Tuesday, July 19, 2011

100 Things I Love About My Favorite Movies (Part 1)

As seen at 100 Things I Love About My Favorite Movies, I'm going to rattle off, in no particular order, things I love about some of my favorite movies. This isn't a list of best movies, or greatest accomplishments (though I'd argue a few of them are), they're just things that I love, even if they're flawed in some way or other. Please note, this will probably be loaded with spoilers of all kinds. Proceed at your own risk.

The rules are:
Rather than posting your 100 favorite films (which has been done and overdone), you simply post your favorite things about movies. I dig the concept, because instead of obsessing over whether the films you put on a list are “objectively good enough” to put on said list, you simply jot down 100 moments/lines/visuals that have made a lasting impression on you or sneak their way into running gags between you and your friends.

The crowded stateroom scene from A Night at the Opera

Nitti: "I said, 'Your friend died screaming like a stuck Irish pig.' Now you think about that when I beat the rap." Because what happens next is Ness decides to handle Nitti the Chicago Way.

Indy emerges atop the sub to that swelling John Williams theme and cheers ...

... I saw this with my aunt at a cinema pub in 1981. I'd never experienced a theater full of people cheering together spontaneously in the middle of a movie before. (It probably helped that the beer was flowing. Ten years old at the time, I just cheered because it was fun.)

The fights in Fist of Legend

I would include them all but this is already going to be the biggest post ever on this site.

The mall fight in Police Story

Staying with the martial arts theme. I could do 100 Things I Love About Police Story.

Lawnmower in Dead Alive

No embed on this one. Chase the link at your peril.
Funniest/goriest movie ever?

Music and finale of The Third Man

Another great movie I could've done dozens of moments, even the opening credits.

She just walks by, leaving him standing there like a sap. So he lights a smoke. I love it.

Marlowe tells O'Shaugnessy he hopes they don't hang her by her sweet neck.

I can't find the scene on youtube, so here's a capture of O'Shaughnessy (Mary Astor) realizing her fate is sealed.

Gittes, tells guy his wife crossed her legs a little too quick ...

Charles Grodin in Midnight Run

Grodin steals this movie. He's brilliant. Watched again recently, it held up really well.

The Irene Adler moment in Zero Effect

When we find out who the blackmailer is we realize that, whatever the name of the character Kim Dickens played was, it was really "Irene Adler." Drastically under-rated movie.

Chow Yun-Fat as Li Mu Bai in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Chow Yun-Fat could be in this list for a number roles, but I think CT, HD is his finest movie. One of my all-time favorites.

Chasing or being chased? Memento

The Dude

Mark Knopfler's music for Local Hero

Christopher Walken in Pulp Fiction

Bruce Willis as John McLane in Die Hard

One of the best times I ever had at the movies.

The drink/love scene in Out of Sight


I counted 18 there. Not exactly a round number to stop at, but it's late. Two or three more posts will finish this up.
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