46. Night of the Hunter 45. Wild Strawberries 44. Fargo 43. Reservoir Dogs 42. The Converstaion 41. Election 40. Badlands 39. Zodiac 38. Vertigo 37. Lolita 36. Casino 35. Persona 34. Metroplolis 33. Schindlers List 32. No Country for old Men 31. Magnolia 30. Once Upon a Time in America 29. halloween (1979) 28. Apocalypse Now 27. The Graduate 26. Through a Glass darkly 25. The Sixth Sense 24. Short Cuts 23. Eraserhead 22. The Deer Hunter 21. Double Indemnity
20. 2001: A Space Odessey 19. JFK 18. The Silence of the lambs 17. The Wrestler 16. Blue Velvet 15. The seventh Seal 14. 8 and a half 13. The Godfather 12. The Exorcist 11. American Beauty
10. Pulp Fiction 9. barry Lyndon 8. Fight Club 7. Taxi Driver 6. Psycho (1960) 5. Nashville 4. There Will Be Blood 3. Once Upon a Time in the West 2. Nosferatu (1922) 1. Goodfellas
Wow, that took a while! Looking forward to hearing from you (please comment and make this confession worth my while!) Anon!