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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

102 movies you SHOULD have watched

Thank you Hob Gadling (It's such an effort not to use your name!) for the tag. You clearly know how much I love movies..

Background: Jim Emerson came out with a list of 102 movies which you should watch if you want to have a meaningful discussions of any kind about movies.

And since I love talking about movies (WHAT? No Almodovar? No Ozon? No Twyker?), I sat down with this list and tried to see (and use Hob's way of noting) how many of these movies I'd seen. the results surprised me. How about you? I tag Mitli Miss, Kate, Prasad and F-Cubed. Surprise me!

* = I've seen it
+ = I've seen maybe a quarter or half of it (hangs head in shame...)

"2001: A Space Odyssey>" (1968) Stanley Kubrick (* I enjoyed it)
"The 400 Blows" (1959) Francois Truffaut
"8 1/2" (1963) Federico Fellini
"Aguirre, the Wrath of God" (1972) Werner Herzog
"Alien" (1979) Ridley Scott (* That scene with the stomach....)
"All About Eve" (1950) Joseph L. Mankiewicz (* DUH! I'm a gay man!)
"Annie Hall" (1977) Woody Allen (* Love the scene with the frum Woody at dinner)
"Apocalypse Now" (1979) Francis Ford Coppola (+ Was sad..)
"Bambi" (1942) Disney (* I cried so much )
"The Battleship Potemkin" (1925) Sergei Eisenstein (* Still remember the scene with the baby carriage)
"The Best Years of Our Lives" (1946) William Wyler
"The Big Red One" (1980) Samuel Fuller
"The Bicycle Thief" (1949) Vittorio De Sica
"The Big Sleep" (1946) Howard Hawks
"Blade Runner" (1982) Ridley Scott (+ I couldn't sit through this one)
"Blowup" (1966) Michelangelo Antonioni
"Blue Velvet" (1986) David Lynch (* Oh! hoorah for Kyle Maclachlan)
"Bonnie and Clyde" (1967) Arthur Penn (* Yep. That's dem)
"Breathless" (1959) Jean-Luc Godard
"Bringing Up Baby" (1938) Howard Hawks (* Saw this at Harvard Square)
"Carrie" (1975) Brian DePalma
"Casablanca" (1942) Michael Curtiz (* Oh do shut up Sam!)
"Un Chien Andalou" (1928) Luis Bunuel & Salvador Dali
""Les Enfants du Paradis" (1945) Marcel Carne
"Chinatown" (1974) Roman Polanski
"Citizen Kane" (1941) Orson Welles (* She's a fuckin' sled?)
"A Clockwork Orange" (1971) Stanley Kubrick (+ Why can't I sit through this?)
"The Crying Game" (1992) Neil Jordan (* This is why I always check my women)
"The Day the Earth Stood Still" (1951) Robert Wise
"Days of Heaven" (1978) Terence Malick
"Dirty Harry" (1971) Don Siegel (* My dad made me watch this!)
"The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie" (1972) Luis Bunuel (* Netflix recommended this to me)
"Do the Right Thing" (1989) Spike Lee (* I LOVED this movie)
"La Dolce Vita" (1960) Federico Fellini (+ I prefered the French and Saunders version)
"Double Indemnity" (1944) Billy Wilder
"Dr. Strangelove" (1964) Stanley Kubrick (* Peter Sellers roxx)
"Duck Soup" (1933) Leo McCarey
"E.T. -- The Extra-Terrestrial" (1982) Steven Spielberg (* EVERYONE who grew up in the 80's watched this)
"Easy Rider" (1969) Dennis Hopper
"The Empire Strikes Back" (1980) Irvin Kershner (* The ONLY one in the six-logy I could watch)
"The Exorcist" (1973) William Friedkin (* mmm..pea soup!)
"Fargo" (1995) Joel & Ethan Coen (* It's coollld..Oh yaa, dontcha know it!)
"Fight Club" (1999) David Fincher (* Look! It's Brad Pitt!)
"Frankenstein" (1931) James Whale (* The origanal rules!)
"The General" (1927) Buster Keaton & Clyde Bruckman
"The Godfather," "The Godfather, Part II<" (1972, 1974) Francis Ford Coppola (* Who hasn't!)
"Gone With the Wind" (1939) Victor Fleming (* I watched it with my mammy)
"GoodFellas" (1990) Martin Scorsese (+ Watched this at Bryn Mawr)
"The Graduate" (1967) Mike Nichols (* I heart Anne Bancroft)
"Halloween" (1978) John Carpenter (* And we had to suffer the 6 sequels)
"A Hard Day's Night" (1964) Richard Lester (* Beatlemania!)
"Intolerance" (1916) D.W. Griffith
"It's a Gift" (1934) Norman Z. McLeod
"It's a Wonderful Life" (1946) Frank Capra (* Mandatory Christmas viewing!)
"Jaws" (1975) Steven Spielberg (* Just saw it last night again!)
"The Lady Eve" (1941) Preston Sturges
"Lawrence of Arabia" (1962) David Lean (* A white man who loves 'em brown? Hells yeah)
"M" (1931) Fritz Lang (+ Ironic I couldn't sit through M...)
"Mad Max 2" / "The Road Warrior" (1981) George Miller
"The Maltese Falcon" (1941) John Huston (* The hats! I tell ya!)
"The Manchurian Candidate" (1962) John Frankenheimer
"Metropolis" (1926) Fritz Lang (* Of course! A masterpiece spectacle!)
"Modern Times" (1936) Charles Chaplin
"Monty Python and the Holy Grail" (1975) Terry Jones & Terry Gilliam (* Ni! Ni! Ni!)
"Nashville" (1975) Robert Altman
"The Night of the Hunter" (1955) Charles Laughton
"Night of the Living Dead" (1968) George Romero (* mmmmm...brains!)
"North by Northwest" (1959) Alfred Hitchcock (* I love the corn field scene)
"Nosferatu" (1922) F.W. Murnau (* I miss the Brookline theatre!)
"On the Waterfront" (1954) Elia Kazan (* Marlon Brando WAS such a hottie)
"Once Upon a Time in the West" (1968) Sergio Leone
"Out of the Past" (1947) Jacques Tournier
"Persona" (1966) Ingmar Bergman
"Pink Flamingos" (1972) John Waters (* John Waters..How I love thee)
"Psycho" (1960) Alfred Hitchcock (* Well duh!)
"Pulp Fiction" (1994) Quentin Tarantino (* I love the Uma/John dance)
"Rashomon" (1950) Akira Kurosawa (* This movie got me interested in Samurai culture)
"Rear Window" (1954) Alfred Hitchcock (* Such a classic)
"Rebel Without a Cause" (1955) Nicholas Ray
"Red River" (1948) Howard Hawks
"Repulsion" (1965) Roman Polanski
"The Rules of the Game" (1939) Jean Renoir
"Scarface" (1932) Howard Hawks
"The Scarlet Empress" (1934) Josef von Sternberg
"Schindler's List" (1993) Steven Spielberg (* I saw it again..and it hit me just the same)
"The Searchers" (1956) John Ford
"The Seven Samurai" (1954) Akira Kurosawa (* Samurai culture is weird)
"Singin' in the Rain" (1952) Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly (* The dancin'!)
"Some Like It Hot" (1959) Billy Wilder (* Men in drag? Why yes!)
"A Star Is Born" (1954) George Cukor (* Cukor's made all my fav movies)
"A Streetcar Named Desire" (1951) Elia Kazan (* STELLA!)
"Sunset Boulevard" (1950) Billy Wilder
"Taxi Driver" (1976) Martin Scorsese
"The Third Man" (1949) Carol Reed (* Cold war thrillers are awesome)
"Tokyo Story" (1953) Yasujiro Ozu
"Touch of Evil" (1958) Orson Welles
"The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" (1948) John Huston
"Trouble in Paradise" (1932) Ernst Lubitsch
"Vertigo" (1958) Alfred Hitchcock (* When ya have it, ya watch it)
"West Side Story" (1961) Jerome Robbins/Robert Wise (* I think I remember all the songs)
"The Wild Bunch" (1969) Sam Peckinpah
"The Wizard of Oz" (1939) Victor Fleming (* I'd have to return my pink card if I hadn't)

So this means I've seen 52 out of the 102 completely and 6 of them incomplete. Methinks I just found something to do for the next month! What's y'alls scores?


  • At 6:05 AM, Blogger thotaster said…

    i've watched only 7 :( ....all set to commit seppuku

  • At 8:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    42. v sad. and i call myself a movie buff. however i can console with the thought that several of these are not even available easily.

    - sud

  • At 2:44 AM, Blogger roswitha said…

    I've seen only about twenty-five. I'm afraid I squandered a great deal of time on Bollywood in my callow youth. So all I can say to Mr Emerson: Yes, but have you seen Jaani Dushman?

  • At 10:13 AM, Blogger Hob Gadling said…

    Yeah, sorry about the whole name thing. My name being easily googleable makes this crap necessary.

    The last thing I want is potential employers googling me and finding out my views on ... actually I haven't really put anything controversial on my blog, have I? I should start. (grins evilly)

    In any case anyone Orkut surfing should easily be able to find out who I am.

    Also, 52 movies? Kya aur kuch kaam dhanda nahi that kya tereko life me?

  • At 10:21 PM, Anonymous R Pereira said…

    I've seen 42. I haven't seen most of the older movies. Someone once said, "Classics are to be talked about and not read (or, in this case, seen)". I'm not going to see a movie because grandma or the American Film Institute calls it a landmark. Values change over time. Many of these older movies don't speak to me as they might have to another generation.

    We recently got "Water" (Deepa Mehta)and "Manderlay". Both were very powerful and memorable.

  • At 10:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Can't believe myself, I have seen NONE of these.

    Well, lets just say you people have no taste in movies. I mean, where's My Fair Lady, huh?

    I refuse to look down upon myself then.



  • At 3:58 AM, Blogger Wild Reeds said…

    Films I saw in 2006 are:
    15 Park Avenue (2006) Suburbia wt Roshni 10-Jan
    Viol Alliance 20-Jan
    In Her Shoes (2006) Glamour wt Shalaka 21-Jan
    Amélie (2001) Home TV 24-Jan
    Oncle Vanja Alliance 25-Jan
    Les Roseaux Sauvages (1994) Home DVD 27-Jan
    Rang De Basanti (2006) Gaiety wt Rahasya 30-Jan
    Les Roseaux Sauvages (1994) Home DVD 2-Feb
    Ma Vie En Rose (1997) Home DVD 3-Feb
    Dadasaheb Phalke's films @Experimenta Russian Center wt Devika 15-Feb
    Memoirs of a Geisha (2005) Suburbia 27-Feb
    Pride and Prejudice (2005) Gem wt Shalaka 28-Feb
    Capote (2005) Inox 1-Mar
    Crash (2005) Suburbia wt Roshni n Mathew 3-Mar
    Bab-El-Oued City (1994) Alliance 7-Mar
    Walk The Line (2005) Suburbia 8-Mar
    Brokeback Mountain (2005) Suburbia 10-Mar
    Syriana (2005) Gem 16-Mar
    Brokeback Mountain (2005) Gem wt Sujata n Swati 17-Mar
    Sunshine (Hungary, 1999) YBC @MAMI 23-Mar
    I Am David (USA, 2003) YBC @MAMI 24-Mar
    Asterix and Obelix: Mission Cleopatra (2002) Imax @MAMI 24-Mar
    Comme Un Aimant (France, 2000) Imax @MAMI 24-Mar
    Les Choristes (France, 2004) Imax @MAMI 24-Mar
    Girls Looking For Freedom (Egypt, 2005) Imax @MAMI 25-Mar
    Ghost of Mae Nak (Thailand, 2005) Imax @MAMI 25-Mar
    The City of The Sun (Czech-Slovak, 2005) Imax @MAMI 25-Mar
    Letters from Rishikesh (Israel, 2004) Imax @MAMI 25-Mar
    The Great Water (Macedonia, 2004) Imax @MAMI 26-Mar
    Le Cactus (France, 2005) Imax @MAMI 26-Mar
    White Countess (2005, UK) Imax @MAMI 26-Mar
    En La Ciudad (2003, Spain) Imax @MAMI 27-Mar
    Todo Sobre Mi Madre (1999, Spain) Imax @MAMI 27-Mar
    Les Mauvais Joueurs (France, 2005) Imax @MAMI 27-Mar
    Tuning (Slovenia, 2005) Imax @MAMI 28-Mar
    Haifa (Palestine, 1996) Imax @MAMI 28-Mar
    Der Neunte Tag (Germany-Luxembourg, 2004) Imax @MAMI 28-Mar
    A Mi Madre Le Gustan Las Mujeres (Spain, 1999) Imax @MAMI 29-Mar
    Love Stars (Serbia, 2005) Imax @MAMI 29-Mar
    Garúa (Argentina, 2005) Imax @MAMI 29-Mar
    Ryna (Romania, 2005) Imax @MAMI 29-Mar
    Life Is A Miracle (Serbia, 2005) Imax @MAMI 30-Mar
    Tomorrow's Weather (Poland, 2003) Imax @MAMI 30-Mar
    Water (2005, India) Imax @MAMI 30-Mar
    Le Bleu des Villes (France, 1999) Alliance 12-Apr
    Les Roseaux Sauvages (1994) Home DVD 19-Apr
    Ma Vie En Rose (1997) Home DVD 20-Apr
    Les Roseaux Sauvages (1994) Home DVD 26-Apr
    Ma Vie En Rose (1997) GB Filmfest 30-Apr
    Poseidon (2006) Bangalore: Shankarnag wt Rohan 15-May
    Thiruttu Payale (Tamil, 2006) Chennai: Sathyam Mplx wt Aniruddha Vasudevan 19-May

  • At 8:05 AM, Blogger Hanuman1960 said…

    I've seen 48 of them. The remaining ones just don't interest me...

  • At 11:43 AM, Anonymous letusdonow@yahoo.com said…

    hi sexy ur bogger is so interesting and i really appreciate your taste. i really want to give u a good suck.


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