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Favorite Movies:
To Kill A Mockingbird, Top Hat, The Trouble with Angels, The Usual Suspects, The Visitor, Wall Street, West Side Story, The Wild Bunch, Witness, The Wrestler, Zorba the Greek, The African Queen, Age of Consent, American Graffiti, The Apartment, Atlantic City, Back to the Future, Back to School, Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, Bend It Like Beckham, The Big Chill, The Big Lebowski, A Bittersweet Life (Dalkomhan insaeng), Blazing Saddles, A Bridge Too Far, The Bridges at Toko-Ri, Brigadoon, Brokeback Mountain, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Carousel, Casablanca, Chariots of Fire, Chinatown, Chungking Express, Cinema Paradiso (Nuovo Cinema Paradiso), Cool Hand Luke, The Da Vinci Code, The Deer Hunter, Dr. Strangelove Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, East Side, West Side, Elephant, Falling Down, Finding Neverland, Flags of Our Fathers, From Here to Eternity, The Girl in the Café (The Girl in the Cafe), Gosford Park, Grease, The Great Gatsby, Groundhog Day, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, Hud, Identity, It Happened One Night, The Informant!, It's a Wonderful Life, JSA: Joint Security Area (Gongdong gyeongbi guyeok JSA), King Kong, The Lady Eve, Life Is Beautiful (La Vita è bella), Lost In Translation, The Lost Weekend, Love Actually, Man on Wire, The Man Who Would Be King, Meet Me In St. Louis, Memories of Tomorrow (Ashita no kioku), Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, The Missouri Breaks, Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers, Mou gaan dou (Infernal Affairs), Mr. Bean's Holiday, The Music Man, My Fair Lady, Napoleon Dynamite, Okuribito (Departures), Oldboy, On the Waterfront, The Paper Chase, A Passage to India, Predator, The Quiet Man, Le Samouraï (The Godson), The Sand Pebbles, Saturday Night Fever, Sayonara, Serendipity, Shaun of the Dead, Singin' in the Rain, Some Like It Hot, South Pacific, Spaceballs, La Strada (The Road), The Straight Story, Sunday in New York, Sunset Boulevard, The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, Taxi Driver, Thunderheart
Favorite Actors:
Rod Steiger, James Stewart, Hilary Swank, Emma Thompson, Maura Tierney, Takako Tokiwa, Spencer Tracy, John Travolta, Lana Turner, John Turturro, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Eli Wallach, J.T. Walsh, Ray Walston, Jack Warden, Estella Warren, Emma Watson, Naomi Watts, Mary Wickes, Richard Widmark, Kate Winslet, Faye Wong, Loretta Young, Ziyi Zhang, Jessica Alba, Leon Ames, Jennifer Aniston, Christina Applegate, Alan Arkin, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Rowan Atkinson, Lauren Bacall, Scott Bakula, Humphrey Bogart, Kevin Bacon, Lucille Ball, Maria Bello, John Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Ingrid Bergman, Jane Birkin, Eric Blore, Kim Bodnia, Ernest Borgnine, Marlon Brando, Walter Brennan, Jeff Bridges, Charles Bronson, Jill Ireland, Virginia Bruce, Sandra Bullock, James Cagney, Michael Caine, Elpidia Carrillo, Jack Carson, Jackie Chan, Cyd Charisse, Don Cheadle, Min-sik Choi, Patricia Clarkson, Lee J. Cobb, James Coburn, Claudette Colbert, Dabney Coleman, Sean Connery, Gary Cooper, James Cromwell, Billy Crystal, John Cusack, Matt Damon, Bette Davis, Emma de Caunes, Alain Delon, Julie Delpy, Robert De Niro, Johnny Depp, Danny DeVito, Matt Dillon, Melvyn Douglas, Kirk Douglas, Michael Douglas, Marie Dressler, Minnie Driver, Michelle Duncan, Irene Dunne, Charles Durning, Robert Duvall, Nelson Eddy, Peter Falk, Anna Faris, Richard Farnsworth, Sally Field, Joseph Fiennes, Ralph Fiennes, Barry Fitzgerald, Tara Fitzgerald, Henry Fonda, Harrison Ford, Paul Ford, Michael J. Fox, Morgan Freeman, Norika Fujiwara, Greta Garbo, Ava Gardner, Judy Garland, James Garner, Janeane Garofalo, Judy Geeson, Richard Gere, Hermione Gingold, Louis Gossett Jr, Judy Greer, Andy Griffith, Rupert Grint, Gene Hackman, Jean Hagen, Neil Patrick Harris, Richard Harris, Laurence Harvey, Rutger Hauer, Ethan Hawke, Goldie Hawn, Susan Hayward, Rita Hayworth, Van Heflin, Audrey Hepburn, Katharine Hepburn, John Hillerman, William Holden, John Houseman, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Van Johnson, Shirley Jones, Madeline Kahn, Julie Kavner, Michael Keaton, Gene Kelly, George Kennedy, Klaus Kinski, Nastassja Kinski, Veronica Lake, Burt Lancaster, Hedy Lamarr, Alexandra Maria Lara, Sanaa Lathan, Heath Ledger, Byung-hun Lee, Vivien Leigh, Jack Lemmon, Oscar Levant, Li Gong, Peter Lorre, Myrna Loy, Melanie Lynskey, Jeanette MacDonald, Kelly Macdonald, Fred MacMurray, Gordon MacRae, Marjorie Main, Steve Martin, Giulietta Masina, Walter Matthau, Virginia Mayo, Roddy McDowell, Steve McQueen, Una Merkel, Toshiro Mifune, Ray Milland, Hayley Mills, Helen Mirren, Robert Montgomery, Esai Morales, Rick Moranis, Bill Murray, Parminder Nagra, Paul Newman, Jack Nicholson, Bill Nighy, Edward Norton, Margaret O'Brien, Donald O'Connor, Erika Oda, Edna May Oliver, Al Pacino, Gwyneth Paltrow, Alice Pearce, Gregory Peck, Rosamund Pike, Brad Pitt, Sidney Poitier, Dick Powell, Robert Preston, Anthony Quinn, Daniel Radcliffe, Claude Rains, Noomi Rapace, Robert Redford, Donna Reed, Debbie Reynolds, Alan Rickman, Diana Rigg, Cliff Robertson, Edward G. Robinson, Saoirse Ronan, Mickey Rooney, Geoffrey Rush, Kurt Russell, Rosalind Russell, Eva Marie Saint, Susan Sarandon, Roy Scheider, Tom Selleck, Tony Shalhoub, Sheetal Sheth, Frank Sinatra, Maggie Smith, Will Smith, Kang-ho Song, Barbara Stanwyck, Jason Statham
A note to all the good people on my friend list. I did not choose my top 30 friends. I have always refused to do that because I consider all my friends to be "top" friends. Flixster chooses the list for me. This quote feature unquote is not a good one. I would much rather see any friend who's online bubble to the top of the list. More happily, although many are long gone from flixster now, and I miss them, my flixster `ohana lives in Australia, the Bahamas, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, England, Finland, Hogwarts -- really : ), Ireland, New Zealand, Oz -- again, really -- you can't make stuff like this up, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Romania, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Thailand, the US, and Wales -- and I totally apologize if I've left your "home" out of my flixster `ohana list. Please let me know. <p><font size=4><b>A hui ho!</b></font> <p>

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Rating History

Philomena (2013)
5 months ago via Flixster

The best of the nominated films I've seen so far. If August: Osage County had been nominated as well, it would be a tie for these two. Hats off to Dench and Coogan for their transformative performances.

August: Osage County
5 months ago via Flixster

A quiet tragedy with a great cast. Why wasn't this one nominated for an Oscar? You must see this to see how good Meryl Streep is in it.

The Trouble with Angels
5 months ago via Flixster

Update 07/29/08: I just watched this again for the umpteenth time. It never fails to move me. I'm jumping it up to five full stars and adding it to my Top 100. End update. And speaking of Hayley Mills, this is a classic. Rosalind Russell was a huge talent. And if you can believe it, Ida Lupino directed this. No, Hayley, you cannot become a nun. Please. But I'm convinced that it's what you must do. Where is June Harding? She was so good in this. Rosalind Russell is an all-time all-star.

The Wolf of Wall Street
5 months ago via Flixster

An excellent movie, with great performances, especially by Di Caprio and Jonah Hill. If they'd just cut it a bit it could be better. The editor must have been asleep at the wheel.

12 Years a Slave
5 months ago via Flixster

So far, the best of the Academy Award contenders I've seen. Next would be The Wolf of Wall Street. 12 Years a Slave is a must-see.